“Out of my decades long meditation practice has come my most inspired art, poetry and writing. My workshops offer you time, space and inspiration. You will learn and practice techniques and approaches that will move you from meditation to fertile creation. Most importantly, you will take these practices with you when you leave. I look forward to creating through words and images with you in Sedona.”
-Ann Brownfield Meara
At the Meditation to Creation Workshop, find inner guidance to create something beautiful in addition to reflecting, writing and art making, you will also learn and practice the ancient art of meditation. Out of mediation, profound creative insights arise.
Creativity is a process of allowing. It begins with an inner spark, which you feed, develop and actualize. Creativity must be nurtured into being. It can be both magical and astounding. But it arises when we relax enough to invite it in. Coaxing forth its flow, a wellspring of creative solutions bubble to the surface. Inner wisdom helps us initiate skillful, creative action. Freeing the mind through meditation creates the ground for equanimity–that fertile state where brilliance breaks free.
No prior art, writing or meditation experience is necessary. Just the willingness to be more creative, more inspired and more productive. Come if you wish to learn something lasting; something beautiful…while allowing your creativity to be nurtured.
Ann Brownfield Meara
Ann Brownfield Meara,
M.S.,C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, C-Meditation
Ann Brownfield Meara is a teaching artist and creative arts facilitator and she is also a Certified Yoga Therapist and popular meditation teacher with 12 years of experience in the field of adaptive, goal centered practice.
A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Ann was one of the first recognized by the organization as a seasoned professional in the field. A creative artist and experienced writer, Ann holds a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and completed a certificate program at Northwestern led by art therapy pioneer, Harriet Wadeson.
Ann often draws from modalities such as mantra, yantra and tarka (sound, symbol, writing/reflection) to enhance her yoga and meditation teachings. Ann lives and works in both Chicago and Sedona. Her art is available through society6.com.
Workshop Supply List
-a favorite quotation printed out onto paper -a picture from nature that speaks to you (printed photo or from a magazine) -a writing pen and a lined journal or spiral notebook -a beginner mind
Watercolor journal – 5 X 7 140 LB preferred
Watercolor markers small set assorted colors
Watercolor pencil small set assorted colors
Watercolor crayons small set assorted colors
Small plastic water cups (2)
Small plastic watercolor palette
Crayons set 8 assorted colors
Watercolor atomizer bottle 2 oz.
Watercolor brush pack of 3 assorted sizes
Travel/mini watercolor paint (assorted color blocks) set
Each student must register individually. Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. There are no refunds after the 30-day final payments have been made. Students may enroll online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn (M-F, 9-5).
The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.
“In February, I had the pleasure of attending the Meditation to Creation 2 day workshop. The workshop was led by Ann Brownfield Meara who is a truly gifted teacher and kind, and loving guide. During the workshop, Ann led us through a series of beautiful meditations, after which, we had the opportunity to express our insights and intentions through art. I was thoroughly surprised and delighted to discover my work took on completely new dimensions following the meditation practices. Meditation to Creation was a wonderful workshop and experience and I highly recommend it!”- Julie Africk, participant
“It was new for me to meditate so intensely on a nature image and on nature itself. And it was new to express meditative experiences in form and color. And I liked how Ann approached the group and the meditation techniques. She has a unique way of teaching and I felt she took the time to address the needs of the group. I enjoyed it very much.”-Kathleen Lahiff, participant
“A delightful combination of meditation practices and art making was provided during Ann Meara’s Mediation to Creation workshop at the Sedona Arts Center. Ann’s calming and supportive approach allowed freedom to explore a variety of art media and to learn and follow meditation strategies and prompts. The incredible setting of Sedona’s Art Center combined with creative and calming practices was a powerful and meaningful experience and highly recommended for those seeking creative and personal exploration.-Mignon Dupepe, participant
Ann Brownfield Meara holds a beautiful two day class of meditation, experience, exploration, and art. She goes through several different meditation formats - you can learn and choose your favorites. She also provides guidance and wonderful suggestions to engage in art with several different mediums. Each person can create without judgement. Those works created with the least “intention,” but from pure presence and fun really are the “best.” I will go again; you should definitely try it😁
Testimonial Posted: September 24, 2019
I truly enjoyed the workshop and was inspired to let go, be playful, be mindful, and to enjoy the moment. I would have loved a 3 day workshop to reinforce the process - and to create more art! I have been practicing mindfulness and doing more art, so the workshop has been beneficial for me.
Testimonial Posted: September 26, 2019
The March 2020 "Meditation to Creation" workshop, led by instructor Ann Meara, was an inspiring and centering experience for me. Ann's lovely and kind demeanor plus her knowledge, skill and experience with meditation and art helped me feel comfortable in exploring creativity I didn't realize I possessed! In addition, I have been disconnected for awhile from a meditative practice, and the workshop helped me remember how much I love and crave silencing my mind, even if briefly. The combination of the natural beauty surrounding the Sedona Arts Center and Ann's compassionate teaching is a soul-soothing way to, breathe, appreciate nature's beauty and let your inner artist emerge. - Sandy Filler Boles
"What an amazing workshop (March 2020). As a beginner to meditation & painting, Ann provided the tools to help silence my corporate mind, which allowed my creative processes to peek out of hibernation. Her soothing instruction left me feeling relaxed & happy -- & permitted me to just enjoy the moments of creativity & nature. Perfect girl’s trip!!" - Gina