Learn how to trust your creativity

and release fear to create intuitive abstract watercolour paintings.



AUCKLAND: Saturday 8th June
WANAKA: Saturday 18th May
SOUTHLAND: Saturday 24th August

Immerse yourself

in a wellness art experience

Feel a sense of tranquility and peace

as soon as you arrive at my retreat style workshop

You will be taken on an art experience

that sees you feel filled with clarity and inspiration to create abstract watercolour landscapes under my calm guidance.

If you feel apprehensive

about creating in watercolour I will show you how to let go of that fear by connecting to yourself first. Then your creativity will shine. 

If you feel excited and inspired to create but simply don’t know how the watercolour process works, I will show you how to capture that passion and channel it into trusting that you might make mistakes but that it is all part of the process and that surrendering to that mistake is where your magic starts to unfold in a painting.


Welcome, hot drink and biscuit

Introduction – My art and background

Meditation or // Mindful garden or coastal walk or // Breathwork

Line drawing + laughter

Art demo

Dancing, shaking and silliness

Painting – 1 hour

Plant based lunch + connection – 1 hour

Artist Talk – overcoming failure 

Painting – 1 hour




'I loved, loved your workshop. Feeling very inspired and motivated to do more painting and I would absolutely recommend to a friend. Your whole approach to your art - including whole foods and lovely presentation within the space you created was truly serene and inspiring.'
Jools Hall

'I loved every moment. It was a special treat to myself and I am so glad I came to the workshop. In fact I feel truly blessed and the day you created I will treasure. Plus you have truly inspired me.'
Nicola Romeril

'It really ignited my desire to start getting creative again and carve out the time for myself. Creativity is so important to making me feel fulfilled so it was nice to be reminded of that.'
Laura Trott

'Thank you so much for the workshop. You were so welcoming and warm and should be so proud. I had such a nice time hearing about your process, your art practice and how it is connected to your lifestyle. It was very special for me to spend the day with my mum, too!'
Harriette Herlund

What to bring

A sense of openness to learn and to connect
Your own water bottle (to stay hydrated!)
A image of your favourite landscape or sunset/sunrise (optional)
A notebook (optional)

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Who it’s for

Anyone seeking a creative, inclusive art experience
A complete beginner with no or very little experience in watercolours
An artist established in another area but wanting to explore a different medium and learn tools for channeling creativity

I can be attentive to everyones needs as the workshop is an intimate group of up to 12 guests.

Ages 15 and up.


I'd love to hear from you with any questions or requests you might have about my workshops through this form or email me sophie@sophiemelville.com