Wild Heart Painting at Borrego Springs

Greetings my wild hearted wonders,

I am SO excited to be going on retreat with you all again! I’ve missed being in person in the studio with you more than I can even BEGIN to say and can’t wait to make our predictable miracle of creative magic happen in the desert! Included on this page is all the info I think you need to know for the workshop, but if you have any questions please feel free to reach out.


I am offering three different 6 day painting retreats in December 2022, the end of January 2023 and early February 2023. You are welcome to sign up for each one or whichever one works for you (dates are listed in the sidebar to the right).

Each retreat begins on Saturday evening  from 6-8pm. This first session is designed to welcome you, have you meet each other, orient you to the space and get you set up to begin painting the next day. Dinner will NOT be provided, so make sure to eat before you come or bring food with you.

Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday we will meet at 9:30am for movement, sharing circle and painting until 12:30pm. There will then be 90 minute lunch break, and then we’ll come back to the circle for sharing, Q&A and painting at 2:00pm until 5:00pm.

Just a reminder… You’re on your own for dinner.

At 7:00 – 8:30pm there will be an optional group process circle.

Monday and Wednesday we will meet at 9:30am for movement, sharing circle and painting until 12:30pm. Lunch will be at 12:30pm and then you will have the afternoon free to play and explore the area. There will be another evening painting session between 6-8pm.

Friday we will meet at 9:30am for movement, sharing circle and painting until 12:30pm. After lunch at around 1:30pm we will break down and clean up the studio and then set up our paintings for our final closing circle which will end at about 4:00pm.


Borrego Springs is on the border of Anza Borrego State Park which is HUGE and has tons of hiking, 130+ awesome life-sized metal sculptures scattered all over the place, and tons of other cool things to explore. The town itself small and quaint and artsy and is also an International Dark Sky Community, which means that the night sky is full of twinkling, starry gorgeousness!!

We will be painting in a cool (on all levels) and delightful straw bale house which has three potential painting areas. There is a large, clean and very open garage space that opens out onto the desert, a palm frond covered patio/veranda facing the mountains enclosed by an adobe wall, and a few painting stations set up inside the house, so you can paint either inside or outside. The workshop is limited to 12 people so it will be quite lovely and intimate.

We will be doing our morning movement and dance party on the patio and our group sharing circles will be held in a lovely living room space inside the house.

The house is located at (see map below):

3260 East Star Rd
Borrego Springs CA 92004

From downtown Borrego Springs follow Borrego Springs South. Turn right on to Tilting Drive and then left on West Star Dr. Then make a quick left again on to East Star Drive. (Be sure that you are on East Star Drive as there is a house with the same number on West Star Dr. that we are NOT meeting at.)


There are 3 different workshops being offered. You can are welcome to attend multiple events but you must register for each one separately.

December 2022

December 3 – 9, 2022

January 2023

January 21 – 27, 2023

February 2023

January 28 – February 3, 2023


Borrego Springs, CA
The address will be supplied upon registration.


Does not include lodging, transportation, breakfast, or dinner



Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop and on site lodging is not available at the location where we will be painting. There are a number of hotels and vacation rentals available in the town of Borrego Springs. Please be sure to reserve your place early as the winter is tourist season in Borrego Springs and things will fill up quickly.


Lunch will be provided as part of the workshop fee. We will order in from one of the several restaurants in town. You will be able to choose your own lunch from one of their menus before an order is placed each day. Breakfast and dinner will not be provided as part of the workshop but there several great places to eat in town.

Travel & Transportation

You can fly into San Diego International Airport which is about 2 hours by car or the Palm Springs Airport which is about an hour and half by car to the destination. FYI: There are more flights into and out of the San Diego Airport. Travel is not included as part of the workshop fee. There is no public transportation in the town of Borrego Springs so you will need to have access to a car to get to and from the workshop venue.

What to bring

The town of Borrego Springs is in the desert so it can be very dry. In addition, while it is generally very comfortable during the winter months it can get cold in the evenings so its important to bring a variety of clothes that you can layer. You want to be prepared for ANYTHING… so bring both warm and cool clothing. We will be painting under covered verandas or the open garage area for shade but you should still prepare to protect yourself from sun. Here are some basics you will want to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Jacket and warmer wear
  • Shorts or lighter wear
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Art Supplies

Easels, tempera paints, oil pastels, brushes, tray tables, chairs/stools, water containers, paper and smocks will all be provided as part of the cost of the workshop. You are welcome to bring your own brushes or smocks but we ask that you don’t bring any acrylic, glitter, or oil paints. We’ve (sadly) discontinued providing glitter paints for environmental reasons. But there will be an ABUNDANCE of fluorescents, metallics and pearlescent paints!!

Covid Protocols

Hopefully, Covid will be way calmed down by the time we get together but I’m also going to be requiring that everyone be vaccinated and boosted to participate in the workshop. If you want to wear a mask during the retreat, that is up to you. But it won’t be required and I won’t be wearing one.


The workshop fee is $1700. You can pay the full amount when you register below or pay a $500 deposit to hold your space. If you pay a deposit then we will send you an electronic invoice for the remaining balance of $1200 which will be due 30 days before the start of the retreat. Please review our cancellation policies below under Policies, Disclaimers, and Agreements).

That should cover everything for now. However, as always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out and let us know.


There are 3 different retreats that you can choose between. You are welcome to sign up for multiple retreats but you will need to register separately for each one.

December Retreat: December 3 – 9, 2022
January Retreat: January 21 – 27, 2023
February Retreat: January 28 – February 3, 2023

Location: Borrego Springs, CA. The address will be provided upon registration.

Cost: $1,700 (Includes workshop and art supplies but does not include travel, lodging, breakfast, or dinner)

Please note, if you choose to pay a deposit to hold your space then we will send you an electronic invoice for the remaining amount which will be due 30 days before the start of the event that you sign up for.


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 for the remaining amount to be paid at least 30 days prior to the event. If you cancel before 30 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 30 days of an event full payment of any and all remaining costs for the event and other fees will be due immediately. All payments are non-transferrable to other services, events, or workshops.


Lodging is not provided at this event and we are unable to reserve or arrange lodging for you in the community where this event is being held. We recommend that you check with any local hotels or short term rental businesses to reserve your lodging for the duration of this event. Please check the event details for the location so you can find local lodging.


Transportation is not provided to or from the event destination. Please be sure to reserve your transportation in advance before attending the event.


Breakfast and Dinner will not be provided at this event. Lunch will be ordered from a local restaurant each day and delivered to the event location. You will be able to choose foods to meet any of your dietary concerns at that time. We are no longer collecting or tracking food preferences for attendees at our events.

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.


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  • Creative Juices Arts events are provided with no special warranty either express or implied. The Organizers, including but not limited to Chris Zydel, Timothy Lajoie, the Owners, Assistants, Vendors, and Sponsors, of Creative Juices Arts events assume no liability for any loss, theft, damage, or injury to property or persons, including death, whether arising in contract, negligence, equity, or otherwise.
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