Soul Portraits Painting Retreat:
with Autumn Skye
Paradise One, Byron Bay, Australia
Friday, February 21 – Sunday, March 1, 2020
Sign up by September 15th to get $200 off!
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Working on your own canvas, you will be supported and guided step-by-step to paint your own Soul Portrait, a personal journey into the Creative Self. Working in layers of acrylic paint and translucent glazes, you will be invited to look deeply into yourself and discover new elements that embellish your portrait, and bring depth and personal symbolism into your piece.
Autumn Skye offers attentive and comprehensive art instruction, giving balanced emphasis on cultivating creative intuition, as well as developing skilled technique and learning portraiture.
Autumn Skye seeks to share her own creative process, which allows the artist “to release judgment, move past our mind, breathe deep into the process, and find bliss in each step. We realize that we are boundlessly assisted in the authentic & heart-centered expression of our personal creative path. We show up, diligently do the “work” and leave the rest up to spirit to move through us.”
All painting levels welcome!
We are very excited to announce this retreat features special additions with some of our favorite collaborators!
“Retreat Mama” Una Viggiani will be teaching yoga and handling all the stuff and things!
Marnie Recker, the Official Soul Portraits Photographer is on board!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Paradise One Retreat|
|RETREAT START:||3 pm on Arrival Day – February 21, 2020.|
|RETREAT ENDS:||11 am on Departure Day – March 1, 2020.|
|WEAR||Comfortable and casual retreat attire, painting apron.|
|INCLUDED IN RETREAT COST||
(See ROOMS tab at top of page for more information)
Day 1 – Friday, February 21
- Arrive by 3 pm
- Opening Circle
- Yoga / Meditation
- Studio Stretches
- Open Studio in the Evenings
Day 10 – Sunday, March 1
- Pack and Depart by 11 am
Nearby airports include:
- Brisbane (BNE) – 2 hours north of Byron Bay
- Gold Coast – (OOL) – 1 hour north of Byron Bay
- Ballina (BNK) – 30 minutes south of Byron Bay
All 3 airports have shuttle buses that run to Byron Bay.
Transportation can be arranged from Byron Bay to Paradise One Retreat.
139 Newes Rd, Coorabell NSW 2479, Australia
“For as long as I can remember, I knew my mission on this planet was to share inspiration. As soon as I was old enough to hold a paintbrush in my hand, I began making art, and I have barely put the brush down since. Painting has taken me to distant lands around the world, and to the furthest reaches of my innermost heart and imagination.
I paint in a dance between divine grace and conscious attention, and strive to “get out of the way” to allow each painting to speak thru me. With every brushstroke, I witness worlds unfold before me. Painting is my stillness and my rhythm, my teacher and my lover, and it never ceases to surprise and amaze me. Each canvas takes me on a journey, and as my paintbrush follows, I am always led back to my centre.
In any creative expression, there is a profound voice that speaks through us when we release judgment during the process. Remembering this, I strive to move beyond my mind, and get out of the way to allow that grace to come through. With every brushstroke, I witness beings come to life and worlds unfold before me. I realize the art is not born from me, but through me, and in this understanding I am both humbled and empowered. Painting is my stillness and my rhythm, my teacher and my lover, and it never ceases to surprise and amaze me. Each canvas takes me on a journey, and as my paintbrush follows, I am always led back to my centre.
I believe that the role of the artist is especially crucial at this challenging and exciting time, while the world is at the precipice of momentous change. We have an opportunity to transmute the shadow and pain that we witness in the world around us into visions of wholeness. Artists are map-makers, and those maps can help guide humanity forward into new and positive ways of seeing and being.
And so, I offer each of my paintings as a mirror; a reminder of our pure and good human heart, as well as our timeless divine spirit.”
Autumn Skye was born in 1983, on a maple syrup and blueberry farm on the Parsborro Shore of Nova Scotia. Her family gradually moved west, with her father settling in the Rocky Mountains and her mother in the temperate rain-forests of the BC Coast. Spending her youth within these incredible landscapes, she developed a deep wonder for the magic and richness of nature, and since she was old enough to hold a pencil, has been transmuting this inspiration through art making. With a curious and creative imagination, and she was always encouraged and supported to express herself artistically.
Her meticulous, heart-centred, and poignant work continues to gain ever widening recognition, attracting collectors and students from around the globe. As a self taught artist, she has dedicated tens of thousands of hours in the exploration of creativity, continuing to develop her own unique technique. Her style gracefully weaves together refined realism and iconic imagery, with profound symbolism and subtle geometries.
Now, between journeys to explore, show, teach, and share inspiration worldwide, Autumn Skye lives and paints in her home on the Northern Sunshine Coast of BC. From her studio, she overlooks a sweeping expanse of ocean, mountains, and sky. She considers herself among the blessed of the blessed, and strives to support her ever blossoming community through inspiration and creative empowerment.
Una Viggiani is an artist, yogini, world traveler and inspired instigator. She earned a degree in Fine Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Masters degree in Education at the University of Denver, but ultimately learned the most traveling the world on a solo journey that lasted two years and took her to 22 countries. While in Costa Rica, she discovered the Nosara Yoga Institute, which allowed her to become certified with Yoga Alliance as well as find her new calling as a yoga teacher. She has taught alignment based vinyasa classes in Denver, as well as on retreats. In 2012, Una founded Bella Retreats, a retreat organizing company, which has led hundreds of participants to distant lands for successful and life changing retreats.
Photography with Marnie Recker
Marnie is an artist and freelance photographer and has attended all the Soul Portraits Retreats. Over the years, her photographic and technical skills have become integral to the retreat experience. Marnie works one on one with participants to make sure they have a great reference photo, and assists with printing any reference photos. She sees beauty everywhere. Even in the darkest of places. “I am goofy, intuitive, romantic and creative. I believe problems are opportunities. I work hard and dream big. I am passionate about creating images that are testimonials to the spirit and art of life.”
Retreat cabins have 2 bedrooms, 1 Queen and 2 Twins, 1 shared bath, spacious front porch and tasteful decor.
Sign up with a friend or we can pair you with a new retreat buddy.
- Queen bed in a Cabin with Shared Bath
Shared Twin Room = $2200 USD
Twin bed in a Cabin with Shared Bath
- Locals – No Accommodations with Meals = $2050 USD
Local Option for staying offsite includes Meals
“The results of the paintings created by all of us including those who had never painted before speak to the quality of the instruction. It always felt like Autumn Skye was available at all times with positive and impactful tips. Her easy way and master of skills came from an inspiring place and kept me engaged in the process and excited to discover painting and creativity in new ways.”
“The retreat went above and beyond expectation. It was truly a heart opening and bliss-filled experience. I learned so much from Autumn Skye, Una and all the people involved. I feel I am returning home with new skills and new insight.” Emily Kell.
“This was so much more than an art retreat. The journey into our souls and friendships we made opened our hearts in a profound and life changing way. I am forever grateful for Autumn Skye, for her dedicated teachings and gentle loving heart. I leave feeling refreshed, deeply nourished and saturated with fond memories to carry home.”
“Best experience of my life. Most amazing, growing, and magical time I’ve ever had.” ~ Kara Morgan.