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Join me in Italy!  

Life in the Landscape

Buongiorno, friends!

Live & In-Person  |   8-Day Retreat   |   August 30-September 6, 2024  |   Le Marche, Italy 

 I’m so excited to invite you to join me for a art-filled, adventure for the senses in stunning, Le Marche, Italy. This 8-day all-inclusive creative retreat will take place at the gorgeous Boutique Hotel Leone which sits on the edge of a picture-postcard medieval hilltop village. This little gem in Italy is full of breathtaking beauty, fascinating history, endless inspiration and authentic Italian experiences. Whether you're a seasoned painter, or just beginning your artist journey, we've got you covered! Come...let's make wonderful art and memories together! 

RETREAT DATES: August 30th-September 6th, 2024


                                                                  Single                    Sharing

Classic Twin/Double                               $3,107                 $2,678

Superior Double                                    $3,214                $2,785

Deluxe Double                                       $3,221                $2,892

Junior Suite                                            $3,428                $3,000

2 Bed Suite                                             N/A                    $3,000


*Current Euro Exchange Rate May Vary and Affect Pricing

Your Time With Jen:


Your 8-day creative retreat will be a beautiful blend of colorful art making, inspiring excursions, cultural experiences, fantastic food and wines and of course, plenty of free time to relax and explore! You can arrive, unpack and settle in at the gorgeous Hotel Leone where we’ll be making our home for the next 8 days! Feel free to take a dip in the luxurious pool, stroll around r pop into the spacious studio where we will be making magic together!


During our time together in beautiful Montelparo, you’ll be guided through a variety of creative prompts and painting activities ranging from small abstract color studies to larger mixed media landscapes and paintings. There will be art instruction and guidance offered daily, however, feel free to take time to yourself in lieu of art making if you’re feeling the desire to venture out on your own or take the day off from painting. When we’re not painting in the studio or on site, we’ll be visiting enchanting medieval villages, strolling through Italian markets, picnicking in the Italian countryside and creating all along the way…the inspiration is endless!

“Working with Jennifer brings out the creativity you never knew you had! Her high energy and positive attitude make you feel good during, and after you leave her classes.”

— Debbie Sullivan, Marketing Director

What to Expect: 

  • Gain a greater understanding of color theory as it relates to temperature, tone and "emotional charge”

  • Explore materials and mark-making in fresh new ways to help create looser and more expressive art

  • Learn a variety of mixed media techniques for creating depth and texture in your work

  • Create colorful and engaging abstract studies expressive landscape paintings 


  • Improve your drawing and painting techniques 


  • Hone your visual eye and observation skills through plein-air sketches and artworks


  • Fill your art journal with beautiful, memorable art you’ll cherish for years to come 


  • Experience the beauty and culture of the region


  • Visit many historical villages and sites


  • Enjoy organic, locally sourced foods and wines


  • Meet and connect with artists from around the world


  • and much much more!

Included in Your Retreat: 
  • All tuition fees

  • 7 nights accommodation in air-conditioned, en-suite rooms in a luxurious palazzo with commanding views across the rolling hills of the Le Marche countryside to the coast – see our rooms here

  • All meals including breakfast, buffet lunch and a choice of up to 4 courses from our daily changing gourmet evening menu

  • A ‘pizza-giro’ evening at a local trattoria within a few minutes walk of the hotel

  • Delicious local wine with lunch and evening meal

  • Private group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)

  • 5 days painting tuition including demonstrations and one-to-one advice and guidance

  • 3 days’ excursions to specially selected stunning locations

  • Private transfers to and from  painting locations

  • Guided orientation walking tour of the medieval hill-top town of Montelparo on day of arrival 

  • 1 free day (lunch not included) with the option to take an excursion to the beautiful town of Ascoli Piceno, a Renaissance town full of history as well as fabulous boutique shops, charming cafes and one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas

  • Unlimited use of air-conditioned studio

  • Easels, boards and portable stools and chairs

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for."

 -Georgia O’Keeffe

A Bit About the Artist:

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Jen is a colorful, Southern California Artist, and Educator. Her art and offerings are an invitation for people to experience freedom, connection and just plain joy.


Jen’s been making art, both hangable and wearable since she can remember. From guitar picks to her favorite pair of boots, she’s painted on everything under the sun. Jen feels alive and free when splashing around in her small but spirited studio. Her favorite subjects to paint are people and elephants. She feels deeply connected to humanity when she’s attempting to capture the essence of another living being in a painting; it’s often a spiritual experience for her.


Jen’s been teaching for over 25 years. She loves sharing her passions for art-making and personal expression with people of all ages and abilities. Helping others experience the self discovery and ah-ha moments that creativity has to offer makes her soul sing! 

What's included:

  • All workshop and art instruction

  • Seven nights lodging in the Boutique Hotel Leone

  • Some art supplies (will be specified closer to trip)

  • All deliciously prepared meals except - 1 lunch

  • All tour & excursion fees

  • All yummy wine and beverages

  • Transport to and from Ancona Airport or Pedaso station

What's Not  Included

  • Travel expenses to and from Italy - Airfare

  • Passport fees

  • Travel Insurance

  • Additional nights lodging and/or meals 

Hotel Leone will handle all payments securely and handle all booking details. 

Your creative adventure awaits you!

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