“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Andersen

I'm pleased as punch to be teaching in January at Southwest Gardener in Phoenix, Arizona! 
Art and Plants....a delightful combo! 
here's an article about me and the workshops.......


Helen Shafer Garcia
We are delighted to announce that the very talented,  award-winning artist Helen Shafer Garcia will be at Southwest Gardener for a weekend of three classes in early 2018. Helen is a painter, a mixed-media artist, a specialist in book arts, and a creator of amazing art journals.  

Southwest Gardener's Lynn Town has taken many classes from Helen. She is an extraordinary artist and a creative teacher. We feel certain that you will enjoy one or more of her workshops where you can learn about watercolors, stamp making, use of acrylics, vellum and book making.  

You are welcome to enjoy one class or all three. If you decide to immerse yourself in a weekend of art, you will receive a 10% discount when you register for all three sessions (see below). All materials are included in the workshops and workshop enrollment is limited.  

Helen teaches watercolor and mixed-media workshops such as Art Unraveled, Art and Soul and others across the U.S. and internationally. Her watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous international resorts and magazines for more than 25 years. This is a rare opportunity - we hope you can join us!

Vellum Book/Journal
January 19
Learn bookbinding skills, work with acrylic paint and enjoy freestyle sketching - no drawing skills needed

Affirmation Prayer Flags 
January 20
Create your own set of stamps for transferring your dreams to a set of nine big, bright affirmation flags. 

Garden Watercolors  Sold Out
January 21
Master contour drawing then use the dropped-in watercolor process to add color. All artistic levels welcome!



If you're at a point in life where you are seeking new inspiration, consider a weekend art retreat with Helen Shafer Garcia to spark and motivate your spirit. It can happen when you come to all three workshops. 

These workshops are designed for all skill levels and to kindle creativity.  Each session is limited to 16 participants and there will be no rushing to finish. 

There is a 10% discount when you register for a package of Helen's three workshops at once. All materials are included in the cost. Immerse yourself in color and joy. 

January 14
San Diego Botanic Garden 
Journaling with Pens and Watercolor

I will return to Art and Soul Portland  2018....mark the dates! 
Portland February 11 to 18

Art and Soul Colorado Springs      A new venue! 
May 29 to June 3


Baja Rancho Art  Retreat
  save the date! April 18 -22 2018
Baja Mexico 

Painting on location, horseback riding, hiking, wine tasting, margaritas, yummy home cooked meals, cosy cabins, transportation from the border....need I say more? 

This is an all inclusive retreat in beautiful Guadalupe Valley in Baja, Mexico. 

The 2,800 acre ranch sits in an oak lined valley just north of Baja’s scenic “Ruta del Vino” between Tecate and Ensenada, approximately 1½ hours south of the border.

It is a working ranch, as you would have found in Baja California over 100 years ago. Oaks and sycamore trees, seasonal creeks and springs, rugged hillsides, boulders and local wineries provide inspiration for painting, sketching, and photography.

May 18, 19, 20
Queen's Ink 

Savage Mill Box 2048
8600 Foundry Street
Savage, Maryland 20763
(301) 497-9449


June 23 and 24
Poured Painted Surfaces

September 19 to 26
I'll return to La Cascade in Southern France with Lynn Leahy for our retreat! 
Details will be posted very soon! 


Tesoro del Corazon  

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
late October to early November...dates coming soon.
We will open registration late January 2018. This workshop sells out very quickly. If you are interested please email Leslie  to sign up for updates or to be put on the waitlist. 


Pamela Gemin said...

Hello, Helen! Will not be able to do Mexico this year, but I see you'll be in PHX for Art Unraveled, so I will probably catch you there!
xx, Pam Gemin

Helen said...

Hi Pamela! I just updated my Art Unraveled classes! Hope to see you in one or more of my classes!