Immersive Painting Workshops In Picturesque Bellingham, WA

Painting, Local Northwest Culture, Good Food, and Great Outdoor Experiences

In a harried world, the time to creatively play is more important than ever. Painting workshops offer a respite from the trappings of modern life - a certain kind of breathing room for the spirit, and a chance to reconnect with inner worlds.
Rich artisan culture, scenic places of wonder, and a chance to explore innate creative talents make for extraordinary personal experiences. Our painting workshops invite you to go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with interesting people. Learn new things and grow. As artists and creative thinkers, passionate about living an interesting life, our mission is to provide amazing encounters, emphasizing the love of art, culture, and the great outdoors. Thoughtful, enriching, painting workshop experiences that embrace continuous learning and the adventure that is life.

Guests Say It Best

  • The dial in my minds’ eye is set to ‘artist’ and I see the design, lines, shapes and colors in all that I see. I have always been a ‘visual’ person, but the knowledge and experience I gained in these past few days, deepened my perception, wow, what could be better than that? –ALICE JEAN RYLAARSDAM, SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA

  • The trip to Bellingham was fabulous. Creative Adventures with Yvette and Derek was amazing, very well-planned and perfect in every way. We were handled like friends with V.I.P. privileges at all times, and left each day wanting more. This was one of my most favorite weeks ever – I’m so glad I went!

    –JANE SACHS RADOFF, HENDERSON, NEVADA

  • All I can say is WOW – This is the most amazing experience ever.
    –LAURA GOLD, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • I want to somehow convey how much these days of art and creativity immersion have meant to me. Thank you for your generosity of spirit, your willingness to share your talent, heart, and knowledge to make the world, our community and our place in it, more beautiful.

    –ALLISON ROBERTS, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

  • My week with Yvette and Derek was beyond memorable and a treasure in every conceivable way. I am wowing all of my friends with details of my visit. Yvette possesses many gifts: phenomenal artistic ability, intelligence, boundless curiosity, and a genuine warmth that pours out of every pore in her body. 

    –ANN WEISMAN, BINGHAM FARMS, MICHIGAN

  • I could not have asked for a more fabulous vacation than what I received from Yvette Neumann and her “team” during my 3-day Painting Retreat. Her beautiful and inspiring environment was perfect, and the instruction and support was exactly what I needed to progress along my path toward painting more professionally. (It is a very long path!) Yvette’s service was optimal too, including door-to-door pick-ups, fabulous lunches, excellent wines, and some much needed pet therapy from Logan and Amy –  thank you!

    –CAROLYN FRY, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

  • I will cherish my experience at Creative Life Adventures always! Yvette and Derek Neumann made every aspect of our event memorable with a perfect blend of stimulation and relaxation! Thank you for sharing your talents and spreading joy to others.

    –DANEEN RACKE, BURBANK, CALIFORNIA

  • The week was sensational. It was just more than I thought it would be. The process of painting was more intricate than I imagined – Yvette and Derek were great. Yvette’s kind encouragement has made me want to paint again, so I’m coming to work with her next summer for a week.  I think I will learn more from her that week than having somebody here for a year!–SUZANNE HARTMAN, WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICHIGAN

  • Just returned from one of their ‘custom group adventures’–and every aspect was PERFECT!

    –LISA OLWINE, LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA

  • I am still feeling so uplifted from my “week of art heaven” with you. Thank you again for your individualized instruction in your beautiful and inviting studio space, for the decadent and delicious meals, for all the extras – your extra time in facilitating wonderful visits with other artists, book recommendations, and gifts; it was exactly – EXACTLY – what I needed right now in my life!

    –JESS ARMSTRONG, GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO

  • I am still on cloud nine after the extraordinary art weekend with Yvette and Derek. I felt like a kid in a candy store as I walked in the door! A treasure trove of art supplies at your fingertips and the gorgeous work space was “home” for three days.–LAURA JONES GARCIA, ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTON

  • Absolutely enchanting retreat. From an orca whale watching cruise to relaxing in a beautiful remodeled old barn, the ambience was amazing to say the least. Yvette’s paintings seemed to always follow the lighting of the day. In the sunlight, crisp, clean and airy. And with the sunset, colors I didn’t notice before, warm, comforting and glowing. There’s not enough I can say about this hidden gem!

    –PATRICIA SMITH, SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI

  • Thank you so much for the glorious experience.  It was a blast!!  I learned so much.–ANNIE WINDSOR, PORTLAND, OREGON

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