Art & Wellbeing Retreat. `Create & Bloom` 

Spring 2023- Dates TBC


Spring arrives in all its glory, uplifting our spirits as nature re-awakens from the dark winter months, with its display of wonderful flowering bulbs, buds blooming, energising birdsong and unfolding leaves. Experience the joy of the Worcestershire countryside and engage your senses in this season of new beginnings, warmer days and the promise of hope. Spring invites you to capture nature's beauty in your own artwork and connect with nature as you focus and calm your thoughts with mindfulness moments and a sense of renewal. 


Leave the busy world behind for four days of art and mindfulness activities, to bring balance back to your life. 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: 28th April - 1st May 2022


Create and Bloom


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  Springtime crafting on the Arley estate 

12.30pm Lunch at the Arboretum

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 Springtime crafting at Arley Studios: flower pressing/lavender bags

12.00am Riverside picnic 

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


Please note that this schedule may vary according to weather conditions and factors beyond our control.


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. 


How to register your interest:

Please click here contact us to register your interest in this retreat. 


Art & Wellbeing Retreat Spring 2023