Rassouli conducts several programs every year on creativity, painting and living a joyful life. These programs include weekend retreats, day-long workshops and private sessions that are not only about painting, but they are beneficial in all other creative areas as well as in how to be more satisfied with life in general.
Weekend retreats offer the unique opportunity to gather for an extended time and not only learn from Rassouli, but share the energy of creating as a group. This unique event will combine instructor-led discussions about the creative process, Fusionart, and how to open up to your inner creator. Below are some examples of the past weekend retreats:
the participants an opportunity to
explore their expanded creativity.
Everyone is encouraged to take risks: to
explore the unpredictable rather than
predictable, and engage in expressing
During the retreat, the participants enter the free playground to reflect the beauty of their soul on canvas. No one has to endure restrictive techniques in "how to" paint. Instead, the emphasis is all about freeing the imagination to express images that are ordinarily kept inside. Suddenly, one meets an aspect of the self that have been kept hidden.
All participants are guided to paint in their choice of oils, acrylics or multi-media transforming imaginative ideas into fresh and compelling images.
group discussions about creativity augments
individual guidance from Rassouli. Even those
who have not touched paint and brush before will be
quite surprised and delighted by their own creative
Weekend retreat is a gathering in which everyone puts aside their judgments and criticism and share in the process of creating and expressing and bringing to life that which emerges from imagination, visioning, and the mystery of the heart!
It is an opportunity for all to be free to move beyond the mind to come together to focus their longings and capabilities in a way that is inspiring.
Weekend retreats are in the style of the traditional atelier and workshops where students lived together sharing the expertise of the masters and experiencing a connection and unique form of guidance and togetherness.
During the retreat, Rassouli demonstrates the fundamentals of applying patterns and textures to the artworks and shows the ways to do under painting, layering and glazing.
When creative energies gather together participants inspire themselves and others through action, through production, and through sharing the results. For when energies gather, they mount, multiply and expand!
Weekend retreats are like a vacation that one spends in a friendly circle of comradery, painting, fun, music, dance, yoga, group hiking and meditation all under the guidance of Rassouli.
Everyone joins with others in an alchemical exploration of painting, yoga, song, dance, music and silence to fully live and breathe their creative heart.
Retreat participants continue bonding at night with merriment and fun, jokes and storytelling, usually around bonfire. And for those so compelled, the passionate pursuit of art at any hour!
Everyone learns how artists reflect their dreams on canvas. They discover various ways of finding their true purpose in life and the process of living out their dreams. Participants learn how through the process of painting, they can discover the key to unlock their destiny and create ways to act upon their true calling.
Occasionally, weekend retreats are combined with tours of certain cities where participants enjoy visiting museums and other points of interest guided by Rassouli’s incredible knowledge of art and architecture.
retreats are to guide the
participants to tap into
their source of unlimited
potential as Rassouli guides
them to realize there is so
much more to them than meets
the eyes and they learn to
explore the inner recesses
of their creative abilities.
Topics include how
participants can keep
themselves in the creative
flow and how to get out of
blocks and taking the path
toward ripening. Below are
some examples of the past
Day-long workshops are designed for anyone who is interested in embarking on a creative journey to recognize their potential and abilities as a creative person, and to gain confidence in expressing themselves.
workshops will help the participants to
practice the expressive techniques and tools
of painting from composing the canvas and
mixing the palette of color to application of
paint and finishing details.
Through demonstrations, Rassouli guides participants to tap into their creative resources as the eternal wellspring of power and perpetual source of their joy and confidence. These workshops provide opportunities for everyone to explore their creative ideas.
It is energizing and renewing for everyone to experience their own joy and creativity and be in a secure place where all participants are able to share their feelings with others!
Day-long workshops offer participants a chance to unplug from their daily life and dive into the space of their heart. During this magical period, they leave aside to-do lists and obligations; and shift their doubts, fears and preconceived notions about who they are and instead use the creative process to uncover their most authentic self.
Workshop participants are guided to practice the expressive techniques and tools of painting from composing the canvas and mixing the palette of color to application of paint and finishing details.
Even those who have never before picked up a paint brush, the journey of creating is a life-altering event that takes them into their inner world and helps them to bring out their divine child into a free playground.
Private sessions with Rassouli are beneficial for the artists as well as those who are looking for proper direction in their career and in their life in general. If you are an artist who is blocked or is looking for guidance to further develop your artistic ability, or benefit from it, you can arrange to have a personal conversation with Rassouli.
If you are not an artist, but interested in being guided to add direction, creativity and excitement into your life, you will find Rassouli’s guidance extremely helpful.
Oh, dear Rassouli! Thank you so much for your words of wisdom, they are so inspiring. I have always had a problem with finding inspiration, so thank you very very much for showing me that I don't need to have a "theme" prepared in my head before I start creating. That I can simply start on any creative idea and the theme will come itself. It's a big relief for me to create this way.……..Love, Hana
Thank you ever so much for orchestrating such a creative event. My life is never the same after having shared time with you. I'm sure you've heard that many times before…….David
We got in around 10:30 pm last night so I am just now getting into my e-mails...I want to thank you for the wonderful weekend and the continued inspiration, insight, mentoring and love that you share with all of us……. Lily
While reading about Rassouli’s weekend retreat, I couldn't help but laugh because I never attended a retreat when I was eight years old but at this retreat I sure felt like an eight year old. I really enjoyed these three days because it seemed to flow without interruptions. Everyone used all the time that they wished to just focus on painting. Thank you for your wisdom, guidance and for sharing your beautiful heart. By the way, your painting is delicious…….. Irene
Thank you so much for getting us together this past weekend to work in our artistic endeavors. I had so much fun learning the process and watching you paint. And I appreciated all of the feedback and help that you gave to me. It was all such a treat! …….. James
Words cannot express my joy and gratitude over the weekend art retreat. You are always an inspiration…….. Nympha
... Feel longing today.....Thank you from my heart for expressing such kindness and encouragement to me and my sister. You inspire us all to greater commitment..... WillGood Morning Rassouli! Thank you so much for the insightful creativity retreat yesterday! I had a wonderful time. I really enjoyed meeting everyone with open heart. What a great bunch it was. I am happy to see that my own progress is moving along. I so appreciate how you teach us. You support everyone, yet you also say the truth that needs to be said. The influence of you infiltrates our life, not just our creativity. I am so glad I met you. Thank you for sharing your joy with me. It is the most precious gift……. Much Love, Jamye
The highlight of the workshop for me is to be in the midst of the flow of creative energy. It is like being in an adult candy store, never knowing what sweets will be found. Each artist provides a unique experience............Jackie
I enjoyed most of all
Rassouli's words that art, which comes from the
soul, is more enduring and universal and can be
felt in the painting forever
I felt compelled to join the workshop. .... The flow of colors and spirituality feeds my soul and energizes me. .... I felt 2 sides of the same coin...drawn to unblocking creativity and finding my style.. I appreciated the art discussion and the beauty of the art.... Jane
Everybody was urging Rassouli
to keep painting on my painting - finish it,
they all said - then
Dear Rassouli, with a beautiful feeling in my heart I still with all the people I met in your workshop. Thank the Universe that I had the opportunity to meet with you and listen to your wisdom to help the understanding of myself and give strength to advancement. I look forward to create every day as a small child….....With love embrace, Lida
Hello Rassouli, I have to say that I really enjoyed last weekend's creativity retreat. I felt a lot of support and nourishment among a wonderful group of people and I learned a lot not only how to express myself in a creative way, but also about what art is really about, and how to be creative not only in art but in all aspects of my life. Your poems by mystic poets were also very inspiring and made me dive into an ocean of freedom that I have been longing for, but what touched me the most was your patience and caring for all the group and your positive encouragement. I will spread the words about your retreats to my family and friends whom I care about to come and experience the joy for themselves……. Thanks again! Nikki