Make Art, Feel Happy!

It’s my passion and belief that we can become happier people by exploring our deeper inner workings through the creative process.

 

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Let’s take an inspirational journey to a magical land…

I’m so excited to invite you to join me for an incredible adventure to the mystical, magical west coast of Ireland. To the Emerald Isle, where magic, mystery and myth enchant the very soil! This 7 night/8 day all inclusive creative journey will be hosted by The Essence of Mulranny Studio (EOM ), run and operated by artist, Lora Murphy and located in the quaint coastal village of Mulranny! A place full of rugged beauty, fascinating history and endless inspiration! Come create with me in Ireland!

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One of my missions in life is to help make this world a better place. My particular brand of ‘medicine’ is to help people get in touch with their innate creative fire so that they may live happier lives. Self love, self awareness and self connection play a big part in the work that I do with people. I think that improving our relationships with ourselves can have a direct positive impact on our relationships with others and with the world. My art work is stylised, innocent, colourful, layered and whimsical in nature.

I love avocados, kindness and messy hair.


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Tamara Laporte (‘willowing’) is a creative catalyst of thousands of beautiful people. She is a celebrated mixed media artist and art teacher who has been running her own creative business since 2008. Her work can be described as ‘mixed media folk art’ with a focus on ‘magical realism’. It ranges from whimsical children’s illustrations to a more stylised fantasy art. Love, mystery, innocence, hope, spirituality, kindness and self-connection inspires her art work. Symbolism and layering play a big part in her work. Her paintings often contain healing themes, uplifting messages and inspirational poetry.

She believes that the act of creating art can be a gateway into healing and personal growth – often, her art classes contain an element of self development as well as learning art techniques. She is deeply devoted to helping people get in touch with their creative fire and would love to help YOU too to get in touch with the artist in you!

Tam is the inventor and creator of Life Book a year long art course that includes some of the most celebrated mixed media and personal development teachers out there. Since its inception it’s been joined by over 20,500+people who’ve gained tremendous artistic and personal skills through it.

Deeply passionate and caring for the well-being of the world and its people, Tam works tirelessly to bring uplifting, nourishing, creative and empowering content to her amazing tribe of over 43,000+ soul


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FROM OUR HOST - LORA

We invite you to imagine standing on the panoramic hillside of our studio, taking in the spectacular views of Clew bay and Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s holy mountain).

Open your heart to the profoundly moving drama of constantly shifting Atlantic skies, reflecting a ever changing light show on the bay. The wildness and drama of this spectacular area belie the peace and connection you will feel to Ireland and to this very special place.

Lay on a blanket in the heather and watch the stars emerge on a clear night or walk along the rocky shores, to gather shells, driftwood and memories. Find yourself letting go of the stress of everyday life, feel the mystery and beauty of this land, awakening your senses.

This unspoiled place provide a safe place of inspiration and experimentation to stretch your skills in whatever medium you are working on.

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You are warmly invited to stay awhile.


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Your 8 days will be a beautiful blend of studio time, delightful excursions, cultural experiences and of course, plenty of free time to rest and explore! You can arrive, unpack your suitcase (and your art supplies) and truly relax, since the entire group will make it’s home at the gorgeous Essence of Mulranny compound, run and operated by artist, Lora Murphy.

Tam will guide you through 3 magical days with many projects

Main class: Learn how to create a compassionate whimsical girl character with her little companion while exploring a variety of mixed media art supplies and techniques. You will play with paint, marker, collage and pencils while working in a relaxed environment. 

Come make a Quirky Bird with Tam! We all have quirky traits we are sometimes embarrassed about. This Quirky Bird is here to remind you to embrace your quirks and flaws and celebrate them! 

Turn a Little into a Lot! Let's look at how we can work in our journals (or on smaller single pages) with limited supplies. You don't need that many supplies to make some meaningful and fun art! Whether you're on a holiday, on a low budget or want to do some 'couch art', in this lesson you will learn how to use only a handful of supplies to make some wonderful pieces of meaningful art. 

and Lora will teach a full one day Encaustic project that will be perfect for experienced as well as newbies to the world of wax….

We will be visiting enchanting villages, strolling along the beautiful coastline, touring ancient castles and ruins, visiting our fabulous Old Irish Goat sanctuary and creating all along the way! The creative inspiration will be all around you!

Join Us In Mulranny, Ireland

Meet the local people, warm, friendly and always happy to chat and share a story or a cup of tea. Shop in our local village of Westport and pop into a local pub or two!

Embrace the History

Dream about the history of past times, evident in every field with old stone walls, every stoic castle and each abandoned cottage.

Fascinating Excursions

Visit historic sites, Learn about the infamous Irish Pirate Queen and visit one of her many castles. Hear the story of our Stone Age ancestors and experience the myths and magic of Irelands spiritual roots while standing in one of the ancient stone circles. This is indeed a land of legends!

Revel in the natural beauty of this magical place

Finding something to inspire you is not hard with the richness of the various eco systems surrounding Mulranny - from marine to mountain landscapes, with grasslands, bog and heather hills - this enchanted land casts a spell on any artist.

We are at the Edge of Europe

Being in Mulranny is all about being on the edge, on the edge of Europe, on the edge of land and the great ocean seas and the edge of yourself. Edges lead to new boundaries when invited to expand.

Get Inspired

Bring your camera , your sketchbooks and prepare to lose your heart in it all, your mind full of inspiration.



DATES: July18- July 25, 2020

PRICE:

$3495 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM/SHARED BATHROOM

$4150 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM

($500 Non refundable Deposit will secure your place )


 

AT THIS RETREAT YOU WILL

  • Learn how to create a compassionate whimsical girl character with her little companion while exploring a variety of mixed media art supplies and techniques. You will play with paint, marker, collage and pencils while working in a relaxed environment. 

  • Come make a Quirky Bird with Tam! We all have quirky traits we are sometimes embarrassed about. This Quirky Bird is here to remind you to embrace your quirks and flaws and celebrate them! 

  • Turn a Little into a Lot! Let's look at how we can work in our journals (or on smaller single pages) with limited supplies. You don't need that many supplies to make some meaningful and fun art! Whether you're on a holiday, on a low budget or want to do some 'couch art', in this lesson you will learn how to use only a handful of supplies to make some wonderful pieces of meaningful art. 

    Plus a bonus class with Lora Murphy, who will teach you how to make a fabulous Encaustic portrait! Even if you have never used wax, you will love this technique

  • Fill your art journal with memorable pieces from our trip

  • Create beautiful and soulful art that you will treasure for years to come

  • Experience the beauty and culture of this magical land

  • Visit many historical sites and locations

  • Shop at quaint Irish villages

  • Enjoy healthy, nourishing chef prepared meals

  • Meet and connect with artists from around the world

  • and so MUCH MORE….

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YOUR HOME FOR THE WEEK

This beautiful learning center is complete with well equipped mixed media/encaustic art studio, private bedrooms, a cozy gathering room with fireplace and group kitchen for those midnight snacks! All meals will be included and prepared by an on-site private chef and will focus on delicious, healthy cuisine.


DATES: July18- July 25, 2020

PRICE:

$3495 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM/SHARED BATHROOM

$4150 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM

($500 Non refundable Deposit will secure your place )


INCLUDED IN YOUR RETREAT

  • Workshop instruction

  • Some supplies (we be specified closer to trip)

  • 7 nights nights lodging

  • Transportation from Westport to the Studio (it is recommended to fly into Dublin airport and get the Train to Wesptort where we will collect you .

  • All meals except - 2 lunches & 1 dinner

  • All tour & excursion fees

  • Champagne reception


  • WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

    • Travel costs / Airfare

    • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable

    • Additional nights lodging

TAKE A TOUR OF MULRANNY AND SURROUNDING REGIONS…