Art & Wellbeing Retreat: Autumn's Embrace

13th-16th October 2022 


Autumn is a fabulous time of year to connect with the spectacle of nature and lose yourself in creative art sessions, mindfullness activities and crafting moments. Experience the glory of Autumn's colours and Nature's trasures. Listen to the sounds of the beautiful Worcestershire countryside: falling leaves with their rich colour palette, mesmerising birdsong, the gentle flow of the River Severn and the treasures of local woodland, as it bursts with ripeness and an abundance of amazing activity.


Enjoy the glorious Worcestershire Countryside as you unwind with art therapy sessions led by award winning artist, Sarah Stokes (WSA) and woodland walks with NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse Lynne Hughes. 


Experience the joy of gathering materials and creating your own bespoke art journal as a lasting memory of your Arley experience. During your time on the retreat you will be guided through popular meditative exercises, crafting and journaling techniques with Lynne whilst Sarah will show you how to experiment with inks, crayons, watercolours and found objects to create beautifully loose illustrations to add to your journal… all within this natural paradise, nestling in the heart of stunning rural surroundings. All of the materials  that you need will be provided for on the retreat. 


Choose from a wide selection of luxury, cosy accommodation on the doorstep in which you can drop your bags, settle in and join Sarah, Lynne and fellow guests as we step back from daily life just for a little while, to embrace the joy of art, creativity and mindfulness.


Take some time for yourself to enjoy the restorative energy of this wonderful setting; with mindful walking through ancient woodland and along the banks of the River Severn, feeling soothed by the pleasure of an evening fire pit and the taste of freshly cooked meals using local produce. 


Reconnect with the beauty of nature and leave this beautiful location feeling refreshed and revitalised. 



Arley Studios

School Bank,



DY12 1XG 


Dates: 13th-16th October 2022 

Autumn's Embrace 


Day 1

3pm Arrival at Arley Studios from 3pm onwards for refreshments and cake

4pm Registration

4.30pm Introduction to the course in general

5pm Walk around the gardens and Arley village

7.30pm Welcome meal at local restaurant 


Day 2

9.30 Arrival at studio 

10am  Mindfulness meditation

10.15am  Introduction to journaling 

10.30am  Arboretum experience with the Head Gardener

11.00am  Autumn crafting at Arley Studios

12.30pm Lunch at the nearby Arbour Inn 

1.30pm  Return to studio for art tutorial

5.00pm  Finish

7.30pm Firepit meal 


Day 3

9.30 Arrival at studio 

10am Mindfulness meditation

10.15am Popular mindfulness exercises

10.30am Journaling

11.00am Autumn crafting at Arley Studios

12.30pm Lunch at the nearby Harbour Inn

1.30pm Return to studio for art tutorial

5pm finish 

7.30pm Farewell dinner in Georgian riverside town of Bewdley


Day 4

9.30 Arrival at studio

10am Mindfulness meditation 

10.15am Reflective thoughts 

10.30am Journaling

11.00am Completion of bespoke art journals

12.30pm Lunch at Studio

1.30-5pm Free afternoon for independent painting, journaling,rest or departure home

5pm Finish 



There is a range of accommodation in and around Arley from the serene,  luxury of The Grange, The Boat House and The Goal all just within walking distance to the studio, to other livelier places that can be found in the nearby riverside town of  Bewdley. We have secured favourable rates at The Grange for any students wanting to make the most of their retreat in this beautiful part of the world. Please quote “Arley Studios Retreat”  when making the booking


Price & What's Included:

The price per person £675. 

The retreats are led by award winning artist, Sarah Stokes (WSA) and woodland walks with NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse Lynne Hughes. ​Our Art & Wellbeing Retreats are four days and cost £675. This price includes everything listed each day as well as all materials, course leadership, meals & drinks. The price excludes accommodation. 



Art & Wellbeing Retreat 13th-16th October 2022