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Lillstreet Creative Retreats
The new Lillstreet Loft, site of upcoming one-day creative retreats.

After that winter, it’s going to take more than a ray of sunshine to restore our souls: A dose of inspiration is what we really need to see the light.

That’s why we’re signing up for Lillstreet Art Center’s new one-day creative retreats at Lillstreet Loft, a just-opened private event venue located a half block north of the main center in Ravenswood.

Lillstreet is known for its adult ceramics classes, metalsmithing and more, and the retreats--which cost about $95 including a fresh, healthful lunch provided by nearby Real Kitchen--begin with guided meditation and gentle hatha/vinyasa yoga sessions to limber up your mind and body.

An intuitive painting retreat on April 21 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will focus on experimental, mixed-media techniques. Registration for a summer’s worth of retreats begins on April 22; look for an en plein air workshop (June 22), Asian ink painting (June 30 and July 20) and travel photography (July 13)--none of which require prior experience.

After immersing yourself in the creative process for the day, you’ll leave feeling relaxed, restored and holding a masterpiece to show off at home.

Lillstreet Loft, 4437 N. Ravenswood Ave.; 773-769-4226 or lillstreetloft.com

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