July 16-21, 2017
The Gathering is a six-day intensive that provides a deep immersion in the process of Touch Drawing. Held within the beauty of the forest and the safety of the circle, you are invited to embody your creative soul. Oriented to people who feel a calling to share Touch Drawing, this experience provides fertile 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 of the drum, crystal bowls and vocal toning. Reflective writing, gentle movement, vocal practices and group sharing are woven through each day. These creative processes compliment the deep drawing sessions and help you explore the images that emerge. Afternoon quiet times and a day of silence allow for integration and renewal. In the course of the week, our focus moves through an organic progression: from personal, to interpersonal, to transpersonal. Together we generate an atmosphere that enlivens and inspires.
The Gathering is for people who are interested in bringing Touch Drawing into their work in their own unique ways. I am available to talk with you about your particular interests during mealtimes, and encourage connection between attendees with common interests. An online platform for Facilitators will support you to stay connected after the Gathering. 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 fields, you will be empowered to integrate Touch Drawing into your life and work.
Read about Facilitating Touch Drawing.
To get a sense of this unique event, scroll down to see slide shows, and read the FAQ. To get a feeling for the flow of the week, see What We Do and the Daily Schedule. Reflections from participants convey some of the ineffable qualities of the Gathering. Watch the video Reflections on Touch Drawing, which was filmed at the Gathering.
We meet at The Chinook Center, amidst 100 acres of forest on Whidbey Island, Washington. This is a place of deep spirit, nature and beauty. Our sacred studio is the awe-inspiring Thomas 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. On our final evening, we hold a sacred space through movement, drumming, vocalizing in the mandala of the ‘Longdance’, to integrate and embody the transformative vision of our time together.
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, with vegetarian options always available.
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 on Friday night after the Gathering. Feel free to email or call 360-221-5745 if you have questions.
Blessings, Deborah Koff-Chapin
Registration is not formally open yet – there might be small price changes, but you are welcome to fill out the form with the deposit to hold your place.
Gathering Slide Shows from Past Years
• Immerse in the sacredness of the creative process.
• Meet & be inspired by kindred souls
• Reflect on your images through poetic writing.
• Open your voice through vibrational sound practices.
• Attune to subtle energies through awareness & movement practices.
• Develop trust in your intuition by creating drawings for a partner.
• Settle into silence in an old growth forest & driftwood beach.
• Bring your images to greater fruition by mounting & coloring.
• Integrate Touch Drawing & Expressive Arts into your life & work.
• Celebrate & Integrate through the ‘Long Dance’.