Big Sur: Explore and Express Your Authentic Vision - May 18-22nd.
Inspire your imagination by painting in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Join us for an invigorating artist’s retreat in Big Sur where the rugged California coastline meets magical redwood forests. Through guided visualizations, Linda Jacobson will help you tap into your inner vision and express your own personal imagery. Rejuvenate your life by giving yourself the time to focus on your inner nature and the beauty of the landscape that surrounds you. In a community of like-minded artistic explorers you will find support and stimulation to enhance your creative possibilities.
Perfect for Newbie’s and Experts Alike!
No prior art experience necessary – everyone is welcome, beginning and advanced artists. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, you are welcome to journey with us. In this drawing and painting creative retreat you will create free flowing spontaneous imagery, draw from nature and develop sketches into finished works. You will learn about color, paint handling and composition through slide lectures of many artists work as well as demonstrations of acrylic, watercolor and pastel techniques.
Rustic Beauty Amongst the Redwoods
The retreat is held amidst the redwoods at the beautiful Big Sur Lodge located in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, which offers a 2,000 sq.ft. art studio available 24 hours and a heated swimming pool. Nestled amongst the aged oak trees and tall ancient redwoods, Big Sur Lodge has provided inspiration to writers, artists and the weary traveler in search of majestic splendor that soothes and restores both the heart and soul.
Want to Join Us?
- If you’re interested in knowing more about the trip pricing, itinerary, inclusions and more – please contact us - We would love to hear from you!
- If you’ve found this trip after the registration date – no worries! Give us a call and we’ll do our best to get you on the trip.
Day 1, Wed., May 18th: Today we all arrive and gather at our charming hotel, the Big Sur Lodge, which is located right in Big Sur. We’ll check in, get settled in our rooms and meet in our private meeting room/studio to meet and greet at 6pm and set up your art space! Well go for dinner at 7:00 pm and afterward we’ll do a short opening ceremony and meditation, go over the general structure for our next days together, talk about materials and what to bring on the day trips, discuss your personal workshop goals and get to know each other. There will also be a dream assignment every night to help you access the deeper creative realms of your creative spirit. We need a good nights sleep so we’re ready for the unforgettable experience awaiting us in the natural beauty of Big Sur.
Days 2-4, Thurs. - Sat., May 19-21st: We’ll spend the next 3 days exploring Big Sur. Each morning we’ll start our day with a hearty breakfast, then gather for a morning meditation before we head out on a sketching/painting excursion. We’ll take sketchbooks, cameras, portable materials for our exploration to make inspirational studies from the magnificent, breathtaking landscape. Each day we will explore a different location. We’ll either bring picnic lunches and snacks or we will go back to the hotel for lunch. In the later afternoon, we’ll meet again in our meeting room to create larger works from our sketches or paint in the beautiful gardens surrounding our hotel amidst breathtaking views of the redwoods.
The rest of the afternoon will be open for you to continue your work, take a lovely walk on one of the hiking trails in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, bird watch, or take your binoculars and see if you can spy some of the migrating Humpback whales as they frolic in the coastal waters. After dinner, our evenings will be spent gathering together in our meeting room to discuss our day, meditate and share our work with each other. There is no definite schedule for these days, only a basic outline that may be changed as we work with the energy present in the moment.
Day 5, Sunday, May 22nd: We wrap up our workshop and time together at noon. Breakfast in the morning will be followed by a group sharing of our work and ending ceremony – then group photos, lot’s of hugs and sweet good-bye’s. We’ll leave our experience in nature renewed, refreshed and excited about what we have created and filled with new creative ideas stimulated by our journey.
- $995.00 USD triple occupancy
- $1155.00 USD double occupancy
- $1485.00 USD single occupancy.
Note: The trip cost includes both Linda’s workshop fees and your lodging package:
Important Information for our Big Sur Artist Painting Retreat: We’re honored to have you join us on this exciting creative adventure! Feel free to bring materials you feel comfortable with or new materials that you’d like to explore such as watercolor, gouache and acrylic (no oil paints please). For field trip sketching you may enjoy using the watersoluble crayons or pencils. A suggested materials list will be sent upon registration. Don’t be shy! No experience necessary – all levels of experience welcome!
- Special exercises for accessing your inner creativity
- Demonstrations of various art media
- Discussions of color theory and composition
- Field trips into Big Sur for thumbnail sketching
- Indoor studio classes for discussion and sharing
- All spiritual and shamanic teachings by Linda Jacobson are included.
- All meditations and guided imagery
- One-on-one guidance designed to unfold your personal creative vision
- Four nights at the charming Big Sur Lodge!
- Meals are not-included, but our hotel does have a restaurant.
- Your art supplies are not-included (list will supplied upon registration)
- Your round-trip air flight to and from San Jose or Monterey, California.
- Your car rental or shuttle service to the hotel.
- Your phone calls, laundering services and souvenir shopping are not-included.
Regarding Flights: You can fly into either San Jose (SJC) Airport which is approximately 120 miles from Big Sur, or the Monterey (MRY) Airport, which is approximately 30 miles from Big Sur Valley. Please make sure you time your arrival so that you can be at the hotel on the 18th by dinner time. Check the shuttle times before making your flights!
Going home on May 22nd, please do not schedule your flight to leave before noon because you must be at the airport two hours before – plus you need time to transport to the airport. Need more info? The Big Sur Chamber of Commerce has all the phone numbers and resources you could possibly need!
Big Sur Lodge is located 150 miles south of San Francisco and 311 miles north of Los Angeles located on the coast of Central California between San Luis Obispo and Monterey. It is only accessible from Highway 1. If you need help, please contact us - It is our pleasure to assist you!
Sooth and Restore your heart and soul on this amazing journey with us!
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