Genesis Art Retreat with Liane Wakabayashi
Are you ready for a Spring recharge? A time to put the digital devices in a drawer for two days and let your imagination guide your heart as you breath deep in the hilly lanes high above Kyoto. In this workshop—I’ll introduce you to the landscape techniques that I’ve been practicing in Jerusalem. where picturesque beauty is everywhere. Experience in Kyoto a breathtaking Spring retreat. Relax and refresh at peak cherry blossom season.
This retreats the perfect occasion to pack your favorite sketchpad and art supplies, your camera and your Genesis Cards, and come join in a combination of easy art exercises from the elevated heights of Kiyomizu Temple and the Hotel Ryozen where accommodations include soaking to heart’s content in Hotel Ryozen’s onset baths. Full hotel breakfast is included two mornings.
Free optional Sunday night workshop! From journal writing to journalism, Liane will walk you through the process of starting a writing routine that leads to published results.
Kyoto Genesis Art Retreat includes two nights shared accommodation at Hotel Ryozen, breakfast included, free admission to the hotel onsen, and three 3-hour Genesis Art Workshops and Genesis Way deck of 44 cards and guidebook (3,000 yen value)
Sunday April 8: Kiyomizu and Teapot Lane 1:00-4:00 pm
Monday April 9: 9:00-12:00 Philosopher’s Walk 14:00-17:00 Saihoji Zen Moss Garden
Tuesday April 10: Open day to explore Kyoto!
Early Bird Discount if you sign up by February 15th: ¥55,000 Regular price: ¥60,000
A limited number of space for day-trippers (without hotel stay) to all three art workshops plus Saturday night writing workshop and Genesis Way deck of 44 cards and guidebook! ¥20,000
*To reserve your space please book soon. Accommodation is very limited in high season in Kyoto and we are very lucky to get this great hilltop hotel with gorgeous hot springs that overlook historic Gion!
*Digital Fast on Sunday! Unplug from the digital world to restore a deep sense of recognition that you have all the creative “apps” you need inside you!
To register: email Liane Grunberg Wakabayashi loves to initiate art to people who never believed they could paint or draw. She is the creator of an intuitive and creative breakthrough deck of 44 cards called the Genesis Way, and founder of Genesis Art Workshops. She now lives in Jerusalem and returns to Japan frequently.
Please bring new B4 Sketch Book, rulers in various sizes, Genesis Cards and Guidebook and your favorite camera.
Happy to share with you a special moment in the Wakabayashi family!
Jewish Forward: A Coming of Age Story
Israelis, I’m discovering fast, have a lot to teach me about the nation and the culture I lived amongst for thirty years. I choose my words carefully when I say “amongst.” To live with the Japanese traditions day in and out with the goal of perfecting one of their classic art forms is something that to my great surprise I find that Israelis take seriously when they go to Japan to study one of the traditional arts.
I’m in the process now of writing on this topic. Geographically speaking, culturally, linguistically and religiously speaking, even I can’t think of two more different mindsets than that of Israelis and Japanese. Israelis are emotionally demonstrative to a fault whereas Japanese are so reserved that one can easily mistaken typical Japanese reserve for national depression.
Then again, to meet Japanese artists is a powerful way to break through a veneer of correctness and untouchability and get to know their creative and light-filled ways of living. That was what I thought in the three decades I interviewed Japanese artists and artisans whose passion for their life work made writing their stories down one of the joys of my life.
Now here come a very unexpected twist of fate. I’m about to interview and write up the stories of Israelis who went to Japan and were transformed by the experience of opening up to the Japanese heart and soul of creativity that comes with teaching what they know. Some teachers have students. Some lecture. Some create the most thrilling youtubes imaginable.
Tonight this question leads me to look at some beautiful sites showing the work of Japanese artists I never knew about when I lived in Japan. Tomoko Fuse, a world-class paper-folding artist, is one artist I would have loved to interview and get to know. Her work is breathtaking, monumental, subtle as she takes origami to new heights.
What do you think?
Genesis Art Workshops has a new home and a new studio location in the quaint 19th century cobble stoned village of Yemin Moshe. I can’t wait to share my inspirational neighborhood with you, both the beauty, the spectacular views and the techniques I’ve brought with me from Japan, my home for thirty years.
Formerly the first Jewish settlement just outside the walled city of Jerusalem, after the Six-Day War, Yemin Moshe was redeveloped as an artists’ colony by Mayor Teddy Kolek, who saw the potential that artists could bring to the steep and stepped community facing one of the world’s most photographed views of Jerusalem’s medieval city walls.
This week I don’t know what makes me happier. That I became a new Israeli citizen or that after months of being locked out of this website I found the elusive password! Both bring tears of joy to my eyes.
Seriously, now that I am back in the wordpress saddle, I’d like to tell you about what’s ahead as I shift gears after 30 years in Japan to a new life with my kids in Jerusalem.
Genesis Art Workshops will continue as before. You can still do online private sessions internationally with me as a way of developing your intuitive art skills and take precious time out to refocus, recharge, and concentrate your energy on painting and drawing from the world within. Now with so much of our attention gobbled up by the world-without — social media, online news, youtube and the like — we need more than ever the tools and discipline to help us return back to our true self. This self is incredibly resourceful and creative, given the chance to demonstrate it’s stuff. If you are curious, I’m offering from now until December 31st, a special online one hour introduction to Genesis Art: one hour for $50, regularly $70.
If you have the Genesis Cards, and even if you don’t, this one hour session will give you an opportunity to focus on a creative goal you want to achieve in the months and even years ahead. You’ll take a few minutes before we speak to draw a colorful sketch, following simple instructions I’ll send to you, and then over the session, you’ll learn techniques to interpret what you’ve drawn in ways that help you move into high gear and take action.
As someone who has just left Japan after 30 years, I can tell you how elated I feel to have realized a dream that I have drawn over and over in my art, which was to move to Israel. Drawing what you love brings it closer to you. I’d be thrilled and honored to show you how.
Private session are offered Sunday through Thursday at times throughout the day and evening. Please contact me with specific time and date requests at
Love from Liane from our new home in Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem
Today here in Israel I heard an incredible story about a young woman called Rachel Joy Scott who very very sadly was the first to be massacred in the Columbine shootings. She was a talented actress, and also used to draw in her journals.
On the morning of her death, she drew in her journal a set of eyes with 13 tears raining down onto a rose. She died at lunchtime in a hail of bullets when a boy who she knew since kindergarten, holding a gun to her head, asked her if she believed in God.
Deeply religious, she said yes. A month after her death a pastor by the name of Frank Amedia from Florida couldn’t get a recurring dream out of his head. He saw in his dream that Rachel had left behind a drawing of a set of eyes with 13 tears raining down onto a rose–the same number killed in Columbine.
So he called Rachel’s father, having no idea that in her journal was the image he had seen in the dream.
Okay, there’s a formula here. A dream and a drawing that connects two spiritual souls who never met in this life but met in dreamtime over a work of art.
Art can be that powerful. A healing force in life and in death.
Note: To see the artwork Rachel drew of the rose and find out more about this extraordinary 17 year old life, see: http://rachelscottblog.tumblr.com/post/121342514308/rachelscottblog-the-13-tears-drawing
HIgher Self through the Genesis Cards
This is today’s post on Medium.. if you can’t read it on this link I’ve attached it below.
Who is this Higher Self — anyway?
When did I stop referring to this me with a halo as the “higher self?” Was it before I started painting intuitively? That would have been more than 20 years ago.
Or was the banishment of this “higher self” from my everyday vocabulary the result of some greedy impulse? It’s true that I wanted to take ownership of everything I thought, said and did — as if there were no help from the higher realms guiding the story of my life.
Yesterday I was teaching an art and writing exercise done through the Genesis Cards. These 44 cards can cut through stuck thinking. That’s what I teach others — as I’m the creator of these cards. To follow what I teach is a bit trickier because stuck thinking itself is the greatest of tricksters.
I had set before me random cards in a row and strung words together as I identified imagery on each card that tugged at my heart. As I did this, my thoughts shifted from stubborn refusal to change my thinking to a deep exhalation. Afterwards, I asked myself what just happened? What was it that could make me think “absolutely no way” one moment and “well perhaps there is a way” the next.
Words matched with soothing imagery struck down hurt feelings. The words that came up to the surface by randomly choosing a few Genesis Cards and stringing “nonsense” sentences together created a messages that shed light not on the difficulty I’m having now in my relationship with my mother-in-law —but the way to overcome it.
“She’s a queen. You’re a queen. We are brought together through conception: her son, my children — they’re hers and they’re mne. We are here to learn in this life how to soften our edges. Flowers were at one time our shared pastime and entryway to communication. Don’t forget this to be true, the flowers are everywhere — a lotus pond is in your urban backyard! Thinking this way brings physical mastery.”
Higher Self has made a comeback — only she had been here all along. a higher realm of knowing and generosity to see the good in others and in myself.
To find out more about the Genesis Cards, Liane’s original approach to developing both artistic and intuitive abilities from higher wisdom, see http://www.genesiscards.com
I was at the post office yesterday, went up to the counter and asked for some stamps. The postal worker went right to work. She slammed open a drawer, fumbled for a sheet of stamps, tore off two with a flourish, and handed them to me with one hand, taking change with the other.
You’d have thought there was a long line behind me. Or a few. Or even one other person in the post office. But I was the only one. The nervousness was infectious. I dug fast and deep into my wallet to produce some coins and get the heck out of the post office as fast as I could.
What is it about Tokyo society that turns us into speeding trains? I can get things done, for sure. Just don’t stand in my way or stop to chew the fat because I’m on a schedule, a tight schedule. I’ve got to get home and check my Facebook account. And send out a Tweet or two. And some guy in Ein Hod wants to friend me on LinkedIn.
This skewed relationship to time, to enjoying life at a sane and leisurely pace wasn’t always this way in Japan. Zen Buddhism stills teaches how to stop to smell the roses or at least appreciate the rapidfire song of the cicadas without feeling the obligation to join at their pace.
This is why I return to my creativity for short breaks, for meditative pauses
to step outside the speed of a life that feels increasingly out of sync with my heartbeat. When I draw or write, I can forget about the pressures of the fast life and enjoy doing things really, really slowly. Like selecting a paint brush so small and thin, I’m covering the paper with the detail of another world, another reality.
Drawing in community is great fun too. There’s still a few weeks remaining before summer break to join me in Tokyo at a Genesis art workshop –with a stopover to draw in beautiful Ueno Park. For details see Workshop schedule
I have a soft spot for George W Bush’s new book, a monograph of his paintings paying tribute to injured veterans who served the country while he was president. It takes a big man to apologize and an even greater one to linger over a canvas with a wet paint brush while faces of these still recovering former soldiers become etched in his brain forever. What leader has ever done that?
Well, Winston Churchill was an avid painter–and Bush’s role model. But not to this extent. Painting abilities aside, even factoring in the fun he’s having with his creativity, Bush found for himself the best painting instructors he could in Texas and dedicated himself to honing his craft. His subjects come from real life and display a humility. For George W Bush to go for a visual message to deliver his apologies is mind blowing to me.
I wish that we lived in a world where media didn’t get rich from making laughing stocks out of the strong or weak –people who do dumb things even when we hold them up as smarter than ourselves.
I will order George W Bush’s book, Portraits in Courage, not because I ever liked his administration or the way he handled himself in government. But because the opposite is true. What can I say? As one painter to another, as one portrait artist to another, as one whimsically inclined colorist to another, George Bush and I are finally on the same page.
If you’re like me, you have countless photographs of sakura. How can we not resist the temptation to snap away? And yet what becomes of those photographs? Well, I think I’ve found a happy solution–paint them!
Come join me for a relaxing few hours where I’ll show you a technique for painting flowers that will blow your mind. If you thought it impossible to draw sakura or any flower for that matter in a beautiful way, this technique you’ll learn in a matter of minutes will open up the world of painting nature like never before.
For this session please bring 3-6 of your favorite photos of sakura and a B4 Sketchpad. The rest-paints, palettes, brushes and light snacks are provided.
Limit: six participants. Fee: ¥3,000 for two hour session
To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 080-7743-8531