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Faces of the SELF
Mask Making & Self-Expression Workshop

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
-Oscar Wilde

The Mask, as old as humankind, looks back at all the faces in the world.

Our ancestors from all cultures have used masks in ritual involving birth, death, hunting, & spiritual affairs.


Participants will craft a mask using natural materials, paint and adorn it. Around the fire circle you will speak through your mask as a mirror and opportunity for Other to show up. Expect a surprising new perspective! The activities will be grounded in discussions of cultural & psychological research.

A light farm fresh dinner will be provided. You are invited to stay over in one of our glamping yurts (with queen size bed and linen provided) or tent. (Accommodation booked separately)

The Mask Making Process

In this workshop, Ken Gill, creator of Glyph Masks, will guide you through the experience of making your own mask from the husk of a queen palm.

  • Choosing and prepping a husk

  • Shaping the husk (if necessary)

  • Visualizing the design; bringing out the face hidden in the husk

  • Roughing in the basic features

  • Understanding and using the tools and mediums which give the best results

  • Building eyes, noses, mouths

  • Backing the husk for durability, attaching hanging loop (if appropriate)

  • Applying protective mediums to ensure the mask will retain its colors and features

All supplies are provided, but if there are any objects of importance you would like to use on your mask, feel free to bring them!


Express Your Inner Face & Make Art that Looks Back


Your Guide, Ken Gill is a local artist from San Diego. He has given art demos for several San Diego Art Guilds and associations. Ken works in oil, acrylic, charcoal and mixed media.


Glyph Masks was born in 2014 and has taken Ken into new areas where painting, sculpture and Nature meet. (

"The persona that we wear everyday masks the true self" -CG Jung
Let's explore and play with persona!

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Workshop, including materials and a light farm-fresh dinner is valued at $100*

*NOTE: While putting a value on our workshops, we also want to ensure our experiences are accessible to all. When registering, you have the option to enter the price YOU can afford. Please register with what is in your budget. We mean it!


Your payment is an investment in our future as a non-profit organization. Your contribution may pay forward an experience for someone else.


You may also inquire about volunteer opportunities by emailing us at

Want to stay overnight? (Booked separately)​

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