Retreats - Marlene Lowden


We have a retreat style weekend to offer you this summer on the Sunshine Coast and registration for Open Your Art in May 2018 in Spain is now open too!

Moment by Moment Retreats

Unwind, Unplug, Relax & Let the Paint Fly!

Retreat Yourself

July 15 & 16th

Join Marlene & Patrick at their home on the Sunshine Coast for a weekend of nourishment, relaxation and creativity!*

Come spend your weekend with us.  You will be part of a small group of painters looking to deepen your commitment to your creativity.  We will nourish you with beautiful vegetarian meals, walks in the forest, gentle yoga practices and guided meditation. Marlene will share her studio with you and provide all your art materials for the weekend so that you can explore acrylic and oil painting. She will lead you in some creative exercises but also give you plenty of free time to paint.  Feel free to bring some works in progress too!

*Note: this is a non-residential retreat experience but we’d be happy to help you find wonderful accommodation on the Coast.

  • Enjoy 8 hours of art instruction including free time to paint
  • 3 yoga classes (suited for all levels) along with time for meditation
  • A guided walk/hike in the forest near our home
  • 4 vegetarian meals –
    Saturday lunch & dinner and Sunday breakfast & lunch prepared by my husband Patrick, whose art medium is food!
  • All art supplies are included.  We will use both acrylic and oil paint.
  • Introductory offer is $595 (CAD, GST not included).
  • Accommodation is not included but we’d be happy to help you find something suitable here on the Coast.  There are many B&B’s in our neighbourhood and we have space for 1 in our Air BnB Space too!

Register for July 15 & 16 here!

Call / text me at 604 741-2545 if you would like more information.


Thanks for the great class, you are a terrific teacher and you’re clearly in your element.  Darla


If you have any questions, I’ve created this handy – FAQ page or feel free to send me a note. 





Open Your Art

with Marlene Vermeluen & Marlene Lowden

May 8 – 19th 2018 Registration is now open! (We have 6 spots remaining).


Do you want to travel and paint?   Me too!  Join us for our next  Open Your Art Retreat May 2018!  Please visit our website for more information,  Marleen Vermeulen and I would be so pleased to have you join us!


Highlights from

Chakra TUNE UP Retreat!

April 28-30 2017

chakra tune up headerwith Georgia Cyr and Marlene at Linwood House in Roberts Creek.

The moment you make your way up the winding driveway through the trees to Linwood House, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. The finely crafted Victorian home, surrounded by beautiful gardens and forest, offers a perfectly serene getaway.


We enjoyed a weekend of relaxation, play and exploration into many of the gifts of yoga, meditation and creativity.

We put together a dream weekend; a balance of guided offerings as well as plenty of free time. We will moved our bodies, connected to our inner stillness, tapped into our creativity, cultivated connection, communed with nature, breathed deep and enjoyed nourishing meals.


The best part? Linwood House has a long history of being a place of healing and transformation for women from the Downtown Eastside. Well over 1000 women have been given the opportunity to spend time at this special place. Nearly half your investment goes to Linwood House to support the future of their programming – Just by attending this retreat everyone was supporting women in transition.




Excerpt from Alongside You


by Meg Neufeld, MA Co-Founder, Program Director Creative Arts Facilitator

With the development of new neural pathways, researchers have found that people who create art show remarkable improvements in:

  • cognitive function and problem solving abilities
  • stress-relief and emotional well-being
  • the development of personal expression and self-awareness
  • psychological resilience and capacity to recall information and memory processing

Time to retreat yourself!



Air BnB experience in our home!

The Artist’s Studio

Gibsons, BC, Canada

Bright studio space in our home just two blocks from hiking/biking trails & 10 minute walk to the beach. Relax enjoying complimentary coffee or tea with a view from your private quiet patio or go …



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