Myths & Masks

Each of us has within us a supernatural being that embodies our highest self. In his Myths & Masks® workshop and performance, internationally acclaimed poet, mask maker, musician and educator Will Clipman engages participants in an intensive and immersive hands-on exploration of mask making, creative writing and performance to call forth and give form and voice to this uniquely individual inner mythic persona. Participants will experience first-hand the ancient magic of the mask, the awesome power of the word and the transformative energy of shared celebration, taking with them a piece of their own original art and an indelible imprint for personal growth, both of which will last a lifetime and continue to evolve.

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With more than 60 albums under his belt, Will Clipman is a seven-time Grammy nominee, a three-time Native American Music Award Winner, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Winner, a New Age Reporter Music Award Winner and a two-time TAMMIE Award Winner. Learn more about this creative powerhouse.


A poet since the age of six, Will has published a book of his original poetry entitled Dog Light (Wesleyan University Press) and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. His writing has been honored with the Whiffen Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Margaret Sterling Award, the Tucson/Pima Arts Council Poetry Fellowship and the Arizona Commission on the Arts Award of Merit for Poetry. His poem “The Quiet Power” is the official Dedicatory Poem of the Tucson Main Library.

Will is also an accomplished mask maker and storyteller. His Myths & Masks performance and workshop combines his original mask art, mythopoetic

Will Clipman began playing his father's drums and his mother's piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since mastered a pan-global palette of more than 100 percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drum set. In addition to his multiple accolades, Will has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum for his contributions to the musical community in his hometown. In addition to his solo work, Will performs with R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton, among many other internationally acclaimed artists. Will's solo CD Pathfinder earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Age Album. His Planet of Percussion® performance and workshop provides a hands-on tour of world music rhythm and polyrhythm.

storytelling and multicultural world music. Will has provided over 200 workshops, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, full-length artist-in-residencies and self-realization events to schools, art galleries, libraries, adult prisons, juvenile detention facilities, senior centers, hospitals, parks and recreation programs, retreat centers and more. His service to the community as an arts educator has been honored with the Arizona Commission on the Arts Decade of Distinguished Service Award and two Governor's Arts Award Nominations. Will holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Arizona.

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Retreat Highlights

Called our Inner Mythic Being, our highest realization of self is us at our most beautiful, most talented, most intelligent and most fun. Most importantly, it is us without fear. This is exactly the state that Will Clipman encourages you to reach in this joy-filled retreat. And it’s all the more powerful against the backdrop of Woodside, where the beautiful, nurturing environment encourages you to let go of whatever might be holding you back and find your inner superhero.

A Perfect Fit
Masks hold places of power and significance in cultures across the globe, both for their physical forms as well as for the meanings behind them. During this retreat, you will make an exact replica of your face using plaster bandages (called lifecasting), which will form the foundation of your mask and start the physical embodiment of your Inner Mythic Being. The sky is the limit on where you might go.
The Power of Words
Give life to your inner superhero in the form of an epic Mythic Persona Poem. Tell his or her life story and see how it runs parallel to your own. Discover what you can learn from your Inner Mythic Being’s trials and tribulations, be inspired by how he or she overcame them, and take those lessons of empowerment back to your own life. With your being help see you along, nothing will hold you back.
An Artistic Scavenger Hunt
What does your Inner Mythic Being look like? How do you imagine him or her? Woodside is the perfect place to embark on an artistic foraging expedition with the aim of answering just those questions. Explore the natural environment and harvest interesting found objects. Be inspired by the majesty all around, from the Fibonacci sequence of a pinecone to the language of the ravens, as your being is born.
The Circle of Celebration
Gather together and celebrate one another’s Inner Mythic Beings as you share your poem. Find comfort in the knowledge that no matter what, you are not alone.
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