Soul Painting Workshop: Early Fall 2017 – Sold Out


Explore painting and mixed media in an intuitive and intentional style that is healing, joyful, and freeing for yourself in this sweet weekend workshop!

Come gather on my land and brand new working studio to experience the sweetness of Late Summer/Early Fall in Appalachia and in the magic of Asheville! The workshop will take place the long weekend of September 15 – 17th, 2017.  Ooooh this is truly my favorite way to gather and share with you!

*Catered lunch included on all 3 days, along with refreshments, wine, tea, snacks and magic making gifts*

Stay in enchanting Asheville, NC in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mtns and enjoy an enriching weekend workshop with Alena as well as two amazing artists and humans, Cathy Nichols and Miranda Wildman! (Yes that is right, you will receive 3 workshops in one)! Our mini-painting retreat will take place at Alena’s homestead, working studio, and piece of land heaven. Last retreat we had an incredible time and many of the ladies stayed hours late applying gold and silver temporary tattoos and drinking wine/tea! We will paint outside, circle, do ritual, and work in Alena’s workshop/studio space. Her estate is 20 minutes from downtown Asheville.

The workshop will take commence Friday morning – Sunday in the late afternoon. You will want to secure your own lodging based on your budget needs and desires! Asheville boasts a variety of hotels, BnB’s (some in historic Montford, which is walking distance to downtown), or you could also go the AirBnB or VRBO or hostel route. (Alena can always help you decide if you wish to contact her). For dinner (as an option), you can go out to eat at the delicious and varied restaurants all nearby and in walking distance, or grab food to go and picnic at a nearby park! The downtown area absolutely comes alive in the evening on the weekends – with artists, buskers, and street performers! It truly is such pure delight to live in this fine city (named Happiest City in America and top place to visit in USA by Frommers and Good Morning America). Expect the unexpected and allow surprise and fascination to occur for yourself for this long weekend! It’s going to be so such a delight. (Please note: lodging and all meals besides lunch not included in workshop fee).

About the workshop:

In this mini-retreat, we will explore natural world motifs, colors, lines, and liberated expressions through paint and mixed media. There is much power and healing that comes from painting in this way, which can serve as a potent and loving symbol and reminder for your life that emanates truth and purity. All materials will be included for a small fee, except surfaces to paint on (you will bring those based on Alena’s suggestions). We will be working on both easels and doing some table work. At the end of the experience, you will walk away with one to two treasured paintings that not only have personal meaning, but are full of technique-based learning along with tapping into your intuition and soul-guides. This workshop is amazing for building depth to your portfolio, while increasing your knowledge on how to make gorgeous work. Alena will be sharing a lot of her tips and secrets with you, all the while going deep into our sweet soul work. You may also choose to have time for a trip to galleries, some shopping, and other delightful activities…. it’s going to be a rich and fulfilling experience for certain.


Improvisational Collage with Cathy Nichols

Jump-start your inner storyteller as we combine meditative collage-making and acrylic mishima for beautiful, soulful results. We’ll conquer the blank canvas, explore color and motif, add interest with patchwork and unify the piece with my signature mishima method. When you’re through, you’ll love being able to add this technique to your soul-painting explorations.

Cyanotype Workshop with Miranda Wildman

Together we will begin by taking a walk in outside discussing organic shapes and plants that attract us. From there we will be learning about different ways to print and play with the sun using the photographic printing process called Cyanotype. We will explore negative and positive fields and make use of a variety of materials to create a one of a kind sun-printed scarf for you to take home. I look forward to engaging with the sun and you.

** Returning participants can qualify for a discount, message me for details.

Recent kind words about my last Soul Painting Workshop:

“Thank you so much for such a magical weekend, Alena! It was such a gift to create in the gallery with you and the other amazing women. I learned so much and am still floating on a cloud of creativity!” – Julie Hulley

“Positively wonderful weekend workshop! Thank you for leading us Alena.” – Barbara Tomkins

“Still glowing after such a magical weekend. Thanks, Alena, for creating this sacred space for us! I feel revived and renewed, and ready to create more!” –Anita Breach

A few more details:

If you are flying, you will want to fly into either the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), or Charlotte, NC (CLT) which is 2 hours away, or Greenville, SC (GSP) which is an hour and 20 minutes away. Please choose lodging in the Asheville or Fairview, NC area, which is very easy to get around.

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