WORKSHOPS 2018 - 2019

“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

Spirit Beastie Guides
4 day retreat in Taos, New Mexico
February 14 - 17 2019
Registration is open now - early bird registration price is $925 until October 15th. $975 after October 15 till the end of January 2019

Leighanna Light and Helen Shafer Garcia invite you to Taos, New Mexico for an extraordinary 4 day assemblage, painting, and book arts workshop at Leighanna’s  home and workshop. Sign up Here! Limited to 12 students. Leighanna has a list of lovely places to stay in Taos as well as a list of restaurants.

Spend each day working with found object metal construction, Surface design on metal, Watercolor painting on paper, Monotypes, Open spine book construction with Sari ribbons, and Masa paper techniques. 

Leighanna and I will provide yummy breakfast nibbles and wholesome lunches. 

-If you plan to spend extra time in Taos, option excursion to Ojo Caliente on Monday the 18th

Helen: Taos holds a magical place in my heart. I showed my paintings at Morgan Gallery on Bent street  in the late 1980’s to 2002. I traveled to this land of magnificent skies twice, sometimes 3 times a year for exhibitions. The memories are strong…piñon wood burning in the casas on cool evenings and mornings, walking up and down the streets to my favorite shops and galleries, yummy meals at unique restaurants and cafes, strolling through the museums, driving out to the Puebla and the Rio Grande gorge, walking and wandering.
Taos landscapes are magical and I’ve always been drawn here to paint and create. Join us for this creative journey that will speak to your soul with laughter, creative energy and joy.  

I'll be returning to Southwest Gardener in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2019 for 3 great workshops.
 Details soon! 



Art and Soul Colorado Springs      May 28 to June 2, 2019 


Baja Rancho Art  Retreat
  save the date! Sign up soon! This sells out each year.....May 2 to 5 2019
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.


Poured Painted Surfaces

September 19 to 26
I'll return to La Cascade in Southern France with Lynn Leahy for our retreat! 
 Sold Out! 


Tesoro del Corazon  SOLD OUT

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
 October to November...
We will open registration late February 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!