"Yvette was a wonderful teacher. I wish we all had an extra day with her. I would definitely go back again and I recommend that if you are looking for a most enjoyable painting experience, you should try it! Will be back another time for sure! - Patty, Lynn, and I learned SO MUCH! Yvette's art is incredible, and we are so very glad that we found her and had such a lovely experience!"
💚 Donna Read, Invermere, AB, Canada
"I am still feeling so uplifted from my “week of art heaven” with you. Thank you again for your individualized instruction in your beautiful and inviting studio space, for the decadent and delicious meals, for all the extras – your extra time in facilitating wonderful visits with other artists, book recommendations, and gifts; it was exactly – EXACTLY – what I needed right now in my life!"
💚 Jess Armstrong, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
"The feedback I got from Yvette was always kind and helpful, and I felt encouraged and guided and never criticized. She has mastered the art of gentle guidance on a timid ego!"
💚 Brad Bowman, Bellevue, Washington
"I will cherish my experience at Creative Life Adventures always! Yvette and Derek Neumann made every aspect of our event memorable with a perfect blend of stimulation and relaxation! Thank you for sharing your talents and spreading joy to others!"
💚 Daneen Rackie, Burbank, California
"The trip to Bellingham was fabulous. My adventure with Yvette and Derek was amazing, very well-planned and perfect in every way. We were handled like friends with V.I.P. privileges at all times, and left each day wanting more. This was one of my most favorite weeks ever – I’m so glad I went!"
💚 Janie Sachs Radoff, Henderson, Nevada
"I could not have asked for a more fabulous vacation than what I received from Yvette Neumann and her “team” during my 3-day Painting Retreat. Her beautiful and inspiring environment was perfect, and the instruction and support was exactly what I needed to progress along my path toward painting more professionally. (It is a very long path!) Yvette’s service was optimal too, including door-to-door pick-ups, fabulous lunches, excellent wines, and some much needed pet therapy from Logan and Amy – thank you!"
💚 Carolyn Fry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"My week with Yvette and Derek was beyond memorable and a treasure in every conceivable way. I am wowing all of my friends with details of my visit. Yvette possesses many gifts: phenomenal artistic ability, intelligence, boundless curiosity, and a genuine warmth that pours out of every pore in her body."
💚 Ann Weisman, Bingham Farms, Michigan
"All I can say is WOW – This is the most amazing experience ever. I'm having the time of my life and learning so much!"
💚 Laura Gold, Vancouver, B.C, Canada
"I attended a three day workshop last month that was an incredible and 'out-of-my-regular life' experience learning about structure and color in creating abstract art, (and of course doing). The studio space and surrounding courtyard areas that Yvette and Derek have created contribute mightily to the experience. Yvette is a superb teacher, very supportive and knowledgeable, and she and Derek are terrific hosts. This is the 3rd year that I have attended a workshop and I love Bellingham."
💚 Annie Windsor, Tigard, Oregon
"We had such an amazing time --- can't stop thinking about it! LOVED meeting you two--- and we both definitely look forward to the next time we come!"
💚 Lyric Turner, Denver, Colorado
"Absolutely enchanting retreat. From an orca whale watching cruise to relaxing in a beautiful remodeled old barn, the ambience was amazing to say the least. Yvette’s paintings seemed to always follow the lighting of the day. In the sunlight, crisp, clean and airy. And with the sunset, colors I didn’t notice before, warm, comforting and glowing. There’s not enough I can say about this hidden gem!"
💚 Patricia Smith, Saint Louis, Missouri
The week was sensational. It was just more than I thought it would be. The process of painting was more intricate than I imagined - you and Derek were great. Your kind encouragement has made me want to paint again. How about my coming to work with you next summer for a week? I think I will learn more from you that week than having somebody here for a year!
💚 Suzanne Hartman, West Bloomfield, Michigan
"What can I say except the experience exceeded my every expectation - Jo and I couldn't have been more relaxed. It was great to learn new techniques without the pressure to make great art, and Yvette did an excellent job keeping things interesting. I really learned a lot and can't wait to do it again."
💚 Linda Wright, St Thomas, Virgin Islands
"I just spent three wonderful days at Yvette Neumann's Abstract Painting workshop. Yvette is an excellent teacher. She has created well thought out lessons and she has a wealth of information and skill to share. The studio on their farm is a beautiful setting to work in and Derek and Yvette made sure we had everything we needed - I highly recommend"
💚 Anna Freschi, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
"The Abstract Painting workshop was fantastic! With Yvette’s encouragement, I felt safe enough to try a great variety of new techniques and to take creative risks. She is a born teacher, and as a teacher myself, I appreciated how she met the needs of all of the workshop participants right at their varied levels of knowledge and experience. I plan to take her classes again because I learned more in three days than I considered to be possible."
💚 Lori VanEtta, Bellingham, Washington
"Just returned home from a ‘custom group adventure’– and every aspect was PERFECT!"
💚 Lisa Olwine, Lawrenceville, Georgia
"I'm still on cloud nine after the extraordinary art weekend with Yvette and Derek. I felt like a kid in a candy store as I walked in the door! A treasure trove of art supplies at your finger tips and the gorgeous work space was "home" for three days!"
💚 Laura Jones Garcia, Issaquah, Washington
"Yvette was a wonderful teacher. I wish we all had an extra day with her. I would definitely go back again and I recommend that if you are looking for a most enjoyable painting experience, you won’t be disappointed."
💚 Karen Deitke, Colorado Springs, Colorado
"The dial in my minds' eye is set to 'artist' and I see the design, lines, shapes and colors in all that I see. I have always been a 'visual' person, but the knowledge and experience I gained in these past few days, deepened my perception, wow, what could be better than that."
💚 A.J. Rylaarsdam, Santa Rosa, California
"The class is designed so that ANY level of painter can enjoy it and leave with a piece of completed art--- it was so fun to see this realized over the course of a few days (and boy, did it fly by!)"
💚 Denice Thurston, Duvall, Washington
"I absolutely enjoyed every minute and would recommend this retreat to anyone who feels an urge to explore their inner artist."
💚 Joanne Wright, Highland Park, Illinois
"I haven't pursued any creative interests in over 20 years so wasn't sure how much I would get out of a 3 day painting class. The workshop was exactly what I needed to silence the inner critic, learn and just enjoy the creative process. It was great."
💚 Margaret McClung, Gig Harbor, Washington
"Once again thank you for a most wonderful weekend spent with lovely and inspiring people, while being creative. I came home rejuvenated and armed with new knowledge and inspiration. The food was just amazing and your hospitality unparalleled. I really hope to be able to come again soon and spend more time with you wonderful people".