She Matters  Art Retreat



Hello sweet friends! 


I love connecting with other women, I love sharing my love of art, and love creating long and lasting friendships that just can't be formed any other way then through art. I also LOVE being able to open my home and my family to new friends and pampering them, loving them and helping them spread their creative wings! I decided to start hosting my own small retreats.. here in small hometown of Idaho. I had a vision of what I wanted the retreats to be and I was so blessed that it turned out even BETTER than I could have hoped! I have wrote about my experience on THIS blog post.  I want these retreats  to be VERY small and intimate retreats,8 -10 people total. I really want this experience to be TRULY one where we are all just a big happy family, creating and learning and getting  to know each other in a way you can not GET in a big setting. I know through this setting as well, there are friendships to be formed, love to be given, and safe places to be found. My family and I would LOVE to have you join us in our home! We hope you can attend!


This week long retreat will be held at my house and personal studio in Shelley, Idaho and you will be sleeping in our new/old house! It's a beautiful old farm house that we purchased last year and gutted, remodeled and loved to make it our own. We just moved in this past summer and will make a place for you here when you come! 

Note: We do have an airport 10 minutes away in Idaho Falls. Airport code: IDA.   It's a very costly airport but the next closest one is 3 hours away in Salt Lake city Utah. HOWEVER there is a semi private/shared shuttle that runs from Salt Lake City directly to my house,. for around $50 each way.. which is CRAZY insane good. I use them all the time to travel because gas is more expensive for me to drive to Salt Lake City on my own and then park my car for however long I am gone. SO if you want to fly into Salt Lake City (which is a Major airport and usually VERY decent prices)  let me know and we can help you get a shuttle bus as well. Half of my retreat girls used it at my last retreat and enjoyed the quiet peaceful cozy ride.  Or you can fly directly into Idaho Falls, and we will pick you up there. What ever best fits your budget and needs


This week long retreat is Monday April 21st- Saturday April 26th

Spring in Eastern Idaho is a beautiful time.. and April is just when buds are starting to bloom and trees are starting to come alive again. Sometimes if we are lucky.. we still have bits of snow here and there (for those of you that can't get enough of snow :))

You will arrive Monday sometime and get settled in your room, take a peak into the studio, walk the grounds or take a much needed nap :).  We will have a low-key dinner served around 6:00 for those that are here and then we will  gather at 7:30 for our official welcome! 

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be in the studio and outside creating! We will create girls without faces, girls with faces, have a nightly gelli art class, and do an all day abstract large canvas class. Friday will be an "open" day.. for you to just create, walk the grounds and sketch, hang out and relax, sleep, ANYTHING you like. 

For those of you that want, we will also be going into Idaho Falls on a quick trip of the Falls, my favorite antique store, and my favorite hometown diner! I want you to really get a taste of what my life is like and where I live. I want you to leave feeling FULL but also relaxed so I like including the last day as  "free" day for us to just work on projects that aren't done, maybe have long talks with one another.. or play and get messy on something new that inspires us! 

Saturday morning will be time to say our sad goodbyes. There is no rush leaving this day.. we will be available to take you to the airport whenever you need. We will have a delicious breakfast ready for you and loving arms to hug you as you leave home to embrace the new creative wings you will have!  







THE COST  INCLUDES YOUR HOUSING, FOOD, ALL of your ART Supplies and TRANSPORTATION from the Idaho Falls Airport., Plus  you will go home with TONS of special treats, goodies, presents.. so BRING AN EXTRA SUITCASE! 

  I want nothing more than for you to come and enjoy yourself and not have to worry about where you are staying, etc. I want this to truly be a family experience, so I will be opening up my home for you to stay. We will have a fun, cozy, warm and inviting place for you to sleep and stay while you are here. 

Since it will be in my house, please keep in mind.. this is a lived in everyday house. SO you will be using one of the bedrooms of my 6 kids...and sharing a bedroom with another roommate. (most room have their own twin beds. There will be one room that has it's own private bathroom and a kind bed.)  I really want you to feel like you are apart of my home and house while you are here. 

All of your meals will be included and prepared by my wonderful husband Ben! I want you to really get a taste for what we eat and what our family favorites are. Think Dutch oven chicken, roast beef and potatoes, peach cobbler, homemade corn bread and more!. I want you to feel like home. Delicious warm home cooked meals. We will go out to eat one afternoon to my favorite diner for lunch (this is Friday)... But all in all.. it will be a fun delicious experience. 

 (Note: there may be a charge for special food requests. If you have questions, please email me at

All of your art materials for the entire week are included! BRING an extra suitcase because you will be going home with a lot of fun goodies!  I want you to come and not have to worry or spend More money on supplies just to get here. So everything you need for the week will be included! We can also ship anything home for you as well. (at our last retreat the girls shopped in our Scarlet Lime Warehouse on the last day.. and we shipped those supplies home as well as their large canvases they created on our abstract day.)

But during the week you will have access to my entire studio.. to ANY of my supplies that you may want to try, or use or get messy with! So my studio is your studio :).  

Also keep in mind.. this is a TOTALLY casual retreat. You won't find me dressed up in fancy clothes. I will be wearing my comfortable painting clothes. (promise not to wear them out to eat  on Friday lol).  So COME comfy. If you want to create in Pj's. I LOVE IT! if you like to get dressed up when you create.. I LOVE IT! There are no rules. I just want you to FEEL LIKE YOURSELF. You will accomplish SO much more if you feel like your heart can just relax. 









Besides having you as guest in my home.. of course we will have OODLES of studio time creating! I will be sharing with you some of my favorite art techniques, sharing with you my step by step process.. as well as making several projects. 

Tuesday and Wednesdays, we will be doing several backgrounds and I will be teaching you how to do both faceless girls as well as girls with faces. I will help you gain confidence in learning how to create shading, texture, and even faces. You will walk away feeling so much more confident in your art abilities! Tuesdays night will be a free night to work on projects you haven't finished during the day.

 Wednesday night, we will also be doing a Gelli Plate workshop one night which is a lot of fun! It will be a low-key class and you can stay and play as long as your eyes can stay open. 

Thursday we will learning one of my new favorite ways of creating.. my abstract style canvases. These will be on large canvas that we will paint on easels and will be totally different techniques than what we have been doing up until this point. This will be a great way to end the week creating.. as it's a very FREE relaxing experience!

Friday of course will be the free day for you to finish up projects, take walks, naps, have special talks, you name it. it's your day to relax and enjoy all that you have learned and experienced during the week!

. I want you to have PLENTY of time to spend on each project. So most nights will be open for you to go back to the studio and paint. The idea behind this retreat is to come LEARN my process and be able to play around with all sorts of techniques. Eventually coming up with your own process and techniques. My process just doesn't involve putting paint on a canvas, It involves the inspiration process, the heart and soul that goes into it and so much more!. I want you to learn a lot while you are here! 



We will have some "down" time through out the day. I know since we will all be staying at the same house.. sometimes we just need to get out and stretch, take a breather, relax.. clear our minds, etc. So we will have scheduled times during each day that you will have "me" time. You can use that time to create, you can use it to wander our property and sit and sketch, you can use it to go take a nap in the house.. or snuggle up on the couch in the living room and look through some of my favorite magazines.. whatever YOU would like!

 My house is your house. :) My kids, husband and friends, will be around during the days as well, to help you in anyway you need! We are all here to make you feel loved, well fed,  pampered and creative!!

If you would like to read more about my past retreats.. all of the magical experience and read what the sweet girls who came.. have to say.. you can click on this link HERE to read my post. Make sure to read the comments as well, where some of them have commented on their experience. xoxo  








April She Matters Retreat 

April 21st- April 26th  

Cost is $1599.00 per person

(all inclusive retreat including supplies)

 (you will be leaving Saturday sometime.. no Rush.  And we will make sure you get to the airport or back to the shuttle bus)

Payment OPTIONS: 

One: Pay in full

Two: Pay half now (799.50) and other half February 1st 

Three: Pay a $200 deposit now, then December 1st pay Half ($699) and February 1st, pay the last half. $699.50 (or you can pay it off anytime in full before February 1st  . 

The $200 deposit IS NON refundable (but does apply to your total) . If you need to cancel you will receive a refund of the whatever you have paid beyond the $200 deposit if you cancel before February 15th. There will be no refunds after the 15th for payment made. Thanks for understanding.  


My family and I look forward to seeing you in 2014 and sure hope you can join us!!

 xoxox  Christy


Sign up Below: 

Sold out..

please email me if you would like to be put on the waitlist for this retreat.. xoxox