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October 24-27, 2024

Whether you are an experienced artist or an anxious beginner, come safely explore your creativity at Eagle Rock! This brand new activity can be tailored to fit each group’s interests and skill level. The Lord is the ultimate creator, and we are each made in His image; so come experience this unique method of communicating with the Lord and proclaiming His greatness through art.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth


Don’t worry. The Creatives classes at Eagle Rock are for beginners! No need to have artistic experience – just a willingness to create! Our staff will coordinate your group’s schedule for participants to join in Creatives during an afternoon activity time (typically around 2 hours). We can accommodate between 10 - 20 people per class, but please note that we like to know at least one week ahead of time how many will be participating in order to purchase supplies. Workshops will be step-by-step instruction, and participants will come away with a piece to take home!


We can customize each Creatives session based on your retreat’s specific theme or you can choose from our most popular options: painting (watercolor or acrylic), journaling, and meaningful crafts. Below are some examples of sessions Amanda has created for groups in the past.


Contact our Art Director, Amanda Gillooly, at to discuss these ideas or something totally new.


Whether watercolor or acrylic, painting the mountain landscape is always a popular option that can easily relate to many retreat themes.


We have also created numerous options for specific themes/verses.


In a journaling workshop, participants will create their own unique, pocket-sized, genuine leather-bound journal to take home. Paper and leather is precut, but participants get to select the look they want and hand sew the pages together during the workshop. Depending on time constraints, they will also have the opportunity to practice some journaling prompts. Completed journal size is 5” x 6 ½“.


Sometimes, we like to think outside the box in terms of creative activities that correlate with a retreat’s theme. On those occasions, we have created unique workshops using nontraditional materials.


The two examples pictured here are clay “clinging” crosses and kintsugi heart ornaments.

Leading your workshop will either be Amanda or local artist, Haley Nicely. Haley grew up going to Eagle Rock most of her life, and Eagle Rock is where God transformed her heart and mind. Haley has always been creative, and the Lord used that to speak to her through painting and drawing. She began her artistic studies with graphic design, but later graduated from Milan Art Institute in 2021 for oil painting. Haley wants all people, no matter their skill level, to see God’s heart when they create. We are very happy to have Haley serve at Eagle Rock in such a unique way. 

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