Reflections on Light and Shadow:
Art & Nature Meditation Outdoor Workshop
Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6
Open to all skill levels
About the workshop
Join a unique stress-relieving workshop inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin yoku (forest bathing). The workshop, which returns in a new format adapted for social distancing, begins with an interactive virtual viewing of Group of Seven paintings from the exhibition “A Like Vision”: The Group of Seven at 100. The virtual tour, which will be guided by a McMichael educator over the ZOOM video conferencing platform, will take place at 2 pm one day prior to your in-person visit to the McMichael.
The following day, participants will enjoy a silent meditation walk on the McMichael’s grounds, followed by a discussion circle and en plein air painting activities that will allow participants to reflect on their experience through artmaking.
Upon registration, all participants will receive a complimentary discount code to book a free timed ticket to the galleries that can be used at any time. Please note that ticketed time slots are subject to availability and are strongly encouraged to be booked in advance. Should you wish to bring any additional visitors, they must purchase a regular admission ticket on our website. For more information about ticketing, please visit our tickets and general admission page.
Saturday, September 5
2 to 3 pm
Outdoor Workshop Tour
Sunday, September 6
10 am to 12:30 pm
Meet at Tom Thomson Shack
$30 General Public; $24 Members
Open to all skill levels. No previous painting experience is required. Please note that this workshop is only open to adults aged 18 or older.
All art materials are included. Please dress appropriately for the weather (i.e. hat and sunscreen, rain jacket, umbrella, bug spray, etc.) All participants are required to bring a face mask in case the workshop is moved to an indoor space in the event of inclement weather.
During the program, McMichael staff members will ensure that all participants practice social distancing measures. We kindly request that all participants follow the directives of our program instructors to safeguard the health and safety of all visitors. All art materials and tools used during the workshop will be pre-sanitized. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will relocate to the Pine Cottage studio space that safely accommodates up to 12 participants. In the event that the workshop is relocated, we ask that all participants wear a face mask while indoors in accordance with York Region public health guidelines.
The McMichael would like to acknowledge Morneau Shepell’s generous support of this mental wellness workshop.