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Touch Drawing Gathering 2016

July 10, 2016 - July 16, 2016

Join us July 10—15 for our 19th Annual Touch Drawing Gathering.
The Gathering is a six-day intensive that provides a deep immersion in the process of Touch Drawing.

We meet with the support of community, the beauty of the earth and the blessing of your creative soul. Oriented to people who feel a calling to share Touch Drawing with others, this experience provides ground out of which your own way of facilitating can grow.

The Gathering has a sacred and joyous quality. Words fail to adequately describe it. Drawing sessions are deep and expansive.  I hold space with heartbeat drum, crystal bowls and vocal toning. Creative writing, gentle movement, vocal sound practices and group sharing are woven through each day. These creative processes compliment the drawing sessions and help you explore the images that emerge. Afternoon quiet time and a day of silence allow for integration and renewal. During the week, our focus moves through an organic progression from personal, to interpersonal, to transpersonal. Together we generate an atmosphere that enlivens and inspires.

It is time for Touch Drawing to be held by a stronger network. This year we will offer more support for facilitators. I will happily talk with you one-on-one during mealtimes. You will meet in a small group based on common interests. We will encourage more active engagement online before and after the Gathering. We are open to the emergence of new possibilities! Read about Facilitating Touch Drawing.

You are not required to have done Touch Drawing before attending. If you have not had access to workshops in your region, this is the event most worth traveling to. If you are a therapist, educator, counselor, artist, social worker, intuitive, health practitioner, body worker, spiritual director, healer, life coach, expressive arts facilitator, community volunteer or student in these or other fields, you will be empowered to integrate Touch Drawing into your life and work in your unique way.

To get a sense of this unique event, watch the video below, scroll down to see slide shows, and read the FAQ. To get a sense of the flow of the week, see What We Do and the Daily Schedule. Though as stated above, there will be some new elements this year.

A flow of images as we delve into our souls through drawing, moving,
reflecting, witnessing, coloring and basking in the glowing presence.

We meet at The Chinook Center, amidst 100 acres of protected forest on Whidbey Island, Washington. This is a place of deep spirit, nature and beauty. Our sacred studio is the awe-inspiringThomas Berry Hall. My husband Ross Chapin was the architect for this and other buildings. We have a long relationship with this place and it holds the Gathering in blessing.

We walk and draw in the large Chartres-style outdoor labyrinth. Sacred sites such as the Woodland Sanctuary, and ‘Earth Nest’ are available for quiet times. There are miles of trails through the forest and a cedar sauna built by the original Finnish settlers. The beaches of Puget Sound are a few minutes away, and can be visited during the rest times. On our day of silence, chose to go to Whidbey State Park where you can draw in an old growth forest and on a beach facing the majestic Olympic Mountains. Or settle into the beauty our retreat center for the day.

Our meals are prepared by an inspired chef who uses produce from the garden and local farmers. Every bite is truly a delight, and her service is loving and abundant. Much of her cooking is gluten and dairy free.

On our last day, you are invited to stay for a relaxed afternoon in the seaside village of Langley, and share a pizza dinner on my front porch. This integration time is an enriching part of the whole experience. This year, you can choose to stay in your room in the retreat center on Friday night. More info on this when you register.

Feel free to email or call 360-221-5745 if you have questions.

Blessings, Deborah Koff-Chapin


July 10, 2016
July 16, 2016