Why Paint Big?

Painting BIG is about freedom…

Its about the wide open space of possibility.

Its about the unbounded expanse of your imagination vibrantly expressed on a sheet of paper twice as big as you!

Its about a no-holds barred attitude towards expressing your inner world and not letting anything get in the way while having a lot of fun!

The Problem…

We all know that we limit ourselves unconsciously in different ways. This can take the form of telling ourselves that we are not good enough, talented enough, artistic enough, intuitive enough…. basically anything enough.

As a result we don’t believe we have the right to come out in the world and take up space. We feel that we don’t deserve to be seen or heard and we unconsciously begin to limit our world believing that others can have it but we cannot.

We begin to settle for staying small and getting smaller. We believe that that is just how things are and how the world is…

But the Good News is…

That’s not true at all. Who we are in this life and our purpose will only be served if we take the risk to be as full and complete in our presence as we can be. Staying small out of politeness, or fear, or hesitation, serves no one and helps no one, especially ourselves.


Learning how to push our limits and expand into life in a way we never thought we could allows us to grow and transform into the people we were meant to be. Seeing how BIG we can get allows us to bring the true gift of who we are to this world. We often surprise ourselves when our true nature shows up confident and alive ready to be in the world the way we were meant to be!

The Solution… PAINT BIG! or go home!

Come join us for this opportunity to see how big you can be!

You will get 3 days, One 6 foot by 8 foot sheet of paper, and more paint and brushes than you know what to do with.

These large 48 square foot sheets invite you to expand and fill them with whatever is waiting to be expressed. They encourage you to get physical and reach for your dreams. They entice your body into moving, reaching, and stretching so that painting becomes a dance. A fluid back and forth, up and down, and side to side, as you push yourself beyond the boundaries of what you thought was acceptable, desirable and even possible.

And the best part is that everyone is welcome to come regardless of experience or training. Absolute beginners are always welcome. Also, all art supplies, paper, paints, smocks, etc. will be provided. All you need to bring is a deep passion for seeing how big you an be.

About the Workshop…

The workshop will start Friday night for dinner at the wonderful Mountain Home Ranch outside of Calistoga, CA. We will have an evening circle to convene our group, speak our intentions, and express our desires.

Saturday & Sunday will be a full days of painting in the large art studio building with a morning and afternoon session. An optional Saturday evening session will be available as well. In between we will be served delicious meals from the talented Mountain Home Ranch kitchen staff as well as some time to rest, hike, journal, or paint.

The painting sessions will be complimented by morning body movement to wake up and inhabit our own experience, getting in touch with our own personal worlds before we begin to paint.



Paint BIG or Go Home at Mountain Home Ranch 2015!

Dates: To be announced. We begin on Friday, at 6 PM for dinner and an opening ritual. We end the workshop on Sunday at 5 PM.

Cost: $450 includes workshop, BIG paper and all ART supplies. A $150 deposit is required to hold your space in this retreat.

(Food and Lodging are NOT included in the price of the workshop because there are many wonderful lodging options at different prices. I have included that information on a different page. For more info click here).

Location: Mountain Home Ranch Resort Calistoga, CA

Experience: You absolutely don’t need to have ANY art experience at all to participate in and to benefit GREATLY from this retreat.

Please Note: Because we are painting on such large pieces of paper there is only room for 10 participants. We expect this workshop to fill up quickly so if you’re thinking of attending please enroll soon. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us here.

Policies, Disclaimers, and Agreements

Cancellation Policy

All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you have chosen to register with a deposit, an electronic invoice will be sent to you to be paid 60 days prior to the event. If you cancel before 60 days of the start of the event we will refund any amount you have paid in excess of the deposit minus a $25 processing fee. If you cancel within 60 days of an event, full payment of any and all remaining costs for the workshop, lodging, meals, taxes, and other fees will be due immediately. All payments are non-transferrable to other services, events, or workshops. Note that some of the retreat centers we work with may have additional cancellation policies that you will need to abide by.


Lodging is offered for some but not all of our events depending on the type of event and venue so please check the event details for lodging options and specifics. For those events where lodging is offered there are limited lodging options so we strongly encourage you to choose something that you feel meets your needs for comfort as well as expense for the entire event as you will not be able to change your lodging during the event.

We try to make sure that all amounts for lodging, taxes, and fees are accurate when you register. However, a venue may change their prices without notice and you will be required to pay the full amount to the venue for lodging, taxes, or fees that may change after you register.


Vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free meal options are generally available at our events upon request with at least 30 day advanced notice. Other dietary concerns or issues may be accommodated for an extra fee and at least 30 day advanced notice. We cannot not guarantee that every food issue can be accommodated so please contact us regarding your specific concerns. 

We try to make sure that all amounts for meals, taxes, and fees are accurate when you register. However, meal prices are subject to change without notice and you will be required to pay the full amount for meals, taxes, or fees that may change after you register.

Art Supplies

Unless otherwise noted, all necessary art supplies will be provided at our live in-person events. We provide non-toxic water soluble paints and paper. The materials that we supply are chosen to enhance the intuitive process and your direct experience of creativity instead of emphasizing the outcome or product. You may bring your own additional water soluble non-toxic personal supplies such as brushes, colored pencils, or chalk pastels if you choose. However, please note that we do not allow oil paints, acrylic paints, spray paint, solvents or any toxic or permanent materials at any of our events. In addition, we do not allow loose glitter at any of our events due to the work and expense involved in clean up. If you plan on bringing additional art supplies not listed above please contact us before registering.

Alcohol & Drug Policy

All of our events, trainings, and workshops are intended to be healing experiences. Your successful participation in any of our events requires that you show up fully to yourself, your feelings, your creative process, your inner life and other members of the circle in a respectful and meaningful way. As a result we do not tolerate the use of alcohol or recreational drugs during the event. Our expectation is that you will not drink alcohol or use any other kind of recreational drug during the time that we are together so that we can all be focused on healing, learning and growing. If it comes to our attention that you are abusing alcohol or drugs during one of our events you will be asked to leave immediately without a refund or credit. 

Non-participants and Pets

We do not allow pets, friends, relatives, or other people to stay with you during our time together as they can be a distraction for you and other attendees that will keep you from focusing and participating fully in the event.

Health and Wellness Issues

We support and will accommodate those with special needs to the degree that we are able. However, you must fully disclose any health or mental health related issues that might interfere with your attendance or participation at any of our events. We expect that you will be able to take full responsibility for yourself and will follow any and all doctor's recommendations regarding medications, treatment plans, or other health guidance. Failure to do so in a way that puts yourself or others at risk will result in you being asked to leave the event immediately without a refund or credit. We do not provide nursing or psychiatric care services at our events. Please communicate all of your relevant health needs with us before registering.

Fragrances and Scents

Our events are not strictly fragrance free. However, for the comfort and health of ourselves and of all of our attendees, we request that you don’t wear perfumes or use other heavily scented products. If you have any concerns about scents or fragrances please contact us before registering.


By registering and attending one of our events you agree to abide by all of these policies.


Who We Are…

Chris Zydel

Chris Zydel

I am Chris Zydel, Wild Heart Queen + founder of Creative Juices Arts, and I have an unshakeable faith in the power of creativity to heal hearts and to change lives. I also know deep in my bones that everyone is deeply, wonderfully and gloriously creative. I am on a mission to prove that to the world by providing nurturing and joy-filled creative sanctuaries of encouragement, permission and trust in the sacred energy of play and creativity that lives inside of us all.

I have over 34 years of experience as a soulful creativity guide, warmly inspiring teacher and open hearted visionary leader. And I have joyfully developed many innovative retreat and workshop experiences such as Painting From The Wild Heart, The Point Of Greatest Aliveness: Painting As A Spiritual Practice, Intuitive Painting Power and The Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program.

I also adore my work madly and am never happier than when I am helping people to find their way back home to their authentic creative source.

Tim Lajoie

Tim Lajoie

I am Tim Lajoie and I hold a deep love and respect for the joy and peace that engaging directly with the creative process can bring. Since I was a small child I have found solace and fun in playing with color and form. Over the years I have expanded my creative expression into music and believe deeply that we are not artists, or painters, or musicians, or writers, etc… we are creative human beings.

As the other half of Creative Juices Arts, I have worked with Chris for 20 years co-creating everything from workshops, art studios, and the Creative Juices Arts Expressive Arts Teacher Training program. As an Art Director in digital media, I have supported, encouraged, and witnessed the creative and professional growth of many artists. Currently I am facilitating a mens’ intuitive painting class, Painting From The XY Heart and co-faciliating Creativity with Couples.

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