A Mini Morsel of Megan…just for you!


Meet the lovely Megan

I love art. I love painting and creating. I always have and I always will.

One of the most exciting things for me is to see that excitement, that fire come to life in others. I have been fortunate, Art has always been apart of my life.

Creating started when I was wee, in my folks backyard armed with finger paints and sun dyes….(what was my Mom thinking!) I jest…She was igniting the passion of an artist. I was able to further my artist passion when I attended Emily Carr University. There, I was able to expand my knowledge of colour under the tutelage of Tom Hudson and his amazing and intense theory colour classes, begin to discover the possibilities of Mixed Media Art and fuel my love of book arts under the guidance of Nick Bantock. I was so fortunate.

Megan: Saturday ~ Connecting with your Creative Muse!

Saturday Workshop ~ Connecting with your Creative Muse!

Life proceeded on as it often does and I became a Mama. A Mama to three and then two more yup, that’s 5. Throw in a couple of dogs and cat with a whole lot of ‘tude and you have some crazy, busy times. Not so much art, but, then things began to shift, nestlings began to grow up and art wriggled right back into my life and Mama became Mama Crow (that’s me!). For 10 years as Mama Crow, I was blessed to have a eclectic shop and art studio full of all things bright and shiny. I was able to surround myself with creativity,(not to mention paint, beads and a few peacock feathers thrown in for good measure) Here I discovered my passion for igniting the creative soul in others and have recently, refocused all this yummy artsy juju and opened a funky little art studio…The Crow’s Nest Art Studio. Here I can teach and share the things I love. Mixed Media, Encaustic, Painting, book arts and some jewellery making (‘cause a girls gotta have a little bling!).

Megan: Friday ~ Creative Collective Catcher … A Journal!

Friday Workshop ~ Creative Collective Catcher … A Journal!

I have been teaching and encouraging artistic endeavors for over 11 years and I love the feeling of creating. I love to help others connect with art through creative expression and exploration. Creativity is in all of us, we just all have different ways of expressing it and I look forward to seeing your creative side. Who knows the artsy trouble we can get into.
Megan Anderson 

We are over the moon to have Megan teaching again this year at our second Into the heART Art Retreat! To see a more detailed description of the workshops she is offering this year, please CLICK the photos of her artwork.

We look forward to seeing you this October!


…and we are LIVE!

Join today and live an ADVENTURE in 2015!CFE-Retreat-POST-CARD-reg

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All is revealed!!!

Woo-hoo!  The time is now!

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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 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



6 days…

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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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NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

Join me in the amazing journey I’ve begun…

I am so very excited to be hosting this wonderful adventure!

If you have not yet taken the leap & attended an Art Retreat, you may be feeling a bit freaked out, stressed to the max and completely unsure if you should do this. Two years ago I was standing in your shoes. I reached out & contacted the hosts of that retreat. Tracy Moore talked me into taking a deep breath and following through with my initial instincts and I am so very glad that he did. CLICK HERE to read about my 2012 Artfest adventure! 

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Feel free to CONTACT ME with any questions you may have.

Create with your Host, Nicci Dot C.A.

following the Welcome Reception on Thursday evening May 22nd!

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All SKILL levels welcome!


CLICK HERE for WORKSHOP, accommodation & price info

NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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