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What it’s like to participate in a Bessette Workshop…and what to expect

Bessette workshops are like no other art workshop you will attend. Ever. They are more like retreats for the artist’s soul. We paint a lot….day and night if you would like. We talk a lot…. about pretty much whatever comes up while you are here.

{If you already know this is totally your thing, jump right to the retreats and dates.}

We dig into the soul of your work and find the next level of you.

We talk a lot about the “why” of the work you create. We spend time playing, messing things up, exploring, learning, dancing, laughing, crying (yep, some do that), diving deep into you.

workshopI tend to teach to the rhythm of the room, which means I feel my way to the heart of you – what you need, what you desire in your work, what you feel is important to take your work to the next level for you.

The groups are small…never more than 10, but usually 7 or 8 ish…

There is great food, wine, and cookouts, firewalks (occasionally), campfires, soul searching, journaling, support, business talk and lots of it for those who desire strong careers in art.

The only thing you need to bring to these retreats is your desire to know more…more about you, an open heart and some of your favorite supplies for your craft.

Your travel and stay are up to you. Some artists get together and share rooms and rental cars, etc.

Our days are long and filled.

I do not map out details for people about my workshops because so far every single one has been different in the best possible ways. There is a level of trust that people have that I will deliver what they need. I like it that way. It serves up readiness on the artist’s part to know that they are intuitively in the right place. It also helps me teach better to help you with exactly what you need for your art and your career instead of a cookie cutter teaching curriculum.

That is key to my success as a mentor.

If you are afraid of your bigness, hate having fun, need lots of details to make a decision, or need lots of mapped out curriculum, these retreats are not for you.

If however, the sound of this makes your cells vibrate to a “hell yes“…then…I’m your teacher. Step aboard.

Bessette Studios Upcoming Retreats


Bessette Flagship Retreats
Abstract Immersion Retreats
The Annual Beginner Retreat
Soul of the Artist Retreats

Bessette Retreats often sell out very quickly, so if you would like more information or want to be put on a waiting list for possible cancellations to receive first notice when we announce a new retreat, please email Jeanne at jeanne@BessetteArt.com.

2016 Workshops

Mar 14-18
Permission Retreat
Sorry, this one’s sold out.
April 25-29
Flagship Retreat
Yikes, this one’s sold out too!
July 14-17
Portal of Creation Special Workshop
Private group

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