2019 Dates: Jan 20 – Feb 2

Watercolor workshop in a tropical beach paradise


Combined with more time to paint — join our Costa Rica Retreat!

We will be based in Manuel Antonio near the national park in a three story penthouse with a killer view of the pacific ocean! 

The fee covers lodging plus the workshop and transportation to and from the San Jose airport. 
You can walk or take the bus once you’re there, or rent a car for more autonomy. Meals are on your own, with plenty of area restaurants to choose from. Or cook for yourself or in teams in our own kitchen and split expenses for fabulous food.

I’m once again teaming with Laura Shea, who will be our Creative Director! She has been an art teacher for many years and is one of the most fun and creative people I know!




I love how everyone is made to feel welcome, included and accepted at every moment. Everyone’s art and attempts/experimentation were encouraged. It was such a safe and positive environment. Cooking together was so fun, too — seemed to bond us all as a group more. This whole trip was a soothing balm to my very soul and it helped me progress even more on my “healing” journey”.

I appreciated the sublime balance between island exploration and art expression — the feeling of freedom and growth. I really appreciated the demos. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who loves art, camaraderie and learning. Rene is generous with her knowledge and support. I think her genuine positivity & teaching skills can make an artist out of anyone who desires it. Laura is a gem and also a very special part of the experience. 

I liked Rene’s positive nature, her smile and patience with everyone. She always made time for each person. Her critiques were wonderful and her painting style is fun and refreshing. Overall I give it a two thumbs up.  

Most appreciated the sharing of ideas and knowledge. Would definitely recommend this to others. A fun, relaxing experience. The art and the food were above and beyond accolades! 

I loved being included and accepted so warmly into the group. The accommodations are beautiful and makes it easy to interact. And the FOOD — No words, just pounds! Rene and Laura are inspirational teachers. You have me believing I could create whatever I want!   

It’s a great opportunity to continue developing watercolor skills in a beautiful setting with friendly, interesting people. Great meals — a chance to relax on off days. A delightful 10 day workshop!