Creative expression

Creative Expression

Awaken your creative side with an array of classes and workshops that take a fun, innovative approach to art and photography and are led by resident artist instructors.

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Activities

AN UNFORGETTABLE CANVAS

Tap into your creative spirit by using the side of a horse (that’s right, a horse!) as your canvas. We use a living canvas to remind us to stay present and grounded in our storytelling. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water bottle. Note that this can be a messy experience. Seasonally offered. 110 MIN | $109

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GLASS TO SAND: Grains of Transformation

Recycling glass is a process that involves taking a container that is no longer serving us and transforming it into another form and function. By using a special machine that crushes used wine bottles into sand, we can reflect on our metaphorical containers. We can ask ourselves what we hold inside ourselves and the various thoughts and emotions we bottle up and carry with us. When we reduce these vessels to their elements—both real and symbolic—we can meditate on the processes of transmutation, transformation, and acceptance.

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SIP & SKETCH: A Gilded-Age Gathering

“The Sketch Club” was founded by author and Berkshire native William Cullen Bryant and included many illustrious figures of the 18th century. Its goal was to cross-fertilize art, literature, and other disciplines to cultivate an atmosphere of creativity. Asher B. Durand, George Inness, and Thomas Cole were among its notable members, as well as telegraph inventor Samuel Morse. Each meeting began with impromptu sketching or verse-writing. Nick Grimaldi takes you to the wondrous Wyndhurst mansion for a glass of wine and a reimagined Sketch Club, marrying local history with creative expression. Unleash your inner artist, commune with your fellow travelers, and let the scenic vistas inspire you as they did for countless artists throughout history. Whether you prefer pencils, paints, or charcoals, we have everything you need to capture your vision of the Berkshires and take it home with you. 75 MIN | $99

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STRING OF CONNECTION

Human beings are creative spirits and creatures of imagination. When we stretch our minds, we can achieve and generate anything. However, life can distract us from our elemental connection to our creative nature. We easily forget our inner child and lose our bonds with fellow humans. We can use art to bridge that gap. In this class, we will create abstract works of art using the pulled-string method. It is a simple, beautiful technique anyone can master. The strings and colors represent our ties to creativity and the unique camaraderie we all share. Each guest will produce two works of art: one to take home and one to display on the property. 105 MIN | $79

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YOUR SEASONAL APOTHECARY

Transport your senses through a symphony of seasonal aromas to delight your sensibilities and spirit by making a custom aromatherapy rollerball. By using certified pure therapeutic grade oils, you can discover nature’s remedies for body, mind, and spirit. Sample a selection of various essential oils and learn about their healing properties while formulating your personal aromatherapy blend to take home in a handy, portable applicator. 75 MIN | $79

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MT. GREYLOCK PHOTOGRAPHY EXCURSION

Join our Miraval photography specialist Greg Cherin for a scenic drive to the highest elevation in Massachusetts: the peak of Mt. Greylock. Find limitless photo opportunities from the summit with panoramic views extending into New York, Vermont, and eastern Massachusetts. Slow down, be present, and learn Greg’s tips and tricks for taking stunning photos. 180 MIN | $79

Seasonally Offered

MINDFUL MANDALAS

Mandalas are circular geometric patterns created as a means for meditation through repetition of and devotion to a task, representing universal connectedness. While they look intricate, mandalas are something everyone can make. This class guides you through the basic steps of designing your own mandala. 50 MIN | $49

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MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES

Focusing on the present moment can shift perspective remarkably in photography and life. Work on creating images vs. snapping as you gain awareness of available natural light and compositional elements to create a stronger, more interesting image. No technical applications will be discussed. Bring any style camera: iPhone & Android. 50 MIN

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ARTFUL PHOTOGRAPHY STROLL

Unlock the many functions and hidden tricks of your camera phone. Understand how they work to improve light, focus, filters, and panoramic shots. We will also cover the basics of editing right on the phone. This class takes place both inside and outside. 50 MIN

Craft Your Mala

Discover the history and assembly of a mala, a meditation tool rooted in Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Each mala consists of a single guru bead, a tassel, and a strand of smaller beads used to track the counting of mantras, prayers, or affirmations during meditation. Craft your mala in this hands-on workshop and learn how to incorporate it into a meditative and grounding ritual at home. If you wear reading glasses, please be sure to bring them to this workshop, as beadwork can be very meticulous. 110 MIN | $129

Pottery: The Way of the Wheel

Learn to center yourself in this journey from clay to vessel by connecting to your body and breath. Allow the spinning clay to free your mind of spinning thoughts and worries, grounding yourself through the task at hand. Explore this process with an open heart as you discover the stillness of connecting with clay in motion. 90 MIN | $79

Pottery: HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY

Handbuilding is a method of forming a vessel from pre-rolled clay slabs. Join this class to create a piece of art to share with others as you explore the concepts of giving and receiving. Upon completion, release your clay creation and relinquish ownership to a future guest, who will receive its nurturing benefits. In turn, you may choose a vessel, lovingly made by a previous guest, to take with you. Pay it forward in this community-oriented experience of interconnectedness, compassion, and creativity. 90 MIN | $79

CONNECTION THROUGH PERCUSSION

West-African Style Hand Drumming is a dynamic and interactive exercise in connection, self-reflection, breathing, and empowerment. The primal pulse, vibration, and entrained left/right movement supports a deeper connection to self and others while making music, exploring self-expression, and having fun. 75 MIN | $79

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CREATE YOUR OWN COLOR

Color enhances our perception of the world, and influences the way we feel, think, and experience our lives. It can represent emotions, visually reflecting our inner atmosphere. Each hue of paint can be used as a raw material to mix an infinite number of colors. In this class, you will learn the basics of color-mixing, then explore a palette that speaks to you to mix and name your own unique color for a take-home keepsake. Leave your mark by adding your creation to a Living Painting, which will eventually be displayed on property. 105 MIN | $99

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Cultural Photography

Bring any type of camera and learn tips from our professional photographer. Forage for artistic images across the vast variety of cultural and historic sites within the Berkshire county landscape, including Chesterwood, The Mount, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, and Tanglewood. Be inspired by the writers, musicians, and thinkers who have left their mark in these meadows. It is helpful, but not essential, to have a fundamental understanding of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. 105 MIN | $59

Rhythm & Writing

Absorb the rhythmic and melodic improvisations of live drumming to inspire your writing and anchor your thoughts to a meditative beat. Utilizing a variety of instruments, percussionist Adrian Bennett will improvise spirited compositions to inspire a connection to the present moment and create a deeper space for journaling, poetry, memoir, and art. Take home a signature Miraval journal to continue your practice. 45 MIN | $49

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Snapshots of Splendor

This beginner’s level hike opens your eyes and heart to the wonder of the woods. Join us for a spectacular walk with Mark Gerow through old growth to include majestic hemlock forests, an ancient “lone wolf” oak, active beaver dams, and waterfalls; an awe-inspiring space that many are reluctant to leave. Experience a delightful way to de-stress, make deeper connections to mindful moments, and promote overall health and wellbeing. Bring your camera to document this adventure with photos to remind you of the McLellan Reservation’s stunning splendor. This activity is a great follow-up to the Artful Photography Stroll. 135 MIN | $59