Come join us as we escape behind the magical gated entrance to our secret garden, a place filled with peace, tranquility, friendship, and creativity. Listen to the rustling leaves and quiet breezes as we spend our days making beautiful art, enjoying our romantic surroundings and the most lovely art friends.
I am thrilled to present our exciting art retreat for 2020 ~
Our Secret Garden Affaire includes:
~ An Opening Night Soiree under a beautiful gazebo including desserts and refreshments
~ A specialized market boutique featuring our talented instructors and artists
~ 18 hours of class time including an opening night workshop, 2 four hour workshops and a full day intensive workshop
~ A Friday Evening Soiree, delicious dinner, and art exchanges with your garden girlfriends
~ An exclusive DIY Floral Makery
~ Luncheons in the garden on both Friday and Saturday
~ Photograph opportunities with our event photographer, Cynthia Shaffer, and access to free downloads of hundreds of photographs
~ "Affaire" style group workshop seating in a beautiful setting to inspire your creativity
~ Discount room accommodations at The Belamar Hotel
~ Priority registration on our Garden Girls Flea Market Tour (an optional Sunday excursion)
~ Wonderful goodies, prizes, inspiring decor and so much more. . .
Scroll below and see all that awaits us in the garden each day
Our gathering begins early in the evening, as we join together under the beautiful stars of our garden gazebo for delicious desserts and refreshments! Put some pretty flowers in your hair, wear your favorite romantic attire and enjoy all the excitement as we begin our amazing weekend together. Our favorite event photographer, Cynthia Shaffer, will be joining us for the evening to take pictures of us in our magical secret garden with friends, old and new. Pose with your garden girls feeling excited for all to come!
Shop our specialized vendor boutique made up of some of our favorite artists and event instructors. Choose from vintage treasures, unique supplies, handmade art pieces, and other lovelies offered by our talented small business owners!
The festivities will continue later in the evening with our opening night workshop! Find your spot under the lights in our romantic garden hideaway, as Beth Leintz teaches us the art of embroidery during her beautiful Martha's Needle Keep workshop.
Bright and early Friday morning, we will meet again for an entire day of creative time with Jane Blanco! Jane will show us her cherished secrets for turning her beloved dolls and figurines into charming whimsical assemblages. There will be fairies, bird chariots, embellishments and glittered finishes filling our day with much beauty! Our day will include a delicious lunch, dessert and drinks in a beautiful garden setting.
Later that evening after a quick break to freshen up, we will gather once again for dinner in the garden and yet another joyful soiree! There will be a delicious buffet dinner to savor before the festivities begin with our exciting creative art exchanges. Women sharing their beautiful creations and bits of themselves is always a highlight of our retreat!
This evening will also feature a Flower Makery. Our very own DIY station will have the sweetest floral treasures to play with reminding us of this special time together.
Day Three will find us all together again for our final day of creative time. Arlene Baker and Rita Reade will each guide us through their gorgeous workshops ~ both extended to four hours long so we will have enough time to not only learn from these talented artists but also create at a relaxing pace. Both of these romantic classes, will offer playing with the most precious felts and fabrics and goodies that will channel your feminine side. Our day will include a delicious lunch, dessert and drinks in a beautiful garden setting.
Sunday morning, bright and early, brings us to our last time together before saying goodbye. Join us for a lovely optional flea market tour to some of our favorite Southern California antique shopping spots including a stop at the Ventura Flea Market featuring over 500 vendors! You will not want to miss this day full of shopping, treats, gifts and fun before your journey home. The Bus Tour link below will take you to details and registration for this optional Sunday excursion.
Take some time to click on the options below to find out more details about this special retreat ~ the workshops alone will make your heart sing!