The Creative Stretch Retreat

The Creative Stretch Retreat is a unique experience in the mixed media arts world hosted by Andrea Chebeleu and Dr. Minette Riordan at A Work of Heart Studio in San Jose, CA.

This is not your typical art retreat! 

Do not expect to spend days sitting in a studio listening to us talk at you, show you our work or demo supplies. We believe in you getting your hands painty from the get-go. This is an interactive and immersive arts experience designed to guide you through our signature creative process that intertwines journaling, art making and meaningful conversation.

Art time in the studio will be mixed with adventures and excursions in the Bay Area to inspire your creativity, nurture wonder and ignite your curiosity.

By the end of our time together you will have made beautiful art, made new friends and have a much clearer vision of your creative voice and style. 

Andrea and Minette are famous for combining their diverse interests and talents into exceptional experiences online and in person. Together they have decades of experience leading retreats and designing custom events. We delight in planning extra special surprises for you throughout the event.

What to expect:

  • Come empty handed and leave with a full heart and full supply kit
  • Paint together on a huge collaborative canvas that will be transformed into individual journal covers for you to take home as a magical reminder of our time together
  • Create your own art journal to work in during the retreat and beyond
  • Experiment with acrylics, watercolor, collage, nature drawing and a variety of mixed media techniques to discover what you love
  • Experience the perfect blend of learning and play time! We want you to have time to implement what you learn and get to connect with your fellow retreat attendees
  • Plenty of spaciousness for rest and relaxation
  • Time spent in nature with a fun excursion into the forest

The Creative Stretch Retreat is for you if you are ready:

  • for a more focused approach to curating your unique creative style.
  • For specific guidance and support in recognizing YOUR unique creative voice and how that is different from your style.

  • to learn new techniques, try new supplies and tools. 
  • to let go of perfectionism, enjoy the process and engage in creative play in a safe, relaxing space where all the supplies are at your fingertips.
  • To create art that is meaningful, beautiful and functional.
  • To gather live in person and share the same physical space as your creative sisters.
  • To travel, explore new places, and meet new friends.


Thursday April 7: 3pm to 7pm

Friday April 8: 9am to 5pm 

Saturday April 9: 9am to 5pm 

Sunday April 10: 9am to 12pm 

What’s included:

All art supplies including one of Andrea’s infamous juicy kits to take home with you

Discount coupon to shop in A Work of Heart Studio while on site

Dinner Thursday

Lunch Friday and Saturday

Excursion (TBD)

Coffee, tea, water, snacks each day

What’s not included:

Hotel - we will provide local recommendations for places to stay


Event Details

Event Date 3:00pm (PST) on Apr, 7th
Event End Date 12:00pm (PST) on Apr, 10th
Price $997.00
Categories Creativity Community, Art Techniques, Book Making, Visiting Instructor

Instructor Info

Andrea Chebeleu

Andrea Chebeleu is the artist and entrepreneur behind A Work of Heart Studio.  A creative innovator from a very young age, Andrea enjoys a challenge and most of all figuring out how to make art with what’s on hand.  As an art instructor, her greatest joy comes from leading students through a process that, on the surface, looks complex but is achieved in simple steps.  Andrea's students appreciate her knowledge of materials, techniques and "try it and see what happens" attitude.  Creativity comes intrying and retrying.  Andrea takes the fear of trying in her approach of "first, not only."  While it may be the first time you’ve tried this, it’s not your only time.  Students are empowered to freely approach learning with playful curioisty.

Dr. Minette Riordan

Minette Riordan, Ph.D. is a modern-day Renaissance Woman. She is an artist, poet and writer who believes passionately that making time making art is essential to our well-being. She has built several successful businesses and published three books. Making art has helped her to recover from being an overachiever and perfectionist workaholic. 
She believes that we are all creative and it's time to own our artistry! The only way to do that is through consistent and frequent creative play. Minette loves the dynamic interplay of creativity and productivity and helps other artists and creatives to find their creative purpose and make time for their art. 

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