in Estes Park, Colorado
JULY 12-16, 2018

Join us for 3 days and 4 nights in beautiful Estes Park -- 
to paint and create, to rest and rejuvenate, to learn and share.

This Art Retreat offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in art, 
in an incredibly beautiful setting -- for a truly special experience!

PRICE:  $550, which includes tuition & supplies

TO REGISTER, with a deposit of $250, click here.

The balance of $300 will be due by July 1st

Your Tuition includes:

- Materials and supplies for the workshops
- Breakfast and lunch each day
- Snacks, water, coffee, and tea -- throughout the day
- Wine and snacks, for the evening gatherings
- 3 days of Art Workshops with Pat Howard
- Opening and closing gatherings, every day
- Yoga sessions (optional) -- every morning
- Time for yourself -- to meditate, walk, play, hang out, nap
- Unlimited fresh mountain air, laughter, and friendship


The retreat will flow through yoga, writing, drawing, and painting,
with a few surprises thrown in, each day.

In addition to lots of watercolor painting, 
your days will be a nice balance of learning, connecting, creating, reflecting, and sharing.


At the Painted Prism Art Retreat, you will:

- Fill your journal/sketchbook with sketches, doodling, writing, and musings.
- Work with watercolor, pencils, pens, liquid acrylic, markers, collaging.
- Complete 2 or 3 Painting Projects.
- Come together for Group Activities -- with intention, meaning, and fun, of course.


We will be staying and painting and playing here at Aspen Falls, a beautiful private mountain retreat in Estes Park -- set on 30 acres, with a private lake and gorgeous mountain views.

You'll have the option of staying in the main house, or in one of four cabins on the property -- 
at an additional, but very affordable, cost.  Lodging information, with prices, is below.

Thursday, 7/12 -- Check in between 3 and 6 pm.  Welcome Reception at 5 pm.

Friday through Sunday, 7/13-15 -- Our days will begin with a light breakfast, coffee, and tea.
Then, relaxing movement/exercise -- yoga, a jog, or a walk around the grounds.
The Art Workshops will start each day at 9:30 am.  We will be involved in art lessons and  projects for 5+ hours each day -- with time out for lunch.

At the end of each day, we will relax and connect
as we gather together in the main house.
This will be a time for sharing, reflecting, story-telling,
and creating new friendships 
while also enjoying a glass of wine.

Monday, 7/16 -- The Retreat will end after breakfast on Monday morning.

Come join us for 3 full days and 4 nights 
(Thursday afternoon until Monday morning)
 to learn, explore, and expand your talents, ideas, and creativity 
in this relaxed and friendly environment.

To Register for the Painted Prism Art Retreat:

- You can secure your spot at this retreat, by paying a deposit of $250, HERE.  The full balance of $300 will be due by July 1, 2018.

- You can also register by contacting Pat Howard at:

- Once you register for the retreat and pay the $250 deposit, you will receive an e-mail from us, describing how to book your lodging for the retreat.  

LODGING OPTIONS, at Aspen Falls:

Contact Pat Howard to book your accommodations, at

(Prices are PER NIGHT)

Main House

King Bedroom #1 (downstairs) -- ENTIRE ROOM RESERVED
                                 1 king bed, with attached bath -- $175/ night
                                 1 twin bed, in same room --          $50/ night
                                  Reserve the entire room (king bed & twin bed)
                                     with private bath --                   $225/ night

King Bedroom #2 (downstairs) -- ENTIRE ROOM RESERVED
                                1 king bed, with shared bath -- $150/ night
                                1 twin bed, with shared bath --  $50/ night
                                 Reserve the entire room (king & twin)
                                    with shared bath --                  $200/night

Queen Room #3 (downstairs) --
                                 1 queen bed, with shared bath -- $125/ night 


Historic Rustic Cabins

Cabin #1 -- RESERVED
1 queen bed, with 1 private bath -- $150/ night

Cabin #2 
1 queen bed -- with shared bath & kitchen -- $125/ night -- RESERVED
1 sleeper sofa bed (queen) -- with shared bath & kitchen -- $75/ night
Reserve the entire cabin -- $200/ night

Cabin #3 
1 king bed -- with shared bath & kitchen -- $150/ night
1 sleeper sofa bed -- shared bath & kitchen -- $75/ night
Reserve the entire cabin -- $225/ night

Grand Cabin (Brand new)
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Grand Cabin - North

Bedroom #1 (lower level) -- 
       King bed with shared bath -- $150/ night

Bedroom #2 (lower level) -- RESERVED  
       Queen bed with shared bath -- $125/ night

Bedroom #3 (upper level) --
       Queen bed with shared bath -- $125/ night

Loft (upper level) --
       Queen sleeper sofa with shared bath -- $75/ night

Grand Cabin - South

Bedroom #1 (lower level) --
       King bed with shared bath -- $150/ night

Bedroom #2 (lower level) -- 
       Queen bed with shared bath -- $125/ night

Bedroom #3 (upper level) --  RESERVED
       Queen bed with shared bath -- $125/ night

Loft (upper level) -- 
       Queen sleeper sofa with shared bath -- $75/ night


Questions?  Contact Pat at:

About the Retreat Leaders:

Pat Howard is a watercolor artist and teacher, who lives in Littleton, Colorado.  Her artist/teaching blog, The Painted Prism, averages 1,000 visits a day.  Pat's Watercolor Workshops, in Colorado, Ohio, and California, are always full, and she currently has 35 on-line mentoring students, from all around the world.  Pat's watercolor paintings can be seen at Columbine Gallery, in Loveland, CO.

Cheryl Miller Thurston is an award-winning author, editor, and musician, who lives in Loveland, Colorado.  She founded and ran a successful publishing company, Cottonwood Press, for 24 years.  Her plays and musicals have been performed all over the country.  Cheri writes the material for, directs, and plays the accordion for, the popular musical comedy performing group, Moonlighting Teachers.

Maureen (Mo) Garrity is our multi-talented yoga instructor and chef!


  1. Hi Pat, after reading over all the info on your retreat in July and speaking with my daughter and daughter in law, we are very interested in joining the group. What worries me is the altitude. Once , years ago while visiting Denver, I had difficulty breathing and it was very unpleasant. Wondering about the altitude in Estes Park.

    1. Hi, Joyce -- I'm glad that you're interested in the retreat. What a fun thing to do with your daughters! I understand your concern with the altitude, however. Estes Park is at a higher elevation than Denver, probably around 8,000 feet. (Denver is a mile high - 5280 feet). Now, we aren't going to be doing anything too strenuous, like hiking, and we will urge everyone to drink lots of water the whole time you're here. But, that is definitely something you will need to consider, Joyce.

  2. Hi Pat,
    I'm fairly new to watercolor and have been visiting your site frequently to try out all of your tips, suggestions and workshops. I love your site and I'd love to meet you and participate in one of your workshops. I have my eye on the Ohio dates and am excited to hear more details and start planning my trip! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and for such a wonderful resource.

  3. Hi, when is your next workshop, and where? I like your site, very informative, and would like to take the next step and attend a workshop. thanks. Christine

    1. Hi, Christine -- Thanks for your interest in my blog and the workshops and retreats. I have not yet finalized the dates for my workshops for 2018, but I will be publishing the workshop schedule in January. Hope it works out for you to attend! pat