New Mexico

Intuitive Painting Retreats

These intuitive painting retreats take place in Julie’s personal painting studio in the northern New Mexico town of El Rito.  Approximately one hour from Santa Fe and Taos,  El Rito provides you access to nearby hot springs, sacred sights and hiking trails.  You will be immersed in this rural setting which provides a slower pace in which you can easily unwind in.

Upcoming three day Spring 2018 Retreat — May 4, 5 and 6th.

Summer four day Retreat — August 9-12.

Keep reading for more details about both the Spring and Summer retreats. I look forward to seeing you in New Mexico!

“The biggest gift of this retreat?  I found my passion!  Passion for life, passion for painting.”

Uma Markus


Have you taken a painting workshop with Julie before and like the idea of having 3-4 days of painting to luxuriate in?

Are you longing to spend time in New Mexico’s spirited landscapes while pursuing your painting dreams?

These retreats are for beginners and experienced painters who want to reclaim beginner’s mind and unfurl in a relaxed setting. This is Northern New Mexico.  Surprising things happen here.


What will you experience?


  • 3-4 days of creative immersion
  • Inspired music and poetry, setting a great space in which to create
  • Daily guided painting exercises
  • Plenty of time every day to experiment and develop on your own
  • You will paint on a variety of surfaces, the exact number to be determined by you.
  • Paper, canvas, paints, brushes, aprons provided.  You are welcome to bring your own painting surfaces if you prefer. 
  • Sacred space environment bringing a sense of safety to your play.
  • A small group, up to 6 other painters
  • Time in the mornings and evenings to check out inspiring walks and hiking trails nearby
  • Fresh lunches made locally and provided on select days 
  • Wood stove fire in cooler months; Big sunny windows bring in the light

“Such a marvelous experience, Julie.  In so many ways…the paintings, the people, the joint experience of creating in the presence of other creatives and feeling so safe and embraced in it—plus the natural beauty of the environment…Thank you from the bottom of my heart…”

Gaye Roth

This area is really a destination spot, for people wanting to experience New Mexico beyond Santa Fe and Taos.  Many artists live in this area and some of the most revered studio tours reside here. 

Some fun places to stay:

Ojo Inn and Mercantile, Ojo Caliente,
Clean, simple rooms with a great home-made breakfast.  A short walk from mineral springs, resort and restaurant. 

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa,
Restorative hot springs, restaurant, massages, healing treatments, walking trails.  

Abiquiu Inn,
Inn with restaurant, situated in Georgia O’Keefe country, close to general store, Plaza Blanca and the Chama River

AirBnB (studio is in El Rito, up to 20 minutes from Abiquiu and Ojo Caliente),

VRBO https//

Las Parras de Abiquiu, https;//  Nice local bed and breakfast, 

“Julie’s personal integrity throughout the entire process and her skillful facilitation allowed each person to stay true to themselves and open to insights and creativity. Her additional offerings of poetry and music as sources of inspiration enhanced the setting throughout the weekend. The outpouring of the creative voice onto each person’s canvas was amazing!”

Sarah Kotchian

May 2018 Retreat (3 days)

May 4-6th, 2018, in El Rito, NM

Hours 1pm-5pm Friday / 9-5pm Saturday / 10-4pm Sunday 

August 2018 Retreat (4 days)

August 9-12, 2018 in El Rito, NM

Studio Painting Hours: Thursday 1-5pm / Friday 9-5pm / Saturday 12-6 / Sunday 10-3
You will notice you have early mornings and evenings to play with. There are nearby hot springs, sacred sites, incredible walks and hikes. Saturday morning the studio will be open if you prefer to paint that morning as well.

I am also scheduling one-on-one coaching conversations Saturday morning between 10am and noon for those of you who would relish some spirit-filled coaching juju—speaking to your creative process and/or life and possible breakthroughs.