Sun rises over the gothic Wells Cathedral and in the distance stands Glastonbury Tor, a place of power and layers of centuries-old mythology.
*** Please note that due to the exploratory nature of this workshop, individuals should expect a moderate amount of physical activity and should be prepared to be out and about for about 5 hours per day as we travel around Southern England. Suggestions for comfortable traveling gear, portable sketching materials, and pre-travel preparations will sent out via email upon registration to all participants to help you prepare for your adventure! Questions? Please send us a note! Hello@lightgreyartlab.com
SUNDAY OCTOBER 15th:
Participants will be greeted at our sunny studio space and rendezvous point in London with an explorer's pack, snacks, and an agenda for our journey, and we'll get to know one another over a fun evening workshop in Palmistry led by Light Grey founder, Lindsay Nohl. Here, we'll say hi to Jenny Bookler from Light Grey Art Lab, and illustrator, Teagan White, who will also be assisting with programming on our 10 day trip. We'll be helping everyone coordinate their travel in to London prior to our first meet-up and would be happy to help anyone with arrangements and timing. Participants will receive a registration email with all of the information needed to get ready for the trip upon sign up.
As the sun sets we'll lead people to our new home for the next couple days, check everyone in and introduce you to your roommates and give you the grand tour of our facilities. Once we're settled in, we'll take one of London's iconic big, red, double-decker busses to the Soho District and have a big family-style welcome dinner amongst the city lights, followed by an evening at a local Karaoke bar, where we'll have fun singing our favorite high-school ballads together.
MONDAY OCTOBER 16th:
Our first couple days will be spent in London, where we've curated a series of stops filled with vintage cabinets of curiosities, private meetings with those "in the know" about London's esoteric culture, a few interactive workshops and unique lectures, and plenty of time to wander and explore.
We'll meet after breakfast and walk to the V&A museum, the world's leading museum of art and design, where we'll wander through the collections of decorative cultural artifacts, incredible artwork from throughout the ages, and patterns and textiles from around the world at our own pace. We'll take a break to find lunch near the Museum district, then head to the Grant Museum of Zoology to sketch walls of stuffed specimens and bones of beasts. In the evening, we'll have time to explore London, grab dinner and dessert.
What better time to join us on an a mystical journey than in the month of October! Join us on a 10 day adventure as we travel through the cities of London, Brighton, Glastonbury, and Wells at a time of year "when the boundary between this world and the otherworld" thins. Southern England is home to the ancient monument, Stonehenge, the legends of King Arthur, Glastonbury (a city filled with practicing witches, psychics and places of metaphysical pilgrimage and mythic significance), ancient druidic forests, mysterious museums and their cabinets of curiosities, imposing gothic cathedrals filled with enlightening symbolism, and hauntingly beautiful cemeteries. It is a place where the classic Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck was born, where the practice of magick thrives in both the bustling cities and countryside towns, and where we'll encounter a rich and spooky mythology around every corner. We'll learn from experts in the curious fields of Tarot, the science and history of botanicals and their significance, learn about nature magick and the elements, and have a lesson in the art of Palmistry with guest instructors, Kim Arnold (founder of the UK Tarot conference,) Matt Moss, naturalist and lecturer in conservation, illustrator Teagan White, and Light Grey Art Lab founder, Lindsay Nohl.
Our ten-day / nine-night journey spans four cities in Southern London in a whirlwind of sketchbook hikes through ancient forests, day trips to mythological places of power, visits to spooky natural history and medical mystery museums, wild bonfires under the stars, and plenty of time to explore, sketch and converse with other creative people!
• Travel, lodging & programming for 4 days in London, 2 days in Brighton, 4 days in Glastonbury, Wells and the surrounding area with a team of creatives to areas teeming with history, mythology, and mysticism.
• Sketch walls of medical anomalies at the Hunterian Museum, Peruse some of the 68,000 specimens from the Grant Museum of Zoology, wonder at the world's leading museum of art and Design, the V&A Museum, and wander the overgrown pathways and decorative tombs of Highgate Cemetery, London.
• Partake in a private Tarot workshop with Kim Arnold, renowned reader, intuitive teacher, and founder of the UK Tarot Conference.
• Visit Atlantis Bookshop, London's oldest independent Occult bookstore and learn about the streets that used to house London's esoteric vendors and renowned occult figures.
• Wander through the ancient forest of Kingley Vale with Matt Moss, a naturalist and lecturer in conservation and discuss the science, history and mythology behind the use of forest botanicals.
• Learn to spot local ingredients and forage for elements for a bonfire-cooked family-style meal under the stars.
• Spend a day exploring the charming city of Brighton, sampling local cuisine and walking along the Brighton beach.
• Visit the gothic Wells Cathedral and Bishop's Palace in the town of Wells, and opt in to take a day trip to Stonehenge and visit the prehistoric stone circle.
• Peruse the mysterious wares along Glastonbury High Street and participate in an outdoor workshop about nature magick, ritual and the elements by illustrator, Teagan White.
• Visit the legendary Arthurian sites of Chalice Well, the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, and hike at dusk to Glastonbury Tor, a place of ancient ritual and spiritual pilgrimage.
• Enjoy time in the cities to explore and shop at your leisure.
• Participants will also be able to join in the fun at night wandering the cities after dusk, playing games and telling stories, searching for bats in the countryside... and much more!
We welcome people from all backgrounds to join us on our journey abroad! Light Grey Art Lab International trips are designed for creatives in mind, with chances to get up close to specimens, hear from experts in a variety of fields, information on the history, culture and mythology of the places we visit, and enjoy new friendships with like-minded people! As always, we would be happy to help assist interested participants in planning their arrivals and departures, and can recommend additional fun places to visit while you're in this neck of the woods. An informational registration packet will be sent to participants after confirming your spot on the adventure!
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Includes transportation to and from our London rendezvous spot and for the duration of our workshop, admission to all museums, lectures, workshops and outings listed above, and lodging in a variety of shared dormitory-style accommodations and cottages while on our tour. Three breakfasts and one group dinner will also be provided as well as a welcome bag for all participants including materials, snacks and extras for our journey.
The cost of the program does not include flights, as participants will be traveling from all parts of the world to join us. If you need help finding an affordable flight, feel free to contact us and we can help!
Questions? Please send us a note! Hello@lightgreyartlab.com
TUESDAY OCTOBER 17th:
We'll head to the beautifully eerie Highgate Cemetery in the morning, "with its sinuous paths winding up a steep wooded hill and ivy-clad monuments. Here is a secluded funerary landscape at its most evocative." (from the Highgate Cemetery website), full of sculpture rich catacombs and poetic mausoleums, crumbling tombstones and silent pathways. We'll learn about those that lie 6 feet under and the history of this iconic site from our very own private guide. We'll head toward the Bloomsbury Mile for lunch, peruse the dusty bookshops, wander the streets where magick practitioners, alchemists, and esoteric personalities have been practicing their craft since the late 1800s spiritualist movement. We'll stop in at the Atlantis Bookshop, London's oldest independent occult bookshop and speak with a third generation esotericist about the history of Museum street while we flip through dusty tomes. At night we'll give participants several options for places to explore and can help coordinate a night walk along the river Thames for interested people, or a stop to glimpse at the famous ravens at the Tower of London.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18th:
We'll rendezvous in the morning at our studio space, where we'll meet up with renowned Tarot reader and UK Tarot Conference founder, Kim Arnold, who will lead us in a workshop on Tarot. We'll learn about England's connection to this unique method of self-reflection and divination, and we will get a chance to explore the symbolism, metaphor and meaning inside the cards and learn about England's Tarot community. We'll walk to a bustling area where we'll have time to grab lunch and pop into a few shops, then make our way to the Hunterian Museum, where we'll visit one of the largest collections of medical wonders and anomalies at the Royal College of Surgeons. We'll end our time in London in the evening as we are introduced to Matt Moss, a naturalist, outdoorsman, and lecturer on conservation, who will be joining us for the next leg of our journey. We'll pack up take a trip south-bound to grab dinner and spend the evening in the sea-side city of Brighton, our new home base for a few days. A night-time walk along the beach will be also be optional for interested participants.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 19th:
Today we'll spend getting connected to the Earth while wandering through the 2000 year-old gnarled yews of Kingley Vale with naturalist, Matt Moss. Matt will guide us on a walking tour of this ancient space. and teach us about the science, history and folklore of the land and teach us about how forest foliage has been used for medicine, poison, and in ritual for thousands of years. We'll travel on to a nearby forest where we'll spend time foraging under Matt's guidance, and gathering items for a big bonfire cook-out under the stars that evening! Matt will show us how to find edible treasures, and in the evening, we'll gather around the fire, share a meal, and tell stories under the stars.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 20th:
We'll be spending this leisurely day in Brighton and enjoying the local food and culture at our own pace. We'll spend the morning perusing the Lanes distinctive indie shops, sampling local food and sweets, and wandering along the pebble covered beach. Participants can decide to opt in to any of a number of cool museums like the Booth Museum or the Royal Pavillion or find a nice place to sit and sketch, chat, or shop. In the evening, we'll spend our last night in Brighton grabbing an evening dinner and participants can decide to join us for a visit to one of Brighton's local live music venues, go dancing, visit the pubs, or sit on the pier and chat into the night.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st:
As we leave Brighton after a nice breakfast, we will caravan toward the prehistoric site of Stonehenge where participants can grab lunch, visit the museum, or decide to book a visit to the site itself. Participants wanting to visit Stonehenge can opt in after registration. A visit needs to be scheduled in advance and is not included in the ticket price because it needs to be booked in advance by each guest) and the LGAL team can help you coordinate your visit if you are interested. The area has plenty to do if you do not wish to visit, and we will have time to stop for lunch and explore the area a bit before continuing on our journey. Stonehenge is approximately half way to our final destination of Glastonbury, our destination for the last leg of our journey, where we've rented a series of adorable cottages at the base of the legendary Glastonbury Tor, a place that has held spiritual significance across thousands of years,
"Glastonbury was a major religious center long before the time of King Arthur or Joseph of Arimathea. The Druids utilized the Tor from 2500 BC as an initiation center for priests. Megalithic Age remains dating from 5,000 BC reveals Glastonbury as the site of a massive astrological calendar combining a stone circle, with solar and lunar alignments, (atop the Tor) and a land carved zodiac map, ten miles in diameter." -- Mystical Glastonbury, By James Tyberonn
After dinner, we'll take a hike up to the Tor at twilight and watch the sun dip behind the horizon together.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 22nd:
We'll have a nice leisurely breakfast at the cottage and drive down to the town of Wells, where we'll visit the gothic Wells Cathedral with a history that dates back to 705AD and its hundreds of statues adorning the front of the intricate facade. We'll try to time our visit in order to see it's motorized astrological clock and then we'll take a visit to the Bishop's Palace, with it's manicured gardens and ancient archways. We'll have dinner in town and then head back to Glastonbury for illustrator, Teagan White's workshop on Magick, Nature and the Elements in the evening.
MONDAY OCTOBER 23rd:
Our final full day will be spent in the incredible town of Glastonbury, where we'll peruse the esoteric crystal shops, dusty occult bookshops, antique stores and shops full of witchy wares along Glastonbury High Street. We'll visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, the fabled resting place of King Arthur, and the mysterious waters of Chalice Well, where a drink from the well is said to heal all ailments. We'll have dinner together in town and then head back to our cottage for a mini mystical tea-making workshop in the evening.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 24th:
In the morning, we'll have a final farewell coffee and early breakfast and get on the road back to London, where we'll be dropping everyone off at Kings Cross Station by Noon so people can enjoy shopping and exploring the rest of the day at their leisure. We would be happy to help people that need assistance coordinating other fun things to do once back in London.
ABOUT LIGHT GREY ART CAMPS:
The Light Grey Art Lab travel programs are designed to be fun, full of inspiring adventures & creative challenges including lectures, workshops, discussions and activities, and a chance for us to see incredible locations together and learn from each other!
This adventure is perfect for people looking to connect with other creatives over a unique and intimate experience where we'll step out of our comfort zones and have a great time getting to know one another! For more information about Light Grey's other programs, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The base price for this `10 day / 9 night trip includes transportation to-and-from our London rendezvous point and during the program, lodging, and supplies for our creative sessions, and all of the fun activities we'll host at the cabin! Three breakfasts and one dinner will be provided and we will do our best to accommodate all food allergy / preferences wherever possible. The remainder of the meals will be a la carte, so each participant can choose the best options for their taste / needs! There are some days where we'll have a few hours to explore, and participants can opt in to visit museums, shops, or other local attractions if they choose at their own expense. All excursions and workshops listed above are included in the program as part of the adventure. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out: email@example.com
LODGING & OUR HOME:
Our Art Camps are for individuals looking for an intimate, camp-like atmosphere!
We share a home together during our stay where we enjoy round-table discussions and lots of time bonding over activities in a shared space! We offer dormitory-style sleeping accommodations. We have an assortment of sleeping options, and couples are encouraged to apply together in order for us to assign the most comfortable sleeping arrangements for all. Our trips are planned with budget in mind and we do our best to keep the cost down by choosing spaces & places that allow us to share resources on our journey!
This is a moderate activity level trip that includes plenty of city and country walking. Participants should be ready to explore on foot and a spend a reasonable amount of time outdoors. The average London temperature in October is 55 degrees fahrenheit. We expect all types of weather, and will provide a packing list to participants in advance of the trip.
Flights are not included in the price of this program as people may be joining us from all over the country or beyond! We encourage people to look into flights to Heathrow Airport. Anyone wishing to spend more time in the area may also request information on other fun things to see while your'e in town, or recommendations on how to extend your trip!
PAYMENT and REGISTRATION:
** Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE, so please feel free to ask any questions you may have and we will gladly help!
We will be offering a limited number of tickets for this outing and the program will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Payments are due upon registration.
We do offer a three-part payment plan option, where participants can put half down to reserve their spot. This reservation is non-refundable. The remainder of the program cost must be paid in full within two months of acceptance and we will send a payment schedule to registered applicants on the 15th or 1st of each month. Once all participants have registered (we usually sell out fairly quickly after the application launch) we will send a welcome email and packet for everyone to begin planning their journey to England and would be happy to help coordinate arrivals!
If you have any questions about the experience, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our travel FAQ page here!