Mixed Media Retreat | Santa Fe, New Mexico
April 28 – May 1, 2021
Envision With Me…
Imagine spending a weekend escaping to a magical place surrounded by a landscape of Pueblo-style architecture, terra cotta colors and rich artistic culture. Upon arriving in Santa Fe, you immediately sense the creative energy in the air…many have been drawn to this place also seeking creative inspiration. As you walk along historic Canyon Road, known for its diverse art galleries, original adobes and artist’s residence, you find yourself artistically inspired. During the retreat, you awaken (or re-awaken) your true creativity by immersing yourself in the art of mixed media where you are free to explore and play. Surrounded by other fellow creatives, you experience a creative kinship sharing this magical place together. You also feel your creative process is nurtured in a supportive and encouraging environment. This journey to such a unique location is a journey to discovering your inner artist.
• Field trip to historic Canyon Road
• Creative Reflection journaling exercises
• Chair yoga breaks
• Lunches (Thursday, Friday, & Saturday)
• Ongoing Snacks & Beverages
• All art materials
• Henna Tattoos…and more
Creating Promotes Wellbeing
I believe when we connect to our creativity without judgment, expectations and the need for our art to be perfect, we draw from a deep resource and connect to our creative intuition. This can lead to a sense of inner wholeness as well as open up our creativity.
Taking time to honor your creative spirit is just as essential to your wellbeing as a good nights rest, exercise and eating right. It provides benefits both spiritually and mentally. Doing any sort of creative practice whether it’s writing, dancing, crafts can be meditative and stress reducing. It’s an activity that can ground us in our daily life.
Mixed media is the perfect avenue to achieve this.
What to Expect
For countless decades artists have been inspired by the rich surroundings of Santa Fe. During the retreat you too will draw creative inspiration from its colorful atmosphere and historic character. On our first full day we will take a field trip to walk along the historic Canyon Road filled with some of the most diverse art in our nation. Here you will be able to soak in some of the artistically inspired creations along side of old pueblo architecture, which you will take back to the workshop to infuse into your art pieces.
Creating with Mixed Media
During the workshop portion of the retreat you will uncover your true creativity by blending together different mediums to create an interesting and rich wall hanging art piece. You will create your own collage material through the exploration of different watercolor techniques. Integrate handmade papers, string, drift wood, paper beads, sari silk ribbons, cheesecloth and ceramic findings.
Mixed Media allows you to create without the pressure of having to be artistic. You’re free to experiment and be spontaneous in whatever you create. Also mixed media is forgiving, you have the freedom to change, alter what is happening on the surface. When we invite accidents or mistakes to happen we discover beauty in the imperfections.
Materials: All art materials will be provided. However you will need to bring the following:
• Paint brushes (a variety of sizes that could be used with watercolor paints)
• Scissors (if you’re traveling make sure to consider a TSA approved Fiskars Folding Travel Scissors
Creative Reflection Journaling
In addition to creating your own art piece during the retreat I will be walking you through a series of brief journaling exercises to help you connect with your inner artist and creativity. These exercises are meant for reflection with no expectations, therefore you are free to write as little or as much as you desire.
Physical requirement: Other then being able to stand and sit during the workshop duration, please be aware during our field trip to Canyon Road the entire field trip will require a total walking distance of 2 miles from the hotel through Canyon Road and back to the hotel. There is also adequate parking around Canyon Road should you prefer to drive and park.
All levels of experience are welcome! Adults 21+
Lisa, thank you so much for the wonderful Mixed Media Retreat. Aside from being the best retreat experience I’ve ever had, I learned not only some amazing art techniques, but also a lot about myself with regards to the creative process. With your kind, generous, non-judgmental and expert guidance, I was able to push through a wall of self-doubt that I faced during the weekend, but I came out on the other side with renewed self-confidence and creative energy. I can’t wait to do it again!!!
– Ellie, Cambria Retreat 2017
Lisa is a professional Mixed Media Artist and Instructor. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibits throughout Los Angeles and New Mexico. Lisa’s work has been published in Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media and Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling. She has a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a Masters in Psychology.
Lisa has been teaching Mixed Media classes and workshops for the last two years at various locations throughout Southern California. Her classes not only teach how to create in Mixed Media, but helps students tap into their true creativity and discover their inner artist. To learn more about Lisa’s journey on becoming an artist, read her story and to view her body of work visit ArtbyLisaAgaran.com
Jennifer Lindstrom | Henna Artist & Workshop Assistant
Jennifer brings to the workshop her passion for henna art and 7 years of experience as a henna artist. Jen believes, “In our culture henna is primarily seen as fashion, but it is an experience steeped in ritual and ceremony to document major life experiences or as a marker for moments of personal growth or spiritual quest.” Wearing her art is the perfect complement to enhance the weekend experience. Jennifer’s creative, inviting and nurturing warm spirit also makes for an amazing workshop partner and assistant.
(Tentative) Retreat Schedule
Below is a tentative retreat schedule for the weekend and may be subject to change as we draw closer to the retreat date. However, the goal is to try to keep the schedule as close as possible to what appears here.
Wednesday | April 28
Meet & Greet / Sign-in & Pick your spot in the classroom
Enjoy Wine & Cheese (Complimentary for hotel guests)
Thursday | April 29
Welcome & Retreat Overview
Work in class
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Field trip to Canyon Road
Friday | April 30
Demo / Work in Class
Work in Class
Chair yoga break
Work in Class
Saturday | May 1
Demo / Work in Class
Work in class
Chair Yoga Break
Work in Class / Finalize pieces
Desert Night & Closing
Lisa is the most gifted art teacher I have ever met! It is difficult to describe her method of teaching because it is so unique. She creates a truly safe, serene, calm, non-judgmental, kind environment where a student can find their “inner artist.” In a very gentle way, Lisa’s background as both a therapist and professional artist, combine to bring out what is best in each student. Her classes are more than art classes–they have helped me tremendously to be a more self-compassionate and less self-critical. I’ve discovered artistic abilities I thought I did not have. I have learned so much as a result of her intuitive style of teaching–even in non-representational art there is a form and structure that impact the meaning of a work of art. I am a better and happier person for taking Lisa’s classes!
– Connie, Cambria Retreat 2017
Attendees are responsible for their own accommodations. We have arranged to hold a limited number of rooms with the Inn on the Alameda at a group rate for retreat attendees. This is based on first come first serve and reservations must be made by March 17, 2021.
Traditional King or 2 Queen: $185 per night
Room rate includes:
• Buffet breakfast (7-10am)
• Afternoon Wine & Cheese Reception (4-5pm)
• Complimentary Wi-fi
• Free onsite parking
Group rates will be extended on day pre & post of the retreat dates.
Check-in time is 4:00pm on the day of arrival.
Check-out time is 12:00 Noon on the day of departure.
Workshop attendees will receive group access information upon registration.
The retreat will be held at the Inn at the Alameda. This is also where you are able to book your accommodations.
303 E. Alameda St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Plan Your Trip
How to get to Santa Fe
The retreat location is in Santa Fe, an hour drive from Albuquerque International Airport and twenty minutes from the Santa Fe Regional Airport. If you are flying into Albuquerque International Airport there are a few options on how to get to Santa Fe. You can rent a car, take an Uber/Lyft or take the Reo Metro Rail Runner Express (See below for details).
Rio Metro Rail Runner Express
The Rail Runner Express has several trips scheduled throughout the day from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. The best route to take is the Downtown Albuquerqueto Santa Fe Depot (1 hr 40 min ride). You will need to take either an Uber/Lyft, shuttle or bus to get from the Airport to Downtown, which is an easy 15 minute drive.
Make sure you carefully review the necessary information and schedule at Riometro.org
Please be aware that the Rail Runner Express has limited scheduled trips from Santa Fe to Downtown Albuquerque on Sunday April 25th.
The Inn at the Alameda has complimentary shuttle service that can be arrange to pick you up at the Santa Fe Depot Station. You must call in advance to let them know you need to arrange for a pick up and what time you are expected to arrive.
You can call them directly at (888) 984-2121.
As many of my previous (and repeat) attendees know, I am very selective when it comes to the locations and venues for my retreats. I first have to have a meaningful connection to the destination and then I always access if this location would make for a positive & meaningful experience for my attendees. So this is why I have chosen Santa Fe. Not only for the obvious art & creative energy, but because Santa Fe inspires me. There is something truly magical about this place. I can understand why many artists have established their live in Santa Fe. I believe it will also inspire those who attend my retreat. But you need to come see for yourself, so hope to see you there.