Yvette Neumann

Principal Partner/Creative Spirit

In 2008, desiring a more qualitative life, I left the corporate world where I worked in Aerospace, IT, and Banking, to pursue my original love – art. What followed was a crazy, creative period, involving renovation of a dilapidated horse barn on our property to become the thriving gallery and studio business, Yvette Neumann Fine Art, it is today. This juncture feels like the natural offshoot of my life’s arc, and I’m truly fortunate to be ‘following my bliss’, as Joseph Campbell so gently urged, and ever grateful to be doing work that brings meaning and purpose to life. The opportunity to share my passion for art, community, and nature in all its splendor truly delights me, and I look forward to the joys of meaningful connection with you.

Derek Neumann

Principal Partner/Professional Sherpa

After a successful 24 year career in aerospace engineering and management, I made the decision to pursue a more engaging way of life, leaving behind the drone of the office for a more fulfilling work/life experience. As an avid skier, biker, and hiker, Bellingham is a dream come true for anyone who loves the great outdoors as much as me. Being the Professional Sherpa behind Creative Life Adventures NW allows me to use my skills to combine the behind the scenes heavy lifting with full service support that makes the client experience relaxed, intimate, and fun. I’m genuinely excited to share our wonderful town, fabulous natural setting, and Yvette’s immense talents as artist and teacher with visitors to the great Northwest.

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Our Recipe For Well Being

We believe in life changing experiences, done in the best possible way. Well-being is more than the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy; it’s flourishing and thriving and living life to the fullest. As life gets busier and the world more unavoidably connected, making time to switch off and ‘just be’ becomes critical to our well-being.

Some of our greatest challenges in life come from needing to balance our inner worlds with that of our outer experiences. In a world that often demands more of us than we can comfortably give, being able to express our authentic selves in varied and creative ways, does a good deal to insulate us from the pressures of modern living. That's why we believe in drinking deeply from the Universal abundance that surrounds us - the harmony of Nature and its many bountiful fruits, the intimacy of great conversations and community support that strengthen the bonds of human connection. Add a giant dollop of freedom, where no permission is needed and no one's keeping score, and you have a recipe for mindful experience that feeds and nourishes the soul. We'll all have a good laugh in the end, parting as friends and fellow accomplices, anxious for when next we can all get together to make mischief again.

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Why We Garden and Why You Should Too

Gardens connect us to nature, reminding us of the spiritual sides of our nature in turn. Nature teaches us lessons about change, the organic processes of birth, growth, decay, and death - lessons that many are detached from in modern life. As society moves toward a manufactured model of living and away from the lessons of nature, it's easy to see why people can feel disconnected from life's many gifts. This is because environment is an ongoing 'felt' experience, which makes being open and alert to the world around us, a necessary and integral part of daily living. Our gardens provide this opportunity, and you're invited to explore our little organic farm to your heart's content. Breath in the sights and smells, partake of the bounty before you. And when you're ready, return to the studio to paint, renewed and inspired.

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Pleased To Offer Monthly, Quarterly, Bi-Annual, And Made To Order Events, Year-Round.Confirmed dates for 2018 are available. 2019 dates available June 1, 2018.