Contemplative Mind | Spontaneous Brush

June 22 - 23

Contemplative Mind | Spontaneous Brush

WEEKEND ONE (2-days): June 22-23, 2019   Classes run from 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Contemplative Mind | Spontaneous Brush

This  exploration of creativity using water based paints and inks will begin with guided meditation. Silence and spaciousness will create the ground for authentic gesture and mark-making expressed on Japanese washi and other papers. Final projects will include the use of tearing, layering and collaging onto either a watercolour or a canvas support.

All levels welcome

  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (Click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
  • COURSE COST: $331 (Includes $291 tuition and $40 for materials that will be provided by the instructor.)

Tuition includes daily lunch and snacks.  Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package is available in QUAD or DOUBLE occupancy and includes breakfast and dinner. Click here for further details.



Heather Midori Yamada

Heather Midori Yamada is a visual artist and teacher who works with Japanese washi papers in paintings, collage and installations.

Heather worked in printmaking at Open Studio in Toronto, producing original etchings, lithographs and mixed media monotypes. Using real plant matter she embossed and constructed original single images introducing Japanese handmade papers or washi as an integral element of the print. In Montreal Heather created large banner works in installations such as the 63’ suspended washi piece, “La Forêt” , ‘Forest’ which alternately showed at La Maison de la Culture Mont Royal in 2004 and then in 2005 at Stewart Hall, “Landscape, East-West” exhibition.

Heather augmented her creative work through the study and practices of Tibetan Buddhism, and Japanese ikebana flower arranging. Heather continues to study in this contemporary school of Sogetsu Ikebana with her sensei in Montreal. Heather is a yoga practioner and teacher who incorporates body and breath work into much of her own the artistic work and teaching. Spontaneous brush comes from a place of silence engaging and aligning the artist’s energies before making an authentic mark.

In 2015 Heather moved to Victoria BC where she continues to make art, teach, and enjoy the natural bounty of the west coast of Canada. Heather began to study shodo Japanese calligraphy with teacher Mariko Yaguchi-Moore, sensei. This formal and strict discipline encourages a kind of mindfulness and patience which only adds to Heather’s own free abstract brushwork approach to creativity. “It’s always good to be a student yourself so you remember what it takes to learn a new skill or approach”.


Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. 
CONFIRMED: This workshop has met the required registration numbers and will be running. 


Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA’s online withdrawal form and will be processed through PayPal.

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BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.