Alaskan Inspiration Arts Adventures

ALASKAN INSPIRATION ADVENTURE JOURNEY Come to the amazing land of Eagle Councils, Marches of Majestic Mountains,  the Dance of the Northern Lights, the Storytelling wisdom of Raven, and the healing power of Wildness.  Come feast on marvelous fresh seafood, learn about Northwest Coast Native art and spirituality.  Feel the presence of ancient Supernatural Beings.  Introduce yourself to a different way of seeing.  Immerse yourself in your own art creations in your choice of media.  Renew your passion for healthy living with yoga, dance, and simple delicious meals.  Have a different kind of fun with Spirit Puppet interactions.  Raft the Chilkat River, hike a mountain trail and walk picturesque beaches.  Stay in Fort Seward apartments or friendly bed and breakfasts.  Become friends with interesting people.

Welcome to Supernatural SE Alaska and Fort Seward / Haines - the Chilkat Valley of Eagles.  Step back in time in this idyllic fishing village and site of ancient Native culture and the first army Peacekeeping Fort built in Alaska.  Haines is home to a world famous gathering of Eagles, the seat of the Tlingit peoples power base, numerous skilled artists, hub of outdoor adventuring, and home of many interesting friendly people.  Haines is also a budding wellness center with many skilled practicioners in massage, Yoga, Zumba, and more.  Large totem poles have been traditionally made here, and many carvers create woodcarvings.  Haines is known for its scenery:  lakes, fiords, mountains, rivers, big trees, wild animals and amazing vistas.  Haines has many fine facilities including a fabulous library, museums, Eagle Foundation Interpretive center, Chilkat Center for Arts and Performance, Southeast Alaska State Fair Grounds, swimming pool, numerous art galleries and studios. 

  Hometown multimedia artist, Tresham Gregg, will be your host and artistic coach for the journey which can take you to an increased awareness of magical moments and transformational encounters with spirit beings and people.  Here you can do it all:  have outdoor adventures, see things through an artistic eye, get a glimpse into the immagination of the Tlingit people and their art, eat well and learn basic cooking skills, take a shamanic drummning journey. 

Outdoor Adventures are many, including:  beach hikes, mountain trails, river rafting, kayaking, beach picnics, bear watching, fishing, boating, flight seeing, and more.  All of these are optional, but worth doing at least one.  See the Haines website for more details.  Tresham will be offering artistic sojurns to places of artistic and spiritual interest. 

Accommodations - the Fort Seward Condos are the place to stay - Victorian Officers Row appartments with a commanding view of the Fort, Bay, and Santa Claus Mountain.  Fully furnished apartments where you can gather, relax, prepare food, do laundry.  Your hostess, Annette Smith, will fill you in on history, activities, local orientation, and delicious meals.  There are also local bed and breakfasts within walking distance that are also fun to stay in.



Get inspired or re-inspired to create your personal artistic life vision.  Work with Alaskan multi - medium mystic artist, Tresham Gregg, in an idyllic small coastal Alaskan town to discover a fresh way of looking at life and art.  Over the course of a two week session you will :  discover visually magic places, have an outdoor adventure, learn the basics of Tlingit Art and Culture, practice drawing wild animals with Tresham’s special technique at the Bald Eagle Center, explore different techniques that approach your own artistic stylization.  All this and more is happening in a congenial, focused, fun and inspirational setting where a team of local artisans help feed you with food and knowledge and participate in group discussions and presentations.  Accommodations and facilities are in historic Fort Seward, first permanent army fort built in Alaska in 1904 as a Peace Fort, keeping peace between miners, settlers, natives, and cannery workers while providing income and services for locals.  It is still very peaceful today and the area is home to numerous interesting artists.

Days start with healthy breakfast, ‘spirit hunt’ visionary beach walks, and other outdoor adventures in search of inspiration.  After lunch, drawing, painting and sculpting classes approaching stylization through experimental techniques.  Late afternoon lawn and living room gatherings feature talks about adventures, insights, and transformations.  Dinners are group effort ‘cook - ins’ where everyone learns cooking secrets, presentation and hosting skills.  Evenings are opportunities for interactions, presentations, puppet jams and music circles.

Come away with a renewed approach to life and art.

Course subjects include:

Animal spirit drawing and painting
Mystic Flow Painting
Sculpted painting
Introduction to clay and wood sculpture
Tribal jewelry design and creation
Puppet making and improv
Story creative writing with Heather Lende
Sources of inspiration
Seeing Shamanic images
Capturing spirit essence in art
Discovering purpose
Introduction to understanding Tlingit Art and Culture

PURPOSE:  Defining what is artistic vision.  Creating a shamanic way of seeing and exploring ways of expression for meaningful work.

Offering:  series of workshops and seminars leading up to a fulfilling artistic experience.

Setting:  Dynamic crossroads of culture, inspiration, history and scenic natural phenomenon.

Outcome / Outreach  
make new friends
learn hospitality skills
develop sense of purpose in life and art
expand skills in different mediums
devise ways of moving forward