Writing For The Self – The Retreat

Kimberly Novosel

Join Flourish Meditation founder and writer/author Kimberly Novosel for a weekend retreat where we’ll practice a variety of writing methods and other creative and reflective mindfulness tools in order to know the self, heal the self, and move the self forward.

Over a cozy weekend on the Washington/Oregon Coast, you’ll learn the art of creative writing as a practice in self-discovery and return home with a new ritual for your growth and wellbeing.

This retreat experience is for anyone who is curious about writing, hungry to connect more with your own creativity, excited to play, and willing to do something brave.

“In the Garden” Ceramic Handbuilding Series

Get ready for Spring! We will explore various techniques to make ceramic projects for the garden; planters, bird baths, watering bells and more! Includes open studio time for the duration of the class as well as glazing and firing.

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  • March 2nd: Pots & Planters 
  • March 9th: Bird/Bee Baths & Garden Markers 
  • March 16th: Garden Oya’s & Watering Bells
  • March 23rd: Birdhouses & Feeders 
  • March 30th: Glazing
  • Sunday, April 7th, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Potluck Show and Tell

Beautifyou Spring Glow Up Detox Retreat

Spring Glow Up Detox Retreat 

 
fresh pressed juice and yoga pose
 
Join Beautifyou Health Coach Teresa Manjard at the Sou’wester and transform your life!
 
She will have Detoxification Yoga, Fresh Pressed Juices, Raw Living Foods, Sauna Sessions, Detoxification Workshops, Sound Bath Healing Session and so much more.
 
$199 plus accommodations – booking promo code shared with participants upon sign up.
 
Text or call Teresa today to reserve your spot!

Coastal Collage Camp

A community art-makiung weekend April 19-21

IPRC Collage Night and the Pacific NW Collage Collective presents the FIRST annual Coastal Collage Camp at the Sou’wester, April 19-21, 2024. We’re looking forward to a weekend of creating in community AND heading home with new tools, materials ideas, and creative prompts to carry us back into daily life.  Register for camp here and book your stay here for 20% off, which extends to the week before and after if you want to make a magical residency or vacation out of collage camp.

Clay Dates

CLAY DATES

We’ll bring the mud, you bring the date!

Clay Dates are a beginner friendly studio session for 2. Your session can be as little as 1hr and as long as 4hrs between the times on your selected date (see drop down menu for available dates).

REGISTER

$65 includes:

  • •x1 open studio session for two.
  • •Basic instruction to make a pair of handbuilt bowls, mugs/cups or candle holders.
  • •Access to studio tools.
  • •Clay, glazing and firing.
  • •One additional, self-guided studio visit (the same week as your Clay Date) to complete any surface design or underglazing. (M,W,F 3-7p or Sat, Sun 10a-4p).

Live Music: Lili St. Anne

Lili St. Anne: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Elizabeth Margit-Anne is the frontwoman of Lili St Anne, a Santa Fe-based art-folk trio that combines the excitement of psychedelic rock with the groundedness of Elizabeth’s folk songwriting. When performing solo, Elizabeth shares the intimacy of her songwriting with grit and grace, exploring themes of love, loss, and grief with a heart-swelling verve. For fans of Laura Gibson, Big Thief, and Sharon Van Etten. Elizabeth grew up coming to Seaview many times a year, and the Sou’Wester holds a very special place in her heart. She is thrilled to be performing here again. Follow Lili St Anne on social media for shows and news of upcoming dual-single release, Water Songs, in Spring of 2024.

 

Live Music: The Apricots

The Apricots: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Apricots are an emerging indie-folk-rock band from Portland, OR that centers vocal harmony. At their core, they’re just a group of best friends that have found purpose in this band. They released their debut self-titled EP, The Apricots, in November 2023. They’re excited to return to the Sou’Wester for their second performance!

Live Music: Jeremy James Meyer

Jeremy James Meyer: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Jeremy James Meyer is an artificer of song. A songwriter’s songwriter. He crafts redemptive songs full of woody rock ‘n’ roll tones. His deep, penetrating voice has a wide range, and is especially captivating in his droning, lower register. He spent the last decade drifting around, a tool belt troubadour, working carpentry by day, bringing folk music to the people at night. As with most well traveled songwriters it’s hard to tell where the road ends and Jeremy James Meyer begins. His songs seamlessly blend plain-language and poetic lyricism. They wander from personal truth to outlaw legends. He’s capable of cathartic protest songs, cosmic country canticles, and dive bar sing-a-longs. Whenever, and however your path crosses with Jeremy James Meyer’s (and it will) prepare for an enchanting, psychedelic trip through cosmic American music.

– Sean Jewell American Standard Time

 

Live Music: Ancient Pools

Ancient Pools: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Ancient Pools is the home recording project of husband and wife duo Vin Christopher and Anna Jeter. They have a soft approach to pop music. Warm, lush synth chords, watery guitar playing and crystalline vocals aim to usher listeners to a calm and peaceful place. 

Live Music: Karyn Ann

Karyn Ann Live at the Sou’wester

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Once described as a “combination of Patty Griffin grit and Amy Winehouse grace” by American Songwriter, soulful Americana/folk-rock singer-songwriter Karyn Ann packs a proverbial punch with her powerful vocals and emotive lyricism. 

Her songwriting and performance chops have earned spots at the Red Ants Pants Music Festival, Tucson Folk Festival and most recently honorable mention by the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. 

Her latest single “8 Hours” reveals Ann’s prowess as a singer-songwriter but also demonstrates her ability to turn personal tribulation into profound artistic expression. More at www.karynann.com

Live Music: Eugenia Riot

Eugenia Riot Live at the Sou’wester

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Portland, Oregon based songwriter Leigh Jones makes a dazzling turn with her latest folk creation: Eugenia Riot. The name was taken from her eldest-known female ancestor, who was born in the year 1205 in Yorkshire, England. An internationally touring musician with a background in theater, Jones delights audiences with her irresistible stage presence and enrapturing voice. She has spoken at the US Embassy in Ethiopia on Women in Music, was selected with her former band Crow and the Canyon for the American Music Abroad program, and has toured the US from coast to coast since 2010.  

She grew up in North Carolina and went on to earn a drama degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her time immersed in the diversity of NYC’s music scene sparked a passion for songwriting, and she was eventually lured to the magic of the Pacific Northwest, where continued to maximize her versatility as a musician. With her former bands, bluegrass outfit Crow and the Canyon, and harmony-driven folk trio Five Letter Word, Jones moved easily from strings to percussion, occasionally throwing on tap shoes to round out a performance. 

Her pandemic-born solo project, Eugenia Riot, explores the crescendos of love, heartache, and the human condition through infectious melodies and a self-examining pen. Featuring Abby Gundersen (Phoebe Bridgers, Noah Gundersen) on strings, Eugenia Riot’s debut album, Can’t Wait To Miss You, is both gentle and fierce, playful and romantic – an engaging blend of folk, rock, and pop.

 

Live music: Night Brunch

Night Brunch Live at The Sou’wester!

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Night Brunch (Portland) brings their dense vocal harmonies and jangular guitar riffs but leaves a few decibels at home for an intimate “Light Brunch” version of their timeless groovemath. 

Live Music: Jonah Sissoyev

Jonah Sissoyev Live at the Sou’wester

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Jonah Sissoyev finds himself on the road often living between a black T shirt and blue jeans, a Walmart parking lots and gasstations. Since the release of SHADOW OF THE SUN Jonah has spent most of His time touring around the country in cities such as Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York.

Workshop: Natural Pigment Making

Apr 27 & 28

Natural Pigment Making Workshop

w/Laura Wright $100

Natural Pigment Making: Local Foraging to Create Plant-Based Watercolors. In this workshop, we will make watercolor paints from plants found in the area around Sou’wester. During day 1, we will ethically forage local plants and begin the process of extracting their color.  We will also prepare a container for our finished paints.  In the second day, participants will learn how to filter out pigment and use it to create watercolor.  Each participant will leave with a set of watercolor paints created from the colors of the Sou’wester landscape.

  • Saturday 2-6p
  • Sunday 12-4p

Location: Sou’wester Lodge Pavilion

Born and raised in Portland, Paige was introduced to ceramics at a young age to help with deficiencies in mainstream academia. She found her stride in making the human form, taking it into college, and earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Ceramics. In a constant pursuit to expand her practice, she has participated in many residences in the US and abroad. This passion led her to take ceramic-centric jobs such as production potter, glaze department supervisor, and adjunct ceramic faculty. Currently, she teaches weekly Ceramics classes and Workshops at Radius Ceramic Studio and in her own classroom The Wright Clay Studio in Portland. 

thewrightclay.com

Workshop: Beach Books & Zines

Apr 13

Beach Books and Zines Workshop

w/Jessica Hoffman $60

Using found materials from the beach as our inspiration, we will create books that explore the give and take of human influence on the beach landscape. We will experiment with low-tech printmaking methods, such as rubbings and stenciling, to create unique zines and art books that catalog our findings.

  • Saturday 2-6p

Location: Sou’wester Lodge Pavilion

Jessica Hoffman was born in Portland, OR, grew up in Southeastern Virginia, spent a few formative years in Washington, DC, nearly a decade in Philadelphia, PA, and currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Jessica received her BFA in Photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC and her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She currently teaches in the Fine Arts Department at Seattle Central College. Along with her partner, Justin Quinlan, Jessica runs Paper Press Punch, a print studio and bindery focused on producing Risograph printed comics, prints, and artist books.

Jessica’s work investigates memory, obsessive behaviors, and interactions between people and communication technology. Her installations include work in several mediums, among them video, photography, books, and printmaking. Jessica has previously been a resident artist at In Cahoots in Petaluma, CA and Trailer Blaze Comics Residency at Sou’Wester through Short Run. Her work has received numerous awards, including an Artist Trust GAP Grant and Pratt Fine Arts Center Fellowship. She has exhibited throughout the US, including at SOIL Gallery and with Interstitial in Seattle, Antenna Gallery in New Orleans, Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art in Wilmington. Jessica serves as an Advisory Board Member for Short Run Seattle.

jessicahoffmaninternet.com, paperpresspunch.com

Workshop: Traditional Japanese Shibori Dying & Sashiko Stitching

Apr 6 & 7

Traditional Japanese Shibori Dying and Sashiko Stitching Workshop

w/Jodie Cord $100

On Saturday 4/6, You will learn about traditional Japanese methods of Shibori dying and then we will put that learning into practice! You will learn how to prepare the indigo dye bath, bind, fold, stitch or otherwise block the fabric to create a pattern, then prepare and dye your pieces. Each person will have the chance to try several methods.

On Sunday 4/7 You will use the Shibori fabric pieces you made to practice the traditional Japanese art of Sashiko stitching. You can bring something to repair or embellish such as jeans or a canvas fabric item, or you can create a work of art to be hung, framed or used for a future project. You can do a basic running stitch pattern or you can use a pattern of your choosing.

  • Saturday 2-6p
  • Sunday 12-4p

Location: Sou’wester Lodge Pavilion

Jodie Cord is a multi-media artist an art teacher and a mother of two. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Painting and a double minor in Sculpture and Art History. She runs a small business out of her backyard called Mother of Cups Pottery and Home Goods. She loves making things, thrifting, and upcycling.

Workshop: Wheel Throwing Fundamentals

Mar 30-31 & Apr 6-7

Wheel Throwing Fundamentals Workshop

w/Kaitlyn Nelson $150

Wheel Throwing Fundamentals (getting centered) and hand building exploration. During the two week course we will be developing beginner skills and techniques for wheel thrown ceramics. This course is designed so give each student 1:1 time to learn how to wheel throw. Between individual wheel throwing sessions with the instructor student will be creating hand built objects and are encouraged explore the properties of clay as a medium. Students will likely bring home 1-2 cylindrical objects and a variety of hand built items. 

  • Saturday 2-6p
  • Sunday 12-4p
  • Includes 1 week of open studio access between classes (M,W,F 3-7)

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

BIO – Kaitlyn Nelson is a multi-disciplinary Artist and Educator. She has a vibrant studio practice working in hybrid media creating surrealism and storytelling infused with a passion for technical craft.  Her creative works amount in a wide breath of material forms as: soft sculpture- mask and costumes, theatrical production, object design, fine art paintings and illustrative book arts. Kaitlyn is originally from Portland, OR where she received a BFA in illustration and Communication Design at PNCA in 2017. She is currently working on a film, “Mistakes Will Be Made” as well as a children’s book / Cumphy synth collaborative album.

Workshop: Nerikomi Plates & Platters (FULL)

Mar 23

Nerikomi Plates and Platters Workshop (FULL)

w/Ally Bruser $70

In this workshop, students will explore the “nerikomi” technique of pressing or folding multiple colors of clay to achieve unique surface designs. Students will learn the basics of hand-building with clay while creating plates and platters for any purpose. This class is beginner-friendly and includes all the tools you need, clay, glaze, and firing of two or three finished pieces.

  • Saturday 2-6p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

Ally Bruser is an elementary school art teacher, artist, and mother living in southwest Washington, on the unceded territory of the Chinook Nation. Most of her ceramics are handbuilt using Nerikomi techniques — the process of pressing and folding multiple colors of clay together and then rolling them into slabs. When not making pottery, Ally is working towards making the arts and arts learning experiences more accessible as the Program Manager for Sou’wester Arts. Visit albepottery.com or follow @albepottery on Instagram to learn more about Ally and her pottery process.

Workshop: Ceramic Candelabras

Mar 2 & 3

Ceramic Candelabras Workshop

w/Taylor Stefanski $108

In this 2 day candelabra workshop we will be touching on form and function. Candelabras traditionally are tall candle holders for taper candles – the height of both help illuminate a space. We will cover rolling coils, shaping and designing our forms on the first day. On the second day of class we will refine our taper holders and assemble everything to create our candelabras. This class is great for beginners and experienced folks alike.

  • Saturday 2-6p
  • Sunday 12-4p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

T. Stefanski / Taylor Stefanski is a ceramicist living in Seattle, WA.

Their work is deeply inspired by the sea. Explores ideas of imperfection and honors the nature of the tides through meditative repetition. Expressed in the chosen hand-building process – each of their pieces are created primarily using a coil-building technique. Where she rolls each coil by hand to create each unique, one-of-a-kind forms.

Graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a focus on printmaking and sculpture. Their ceramic work is carried in a variety of stores in Seattle, Portland, and LA. She currently works and teaches in her studio in Capitol Hill.

@t.stefanski      tstefanski.com

Workshop: Playful & Sculptural Ceramic Cups (FULL)

Feb 24

Playful & Sculptural Ceramic Cups Workshop

w/Ashley Campbell $65

Who says cups have to be strictly utilitarian or sculptural and not both? I am a firm believer in usable art and I love to dive into this mentality with one of our most used objects, the cup! In this workshop, your instructor, Ashley Campbell of The Beige Motel will show you the wonderful ways to use mason stains to color your clay. We will be discussing marbling and inlay techniques to create colorful patterns and then use templates, cutters, and molds to create our vessels. Each student can expect to create a pair of colorful cups to take home. 

  • Saturday 2-6p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

FULL

Ashley Corpuz Campbell is a Filipino-American ceramic artist. Her work is deeply influenced by her childhood experiences and the loneliness felt growing up as a mixed-race kid in 90s suburbia. It has become a major theme in her work and she gathers color inspiration and imagery from the myriad of cartoons and TV shows she watched as a kid. Ashley works mostly in porcelain, using a variety of pigments to stain her clay. She utilizes bright colors mixed with pastel tones to create playful landscapes with a maximalist mentality.

@thebeigemotel

TheBeigeMotel.com

Workshop: Sgraffito Vases – Ceramic Surface Design

Feb 17 & 18

Sgraffito Vases: Ceramic Surface Design Workshop

w/Jo Pfeirer $105

Sgraffito Vases: During this weekend workshop, students will spend the first day creating 2-3 10 inch vases with clay and spend the second day decorating them with the beautiful, versatile style of Sgraffito. A perfect project for the first spring blooms! 

  • Saturday 2-6p
  • Sunday 12-4p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

 
Jo began working with clay in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2019 that she built a home studio and eventually turned a hobby into a full-time career. Since 2021 She has been teaching and working as a studio manager at Morning Ceramics Studio in Portland, OR. As an instructor, She provides students with the foundations of wheel throwing and hand building with clay. Jo caters to both beginners and advanced artists through project-based learning techniques, working with students individually in the classroom to help them make the work that interests them. Jopots.com

Workshop: Kintsugi Breaking & Mending (FULL)

Feb 10

Kintsugi Breaking and Mending Workshop (FULL)

w/Glenda Goodrich $70

Where Grief, Gratitude, and Beauty Coexist.

Come join us as we delve into the art of breaking and mending. Participants will choose a bowl to break and mend as a ceremonial metaphor for the woundings of life and the beauty that comes from its broken places. The act of breaking a bowl and mending the “scars” with gold is based on the Japanese art of Kintsugi. Kintsugi teaches us we cannot go back to the way we were before, but instead move forward with our woundings and the beauty they can bring. Students will leave with a ceramic bowl with golden mended fault lines as a reminder of the places where grief, gratitude, and beauty coexist, as well as the opportunity to reframe old ideas about loss and adversity. Workshop fee includes ceremony, instruction, bowls, and all materials.

  • Saturday 1:30-6p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

Glenda “GG” Goodrich is an artist, art doula, author, and SoulCollage(r) facilitator living in Salem, OR. GG works one-on-one and with groups to create opportunities for people to explore their intuitive creative potential. Her students describe her teaching style as fun, warm and supportive. She recently published her first book, Solo Passage: 13 Quests, 13 Questions (available wherever books are sold), which is a testament to the healing and restorative powers of nature illustrated through stories about her vision questing experiences in the wild over a 20-year period.

Glendagoodrich.com    @glendagoodrich      #ggsdowntoearthstudio

Workshop: Clay Creatures & Miniature Things

Feb 3 & 4

Clay Creatures and Miniature Things Workshop

w/Kaitlyn Nelson $70

In Clay Creatures and Miniature Things we will spend 2 days learning a variety of hand building techniques to create objects such as clay tiles, mini figurines, pinch pots, coil pots and more! On day two we will spend time painting our sculptures using underglazes with a clear top coat.

  • Saturday 2-6p
  • Sunday 12-4p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

 
Kaitlyn Nelson is a multi-disciplinary Artist and Educator. She has a vibrant studio practice working in hybrid media creating surrealism and storytelling infused with a passion for technical craft.  Her creative works amount in a wide breath of material forms as: soft sculpture- mask and costumes, theatrical production, object design, fine art paintings and illustrative book arts. Kaitlyn is originally from Portland, OR where she received a BFA in illustration and Communication Design at PNCA in 2017. She is currently working on a film, “Mistakes Will Be Made” as well as a children’s book / Cumphy synth collaborative album.

Workshop: Ceramic Trinket Trays or Watercolor Palettes

Jan 27

Ceramic Trinket Trays (or Watercolor Palettes) Workshop

w/Kimberly Gottschalk $70

Join us for a hands-on, one-day hand-building workshop where you can craft a unique ceramic trinket tray or watercolor palette! Throughout an engaging 4-hour session, you will dive into the art of ceramics, learning the fundamentals of working with clay before creating a unique template to help shape your clay into your choice of tray or palette. Please bring pictures or ideas of shapes to work with.

  • Saturday 2-6p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

Kimberly is an emerging potter who crafts joyful objects, drawing inspiration from personal experiences and nature, shaping the clay through emotion and intention. She owns Lucida Ceramics, specializing in the whimsical, illustrative, and sometimes spooky. Always seeking to learn from the world around her and expand her techniques, you can find her in the woods as often as in the studio.

https://www.instagram.com/lucida.ceramics/

Workshop: Ceramic Sculptures – Making faces with clay

Jan 20 & 21

Ceramic Sculptures: Making faces with clay Workshop

w/Paige Wright $110

Students with learn proportions, sculptural rendering, surface anatomy, solid building techniques, and many ceramic finishing options while building a life-size human head out of clay.

  • Saturday 2-6p
  • Sunday 12-4p

Location: Ilwaco Artworks

About Paige – Born and raised in Portland, Paige was introduced to ceramics at a young age to help with deficiencies in mainstream academia. She found her stride in making the human form, taking it into college, and earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Ceramics. In a constant pursuit to expand her practice, she has participated in many residences in the US and abroad. This passion led her to take ceramic-centric jobs such as production potter, glaze department supervisor, and adjunct ceramic faculty. Currently, she teaches weekly Ceramics classes and Workshops at Radius Ceramic Studio and in her own classroom The Wright Clay Studio in Portland.

thewrightclay.com

Workshop: Sculpted Hats – (Full)

Jan 20 & 21

Sculpted Hats: Wet Felted Millinery Workshop (FULL)

w/Mikal Robinson $100

Working with Pacific Northwest grown wool roving and olive oil soap, each student will shape and create a custom felted hat. Learn how to make a hood pattern and felt in 3D using a wet resist. Blocking and shaping will be done with the assistance of a variety of unique hat molds to choose from. As well as your head. Make sure to bring dry extra clothes. This class will clean everything but potentially leave your sleeves and collar a little water logged. Olive oil soap makes this felting class a good choice for sensitive skin or allergies. 

  • Saturday 2-6p
  • Sunday 12-4p

Location: Sou’wester Lodge Pavilion

Mikal Robinson is a queer alterly abled inspired felter, fiber artist, and educator. The lead instructor for Feral Felt and Wild Child Arts Education for over 17 years. Creating containers for shared learning and enthusiasm wherever they roam.

They have been sharing their love of hand crafts and honoring them as a fine art since childhood. Always encouraging people to remember the vital importance of supporting and maintaining our fibersheds. 

Reminding us that clothing is the shelter we wear. A long known way to communicate visually and embody one’s culture and identity. Always an opportunity for adornment.

To learn more about their classes, workshops, camps, afterschool programs, hand hammered jewelry and fiber art check out www. feralfinearts.com