Michael Anderson

Art of being
April 21 – 26, 2019


April 21 – 26, 2019 – Michael Anderson
Find inner stillness and reconnect with the artist in you, surrounded by the rich sensory delights of Sicily!

Join Michael Anderson for art and mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness meditation allows us to drop out of the busy, frantic energy that often fills our minds and lives. It allows us to tap into a deeper sense of being. Out of this stillness, our authentic self begins to emerge. From this place of openness and stillness, the butterfly of our inner artist emerges, in colors and patterns uniquely our own! Perhaps you have never picked up a paintbrush, or maybe you have been making art your whole life. No matter where you are, we will all start at square one with a “beginner’s mind.” Whether for a first take, or a fresh take, we will journey through the creative process together, in a supportive community of fellow travelers. We will see artistic expression as a vital way to make meaning of our unique experience in the world; a transformative process of becoming more fully ourselves. It is a creative capacity we all share, an inherent mark of our human heritage.

This workshop will introduce you to a variety of mindfulness practices you can take back into your daily life. They will be woven throughout the structure of the program, and will lead into art encounters designed to nurture and give wings to the artist within. The level of guidance or independence in these activities can be tailored to each individual’s needs or desires.

We will also explore the art of being in the world – how we can carry these contemplative practices into our experience of landscape and history, and how we can locate our own place within it. Our playground for these explorations will be the rich cultural landscape of western Sicily – the salt pans that drape the coastline, where salt has been harvested by hand since the time of the Phoenicians, the stunning temple and amphitheater left behind by the Greeks at Segesta, and the grand medieval fortress and mountaintop village of Erice, with breathtaking, panoramic views high above the Mediterranean. What resonates with each of us in these encounters will be unique to our own experience. The seeds of that curiosity will take root in our artwork.

The container for this birth (or re-birth) of the artist will be Salinara, a farm villa from 1796, beautifully and lovingly restored by its owners, with attention to detail and design of the time period. A centerpiece of our time together will be our communal meals and our evening “salons” by the hearth of Salinara’s common room, in which participants will have the option of offering a part of their own experience – whether it be artwork, a song, a curiosity, a passion – whatever it is that makes them come alive!

Come along with us for a transformative art experience in Sicily. All art materials, excursions, and delicious Sicilian regional meals from our local chef are included.

MICHAEL has been an artist and educator for twenty years.

He currently teaches Art at the American International School, Vienna. He holds an MA in Art and Art Education from Columbia University in New York, and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota.

He is a certified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Instructor and long-time student of
meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. In addition to teaching art to young people, Michael leads meditation and art workshops for adults and teachers in Vienna.

He claims Sicily as an ancestral homeland. He first visited the island in 2012 to retrace the steps of his ancestors, and has been coming back ever since.

The course is conducted in English, with translation into Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese on demand.

You will stay in our 18th century typical Sicilian villa, surrounded by vineyards and the blu mediterranean sea. The area is known for its olive groves, salt pans and local producers of DOC Marsala wine and many other amazing red and white wines.

Sicilian breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be freshly prepared and served at the villa by our selected chef. Enjoy the exotic flavors of traditional cuisine accompanied by exquisite local wines. Snacks will also be provided throughout the day when needed. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions.

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Architecture, Food and People.
Everything is carefully planned yet relaxed, giving you the freedom to open up and be creative, all while enjoying Sicily in the company of like-minded people.

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro.

Travel by car and minibus
Arrival & Departure Airports: Palermo, Sicily (PMO) – Transfer time to villa 1h 20min
Our adventure begins at 18:00PM on the first day and ends at 11:00AM on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality.

Double occupancy with private bath 1.100 – 1.200 euro per person
Double use single occupancy with private bath 1.300 – 1.400 euro per person
Double use single occupany shared bath 1.250 euro per person

– Tuition
– Accommodation in double room
– Accommodation in single room with supplement
– All Sicilian Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
– Wine tasting
– Materials for art experiences will be provided. Please bring a sketchbook or journal and any preferred personal art materials if desired
– All local transportation
– Pick-up at Palermo airport on the first day between 10am and 3pm. We organise precise pick-up times to fit in with our guests’ flight arrivals times.
– Transfer to Palermo airport on the last day after breakfast. Leaving around 9.30 am, precise timing does depend on all our guests’ flight times.

– Any personal expenses
– Insurance
– Airfare
– Transfers to and from other airports than Palermo
– Transfers to the villa from Palermo airport later than 3pm are extra, at cost.
If you arrive later than 3 pm, we can arrange personal transfer accordingly.

Those who make “earlybird booking” can enjoy 100 euro discount per person(valid until October 31 2018)

If you share with a non-participating partner, he or she will enjoy a discount of 200 euro for the painting holiday.

If you share with other participant or non-participating partner, each of you will save 200 euro.

The deposit to keep your spot is 300 euro, it can be paid by bank transfer or PayPal.
Apply NOW, spots are limited and early enrollment is suggested.
Minimum number of participants 10
Maximum number of participants 15

Please call or email YUMI for a detailed programme with prices, information & registration:
Phone: (+39) 339 77 57 062

The participant is responsible to take care of valid and complete travel documents (visa, passport). We assume no liability or responsibility for any cancellations, delays, losses incurred due to attacks, wars, natural disasters, accidents or other acts of God.