PAINTING & SOULFOOD CREATIVE RETREAT (cancelled due to COVID-19)
21st- 27th August 2020
Unleash your inner vitality & radiance. Join Harriet and Paula for a tropical journey to indulge your senses and relax into a truly inspirational environment. Set in a gorgeous beachfront garden, we will be sharing with our guests our collaborative knowledge base with dedicated relaxation, pampering and creative inspiration to feed your soul.
September 21st-27th August 2020
What you can expect
We will have a driver collect you from the airport. On arrival to our venue, life becomes a dream. This week is about relaxation and connecting to your creative flow. Paula will lead you through fun, confidence building painting exercises and guide you while you create your watercolour and acrylic paintings. All breakfasts and onsite activities are set in our tropical garden. Everything is optional, and we encourage our guests to relax as they need to.
Safe and easy
We have a preferred travel agent who will help you with flights and get you onto the same flight as other guests. We will arrange a driver to meet you at the airport and bring you to either the villa or if you prefer a day or two prior to the retreat, prearranged separate accommodation in Ubud, where you can join us and the others in your group to relax and catch your breath after your flight, shop and sample the amazing restaurants. We will also have a meet and great before we leave NZ for those who can make it.
Booking options available for couples, singles and small groups. You can sign up to my email alerts on the home page so you don’t miss out.
"I have been fortunate enough to experience two Bali retreats with Paula and Harriet. Each location different from the other but enjoyable in their own unique and Beautiful Bali way.
As our hosts they provided us with a bounty of good nutritional knowledge and experienced art tuition.
The Yoga, the massages, relaxing by the pool, shopping and exploring made for a very enjoyable time away to unwind and reset.
Many thanks, God bless."
"I would highly recommend this retreat. Enjoyed every minute of it! I have never gone to an 'Art Retreat', let alone 8hours flight away, and on my own. Any worries I initially had about travelling or living with a bunch of women I didn't know soon evaporated. Paula has the knack of reassurance. Everything had seamlessly been considered and ironed out. No worries. The accomodation was luxurious, and food delicious. I spent the time languishing in the pool, painting, doing yoga and eating, and laughing! Paula introduced me to watercolour painting, a process which was unfamiliar to me, but what gorgeous result. Returned home well chilled. Thanks Paula, I want to come again!"
+ Paula Knight: renowned art teacher, mentors, guides and advises, as well as helping you to deepen your creative connection and maximise your time there amongst the magic. Covering botanical watercolour painting and acrylic on canvas painting. Suitable for all levels, no experience needed. Paula loves introducing beginners to painting.
+ Harriet Meyer-Knight: architectural talks explaining local Balinese architecture. Plant-based food demonstrations, happy tummy delights and beautiful creations to make you smile.
+ Our 2020 guest Yoga teacher Brooklyn Reardon from Creature Yoga Byron Bay will guide + balance you in daily movement.
+ The venue staff will be on hand to make your whole experience that little bit more special – you just wait and see!
Delicious and healthy meals, using local produce, including authentic Balinese cuisine. We will be offering nutritious plant based options and cater for gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free diets, as well as any other individual dietary requirements.
Our beachfront venue
Our gorgeous beach bungalows have panoramic ocean views overlooking the pool and a beautiful garden full of giant frangapani trees. The sun rises and sunsets are spectacular and its delightful to watch local fisherman sail their traditional boats out from the beach for their daylie catch. We are also right on the doorstep of a world renowned tropical reef for snorkeling at your leisure.
Our beautiful air conditioned bungalows are shared or private, all with ensuite bathrooms, and your own covered porch, a perfect place for a massage! Fresh fruit and purified water being replenished daily. Massages and plenty of time relaxing by the pool, overlooking the beautiful tropical gardens and out to sea. Staff can arrange any extra pampering as you feel. Your entire week will be about looking after you.
"Bali Retreat with Paula was very inspiring with a variety of compositions to choose from to paint. With an introduction to water colour and acrylic paint to apply.
Beautiful fresh home grown food and local fruits were prepared for us, full of flavour.
Harriet’s knowledge and preparation for healthy foods was very interesting.
All this was set in a tropical peaceful garden resort with swimming pool and the rice fields surrounding us.
This was very relaxing with the hot summer temperature, the hardest part was trying to decide whether to paint first or swim and sunbath.
Regards Lianne Maxwell"
"I had a wonderful time on Paula and Harriet’s Bali retreat, loved Harriet’s daily healthy demonstrations and really enjoyed painting under Paula’s knowledgeable instruction. The thing I enjoyed the most was the friendliness of the Balinese people." -
“The retreat was an ideal opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone and have a very rich and indulgent experience just for me! This was my first trip to Bali, travelling with a group of women I didn’t know previously and painting for the first time.
Paula’s exceptional talent and expertise in teaching painting brought a boost in confidence in my creative side with lots of encouragement throughout. My health and wellbeing was nurtured the whole time by Harriet’s depth of knowledge in nutrition and natural health remedies. I was indulged everyday with samples and information of nourishing food & beauty products, as well as an abundance of fresh, local meals which more than catered for my specific dietary requirements.
Overall the retreat was an opportunity to recreate my mind set and rediscover my authentic self, coming away with more clarity and purpose of my life, and a whole heap of inspiration!” - Jill Glenn
You are directly on the beach, stepping out of the front garden gate and onto the sand. A world renowned reef just a couple of metres from the calm shore, an abundance of tropical fish and stunning coral reef thrill the eyes as you float over at any time you wish. The most exquisite sunrises and sunsets best enjoyed from out beachfront location with the stunning Mount Agung to our side. Alternatively you can walk into the small boutique shops and cafes of Amed, and enjoy the glimpses of Balinese life on your way.
"This was my first trip to Bali. I had no idea what to expect. I have heard and read tales of young travellers revelling in parties, alcohol and drugs.
I was one of the oldest members of the retreat, so at 67 years old I decided to ‘give it a go’. I wasn’t disappointed.
The venue was delightful. We arrived after dark and was greeted by Paula, as well as other members of the team, and a delicious glass of exotic fresh fruit juice. The retreat was lit by a festive cluster of colourful lights glowing through the trees lighting up the house, swimming pool,
leisure areas around the pool, it looked very inviting. My room was well above my expectations. I had a large comfortable room, and a unique en-suite. Unique because it had wooden blinds with a cacophony of insects and birds competing in the organic rice fields just beyond the parameter of the retreat. Once my blinds were open they stayed open throughout our stay. No glass panes, just open air.
I was in Paradise.
The days activities were discussed each morning. Paula’s art classes were spent in an opened area, or if you preferred a shaded area. All art equipment was supplied by Paula. The art classes relaxed and fun. Each person was given individual time and guidance whether they were a proficient, budding, or beginner artist.
I spent a lot of time in the outside pool, It was pleasantly relaxing and overlooked by incredibly exotic foliage.
The evening could be spent experiencing a full body massage, manicure, or a choice of many other treatments, given by experienced local women. Relaxing by the pool. Or continuing your art work to your heats content.
We had wonderful food all locally sourced and prepared. Individual dietary needs respected.
There was so much I experienced, and enjoyed.
I fully recommend this retreat experience
In a fabulously welcoming Bali. Liz Ellison"
"In September 2018 I joined a lovely group of ladies from the Bay of Plenty on a trip to Bali. Organised by Artist Paula Knight ( Artist ) and her daughter Harriet of Papamoa.
It was a dream come true having never been to Bali. We were well looked after from leaving Auckland to arriving n Bali. Vehicles, flights, motels etc all organised by Paula.
Beautiful meals, exotic provided and cooked by chefs.And lovely Harriet and her creative cooking we were always pleasantly surprised what she would come up with next. Little gifts etc. to bring home.
You could please yourself if you wanted to swim in the pool, go for walks, shopping etc.
And of course we had Paula who inspired us with art, she organised acrylics, water colours and techniques and drawing skills.Paula is a skilled art teacher even if you have never painted before or you have and need to improve on techniques.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and felt I am growing as an artist. Thanks to Paula.
We are so lucky to have her in Papamoa. I would recommend to anyone thinking about going on this trip, to go. You have nothing to loose only to gain. Jude Brown"
All beautiful bungalows have ensuites, air conditioning & lovely views.
Retreat (6 nights)
Queen Bungalow with ensuite $3545 (deposit $1000)
Twin Share Bungalow with ensuite $3145 (deposit $1000)
Optional Ubud Experience (2 nights)
Pre retreat accommodation $295 (accommodation and breakfast only) Rest and recover from your flight in our favourite central Ubud Balinese owned garden resort and experience the fantastic shopping amazing food + excitement of Ubud.
+ 6 nights luxury villa accommodation
+ Private or twin share rooms all with ensuites
+ Each room is serviced daily by our attentive local staff
+ Transportation for our excursions, visits to all natural sites & temples
+ Adventure to the beach, snorkeling.
+ Local architecture narrative from architectural designer Harriet
FOOD, NUTRITION & NOURISHMENT
+ All your delicious healthy breakfasts, lunches and 2 x evening meals at our venue included. (extra evening meals will be at the local beach restaurants as this year we would like to support some of the Balinese owned businesses). We cater for vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and other dietary requirements
+ Raw plant-based food demonstrations
+ Daily tropical, fresh fruit platters
+ Bali coffee & fresh herbal teas
+ Filtered water, fresh fruit juices
YOGA & BODY TREATMENTS
+ Daily Yoga classes, Movement and guided meditation with Brooklyn
+ Balinese massages
+ Herbal healing balinese body scrub demonstrated by Harriet
+ Skincare and natural beauty gifts and sampling
+ Many other pampering services on the menu anytime from our beautiful balinese spa (some extra charges may apply for additional treatments)
PAINTING, ART EXERCISES & TECHNIQUES
+ Acrylic on canvas painting. Take your piece of tropical paradise home with you
+ Botanical painting in water colour
+ Confidence in your creative side & general self-expression
+ Relaxing art therapy
+ All art supplies
+Full WI-FI service
Bali is a special place for us, having been there a combined total of over a dozen times and we wish to share Bali with you as a place for inspiration, growth & healing. Harriet & Paula share a love of nature, the arts, travel, people & cultures. We will be in Bali to nourish, support & teach you, while allowing you to find & maintain your optimal wellness in a way only a creative retreat can.
We invite people of all ages & stages to join us!
Get in touch to reserve your spot, you don’t want to miss this years Bali Magic!
(limited spaces remain)
Contact us here and we will be sure to answer your queries and get you booked in