Early Registration Special for Finding Your Muse: An abstract painting retreat

Early Registration Special for Finding Your Muse: An abstract painting retreat

“Your work is to discover your work – and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” Buddha

In this weekend retreat we will explore the idea that the “Muse finds you working.” Developing a series of small abstract paintings on paper, we will work quickly at first, cranking out small series of paintings. Using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media, we will work in multiples based on specific guidelines and examples. The speed of working will force us to trust our intuition. Each series will develop from a given theme or technique that the instructor will present before the series is started.

To some, working quickly and intuitively can be intimidating. But creating this way, without the pressure of producing a finished product, can often free up the creative muse. Working in series gives your art practice focus and momentum; rather than face the blank canvas with too many possibilities to choose from, the parameters of a series offers clarity and a starting place. Get un-stuck by working in multiples.

As the weekend progresses, you will work more independently, in a larger format and develop some of the small sketches into larger finished works.

Friday, May 4-6
Save your Spot $50 (see tuition schedule below)


JACQUELINE SULLIVAN is a mixed media, acrylic, book and calligraphic artist. She is well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks and words.

Jacqueline’s work has been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs. She has a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as a publication and advertising designer.

For over 30 years Jacqueline has also been a teaching artist. She has taught workshops and weeklong classes for art retreats and art and calligraphy guilds in the US and Canada. She has served as faculty for several International Calligraphy Conferences.

Jacqueline has published technique articles in Somerset StudioCloth Paper ScissorsPages, and Astarte’s Mega-Zine. She was honored as the cover artist interviewed for the Winter 2012 issue of Alphabet. Jacqueline has a best-selling DVD, Acrylics: Textures, Layers, and Metallics – published by Creative Catalyst Productions. Jacqueline’s work “Energy Emerging” will be published by Northlight in Acrylic Works 4 • 2017. Jacqueline is pleased to be one of a handful of Golden Certified Artist Educators for the Golden Paint Company.



Arrive Friday, May 4th between 3 and 5 p.m. Enjoy dinner and begin to get your creative juiced flowing

Saturday, May 5th 9 a.m. – TBD

Sunday, May 6th 9 a.m. – TBD


Register before April 1: $325

Register after April 1: $375

Reserve your spot for $50 on Eventbrite now! You’re balance will be invoiced and due April 20th.

Your registration fee includes 4 meals (dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday). Coffee, tea and snacks available throughout. A materials fee of $15 is included in your registration to cover paint and other supplies. A list of what to bring will be emailed well in advance.

Rather not commute? Stay overnight at Peace Tree. There are a limited number of beds so contact us soon if you would like to make arrangements. Spend the time you would take driving to walk our labyrinth and prayer garden or sit in our meditation room. Rooms and bathrooms are shared. $30/person per night.


It is understandable that “life happens” and unforeseen circumstances may prevent you from attending an event. In the case where you cannot participate, please notify us as soon as possible. Due to event/instructor’s financial commitments, reservation/s and contract obligations, full refunds for Paid in Full Tickets are only available up until 14 days prior to the ticketed event date. If notification has been made up to or prior to APRIL 20, 2018, full refunds will given and processed within 5 days of the date of the cancellation. If you are unable to attend an event and not eligible for a refund, and there is a waiting list, we will gladly put you in contact with the first person on the list to coordinate possible arrangements for the sale of your ticket. If a transaction is mutually agreed upon and completed, your spot in the event will be transferred to the other person.

If you are unable to attend and there is no waiting list, we will unfortunately be unable to provide refunds after APRIL 20, 2018.

RESERVE MY SPOT Ticket: Your $50.00 deposit ticket holds your seat with final payment/s due by midnight on APRIL 20, 2018. If payment is not received, unfortunately your position will be forfeited and your payment/s will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee. Shortly after purchasing your RESERVE MY SPOT Ticket, you will receive a Paypal invoice with terms agreeing to final payment due on 04/20/18. Any eligible refunds will be given and processed within 5 business days.

Notification of cancellations due to inclement weather, instructor cancellation or unpredictable circumstances will be made as soon as possible via text message, email and provided contact emergency information. Full refunds will given for Paid in Full and Save My Sport Deposits and processed vial Paypal and/or checks within 5 days of the date of the unexpected cancellations.