in Estes Park, Colorado

JUNE 22-26, 2023

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

PRICE:  $600, which includes tuition & supplies
(Lodging is available on-site, at an additional cost.)

Once you register for the retreat on Etsy, and pay the $300 deposit, you will receive an e-mail,
describing how to book your lodging with us.
There are a few options which will be explained at that time. (See below.)

The balance of $300 will be due by June 1st.

Your Tuition includes:

- Materials and supplies for the workshops
- Breakfast and gourmet 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 and writing, references and notes.
- Create and complete 2 or 3 watercolor painting projects.
- Come together for group activities, in the mornings and evenings -- with intention, meaning,       and fun, of course.


This Art Retreat will be fairly small -- 9-14 women --
with plenty of attention and time for each of you,
as we accompany you on a journey of discovery.



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, 
in the new lodge, 
or in one of the rustic cabins on the property -- 
at an additional, but very affordable, cost.  
Lodging information, with prices, is below.


Thursday, June 22nd-- Check in between 3 and 6 pm.  Welcome Dinner at 5 pm.

Friday through Sunday, June 23, 24, 25 - 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, June 26 -  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  $300. The full balance of $300 will be due by June 1, 2023.

- Once you register for the retreat and pay the $300 deposit, you will receive an e-mail from us, describing how to book your lodging for the retreat.  

To register, GO HERE

LODGING OPTIONS, at Aspen Falls:

Contact Pat Howard to book your accommodations, at

(Prices are PER NIGHT)

Main House

King Bedroom #1 (downstairs) -- RESERVED
                                 1 king bed, with private bath -- $200. per night
                                       (extra twin bed in the room)

King Bedroom #2 (downstairs) -- RESERVED
                                1 king bed, with private bath -- $200. per night
                                      (extra twin bed in the room)

Historic Rustic Cabins

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

Cabin #2  RESERVED
1 queen bed -- with shared bath & kitchen -- 
     plus 1 queen sleeper sofa —    $175/ night

Cabin #3  RESERVED
1 queen bed -- with shared bath & kitchen --
     plus 1 sleeper sofa bed  -- $175/ night

New Twin Owls Lodge

Lodge - Northeast Half RESERVED

Lower Level — $250/night 
       King Bedroom with shared bath 
          Plus Queen Bedroom
Reserve the entire lower level for $250 per night 

Upper Level —$150/night 
       Queen bed with bath
Reserve the entire upper level for $150 per night

Lodge - Southwest Half  RESERVED

Lower Level — $250/night 
       King bedroom with shared bath 
          Plus Queen bedroom with shared bath 
Reserve the entire lower level for $250 per night 

Upper Level — $150/night
       Queen bed with bath
Reserve the entire upper level for $150 per night


Questions?  Contact Pat at:

About the Retreat Leaders:

Pat Howard is a watercolor artist and teacher, who lives in Centennial, Colorado.  Her artist/teaching blog, The Painted Prism, averages 1,000 visits a day.  Pat's popular Watercolor Workshops, in Colorado and Ohio are always full, and she currently has 25 on-line mentoring students, from all around the world.  

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

  4. Me and 2 friends have registered for the retreat at Estes Park. Waiting to hear from you on our room reservation!!
    We've sent emails to you!!