Itinerary – 2018 Retreat

Alpine Art Retreat

Again, we have carved out even our new retreat format. WildflwrsMltiCRPDSaving what worked (one participant described it as a “chameleon – because it taught some many things that related but are all different!” To gather a precious six participants (a select limited number) and popping in freshly invented processes that will move creativity around, is what we’ve come up with. Like last year, the summer dates provide more activity on the lake, more subjects to sketch and maybe even lively music on the lodge deck weekends again, to add to the ambiance.

These are fully packed, yet gently paced, days of inspiration. Each day includes personalized instruction with your tandem teachers Elaine Frenett and Jean Warren. Along with learning we take time to absorb the beauty of the sparkling lake and relish fascinating food.

Arrive with a curious heart and you will depart with a refreshed spirit and a wealth of insights.

WEDNESDAY, August 8th, 2018

This is a day of gently re-calibrating hectic lives to the lake life. Arrive at the Lake Alpine Resort as early as you wish and you may wander the Lodge, the docks, the shore.

Cabins open at 2:00 pm. Get settled in and start meeting cabin mates as they too meander in. We share two cabins, both with views of the lake.

At 6:00 pm our Alpine Retreat formally begins. With food!

Dedicated Sketching

And like a happy clan of quail we trail off to our delicious dinner – and as you can see – even food becomes “sketch-able.”

After dinner, we stir up our creativity with a group project that playfully unites our individual energies.

You receive your full set of workshop guides and handouts. Then relax into the respite and revival to be had in the days to come.

300wswanzillasunsetAbsorb the partial solar eclipse energy present that week!

Honestly, we really did have a giant swan paddle boat last year … as you can witness here!

THURSDAY-MONDAY, August 9th-13th, 2018

Mornin' Yoga on the Lake We ease into each day meandering to the shore for yoga (or stretching, or walking).

Then back to our cabins for breakfast.

The remainder of the morning is devoted to hands-on work.

Among the many topics we will explore:


Exposing the hidden jewels gifted through a dedication to journaling …

Quickening our seeing to simplify during plein air painting …

Allowing pigments to paint themselves …

Exploring abstraction in nature to find the essence of the scene …

300wabstractingjeanGuiding our eyes to see from our inner world …

Conjuring images new and different through word play …

Appreciating how others translate visuals …

Discovering how other painters paint …

Experimenting loosely to free inhibitions/inner chatter …

Returning to experiment, listening for what emerges from the established patterns …

Day4TrioFocusedPROMOWatching for intuition to whisper what we are to paint


At noon, we break for an extended, refreshing lunch. With plenty of time to take a private stroll, catch up in our journal, or maybe even nap (one of us even brought a mandolin to practice in private). Each day will be a mix of topics and activities. Mid-week we either hike or drive to an entire fresh landscape. The focus is on plunging into learning while also staying loose, relaxed and inventive. We return to class endeavors, dwelling in creativity and mutual discovery until unwinding around a savory meal.

5JNsCntrDrwg300CRPD.jpgThen, after dinner we take time to share what discoveries came during our day and our lives.

As much as these days are packed with processes, learning, and group activity, there is also plenty of time to just be on your own. Relax, take in the mountain air, savor a mug of something steamy. Amble to the shore and drink in nature.



MONDAY, August 18th, 2018

This is the last day of our final workshop format.

After optional yoga, we breakfast. Then we share one final project for focusing on what we have garnered in our time together, to share what we’ve discovered, what we’ve learned, and how we have been infused by our mutual creativity.Day7Grp!CRPD
We savor one last lunch together chattering and we enrich the experience by inviting any interested Retreat Alumni to join us!

Shortly after noon, participants depart. That is,unless you’ve registered before June 15 and will be staying on for the extra two days (see below).

This is an ideal retreat for spirited women who feel invigorated in the rustic beauty of a mountain setting, who love words, art, journaling, painting and the energy of women.

Want to add 2 more days? For free!Plein Air Site

This all inclusive retreat of lodging, food, and workshops from Tuesday to Sunday is a fabulous value at less than $300.00 per day. And yet we want to make it even better! By giving you two more free nights.

Instead of leaving Monday you can linger till Wednesday! All you have to do is register before June 15, 2018 (while spaces remain) and the two free nights are yours.


Why are we giving away two free nights?

We believe in retreats that dovetail to real people. And lot Plate-licking-good Breakfastof planning and preparation goes into a great retreat. So, the sooner we know who will be there, the better we can plan a wonderful experience.

So it just makes sense to have a sense of who our cabin mates will be. To start sharing information and to learn about special interests. You can see how real and relaxed we all get here (yes, the breakfast was that GOOD!) And that’s why we would love to give two free nights to those women most eager to live a week at the lake being creative.

These two free nights are doubly free! There’s no extra charge and you are free to do whatever your heart desires. Because only the lodging, no meals, come with your extra days, we encourage bringing your own food favorites and often we go out for dinners. These two free days are a great way to practice, while fresh, your new skills and insights. Also a lovely way to enjoy the new friends you will have made.

300wsatmosquitoshoreAt less than $340.00 a day this all inclusive retreat is a treat already. Yet when you add two free nights– now your retreat is only $240.00 each day.

Just imagine, five days of workshops and then the added delight of two more relaxing days for exploration and play.

The feedback forms from previous year’s retreats have had one overwhelming complaint– “It ended too soon” … “didn’t want to leave” … “went by too fast.” And we agree. We had already felt that when planning last year’s retreat, and that’s why we (Jean and Elaine) linger longer previous years. And it was wonderful! And that’s why we are offering you the same wonderful pleasure — open days to savor all the memories your journal’s can capture during this generous time of shared spirits.

Do two free days sound delicious to you? Then sign up today!