WUYA - an adventure to discover and unfold your creativity. Curiosity and fun are our tools, the present moment our workshop.

Rumi said: ´Beyond right and wrong lies a place. That's

where we meet.` 

Looking forward to

seeing you there!

Larissa & Joe

Wake up



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"Colourful togetherness. A warm and safe place that invites my inner artist to shine through."

Annica @ wuya 2018

japanese bowls julia & joe @ WUYA 2016

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"So much has happened in my life since the retreat, it feels as if I'm wearing a diamond in my heart."

david @  wuya 2018

our love, our hearts, these hands 

Written by participants @ WUYA 2016

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"The Wake Up Your Artist retreat was a journey into colors and sounds."

marie @  wuya 2018

"I find it very difficult to put into words how wonderful, magical, life-changing I found this retreat, no matter what I write, I feel like I'm understating."

Phuc  tran @  wuya 2018



Singing, painting, dancing & writing with mindfulness as a foundation

Inner Critic & Inner Child - becomeing a good team

Wisdom of the heart - deciding authentically and truthfully

Art as Activism - What do you want to move?


The interrelation of creativity and mindfulness

Introduction to mindfulness and meditation practices

Discover the nature of creativity - intuition and flow


Solving blockages with the help of resources - curiosity and the joy of experimenting

Self-reflection and biographical work - defining moments of your own creativity

Presence - present moment as place of action

Movement - perceive and express impulses

Visualizations & and guides Deep Relaxations

group adventures

Spending Time in nature with hikes and games 

Coachings for experiencing  lively contact 

Regular exchange - mindful communication and district culture

Festive theme nights and campfires

More for your ears, eyes and heart on this page:

7th of April
A creativity retreat for young artists and non artists in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh/ Plum Village


  • trust your artist
    Fri, 09 Sept
    A creative Retreat with Larissa Mazbouh (artist and art educator) and Joe Holtaway (musican and songwriter) for everyone!
  • rise up your artist
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    A joyful creativity retreat for parent/s and kid/s :D More infos soon!
  • WUYA 2022
    Thu, 07 Apr
    European Institute of Applied Buddhism
    A creativity retreat for young artists and non artists in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh/ Plum Village

who we are

i am

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I studied this and that, created small and big things, released something here and there.

As an artist, cultural pedagogue and yoga teacher, I am interested in finding out, being surprised, amazed and seeing the world with new eyes; get lost and find again - strengthen the anchor and solve safety nets. This drives me and leads me to the desire to accompany other people on their way to the Creator Self.


In anticipation of our creative journey, I borrow the words of Mary Oliver: "Tell me, what are you planning to do with your one, wild and precious life?"


I am 

I was blessed with a creative childhood, and  I feel music, poetry and spirituality as three threads that have, in different ways, always been woven into my life.


Growing up my parents (mother and step father) helped to run a folk music club and festivals where I had my first performing experiences. Alongside this I took my love for poetry from my Father and later studied literature with poetry at University in London. While in London I began to engage as a songwriter in peace activism within a few organisations including the Plum Village Community.


A few years later after being involved in a few retreats, I met Larissa and from a shared love of creativity and a belief in it's possibility to heal and inspire, WUYA came to be.


Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy. When you touch nonfear, you are free.

Thich Nhat Hanh

crowdfunding 2020


We are one - a fundamental truth across all borders.
We believe in inclusion and learning from each other 
and  wish to promote a culture of welcome. 
Support us in our wish to enable a person  with refugee
background the free participation in the retreat.

Ahmad received the welcome ticket 2018. He comes from Syria. His story and experience with wuya can be heard in an interview with Joe.

interview of ahmad & joe





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