Presenting: The 2021

Fall Retreat

October 1st-3rd

Registration opens TBD


Cultivating Courage

through Art Journaling

Join us in this dynamic ArtCoaching for You retreat where you will nourish creativity, grow imagination, ignite enthusiasm, and surround yourself with community – the perfect ingredients for nurturing your artistic growth. 


This introspective retreat explores what courage means in art; where do we find it, how do we harness it, and why do we need it - all through the wonderful world of art journaling 


Together, we’ll unleash your creativity by learning to use traditional media in non-traditional ways, transforming your questions into beautiful art journal pages that you are proud of and which artfully and authentically tells your courageous story. 


ArtCoaching for You retreats encourage creatives to discover and embrace their real strengths, are efficient in the way they allow you to move forward by leaps and bounds, are laid-back while providing a safe space to relax and be real about the challenges you are facing, and give you a chance to connect with a supportive and smart tribe of creatives.

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The ArtCoaching for You Cultivating Courage through Art Journaling retreat is a wonderful opportunity to learn new, exciting techniques in a beautiful, relaxed environment.  Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, is the backdrop for two and a half days of classes focused on painting, collage, storytelling, and other techniques that will take you to a whole new creative level.


Instructor Kathy Beekman will introduce you to new ways of working with a variety of journaling styles and materials that will add dimension, color and depth to your art-making. 

What is Art Journaling?

Art journaling is a powerful way to add value to your life.  It lends itself to freedom that results in beauty.  And you don’t have to be a professional artist to create an art journal.  It’s important to understand that it is not a sketchbook or scrapbook.  An art journal is a book kept by a creative person as a visual, and sometimes verbal, record of her thoughts and ideas.  Art journals usually combine visual art-making as well as writing, to create finished pages. Every imaginable style, media and technique is used by art journalists in order to explore questions or tell the visual truth through a combination of color, imagery and words.

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The Cultivating Courage through Art Journaling retreat will take place at the Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, located 3 hours from Denver in Moffat, Colorado.

Joyful Journey is a sanctuary, a community, and a retreat, where people from all walks of life come to experience its soothing waters – to heal and find peace from the stress of their daily lives.


Thursday, April 29th

7:30pm Hello’s

We are still fine-tuning the program, though we thought we’d give you an idea of its formatting:

Friday, October 1st

7am Breathwork (optional)

8am breakfast

9am Journal Jumpstart

12pm lunch

1pm optional activity (soak/spa/hike)

2:30pm Cultivating Your Courage

4pm Creating Your Color Palette & Exploring Symbolism

5:30 creating wraps up for the day

7:30 (optional) group dip in the springs

This course is for you if:

  • You are a creative looking for exercises that will help you learn and grow

  • You are a creative needing strategies to push past your fears

  • You love the idea of keeping an art journal but can’t seem to get it off the ground

  • You stare at a blank piece of paper or canvas and have no idea what to do

  • You would like to feel more in control when you create

  • You want to become a confident artist

True Statement:

Showing up is half the battle.

In addition, you’ll be treated to fun activities and surprises, while being inspired by the peaceful surroundings.  Looking forward to you joining us in this amazing experience.  Sign up now, registration is limited.

Your Guides
Kathy Beekman

Kathy is a professional artist, art career coach, greeting card designer and author. She favors color, texture, and a sense of humor in her creative endeavors.  Kathy is a resident of Bailey, Colorado, the wife of an archaeologist, and a mother of two fur-babies. Her inspiration comes from many places but is rooted in a sense of community, family, relationships, and overall positive energy found from living a creative life.  Kathy’s artwork can be found in collections throughout the world and her most recent line of greeting cards, The Right Words, finds its roots in art journaling and can now be found in retail stores.

Carol Fennell

Carol Fennell is a visual artist who bridges art and life through exploration, discovery, curiosity and creativity. Her work is found in galleries, private collections and custom installations across the country. Inspired by the colors, patterns and textures found in the Colorado landscape, Carol’s mixed media canvases often begin as a page in her art journal. She currently resides in Denver with her husband and two boys.

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