Joy’s Garden Painting Holiday with Dorothy Fagan

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Discover Your Colors
in Joy’s Garden

Step off the beaten path to explore the colorful landscapes, watery places, and vibrant gardens that have inspired colorist Dorothy Fagan’s art for 20 years.

May 3 – 10 2019

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​Come Paint with Dorothy i​n breathtaking Mathews County, Virginia!

Discover your own personal colors as Dorothy demonstrates her CreativSOUP method in oils, watercolor, and pastels.

Paint on remote beaches, private gardens, coastal marsh sanctuaries and tiny villages.

Work in any Media

One-on-one discussions with Dorothy BEGIN WHEN YOU SIGN UP!  Personal coaching sessions give you the individual focus and direction you desire.

First time traveling with paint? Chat with Dorothy about your choice of travel friendly equipment and materials. Want to discuss a new direction? media? style? Absolutely!

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Sunset view from the Inn at Tabbs Creek

Hang out at ‘home’
at the Inn at Tabbs Creek 

Your home for 7 days and nights, you are free to just be here and do your thing. Fish from the pier, kayak the creek, or paint the sunset 270 degree view of the East River. Full specialty breakfast served each morning with locally roasted coffee. Enjoy luxury King and Queen beds dressed in luxury linens, relaxing indoor and outdoor living areas, and free wifi.


Paint with Dorothy or strike out on your own. Dorothy will demonstrate how to find your personal colors and signature style. A week in Joy’s Garden will send you home with wow! on your palette, paintings, and life.

Dorothy will introduce you to people, artists and painting locations that will inspire you. Create a sketchbook of colorful secret gardens, lively open air markets, and creek side fishing villages. Walking, paddling, and photograph opportunities abound as you capture vibrant life on the Chesapeake.

Tour Dorothy’s studio by the pond in her remote woodland garden paradise. See her expansive sunroom studio, colorful pastel and oil palettes, paintings, and fiber art.

Bring a spouse or soul mate?

Absolutely! So much the better!

Sharing this extraordinary experience with a creative partner, you’ll both be propelled with creative energy! You’ll have time to do things together, and to participate in solitary or group activities as well.

Luxury Accommodations at the Inn at Tabbs Creek


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Queen or King Bedroom w/ Private Bath
$2400/1 person, Add spouse + $1600=$4000
Deposit $800/person

King Suite with Sitting Room & Jacuzzi
$2700/1 person, Add spouse + $1600=$4300
Deposit $900/person

Ultimate King Suite w/ Riverside Great Room, Fireplace, Wide Screen TV, Kitchenette & Private Patio
$3200/1 person, Add spouse + $1600=$4800
Deposit $1000/person

INCLUDED  Daily full breakfast, oyster boat tour and oyster roast, optional daily art activities including demonstrations and private consults, and two festive dinner parties. Main house library with fireplace and tv, lounge, kitchen and dining areas, screened porches and decks, guest kitchen with fridge, microwave, snacks, and ice maker.  All rooms have private bath, individually controlled thermostat, wifi, all natural bath & body products, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, and luxury linens.

NOT INCLUDED  Transportation is not included. A car is recommended for getting around small villages. Fly to Richmond, Virginia; Newport News, or Norfolk. New non-stop flights have recently been added from western US to Norfolk International Airport, just 1 hour 20 minutes drive.  Mathews County location is 1 hour east of Richmond on the Chesapeake Bay. If you are coming from across the pond, international flights to Washington Dulles, drive time 3 hours.

To Reserve your Space
Make Deposit for
May 3 – 10, 2019

Select Room & # persons 

An invoice will be emailed to you showing DEPOSIT RECEIVED and BALANCE DUE within 24 hours. You will also receive Dorothy’s personal welcome and information about preparing for your retreat.

100% Refund before January 31, 2019, 50% Refund before February 28, 2019. No refunds are available after February 28, 2019.


Questions? Call or email Dorothy 804-366-0990


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 3 reviews
by Loucinda McLean, Psychotherapist on The Painting Lesson
Under the Tuscan Sun

I thoroughly enjoyed my time on retreat in Tuscany. I'm not a visual artist, but Dorothy created a safe, comfortable space where I opened my heart and explored my surroundings through the new medium of oil pastels... It was a blast!Throughout the week, I found myself eager to return to my art supplies and paint. Dorothy provided both talks, demonstrations, and individual meetings... she did a wonderful job of meeting me right where I was. I even got up at dawn to paint the sunrise!In addition to the art, our host, Danillo, gave wonderful and entertaining cooking demonstrations! Enough free time was scheduled for my husband and me to explore the fabulous Tuscan countryside and hilltop towns.

by Sarah Collins Honenberger on The Painting Lesson
Magical (and I learned a lot)

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. I would go back in a heartbeat!Sarah Collins Honenberger, author of Catcher, Caught

by Phil McLean, retired psychotherapist on The Painting Lesson
Once In A Lifetime Journey To The Heart And Soul Of Tuscany

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.