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The Space Between


  SEPTEMBER  2023  (dates TBA)


BOTANICAL BOUNTY with Jenni Doherty with Daily Yoga by Angelina & Meditation with Anna

This 6-day retreat for working on canvas  will be followed or preceded by a 2-day workshop for working on paper. Both are stand-alone courses, but complement one another.                        

Always wanted to know how to create marvellously layered artworksglinting with gold leaf and complex surfaces ? 

Why not join Jenni for this gorgeously indulgent week to take ideas from the bounteous abundance of Nature which surrounds us at Villa Nilaya and the beautiful locations to which we journey for drawing inspiration, and turn them into elegant and exciting works on paper?


"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 both in terms of drawing and painting.  Whilst there will no doubt be a little hesitation from those of you who might be coming to working on paper for the first time, Jenni assures you that “It will not be scary!” She says “All of us can draw. Time with it makes us better and happier with the results”.

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Those who have not drawn much will be understandably nervous, but Jenni easily brings you into drawing and being comfortable with it, almost for the moment you arrive  - you’ll be amazed at the progress you make without even realising it!


Whilst for those of you who have done a lot of drawing, this time to dive deeply into drawing and layering and colouring with an artist renowned for her subtle palette and   complex, multi-artworks will be joyous.


To anyone with any art experience, joining this retreat will offer precious time to consolidate, explore, play and develop your own ideas with the luxury of a professional designer/artist on hand for an entire week!


Should I do the workshop and the retreat ?


Both are stand-alone offerings. The retreat will offer a natural follow-on to those who have participated in the workshop, by having a time to warm up and explore in greater depth the learnings of the weekend, but it is not necessary to have done the workshop in order to join the retreat.

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The retreat will also include stitchery techniques, the hallmarks of so much of Jenni’s most contemporary work, to create a small jewel-like work which will be ornamentally framed for you to take home , and you’ll also design and cut a  design to print a beautiful scarf to wear on retreat.


The 2-day weekend workshop is a two-day intensive specifically about drawing and painting.

This 6-day retreat  will naturally involve the skills you’ve learnt in the workshop -  use of drawing, painting, understanding colours, layering, transparency, etc. – and it will then take these skills to expanded levels of complexity interns of introducing new techniques to enrich, embellish, and add visual and textural complexity to your paintings.


What You’ll Do


With expert guidance, from Jenni Doherty, an experienced and acclaimed artist, you’ll complete these projects to take home:



  • A small, handmade book where you will have created a compendium of ‘marks’ which will be a treasure trove to refer to as you go forward in your work, as well as a unique and evocative journal of your retreat week.

  •  Design a lino block design and carve the block, which is yours to use throughout this retreat and take home

  •  A silk scarf printed with your own lino block

  • 3 large, full sheet pieces of work on the best quality of beautiful hot and cold-pressed  600gm papers to take home and frame.

  • A small, ornamentally framed work which will be embellished with stitch details


More about this retreat


Jenni  has presented  painting workshops since 2009, and this year sees her returning to Creative Living Retreats in Bali for the third year – we are so happy to be welcoming her back with this in-depth and very richly conceived week of professional materials, techniques and inspiration with the theme of botanicals.

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This is a time when Jenni steps beyond her career as a professional artist to share the fruits of a long career both as an arts educator and as a highly successful exhibiting artist. This combination is what makes the difference – Jenni comes with an incredibly abundant program to share and to ensure that you are working on your projects from the moment we all get together and that you take home completed work that makes you happy every time you look at it!


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.


During your week of Botanical Bounty 


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, a cultural visit into the far eastern part of the island included on your retreat, and an option to go boating. 

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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. The morning ritual of gentle stretch and meditation to focus your mind  prepares you to really lean into your creativity each and every day of the retreat. Experience the peacefulness of not having to ‘be’ anything to ‘anyone’ this week and open yourself to being cared for. And at the end of the day, a longer session with deep rest - shavasana - always awaits.


You’ll leave with not only a toolkit of techniques that will inspire and inform your painting, but you’ll definitely be taking home 3 full-sheet, finished artworks ready for the framers, a small framed work and a scarf that you’ve printed yourself.


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.


What have other retreat participants said about Jenni’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

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“Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop - I learnt a lot and will translate all that into my art over the coming months.  I particularly enjoyed Jenni’s two days.  Her work is quite wonderful.”  Beverley Chubb UK 


What's included in 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 Jenni, 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.


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Your Workshop cost includes:

  • 6 nights of accommodation of your choice with breakfasts

  • 6 lunches, 4 dinners, with 'drinks' on two evenings at the villa

  • Taxi collection from the airport to your accommodation

  • 10 sessions of painting tuition - total 28 hours of ‘class time’ with Jenni

  • All artist quality materials for your art making - the same materials that Jenni 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 a local seaside restaurant

  • An evening of fine dining and live jazz

  • Morning and afternoon teas and evening snacks

  • Tea, water, coffee throughout the retreat

  • Cultural tours and activities - boating+picnic, a cultural trip to gather inspiration

  • 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 

  • A 3-hour session of art with Jenni, with morning tea. This is usually at the villa, with a cultural trip taking us to the eastern part of the island for drawing and swimming during the week.

  • Lunch together at the Villa from about 12.30

  • Afternoons: A 3-hour session ‘til 5.00 of art with Jenni, 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, 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 PLUS 5 completed artworks to take home … what are you waiting for?


About Jenni Doherty


Jenni has been teaching adults for 30 years, and continues to do so, saying “I love teaching and have worked out I love it more most of the time than working for me. The joy of seeing their success feeds me. “

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She has been a practicing artist for as many years and has participated in many solo and group shows, nowadays Jenni usually has a solo show each year at Linton and Kay in Perth and is represented by Yallingup Galleries.


Private commissions are numerous, and Jenni’s Public Art Commission can be seen throughout the state of Western Australia, the most recent being for 4 large works for the Lotteries Commission’s new building - including the ‘Winners’ Room’, she adds “ I said goodbye to them forever when they were hung, guessing I am not ever going to win Lotto!”


The images below are  recent works on paper by Jenni Doherty -  inspired by Western Australian proteas  


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

JENNY DOHERY work on paper 17 at Villa N

PRICING - AUD |$200 Early Bird Discount applies once dates are announced


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

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