In the Wild Places

Two evenings: Thursday and Friday, October 26th and 27th, 5:15 - 8pm EST
Join Early Bird for $159

In the Wild Places is More Than a Workshop

In the Wild Places is more than a workshop or online learning experience. What I’m offering is an immersive experience in community with other artists. It’s not a peek in while you make dinner kind of class. I’m looking for folks who want to experience the embrace of an artist’s community – one that is built on trust, love of nature, artistic vulnerability, and a desire to build each other up.

In the Wild Places is an exploration of the Wild Places in your environment, and the wild places inside of you, revealed through your art. You’ll wander in nature, collect your own mark making tools, and create a large volume of marks, pushing the boundaries more than you have before. From there, I’ll show you how to cultivate your favorite marks into layered art works with depth and meaning. We will co-create with nature and with each other. Come ready for a slow, beautiful, deep dive into the Wild Places within.

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creating a spaciousness in your art practice.

What has most helped me through this dark time is nature. I want to share that with you.

Let your feet walk on sacred ground,

Bathe in nature’s healing, then create from it.

Let’s create with our hands and collaborate with the earth.

Join us Thursday, October 26th and Friday October 27th from 5:15 – 8 pm EST

– it’s LIVE + recorded! Find your local time here

(These retreats tend to fill quickly, so grab your spot right away!)

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PART 1: wander + collect

begin your adventure the day you sign up for the retreat.

Wander in nature – wherever you are.

Record your adventures with photos, drawings, writing

Responsibly gather natural materials for mark making

Natural mark making materials

PART 2: Percolate, ponder, Make

Read your PDF

Respectfully collect materials for mark making

Make your own natural brushes

See what emerges when you co-create with nature: paintings, books, hanging art

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Mark Making Experiments
natural mark making tools

PART 3: Gather, Connect, Explore

In the Wild Places is more than a workshop or online learning experience. What I’m offering is an immersive experience in community with other artists. It’s not a pop in when you can kind of class. I’m looking for folks who want to experience the loving embrace of an artist’s community. One that is built on mutual trust, connection, love of nature, and a desire to build each other’s ability to be vulnerable in your art.

gather for a live retreat with other artists on zoom.

Experiment with various mark making techniques.

Incorporate pen and ink into your marks.

Experiment with ways to layer the work.

Explore your unique relationship to nature through art.

Revisit the recording of the live class.

The In the Wild Places is a beautiful opportunity for you to connect your love of nature and art. You’ll get the class PDF with full instructions on all the techniques we learn, plus join the live gathering to create together.  You’ll enjoy the accountability and camraderie on a welcoming group of artists, and an ongoing practice of harvesting inspiration and translating it into your art. Best of all, you’ll have a concrete skill for making your own journals, exactly as you want them, for years to come, and you’ll have 1 year access to class recordings and ongoing access to a downloadable PDF.

I’m Amy, Your Guide

I’m Amy Maricle, an art therapist turned art facilitator who adores helping artists make more meaningful, joy-filled art. We are going to explore, experiment, and play with tuning deeply into nature, mark making, and creating your unique art with nature. 



Two evenings:

Thursday, October 26th, 5:15 – 8 PM EST


Friday October  27th, 5:15 – 8 PM EST on ZOOM!

Find your local time here


  • Our gathering happens October 26th and 27th, but your In the Wild Places experience begins the day you register. You’ll begin by taking nature walks, hunting for natural treasures, and digging into your inspirations.
  • You’ll complete homework exercises to help you get the most from our experience.
  • Connect with other artists during our retreat, and in a pop-up Facebook group.
  • Receive prep homework, materials list, and a full class e-book that includes all lessons.
  • Access class recordings whenever you like for 1 year after the retreat.

What’s Included in Your Retreat:

Live gathering with a warm community on October 26th and 27th

Recording of your live gathering (ongoing access)

A beautiful, color book PDF with all lessons from your retreat

Pop up Facebook group to connect with other students

“I keep returning because you are so welcoming, manage a classroom so well, and most of all, encourage us to find our own voice and inner creative self. Thanks again. You are a great teacher.”

– Carolyn B.

“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

“Thanks so much for a fruitful ‘playshop.’ The group was so generous and keen to try all you had to offer. The pump is primed!”

– Anne O’Connor

“This morning’s retreat was enjoyable, fun and important for me. Thank you for guiding me to open myself to uncomfortable art exercises.  I was able to ‘just do it’ and the thumbnail practices have showed me a way to both make art on a daily basis and to go further with my art.”

– Rita Reid


“Thank you sooo much for the wonderful experience, I was nourished and inspired throughout the afternoon, and got so much out of the retreat. I am taking away permission to create and make mistakes (my oops!) and am incorporating more sketching, noting, and playing into my days.”

– Lynn Pollack


Do I need prior art or painting experience to participate?

No, whether you’ve never painted before, or you are an experienced artist, this two part, two evening retreat is structured to provide you the space to learn to see in new ways, and opportunities to translate those new visions onto your paintings and creations.

What is the supply list?

You will provide your own materials. As usual, I aim to keep the supply list simple to help you focus on your maximum creative output by limiting the supply choices. A full supply list is included with the class, but here’s the bulk of what you’ll need:

Tracing  paper

India ink or one or more high flow acrylic paint colors 

Natural materials you gather


White gel pen

Micron drawing pen or fountain pen with waterproof ink

YES paste

Needle and thread or sewing machine (optional)

How long do I have access to the recordings?

You will have 1 year to access the video recording of the retreat. Your PDF is downloadable.  

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. The retreat is recorded, so you will have lifetime access to that should a scheduling conflict arise.

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 to participate live on Zoom. You may also want headphones to help reduce noise.

What time is the retreat where I live?

The retreat is two evenings, October 26 and 27 5:15 pm – 8pm EST (Boston.) Find your local time here

In the Wild Places

Two evenings: Friday, October 26th and 27th, 5:15 - 8 pm EST
Join Early Bird for $159