Itinerary for Zion National Park Artist Painting Retreat« Back to Trip Overview
Day 1 Wed Sept 14
Today we all arrive and gather at our charming hotel, The Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens, which is located right at the entrance to Zion National Park. We’ll check in, get settled in our rooms and meet in our private meeting room/studio to meet and greet at 6pm and set up your art space! Well go for dinner to one of the nearby restaurants at 7:00 pm and afterward we’ll do a short opening ceremony and meditation go over the general structure for our next days together, talk about materials and what to bring on the day trips, your personal workshop goals and get to know each other. There will also be a dream assignment every night to help you access the deeper creative realms of your creative spirit.
We need a good nights sleep so we’re ready for the unforgettable experience awaiting us in the natural beauty of Zion National Park. With stunning rock-formations and breathtaking canyon views, Zion National Park is sure to inspire you! Springdale is a tiny town with many shops, art galleries and restaurants right at the entrance to Zion. The Zion Shuttle will take us anywhere in town or in the park that we want to go!
Days 2-4 Thurs – Sat Sept 15-17
We’ll spend the next 3 days exploring the canyons, rivers and rock formations of Zion. Each morning we’ll start our day with a hearty breakfast at one of the local eateries (most likely the popular “Spotted Dog” next to the hotel), then gather for a morning meditation before we head out on a sketching/painting excursion. We’ll take sketchbooks, cameras, portable materials for our exploration to make inspirational studies from the magnificent, breathtaking landscape. We’ll get on the Zion Shuttle, and each day we will explore a different location.
We’ll either bring picnic lunches and snacks or we will go back to the hotel for lunch. In the later afternoon, we’ll meet again in our meeting room to create larger works from our sketches or paint in the beautiful gardens surrounding our hotel amidst breathtaking views of the mountains and the river. The rest of the afternoon will be open for you to continue your work, take a lovely walk in the park or by the river, or take some time for yourself in town. After dinner, our evenings will be spent gathering together in our meeting room to discuss our day, meditate and share our work with each other. There is no definite schedule for these days, only a basic outline that may be changed as we work with the energy present in the moment.
Day 5 Sun Sept 18
We wrap up our workshop and time together at noon. Breakfast in the morning will be followed by a group sharing of our work and ending ceremony – then group photos, lot’s of hugs and sweet good-by’s. We’ll leave our experience in nature renewed, refreshed and excited about what we have created and filled with new creative ideas stimulated by our journey.
These stunning photographs complements of David Pettit