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Unlocking the Heart of the Artist Retreat

unlocking2015FBJoin Matt Tommey and Jim & Pat Banks for an intimate weekend of worship, teaching and personal ministry at River Oaks Studios in Asheville, North Carolina.  This retreat is limited to 30 participants to maximize opportunity for personal interaction and ministry.  Enjoy Asheville’s River Arts District with over 180 working artist studios and relax in the beautiful mountains during the spring!

“The level of love and healing was beyond my wildest dreams!
I came broken and left whole!”
Unlocking Participant

The Unlocking the Heart of the Artist weekend is based on the book of the same title by Matt Tommey and focuses on helping creative people:

* Embrace Your Unique Design
* Overcome Roadblocks to Creativity
* Pursue Personal Wholeness
* Share Your Journey with Other Artists

Cost: $98 includes all main conference sessions.


Weekend Schedule:

Location: River Oaks Studios in Asheville, North Carolina’s River Arts District.
191 Lyman Street #160 Asheville, NC 28730


Friday, April 24, 2015


  • 6:00 pm Doors Open/Check In
  • 7:00 pm Main Session


Saturday, April 25, 2015


  • 8:30 am  Doors Open, Coffee Available
  • 9:00 am Main Session
  • 12:00 pm Break for Lunch
  • 2:00 pm Main Session
  • 5:00 pm Break for Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Main Closing Session 


Sunday, April 26, 2015

  • OPTIONAL: additional one-on-one ministry sessions will be offered by Jim and Pat Banks for a love offering of your choice. Time slots will be available at the registration desk throughout the weekend. These spots are limited and on a first come first basis. 
  • Enjoy Asheville!  Nothing else is scheduled for the event on Sunday. 



Matt Tommey

Matt has been engaged in creative ministry for over 20 years in both in the US and internationally as a worship leader, speaker and visual artisan. He is the author of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist”, “Crafting Your Brand”, “Creativity According to the Kingdom” and founder of The Worship Studio.

Matt is an author, worship leader, internationally-recognized award-winning contemporary basketry artist and member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. In 2011 he was listed by the Smithsonian America Museum of Art’s Renwick Gallery as an “American Artist Under 40″ and was a North Carolina Arts Council Grant Recipient.  Married to Tanya, they live in Asheville, NC and have one son, Cameron. You can see Matt’s artwork at


Jim photoJim and Pat Banks lead House of Healing Minstries – an international ministry focused on equipping churches, ministries and individuals to minister healing to the spirit, soul and body.  They also serve on the Board of Directors for The Worship Studio.

Pat has a passion for teaching creative people how to operate out of their spirit and commune with the Holy Spirit in their creative process. Jim is the author of The Effects of Trauma and How to Deal with It and the developer of a prayer tool called the Trauma Prayer, which has been ministered to hundreds of people with astounding results to virtually eliminate symptoms of trauma, with many experiencing instantaneous and permanent relief.

Connect with the Banks at


A Note from Matt Tommey:
Over the years, I’ve encountered many artisans, musicians, craftsmen and other creative ones who have, for one reason or another, become stuck. The ‘stuckness’ originates from many different places – woundedness, fear, control, unbelief, religious barriers – and creates a frustration in their life that becomes unbearable. Many artists, unable to understand what’s really going on either run headlong into “creativity for creativity’s sake” or turn to unhealthy alternatives in order to numb or overcome the pain they are feeling. Many more simply give up, hide the gift by stuffing it down under ‘Christian work ethic’ and just try to go on with life as usual.

Whatever your flavor of ‘stuckness’, the Father wants you to be fully released to worship Him through your creative expression. His desire is that nothing holds you back from creative destiny for your life – not even yourself. This weekend is about embracing the divine calling for your life as an artist in the Kingdom, getting in touch with your unique prophetic voice and releasing it in a way that not only effects culture, but the heavens. It’s also about you being fulfilled and happy! The Father’s desire for your life is not that you just be productive or even that you work for Him – it’s that you live a life fully engaged in His presence; a joyful, passionate and creative life where you’re enjoying Him as much as He enjoys you!


Refund policy:   All sales for this event are final.

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