Melissa Harris Art and Spirit Retreats

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Retreats Combining Art and Spirit

Travel breathes new energy into our everyday lives and teaches us in ways that nothing else can. We discover more of who we are and how we relate to the world around us by walking out into the unknown, by breaking up everyday routine and sometimes meeting challenges that make us stronger. Visiting other lands and cultures is the ideal gateway to learning about human nature. Often women come on retreats at turning points in their lives and feel able to create major changes upon returning home. As an artist, I crave seeing the world in new ways to use as inspiration in my art and it makes me happy to share the beauty of the places I seek out with others. 

Melissa Harris is a travel-loving, internationally published artist and author of 2 books, 2 card decks and thousands of art originals and prints. When my art students saw the influence of my travels reflected in my paintings, they requested to come along. Hence the beginning of Art & Spirit retreats. I choose prime locations of great beauty (Ireland annually and the Southwest US) with ancient sacred sites- the beauty to inspire art and the sacred sites to help us sink deep into ourselves to allow our inner wisdom to emerge into our paintings. I enjoy creating a perfect mix of art and spirit in a safe, nurturing environment. One where women can be free to open to the joy of adventure and express that excitement in their art.

It is not necessary to have any art experience.

I’ve had a handful of women who had never picked up a brush return home to make painting a regular part of their lives! However, you should be in decent shape. We do a bit of walking, but not really hiking. And women typically range from their 40s to 70s. I’m delighted that my groups form lasting friendships that continue past the retreats. There is no pressure. You may skip any activity and kick back in breathtaking surroundings.

Our destinations

In Ireland, we are always on the water, either in a lake or in the ocean. Southwest trips may include the Grand Canyon or Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch. Some days are spent touring, and some of the days we paint.

Single Supplement Policy

Some of my trips are all single accommodations. For those that aren’t there is an option to pay more for a single. This varies from retreat to retreat.

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