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Inspiring Reads: Salve For The Soul

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Inspiring Reads: Salve For The Soul

Sometimes, I laugh at the idea of creative block: A block is the last thing I’d call it, because that would imply a wall, and there are so many ways to break down, bore a hole through, and pick away at a wall.

No, I get stuck in creative quagmires – absolutely deadly artistic quick sand that grabs ahold of my soul and sucks out every last drop of creativity. It’s awful.

Sometimes, I just need someone to tell me that it’s okay,that this, too, shall pass. That even the greats – even my idols – have found themselves in a quagmire or two. And that’s exactly what the following six books do, offering really helpful exercises, tasks, and activities that help jumpstart my creativity, even in my worst moments.

 

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Charleston, SC: Explore Your Creative Side

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Charleston, SC: Explore Your Creative Side in the Cradle of Southern Hospitality

It’s the sound of a horse-drawn carriage – clip-clop clip-clop – trotting down a timeworn, cobblestone street. It’s the breeze that whispers past, bringing with it the scent of honeysuckle, accidentally snagged in the horse’s bridle. It’s the sun that streams through puffy clouds, drenching the scene before you in a bath of golden light.

It’s the she-crab soup, or the country-cured hams, or the flaky cornbread sitting before you, gracing a table silhouetted against antebellum views – of wrought-iron Juliette balconies and historic harbors, breezy palmetto palms and sidewalk cafés. Cafés just like the one at which you’re seated.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, Puye Cliffs, Essentrics

Interview: Brecia Kralovic-Logan and Weaving Your Creative Life

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Certain travel destinations perfectly suit some individuals. Every place offers its own rewards and lessons through various combinations of climates and cultures. Retreat leader Brecia Kralovic-Logan is one of those rare individuals who could find beauty and comfort in any location, but after interviewing her we’re pretty sure that the desert is her happy place. 

From Native American weaving to lightning storms to the spiritual undertone that fuels all artistic creation, enjoy Arts and Cultural Travel’s second interview with this amazing woman:  Read More

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Susan E. Mead M.H., Essentrics Instructor & Author

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A Master Herbalist in private practice since 1996, Susan has been guiding and supporting clients through their journey to take back their bodies and health care decisions. Susan continues to inspire those seeking solutions to embracing a healthy lifestyle blending her skills and experiences as a Yoga and Essentrics Instructor.  Her book, Take Back Your Body, was release with a glowing endorsement by Christine Northrup, M.D.

Our 5 day “Essentrics in Santa Fe” with Susan offers a unique take on experiencing the flavors and cultures of the Southwest. We are delighted to chat with her about this upcoming event that runs October 13-17, 2016.

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Guatemala: Art, Culture & Creativity

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Guatemala: A Land of Inspiration! 

Natural dyes. Horse-drawn carriages. Organic coffee. Smooth jade. Women’s cooperatives. Backstrap weavings. Colorful textiles. Local wine and cheese.

Without a moment’s hesitation, we say that Guatemala is a natural, cultural and artistic wonderland. And we love to explore it.

We’ve created a  journey  that takes a meandering tour through Colonial Antigua, rural Guatemala and Mayan culture. There are many special moments and cultural riches in store, but here are a few of our favorite highlights, guaranteed to engage your senses:

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The Ultimate Girls’ Getaway

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The Ultimate Girls’ Getaways & Mother-Daughter Trips (And How You Can Take One, Free!)

You know the typical annual vacation, where you’re herding the kids, or compromising with your husband, or planning a so-called balanced itinerary that touches on everyone’s interests but doesn’t dig into any?

Yeah, let’s skip that this year.

 

A growing trend in the travel industry, girls’ getaways – and their brainchild, mother-daughter getaways – invite women to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize with their besties. Add in serious bonding over themed travel – spa getaways, culinary extravaganzas, and yoga retreats, for example – and you have a real recipe for a vacation that you’ll love, no compromise required.

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Catherine Cross Tsintzos Interview: Inviting Art into Life

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After interviewing Catherine Cross Tsintzos, it is difficult to not be blown away by the many facets that her lifetime of art and exploration has resulted in. From crayons to collage, fine art to fine craft, farming indigo to making it into dye; no one can put this woman in a box!

Her passion shines through in all that she does, and we are looking forward to hosting her in Cuba for our upcoming travel journaling workshop. With many ways to experience this fascinating city on the verge of historical change, Catherine will be guiding you through a series of techniques to capture the essence of Cuba and it’s people in a unique format…the travel journal. What can you create when you allow art into your life? Just ask Catherine…


 

Talk to me about your evolution as an artist… How did it begin, how was it nurtured, and how has your art changed over the years?

Creativity and has always been in my makeup. I was allowed to be myself and had many opportunities to become confident with my art and self expression growing up. A family who supported the arts made it easy for me to transition into keeping art in my life as an adult. Mother always nurtured the art as I was growing up by providing plenty of Crayolas, paints, coloring books, blank paper and art lessons. As a child, I spent time with my grandmother who would hand color tint black and white photographs with oil paints and created exotic and fun decorations during holidays. She was a wonderful storyteller. I was given freedom as a teenager to paint murals on the walls of my bedroom and large chip boards for painting on in our basement.

I recognized in my late 20’s that keeping art in my life was critical to my well being and shared with my family that my life from that day forward would never involve work that was not connected to art and creativity. During my thirties and forties, I created much more art to sale and exhibit. When I reached 50, educating others to keep the arts alive seemed to shift as a big focus and selling my art became less important. With a supportive family, strong faith and wonderful friends, my life has been an arts mission.

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Savor The Last Days Of Summer: Refreshing Drinks From Around The World

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With just a few weeks of summer left here in the Northeast, the summer heat may still have you craving cool, icy refreshment.

And while we can’t bring back the summer, we can sure celebrate to keep the memories alive. That’s right, it’s time to go international – with some of the world’s best warm-weather drinks (both non-alcoholic and with a bit of a twist!).

Here at Arts & Cultural Travel, we’re happy to take to our kitchens to whip up some of our remembered favorites from far-flung destinations. We’re happy to take one for the team, sampling, sipping (and sometimes chugging) our way to celebrate the end-of-summer.

And to make it simple, we’ve chosen beverages with easy-to-find ingredients. So stay cool and savor those memories!

Let’s start with non-alcoholic:


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