Escape to the wilds of the California’s most Northern Wine Country and the Mendocino Coastline

Artist Desiree Habicht will be hosting a week long excursion of the land and sea while you document country life in this rugged California outpost. We’ll be based at The Madrones. This Mediterranean estate serves as a community outpost for local artisans: home to four vintners, a wood-fired pizzeria, several estate guest quarters, a bocce ball court, serene courtyards, the Bohemian Hall meeting room and carefully manicured English gardens. The Madrones and its artisan partners have created the Anderson Valley definition of an Italian “Agriturismo”, a destination that offers a slice of localized country living with a focus on the region’s wine, food, arts, and beauty.

Our program will begin on Friday with a welcome dinner on the property. Our days will be spent enjoying the painting and sketching classes of our special guest artist/instructor Desiree Habicht. Explore the regions vineyards, redwood forest, rustic coastline and visit private wineries and working farms, during the peak of the harvest session.

Classes are perfect for beginners, or those wanting to practice and improve their techniques. Using pencil, pen, pastels and travel watercolors, we’ll illustrate the details of this beautiful region as well as have an intimate glimpse of American country life as you tour vineyards, forest and coastlines. Desiree is known for her fun and supportive instruction and she will teach you to draw and paint in your own style. The estate’s Bohemian Hall will also be set aside as a workplace for “at home” class time where you will work with other artist mediums such as fabric and mono printing.

We’ve included a visit to a State park with old growth redwoods, a visit to a working ranch that produces olive oil, a tour of a winery with a private tasting with a winemaker, an afternoon of Bocce Ball and wine tasting, trip to the historic seaside village of Mendocino, a field hike and sketching excursion with a local naturalist as well as some few other seasonal surprises.

The week of touring, painting and journaling will wrap up with a farewell dinner. We’ll compile your week of sketches and paintings in artist travel log for you to return home with.

October 3rd – 9th, 2014 $2500 per person

What’s included:
Six nights accommodations at The Madrones
Daily buffet breakfast
Welcome dinner
Farewell dinner
Field painting and workshop classes with Desiree Habicht
Basic course materials for classes
Transportation to coast, parks and farms
Guided walk with naturalist
Tour of Olive ranch
Tour of winery and private tastings
Tour of the coastline, Mendocino and lunch in the village

*Base pricing is on double occupancy and does not include transportation to The Anderson Valley. Ask about rates for private single room. All programs are subject to revision. Guest are provided with a suggested list of painting supplies to bring along.

Payment schedule:
Deposit of $500 must be paid at time of registration in order to hold your reservation; $250 is non-refundable.

Remaining balance is due no later than August 3rd, 2014
*Inquire if you are interested in a payment plan.

Cancellation Policy- A minimum number of participants is required for this retreat to take place. (Please don’t make your travel plans until we contact you.) If, for any reason, the retreat is cancelled your deposit will be fully refunded or you can choose for it to be rolled over to a future retreat.
If you cancel prior to August 3rd 2014, a full refund (minus the $250 non-refundable deposit) will be issued to you.
Cancellation 59-15 days prior to August 23, refund is 75% ( less $250 non refundable deposit)
Cancellation 14-7 days prior refund is 50% (less $250 non-refundable deposit.)
No refund will be made for withdrawal from the workshop 7 days prior to the retreat or after the retreat begins.

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