l o n g
weekends
at Rennaldburn

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I’m excited to offer a series of residential long
weekends at Rennaldburn which draw inspiration
from and honour the cycle of the seasons through art.


about me

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An early experimental creation ;)


I’m Shen, an artist who loves working with a wide range of media,
my particular fascination being illuminated glass and porcelain.

My aim as an artist is a re-consecration of art for the purpose
of the re-enchantment of the world. For, as Phil Ochs said,
in such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.

I’ve run workshops in various mediums, for
people of all abilities, for several years.


about the weekends

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A guest relaxing with Tashi, true ruler
of Rennaldburn's enchanted realm


Long weekends at Rennaldburn are for just two to five people,
and run from Fridays to Mondays, with art workshops from 10-12
on Saturday and Sunday morning, leaving each afternoon free for you
to relax at Rennaldburn or explore the beautiful valley and beyond :)

All workshops are suitable for complete beginners, even-and-especially
if you think you’re not a creative/artistic person. Youngsters
are also welcome, at the same cost, if with an adult.

Prices are per person and are inclusive both of accommodation
and workshops but not food. There’s a well-equipped kitchen for
you to prepare meals in as well as a cafe that provides lunches
at the Hub in the nearby hamlet of Eskdalemuir, between
Rennaldburn and Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre.


about the venue

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Rennaldburn's own little valley


Each long weekend is held in the otherworldly realm of Rennaldburn
art house
, a well-loved, and well-reviewed, place to stay for sixteen years.

Graced with a beautiful waterfall and abundant wildlife in its three acres of
meadows and woodland, the 17th century farmhouse was the first to be built by Thomas
Telford when he was a barefoot teenaged mason’s apprentice known as Laughing Tam :)

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Overlooking the White Esk river and a short walk away from two ancient
stone circles, it’s in a secluded and peaceful valley a couple of miles from Samye Ling
Tibetan Buddhist centre in Eskdalemuir, between Langholm and Lockerbie.

Inside the farmhouse there are two large bedrooms upstairs, Tashi and
Tir na nOg, each with a double and single bed in them, and the bathroom.

Half-way up the stairs is a small-but-sweet single, the swallow room
leading to the veryvery tiny single Mousehole. Downstairs is the
kitchen and library/sitting/dining room with open fire.


available dates

There are long weekends offered throughout 2023, each with creative workshops
themed around the energies of the Celtic celebration of that time.

Each is three nights, a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (You can leave after the
Sunday workshop finishes at noon if you need to get back for Monday morning.)

The dates are:

Hogmanay, 30th December 2022 to 2nd January 2023

Imbolc, 27th to 30th January 2023

Equinox, 17th to 20th March 2023

Oestara, 7th to 10th April 2023

Beltane, 28th April to 1st May 2023

Litha, 16th to 19th June 2023

Lammas, 28th to 31st July 2023

Mabon, 15th to 18th September 2023

Samhain, 27th to 30th October 2023

Yule, 8th to 11th December 2023

Hogmanay, 29th December to 2nd January 2024



costs

The cost of each weekend includes two 2-hour workshops which are £35
per person per workshop, making them £70 per person for the weekend.

The self-catering prices differ depending on which option you choose:

Two sharing a large room: £30 each per night (£90 each for the weekend)
A very small room for one: £30 per night (£90 for the weekend)
A large room for one: £45 per night (£135 for the weekend)

Please note, no rooms are en-suite: there is one bathroom
on the holiday let side. (There is another on ‘my side’ of the
house which you’re welcome to use if yours is occupied :)

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Padmasambhava/ Guru Rinpoche, cast glass



Gods, Goddesses, Buddhas & Dakinis ~
celebrating enlightened beings for Mabon


September 10th 2023: sculpting in clay & casting in plaster

September 17th 2023: filling the plaster mold with glass

September 24th 2023: divesting the mold & coldworking
*three part workshop: five spaces available*

Here At this time of the Autumn Equinox, and its harmonious balance
of male and female, we’ll be casting depictions of divine beings
and energies in glass with this three-part workshop.

You can either cast from a rich selection of beautiful
Tibetan prayer flag woodblocks, or from your own design.

Note: if you’d like to work entirely from your own design,
please get in touch before the workshop and I can give you some
tips on preparing a piece beforehand. Since creating your own piece
‘from scratch’ would be much more time consuming and each workshop
is only two hours long, you’d need to arrive with a head start!

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Skeledancer, mixed media



Dias de las Muertos ~ celebrating the darkness,
earth and the Ancestors for Samhain


October 22nd 2023: Sculpting in clay/porcelain

October 29th 2023: Adding glass and other elements for a second firing
*two part workshop: five spaces available*

November 5th 2023: Sculpting in clay/porcelain
*standalone workshop: five spaces available*

The long nights are truly drawing in now, and the veil
between the worlds is said to be thin at this time, when
the Ancestors and beloved dead are particularly honoured.

This is often still a difficult subject for us, whereas in places such as
Mexico and Central America the Day of the Dead is embraced as an
opportunity for a grand and playful fiesta, as well as a graveside picnic.

Clay is the perfect material to create with to embrace the spirit of this time,
and we’ll be creating flowering-skull themed pieces as well as clay instruments.

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Sol Invinctus, painted glass


Feast of Light ~
celebrating Yule at the Winter Solstice


December 3rd 2023: Jewelled suncatchers and fused glass cards
*standalone workshop: five spaces available*

December 10th 2023: Lithophane lamps & candle shades
*standalone workshop: five spaces available*

December 17th 2023: Wire sigils/drawings in fused glass
*standalone workshop: five spaces available*

Though all will be dark, cold and bare for some time yet, at the
Winter Solstice the light power has returned and will continue to grow.

So this series of workshops is all about the light
~ and they are all standalone ones too
🙂

The first, on December 3rd, is on jewelled fused glass sun catchers
and fused glass cards. The sun catchers can, of course, also be used to decorate
your Christmas tree...and it's always good to have some extra-special Christmas cards
😉

The second, on December 10th, has lithophane lamps and candle shades as its theme.
The term 'lithophane' was coined in Victorian times to describe thin carved or pressed porcelain created
to be illuminated, usually by a candle. There's a beautiful, earthy quality to its golden glow that I love.

The third, on December 17th, just four days before the Solstice, embraces
this turn of the year and the dreams you choose to create as the light returns.

In it, you can create a sigil 'drawn' in wire and fused into glass. I'll detail more about
sigils here soon and can help you with ideas before the workshop if you like, as you'd
need to come with one 'roughed out' already so as to fit everything into the two hours!

If you're not quite in a sigilising space, you can use this workshop to simply
create a wire drawing in fused glass, for which you wouldn't need to prepare.

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