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Creative Retreat Art is Magic
An incredible weekend of light, love and creativity - so much inspiration and generosity of spirit, … So grateful to have participated.
— Natalie Eslick (2017 participant)

Join us for the Ongoing Retreat
The weekend event is finished for the year.

This workshop is for anyone who creates or feels the desire to create, who wishes to be inspired, who wishes to explore with curiousity, who wants to play in the field of possibilities and dance with the muses and their brilliance. This is for you brilliant creative soul.

Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.
— Anni Albers

$147

NB- After payment you should be automagically redirected back to this site to complete registration. If you are not please check your email receipt for a link to complete registration on to the class list.

Join us for the Ongoing Retreat
The weekend event is finished for the year.

How it Works

On July 7th & 7th we will be holding a FREE ONLINE EVENT- The Creative Retreat. Each day you will have access to 9 lessons from a range of amazing artists and teachers. Each lesson will be available for you to watch and participate in for 24 hours from its airing time (a time table will be emailed out to the participants before the event).

If you wish to have longer access to the lessons please join us in the Ongoing Retreat for extended access plus a whole lot of other amazing lessons.

The Creative Retreat will begin on the 7th of July at 12 am CDT UTC-5 (check your time zone converter for your location). As each lesson is available for 24 hrs you will be able to watch them at some time during your waking hours where ever you are :)

To access the free lessons you will need to register with the form below. Before the retreat weekend begins we will send you  a link to the classroom along with a password. Be sure to keep an eye out for this (your spam/junk and promotional filters may with go gobble it up).


Join Us

To join us all you need to do is register with your email address and before the retreat begins you will be sent access details to the FREE EVENT. (register in the form just below)


Community

 

Join us in our private Facebook group where you will be able to share what you create, see what others are creating from the retreat and discuss your creative journey with like minded creatives.


ONGOING Retreat

We believe that your creative practice should not be limited to just one weekend but inspired to be an ongoing part of your life. Sign up for the Ongoing Retreat to gain access to the Creative Retreat for a year. The Ongoing Retreat includes 18 additional lessons being delivered one each week to allow you to continue to dive into and stretch your creative practice.

$147

NB- After payment you should be automagically redirected back to this site to complete registration. If you are not please check your email receipt for a link to complete registration on to the class list.

The Fabulous Artists

Find out more about these fabulous artists

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Creativity is contagious, pass it on
— Albert Einstein
 

Creative Retreat Weekend lessons

 These are 18 lessons in the Ongoing Retreat ready to access.
See further below to see the other 18 lessons which will be added weekly.

 

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Between the Covers

Presented by Galia Alena

In this lesson we will be discussing the Safe Harbour of an art journal practice- a place to play, to express, to experiment and to stretch out with out the burden of trying to create "art" as I break in a new journal.


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Intentional Simplicity

Presented by Stephanie Lee

Creativity is inherent in every soul but the individual manifestations of it are what make it such a powerful practice of self-discovery. Join me in freeing ourselves from the weight of artistic platitudes that often can weigh us down with overthinking and perfection paralysis. In this course we will combine paint, paper, and encaustic medium to intentionally distill the making process into something simple and sublime - a simplicity that best allows our creativity to grow and evolve naturally into the divine form it want to take.


Art is Magic presents the Creative Retreat- Lucy Brydon

Layers of Whimsy

Presented by Lucy Brydon

In this lesson we will learn all about making patterned papers using monoprinting on the gel plate. We will have fun experimenting with various texture tools and stencils! We will then experiment with making a whimsical painting by collaging and painting out an image, and using mixed media to add further details.


Creative Retreat with Shiloh Sophia

The Story-transforming Muse : Intentional Creativity Process

Presented by Shiloh Sophia

Our journey today is exploring the right and left brain and how it works in connection with the heart. We will be working with a dominant story that is keeping us hung up or stuck and spending time in the subconscious without needing an answer. We will look at the language that comes up from inquiries and bring them into alternating structures of the brain of the muse. We will also be looking at how to integrate the story of the critic with the voice of the. muse.  While we create with Intentional Creativity, a new story can organically arise that belongs to us. Includes poetry from Tea with the Midnight Muse as well as a red thread ceremony. From here there is an invitation to open to a new and expanded worldview with less constraint and more self expression. You are invited to write your own Creative Being creed from the expanded space you have discovered! Let’s Play!


Free Creative Retreat with Emma Petitt

I’m not sure what love is?

Presented by Emma Petitt

In this lesson, I will be creating a Mixed Media piece, using patterned paper collage, patterned stencils and rollers to make an emotional portrait. I will be working very intuitively and never really know where the painting is going to go! So embrace the unknown, and go with what you feel happy with... I do not use a photo reference, but feel free to find a suitable image to get you started! Or better still use the final Painting image as your reference. This lesson is all about building up layers upon layers of patterns to create a background foundation on which to paint on. The layers of interest and texture serves to be a focal point of the painting and will create the skin tones of the final portrait.


Art is Magice Creative Retreat, Mystele Kirkeeng

"Muck" Painting

Presented by Mystele Kirkeeng

Don't throw away those mucky, grungy under papers and blotting papers. Better yet, make some muck on purpose! Join me as I demonstrate one way to go from muck to a work of art!


Desert Blooms

Presented by Kimberly Heil

Hi y'all ! Desert blooms is a class inspired by a recent visit to New Mexico. I fell in love with the land, the colors, and of course the cacti! In this class we will create a mixed media painting of a blooming cactus. We will be using old pieces of papers, tissue, stamps, and paints to create a mixed media artwork. My hope is that you will have fun, be curious, and if you don't love something add another layer!

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Art is Magic presents the Creative Retreat-Mickie Wilde

Creative Bee-ing

Presented by Micki Wilde

Join me in an exploration of whimsical wonder as I share with you some of my favourite techniques to make layers, expressive marks and subtle textures throughout a small painting creating interest and curiosity. With encouragement to draw and paint loosely and release ideas of expectation, my lessons are about letting go and having fun with the paint. These animals and creatures have a special place in my heart and I hope they will in yours too.
 


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Trusting Yourself & Letting Go

Presented by Lauren Rudolph

As human beings I believe a powerful lesson in life is learning to let go.   We learn from a young age to hold on tightly, grab with both hands and squeeze leaving us tense and constricted. This is a lesson in connecting to the energy of letting go through the figure and freedom of self-expression. We will explore the feelings that lie beneath the surface that drive our energy and connect to that moment when we open and release.


Amanda Grace for the Creative Retreat

Altered Book Journaling

Presented by Amanda Grace

You'll never make new discoveries, by staying on the same old ground. But how does one, change things up without creating a new fear of the blank page?
Simple. Don't use a blank page!

In this lesson, we are going to take an illustrated book and make it our own. Abandon all outcomes and come with me as we take our journal practice, outside the comfort zone of familiarity. Let's experiment and see what we find in already published pages as we create from a place of response.


Magic Lion

Presented by Pia Rom

We play with watercolours and fill up the spread with fun collage bits and bobs to create  a lil story on top of our watercolour image…Have fun

Art is Magic presents the Creative Retreat- Pia Rom

Art is Magic presents the Creative Retreat- Andrea Gomoll

Nature inspired Sacred Space Art

Presented by Andrea Gomoll

In our busy, stressful Everyday Life it is important to have a little "Happy Space" where you can take a little "Time Out", ground yourself and refocus - just a little Sacred Space that gives you positive Energy throughout the Day. Join me in this Lesson as I share one of my favourite Ways to personalize your Sacred Space with your own Artwork and this Way add even more personal Meaning to your Sacred Space. In this Lesson we will create some magical Sacred Space Art inspired by Nature and I hope you'll enjoy joining me on this little, magical Art-Adventure.


Art is Magic presents the Creative Retreat- Jeanette House

Foolproof Faces

Presented by Jeannette House

In {FOOLPROOF FACES}, we’ll look at different contour drawing techniques that, with practice, will help to build your confidence as an artist, and develop your personal style of drawing faces. These fun (even slightly bonkers!) techniques will all but shift your focus away from agonising over details and “mistakes”, and show you how to use and layer any imperfections in your drawings to add depth and character to finished faces you can be proud of.

 


Art is Magic presents the Creative Retreat- Toni Burt

She Emerges

Presented by Toni Burt

There is nothing like loosening up as a way to embody your artwork with a sense of freedom, emotion and feeling. Join me to create this lovely loose girl in soft water-soluble media. We'll use old recycled cardboard and vintage sheet music to give our girl character and charm.  The gorgeous mix of neutral tones and splashes of bold colour, combined with our loose pencil work, creates heartfelt emotion in our work. Let yourself feel the freedom of non-perfection as "she emerges".

 


Art is Magic presents the Creative Retreat- Veronica Funk

Creating Backgrounds

Presented by Veronica Funk
Facing a blank canvas can be intimidating.  Using acrylic paints and stencils we will have fun creating an interesting surface that can be displayed as is or, as in my next workshop, layered with imagery to create a finished painting.
 


Art is Magic presents the Creative Retreat- Fonda Clark Haight

Grow the Good

Presented by Fonda Clark Haight

We often focus on the parts of our art that we don’t like. What I know for sure is that the more we focus on the negative, the more negative there is.   This is a process to focus on the good and grow it.  If you’re looking for a way to “find” your style, this process will help you do that.  You just have to show up and sit with it.


Art is Magic presents the Creative Retreat- Jeanne Marie Webb

Meditative Daily Graphite

Presented by Jeanne Marie Webb

In this lesson I will be sharing with you one of my daily meditative practices with graphite to inspire you to create and practice as part of your own daily routine.


Creative Retreat with Cat Caracelo

Journey HOME to SELF

Presented by Cat Caracelo

This journey will help you to find new clues, three keys and a sacred landscape that offers life changing insights and some new sources of inner and outer magic that offers you a homecoming experience!


 
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Ongoing Retreat

Your creative journey should not be limited to one weekend so we've created the ONGOING RETREAT PACKAGE. This includes extended access to the lesson from the weekend of the retreat as well as a new lesson sent out weekly for 18 weeks. Join us as we make Creative Retreat a practice to sustain our path, nurture our souls and support our creative unfolding.


 $147

NB- After payment you should be automagically redirected back to this site to complete registration. If you are not please check your email receipt for a link to complete registration on to the list.

Bonus Lessons in the Ongoing Retreat


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Mandala Altar

Presented by Galia Alena

In this lesson we will be creating a Mandala piece for our altars guided by our own personal symbols resulting in a deeply personal piece that can act as  a talisman.


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The Art of Surrender

Presented by Jeanne Marie Webb

Lesson in letting go of the expectation when your canvas has different ideas as this piece undergoes changes that require creative adaptation.


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Emerging Faces

Presented by Jeanette House

In {EMERGING FACES}, we’ll create a multi-layered face that’s as much the focus of the painting as it is part of the background. We’ll combine contour drawings with a simple but effective background using layers, and take your face from sketchbook page to finished painting using minimal art supplies. I’ll offer my perspective on addressing a fear of the blank page, and show you how I incorporate any “imperfections” into the story of a finished painting.


Fonda Clark Haight for the Creative Retreat

Notes from Intuition

Presented by Fonda Clark Haight

I have a daily practice.  I sit down with a page and ask myself “what do I need to know”.  Or I pull a card and take inspiration from that for the day.  In this way I’m exploring that truthful edge that comes from just listening in to what is going on with my higher self.


Amanda Grace Art is Magic

Altered Images & finding your words

Presented by Amanda Grace

You'll never make new discoveries, by staying on the same old ground. But how does one, change things up without creating a new fear of the blank page?
Simple. Don't use a blank page!

In this lesson, we are going to alter images and find our own words. Let's experiment and see what we find in already published pages as we create from a place of response.

 


Shiloh Sophia for the Creative Retreat

Festival of the Open Heart

Presented by Shiloh Sophia

You are invited to take a look at a place in your life where you are feeling caged or stuck and set it free. We are going to the Festival of the open heart and allowing ourselves to experience freedom, through painting quickly and without concern for form, figures of celebration. Feeling the motion and integrating the new ideas. In this, we name where we are coiled up and also name and claim the antidote. While we are painting, we are resetting our subconscious and setting ourselves free.


Emma Petitt for the Creative Retreat


Be bold portrait

Presented by Emma Petitt

In this lesson I will be creating a very expressive loose portrait. I encourage you to go large in scale and work mainly with a large brush (1.5 inch brush). I encourage you to create freedom in both your mark making and your brush strokes. To soften and even paint over any drawing lines, to give a sense of fluidity and movement. I will be using scrapers and rubber kidneys to move the paint around. Applying and removing paint in equal measure! All these techniques will help create a very expressive, abstracted Portrait to move away from tight realism and move toward connection, emotion and personality.


Creative Retreat- Lucy Brydon

Whimsical Watercolours

Presented by Lucy Brydon

In this lesson we shall be learning how to paint a portrait using watercolours and adding in further details using coloured pencil. We will be learning about mixing skin tones, and adding in cute whimsical details using glazing techniques.


Creative Retreat Micki Wilde

bamboozled

Presented by Micki Wilde

Join me in an exploration of whimsical wonder as I share with you some of my favourite techniques to make layers, expressive marks and subtle textures throughout a small painting creating interest and curiosity. With encouragement to draw and paint loosely and release ideas of expectation, my lessons are about letting go and having fun with the paint. These animals and creatures have a special place in my heart and I hope they will in yours too.


Art is Magic's Creative Retreat with Mystele Kirkeeng

Abstracting Inspiration

Presented by Mystele Kirkeeng
Reference images are not just for creating likenesses. They are also great sources of inspiration for abstract paintings. Join me as I demonstrate one way to develop an abstracted image that embodies that inspiration.

 


Art is Magic's Creative Retreat with Toni Burt

astraea

Presented by Toni Burt

Astraea the Greek goddess of Justice .... that's what she spoke to me, the look in her eyes, don't mess with her!  There is something freeing in creating loose artwork, no plan to follow, just a vague idea.  Tearing up paper, scratching with a pencil, blobs of wayward watercolour.   It all comes together in the end, and often in surprising ways... when you have no real plan.  Join me as we use loose techniques, and lots of paper tearing!  to create our goddess.

 

 


Veronica Funk for Art is Magic's Creative Retreat

Making your Mark

Presented by Veronica Funk

Inspired by graffiti, we will begin by utilizing acrylic paint, stencils, stamps or other mark-making tools to create a vibrant background.  While working intuitively we will explore colour theory, contrast, and the value of mark-making.  We will complete our paintings by including a combination of symbols and images to create a visual story inspired by personal memories.


Pia Rom for the Creative Retreat Art is Magic

Magic place

Presented by Pia Rom

We create a journal spread with the help of collage out of magazines, pattern and selfmade papers…We try to create a storyful spread by using a limited colourpalette to get a cohesive feeling. We build layers over layers, play with shapes and contrasts, we try to be brave and bold with our brushmarks to get a nice lil story in the end… Have fun


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Crystal inspired Sacred Space Art

Presented by Andrea Gomoll

Join me in this Lesson as we will dig even deeper into creating personal, meaningful Art for your Sacred Space. In this Lesson we will focus on creating some Art inspired by the Power and Energy of Crystals - one of my favourite and most inspiring Elements to add to my Sacred Spaces. We will create another magical Piece of Watercolor Art for our own little Sacred Space working with Smokey Quartz and Amethyst.

 


Creative Retreat with Kimberly Heil

Desert Blooms 2

Presented by Kimberly Heil

In this class we will build upon what we learn in our first class as
we develop a desert landscape. We will again be using a mixed media
approach along with more painting. This painting is larger than the
first so don't feel as if you need to rush through adding the mixed
media pieces, as I discuss in the video I took more time deciding
where to put pieces. Let your inner intuition be your guide when
placing your mixed media papers. As always my hope for you is to have
fun, be curious, and if you don't love something add another layer!


Cat Caracelo for Creative Retreat

Mythic Moon Traveling Journal

Presented by Cat Caracelo

 


Stephanie Lee for the Creative Retreat

Finished is better than perfect

Presented by Stephanie Lee

"Finished is better than perfect"...or so the saying goes. And though a creative mind is often resistant to calling something finished when it doesn't feel perfect, there is truth to this council that can free up our creativity even more. Perfectionism resists 'finished' and your soul and your subconscious need 'finished' in order to move onto the next creative idea with joy and freedom.

In this lesson, you will be guided through a few potent questions that you can use to break down perfectionism barriers, heal any ideas of "not good enough", and liberate your maker heart to  move according to spontaneous impulse. These questions will help you simplify your creative processes and cultivate momentum that the satisfaction of 'finished' brings."


Lauren Rudolph for the Creative Retreat

Knowing Yourself & Letting Go

Presented by Lauren Rudolph
 
In this lesson viewed more as a creative exercise, we will once again explore the figure as a means for connection to our inner self and our energy. Energy flows when we let go, but to get there is a conscious devoted practice. With these thoughts in mind, we will create an art piece based on flow and the most important thing there is I believe, knowing and connecting to ourselves.


$147

NB- After payment you should be automagically redirected back to this site to complete registration. If you are not please check your email receipt for a link to complete registration on to the class list.

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