I’m dreaming of palm trees swaying in warm island breezes!
Are you a creative person with a wandering spirit? Do you have an adventuring heart and a hunger to travel to new and exotic destinations? Are you searching for a way to experience new places, cultures, food and lifestyles? Would you like to incorporate these desires into your art? If so, then I have created the perfect retreat for you!
A few years ago, uncontrollable circumstances left me feeling as if my adventures in life were over. I was stuck and afraid, not knowing how I could possibly enjoy the company of others or the excitement of planning and taking trips to parts unknown. Fortunately, armed with faith and the friendship of some remarkable people, I was emboldened to take brave steps into a new season of life that was scary and exhilarating - both at the same time. It was through this encouragement that I realized, “maybe next year,” should not be optional. This “ah-ha” moment led me to a new path . . . a desire to create a safe setting and welcoming environment for people like me who need to keep moving forward. For those who may be fearful about what happens if they take that next step, trust me, you will find firm footing. my biggest lesson? tomorrow is not promised and the moment is now.
Come spend time with me in a luxury sea front home in the idyllic Cayman Islands! Savor your lazy island days creating art, making new friends, enjoying elaborate meals, learning to cook traditional West Indian cuisine and experiencing island life as the locals do!
Cast away your every day cares and join me in our studio by the sea as I welcome remarkable artist, Jeanne Oliver as our featured Instructor. If you don’t already know Jeanne, you can read all about HERE.
On this journey, Jeanne will use the colors of the sea as your inspiration to explore using natural elements to dye papers and fabrics. As a great storyteller through art, Jeanne will teach you to play with alternative transfer methods and using your beautifully dyed canvases, you will paint, stitch and bring your own stories to life. She will show you how to gather your papers and fabrics and bind them into a beautiful Coptic stitch journal, which will serve as a memento of your epic tale. As an added element, she will also show you how to mix oils and wax to create gorgeous layered abstracts.
As if that weren’t enough, we are delighted to have Kyle James, best-selling author of Not Afraid of the Fall as our inspirational speaker during your time with us. Kyle will share his journey as first a reluctant, then an enthusiastic wanderer and share his insight with what it means to be truly open to ‘seeing’ the world. His chronicles are a perfect launching point for your own creative journey. You can get a glimpse of his story HERE.
Still not convinced? Then take a look below at your villa for the retreat . . . picture yourself poolside with a paintbrush in one hand and a tropical cocktail in the other! Imagine your toes in the sand with a seashell in your pocket as the waves lapping the beach are your soundtrack for the journey. Salt air, calypso music and clear turquoise waters are the backdrop for your story . . . shall I go on?
Here is what you can expect on this exciting trip:
5 nights lodging in a magnificent luxury sea front home onthe island of Grand Cayman
Access to the villa as if it were your own: pools, hot tub, beach, water sports
4 full and 2 partial days for retreat events
Transportation to and from the airport and all excursions
All meals at Villa prepared by a personal chef
Caribbean Cooking Class with our Chef
All meals outside the Villa provided with the exception of one lunch on your own
All beverages and specialty cocktails
Welcome gift bag with Kyle James’ book, Not Afraid of the Fall
15+ hours of art instruction and inspiration from Jeanne Oliver
Lecture and discussion poolside with author Kyle James
Bonus watercolor travel journal class with Lorraine Bell
Most art supplies provided (you will need some small, personal art items)
An excursion by boat to the world famous Stingray City (for snorkeling, swimming, or viewing from the boat)
Sunset cocktail cruise
Shopping trip into town with a stop at a local art gallery
Entertainment and little surprises along the way!
Art space available round the clock for the night owls!
Retreat dates are June 11th through June 16th, 2019
Cost for Retreat is USD $2899. A $599 non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking and 4 additional payments of $575 spaced between time of booking and March 31, 2019
Want to learn more about The Cayman Islands? Click HERE
pack your flip flops and your paintbrush and join us on this excursion to the Islands. Space is extremely limited and a non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.
Please Note: Air fare is not included in the price of the retreat and must be made on your own. A valid passport is required for travel to the Cayman Islands. You should plan to arrive late afternoon on June 11th and return flights should be scheduled mid-day or later on June 16th, however we can accommodate earlier flights. Grand Cayman has excellent air connections from many large US Cities. Of course staying longer is encouraged and we can help you with recommendations for your extended stay.
All sleeping accommodations are shared. You will be sharing a room and a bed in most rooms (king or queen) which is ideal for girlfriends and sisters planning to travel together. A limited amount of single beds are available in one shared room (dormitory style) which is ideal for the solo traveler - instant friends and roommates! All accommodations are ultra luxurious and everything is included!! Please let us know when you sign up if you are traveling with a friend so we can pair you together.
Due to the nature of the accommodations and villa layout, this is a women-only retreat. All participants must be over 18, no exceptions.
Please consider all information carefully and email any questions before you pay your deposit. Deposits are non-refundable, and after January 31, 2019, the trip is non-cancellable and payment will be expected in full. We strongly urge you to consider travel insurance, should you decide to attend.
Trip itinerary may change due to weather/availability and substitutions may be made, but all efforts will be made to ensure a quality trip for everyone!