Retreat begins February 27th, 2015 and runs through March 1st, 2015!

Considered a hidden gem of the Bay Area, family owned Westerbeke Ranch has served as a place of rest, relaxation, and self-discovery for over 50 years. Now Nicholas Wilton invites you to experience the rustic beauty of Sonoma Valley with a 3 day weekend painting workshop.

Using the Six Art2LIfe principles of value, color, design, texture, risk and soul, workshop participants will embark on a creative journey that embraces personal intuition and choice. Together we will learn how to craft compositionally strong work that is an authentic, unique expression of yourself.

Ample time will be dedicated to in class demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, as this creates a fertile environment for artmaking. We will also investigate the concepts of change and improvisation, working on many pieces simultaneously, allowing ourselves to work boldly and without fear of failure. Generous time will be given for experimentation with new tools, mediums, and techniques, collectively learning how to step out of our comfort zones; it is in this space, after all, where the best art is often made. Using this process as a backdrop, there will also be discussion on developing and sustaining your own creative practice, particularly in the face of our modern, fast-moving world.

Westerbeke Ranch offers shared accommodations in five charming and comfortably furnished redwood cabins. Delightful paths lead to the cabins, which are nestled in the gardens above the pool area. Each cabin has its own bathroom and private entrance, and is appointed in a fashion reminiscent of California’s Spanish colonial past. Then there are the amenities available at Westerbeke – a swimming pool, hot tub, massage, stunning hiking trails, plenty of sun lit and shaded benches to relax on, and of course some of the most delicious authentic homemade cuisine available in the Bay Area, made with the best locally sourced ingredients. Also not to be missed is Westerbeke’s selection of Sonoma wines.

This workshop is designed to accommodate people from a wide variety of disciplines, and all skill levels are welcome. Whether you already have an established artistic practice or are just starting out on your creative journey, or perhaps somewhere in between, this workshop is for you. No prior artistic experience is necessary, only a willingness to play. So come join us as we celebrate a process of inspiration, reclamation, and the journey of self-discovery through painting.

Course fee: $700. This fee is inclusive, covering all room, board, food and art material costs. If you are interested in grabbing one of these last couple spots, please contact Ferris immediately at 415-533-8102. To submit payment by mail, please make checks payable to Nicholas Wilton, delivered to the following address: 480 Gate 5 Road, Suite 300W, Sausalito, CA 94965. For more information on this workshop, please contact Ferris at