Workshop near London

A Deep Touch Drawing Retreat with Deborah Koff-Chapin
September 22 – 24
At Emerson College in East Sussex, United Kingdom


Ruskin Hall where we will meet

Delve into your soul as you immerse yourself in this simple but profound creative process. Touch Drawing is a transformative art form. Through the touch of fingertips on paper that has been placed over paint, marks are formed on the underside. The speed and directness of Touch Drawing allows you to create many images in each session. This provides a sense of freedom and presence as you move from one drawing to the next. As you deepen into the process, it can feel as if you have opened a portal through which your soul can flow through your hands and onto paper. After the drawing session, you can witness your whole series; imprints of your transformational process.

Touch Drawing is a practice that integrates art, therapy, and spirituality. People who do not identify as artists frequently have powerful experiences of creative expression, intuition, insight. Those with art skills find a renewed source of inspiration and authenticity. 

In this retreat, Deborah will hold a safe and sacred space for your inward journey. Her evocative live music (voice, drum, chimes and crystal singing bowls) creates a resonant field as you draw. Other expressive art forms such as movement, writing and toning will support you to open to your creative source and gain insight into the images that emerge. Witnessing with partners and in circle will support a sense of connection and community.

Touch Drawing has applications in a great range of professions; therapy, art, healthcare, hospice, education, social work, the intuitive arts and as a creative/spiritual practice. You will be encouraged to develop your own ways of integrating it into you life and work. No artistic confidence necessary!

Emerson College

Emerson College in East Sussex. One hour by train from Central London and only one half hour from Gatwick airport. See detailed travel information.

This is an intensive retreat. We begin with a session on Friday afternoon at 14:00 and continue into the evening after dinner. On Saturday we meet for morning, afternoon and evening sessions, and a long morning session on Sunday. Lunch is included Sunday so stay to relax and integrate before departing. 

Cost of £225 includes tuition and a Touch Drawing materials kit to use and take home
We will gather for six complete sessions weaving Touch Drawing with other expressive arts forms. Your Touch Drawing materials kit includes six tubes 37ml of Winsor Newton Artisan water mixable oil paints, one Speedball 4″ brayer, a zippered carrying case for paints and brayer, 200 sheets of paper and a drawing board. We also supply poster board and medium to mount 2-3 drawings. 

Accommodation and Meals
We have a limited number of private rooms with shared bath at Emerson College. Register soon if you want to be sure to stay onsite. All meals are vegetarian. With advance notice, we can accommodate gluten free and vegan diets. Please notify us of special needs on the registration form. More about the organic & biodynamic vegetarian food.

£114  Stay onsite
Private room, shared bath, all meals including breakfast from Friday supper through Sunday lunch. About accommodations at Emerson
£33  Stay offsite
Supper Friday, lunch and supper Saturday, lunch Sunday. See list of local B&B’s and hotels. 


We expect to fill so register soon. Contact The Center for Touch Drawing with questions.