Master Class Mentoring



July 2022 - dates to be confirmed

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Master Class Mentoring with Cate Edwards, daily Hatha Yoga by Angelina La Miette, Meditation with Anna

dates to be confirmed, July 2022

This retreat is provisional. If you are interested please get in touch with Anna to register your interest

Cate Edwards’ Master Class retreat is a NEW Art Retreat designed for painters who seek personal mentoring in their own style.

It is especially for those who yearn to paint a large canvas, developing your own style, whilst seeking mentorship to help you solve your design questions. This is an rare opportunity as Cate's private classes are filled years ahead.  

Cate and Anna have been presenting retreats since 2011, with more than 150 participants, many of them returning year after year. We’ve listed to you, and created a week where you’ll have not only more time, more space but MORE CANVAS!

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

- Neil Gaiman

We invite you to join us in 2022. Come and push paint around, in the knowledge that Cate’s consummate talent for design and colour will guide you at all stages along the way towards creating a completed painting to take home.

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, and, and will particularly suit those who have a painting project in mind and would like expert guidance to see it through.


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.


If you’re new to painting, then a truly grand adventure awaits you this week!

What You’ll Do:


  • if you come with a painting project or subject in mind, Cate will be here to discuss the various approaches with you

  • if you come wanting to paint on a larger scale but without a subject in mind, Cate has lots of ways to get you thinking about imagery and finding your subject

  • on this retreat you’ll have at your disposal a full range of technical and media possibilities - everything from modelling medium, gold leaf  etc.with which to experiment before deciding what’s right for your painting.

  • If you have something in mind and would like to discuss it with Anna or Cate first, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

  • You will complete a 80 x 80 or 100 x 100 sq canvas on this retreat, a well as have a sketchbook of drawings to keep your imagination firing when you get home.


This is an absolutely unique opportunity to share Cate’s  creative and technical know-how to create the painting you most want to paint. Her classes in Australia have a waiting list ...


More about this retreat

Cate  has presented 12 painting workshops since 2011, and this year sees her returning to Creative Living Retreats in Bali for the ninth year – we are so happy to be welcoming her back!


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.


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. A morning ritual of gentle stretch and meditation to focus your mind allows you to really lean into your creativity each and every day of the retreat, and you'll love our longer session at the end of the day with a deeply relaxing shavasana.

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


You’ll make new friends, and perhaps, you’ll find some new or renewed practices to take home into your daily life for the well being of yourself and others.


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.


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

More about this program

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.

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.

Your retreat cost  includes:

  • 6 nights of accommodation of your choice with breakfasts

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

  • Taxi collection from the airport to your accommodation

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

  • All artist quality materials for your art making - the same materials that Cate uses professionally

  • 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 of fine dining on the town with sensational live jazz

  • Morning and afternoon teas and evening snacks

  • Tea, water, coffee throughout the retreat

  • Cultural tours and activities - boating, cooking class

  • A Balinese massage from our experienced masseuses at Villa Nilaya

  • You’ll have 2 evenings to yourself


Our Daily Program:

  • Mornings: a Welcome and mediation 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 quality local restaurants.


Painting, print-making, boating, touring, restaurants, live music, cultural visits, yoga, meditation, great food, laughter and a stress-free week away from it all by the beach  … what are you waiting for?

The images below were  recently created by Cate, works on canvas and paper  ...we look forward to seeing you paintings here next year! 

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

Cate Edwards work on canvas
Cate Edwards painting in pink
Cate Edwards work on paper
Cate Edwards  painting of the boatman

PRICING - AUD | Book by November 30  for your $200 Early Bird Discount 


You might like to follow this retreat with a weekend workshop on paper with Jenni Doherty and SAVE $50 on the workshop





COVID CANCELLATION POLICY: The deposit secures your place and accommodation of your choice, but should our plans be curtailed by Covid-19, this will be refunded. Please check the full terms and conditions here for your booking. Goup sizes: min.8 / max.12.