The Winter Spells Retreat

Thursday and Friday, February 16th and 17th, 11:45 am - 2:30 pm EST
Join now for $159

Exploring the quiet beauty and embrace of nature in winter.

creating a spaciousness in your art practice.

We need to find ways to embrace the soft beauty of solitude and quiet this winter.

Let’s embrace the state of rest, of slowing down, and noticing in new ways.

Together we can make a creative cocoon of sorts, and to share it in an intimate Zoom retreat.

Join us Thursday and Friday, Fubruary 16th and 17th from 11:45 am – 2:30pm EST!


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

Wander in the woods.

walk with eyes of curiosity

PART 2: Percolate, ponder, create

create your own “winter spells-” creative musings

Draw your treasures. 

write about your treasures + winter adventures.

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. 

Winter Spells is a beautiful opportunity for you to recharge and embrace the quiet solitude of this season. You’ll practice both quiet contemplation in nature – taking in inspiration, and drawing and writing about the muted, quiet 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. 

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


I create sacred circles in my retreats, where I welcome folks who are ready to be vulnerable about their art and art process. Be ready for a supportive environment, as close to an in-person retreat as possible. You’ll be on camera, from your private retreat space in your home. This is not an experience you can join from your car, or in between calls, or while you make dinner. Get ready to be immersed, uplifted, and awash in creative energy. 



Thursday and Friday, February 16th and 17th, 2023

11: 45 am – 2:30 pm EST on ZOOM!


  • Our gathering happens February 16th and 17th from 11: 45 am – 2:30 pm EST, but your Winter 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 winter’s spells. And for anyone who has mobility issues, you can adapt the lessons as needed by staying close to home or seeking winter 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 dormant 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


“That retreat and all the preparation up to it was just what I needed. I am excited and have begun my mini steps for my next scary project. Approaching portraits.
I have opened and worked on my sketchbook many times.  It seemed like we all were on the same page in gratitude for the container and inspiration you created for us. Your approach and manner are so welcoming, many will benefit from your courses.”

 – Heather Miller, British Columbia, Canada

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. 

Is the retreat live?

This retreat is LIVE and on camera on Zoom. There’s a combination of independent work leading up to the retreat, and two lovely afternoons where we gather to write, share, and create together. I make my retreats safe circles, where all who are willing to be vulerable about their art and art process are welcome. It’s a space where we can support each other’s art process and dreams. This is not a class that you can attend from your car, the doctor’s office, or put on in the background while you make dinner. We will create a beautiful space, as close to an in person retreat as possible.

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?

Please read this policy carefully before registering. No refunds will be granted for any reason, before, during, or after the retreat. This is a LIVE, and is not recorded. Please use your smart phone to check your time zone against mine (New York City time – EST 11:45 am – 2:30 pm.) Please think carefully about your schedule and ability to commit to this experience from home, in a private space, on camera, before registering.  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 Winter Spells Retreat

Thursday and Friday, February 16th and 17th, 11:45 am - 2:30 pm EST
Join now for $159