The Spring Spells Retreat - Returning students

Friday, April 16th 12 - 5 pm EST
Join now for $139

it’s time to awaken and bloom.

creating a spaciousness in your art practice.

We’ve spent a long time coping with darkness. It’s time to emerge from the cocoon, and be warmed by the sun. 

Put on a light coat, grab your camera, a satchel, and your notebook and pen. Wander in the woods, on the shore, or in the desert. 

Let your feet walk on sacred ground,

Listen to early birds, cold streams, and gentler winds.

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

Together we can make a creative celebration and share it in an intimate Zoom retreat.

Join us Friday, April 16th from 12 – 5pm EST!


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

Wander in nature.

walk with eyes of curiosity

gather natural materials that spark your imagination

PART 2: Percolate, ponder, create

create your own “spring spells-” creative musings

Draw your treasures. 

write, paint, or sew about your spring adventures.

Gathering of the Creatives, hand made books, art journaling ideas, art journal, art journal ideas

PART 3: gather, connect & create

gather for a live retreat with other artists on zoom.

Learn to draw + write from nature – simply, slowly, and beautifully, 

Create your Winter Spells community in a private FB group.

Embracing the imperfections along the way. 

Spring Spells is a beautiful opportunity for you to embrace the metaphors of awakening, budding, and growth in Spring.  You’ll practice both quiet contemplation in nature – taking in inspiration, and drawing and writing about the burgeoning beauty you encounter. 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. There are concrete prompts for contemplative walking, writing, and drawing, but each student will find their unique set of Spring Spells. 

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 and the gifts of the Spring season. We will draw, paint, and write about our connection to this season of rest. 



Friday, April 16th,

12pm – 5pm EST on ZOOM!


  • Our gathering happens April 16th, but your Spring Spells experience begins the day you register. You’ll begin by taking nature walks, hunting for natural treasures, and dig into recommended reading. 
  • You’ll complete homework exercises with semi blind contour drawing and expressive writing. 
  • Use mindfulness tools to calm the inner critic and make space for present, joyful experimentation.
  • Connect with other artists by breaking bread together during our retreat.
  • Receive prep homework, materials list, and a full class e-book that includes all lessons.
  • Join the private FB group to share your journey along the way.

What you’ll learn:

You’ll walk in the woods, on the shore, or in the mountains. You’ll practice mindful seeing in nature, plus drawing, painting and expressive writing. You’ll learn to take in inspiration in new ways, and mostly, you’ll learn your way of slowing down and allowing nature to seep into your pores, to feed you, and nurture you. You’ll experience Spring’s Spells. And for anyone who has mobility issues, you can adapt the lessons as needed by staying close to home or seeking Spring images in books and online. 

Learn to slow down and walk in nature mindfully

gather nature’s treasures with care

practice contour drawing natural objects

create altars & sacred spaces with natural objects

write from the soul – connecting with the Burgeoning earth

“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 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 fluid art paintings. 

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.
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.

The Spring Spells Retreat - Returning students

Friday, April 16th 12 - 5 pm EST
Join now for $139