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Taking Time,



Making Space

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Taking Time, Making More Space - Cate Edwards, daily Hatha Yoga by Angelina, Meditation with Anna

This is our Signature Art Retreat: Cate and Anna have been presenting this week since the beginning of Creative Living Retreats in 2011, with more than 150 participants, many of them returning year after year.

We invite you to join us in 2022. We’ll be designing and painting on canvas, creating, in this retreat, two completed canvases to hang in the exhibition at the end of the week when we gather from drinks on 'floaty dress night' to celebrate your achievements!

" The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before"  - Neil Gaiman


Who will this retreat suit and do I need to know ‘how to draw’?


This retreat is suitable for all levels of experience in terms of drawing, painting, and yoga.

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Whilst  you may be hesitant coming to create art for the first time, feel assured that Cate will lead you fearlessly into a safe space where drawing is effortlessly fun and discovering colour opens a vista of playful possibilities which she'll guide you ithrough to satisfying outcomes and a thorough grounding in techniques to keep you painting at home.   


For those of you who have done lots of drawing or painting, this is precious time to dive deeply into creating gorgeous imagery with an artist renowned for her enchanting imagination and attention to detail and design.


What You’ll Do


  • Gather and create imagery from our Balinese environment

  • Delve into the resources that Cate provides to find shapes and objects which will form another level of visual information

  • Following Cate’s lead, find enchanting ways to link up these elements into a kind of visual storytelling.

  • Bring these elements to life using strong design and colour principles, and a toolbox of techniques.


You will complete two mid-size canvases on this retreat, as well as have a sketchbook of drawings to keep your imagination firing when you get home.


The techniques are solid, the approach is playful, the results are stunning!


More about this retreat

Cate is a consummate storyteller with paint. She Illustrates books, paints for  exhibitions, and is a constant maker of things. Just being around Cate is food for the imagination, and you’ll find her energy utterly infectious.


You will love the progress that you make as you share a fun and laughter-filled days by the seaside where everything is provided – all you need to do is bring your intention.

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A foundational element of Creative Living Retreats, and something which really makes them unique, is the importance we place on yoga and meditation throughout the week. 

Experience the peacefulness of not having to ‘be’ anything to ‘anyone’ this week and open yourself to being cared for.



During This Week 


You’ll be inspired by the beautiful tropical environment, rich with nature, with plenty of places to take timeout and swim, in the sea or the pool, whilst enjoying the hospitality of Villa Nilaya ‘s wonderful staff who’ll prepare delicious lunches for you each day. There’s even a Balinese massage, and an option to go boating. The painting environment is comfortable.


You’ll leave with not only a toolkit of techniques that will inspire and inform your painting, but you’ll definitely be taking  2 completed artworks ready to hang at home. And of course, a grateful body limbered up from a week of gentle hatha yoga, a mind relaxed by the peace and serenity of being able to focus on creativity, freed from the responsibilities of daily life, with skills for yoga and mindful activities to take back into your daily life.


What have other retreat participants said about Cate’s courses?


“ Loved the whole thing.


Food was amazing and plenty of variety. Staff amazing...


I just thought you did the retreat so well. I felt totally satisfied with the way you made it all happen and made us all feel very special. You really were the glue. Very professional


Exhibition was just so beautifully put together ”   Lyn Mowday, Australia

What does this retreat include ?


From the moment you arrive into Bali, most everything is included in your retreat package. Our aim is to make sure that you just float from one lovely thing to another without thinking how it happens.  Just bring your intention – we’ll take care of the rest.

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Choose from  3 lovely seaside accommodations (from 5-star to 3-star, and even at the entry level, very comfortable),  you’ll have daily art, yoga and mediation sessions with Cate, Angelina and Anna in the living rooms and yoga deck  of Villa Nilaya, and the option to participate in a variety of activities that reflect the unique environment of East Bali.

The Art and yoga is suitable for every level of experience, including ‘none’, with our small group size of maximum 12 allowing for plenty of individualised attention to tailor the yoga to your needs and ability.

Your retreat cost includes:

  • 6 nights of accommodation of your choice with breakfasts

  • 6 lunches, 4 dinners, including 'drinks' on 2 evenings at the villa

  • Taxi collection from the airport to your accommodation

  • 10 sessions of painting tuition, a total of 28 hours of ‘class time’ with Cate

  • All artist quality materials for your art making

  • Daily Hatha yoga instruction with Angelina, suitable for all levels

  • all yoga equipment supplied, no need to bring anything

  • Lunch daily at Villa Nilaya

  • Welcome night BBQ at Villa Nilaya, with drinks

  • Final Night exhibition party at Villa Nilaya, with drinks

  • Midweek dinner at our favourite seaside restaurant

  • An evening out on the town with fine dining and live jazz

  • Morning and afternoon teas and evening snacks

  • Tea, water, coffee throughout the retreat

  • Cultural tours and activities

  • A Balinese massage from our experienced masseuses at Villa Nilaya

  • An option to go boating

  • And you’ll have 2 evenings to yourself


Our Daily Program:

  • Mornings: a Welcome and meditation session with Anna

  • A 3-hour session of art with Cate, with morning tea

  • Lunch together at the Villa from around 12.30

  • Afternoons: A 3-hour session ‘til 5.00 of art with Cate, with afternoon tea

  • Daily Yoga with Angelina, usually at the end of our day

  • A complimentary Balinese massage is available on a day of your choosing

  • Evenings: we alternate our evenings with group dinners featuring delicious Balinese cuisine provided at Villa Nilaya, with other evenings at local restaurants.


Painting and print-making in a comfortable studio-setting, boating, touring, restaurants, live music, cultural visits, yoga, meditation, great food, laughter and a stress-free week away from it all by the beach, and 2 completed artworks to take home … what are you waiting for?



The images below are works by participants on earlier retreats in Bali with Cate Edwards. 

And there's are blogs from our 2019 retreats to share with you more about what we get up to!

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PRICING - AUD |  $200 Early Bird Discount when dates announced


Yes! You can bring a friend who would like to participate in trips and restaurant dinners only. Prices on request.

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