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New Retreat Information!

Wonders & Whimsies 2023

An Art, Culture, Adventure Retreat

We’ve planned another Art, Culture, Adventure Retreat! Come create with us

at Wonders & Whimsies September 11th – 17th, 2023, on Salt Spring Island, BC,

at the wonderful Enso Retreat Center! Your fabulous facilitators will once again

be Tracy Buechler of Be Brave Studio and Theresa Ratcliff of Blue Tulip Designs.


This all-inclusive retreat will see participants creating a Whimsical Creature art

doll (whose theme will be a surprise), assembling an art journal (to document

the fun), doing some watercolor sketches (because pic’s or it didn’t happen), and

fun-filled daily creative writing exercises. Artists will also be treated to relaxing

morning yoga, a refreshing forest bathing outing, sketching & watercolor walks

in the forest and along the beach, and an adventurous trip to the local farmers

and art market, during which we will take a side quest to include a tour of the

local lavender fields on Salt Spring Island.  


This Art, Culture, Adventure Retreat will be held at the picturesque and serene Enso Retreat Center on Salt Spring Island, under the care and supervision of the beautiful owner and facilitator, Dori Howard. The Enso Retreat Center has oceanfront vistas, nourishing forest walks, a fully equipped kitchen, serene studio, comfy beds, and a private beach. You can learn more about Enso at

In keeping with the feeling of connection and friendship, there is limited space available!! Registration will be limited to 10 participants. Don’t wait to sign up! For detailed registration information, please visit Be Brave Studio at or Blue Tulip Designs at

                                    Questions can be directed to Tracy at 

                                                    Theresa at


                                     Please contact us concerning travel routes and connections. Atendees

                                     will be met at Fulford Harbor Ferry Terminal on Salt Spring Island for

                                     transport to Enso Retreat Center. Please schedule to arrive no later than

                                     2:00 PM PST on Monday, September 11th, 2023.

The cost for this creative adventure that is Wonders & Whimsies, is $2650.00 USD.




The $2650.00 cost of this retreat can be paid in full or made in three installments:


First installment is a Deposit of $650.00 USD due by June 1, 2023.


Second installment of $1000.00 USD due by July 1, 2023.


Third installment of $1000.00 USD due by August 1, 2023.


Please note that due to the amount of planning and cost that goes into hosting this event, $600.00 of the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please see our full cancellation policy at before registering.


                                What IS included in the cost of the Wonders & Whimsies Retreat:


                                   ~ Transportation to and from the Enso Retreat Center and the Fulford

                                       Harbor Ferry Terminal on Salt Spring Island.

                                   ~ Lodging for 6 nights at the Enso Retreat Center.

                                   ~ Light refreshments for the meet & greet (Monday afternoon).

                                   ~ Breakfast, lunch, & dinner during your stay at Enso Retreat Center

                                       (excluding lunch on Saturday during the excursion).

                                   ~ All supplies needed to complete each project.

                                       (We recommend bringing your favorite travel watercolors).

                                   ~ Project instruction, direction, and support.

                                   ~ Excursion transportation from and to Enso Retreat Center.

                                   ~ Some Wonders & Whimsies Lagniappe (a little something extra).


What is NOT included in the cost of the Wonders & Whimsies Retreat:


~ Airfare and travel expenses, including travel insurance, to get to and from

           Fulford Harbor Ferry Terminal on Salt Spring Island, BC.

~ Lunch during our excursion to the farmers and art market and trip to the

           Lavender Fields.

~ Personal expenses incurred outside of this retreat.


Some Workshops are available for private sessions with a 4-person minimum.
Private classes are also offered with no minimum.
Contact Theresa for availability and scheduling.


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