New Mexico Intuitive Painting Retreats

Your inspired getaway
Soon registering for August 10-13 El Rito retreat.

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“The biggest gift of this retreat?  I found my passion!  Passion for life, passion for painting.” 

These intuitive painting retreats take place in Julie’s personal painting studio in the small northern New Mexico town of El Rito,  Approximately one hour from Santa Fe and Taos, El Rito provides you access to nearby hot springs, sacred sights and hiking trails.  You will be immersed in this rural setting which provides a slower pace in which you can easily unwind in.

“Such a marvelous experience, Julie. In so many ways…The paintings, the people, the joint experience of creating in the presence of other creatives and feeling so safe and embraced in it–plus the natural beauty of the environment…Thank you from the bottom of my heart…always.”


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Have you taken a painting workshop with Julie before and welcome the opportunity to expand your experience into 3 or 4 days?

Have you been wanting to find the right time and setting to explore intuitive painting in a place of freedom and openness as opposed to criticism and shutdown?

Are you longing to spend time in New Mexico’s spirited landscapes while pursuing your painting dreams?

  • These retreats are for beginning painters who are courageous enough to jump into the painting process and play with creative mess.
  • These retreats are also for more experienced painters wanting to reclaim beginner’s mind and  the freedom to play!

Some fun details:

First things first, places to stay:

Ojo Inn and Mercantile, Ojo Caliente NM–
Clean, simple and cozy rooms, tended beautifully with a great breakfast to boot.   Two nights or more for only $99/night.  One room available with two beds for $117 per night if you’re traveling with a friend. A short walk from Ojo Caliente mineral springs resort and restaurant.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort And Spa:
Great hot springs, good restaurant, massages and healing treatments, nice walking trails. A bit pricey but tubs come with the rooms I believe.

Abiquiu Inn:
Casitas nice, good restaurant, situated in Georgia O’Keefe country, close to Bode’s General Store, Plaza Blanca and the Chama River and other sites.

Air BnB (El Rito, or perhaps Abiquiu or Ojo Caliente)


Las Parras de Abiquiu:   local bed and breakfast

Now for some details about studio and workshop:

Yes the studio has a powerhouse of a wood stove for chilly days

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Fresh lunches provided on specified days.   You will need to bring your lunch on the first day of the retreat;  After that they will be provided and included in the registration.  

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A great atmosphere to paint in:

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Wonderful people to gather with:

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 “Julie is a true ally.  She deeply believes in each painter’s ability to find their own unique expression.  to have that confidence from the teacher mirrored back is very inspiring.  She is more of a spiritual midwife than a painting facilitator, guiding us through gestation and helping us as we labor and give birth to that which we carry within.”

Time to read and pull a tarot card if you like in between painting sessions…

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All materials included

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More time to paint than a weekend workshop allowing for relaxation and creative deepening. Unlike a weekend workshop, you will paint on at least two surfaces, the exact number to be determined by you.  I include some playful creative exercises to help open you up to your natural inner artist.

For more information on my approach to painting, please check out my information on workshops:

“I found the daily routine of painting very nourishing and supportive.  Something like power and depth of engagement and self confidence seemed to grow in all of us over time.   I am confident now that I will be painting a lot more in the future.”

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In addition to the depth and joy of painting with acrylic paints,  large scale, (painting information page here), Julie’s retreats offer:

  • More time to paint than a weekend workshop allowing for relaxation and creative deepening
  • Inspired landscapes of Northern New Mexic0
  • Sacred spaces and hiking trails
  • Hot springs nearby at Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort and Spa
  • Fresh lunches made locally
  • Plenty of places to stay in the area (Hotels, bed and breakfasts, rentals)
  • Small group size promotes an intimate environment and allows for luxurious space.
  • Expansive view of rural setting encourages a gentle pace in which to unwind in
  • Only an hour’s drive (approximately) from Santa Fe and Taos
  • Wood stove in the cooler months, big sunny windows in the warmer weather.

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If you are ready to claim a space in an upcoming retreat, please register below.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Julie.  Spaces are limited to 8 painters in each retreat. Minimum number of painters is three plus Julie.

Registration for August 10-13 retreat begins soon.  Stay tuned!