Creativity and Painting Retreats in Tuscany and Virginia

Creativity Retreats Dorothy Fagan

I would go back in a heartbeat!”

“Every day was better and better; amazing views, inspirational conversation, fun cooking classes, hillside hiking, and a patient and creative teacher and mentor to build confidence and find my own creative energy.
Sarah Collins Honenberger, author of Catcher, Caught

Inspired by a Vision in France

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Creativity & Painting Retreats that energize the Creative Spirit

“Are you going to come home a new person again?” my sister asked as I boarded the plane. “I sure hope so!”
Dorothy Fagan
Dorothy Fagan


It’s true! Coming home from France, I felt as though I was walking back into someone else’s life! I wanted to share my experience with friends. I wrote a book, Discovering Joy’s Garden and began designing retreats.

I’m Dorothy Fagan. My retreats are inspired by a vision I had five years ago in Provence. Seeking new direction for my painting (and life,) I applied for an artist’s residency. That one creative retreat brought everything I’d done in life into a singular purpose in this website.

I couldn’t have done it alone. The method I developed is called CreativSOUP! Each person stirs the pot and flavors to their own taste and whimsy. You can get a taste of it in my book, in my CreativSOUP column, or join me for dinner at one of my retreats in Tuscany or Virginia.

BOOK Discovering Joy's Garden

You don’t need to be an artist, to attend one of my  retreats. Everyone is creative.

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Creativity is invigorating, infectius, and just plain fun.

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by Phil McLean, retired psychotherapist on Dorothy Fagan Creativity Retreats
Once In A Lifetime Journey To The Heart And Soul Of Tuscany
Tuscany Creativity Retreat: Tuscany Creativity Retreat: 2017 Retreat in Poggio Alla Croce

I really can't use enough superlatives to describe my experience on this retreat. The very special and authentic partnership when Dorothy and Danilo have created is at the heart of this Tuscan journey. Their combined expertise and commitment to the participants produce a stimulating, enjoyable and truly educational experience.With Dorothy's gentle but clear guidance and encouragement, I was able to achieve my goal of beginning to paint and genuinely have fun. Danilo and his wonderful family provided much more than first hand Tuscan cuisine. They welcomed us with open arms and reminded us in the most poignant way how important love and family are every day.This retreat truly opened my heart and guided me to a new dimension of my creative self. I absolutely feel as though I experienced a once in a lifetime journey to the heart and soul of Tuscany.

tuscan cooking lessons
Guests learn to make Tuscan pizza in a wood fired oven. Learning to cook nurtures digestion of new ideas and inspiration.

Personalized Creativity Retreats

Personalized programs include; painting in oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, watercolor journaling, creative development, mindfulness, renewaldreamwork, plein air painting, color, acrylics, and fabric painting.

“The power of emotion transforms each time the brush touches paper.”

2018 Retreats
Virginia & Tuscany

Tuscany  Sept. 29 – Oct. 7, 2018

Tuscany Creative Retreat

Autumn in Tuscany    8 Days/Nights   

The perfect location ~ the spectacular 15th Century Monteverdi estate called Sant’ Antonio, located between the rocky coast of southern Tuscany and Siena.

Breathtaking panoramic vistas against the backdrop of Monte Amiata wrap this 2500 acre estate in a magical landscape. The beautifully restored villa stands amid informal gardens with pergola covered terraces, and a stunning emerald pool.

We invite you to join us for an unforgettable adventure in 2018!


Virginia  Retreats

Springtime in Virginia May 4-11, 2018   

Week-long Plein Air Painting Retreat Join me at some of my favorite painting locations; secret gardens by the beach, wildlife sanctuaries, unspoiled landscapes, and breathtaking sunsets.  SEE MORE>

custom PAINTING Retreats for two

Expressive Painting, personalized guidance, one-on-one coaching, your choice of media, oils, plein air, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, drawing, fabric painting. SEE MORE>

Art Cottage Studio by the Pond
3 large easels and several tabourets for painting in oils, watercolor, or pastels.

girls Dream Weekends

Nurture and feed your Creative Spirit. Fertilize your dreams with personalized guidance, one-on-one coaching, your choice of media, topics ~ at my inspirational art cottage studio, just footsteps from the Chesapeake Bay. LEARN MORE>




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