Drawing Closer to Nature

Friday Oct. 18th 2019, 12pm - 5pm EST Join us for $129

Drawing from nature is one of the practices that brings me most serenity. Looking deeply at the shapes, colors, and twists and turns of the forms helps me to slow down inside, and also to render nature’s beauty more accurately.

Mindful Drawing

In preparation for the workshop, you’ll collect natural materials that inspire you. You might collect twigs, leaves, shells, feathers, stones, nests, or seed pods. These will be your muses in our drawing sessions. My hope is that you can use these relaxed nature walks to look with curiosity and wonder and see what appears before you.

Mindful Drawing Supplies

For this workshop, you’ll need to bring the following materials:

Course Content


This is going to be a beautiful afternoon of contemplative drawing, sharing, and diving deeply into the inspiration that nature brings.

This is an ONLINE virtual retreat. You’ll participate from the comfort of your own home on a private internet link. You’ll join up to 14 other participants in a private Zoom “room” where we can talk face to face, giggle about our “wonky” drawings, and get real time feedback, just like a live retreat.

As part of this online retreat, you will:

  • Look with curiosity and wonder at nature’s beauty
  • Practice blind contour drawing – or “wonky drawing”
    Use color and text to fully develop your drawings into journal pages
  • Write to make meaning of your experiences
  • Embrace the beauty of imperfection in a supportive live community

This should be a really delicious, meaningful day for slowing down, connecting, and savoring nature’s beauty.

Our Mindful Drawing Retreat Includes:


A 6 hour live retreat with Amy and the rest of the class

A Mindful Drawing e-book

A chance to connect with like-minded creatives.

Limit 15 participants

“I really enjoy group art work and have a difficult time finding others. Sometimes we have to go a little further to find our tribe which the internet has successfully been able to do. 🙂 My own creativity has been sparked. Friday’s retreat grounded me in knowing that creativity does not need to be bogged down by supplies. In using a few good quality items we were able to get off the ground to engage in the creative process of mystery. Thank you for that.”

– Pamela Swafford

“I like how so many of us women are now able to come to the table together and not make excuses for what we are producing. I used to think that being vulnerable could be a weakness. Now I look at vulnerability in my art more as a strength. I am ‘allowed’ to be vulnerable to my art. It makes me stronger. My art feels stronger. I am happier with my art as well. There is strength in women!”

– Deborah Wakefield

Do I need prior art or drawing experience to participate?

No, whether you’ve never drawn before, or you are an experienced artist, this day-long retreat is structured to provide you the space to learn to see in new ways, and opportunities to translate those new visions onto your journal pages.

Are the materials provided?

You will provide your own materials. Our goal is to take advantage of the simplicity of only using pen and watercolor to focus on nature’s beauty and the mindful process.

Will we have any breaks during the workshop?

Yes, we will have a snack break around 3pm EST where we will relax for about 20 or so minutes. This is a time to get to know folks in the class more, talk, laugh, and refresh before the next section of the workshop. Throughout the rest of our day, we will have 2 other planned breaks. You are encouraged to take care of yourself and your needs though, even outside of those times

What is your refund policy?

No refunds will be granted, regardless of reason. If I have to cancel for any reason, your money will be refunded.

What kind of internet connection do I need?

You’ll need a strong internet connection and the camera and microphone that are built into your device. You may also want headphones to help reduce noise.