Friday, November 15, 2013

I don't think I can get any more excited than I am right now… see, I have a SECRET!!

And I FINALLY get to share about an AMAZING EVENT that I am collaborating with Jeanne Oliver on!  Jeanne and I met in 2012 when we both taught at an event together in Los Angeles.  We hit it off immediately and I knew I wanted to ask her to teach at my Creative Retreats in Italy.  That friendship has grown and I can't tell you how AMAZING it was to spend time with her in Lake Como this summer, having her teach and learning ART from her!

She is an AMAZING artist, a lovely soul and dear friend that I am SO BLESSED to know.  That is why I can't WAIT any longer to announce that we are organizing an event TOGETHER...

In my {2nd home} of Lake Como, Italy!!!!

When she taught at my Creative Retreat this summer, I could tell she fell instantly in {LOVE} with Lake Como.  But then who doesn't??  I also knew I wanted to have her BACK to teach again because I also fell in LOVE with her JOYFUL SPIRIT.   So we talked, we dreamt and we planned…

Jeanne has been wanting to do her own "Art Retreats" and her vision is AMAZING for these retreats!  Believe me, you DON'T want to miss out on what she plans to do at her art retreats.  So we talked and decided to combine forces for a One-of-a-kind Event Next June!!  


"The Living Studio" - {Lake Como} 

Let me have her tell you about it in her own words…


Do you remember when I first told you about my idea for

"I wanted each retreat to be one of a kind.
Each city has a heartbeat all its own and I wanted to hear it and share it.
I wanted the retreat to revolve around the exhibits, some of the best food a city has to offer, finding the perfect cafe, creating art each day inspired by the art we experience and exploring based upon the city."

It has been so much my desire to create creative retreats, day trips and community groups that get you out into your town, city, world...and make art!
Last summer I had the honor of teaching for Laura McCollough in Bellagio, Italy.

This area of Italy stole my heart and I have dreamed of going back.
I am so giddy to tell you that Laura and I have collaborated to bring you the first: 

The Living Studio {Lake Como}.

Join us June 21-28th as we explore Italy and create art.

Our week will be the perfect combination of excursions, art and time to explore.
Bellagio and the other villages along the lake are some of the most gorgeous places I have ever seen.

The water, the villages, the mountains, the history, the architecture, the foods and the sweet smell of flowers fill the air.
Your retreat will begin with being picked up at the airport in Milan for a beautiful ride to Bellagio.
Once you get there you will get settled into your apartment at Villa Serbelloni and have time to relax.

We will all meet together on the pergola overlooking Lake Como for a welcome and dinner.
Your evening will end with the annual torchlight celebration.
This is only the beginning.

Imagine waking up and making your way to the Villa Serbolloni for the best cappuccino (I have to have at least one each morning).

Your days may include lunch by the pool, a hike to a nearby castle in Varenna or an art museum in Como.
You may find yourself sketching an old church or learning to sculpt with paper clay.
How about an afternoon kayaking on Lake Como and stopping for gelato later in the day?
You will spend hours exploring small alleyways and and cobblestone streets.
Enjoy Italian dinners overlooking the waters, mountains and islands along the lake.

You will enjoy a tour of the lake in a vintage boat, exploring a villa and lunch with peach sorbet that will make you cry it is so good:-)
You will take a cooking class that will connect you to this region and let you connect your trip with those you love once you return home.
You will be inspired by the sites, sounds, smells and tastes of the region.

You will never just sit in a room and make art.
You will make art in the town, at a cafe, with your friends on the balcony outside your apartment or in the park.
You only need to bring your clothes and leave room for the treasures and art supplies you will bring home.
All of your art supplies will be provided.
Each day that we will do art  you will receive new art supplies for the day.

You will also be given prompts that you can use if you choose to be open to the art all around you throughout the villages.
Our hope is that this will not just be a will be opening up your heart and mind to creating your studio wherever you go.

Sounds AMAZING right??

Well, we welcome YOU to come along on this journey with us!

To sign up, you must register HERE ----->  UNDER REGISTRATION ON THE RIGH SIDE OF THIS BLOG.  By paying the $400 deposit, you secure your spot.

Space is VERY limited so get your deposit in SOON!

Here's what is included in the price:  $2,949*

  • 7 nights lodging at L’Ulivo Apartments at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy (triple occupancy)
  • Transfer to and from the airport to Bellagio**
  • 5 dinners in and around Lake Como
  • 4 lunches in and around Lake Como
  • 2 Breakfasts enjoyed on the apartment balcony
  • Art classes in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Como
  • Cooking class with a local chef
  • Lake and Villa Tour
  • Opening night reception on the gorgeous pergola overlooking Lake Como 
  • Excursions around the lake
  • Art supplies and prompts
  • Snacks and gift bag in each apartment
  • Taxi's and Ferry's to and from provided dinners and excursions on itinerary
  • Hotel and Room Taxes
  • Live music nightly in the Music Room
  • Plus time to relax by the pool or sit at the waters edge
  • Time to stroll the streets, have some Gelato or shop
  • Plenty of opportunities to explore the lovely towns of Lake Como
  • An UNFORGETTABLE experience you will carry with you forever!

* Tuition does not include airfare

All the details and information are on Jeanne's blog as well as this blog.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please check out the FAQ page ---> on this blog for all the INFORMATION and DETAILS.  There is very important information on everything from the airports to fly into, the shuttle pick up to the type of weather you can expect.  I am here to answer any questions you may have as well, so feel free to email me at any time!


I am only taking a NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $400 starting on November 15th.  Then I will send everyone who signs up the CONTRACT to sign and send back via email, fax or mail within 7 days to hold your spot!  Then you can sign up for the Payment Plan or Payment in Full via a Money Order.  The Payment plan will be for 6 monthly payments on the 15th of each month and will incur a $10 processing fee if you use PayPal.

So sign up NOW and enjoy this INCREDIBLE trip with Jeanne and I in Italy!!

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