We have had participants joining us from Australia, Japan, Israel, New York, Germany, Holland, and Brazil. Here are some of their comments:
"Johanna’s Dive into Life painting retreat was an amazing experience on so many levels. I rediscovered my love of painting after 10 years and also learned a lot about myself during the process. There were challenging times in front of the easel but they undoubtedly enriched my overall experience. I would recommend this retreat to anyone who wants to step outside their comfort zone, to be taught by an exceptional teacher, and to have a life-enhancing experience."
"It was wonderful to be in a focussed space to paint and draw every day. I loved the beautiful environment and painting outside. It was liberating. Not having to worry about the domestic or practical elements of life was real freedom. The mixed levels of previous experience meant that it was inspiring without being competitive."
"Challenging, powerful, profound, luxurious, hard work, fun."
"It was amazing! I experienced peace, calmness, creativity a
nd an explosion of greens!
I loved the experience of going into the forest – it managed to give me the key to unlocking my paintings during the week. I’ll never forget it."
"The painting retreat was a richly rewarding experience, full of texture, colors, sounds and memories of great food, drink and the company and laughter of fellow minded artistic people.
Loved the location, the beautiful French countryside and the charm of being in a very, very old home with interesting people with a shared appreciation for culture."
"This is my third visit. Every time thus far I had a different experience.
The first time, I learned to embrace the woodlands as I saw it and we had to paint from memory rather than what we saw and have sketched. I drew and painted with both right and left hand (non-dominant) and experimented with taping a brush at the end of a long stick.
The second time, I was mostly painting the feelings of woodlands. How magical it was just being there surrounded by the trees, feeling the sunlight shone throw the leaves. The sound of the bed of the woodlands crackling beneath my feet as I trod along.
The third time, I was attracted by the fragments of lights through the leaves as I look up the tall trees. The image of the glistening lights stayed with me all the way through.
I have learned something new every time."