About The Teacher

Walking in nature. Drawing in gardens. Experiencing the environment. Expressing these moments in time through mark making and color. This is what inspires me. In essence, my art is an expression of what I have found beautiful in life. Mark making with pastels is energizing and exciting. Soft pastels have a brilliance and beauty that is unique as a medium. My pastel works often inspire my large mixed media acrylic paintings. I may take a section as a beginning for a larger work in paint. I get out my large brushes, mark making tools, and work very quickly on canvas. One stroke of color and line inspires the next. Starting with a vague idea and then getting lost in the process eventually leads to the finished work. Working abstractly helps me tap into a more personal expression that is unique to my experience. I am a Signature Member and Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master's Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. My abstract pastels have won awards from International Artist magazine, Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies. I am the author of Abstract Art Painting: Expressions in Mixed Media by Northlight Books and a series of videos on creating abstract art. I teach workshops throughout the United States and judge pastel competitions.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Reconnecting with myself after a very crazy few months with a new baby! Just having that feeling of being grounded again. But also having an opportunity to connect with new amazing people. Getting exposed and Inspired by new (to me) yoga instructors (and community). Being in the presence of real, authentic and raw emotion (the whole spectrum).. So many reasons! Alyson

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.