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Paint Wisdom TAOS

WEEK-LONG PAINTING INTENSIVE FOR WOMEN ARTISTS EAGER TO DEEPEN THEIR PRACTICE IN INSPIRING TAOS, NEW MEXICO!

July 27 - August 2, 2025 | TAOS, NEW MEXICO | Mabel Dodge Luhan House

a sanctuary for women artists

EMBARK ON A TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY WITH PAINT WISDOM TAOS, A SANCTUARY FOR WOMEN ARTISTS FIERCELY DEVOTED TO THEIR CREATIVE PRACTICE.

Immerse yourself in a week of creative exploration, where you'll stoke your artistic fire, nourish your body, and delve deep into your painting practice, held by the Southwest charm of Taos, New Mexico and the warm camaraderie of fellow creatives. Leave with a body of work that makes your cells sizzle, a deeper connection to your creative practice, a well nourished Artist Soul, and a yearning to keep painting!

While similar intensives are more like an “art vacation,” Paint Wisdom Taos welcome artists who are serious about their creative practice and have confidence to create a body of work independently.

WHY ATTEND PAINT WISDOM TAOS?

Paint Wisdom Taos offers a unique opportunity to transform your artistic practice and dive deeper into your creative journey. Here’s are some reasons why you should join us:

  • Strengthen Your Artistic Voice: Gain clarity and confidence in your unique visual language, style, and voice.
  • Explore New Perspectives: Discover fresh ideas and approaches by changing your location and integrate them vibrantly into your art.
  • Build a Body of Work: Focus intensely on creating a cohesive body of work that vibrates with meaning and depth.
  • Take Creative Risks: Step out of your comfort zone and embrace experimentation in a supportive environment.
  • Overcome Creative BlocksGet unstuck, back in the groove if you’ve lost it, and learn to embrace and navigate fear.
  • Transform Your Practice: Shed old creative skins and engage in the messy, blessed work of becoming the artist your soul is calling you to be.
  • Feel Seen & Understood: Build meaningful relationships and share experiences with other dedicated women artists who understand and inspire your creative journey.

At Paint Wisdom Taos you will receive an over-abundance of studio time, individualized mentorship, and an inspiring environment to create in. Through thoughtful feedback, soulful discussions with like-minded women, and guided meditations, you'll feel both supported and challenged creatively.

TESTIMONIES FROM ARTISTS LIKE YOU

I would recommend the Paint Wisdom Intensive — no hesitation. Absolutely. It’s a week of small group mentoring and holding open a clearer and more expansive connection to your artist’s soul. — Anne Gaffney., Wisconsin, USA

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Paint Wisdom is hard to put into words. "Wonderful, great, uplifting, and supportive" don’t quite capture it. Paint Wisdom is all those things and much more—something deep inside that's hard to express but full of joy. — Diana C., Texas, USA

Thank you Connie. I always feel I grow as an artist when I attend one of your intensives. I loved it! The connections you make with the other artists stay with you. And as always, the reflection opportunity on our final day was so insightful. Looking at the body of work I created during the retreat was invaluable. I saw themes and connections between pieces that I hadn't realized were there. — Maureen Kelly, Alaska USA

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN YOUR ART

What You Will Receive At Paint Wisdom Taos

INDIVIDUALIZED MENTORING

Two Months Before Departure: Mentoring begins with a self-guided online mini-workshop to kickstart your creative process. This session will help you dream into your body of work, select materials, initiate any necessary research or sketching, and provide valuable guidance on packing and preparing for your Intensive.

During Paint Wisdom: You can anticipate individualized one-on-one and group mentoring designed to support and challenge you. These sessions aim to help you breathe life into your body of work, enhance your skills, and create art with deeper meaning.

As Your Mentor: My expertise lies in meeting each artist where they are and nurturing their growth and expansion into the artist they aspire to be. My goal is for you to depart with a body of work brimming with freshness, vitality, and uniquely your own.

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I warmly recommend Connie's intensives because they are pure magic! Every time I participate in one, I walk away feeling deeply nourished. Connie is an alchemist who will help you expand your relationship to your own visual language and show you how to extract it's treasures like never before! Every time I work with her, she blows my mind! She is the teacher you need to help you tap into your true, raw and genuine self expression. With her guidance and her mentoring, you will get connected to your artist soul in the most fulfilling way possible. — Mylène Piché., Quebec, Canada

An OVER-ABUNDANCE OF STUDIO TIME

At Paint Wisdom, your studio is conveniently located just outside your room with 24-hour access. Each day kicks off with a guided painting session before breakfast. Following breakfast, the morning is dedicated to workshops, painting, and mentoring.

After lunch, the afternoon will include open studio time and on Wednesday we will go into town and visit the Harwood Museum. During the afternoon I'll be spending some quality one-on-one time with you as well to discuss your work.

Each day concludes with opportunities to discuss and reflect on your body of work before heading to dinner, indulging in a massage, taking a leisurely stroll, or simply enjoying more studio time.

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COMMUNITY OF KINDREDS

At Paint Wisdom you will be immersed in a community of artists who share your dedication to their painting practice and are eager to delve deeper. Our inspiring discussions will center on art, creativity, expanding our body of work, and navigating the highs and lows of the artist's journey.

At Paint Wisdom I too will be working on my own body of work alongside you. So, expect plenty of late-night painting sessions and intimate glimpses into my own creative process as well.

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Painting alongside like-minded artists in community is a gift of time and creativity you give to yourself. With Connie's supportive wisdom and enthusiasm, you'll pursue your own work, which becomes interwoven by emotion, color, and design as your story, vision, and artistic voice unfold. Connie serves as a mentor, offering advice when needed and knowing just when to push you further along your journey. — Sharla Hicks, California, USA

A VISIT TO THE HARWOOD MUSEUM

To replenish our creative juices and dive into the rich history of painting in Taos, we'll be visiting the Harwood Museum. This gem of a museum is renowned for its diverse collection of works by Taos artists from the Taos Society of Artists, the Taos Moderns, and contemporary artists.  Most of all, Connie's beloved "Guardian Artist," Agnes Martin's epic work is featured there as well.

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SINGLE OCCUPANCY LODGING + MOST MEALS AT THE INFAMOUS MABEL DODGE LUHAN HOUSE

Paint Wisdom TAOS offers six nights of single-occupancy lodging at the renowned Mabel Dodge Luhan House. Choose between a premium room in the historic "Big House," just a short stroll to our studio, or a regular room in the "Juniper House," conveniently located in the same building as our studio. Your registration includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and two dinners, leaving three evenings free for you to explore Taos's fantastic restaurants, from traditional New Mexican fare to contemporary fusion.

Paint Wisdom Schedule

 MONDAY, JUNE 2

Receive access to the online mini-workshop that will help you prepare for Paint Wisdom Taos.


  Sunday, July 27

3:00 PM  Check-In To Room
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Orientation, Studio Set-Up, & Dinner


MONDAY, July 28 - THURSDAY, July 31

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM Guided Painting Practice
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Breakfast
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Workshop / Mentoring / Painting
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch & Break
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Open Studio and visit to Harwood Museum on Wednesday


FRIDAY, August 1

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM Guided Painting Practice
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  Breakfast
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Workshop / Mentoring
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch & Break
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Visions & Clean Up Studio
7:00 PM Dinner

SATURDAY, August 2

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
10:00 AM
 Check-Out

Please note that the schedule above may shift slightly to support the innate flow of the group energy and to accommodate any unexpected things that may pop up.

NOURISH YOUR ARTIST SOUL

IS PAINT WISDOM RIGHT FOR YOU?

PAINT WISDOM IS PERFECT FOR...

  • Artists in search of mentorship that fosters authenticity, honesty, and vulnerability in their art. At Paint Wisdom, you'll receive INDIVIDUALIZED guidance and mentorship to develop a body of work that not only enhances your artistic practice but also nurtures a deeper relationship with yourself as an artist. Your creations will reflect, explore, and draw inspiration from themes that hold personal significance to you.
  • Artists  yearning for dedicated time to delve deeply into their creative process, and the space to allow their work to unfold naturally at its own cadence and rhythm.
  • Artists comfortable with independently crafting a body of work, familiar with generating their own ideas, setting creative goals, and selecting materials. However, they yearn for the magical experience of creating in community in a picturesque setting and dream of having support.
  • Artists who fiercely love painting and are committed to continuous growth and evolution in their artistic journey.
  • Artists who embrace experimentation, taking risks, and seek-out the awe and wonder found in their creative process.
  • Artists who find value in guided visualizations and contemplative journaling, using these tools to deepen their connection with their work and nurture their imaginative spirit.
  • Artists who believe there is more to making art than just creating pretty pictures —they prefer to linger in the deeper currents of their creativity.

PAINT WISDOM IS NOT WELL SUITED FOR...

  • Artists at the beginner level. Participants should have a minimum of 3 years of experience in art-making and feel adept at working independently.
  • Artists seeking an art vacation filled with site-seeing and numerous tourist activities. Paint Wisdom is a painting intensive held in an inspiring environment, where all our time and energy is focused on creating a body of work. We’re going to PAINT-EAT-SLEEP-REPEAT!
  • Artists seeking technical or step-by-step instruction or aiming to emulate Connie's artistic style.
  • Artists who solely turn to art as a means of coping with life's challenges or processing emotions. While Paint Wisdom is inherently healing, it is not intended as a therapeutic space for addressing trauma or deep emotional issues.
  • Artists who pursue art primarily as a hobby or leisure activity. Paint Wisdom delves deeply into the context and significance of our art within our creative journey. Those without an established creative practice may find the retreats overwhelming.
  • Artists who shy away from engaging in meaningful discussions on art or participating in guided visualizations.
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REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Taos, New Mexico | July 27 - August 2, 2025 | Mabel Dodge Luhan House

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House has been a cornerstone of the Taos art world for nearly a century, serving as a retreat and creative haven for renowned artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. Staying here feels like stepping back in time, surrounded by its unique Southwest charm and rustic details. Each room is single occupancy with a private bathroom and will be pre-assigned. Please let us know ASAP if you require a ground floor room.

YOUR DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE & NON-TRANSFERABLE.
YOUR FINAL BALANCE OF $2000 IS DUE ON OR BEFORE APRIL 30TH

PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION AT THE
BOTTOM OF THE PAGE CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING.
YOUR DEPOSIT ACTS AS AGREEMENT TO THE
TERMS & POLICIES LISTED BELOW.

PREMIUM ROOM $3950

Located in the Big/Historic House.

A DEPOSIT OF $1950 WILL SAVE YOUR SPACE

REGULAR ROOM $3750

Located in the Juniper House.

SOLD OUT!

A DEPOSIT OF $1750 WILL SAVE YOUR SPACE

PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT INFO BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING

YOUR DEPOSIT ACTS AS AGREEMENT TO THE TERMS & POLICIES  LISTED BELOW.

WHY I CREATED PAINT WISDOM TAOS

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When I was 19 years old, an exhibition of Agnes Martin's work changed my life as an artist forever.

Walking through the galleries, I was overwhelmed by a profound sense of peace. It felt as if Agnes's paintings hummed a soft note, causing the world around me to fade away and disappear.

Leaving that exhibition, I was determined to make it my life's work to create art like Agnes's—art that vibrated at a frequency so pure it could alter the very atmosphere of a room.

It took me about 25 years, but in 2021, I traveled to Taos for the first time to pay homage to Agnes's work at the Harwood Museum and visit a dear friend. Seeing Agnes's work in person still had the same profound impact on me. But viewing it in Taos, where the night before I walked through the same streets Agnes did, touched me on a deeper level.

It is no wonder that Taos has been a mecca of inspiration for artists for over a century. I stood in that magnificent landscape and all I could think is that Taos is where art and the heavens collide. There is a silence that exists in Taos that is sacred, vast, mysterious, and ancient.

From that point on, I knew one day I would bring my painters here.  I knew there would be a time that we too would commune here like hundreds of artists before us.

I am incredibly honored and grateful to bring my beloved painters to the Mabel Dodge Luhan House for a week-long Paint Wisdom Intensive. The Mabel Dodge Luhan House has been a haven for artists for over a century. Join me from July 27 to August 2, 2025, as we add our unique voices and marks to this incredible legacy.