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1530471_588806944524240_380143656_nI have had a few panicked emails this morning, as some people missed the midnight deadline last night for REGISTRATION therefore……

*** NOTE *** : Registration did officially close at midnight on January 25th, 2014. However, I can open mail in registration for another 48 hours (Monday Jan 27 at midnight pst). I have to contact the resort on Tuesday morning, therefore if we get a few more registrations between now and then… the happier they will be…lol.

Please scan & email in your completed registration form, pay through paypal and then mail a hard copy through the post. Payment details can be found on page 4 or our registration form.
Have a wonderful day!
Nicci

It’s time to PLAY!

cf iconToday is the day!   Final numbers need to be in by midnight TONIGHT.

We need to see how many lovely ones will be joining us in May, as I will contacting the Harrison Hot Springs Resort this Monday to give them our total numbers.

If we have enough students booked, we can still use all of the ballroom/classrooms that we have on our wish list.  🙂

Therefore, I must say that “the time for hesitation is though” (quote from the movie Empire Records).

You will not regret joining us on this wonderful adventure! We will have so much fun, learn new techniques, try out new creative products and laugh late into the night.

Oh My Starshine, the  joy and satisfaction you will feel after our artsy Spring Fling will be contagious!

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CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

SAVE YOUR SPACE

CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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Sending you love and laughter,

Nicci (your Host)

FYI: You can always scan & email in your registration form & pay through paypal !

our Art Retreat logo in creation by Nicci Battilana (aka Nicci Dot C A)

our Art Retreat logo in creation by Nicci Battilana (aka Nicci Dot C A)

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What shall tomorrow bring?

20090922-Nicci-BattilanaArt Retreats can be found all across the U.S., but there are very few taking place north of the border, here in Canada.

When I went to my first art retreat, I could not believe the impact in had in other aspects of my life (work, home, etc). It helped me look at certain projects from a new perspective and come up with different solutions than I had previously. I believe that it had a lot to do with attending workshops and having to push myself at attempting new creative challenges. 2012-06-13-whats-next-IMG_5

Art Retreats are for more than just those that call themselves Artists and I cannot wait to share this journey with you, as your Host.

We have people coming from as far as Florida to join in this great adventure! Sooo excited!permissionSheri Doll head-2012-07-etsyIMG_3290-save-2-sml

 

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Doing what you love!

Sometimes it takes courage to do what you love. Maybe we are afraid that we will not be good enough or just frustrate ourselves and not enjoy the process. These are battles that we unfortunately place on ourselves and only we can take these barriers down and throw them away.

When we say to ourselves that enough is enough and take that step forward, it may begin with trepidation and fear, but then end up with joy, freedom and the curiosity as to why we did not do this earlier in its place.

What would you love to do?:

  • take a few days away… just for you (and maybe a friend or two)
  • learn how to create with en-caustic wax
  • make your dream doll a reality using funky steampunk fashions and findings
  • use assemblage to create your very own creepy misfit toy
  • play with concrete in a whole new way
  • sew your own uniquely stylish crafting/cooking apron
  • learn the vastly growing trend of art journaling
  • sculpt a gorgeous silhouette dressed for dancing in a flowering field
  • create a warm and loved filled painted scroll to decorate your home
  • play with the ever popular ice resin and design your own necklace pendant
  • embellish your heart with all the love you can muster
  • create a 3D mixed media enigma
  • remake your favorite little bottle into something completely demented and vial
  • adorn your journal cover to reflect the ‘eye of the beholder’. (Mine would be a girl looking back at me… of course…lol. Have you seen my art? It’s all girls!)
  • give a face to your inner critic and empty your fears into her

Sometimes along our personal journey we get creatively stuck and need a jump start to recharge our batteries or just need to step aside from our normal everyday lives. Have time to breathe, laugh, make friends and take a leap of faith in ourselves.

All SKILL levels welcome!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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re-IGNITE the SLEEPOVER!

What were your favorite things to do at a sleepover?  (then vs now)

  • talk about secret crushes (boys/girls vs art n craft supplies)
  • drool over eye candy (teen magazines vs art/craft/scrap-booking mags)
  • eat yummy food (chips, pizza & ice cream vs many of the same + macaroons…lol)
  • giggle
  • watch something that amazes or scares you (movies/TV vs art workshop instructors & classmates 🙂  )
  • wear your favorite pj’s
  • do each others hair (braid vs colour before arriving and then braid)
  • paint your fingernails
  • listen to music (on the parents stereo or ghetto-blaster vs smart phones & iPads)
  • take photos (on film cameras to view in a few weeks vs on our phones to post on our blogs/fb page that very same day)
  • have sugary drinks (pop and Kool-Aid vs wine and gin & tonic)
  • dance
  • plan the next gathering (movie night or sleepover vs art retreat or creative tea time)
  • stay up late
  • do crafts (glue and paste vs art journaling, tissue paper flower making, etc & so on)
  • trade (stickers & friendship pins and bracelets vs ephemera & all things handmade)

Sorry guys, but I only attended the girly sleepovers. However, I am sure you Gentlemen had a wonderful list of adventures that translate easily as well to an art retreat in 2014!  🙂03-SANY0374-words

JOIN US for our next SLEEPOVER!creative-finds-invite-2

What is stashed in your cupboard?

SANY1174The simplicity of PLAY…

Sometimes we just need to pull out our supply stash and try something new…SANY1173This is what I painted yesterday in my new 2014 Art Journal (see above). I will be working in this journal during our evening Art Jam sessions on May 22,23 & 24, 2014!countdown-03

All SKILL levels welcome!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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Let’s pretend…

Remember when:

  • Fairy Godmothers watched over us?
  • we played until we were called home for dinner?
  • sleepovers meant staying up past your bedtime giggling with your friends?
  • you skipped rope for what seemed like an hour and then just fell on the ground tired and laughing?
  • climbing the ladder into a tree-fort, felt like going on an wild secret adventure with your friends?
  • your future goals included being a Princess, being able to fly, or soaring high above the earth in a rocket ship?
  • a special treat was eating dinner on a tv table while watching the Disney show on Sunday evenings?

We plan on making you feel that way again!countdown-05

All SKILL levels welcome!

CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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6 days…

Life is too short to be bashful!etsy 2011 greeting card bashful blonde copy

We are looking forward to our great Art Adventure of 2014!   Swag bags are arranged….ohhh the goodies we will get to play with during our nightly art jam sessions!

Registration:  Registration deadline is January 25th.

Staying Off Campus: There are other hotels in the Harrison Hot Springs area, however, we cannot open up registration for these types of bookings until we have filled our contracted booking requirements to the resort. Plus, honestly, Harrison Hot Springs Resort has given us a fabulous price, which includes the meals (as mentioned below), event rooms, late night crafting rooms, countdown-06classrooms, the use of their on-site natural hot spring pools and the great proximity to your classrooms and meal/event locations. There is also a very high possibility, as well, that we won’t even have classroom space left for anyone wishing to stay off site.

 

All SKILL levels welcome!

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Package price includes:

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • 3 nights accommodation at Harrison Hot Springs Resort, B.C. (May 22-25, 2014)
  • Welcome night reception (hors d’oeuvres)… where the TRADES happen!
  • Breakfast each morning in the Lakeside Cafe
  • Lunch 2 days (Fri & Sat)
  • Dinner Friday evening
  • Two 6 hour classes (one on Friday & one on Saturday)
  • Strolls on the sandy BEACH
  • Use of the Natural Hot Spring Pools (located on site)!
  • Handmade VENDOR Market (open to the public) Friday Night!
  • SHOW & TELL Saturday Night in the Cascade Ballroom!
  • NIGHTLY creative gatherings to create, giggle & greet new and old friends.
  • all taxes and hotel staff gratuities

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CLICK HERE to REGISTER Today!

SAVE YOUR SPACE!

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info