Colorado Mountain Art Retreat

with Mixed Media Artist Kellie Day & Abstract Painter Heather Neilson

Connect with the Mountains & Fuel your Artistic Fire

May 4 - 9, 2020 in Ridgway, Colorado

Are you craving time to nurture yourself and dramatically expand your painting practice?

If you're at an important juncture in your life and need to jumpstart your creativity with guidance and love, join us for this exclusive retreat designed to renew your spirit while expanding your art. Through exciting mixed media and contemporary painting skills, mixed media artist Kellie Day and abstract painter Heather Neilson will guide you on a four day/five night exclusive retreat designed to renew your spirit while expanding your art through nature and nurture.

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Refuel your soul, recharge your Art

ART - mixed media painting, abstract expression, art journaling

MOVEMENT - yoga, hiking and other hotel wellness amenities

REST - in the most beautiful of mountains and resorts with thermal pools


Spend four days and five nights at the heavenly Chipeta Solar Springs Resort nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado. Connect with yourself and other creatives in a natural environment teaming with inspiring energy. Recharge your excitement for your own art, discover a deeper connection with your spirit, and head home with a rested soul and newly inspired paintings.

In a spectacular setting and a warm, supportive environment, we will guide you to tap into internal and external inspiration that will fuel your artistic fire. Then we’ll show you how to translate all of your unique inspiration into beautiful mixed media and abstract paintings that reflect who YOU ARE, and what’s important to you.

Whether you are an experienced artist, just starting out or getting back to your practice after a break, Kellie and Heather will show you:

• The art of being in nature as inspiration to fuel your creative fire. Through hikes, collecting objects and observing, you will discover what touches your heart that will help inform your creativity.

• Exercises and ways to explore your inner nature; your unique human experience that reveals what delights you and makes you feel most alive. This, too, will be fodder for your art.

• How to use an art journal as a mobile studio and a means of building a personal “nest” to explore your thoughts, ideas and your unique visual identity.

• How to use mixed media including collage, paint and more to build a cohesive and nature inspired piece of art.

• How to create an abstract painting fueled by intuition, inspiration and pure expression.

• Through exercises that explore shape, line, texture and color, you will build layers using a variety of high quality GOLDEN acrylics, mark making tools and a variety of mixed media.

• You will have the unique opportunity to use high quality GOLDEN acrylics, grounds and mediums. Further, we will show you how to use these products to make image transfers and to create texture in your work.

• You will learn a number of formal and informal techniques that will help you build an ongoing creative practice.

Artists Kellie Day and Heather Neilson are excited to take you on this journey.

Together they bring decades of experience making and teaching art. Kellie is a well-known artist, educator and the owner of Transform Your Art Mentoring Program. She is a master mixed media artist and lives in Ridgway, Colorado. Heather is an accomplished abstract expressionist and art journaler from Connecticut with over six years teaching art workshops. Her abstract paintings are powerful, energetic expressions built from practicing intuition and immediacy. She also brings deep experience using art journaling to further ideas and foster self exploration. Heather and Kellie are GOLDEN Paints Art Educators and bring a wealth of knowledge along with high quality, professional materials.

Your Retreat Includes:

• Four days and Five nights of facilitated art workshops and movement, including restorative yoga and short hikes intended to be an exploration of what inspires you in nature

• Plenty of one-on-one time with Heather and Kellie

• 30% discount on hotel room

• Access to amazing hotel amenities including soaking pools, spa treatments (additional cost) and more.

• Nutritious breakfasts each morning provided by the hotel

• Three lunches catered (does not include arrival or departure day)

• Two group dinners, including first night welcome dinner and campfire at the hotel

• High quality, professional GOLDEN Acrylic Paints in a wide selection

• 4 Canvases, a journal, assorted paper and collage ephemera + All brushes and tools

• Nourishing snacks, tea, coffee, and water every day

• Inspiration and connections to last a lifetime... and much more!

Early Bird Pricing – Register by February 15 for $1600

After February 1 Retreat Cost is $1850

Transform Your Art students current or past receive an additional 10% off.

Retreat participants receive 30% off hotel. Prices vary, based on room type. Transportation to be arranged and paid by participant.

Reserve Your Spot

Do you have questions? Email us here and we are happy to help!

PREREQUISITES No experience is required to attend this retreat.

CANCELLATION POLICY There are no refunds for this retreat unless we are able to fill your spot. A $100 cancellation fee will apply if we are able to fill your spot. We recommend that you secure trip insurance in case of any emergencies.

CONFIRMATION Once you are enrolled in the retreat, you will receive several emails with details regarding the schedule, accommodations, and activities.