Portrait of Bali



6 - 14 JULY, 2021

An Art Retreat to create a large-scale painting on canvas inspired by life drawing, cultural observations and the gorgeous temple architecture of beautiful East Bali.



A retreat by the sea in beautiful East Bali to learn about creative portraiture using mixed media techniques on canvas using acrylic paints

with Yoga by Angelina and Mindfulness Mediation with Anna


This retreat starts at 4 pm on Day 1, Tuesday 6 July and finishes after breakfast on Day 8, Tuesday 13 July 2021

There’s nothing so alluring and compelling about someone than their face, and yet it can be the most elusive and challenging aspect of figurative painting to capture. Nadine Bastow presents an exciting method to observe and create not just an likeness but a story about the sitter, their environment and your experience of them in it. This is a really great retreat to explore the endless possibilities of what portraiture can be.

This workshop will suit both complete newcomers and artists who are not used to working with a sitter forportraiture, whilst those of you who already enjoy this subject will learn new  approaches and techniques to invigorate and expand a fabulous new horizon of possibilities.


A portrait is first and foremost a painting. The subject is secondary

                                       Aaron Shikler

What You’ll Do

With expert guidance, from Nadine, and working with a Balinese model, you will:

  • Discover what it means to work through the creative process of the design cycle. How to work through a process of gathering images through exploration, experimenting with media, design development of an idea and a colour framework, leading into a final beautiful artwork.

  • Learn the basic drawing techniques for portraiture. Learning to capture the sitter’s portrait from a variety of angles and capturing the features of the face realistically through tonal blending and shading with pencil and chalk pastel.

  • Learn how to create and carve design for a repetitive block print. This creates beautiful and meaningful pattern, as the underlying surface of the portrait, adding layers of colour, texture and depth to the surface of the canvas.

  • Learn how to render the portrait with acrylic paint, capturing a likeness of the sitter, through an exploration of tonal blending and clever colour use to draw the image forward.

You will take home a large finished work or art, ready to stretch. The work can be rolled for transport – if you have a poster tube, please bring it – further details will be supplied with your retreat ‘what to bring’ list


About Nadine


Nadine  has presented four previous ‘Portrait of Bali’ painting retreats since 2015. This year sees her returning to Creative Living Retreats in Bali for the 5th year – we are so happy to be welcoming her back. Nadine’s retreats are always dynamic, filled with laughter and fun, oodles of paint, and just loaded with possibilities at every stage of the painting process.


This is a time when Nadine brings her career as a full-time and highly respected, professional arts educator into full bloom!


Away from the demands of a busy life, here in Bali, Nadine can focus unreservedly on art and the creative journeys that she will share with you. Nadine puts a huge amount of preparation into these retreats to ensure that you have every resource you can imagine – and more – for they are loaded with surprise and generously resourced.


Tireless and effervescent, Nadine truly cares that you take home a work that you love.  You will adore that moment of walking into Villa Nilaya on Exhibition Night and seeing your canvas hanging on the walls.


During your week of creating your Portrait of Bali, 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. You’ll even be treated to a gorgeous Balinese massage from our trained staff.


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.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in our daily 90-minute yoga class at the end of each day, and the morning ritual of gentle stretch and meditation to focus your mind and allow 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.


You’ll leave with not only a toolkit of painting and drawing techniques, but the experience of having worked closely with an artist that will inspire and inform your arts practice from here on, and you’ll definitely be taking home a large, completed canvas painting which will be ready for the framers. You’ll make new friends, and perhaps, you’ll  find some new or renewed practices to take home into your daily life for the wellbeing of yourself and others.


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

“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

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

While staying in your choice of 3 lovely seaside accommodations (from 5-star to 3-star, and even at the entry level, very comfortable), in this gorgeous seaside location, 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.

The 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 Workshop fee includes:

  • 7 nights of accommodation of your choice with breakfasts

  • Taxi collection from the airport to your accommodation

  • 10 sessions of painting tuition, totalling 30 hours of ‘class time’ with Jenni

  • 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

  • Morning and afternoon teas and evening snacks

  • Tea, water, coffee throughout the retreat

  • Cultural tours and activities

  • A complimentary Balinese massage from our experiences masseuses at Villa Nilaya


Our Daily Program:


  • Mornings: a Welcome and mediation session 

  • A 3-hour session of art with Nadine, 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 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 a fabulous big painting to take home to hang on your walls … what are you waiting for?



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More About Nadine Bastow

Nadine is a highly experienced Arts Educator and very skilled communicator. Her 30- year career has been a combination of practicing art and teaching art to both adults and teenagers in Perth , country WA,  and internationally.


She is currently Head of the Arts at St Marks Anglican School in Hillarys Western Australia, and also teaches Visual Art to secondary students.


For 4 years she and her family lived in China, where she taught Visual Art in an IB International school.


Nadine has been part of a number of group exhibitions around Perth, one in China and a solo exhibition in Fremantle and her work is now in collections in Singapore, Norway, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and China. 


Her great love is mixed media painting, portraiture and sculpting clay portrait narratives and thematically her work reflects the ebb and flow of her own life and the big moments faced.

Portrait of Bali with Nadine Bastow







7 nights’ accommodation in the venue of your choice inc. breakfasts Choose from 3, 4 & 5-star options below. All are direct sea-front hotels & bungalows within easy walking distance of Villa Nilaya, which is where the retreat & meals & yoga all take place.


We are 5km before the town of Candi Dasa. ALL 3 hotels are on the same road: Jalan Raya Sengkidu, Sengkidu, Candi Dasa, Bali. Consult the LOCATION tab on www.villanilayabalibeach.com for photos. ALL RETREATS START at 2pm on Day 1 and finish after breakfast on DAY 7.

  • 10 x 3-hour ART WORKSHOPS with all materials supplied (choose from 2 medium or 1 large canvas, plus works on paper)

  • DAILY YOGA and MEDITATION CLASSES All yoga gear is supplied

  • Airport collection (it is an interesting 90-minute drive from airport to Villa Nilaya)

  • 4 x 3-course Dinners at Villa Nilaya , including a ‘Welcome’ BBQ dinner and the final Exhibition Night party dinner

  • 1 x fine dining dinner at a popular Candi Dasa restaurant and a Day Tour with lunch and afternoon tea

  • 5 lunches at Villa Nilaya (so you’ll have 2 free dinner nights and the final day lunch free – there are modestly-priced, quality restaurants in our village, easy walking from the Villa and all of your accommodations)

  • 1 x 1-hour Balinese massage. Tea, coffee, water and Balinese herbal health drinks are all included throughout the retreat


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




to SECURE YOUR PLACE with a $500 deposit.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Please contact us as fees will apply for cancellations in certain windows.

Group sizes: min.8 / max.12. If minimums aren’t reached, your deposit will be returned in full & you’ll be notified 1 month before retreat start date.

FLIGHTS: You are urged to book your flight as soon as possible to secure the best possible option. please email

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