Design Your Group Event


One of our existing Painting Workshop events may already be perfect for your group! Browse through our offerings to see options for different kinds of experiences, at different times of the year. Not finding quite the right thing?  Click here to see other activity ideas and a range of experiences that can be tailored to your group's interest. Download our Alumni Group brochure and get the 'skinny' on our full range of adventure options and concierge services.

Our Services

Not a 'Big Bus' Experience

We believe that people are seeking a more intimate and meaningful experience. By limiting events to just 8 people at a time, we offer a more personalized connection as an alternative to bigger tour company offerings.

Continuing Education

In combining art workshops with local tourism, our events balance leisure time with the pursuit of lifetime learning that most alumni groups seek, and curious people value.

Local Meet & Greet Facilitation

We are happy to arrange a special event or evening gathering for visiting alumni to connect with local alumni. Whether casual or formal, we craft just the right mood - work with us to explore possibilities.

University Co-Branding

We love integrating University memorabilia products into your alumni experience and will work with you on placement and more.

Airport Pick Up/Drop Off

Fly directly into Bellingham International Airport or arrange transportation from SeaTac Airport, Seattle. Private airport shuttle to/from Bellingham available at your request.

The VIP Treatment

Simplify travel information for your group with a private webpage for your event. Password protected, so your details stay private. A great way to organize everything in one place.

  • Thank you so much for the glorious experience.  It was a blast!!  I learned so much.

    –ANNIE WINDSOR, PORTALND, OREGON

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Just returned from one of their ‘custom group adventures’–and every aspect was PERFECT.–Lisa Olwine, Lawrenceville, Georgia

  • 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 ROSE, CALIFORNIA

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

  • 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, St. Louis, Missouri