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Small-Group Tour

Join us on beautiful Vancouver Island for a yummy, get-away designed to nourish our creative souls.

Nestled on the west coast, just off the grid you’ll find magical Craidelonna – a private paradise with spectacular oceanfront views, lots of cozy corners, hot tubs, a wood-fired sauna, beautiful wildflower gardens, and healing forests. We’ll tuck in, come together to paint in the mornings, explore in the afternoons (or laze about in a hammock if that’s what you need most) and gather around a beautiful table in the evenings. Paint will fly, there will be plenty of deliciously healthy food; good music; tasty spirits and stories; and gentle yoga with the lovely Rachel Reid. Just what your heart desires… join us.
The Laura Harris Painting Retreat on Vancouver Island includes 3 nights accommodation, 2 half days of painting instruction, daily yoga classes, and most meals.

Inspired, connected, generous and intuitive, Laura Harris has motivated countless people to rewrite their stories and honour their creative calling. Offered to beginners and non-beginners alike, Laura will share her unique approach to painting, with a focus on manifesting inspiration and personal expression.

Please note that we have started a waitlist for this retreat.  Please contact [email protected] for more info.

June 17-20, 2022

$1095 USD per person


June 20-23, 2022

$ 1095 USD per person


  • 3 nights accommodation based on double/twin occupancy at Craidelonna * (depending on numbers, some participants may stay down the road in a nearby property)
  • 2 Studio painting sessions with Laura Harris
  • Yoga sessions with Rachel Reid (1 class)
  • All Meals
  • Creating masterpieces during a weekend painting workshop with artist Laura Harris
  • Enjoying our peaceful sanctuary of our charming Craidelonna located in Shirley, BC
  • Participating in a yoga class with the talented Rachel Reid
  • Feasting on fresh, local, veggie-forward cuisine together
  • Enjoying a few glorious days with wonderful, like-minded creative souls
  • Finding creative inspiration in the beauty of the wild west coast of Vancouver Island

Day 1 – Arrive at Craidelonna

Welcome to Craidelonna

Please aim to arrive to our beautiful accommodation in Shirley, Vancouver Island, by the afternoon for cocktail hour!

Tonight we will have a chance to get to know each other as we dine together in a small group setting.

  • Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 – Unwind And Get Inspired

MOVE – Yoga Session with Rachel Reid

BREAKFAST – Enjoy a healthy breakfast

CREATE – This morning you will head to the “studio” with Laura to learn about her method and prepare your canvases.


NOURISH – Lunch together

CREATE – Head back to the “studio”

EXPLORE – Beach walk, relax, read, wander…

DINNER – Enjoy a nourishing dinner together.

  • Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3 – The Creative Process


BREAKFAST – Continental Breakfast

CREATE – Studio painting session – let your creativity pour out onto your canvases. Laura will help guide you through the creative process.


NOURISH – Lunch together

CREATE – Head back to the “studio”

EXPLORE – Beach walk, relax, read, wander…

DINNER – Dinner together and reflect on our wonderful time together.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 – Painting AM & Free Afternoon

BREAKFAST –  Enjoy our last meal together

DEPART – Depart by 11am

Farewell and Departures

Laura Harris

Passionate Canadain Painter

Laura Harris – Artist

Inspired, connected, generous and intuitive, Laura Harris exemplifies and champions the crafting of a creative life. Laura has inspired countless people to rewrite their stories and honour the creative being that resides deep in their soul. Her paintings are described as beautifully imperfect, and have the ability to stir powerful emotions, speaking to an inner voice often ignored. Often large in scale with strikingly bold colours and texture, each piece offers discovery. Her process is rooted in memory and imagination, and her emotions are palpable. When she’s at work, Harris becomes utterly engrossed in her practice. It’s a fully physical task with music turned up loud and paint flying. Laura applies the same love and abandons to all other areas of her life. 

“I try and create what I ache for. Painting for me is not work, it’s an essential part of living.

Harris’ is a positive oeuvre, but there are contrasts in texture and hue that suggest the opposition of forces. Exuberant, sensual, and often surprising, Laura’s images are known and prized for their irresistible energy. Her relationship with light has been compared to that of Turner. As a young child, the Canadian artist learned drawing techniques from her father, who preferred realism but encouraged freedom of expression. Laura currently lives and works in Victoria, BC where her family has roots run generations deep. Her work is exhibited in galleries across Canada and collected worldwide. Corporate clients include Mercedes Benz, The Ritz Carlton, The Keg and Canaccord.

Visit Laura’s website

Tour Exclusions

  • Transportation to Shirely (10 min from Sooke, an hour from Victoria), BC, Canada
  • All painting supplies (paints, brushes, canvases, etc) – list will be provided
  •  Activities and services not mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Yoga Mat


At the time of booking, please mention who you would like to share a room with. Rooms are based on double occupancy (one or two beds per room).

Solo travellers: This Beautifully Imperfect Retreat is about camaraderie and sharing experiences with like-minded spirits who share similar interests.
On the sharing note, rooms consists of double (two or one bed) rooms. If you are travelling on your own, you will be paired with another wonderful traveller to share a room with.

Payment: You will receive an invoice from come from [email protected].
You are welcome to pay by e-transfer or by credit card.
Using the invoice (separate email), you may pay online.

Please note that the total price of the art retreat is $1295 CAD or $1095USD + GST in a double/twin room.

A 25% non-refundable deposit is required in order to reserve your spot with full payment being due 60 days prior to the trip.

Air Travel

Flights are not included in the tour price. DO NOT purchase any airline tickets until the trip is confirmed to take place. Pre and post-tours can be arranged through available at an additional charge. Please contact Finisterra Travel for further details [email protected]

Visa & Passports

Travel Visa requirements and passports are the responsibility of the participants. Please note that most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months from the date of your return flight. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa, or other travel documentation (vaccinations, Covid PCR tests, etc).

Travel Insurance

Cancellation, Travel, Flight, and Health insurance are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage. Click HERE for a Travel Insurance Quote or please email [email protected] for a quote.

Check with your local travel agent /insurance provider/health plan for advice about traveling overseas.

Waiver Form

All participants will be required to sign a Waiver Form prior to departure.

Are you all ready for your next adventure?

Even though we wish you a flawless trip, things can happen. Make sure you are prepared with a Travel Insurance policy that is right for you. Finisterra recommends Manulife Insurance or World Nomads Insurance. Please feel free to ask us about Covid-19 insurance coverage along with any questions you may have.


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