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A loving return to what matters most

I’ve taken over a year off from guiding in-person retreats to fill my cup of inspiration and explore a well of personal growth. It’s been (and still is) a deeply healing and expansive time of recalibration, and I sense a whole new way of sharing and being with you emerging from this time.

I’m smiling as I imagine all the seeds from this quiet time blooming forth in 2024 as we gather, once again, for these soulful in-person retreats. I sense a whole new way of being and sharing with you emerging in myself, and I’m truly excited to explore with you.

Each retreat will be unique in its setting (all are amazing) and distinct flavor, but every gathering will include a soulful blend of freedom-focused mixed media art practices, gentle movement, flow writing, breathwork, and daily invitations to become more of who you really are.

These are much more than just painting retreats. They’re opportunities to break open, move through fears, and step into a more vibrant, playful, and creative way of living and expressing yourself in the world.
We’ll focus on process, release, and finding new ways to love ourselves while expanding our sense of what’s possible. No art experience is necessary. Please come as you are. These are judgement-free zones.


Santa Fe, New Mexico

March 4 – 8, 2024 

Release raw expressive marks and let your emotions flow in this five-day immersive studio experience hosted by Jen Tough Gallery and Studio. Prior to this workshop, I will be doing a three-week residency and having a solo show in the gallery, so inspiration will be flowin!

Limited to 15 participants. Details and registration here.

The Art of Aliveness


April 28 – May 5, 2024

Experience an eight-day cultural and creative trip of a lifetime on the stunning southern coast of Portugal in the Algarve region. This is an all-inclusive retreat with magnificent food in a stunning villa, a sailing trip, and so much more. Hosted by UpTrek who will offer high-touch concierge travel support.

Limited to 16 participants. Details and registration here

The Art of Aliveness

The Omega Institute, Upstate New York

June 2 – 7, 2024

Soak up five days of innovative art-making, joyful play, and soulful connection at the world-renowned Omega Institute in upstate New York. This will be my third time offering a retreat at Omega, and the experience is always an absolute highlight of my year!

Details and registration here

“Not only has Flora taught me how to put color on a canvas, but she’s also taught me so many lessons about life: how to let go of what I *think* I need, how to take big, scary risks, and how to stay present and be open to what life might bring me. Her enchanting process is a gift to any creative who yearns for more, and it will leave you feeling both grounded in your present and fired up for what’s to come.”

-Tiffany Han

“The best art experience I’ve ever had.”

– Bobby McPherson

“I had no idea that four days could hold so much opportunity for transformation, exploration, new experiences, and power. I’ve stepped far outside my comfort zone, but I’ve found myself home.”

-Kristen Heinlein

I feel beautifully stretched — I arrived overwhelmed a little nervous. I ended up feeling bright, happy and inspired. I transformed without even having that as an intention, and I love that even more. Flora’s style is open, and there is an ease that oozes out of her. She made it feel so easy. I could gush for hours. Thank you for such a beautiful experience. I can’t wait for my next retreat!

– Brenda Carolan

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is rare to find a teacher who can connect with others in such a powerful and inspiring way. I learned as much by observing the demos as I did through exploration on my own.”

-Rachel Relin

“I came to this class knowing that I was going to be pushing my boundaries and was both nervous and excited. I felt that the space was so safe and supportive. Flora has such strong, confident, and encouraging energy, that I dropped the nerves pretty fast. I got so much that I wasn’t even expecting.”

-Dona Bumgarner

“Step one: sign up for Flora Bowley’s intuitive painting workshop.

Step two: realize that everything Flora teaches is a heart lesson for life.

Step three: have some great epiphanies and be changed forever.

Step four: because of the experience, everyone around changes as well — a ripple effect.”

-Teresa Remple