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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CYANOTYPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Bring awareness to your senses and shift your perspective with a woodland walk. Create a one-of-a-kind image through the cyanotype process, a hands-on form of photography that doesn’t require a camera. Reframe how you view common plants by capturing their beauty through sunlight to make your photo. No previous experience needed. 50 MIN

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SIP & SKETCH: A Gilded-Age Gathering

William Cullen Bryant’s Sketch Club cultivated creativity through art and literature. Notable members included Asher B. Durand, George Inness, Thomas Cole, and Samuel Morse. Visit Wyndhurst mansion for a glass of wine and a reimagined club to unleash your pictorial and narrative vision of the Berkshires to take home with you. 75 MIN | $99

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

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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

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EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

What does art mean to you? Ascend the steep spiral staircase to our Tower Studio to join resident artist Cassandra Kennedy in this workshop of artful observance. Through guided discussion and inward reflection, you will have the opportunity to discover what a chosen piece of art evokes for you. Become attuned to your emotional reactions and attitudes as you expand your frame of mind in this thoughtful approach of awareness through art. 50 MIN

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

MINDFULNESS & MANIFESTATION: Nature's Sacred Shapes

We can create physical manifestations of our minds when we step out into nature and call upon our consciousness to transmute its intentions into something tangible. Take a walk with Susanna Beattie and gather objects from outside, including leaves, sticks, pinecones, flowers, and rocks to symbolize the sacred elements of your meditative journey and share them with your fellow travelers in this interactive workshop. 75 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

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ART WALK

The Berkshires has long been a hub for artists and creative personalities. Enjoy the unique and inspired local artworks that grace the Miraval property on a guided tour with one of our guides. Tours are offered in English, Spanish, and French. 50 MIN

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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

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THE ART OF MOVEMENT

This advanced-level class is designed as an intense movement meditation workshop. Specialist Cassandra Kennedy will guide you through select techniques of Budokon yoga, using the challenging physical transitions to empower body, mind, and spirit. Become inspired by artful movements, pioneered by the Budokon style, as you confront your established patterns and refresh your perspective. Invigorate body and mind in this unique class and learn to take your physical and mental practice to the next level. 45 MIN

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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

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INTROSPECTIVE JOURNALING: Poetry, Purpose & Perspective

Mindfulness practice and journal writing go hand in hand in this session that helps you achieve a point of psychological balance that allows for your best introspective writing to flow. Great for journaling, poetry writing, or self-study as practiced in the yoga tradition known as svadhyaya for personal growth and illumination. $

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POETRY-GUIDED IMAGERY

Activate your imagination to explore your inner landscape with a compelling narrative that weaves classic poetry with guided imagery.

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POETRY THEATER: Recitation of the Soul

Join Brian Paul Allison for a theatrical delivery of classic and modern poetry in a tour-de-force performance that stimulates the mind and enriches the heart, awakening and delighting the muses of imagination and creativity. $

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SWING & SIP

Step back to another century with a swing in your step and a 1920s-inspired cocktail. Create a vintage cocktail from a bygone era and learn swing dancing basics in the grand ballroom at Wyndhurst Mansion. Make it a night to remember by following with one of our exclusive 1894 tasting or prix-fixe dinners. $