New Year’s Day Art Retreat

Taking time to reflect during an art retreat in my studio. Pictured:    Julz Nally    and    Jena Coray   . Photo by    Alicia Schulz   .

Dear Creative Soul,

Every New Year, I crave clarity and a creative refresh. The New Year is a potent time; a hopeful time. A time to dream big, and to tenderly integrate the learnings and yearnings of the past year. In the past few years, I have grown increasingly QUIET on New Year’s, taking time to paint, collage, write, and reflect.  I’ve developed a ritual to help shepherd myself through this time of transition, and to set the stage for a powerful year. Last year, I shared this process in the form of an art retreat on New Year’s Day. It was so luxurious and inspiring! This year, I would love to share this process with you so you can begin your new year from a powerful, clear, creative place.

Enter the New Year’s Day Creative Re-TREAT. We will gather and create, write and share and connect, and launch ourselves into the New Year from a powerful place. I’m going to make this a luxurious experience, with snacks and lunch and all the details handled, so that you can come, immerse, and enjoy. Sound good? Read on for all the details, and the link to register is below!


Here’s how the retreat day will look:

In the morning session, we will cozy up with hot beverages and do an art+writing process to chronicle our 2018. In celebrating, honoring, and sharing what we’ve learned, we will set ourselves up to complete the year: take the lessons, let the rest go, and move forward into what’s to come.

Next, we will have another session where we let ourselves dream. Dream BIG, dream wide, dream deep. Dream your 2019 into being.  We will collage and paint and dance and expaaaaand our visions to call forth our deepest desires and cravings for the year to come. You will create a piece of art that brings your vision to life. No art experience required – this is totally supported process and you’ll have exactly what you need to create your 2018 guiding piece.

Catered lunch will be provided and your dietary needs will be thoughtfully met with delicious nourishment for all.

The final session will be a grounding and clarifying goal-setting session. This is where you’ll be supported to translate your creative vision into tangible actions. Bite-sized and absolutely achievable, we will set you up for success with plenty of support+awareness+forgiveness. This ain’t your average New Year’s resolution, instead it’s a complete and grounded plan for making your creative dreams come true in 2019.

If you were one of the sparkling spirits who attended last year, you are warmly welcome to attend again! The retreat will be familiar, but of course, different, as it is very intuitive. And note: I have revised and condensed the writing portions of the retreat to make even more time for the art!

You’ll come away with:

  • A sense of completeness about your year in 2018.

  • A big vision for your year in 2019

  • A piece of original art that reflects your big vision. (No art experience required - all levels welcome)

  • Clear, bite-sized actions steps to lead you towards your goals in 2019.

  • Encouragement and a circle of creative colleagues to share in this process!


$250 ($195 early bird, purchase by 12/1) Price includes all art materials, lunch, and snacks. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

In Annamieka’s Art Studio

2505 SE 11th Ave Suite 272 Portland OR 97202


New Year’s Day: Tuesday January 1st, 2019

YES you can buy this as a gift – just let me know after you purchase, and I’ll get you a pretty gift certificate you can present to them.

You will receive a confirmation and a welcome .pdf when you register. You will be prompted to submit a form with your dietary preferences.

Questions? Email me at or call (971) 319-3792

Cancellation Policy: Kindly note that your retreat payments are non-refundable. In the event that you must cancel, you may gift your spot to a friend. If you find yourself in a pickle, let’s talk, but due to the intimate nature of this event, and preparations including food & supplies, retreat registrations are non-refundable.

Tell me, how do you plan to spend your New Year? Do you want to begin your year with clarity, vision, and creativity?

Testimonials from the 2018 Art Retreat

"During the retreat today, I really connected with the past year, recognizing and celebrating it for what it was. This retreat was amazing and fit into what I really needed! My year ahead will be more successful with this experience." —Julie

"By attending this retreat, I feel I can apply this process to my goals for the upcoming year and accomplish them. Before doing this the process seemed so nebulous." —Kathy 

"As a result of the retreat, I made concrete goals broken down into steps -- something I am not very good at. I loved how the goals filtered down into imagery for the painting. That surprised me. And it resulted in something so different." —Deborah

“This was a wonderful way to start the New Year.” —Sharon

“This was fantastic and grounded me into both what has happened and what I want to create. Great space, fun to meet other creatives, and excellent food!” —Katherine

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