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Twentynine Palms, Southern California

Oct 22nd - Oct 26th,  2024

Come experience the magic of the desert.

All inclusive art retreat. 

Join me, your host, Erna van Dyk on my Brushes & Beyond a Creative Art Retreat!

My art retreat is a carefully crafted haven for painters and explorers alike. Immerse yourself in guided art sessions, connect with fellow creators, enjoy open studio time, and unwind in moments of relaxation. Your creative heart will flourish with every brushstroke.

 

Ready to dive into a world of art, connection, and self-discovery?

 

Secure your spot now! 

Accommodation and art supplies included.

 

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(Price is per person joining the art retreat.)

(Non-refundable but transferable to someone else)
 

Early Bird 

Cottages  $1750pp 

Suite        $1600pp

 

After July 31st

Cottages  $1950pp 

Suite         $1800pp

This 5 day and 4 night retreat is designed to transform your relationship with creativity to one that gives you joy and confidence while making connections with other open-hearted people.

 

You will arrive on Tuesday October 22nd, 2024. Check-in is at 3pm.

*Address will be given upon registration. Map of the property will be provided. I will also be there to guide you. 

 

We will have the whole Bed & Breakfast property in the southern part of the Mojave Desert, all to ourselves. 

Breakfast will be provided buffet style in the main house every day. Coffee/ tea and cookies will also be available. 

Create art for all levels of experience that is personal, soulful, and meaningful. Even with a template you can still create unique art that doesn’t look like mine.  Be guided from start to finish but with a lot of freedom to explore.  All workshops & demonstrations done by me. 

 

Art Sessions: Two classes per day, morning and afternoon.

This will be like my classes, structured and step by step with templates and art supplies provided. I got you every step of the way. 

 

Open studio: After dinner every day. 

There will be no formal lesson however if you always wanted to sew a bag or journal cover I can show you how. I will bring my sewing machine. Or we can just paint and play.

What to expect:
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Art lesson materials will include but not limited to:

  • Watercolor paint

  • Gouache paint

  • Acrylic paint

  • Water-soluble pastels

  • Watercolor pencils

  • Gelli Printing

  • Collage

  • Stencils

  • Stamping

  • Sewing…and so much more!

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Benefit from individualized attention and a small group environment. Learn a loving approach to creativity that connects us to our joy. Priceless memories and the potential for lifelong friendships.

What is included in the Retreat:
  • 5 days, 4 nights accommodation on a private property 

  • Continental Breakfast every day

  • Snacks

  • 2 group dinners

  • Swag bag 

  • Art workshops taught by Erna. The lessons will be brand new, full of inspiration. We will explore a variety of art techniques and materials.

  • All art supplies are included, no supply list (but feel free to bring your favorite brushes and other materials)

  • Access to a private swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit etc

  • Access to the Gathering room / studio anytime (who needs sleep?)

What is not included in the Retreat:
  • Transportation to location

  • 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Your 5-Day Art Retreat Tentative Schedule

Your artistic journey begins with an introduction to watercolor & mixed media painting techniques.

*I will update specific times closer to the retreat.

 

Day 1: Tuesday October 22, 2024

Arrivals (after 3pm), Tour of the property, settle in (rooms & luggage) 

Group dinner (included)

Art: Your artistic journey begins!  (Depending on the arrival of all participants)

 

Day 2: Wednesday October 23, 2024

Breakfast (included)

First Art Session - Watercolor Workshop & Demonstrations

Lunch (not included)

Second Session - Mixed Media Workshop & Demonstrations

Dinner  (not included)

Open Studio 

 

Day 3: Thursday October 24, 2024

Breakfast (included)

First Session - Watercolor Workshop & Demonstrations

Lunch (not included)

Second Session - Mixed Media Workshop & Demonstrations

Dinner (not included)

Open Studio

 

Day 4: Friday October 25, 2024

Breakfast (included)

First Session - Watercolor Workshop & Demonstrations

Lunch (not included)

Second Session - Mixed Media Workshop & Demonstrations

Dinner (included)

Open Studio

 

Day 5: Saturday  October 26, 2024

Breakfast (included)

Check-out is by 11am. 

*Guided Nature Walk (if available)

What is the cost of the Retreat:

(Price is per person joining the art retreat.)

(Non-refundable but transferable to someone else)
 

Early Bird 

Cottages  $1750pp 

Suite        $1600pp

 

After July 31st

Cottages  $1950pp 

Suite         $1800pp

Accomodation:

There are 10 Cottages and 1 Suite in the Main house to choose from.

Maximum is 15 artists. Minimum is 11.

 

There are 10 Cottages to choose from:

Oasis Cottage              1 King SOLD OUT

Palms Cottage             1 King 

Museum Cottage         1 Queen 

Artifact Cottage           1 Queen SOLD OUT

Sunrise Cottage           1 Queen SOLD OUT 

Sunset Cottage            1 Queen SOLD OUT 

Pool Cottage                1 Queen SOLD OUT

Cholla Cottage*            2 Queens (shareable) SOLD OUT

Water Tower Cottage*  1 Queen and daybed  (shareable) SOLD OUT

Farmhouse Cottage*    1 Queen and Trundle couch=2 twins (shareable) SOLD OUT

 

*Some Cottages can sleep 2 people, not sharing a bed if you want to room with someone. 

 

Included in Cottages:

  • Complimentary WiFi

  • Select pet friendly rooms

  • Housekeeping on request

  • Television

  • Hairdryer

  • Bathroom​​

  • Kitchenette

  • Iron & ironing board

  • Bathrobes

  • HVAC unit in each room

  • A secluded property to explore

Mostly free standing cottages and you can drive up to your door.

*When registering for a Cottage or Suite please indicate the name you are reserving ex ‘Oasis Cottage’.  

Suite:

There is 1 suite to choose from in the Main house. 

 

Campbell Suite 1 King and 1 Double  (Two Rooms, Shareable, No Kitchenette) SOLD OUT

 

Included in Suite:

  • Complimentary WiFi

  • Housekeeping on request

  • Television

  • Hairdryer

  • Bathroom

  • Iron & ironing board

  • Bathrobes

  • HVAC unit in each room

  • A secluded property to explore

Gathering Room / Art Studio:

 

All the art will happen in the Gathering Room.

  • Complimentary WiFi

  • 6ft Table per person

  • Chairs

  • Bathroom

  • Kitchenette (full size refrigerator, microwave etc)

  • HVAC unit 

  • Art Supplies

  • Snacks

FAQ's
Do I need to be artistic with lots of experience?

Come as you are. All my classes will be guided with lots of instruction and one-on-one attention.

 

What if I only like Watercolor and not Mixed Media and vice versa?

It is open to explore my lessons  anyway you want. I will do step by step instruction but you can gear towards what you feel like. The idea  is to give you a taste of different materials with different results.

 

Do I have to share a room?

No.

 

Can I share a room with someone who is joining the art retreat?

Yes.

Shareable Options:

Campbell Suite            1 King and 1 Double (inside the main house) 

Cholla Cottage             2 Queens 

Farmhouse Cottage     1 Queen and Daybed

Water Tower Cottage    1 Queen and Daybed 

 

Can I bring someone who will share my room but not join the art retreat?

Yes. Reach out to me if you want that arrangement - erna@ernavandyk.com

 

What kind of food will be served?

Continental Breakfast is included – Fruit, house made breads, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, house made granola, instant oatmeal and house made warm egg dish, like frittata.
 

*Dinners, I will know closer to the time.

For dietary restrictions and/or allergies please send me an email.

What airport do I fly into?

When booking your flight please fly into Palms Springs International Airport.

When driving keep traffic in mind. It can be 2-3 hours from Orange County.

 

What will the weather be like?

Average highs of 70’s and lows of 60’s

 

Is there anything special I need to bring?

  • Art supplies you have and want to share or use. 

  • Snacks. 

  • Lunch and dinner (there is take out options and grocery stores)

  • Swim suit 

  • Walking shoes 

  • Sunscreen 

  • Binoculars for some wildlife viewing

Do you offer refunds?

There will be no refunds for the deposit or total payment for this Retreat due to the planning and logistics involved.

 

Is this retreat transferable?

Yes! If for some reason you cannot join the retreat, you may transfer your registration to someone else. You must let me know via email at least 2-weeks before the retreat.

 

Is there anything else I need to know?

After you paid you will be asked to fill out and sign a Terms and Conditions Policy Form. I will email you.

In order to join my retreat you will be required to sign this.

I cannot wait to make art with you and to paint all day long! 

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Any Questions? 

LET'S CHAT!

Thank you! I will get back to you!

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