Nicholas Wilton is pleased to announce his Art2Life Workshop held at the beautiful Rancho La Puerta.The Ranch is more than a grand getaway. It’s a revelation about what matters—the door to a new way of being. Hike some of the West’s most picturesque trails. Try cycling or salsa, water polo or yoga, pickleball or painting. Sink into a mountain sage massage and float under the Baja California sun. Farm-to-table meals are served under convivial skies. Travel magazines rate Rancho La Puerta one of the world’s best destination spas and guests say it’s the friendliest. Just an hour from San Diego, we offer Mexican hospitality that feels like home.

The Ranch is part of the natural world, rather than the other way around. The Ranch’s landscaped gardens are an abstraction of nature, with a tapestry of plants that thrive in our chaparral surroundings. Casitas, gyms, spas, pavilions and pools are set in our sprawling village like hidden jewels.

“Nick is an incredible teacher and a very special human being. I am very interested in signing up for a repeat retreat in the future.”

– Linda Wallace, Art2Life Workshop Atendee

Throughout the week, we will work on a series of small paintings on wood panels, often working on several pieces simultaneously, which leaves little time to worry about success or failure. We will also explore how themes of change and spontaneity enable us to create our own unique artwork, and illuminate life lessons inherent in the creative process. We seek to engage both sides of the brain, and invite in mistakes, intuition, and spontaneity. We will explore the six Art2Life Principles: value, design, color, texture, risk, and soul. Generous time will be given for experimentation with new tools, mediums, and techniques, and as the class progresses, we will create a fertile environment for art making with in-depth demonstrations, music, and one-on-one instruction.

Dwell in beauty and privacy in one of Rancho La Puerta’s casitas tucked away in luxuriant grounds. While casita means “little house” in Spanish, many of our lodgings exceed 1,000 square feet with space for relaxing, writing and reflecting.

“This workshop offers a systematic approach to the basics of painting for everyone. I felt like I learned more in this week than I did in the entire process of getting a bachelors degree in art.”

– Shawnee Johnson, Art2Life Workshop Attendee

There are so many activities you can participate in at the ranch like this Cardio Drumming class- a fun and musical cardio workout using barrels, drumsticks, high energy drum music, and choreography. No drumming experience necessary!

Additionally, all workshop participants will receive their very own Art2Life Workshop Art Kit! The supplies in your Art Kit were hand selected by Nicholas, and contain everything you need to enjoy this retreat. Each Art Kit comes fully stocked with a set of 21 custom made fluid acrylic colors, gloss medium, twelve 12″ x 12″ panels, a set of 8 brushes in various sizes, a painting tray, tracing paper pad, sandpaper, steel wool, pencil, and a 2-pocket apron. And the best part about the Art Kit is that it’s yours to keep once the retreat concludes!

“An art retreat in a secluded area immersed in nature was a present to myself I had been craving for a longtime. When I found Nicholas Wilton’s workshop, I immediately knew I found what I was looking for. I didn’t have any specific expectations in terms of academics or to take home results. The only thing I wanted was to give my art all the space it needed, stay open to whatever could come out, be inspired and encouraged by an established artist and other fellow artists. My experience ended up being really extraordinary. I had a wonderful time painting, exploring, and learning new tools to help and nourish my explorations. But, most of all, I realized how vital and fundamental art making is in my life. Thanks Nicholas!” – Paola Lanfranchi, Art2Life Workshop Attendee

This workshop is designed for people from a wide variety of disciplines and skill levels, from beginner to professional. The sole prerequisite to attending is an openness to playing, experimentation, and a willingness to explore your artistic practice in a magical setting, with delicious food, and like-minded creative individuals. Please join us as we celebrate a process of inspiration, reclamation, and the journey of self-discovery through painting.

 “The art2life workshop was exactly what I needed. A tranquil environment where time slowed down.  I got to fully immerse into my creativity, as well as laugh, connect and completely relax. Nicholas has a true gift of holding such a wonderful space for anyone who has a desire to explore and get playful with their creativity, fine-tune their voice, push through their blocks and learn new techniques.

– Ann-Britt Malden, Art2Life Workshop Attendee

Course Fee The fee for this workshop varies depending on whether participants register at the single, double, triple, or quadruple occupancy rate. The more people you decide to share accommodations with, the more the overall cost of the workshop decreases per person.

The breakdown for these 4 options is as follows:   

  • Jr Villa Single (1 adult): $6251 per person
  • Jr Villa Double (2 adults per room): $4824 per person
  • Villa Studio Triple (3 adults per room): $3706 per person
  • Two Bedroom Villa (4 adults per room):$4059 per person

To see photos of  and to learn more about these accommodations, just click here.

Interested parties please contact Donna Sher at or by phone at 858 449 3672. Also be certain to check out Rancho La Puerta’s amazing FAQ page by clicking here.

The above fees cover all room, food, and art material expenses, and also includes a $200 spa credit. The accommodations for this workshop are first come, first served. Please read about our payment and refund policies here.