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TESTIMONIALS ARE A WONDERFUL REMINDER OF MEMORABLE TIMES WITH PEOPLE FROM NEAR AND FAR. FAR TOO MANY TO LIST OF COURSE, OUR UNENDING JOY AND NETWORK OF LIFELONG FRIENDS CONTINUES TO GROW AND FLOURISH. BROWSE THROUGH SOME OF THE MANY "LOVE NOTES" WE'VE RECEIVED THROUGH THE YEARS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GUEST EXPERIENCES WITH US.
Wellness retreats are a healthful way to bring body and mind back into alignment, and to recenter the seat of soul in the spirit of loving kindness. The focus of our getaways is to explore our many selves through friendship, writing and art making, good food, and mindful spirituality.
If a formally structured retreat is not really what you're looking for, we also offer guests the opportunity to pursue their own ideas during their stay with us. We can assist with customized arrangements and resources, tailored to specific guest preferences and needs. Personalized retreats can take any shape or form and be of any length of stay, and we can help craft a respite stay for you and/or your group built around the best personalized experience possible: Interesting local experiences, creative and expressive activities, soul healing, meditation and yoga lessons, and much more. Our partnership network is built around high-integrity people providing excellent local services, who, besides being all-around fabulous peeps, share a deep sense of community and commitment to the health and flourishing of others.
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PAINTING WORKSHOP RETREATS
Art workshop retreats are a fabulous way to really boost your skills and knowledge in a concentrated time frame. We are proud to offer a variety of weekend and mid week courses throughout the year for artists of all experience and skill levels, who want to 'up their creative game' quickly and confidently. We limit the size of our workshops to ensure plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor, and follow an agenda-based curriculum designed to include goals and objectives that students can measure their progress by.
If a formal workshop is not really what you're looking for, we also offer guests the opportunity to paint at leisure during their stay with us, in one of our two atelier studios. During warm weather months, the gardens and beach offer wonderful opportunities for Plein Air activities. We keep an inventory of easels, paint supplies and equipment onsite for guest use and purchase, and Yvette is usually available to help with tips, painting ideas, and suggestions. Guests can also book private one-on-one art lessons with Yvette for more specialized attention.
Design Your Own
Whatever kind of relaxing encounter you're yearning for, our specialty is creating unforgettable experiences. Life is peppered with moments of change and transition, and whether the occasion is a new beginning or an ending that smarts, we can tailor opportunities for self-paced art therapy, meditation, yoga, and more to fit your uniquely personal needs and circumstances.
Get in touch to see how creative we can be with ideas and recommendations.
GUIDED ART LESSONS
Working on a project you'd like to finish, but no place to work on it at home? Guests enjoy the opportunity to paint in one of our two onsite art studio spaces during their stay. Bring your personal art supplies and project materials and work at your own leisurely pace, between hiking and sightseeing activities, and explore our expansive library, featuring instruction reference materials and books on art making, art techniques and other "how to" books on your own. Surrounding gardens and beach offer wonderful opportunities for Plein Air activities, and guest access to an inventory of art tools, easels, and other art-making equipment offer the convenience of packing light for your stay. Alternatively, canvas, paints, and other art materials are also available onsite for purchase, and guests can book a packaged 'Paint and Stay' activity featuring a 75 minute art lesson with Yvette and all art materials and tools required to create something memorable. Yvette is also available for private one-on-one art lessons for more specialized attention.
'Paint & Stay' Package
Interested in trying your hand at painting or improving your current skills? A 75 minute guided lesson with Yvette will get you well on your way, and she even sticks around to help you through the process! Depending on where you are in your practice, Yvette crafts a lesson around what you already know, fundamentals of composition and design, and an introduction to the science of acrylic art materials you'll be using to support creation of something uniquely original and centered around playful learning in a relaxed, supportive environment. Great for couples and friend groups - this is not your typical 'Paint and Sip'. Cost is $65 per person and includes lesson and all materials.
Private 1-on-1 Lessons
Looking for specialized help? Want to learn specific painting or texturing techniques, or simply looking to up your skills when it comes to mixing colors and general composition and design? Here's your chance to pick a professional artist's brain about tools and tricks, and that all important guidance to get you through the 'learning curve'. Start a new project or bring a current project you need a bit of help on, Yvette's instruction can be either deep into the weeds or wide across subject matter - expertly delivered in an encouraging, supportive environment. Great opportunity to get help & advice on all things art/creative business too. $50/Hour.