Building the Artist & Intuitive Painting Workshops

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Building the Artist is a brand new program now being offered at Creative Spirit Studios to give you the opportunity to learn creative expression through intuitive painting. This workshop is for those with or without painting skills who are interested in finding personal satisfaction by engaging in the idea of what it means to live a creative life. 

“Building the Artist in YOU” is a retreat style workshop where adults from all backgrounds are invited to learn aspects of creative self-expression through fun and engaging intuitive painting exercises and techniques. Deepen your knowledge of painting through hands-on experiences and explore ideas around weaving satisfying personal self-expression into your everyday life.


Creative Spirit Studios combines painting and spiritual exploration as a conduit for you to become more authentic, creative, and happy with your life. Expressing yourself through the language of art in combination with self-care techniques such as mindfulness, rhythmic movement, and acceptance practices. Engaging in self exploration processes are crucial in our attempts at self-actualization, becoming whole, independent, and fully expressing ourselves in the world.

  • Improve creative/artistic capabilities

  • Express your wholeness

  • Expand self-awareness and happiness

  • Learn that there are no mistakes only happy accidents


Select from one day, three day or one week sessions and learn skills to enhance your life experience, improve your painting/creativity skills, and inspire others by your example!​

One Day Workshop

One day workshops are especially designed for those within driving distant to have an experience of the studios with a friend or family member. Or to make new friends.

Arrive by 9am and begin with techniques in mindfulness and connecting with your intuition.

Bring a sack lunch of your choosing or visit the local Superette and have something prepared for you.

The workshop will conclude at 5pm. Leaving you free to enjoy your evening at one of the many local parks.

This workshop is also terrific for small groups such as a bridesmaid thank you gift or office party.

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3 Day Workshop

A three day workshop is perfect for those who need to travel.  Arrive Friday evening and enjoy getting to know the staff and fellow participants. Saturday will begin with rhythmic movement and meditation followed by a light breakfast and mindfulness practices. 

Delight in a full day of hands on painting experiences to engage your right and left brain thinking. 

Weather permitting, we will enjoy some outdoor activities such as a campfire, walk, or creativity.

Lunch, dinner, and accommodations provided if desired. 

Sunday will provide more time to engage in workshop activities and workshop will conclude at 1pm. 

5 Day Workshop

This five day experience will take you on a deep dive into personal growth and self expression. 

Designed for the serious painter wanting to expand their painting knowledge and/or the serious seeker wishing to embrace enlightenment.

The daily schedule will resemble the three day workshop. Providing time to explore the local area and enjoy time other guests.

Open to a maximum of three participants to ensure lots of one on one time with Tonya for personal connection and experience.

On site accommodations, including most meals. 

To inquire or schedule an event with your group please send an email by clicking the contact me button.
Area Attractions
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Stepping Stone Falls


For-Mar Nature Preserve

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Durand Depot

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Seven Lakes State Park

There are many attractions just minutes from Creative Spirit Studios where you can explore and enjoy a brief adventure either on your way to or from a one-day workshop. 

If you are coming for a 3-5-day workshop you can put in your requests for a visits to one of these or many other opportunities in the area. And we will explore them together during your visit to the Studios.

Five day workshop participants may also enjoy a creative experiment while on location. Weather permitting.

Stepping Stone Falls, Blue Bell Beach, and For-Mar Nature Preserve are all located just 30 min. north-east of the Studios. Excellent for a little picnic, walk on the trails, or to learn of local plants and animals.

The Durand Union Station is the most photographed depot in the country, built in1903. It's the home of the Michigan Railroad History Museum and gift shop. Located just ten minutes from Creative Spirit Studios it not only an excellent for site to visit, but if you enjoy traveling by train it's a great way to get here!

This area is also full of parks and recreational areas. Such as Seven Lakes State Park, Eagles Wooden Park, Linden County Park & Clover Beach, just to name a few. 

You are sure to enjoy your time here!