Save the Date! Next Mixed Media Retreat
Cambria, California October 8-11, 2020

Registration Opens Soon!

Envision With Me Imagine…arriving at a small quaint town on the coast, escaping the routine of daily life. The ocean air and serene atmosphere immediately calms you. You reconnect with your inner artist as you explore the art of mixed media. Walking along the beach, gathering found objects for your artwork, you are rejuvenated by the soothing melody of the waves. Surrounded by fellow creatives, you experience a kinship and inspiration by what others are creating without the pressure of having to be artistic. In a supportive and encouraging environment, you feel free to explore, be spontaneous and just play. Surprised at what intuitively unfolds in front of you…a creation that encapsulates your authentic creative expression. The weekend is a gift to yourself, as it awakens your true creativity within.

Join me on a weekend experience purposely tailored to uncover your inner artist through the art of mixed media. You not only spend 3 days creating your own mixed media pieces, the weekend will also include the following:

• Found objects gathering at Moonstone Beach

• Creativity enhancing yoga sessions (optional)

• Lunches (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Snacks & Drinks

• Journaling exercises to connect you to your creativity

• All art materials

• Henna Tattoos…and more

Lisa’s True Creativity Within retreat was simply the best art immersion I’ve experienced in years.  It was just the right blend of learning, exploring, creating, and collaborating and every detail was thoughtfully and lovingly planned to make the three days enjoyable and rewarding.  I’ll be signing up for the next session!

– Jane, Cambria Retreat 2018

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.

.Creating with Mixed Media – What to Expect

As a kid we have access to this natural gateway into creativity. Finger painting becomes a limitless blend of shapes and colors. We spontaneously create with little concern for the end product, lost in creative bliss. However, over time as we are pressured to adapt to expectations we lose touch with that free flowing process.

True Creativity comes from reconnecting and tapping into our intuition, surrendering to the present moment, letting go of expectations and allowing yourself to be guided by your inner artist. Mixed Media Art is the ideal medium to explore your creative side without the pressure of having to be artistic or create a perfect piece of art. You’re free to experiment and be spontaneous in whatever you create. During the process we invite accidents or mistakes to happen, while finding beauty in the imperfections.

In the beginning of the retreat I will take you through a guided visualization to help you get into the mindset for your creativity. We will also do some journaling exercises that will help to quiet those voices or perceptions that get in the way of your full creative expression.

Beautiful Remnants, Images & Words

I will then take you step-by-step in the process of pulling together a variety of materials such a fabric, collage materials, paint and found objects to create pages for your book.

We will also be playing around with a fun technique where we use CitraSolv and Nat Geo Magazines to create interesting collage materials that you will integrate into your pages. 

Also what better way to spend a getaway photographing your experience and then integrating them into your project. With a mixed media technique you will be able to transfer you original photography onto fabric and then collage them onto your pages.

One day during the retreat we will spend a few hours on Moonstone Beach gathering small found objects to add into our book. Also infused into your pages will be words that will provide you inspiration and encourage honoring your inner artist, whether it be quotes, your own written words or from text pages.

This project is about finding beauty in blending organic and imperfect materials to create a rich and tactile book of Art.

Creative Blocks

The creative process typically consist of hills and valleys. Rarely is it a smooth sailing road. Actually it’s common when you immerse yourself in the creative process  to hit a wall, where you feel frustrated, insecure or doubtful about what you’re creating. Having been there myself many times before, I know how it feels to be stuck. Because of my personal experience with the creative process as well as my Creativity Coaching background, I can genuinely say, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. During these few days, I will coach you on how to get passed those blocks should you find yourself hitting a bump in the road during the retreat.

Materials & Requirements

Materials: All art materials will be provided. You will need to bring your own paint brushes for applying acrylic medium (glueing materials to pages) and paint/gesso. Latex gloves if you have a sensitivity to citrus. A smart phone with the ability to take quality photos and email (if you wish to use a camera, make sure you have a removal SD card).

Physical requirement: Please be aware a small portion of the weekend will require the ability to walk down a short hill to get to the beach, walk on sand and bend over to pick up found objects.

All levels of experience are welcome! Adults 21+

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Retreat 2019

Lisa, thank you so much for the wonderful Mixed Media Retreat in Cambria. 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 Agaran – Instructor & Workshop Leader 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. VideoStillLisa has been teaching Mixed Media classes and workshops for the last four 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

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.


Yoga Instructor
Lisa created an incredible space and place for this retreat/workshop. We spent time on the beach, time in the studio and time together in outside activities. The whole experience really opened up the possibilities of what can created when given time and support.  Lisa is an artist and a teacher and does both with compassion and a real understanding of what the creative process entails.  I truly enjoyed this time in Cambria and learned a lot about art and myself.  Thanks Lisa!!

– Craig, Cambria Retreat 2017

(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.


Meet, Greet & Check-in


8:30-9:00 am
Yoga with Terri at the Leffingwell Landing

9:30-10:00 am
Welcome & Retreat Overview

10:00-12:00 pm
Demo & Work in class

12:00-1:00 pm

1:00 – 3:30pm
Work in Class

Found Objects gathering at Moonstone Beach

Henna, Sweets & Social


8:30-9:00 am
Yoga with Terri at the Leffingwell Landing

9:30-12:00 pm
Demo / Work in Class

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

Demo /Continue Working in Class


8:30-9:00 am
Yoga with Terri at the Leffingwell Landing

9:30-12:00 pm
Finalize Pieces



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 Cambria Pines Lodge at a discounted rate for retreat attendees. Based on first come first serve.

Details coming soon.


The retreat will be held in the peaceful quaint town of Cambria, nestled in the Central Coast of California. Not to far from Moonstone Beach, part of the San Simon State Parks. The workshop will be at the Old Grammar School building where Cambria Center for the Arts is also located.

1350 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

For more information about Cambria, visit

The workshop was just amazing and very well organized with attention to details. Lisa made us feel more than comfortable to bring out our creative best. The field trip to Moonstone Beach was the perfect thing that was needed to get inspired and gather the positive energy to start off the work. The instructions given by Lisa during demo were clear and her teaching was very structured. She did provoke our own individuality in decision making and guided through with positivity. She was extremely encouraging and urged us to make mistakes and take risks. Only then I could drop my inhibitions and become more spontaneous.The yoga sessions by Terri were tailored towards relaxing and opening up our minds to new possibilities which helped the creative process. I produced 2 beautiful works in mixed media which I can be proud of. Jen, who helped Lisa was equally warm and her henna skills need special mention. Henna being part of the workshop was a fun addition.

For me, it was worth the trip to Cambria from the Bay Area and India (as I live in India). I am extremely happy that I did it and wish that I can keep going back to her retreats/workshops.

– Neetu, Cambria Retreat 2017

In 2015, during one of my many visits to Cambria, while walking along Moonstone Beach, an idea came to me. I had drawn inspiration from this specially little town for my own artwork. The found objects from Moonstone Beach, escaping to a destination and the calm that comes from being near the ocean, a catalyst for freeing up my creativity. I wanted to share the same experience with others. Thus, the vision to do a retreat began to unfold. Each retreat since then has been a success and continues to become more and more magical. I’m looking forward to sharing one of my favorite forms of art in one of my favorite places in California. I hope you will join me for a weekend of inspiration, creativity and rejuvenation. For more information on the details simply click the registration button and it will take you to a separate registration page. Hope to see you in Cambria!