November 2017 and March 2018 (dates TBD)
Rancho Primavera, Mexico
Retreat Price ~$1,800 single / $1,600 double
No prior art experience is necessary, just a playful curiosity about nature and an open-minded desire to learn and practice new skills. Even experienced artists will enhance their skills as we immerse ourselves in splendor!
Our general itinerary will be enjoyed at a relaxed pace, leaving our schedule flexible for the occasional rain shower.
Mornings will start before breakfast, enjoying the dawn chorus of birds at the feeders next to the large, sunny and screened porch.
After a leisurely home cooked breakfast at the Lodge, we will typically start with a morning sketching workshop, an easy hike, or a half-day excursion, followed by lunch.
Afternoons will include group field sketching or time on your own, for a siesta or dip in the lap pool during the heat of the day, followed by group dinners at the Lodge.
Some evenings may include presentations on the flora and fauna of the region, while others will allow for private relaxation.
All activities are optional, in case you prefer to take a day to yourself, relaxing by the pool, watching the many endemic birds at the feeders, or visiting with Rancho Primavera’s friendly pooches.
Like all Paradise Birding tours, this retreat is largely all inclusive and includes the following:
You’ll study with professional naturalist, teaching artist, and biological illustrator, Christine Elder. Christine has been teaching people of all ages and ability levels to draw and paint nature’s wonders for over twenty years. Christine’s experience as a freelance illustrator includes projects for organizations such as the National Park Service, BirdsCaribbean and the Botanical Society of America.
Some of you will also know Christine as one of our regular birding guides, having traveled with us from Alaska to Florida, and to international destinations such as Italy, Honduras, and the Caribbean.On our Mexico retreat, she will share her best secrets and techniques for sketching birds and blossoms in pencil, pen and watercolor. Learn more about Christine on her website.
PRAISE FOR CHRISTINE'S TEACHING
“Christine Elder has a refreshingly welcoming approach to teaching about birds through art that reflects her obvious passion for wildlife and conservation of our natural environment. Whether at her home in Oregon or visiting us deep in the tropics at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, she has a marvelous potential to connect people with birds in a rich and meaningful way”
– Neil Gerlowski, Executive Director, Vallarta Botanical Garden
“Christine is so genuine – in her love of nature and desire to teach others about its beauty. She warmly welcomes people into her nature-loving community. You won’t regret joining Christine!”
-Ian Fawley, Interpretive Ranger, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon