Come With Me To Italy in 2017! {get away, connect with your gifts, go on an adventure}

Cobblestone walkways, candlelight dinners with pasta that melts in your mouth, hikes to castle ruins with Lake Como and the prealps as your backdrop, dips in the pool, rides around Lake Como in a vintage motor boat, the smell of Jasmine as you walk throughout the village, the best espresso of your life as you take a break in the afternoon and watch the locals, late afternoon showers that cool the village down and the breeze blows through your apartment window and evenings of good food, laughter and wine glasses raised high.  Did I mention we make art too! Bellagio, Italy is truly one of my favorite places on earth because it is slow and inviting, the village embraces you like no place I have ever been, the beauty is hard to even wrap your head and heart around and your whole pace comes to a halt as you just enjoy the simplest and most beautiful parts of life.  To come to Bellagio, Italy and to explore and create is one of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself.  I know that if you give yourself the gift of Italy that you will feel the same way…

It is my honor to have been invited back by Laura McCollough to teach again (this will be my fourth time) at her truly luxury Art & Faith Creative Retreat.  This year my good friend Stephanie Ackerman and I will be back together to teach art when we are not off exploring Bellagio and the surrounding villages.

Come and hear some of the details…

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE JUNE 24 – JULY 1ST, 2017 ART & FAITH CREATIVE RETREAT!

Price for the 7 Nights Art & Faith Creative Retreat – $3,499**

Here is a preview of what the Creative Retreat will include:

– 7 nights Accommodations at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni’s Apartments or La Limonera’s Apartments

– Opening Reception overlooking gorgeous Lake Como

– Tour of Bellagio with a local tour guide who has a passion for her lake

– 5 Classes in the beautiful event room at the GHVS

– Exploring Lake Como on a private boat with a lakeside lunch included

– Tours of the most famous Villa on the lake where many movies have been filmed

– Day trip on the lake (this day trip changes each time but could be a beautiful monastery, castle or villa)

– Cooking Class w/ hands on instruction& a beautiful meal YOU made (or outdoor activity for those who don’t want to cook)

– 5 Lunches in different locations around the lake are included

– 5 Dinners in beautiful settings

– Grand Finale evening full of surprises

– Transfer to and from MXP airport is included on a luxury private bus

– Taxi’s and/or Ferry’s to and from dinners and excursions

– Hotel and room taxes included

– Classes and art time in the beautiful event room with a view of Lake Como

– Wonderful products from our SPONSORS

– Free Make-n-Take

– Amazing SURPRISES I can’t reveal yet…but they are AWESOME!

– Plus time to relax by the pool, or stroll the cobblestone streets

– Live music in the music room each night

– And…an unforgettable experience in Italy you will treasure forever!!

PLEASE NOTE:  I can only take 20 ladies on this Creative Retreat so the spots will fill up fast!

DETAILS ON PRICING:

**Tuition does not include airfare.

*The $600 Deposit is Non-refundable and needs to be paid for each person attending the week long event.  After you pay the deposit, you will receive an email with the contract to look over, sign and send back.  This contract will need to be signed and returned for each person attending the retreat.  Then we can set up a payment plan that works best for you, either monthly, quarterly or full payment.

For those asking about the price to bring a spouse or friend who would not be taking any classes, here is the information: The weeklong retreat is a balance between excursions around the lake, enjoying beautiful meals together in different locations, some fun surprises and time in the classroom.  Therefore, the price for the weeklong event includes all the above for everyone joining us and the discount would only be for the classes they are not attending.  That discount will be $400 and will be deducted from the payment plan.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you are bringing a family member or going with a friend, please email me their names so I know who is coming together.  The apartments (and pricing) are based on 2 people per apartment. For those interested in private accommodations or would like an upgrade to a lake view room, please email me for those options.  If you would like to share 3 or 4 to an apartment there are a few large apartments that I can reserve, so please let me know that as soon as possible.  (There is a slight discount for this option as well).

To read more or to register click HERE.

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Our First Art Journaling Course Begins On Monday! {come and see the sneak peek}

All of my courses come from an authentic place of walking through something, discovery and/or personal growth.

One of the biggest lessons I learned creatively in 2015 was that it was time to really tell my story. To hold nothing back and to start letting it spill all over the page. There is art I have never shared and maybe art I will choose not to share. That is your freedom also. Getting your story out and letting it guide your creative process will change your creative heart and the art that you produce.

Your own authentic art is only a story away!

Here is a sneak peek into WEEK ONE!

***

Join me for a two week art journaling online course all about unraveling your own story and creating authentic art that only you can tell.

When I started to see my own stories as being meaningful and significant my art began to change. When I could look back and find my own timeline and defining moments I was able to start digging deeper as an artist and my creating became more of a time of remembering, honoring, forgiving, healing and celebrating. It made me more intentional about where I wanted to go creatively and how I wanted to share it.

Reflections Trailer Video

If you think your story isn’t good enough…you are mistaken.

If you are afraid to tell your story…maybe it is time to find freedom

If you have never told your story…it is time.

If you want to create authentic art that no one else can create…let’s get started.

Some of the techniques being taught: sketching, acrylic painting, charcoal, ink, image transfers, portraits, watercolors, abstract sketching and painting, collage and more.

I will be leading this two week online workshop but I have asked some of my favorite people to join me and share how they document their own authentic stories!

Come and meet the incredible line up of artists!

You will get to learn from each of the women in a step by step art journaling video!

Come and learn more about Danielle Donaldson, Junelle Jacobsen, Sheila Atchely, Stephanie Ackerman and Cathy Walters.

Danielle Donaldson is known for her whimsical and colorful mixed media and watercolor paintings. She is the author of the popular book CreativeGIRL: Mixed Media Techniques for an Artful Life.

Junelle Jacobsen brings her love of nature, photography, faith and animals into her colorful creations. She is a mixed media artist and popular teacher.

Cathy Walters is a photographer and mixed media artist. Her animal paintings have caught the eye of many collectors and popular shops. Her newest journey has lead her into art journaling to document daily highs and lows.

Stephanie Ackerman fills her pages with stitching, doodles, watercolors and her signature lettering. Her heart is to connect with women and to share her faith.

Sheila Atchley is a mixed media artist and jewelry designer with a heart for family, faith and women.

I am so honored that they will be sharing in this course.

The registration price for this two week online course is $48.00. This course will begin on January 18, 2016 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos.

To read more about what you will learn in the course or to register please click HERE.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage this site

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Reflections: Paint Your Story Art Journaling Workshop {come and meet the guest artists}

All of my courses come from an authentic place of walking through something, discovery and/or personal growth.

One of the biggest lessons I learned creatively in 2015 was that it was time to really tell my story. To hold nothing back and to start letting it spill all over the page. There is art I have never shared and maybe art I will choose not to share. That is your freedom also. Getting your story out and letting it guide your creative process will change your creative heart and the art that you produce.

Your own authentic art is only a story away!

***

Join me for a two week art journaling online course all about unraveling your own story and creating authentic art that only you can tell.

When I started to see my own stories as being meaningful and significant my art began to change. When I could look back and find my own timeline and defining moments I was able to start digging deeper as an artist and my creating became more of a time of remembering, honoring, forgiving, healing and celebrating. It made me more intentional about where I wanted to go creatively and how I wanted to share it.

Reflections Trailer Video

If you think your story isn’t good enough…you are mistaken.

If you are afraid to tell your story…maybe it is time to find freedom

If you have never told your story…it is time.

If you want to create authentic art that no one else can create…let’s get started.

Some of the techniques being taught: sketching, acrylic painting, charcoal, ink, image transfers, portraits, watercolors, abstract sketching and painting, collage and more.

I will be leading this two week online workshop but I have asked some of my favorite people to join me and share how they document their own authentic stories!

Come and meet the incredible line up of artists!

You will get to learn from each of the women in a step by step art journaling video!

Come and learn more about Danielle Donaldson, Junelle Jacobsen, Sheila Atchely, Stephanie Ackerman and Cathy Walters.

Danielle Donaldson is known for her whimsical and colorful mixed media and watercolor paintings.  She is the author of the popular book CreativeGIRL: Mixed Media Techniques for an Artful Life.

Junelle Jacobsen brings her love of nature, photography, faith and animals into her colorful creations.  She is a mixed media artist and popular teacher.

Cathy Walters is a photographer and mixed media artist.  Her animal paintings have caught the eye of many collectors and popular shops.  Her newest journey has lead her into art journaling to document daily highs and lows.

Stephanie Ackerman fills her pages with stitching, doodles, watercolors and her signature lettering.  Her heart is to connect with women and to share her faith.

Sheila Atchley is a mixed media artist and jewelry designer with a heart for family, faith and women.

I am so honored that they will be sharing in this course.

The registration price for this two week online course is $48.00. This course will begin on January 18, 2016 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos.

To read more about what you will learn in the course or to register please click HERE.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage this site

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When Italy Steals Your Heart {Again}

As I was making my way to my plane at JFK my mind was focused on a sick boy at home, camp details I was missing, empty arms that I wanted to be in and just the tug I feel anytime I leave my family.

I had a nine hour plane ride ahead of me with the other teacher and at this point we were basically strangers.

By the time I got to my seat Stephanie Ackerman was already there and we had our first nervous exchanges which quickly turned into conversations and then laughter.

{photo stolen from Stephanie Ackerman}

Women are so good at this. We don’t realize sometimes the beauty of our easy conversations and our ability to get down to the good stuff.

{photo of Stephanie’s Bible journaling}

By the time the plane landed we weren’t strangers anymore and that time together had bonded our hearts together in sweet ways.  We were better prepared to teach the women waiting for us in Italy.

{one of my classes}

 

By the end of the trip Stephanie had made me laugh harder than almost anyone had in my life.  Laughter is my jam and this girl delivered.

This was my third summer back along Lake Como teaching for Laura McCollough and the familiarity of Bellagio was so easy to fall back into.

The next 7 days would be filled with incredible food, afternoons by the pool, laughter, creating, art covered hands, cobblestone walks, feet dipped in the lake, wine glasses lifted high, cappuccinos and cafes and excursions that made us feel like we were locals.

{photo by Laura McCollough}

Even those all of those things were like treasures to each of us this retreat felt so different for one specific reason.

Faith.

There was an instant closeness and intimacy because of the beautiful combination of art AND faith.

Our mornings started with opening the Bible and sharing our hearts, time praying with and for each other, dreams spilled out and hearts lapping up the sweetness of vulnerability, looking at our gifts and seeing each one as indispensable, each woman so different but the group as a whole coming together seamlessly.  It was a dream.

One of the last mornings Laura asked if as a group we could share pray requests so we would all have the honor of praying with and for each other long after we had gone our separate ways.

What started off with gathering the requests of the group became the women coming around Laura, Stephanie and me and praying over us.

It is still so sacred in my heart that the details don’t need to be spoken publicly but it was the evidence of the week we had spent with these amazing women.

The last night as we were ending our time together as a group and listening to the voices of the local Bellagio choir I turned behind me to Laura.  As I reached for her hand with tears in my eyes, “Thank you for allowing this to be a part of my life over the past three years”.  Laura’s heart for this area and the people that live here is contagious.

Laura has brought Bellagio and the people along Lake Como into my heart and I find this one of the most gorgeous places in the world. I know I will be back to Bellagio with Laura in the future but until then I will smile knowing that so many of you will be going yourself next year and experiencing the beauty of Bellagio and Lake Como.

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If you know me at all you know this makes me so happy!

It is pretty exciting to me to be asked to combine my love of art with my faith!

There are few things that determine my day to day as much as my faith and the creativity that the Lord as placed in me.

Those two factors have everything to do with how I make a home, raise my children, run a business, love my friends, open my home and grow my marriage.

If you have taken any of my online art classes you know that I believe with my whole heart that our gifts were given to us to bring us joy, bless those around us and to ultimately honor the Lord.

I have been asked to teach art and to talk about my faith next year in Italy!

When Laura asked me to come back just one more year to Lake Como it was so much on her heart to make this retreat more her than ever before.

She wanted a retreat that combined everything she loved about Bellagio and the Lake Como area with her deep love of the Lord.

I am so excited to teach next year alongside the talented Stephanie Ackerman and to share my heart for women, the Lord and the gifts we have been given.

My mind has been spinning non stop thinking of the art, projects and devotions I want to share with you!

I already know that some of our time together will be based around the theme of “For Such a Time as This” and “Be An Adventurer”.

I can promise you that you will leave this retreat not only visually inspired by the beauty of Italy but also knowing more about who YOU are in Christ and where your gifts are wanted and needed.

More information about the art and class descriptions will be coming soon.

Registration opens TOMORROW for this brand new retreat and it will be unlike anything I have taught at to date.

{you can get a glimpse of what a retreat with Laura is like by clicking HERE and HERE}

I bet you want some of the details…

Here is the information straight from Laura!
To read more and to register tomorrow click HERE.
I am excited to be hosting an Art retreat again!  If you followed me this year on FB or IG, you noticed that Jeanne Oliver and I “co-hosted” an art event a few weeks ago in Bellagio.  It was an amazing week and I was honored to combine forces with her in her vision for “The Living Studio” retreats she plans on doing all over the globe!  So I’ve asked her to come back AGAIN and teach for me next summer!!  I have a vision for this Creative Art Retreat that I think will be a blessing to everyone who signs up!  I have two teachers who are super excited to join me and share their journeys and their God given talents with us and I think you will be blessed and inspired by both of them!
Here’s a preview of what the Creative Art Retreat will include:
Bellagio, Italy ~ 7 Nights ~ July 11 – 18, 2015 – $3,499
– 7 nights at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Apartments or Hotel Florence
– Opening Reception overlooking the gorgeous lake
– Tour of Bellagio, including the history of this region by a local tour guide
– Day trip to a beautiful Monastery from the 7th Century on Lake Como
– 4 Classes in the beautiful event room by 2 amazing Artists!!
– Exploring Lake Como on beautiful vintage boats
– Ferry’s to surprise locations for exploring 
– Tours of famous Villa’s and gardens on the lake
– Cooking Class with hands on instruction and a beautiful meal YOU made!
– All breakfast included in the gorgeous breakfast rooms at either hotel
– Almost all lunches and dinners in gorgeous locations around the lake are included!
– Grand Finale at Mistral – GHVS Michelin Star Restaurant
– Transfer to and from MXP airport is included on a luxury private bus
– Taxi’s and/or Ferry’s to and from dinners and excursions
– Hotel and room taxes included
– Classes and art time in the beautiful event room with a view of Lake Como
– Wonderful products from our SPONSORS
– Free Make-n-Takes
– Handmade “Swag Bags”
– Amazing SURPRISES I can’t reveal yet…but they are AWESOME!
– Plus time to relax by the GHVS pool, or stroll the cobblestone streets
– Live music in the music room each night
– And…an unforgettable experience in Italy you will treasure forever!!
PLEASE NOTE:  I can only take 20 ladies on this Creative Retreat so the spots will fill up fast!
To read more and to register tomorrow click HERE.
 

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