© 2019 Anna Kwiecinska

Our Teaching Team in 2019

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CATE is a professional artist, illustrator and arts educator most recognised for her detailed drawings, delightful watercolour technique and amazing skills at getting you effortlessly past that scary blank page moment with lots of clever techniques to have to painting from the  moment you arrive - literally. You will be amazed at what you can paint with Cate's guidance, even if you've never painted before.

Cate's Signature 6-day retreat is now in its 9th year and includes all of the extra activities that people keep returning to enjoy, year after year, but if your time is short, we'd like to offer you the opportunity to join our intensive 2-day workshop - all the details, less of the extras (yoga, cooking classes, trips and tours) - but with 14 hours of tuition, a delicious dinner and lunches on both days at Villa Nilaya, plus one night's accommodation at your choice of venues close by to Villa Nilaya.

You have my personal guarantee that you will LOVE the paintings you produce as well as go home armed with lots of  techniques to keep you painting. 

Cate will hold a  6-night retreat in Bali in  2020 : 30 May - 5 June

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JENNI is a full-time professional artist whose work is collected across Australia and beyond. Renowned for her detailed techniques involving mixed media, stitchery, fabric collage, a variety of inventive printing techniques and, increasingly, ephemerally beautiful painting in oil and acrylics.. Jenni's many years as an arts educator means you will received intensive and effective tuition in some of Jenni's most idiosyncratic techniques, as well as  expert guidance in composition and design. 

We offer you a 6-day retreat with all the trimmings (trips, yoga classes, cooking'n'cocktails etc), and a 2-day intensive workshop where you will fast-track techniques to create a sampler of possibilities.

Jenni will hold  6-day  mixed media on canvas retreat in Bali in 2020 : 9-15 June

and a 2-day mixed media on paper  workshop in Bali  in 2020 : 6 and 7 June

artist and arts educator



Roberta is well-known in Australia and internationally  for her Bohemian Boudoir label, specialising in hand-painted and screen printed textiles for interior design and fashion.  Roberta's love of  decorative stitching, shibori dyeing and Indian embroidery techniques contribute to her successful career as a freelance designer and we are thrilled to welcome her to Bali Creative Retreats for the first time.

On the July retreat you will create 3 items - using a combination of dyeing techniques, stitchery options and embellishments - all the fabrics and  materials are provided, and they will be sewn together for you by our Balinese tailors.

Choose from a silky sarong  or scarf, AND flowing kaftan or  structured shrug AND make a European Cushion or bolster with decorative, tasselling, pom poms and other sparkly treasures brought from India and Morocco by Anna during her travels.

On the June retreat you will learn advanced dyeing and embellishment techniques on pre-sized garments  


Roberta's Textile Retreat in Bali in 2020 ; advanced embroidery and dyeing  -  2 - 26 June 2020

and a 6-day retreat with shibori dyeing and embroidery : 4-10 July  2020

textile designer, interior designer, bower bird of textiles and tassels  


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