Arts In Wellness

Empowering the Individual

Strengthening the Community
Check back regularly to see our current schedule of workshops and other programs. We offer
  • Instructional workshops in painting, drawing, and other mediums
  • Expressive painting sessions
  • Soul Collage® workshops
  • Creative exploration via our signature Creative Groups
  • On-going support for creative projects in our Creative Completion Group

“Where the Wild Things Art” Mixed Media Creative Retreat

July 17th – 20th, 2017

St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center, Virginia City, NV

St. Mary’s Art center in Virginia City NV is the perfect place to explore the wild creative source within yourself. Come discover your artistic expression in a completely supportive environment – especially if you’ve never done this, have always wanted to, and have been a little intimidated. We are all artists and all creative by birthright! We will begin the retreat with collage, then drawing, and gently move our way into painting. You will go home with several finished projects.

  • This retreat is limited to 10 participants

  • Must be over 21 years of age to participate

  • Accommodations at St. Mary’s are single rooms with shared bathrooms

  • Arrival is 10am on July 17th

  • Departure is 4pm July 20th

  • 50% deposit required by July 3rd

  • Cancellation policy: $50 is non-refundable after July 10th

Facilitator: Susie Alexander

Workshop Fee: $525

Early Registration (by June 15): $475


Fee includes

  • All instructions

  • All art supplies

  • Overnight accommodations for three nights

  • Three dinners, three breakfasts, four lunches


St. Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City. St. Mary’s is a place where creativity can be explored in an atmosphere of quiet beauty and isolation. A National Historic Landmark four-story retreat located at the edge of Virginia City on five acres overlooking spectacular Six Mile Canyon. Retreat accommodations provide peace and privacy, only minutes away from the tourist hustle and bustle of main street. Click here to discover more about the Center.

“Soul Eternal” SoulCollage® Painting Workshop

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
9:30am to 4pm
North Tahoe Arts Center, Tahoe City

Ready to take your SoulCollage® experience to the next level? This all day workshop will be a full and wonderful journey of using one or more of your favorite SoulCollage® cards as the inspiration for a mixed-media painting. Inspired by her own Artist in Residence Retreat this spring, Susie Alexander is ready to share this empowering and transformational process.


  • Mediums used will be using acrylic paint and collage on canvas board
  • This class is for all levels – no prior painting experience necessary
  • Experience making SoulCollage® cards is required
  • All supplies are provided
  • Class is limited to 10 participants



  • A sack lunch
  • Drinking water
  • One or more SoulCollage® cards



North Tahoe Arts Center

380 N Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA



Susie Alexander


Workshop Fee:


Drawing & Painting Horses Retreat
Wednesday, May 17, 10:30am to
Thursday, May 18, 4pm

St. Mary’s Art and Retreat Center, Virginia City, NV

This two day instructional workshop will explore how to render horses in all their glory. What better place to do this than in Virginia City, where wild horses still roam?

~ Mediums explored will be pencil, acrylic paint, and collage
~ All materials will be provided
~ No prior experience necessary

The retreat is limited to just six participants, so sign up early to reserve your spot. Registration closes May 8th. And yes, there’s a chance that we will see wild horses during our stay!


Facilitator: Susie Alexander

Workshop Fee: $225

Fee includes:

 ~ One night accommodations

 ~ Three meals: dinner on the 17th, and breakfast and lunch on the 18th

 ~ Instructional workshops

 ~ All materials, though you are welcome to bring your own


At the St. Mary's Art & Retreat Center. Private rooms with shared bathrooms.


 ~ A sack lunch for the 17th
 ~ Comfortable layers to wear – the weather is changeable!


Please note any dietary needs on registration form.

Summer Squirrel Sketch Club
April - October 2017

Here's a great excuse to get out into nature and unleash your wild creativity!


  • Weekly prompts will encourage you to explore your natural wild environment and the animals that live in it and sketch your impressions.


  • Share your sketches with the other Squirrels at the online Club House. 


  • Receive bi-monthly instructional tips and tricks for improving your technique from the Super Squirrel.


  • Monthly Club Meetings (field trip gatherings) the last Saturday of each month exclusively for Club Members.

Suggested Donation: $60

Facilitated by Susie Alexander (aka Super Squirrel)

Pre-registration required.

Sketch Club details will be sent after your registration is received.

Creative Completion Group

Third Thursday of the Month

This ongoing creative gathering is about:

  • Applying intention and expansion to your idea, no matter how small or ordinary, big or insane
  • Supporting you in every way to lift your idea to the next level

You will be encouraged to:

  • Present your idea to the group
  • Receive constructive support with your strategy for success and completion
  • Network, invite new ideas, and to be accountable with your project and the group on an ongoing basis

Call, text, or email if you are interested in joining the group, for the location this month, or if you have any other questions.



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by Brooke Bishop

"The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them"

- Elizabeth Gilbert

“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

by Ann Huisman