She Matters Spring 2015 Retreat


with me AND Guest Artist Jane Davenport!







Hello sweet friends! 


I am SO Excited to bring to you this special addition of my She Matters Retreats! I have never had a guest artist teach WITH ME,  here at my home, so I am REALLY beyond excited to have the VERY talented Jane Davenport teach with me! She is coming all the way from Australia and I can not WAIT to have you meet her and soak in her seriously sweet, funny and artsy goodness! 



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. 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 just outside 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.   Sometimes it can be a bit expensive to fly into because it's so small but I often times can find great deals! There is also the Salt Lake City International Airport a short 3 hours away AND there  is a semi private/shared shuttle that runs from Salt Lake City directly to my house,. for around $75-79. 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



Spring 2015 Retreat

This retreat is Tuesday-Saturday 

April 21st- April 25th 2015


The retreat officially starts at 5:30 pm on start day of the retreat, when we serve dinner, but you are welcome to arrive anytime after 2:00  and get settled in your room, walk the grounds, hang out in the living room, kitchen, outside in the hammocks, or take a much needed nap :).  We will have a low-key dinner served around 5:30  for those that are here and then we will  gather at 7:30 for our official welcome! 

During my regular retreats, we have two days of teaching and ONE free day! However since this is a special occasion and we have our guest Artist, Jane teaching with me, we will have THREE FULL DAYS of classes! Jane will be teaching two days, and I will teach the third day! It's going to be a jammed packed week of creative nonstop goodness! 

Don't worry, you will have downtime in the evenings! Which will allow you to work in the studio until you can't keep your eyes open! We will have supplies on hand for you to use, if you want to create more canvases, or try new techniques! No need to bring anything! We will have it all! (Canvases, watercolor paper, paints, sprays, paintbrushes, etc..all for you to use the entire week!) 


Friday evening we will have a special dinner and a special gathering.. to commence our wonderful week together. It's always a fun night, and usually ends up with a dance party in the studio afterwards and late night laughs and creating until the bus leaves to take you to the airport lol. (most people actually DO go to bed friday night, but we have had some that just stay up all night long and sleep when they get home! lol).  

Saturday morning will be time to say our sad goodbyes.  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!  We will be available to take you to the airport whenever you need as well! 








THE COST  INCLUDES YOUR HOUSING, FOOD, ALL of your ART Supplies AND extra supplies to create to your hearts contents during free hours! We will also gladly pick you up 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 (s). (most room have their own twin beds. There will be one room that has it's own private bathroom and a king bed that will be shared)  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.  

 (Note there may be an added cost for special diets or meal requests (like gluten free, vegetarian etc).   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

You will also be able to shop in our Scarlet Lime warehouse for items to TAKE HOME..  and receive 25% off your entire purchase from the warehouse while you are here. . (again we can ship these home for you if need be)

But during the week,  you will have full access to my entire studio.. to ANY of my supplies that you may want to try, or use or get messy with! So you won't need to purchase anything in the warehouse to create with. if you see something you want to use, let me know and I will bring it into the studio for you.. to use while you are there. 

Also keep in mind.. this is a TOTALLY casual retreat. You won't find me dressed up in fancy clothes while i teach. I will be wearing my comfortable painting clothes.  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 a girl on canvas. AND my fabulous guest Artist, Jane Davenport, will be teaching 2 of the days, and we will be creating two different projects as well with her!   

For this Special Retreat we will be creating ALL three days in my studio!   I will not be posting what exactly we will be creating, because I have learned that from when I post a retreat, to when I actually host the retreat.. i grow continually as an artist. I learn new techniques, I try new things, I find new ways to create my girls.. and I will be sharing with you the MOST current ways I create and project I am creating at the time of the retreat. Rest assured you will go home learning LOTS.

I want you to have PLENTY of time to spend on each project. So each  night 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 Janes) 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 right after lunch each day.. as  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! But then after our short break, we will be back in the studio until dinner!

 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  











Spring 2015 April Retreat! 

This retreats are Tuesday-Saturday 

April 21st- April 25th 2015

Cost is $1899.00 per person

(all inclusive retreat including supplies, three days of workshops including project from both Jane and I, all your food, treats, drinks, LOADS of presents, and as much creating materials as needed during class and during nightly studio time)

Payment OPTIONS: 

One: Pay in full

Two: Pay half now (949.50) and other half January 15th 2015

Three: Pay a $200 deposit now, then November 1st,  pay Half ($849.50) and January 15th (2015(  pay the last half. $849.50 (or you can pay it off anytime in full before January 15th 2015

The $200 deposit IS NON refundable (but does apply to your total) . If you cancel before January 15th 2015, you will receive a refund of the whatever you have paid beyond the $200 deposit m but the deposit is not refundable. There will be no refunds after January 15th 2014 for payment made. Thanks for understanding.  


My family and I look forward to seeing you in 2015 and sure hope you can join us!!

 xoxox  Christy


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April 2015 Spring She Matters Retreat

with Jane Davenport!

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