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Well, it’s time to announce the winner of our special giveaway, from the pool of Art & Soul attendees who registered to sign up to take 4 or more daytime classes at the Portland, Oregon Retreat…

Our good friends at the Embassy who take care of us each year — Director of Sales, Jim Meyers and Director of Catering, Andrea Johnson — did the drawing for the wonderful prize of a FREE 5-night stay at The Embassy Suites in Portland. A pretty amazing package! And, so without further delay, we’d like to say….

Congratulations to our winner — Lauri Packenbush from Anchorage, Alaska!

Hooray! Good for you! You lucky duck! We hope you enjoy your Embassy Suites stay and have lots of fun while you play the days away at Art & Soul Portland this September/October.

For more information or to browse our class selection for Portland — visit our website. Registration is still open and there are plenty of workshops available!


Don’t forget that Art & Soul Retreats has a very special talk radio program to keep you inspired in-between events!

Hosted by professional artist and mentor Lesley Riley, Art & Soul Radio explores all aspects of the creative process. Whether you’re just beginning to explore your creativity or are a professional artist, this show is for YOU! Guests and topics include artists, authors, art materials and techniques, the business of art, creative blocks, “aha” moments and more.

Every other week the show offers a plethora of creative ideas! Personally, professionally and artistically you’ll generate more abundance, clarity, confidence and creative energy as your host, Lesley, inspires, encourages and ignites your Creative Spirit! Join us for our next exciting interview, or listen to past episodes… all for free!

What a great turnout for Portland this year. The Embassy was a bustle of activity as attendees and the public mingled and shopped on vendor night. It was great to see so many folks taking advantage of the gift it was to have all of these amazing artists, instructors and suppliers in one place. And the selection of vintage ephemera and photos, mixed media art, paper goods, jewelry, charms and tons more, was out of this world. It never ceases to amaze me how our vendors find some of these treasures, antique milk bottle caps, flash cards, keys from a 1,000 years ago, (okay, maybe not that far back). Incredible. A good time seemed to be had by all. I know I enjoyed myself. Can’t wait for next year. 


Blue ballons (and beautiful charms).


Vintage keys and other goodies.


Vintage dolls.


Visitors and attendees finding treasures.


What an honor to have Danny Gregory open our week of workshops. I never thought I would have the opportunity hear him speak, let alone get to meet him. Great all around. His presentation was incredible, made us think about the role of art in our lives, how it can transform,  and inspired us all to create, create, create. And thank goodness we’ll get the opportunity to do just that throughout the week. Thanks to all who attended, too.


Such a treat to meet Danny Gregory.