Costa Rica Gratitude Offering

Hi beautiful!
How are you feeling right this moment? Every year, when December comes I feel like time speeds up, and I have to remind myself to slow down by making an effort to be in the NOW, even as my mind is jumping ahead. One of the fun ways that I'm welcoming "now" this year is through creating a Botanical Advent of painted leaves for each day in December, and taping them to our dining room wall, just a small thing that's bringing me a heap of inspiration in this busy season!
I'm looking forward to stepping back and taking time off over the next few weeks to celebrate Solstice, Christmas and ring in the New Year with my family! Before that happens there is still time to order from my shop, I'll be shipping gift orders up until Friday, December 16th, that's one more week to order prints, originals and cards....after a huge shop update everything in my shop is looking full and beautiful, including my new abstract original Passages series. Come have a look around.
Connecting with you over the past year has made my heart swell, thank you for your amazing support of my work, as a HUGE thank you I'd like to share a gratitude invitation for you.
As I look ahead to 2017, one of the things I am most excited about are the retreats that I'll be teaching in Costa Rica in the spring, my time there every year is full of refreshment, renewal and creative discovery....
Today's AWESOME Gratitude Offering: 
Today's epic offering is the COSTA RICA retreat, that I teach with Mati McDonough, in March, 2017!! We sold out our April 2017 retreat immediately, so we added a 2nd retreat!! We have not spread the word yet very much, so we are eager to let you know that we have spots and have an EARLY BIRD PRICE!
Join us in Paradise....
Until Christmas, we are offering $300 off the final room price! We will deduct it from the balance after you pay the initial deposit (discount not reflected in prices)! There are limited rooms available, so put it on your Christmas list and gift yourself relaxation, refueling and escape in March!
This will be 3rd time we're running this retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica and it has become something I look forward to all year round!! Please shoot me an email with any questions! No experience painting necessary, just a desire to play with color and inspiration abound:) We would be thrilled to runaway to paraiso with you for the week at the Jungle Beach House! Dining on fresh fruit and delicious food by our chef Marta, painting in the open air, dips in the pool and a private path to the beach.... Pura Vida!
Sending you HEAPS of inspiration and creative fuel for whatever projects are calling you. May blessings multiply in 2017!
xoFaith

Sacred Insight Retreat in Morocco

Here we are in the final month of 2016, a year that felt especially fast to me as I not only did so much traveling, to England, Morocco, Costa Rica and Hawaii, I also wrote my first book on painting which was a whirlwind of deadlines sprinkled in throughout it all! In April I ran my first retreat in Morocco, along with my co-leaders & friends Stephanie Perkinson & Mati McDonough, we welcomed a group of 12 women to Peacock Pavilions a boutique hotel outside of Marrakesh for the Sacred Insight Retreat.



We booked the whole dreamy property for our group and what a gorgeous week of sumptuous experience it was. Peacock Pavilions is dripping with details that the owner Maryam Montague has gathered on her many travels, sculptures, textiles, beads and many of the walls and floors are hand painted, with beautiful patterns at every turn. We dined in a special dining tent, sitting on the floor on pillows, and painted in another pavilion dedicated to our art, set amoungst an ancient olive grove. The air smelled constantly of orange blossoms.


We enjoyed delicious traditional Moroccan meals, as well as a traditional henna experience one evening before going into town for dinner.




I had always dreamed of visiting Morocco, the exotic beauty has appealed to me for as long as I can remember, and everything I imagined was real....being there felt like a wild carnival of humanity, a riot of color, pattern, fabric, mystery, dust & desert, so very different than anywhere else I've ever been. My favorite part of our time there was wandering the narrow streets of Marrakesh as we explored the Medina and adventured into little shops and restaurants during our days out in the city.



On a beautiful day trip to the coastal city of Essouaria, we experienced the highlight of our time in Morocco...a golden hour camel ride on the beach, caravan style with each of our camels following another, draped in colorful blankets, we passed ancient ruins, stray dogs and playing children. For those moments I felt outside of time, lifted up by the sparkling sunshine dancing on us over the dunes.






We were blessed with an amazing group of adventurous shining souls to share this experience with, each of them has a piece of my heart and our shared Moroccan adventure is something we're forever bonded by. Now Morocco is under my skin...I'm dreaming up what a return trip would look like, and what new adventures Mati McDonough and I could explore with another group in this amazing place!


Artists For Love



What a heavy week it has been, so much fear, sadness and shock all around. As a very empathic person I have felt the weight of all of it deeply, and I have been further saddened by the verbal attacks that I have seen on social media. Rather than continuing the cycle of anger I see what is happening currently as a rallying cry for more peace and more love no matter what side of the fence you stand on politically.

A dear friend said something recently that resonated with me deeply, in light of current events, that she has never believed that it is more vital to make art.

In times of distress, when we need to see the light but it is hard, each of us needs to turn within and seek out that which makes us feel most alive. Bringing more of what makes you feel most alive out into the world will in turn light others up. As Martin Luther King, Jr. so famously said darkness can not drive out darkness, only light can do that. Let us be a light for each other!

In the effort to create more compassion and love in the world, I'm joining other art sisters in the online community in creating this poster for LOVE. By doing this I do not intend to create a further divide with anyone, this is intended as a holy offering of love, a bridge to unity and inclusivity.
Join the #artistsforlove movement by creating your own image of love, and sharing it under the #artistsforlove hashtag, and by CLICKING HERE to get a free downloadable PDF of this image, print it out as many times as you like*, post it in your home, neighborhood, any where that could use a bit more love.

With wishes for many blessings,
xoFaith


*This PDF is for your own personal use and can not be sold, image copyright and all rights reserved Faith Evans-Sills.
Hello Beautiful One,

Do you feel the change in the air? At the start of every Autumn season I feel myself turning inward, looking back on the busy beautiful summer and reflecting on the quieter season ahead. Summer for me was a busy one this year, in August I finished my book Painting the Sacred Within, co-authored with my dear friend Mati McDonough. The book is full of all of the inspiration that we've gathered in two years of co-teaching our year long online class Painting the Sacred Within, covering so many topic close to our hearts from inspiration gathering, step-by-step layered painting projects, abstraction techniques, mandalas, and so much more! The book with be published through North Light Press in May 2017, we'll be announcing some pre-order specials and sneak peaks of the book in the coming months, along with a summer book tour!!

As we turn the corner into Autumn our first retreat here in Charleston is just a few weeks away! Mati and I have so much beauty planned for this painting retreat, spots have filled very fast and right now we only have two spots left!

Join us as we spend a weekend diving deep into soul filling painting at a mansion by the beach in Charleston, South Carolina.  We will spend the weekend down a dirt road, just a short walk to the ocean—gorgeous Folly beach. We'll have expansive marsh views from our large deck, a private pool, and so many chairs and hammocks. This will be a time to relax and enjoy gathering inspiration at every turn. We've designed the painting projects to be for all levels. In our paintings we'll explore a sense of place, bringing the local beauty into our work through mark making prompts, local color and exploring layered painting techniques. We'll take breaks to enjoy yummy catered food, and even have the option of dreamy portrait sessions with photographer Andrea Jenkins who will be with us all weekend!


Nothing makes me feel so honored as when women bravely join us on these retreat adventures. I know it's bold, and a bit scary to step in faith into a group of unknown women, to create with them, bare your soul with them in an unknown place. Over and over again now, as I have been doing the heart work of hosting these groups of women on art retreats for a few years, I have seen the beauty that unfolds as we unveil ourselves to each other within the safe space that these retreats create. Each retreat feels like a space outside of time where we step out of our day-to-day lives and allow ourselves to notice, to feel, to receive support and encouragement of other women.

Our Pura Vida Retreat in Costa Rica has become one of my favorite times of the year, this coming spring will be the third year that Mati and I have painted in Paraiso in Costa Rica with a group of women there at the Jungle Beach House...the magical property that we take over with its open air workspace, private path to the beach, and of course Marta our amazing cook and "mother" to all in the group. The beauty of that place, and the relaxation that I feel there, seeps into me and I carry it with me for the rest of the year. In June we announced our Spring 2017 Costa Rica retreat which will be April 3-9, 2017 and the retreat sold out incredibly fast! We love our time there so much, and want to be able to share the wonder of that place with more of you....

We are so excited to announce that we have added a second week in the spring, yipee!! Registration went live yesterday for:


If you've ever thought about joining us on this beloved retreat now is your chance!

Really these retreats nourish me in a way that my soul deeply longs for, I know that if I'm not taking care of myself then I'm no good for all those that depend on me. Sending wishes for more of this soul joy for all of you, along with love and courage as you approach your heart's work in the season ahead,
xoFaith

Painting the Sacred Within


PAINTING THE SACRED WITHIN: A YEAR OF EXPLORATION, SELF DISCOVERY & FINDING YOUR VOICE THROUGH PAINTING.

Join artists and teachers Mati McDonough and Faith Evans-Sills on a year long adventure, as we journey each week through a new way of working and seeing through paint. 

We ran our first year long e-course, 52 Paintings, in 2015 with the goal of creating a painting a week. It was an amazing inspiring journey, and what we found was that as the class dove deep into painting each week our students encountered their own true voice in their work. As a group we were really painting our "sacred within"! What a year of learning we had together, and on the other side of that we are thrilled to begin this next year of our online class, it will be the same course with a few new changes and topics....and a NEW name to reflect the transformative nature of the course, we know its going to be just as full of amazing discoveries for all of us!

Here are some of the gorgeous paintings created by our amazing students in last year's class:
 
Join us, reserve your spot in class today:




We'll dive into a new year of Painting The Sacred Within on April 18th, 2016. Our goal will be to create a painting a week and to take your studio practice to the next level. We'll journey for 52 weeks together. Through our guidance, prompts, lessons and learning you will find and develop your own voice in your work, our goal is not only to lead you to paint more in the year ahead but also to really connect with your deepest inspiration. We'll cover lots of techniques to add to your skill set in the studio, along with new ways of seeing and keeping yourself inspired. Mati and I film the weekly demo videos in our studios in an intimate casual format, allowing you a first hand glimpse into our working process and lives. On our frequent travels and our retreats in Morocco & Costa Rica we also film video for the class, we take you along with us and bring all of the rich inspiration that we gather and share it with you!

The course will be divided into monthly themes, within those themes we will explore in depth techniques and methods. Here are the monthly themes that we will cover:


Each week will follow a rhythm to help you stay focused on your goals and our monthly topic. 
Every Mondays either Mati or Faith will post an instructional demo video, walking you through our painting processes based on the weekly topic, we encourage you to turn up the music and paint along with us! Lessons will always include downloadable videos and will often include inspirational prompts, PDF downloads, along with lots of interaction in our private online classroom and in our private FB group.
Wednesdays are our inspiration day where we'll post videos, interviews and other bits of inspiration centered around monthly themes (like self care, color treasure hunting, and finding inspiration with nature mandalas to name a few) to keep you inspired through your week. 
Fridays are our sharing day where we invite you to be Daring together and share your work and ask for feedback! You'll have access to Mati and Faith's support, feedback and guidance throughout the year, especially every Friday where you can post your work and request detailed feedback on specific concerns.
We created this 5 minute video to give you a peek at the class with an inside look,


Painting The Sacred Within E-Course :: an inside look at my Year Long Class, Community & Self Discovery Through Painting! from Faith Evans-Sills on Vimeo.

Who is this class for?

This online class is open to all skill levels and all creative spirits looking to deepen their painting practice, broaden their painting skills and work their bravery muscles in the studio!

What materials do I need for this course, do I need a studio space?

No, you do not need a separate studio space for this course but it will be much easier if you have a spot in your home that is dedicated just to painting. This could be a corner of your kitchen, dining room or just a cabinet where you store your supplies so you can easily access them when your inspiration strikes. Some of our projects will be messy and you will want a place where you can feel free to let those spirits lead you without worry. We will give you a list of art supplies, many of which you probably already have in your studio/art bin. We'll primarily use acrylic paints, we'll share our favorite brands with you, along with inks, paint markers, paint brushes, collage materials, etc. we'll give you lots of notice so its easy for you to have things on hand.

How long will I have access to the course material? Do I have to complete all the projects?  

You will have access to all of the course material for the full year in our online classroom, so you can go at your own pace! No need to worry if you miss a week or a lesson, we want this class to feed your inspiration, and be a  receptive place where you can relax and re-energize your art practice. You will never get any guilt or pressure from us or within the group to complete projects. Participants can share their projects in the FB group as they feel led, gaining feedback and inspiration from each other!

It's already part of the way through the year, is it too late to start the class?

Its never too late, jump right in at any time! We have specifically designed this class to be easy to jump into at any time, once you sign up you'll have access to all of the lessons for the whole year to go at your own pace, so even if you sign up half way through the year you'll still be able to get all of the information that you need. You can start with what ever topic the class is currently covering, plus you'll be able to go back and cover all of the other topics for the whole year. Its always a great time to join our community!

We'll have our own easy to access password protected online classroom where we'll gather as a group. Mati and Faith will both invite you into their studios with video presentations. The course will have a strong weekly rhythm, with posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Our goal is to keep you on track and inspired!  All of the videos and PDFs presented with the class are downloadable and yours to keep forever! We'll spend time covering Nature Mandalas throughout the course, using them as an inspirational tool. We'll also have special social media tags to use when we share our work online throughout the course, building our community and tribe.

For a look at more of our amazing student work from the past year visit the tag #52Paintingsclass over on Instagram! Here's another video sneak peek into our class....


52 Paintings E-Course Intro. from Faith Evans-Sills on Vimeo.

We're so excited to dive into the next year of this exciting class, we'll gather to begin the adventure with our first day of classes on April 18th, 2016, join us!

Payment Options

Early Bird Price: $349 for the year

Register and pay by April 1st, 2016 and pay only $349 for the year long course. That's $100 off the regular price! Take advantage of this early bird discount and register here:






Jump on this $100 discount today, once our first pricing tier is full the price will go back to our Standard Price: $449 for the year

Looking forward to Painting Our Stories together and growing your work by Leaps and Bounds in 2016! See you in the classroom! 

xoFaith & Mati

About our teachers:

Faith is a painter, wife, mother, world traveler and New York City transplant. With 20+ years of personal painting experience she enjoys inspiring others to manifest their most heartfelt ideas through creating art. Her art has been exhibited widely and included in multiple publications. She offers creative workshops and retreats both in the US and internationally, and is currently working on her first book on Painting. Faith lives with her husband and 3 young children by the sea in Charleston, South Carolina, where they enjoy exploring southern beaches and maintaining a close connection with nature through frequent trips to wild places. Follow along here on her blog and on Instagram where she posts daily beauty and inspiration.
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Mati is an artist and daring adventurer whose name is pronounced Matey, like Ahoy! She is an Oakland, California based artist, illustrator, painting teacher and author of “Daring Adventures in Paint”.  After wanting to be an artist for many years, but feeling like it was “impractical”, at 29 years Mati took the leap and went back to art school at the California College of the Arts. Almost 10 years later, she is still excited and terrified every time she sees a blank canvas. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classes internationally and had her art used by clients Patagonia, University Games, Pier 1, as well as greeting cards, and her very own home decor line. She also has illustrated several children’s books including “i carry your heart” written by ee cummings. Through her workshops, book, and popular online course, she spreads a warm message of creative courage: it’s never too late to show the world your magic.  
photo by Andrea Scher 


REFUND POLICY: Due to the instant-access and digital nature of this product, there are no refunds!

Also check out our Costa Rica retreat PURA VIDA:: Painting in Paraiso with Mati and Faith, coming up March 7-13, 2016 at a villa on the beach in Nosara!  Our 2016 retreat is SOLD OUT but we will announce our 2017 Costa Rica Retreat dates soon so you'll want to get on my mailing list and follow me on Instagram to be the first to know.

All of the women joining our Pura Vida Retreat will receive a year long membership in our Painting The Sacred Within E-Course for FREE!

We are so excited about sharing all of the abundance of this coming year with you in the studio, learning and growing together!

Unexpected/Beautiful

I'm really excited to share this new e-course with you, created by my dear friend (and co-leader of my Morocco Retreat) wellness coach Stephanie Perkinson. Unexpected|Beautiful is a course with no intended purpose other than this: You will be making room for something great.


Here is the course described in Stephanie's words...
"Like the return of your mojo, a softer way of being with yourself, your inspiration or a new source of support. Something unknown and unexpected. Something on the horizon making it's way to you.

 
I want to show you how to make room slowly. With grace and creativity. Less striving and pushing through, more permission and play. This is how you can clear a path. When you allow the unknown to hold you...that is when the fun begins.

DO YOU WANT TO BE LED SOMEWHERE UNEXPECTED AND BEAUTIFUL? IF YES, THE FOLLOWING MIGHT FEEL FAMILIAR...
 

  • You are dying to shake things up but the inspiration well has run dry
     
  • You can't seem to find that buried treasure you know lives within you.
     
  • You have a phoenix burning in your chest. It's time for a re-birth.
     
  • You're tired of all the self-care platitudes out there. You are in need of something fresh.
     
  • You know that how we inhabit our bodies, our space and our life is intimately connected and you'd like more of that kinda good stuff please.
     
  • You really want to get off the overwhelm train

 

I believe in the power of story telling and the sharing of vulnerable human experiences as a way to not only connect with each other but to connect with the forgotten pockets of our own spirit."
The class will feature guest contributors, women who will share their journey, I'm so thrilled to be included!

"There will be gentle encouragement to dig deeper and the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers in real time. Each step we take brings us closer to the next incarnation of our essence. And perhaps most important of all...the time and the space to do it. This is not a fast paced course, jam packed with lengthy things for you to do and read everyday of the week. This is about absorbing and meandering with what you pick up. Taking action, but only if it feels good. 


It shouldn't take a crisis to begin paying attention to yourself and your dreams, to accept that there may be an issue that needs tending. We push and we push until we break. We are told to keep our heads high and carry on. Let no ripple of our messy insides mar our seemingly tranquil exterior. This course has been created straight from my heart in hopes that it will meet you in a place before the breakdown unfolds. And if your there already? It's OK. We have a comfy seat for you in the front. " 

Head over to Stephanie's website for all of the juicy details and registration.

winter session begins feb 8th-mar 27th

I'm giving away ONE spot in this amazing class over on Instagram, head over there to leave a comment on my post to be entered. I will randomly choose a winner and announce on Wednesday, February 3rd.

To register for the class right now, click the button below to take advantage of a special $10 discount immediately...


xoFaith

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