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Get Creative Retreat: Find Yourself Again
Sunrise Ridge Resort 

June 16 - 19 | 3 nights, 4 days
1175 Resort Dr, Parksville, BC V9P 2E3

This retreat is perfect if you're feeling lost or stuck in a routine that doesn't feel like you, but you're not sure what would. This retreat uses creative processes to facilitate self-exploration and understanding. Using a variety of imagery, colours and mediums as part of the creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.

Throughout this retreat you'll experience workshops lead by local artists to British Columbia, Canada. Each workshop will teach you a different creative medium and will equip you with the skills and space needed to truly express yourself. Our goal is that each guest leaves Marpole Retreats happier than when they came in, with a clearer direction and purpose to their lives.

The Get Creative Retreat: Find Yourself Again will take place at Sunrise Ridge Resort on Vancouver Island. 

Book your place today and SAVE $200. Early bird offer ends February 28, 2023. 


Luxury suites designed for comfort. Studio and 2 bedroom suites available.
Sunrise Ridge Resort is a Vancouver Island destination located on 10.2 stunning acres in Parksville, BC. With modern and spacious condo-style accommodations offering a place to relax and rejuvenate, this is the perfect oceanfront retreat for your summer. We have studio and 2 bedroom suites available at the retreat - book now to secure your favourite!  

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Retreat Itinerary

A weekend of relaxation, creativity, and mapping out your goals.

This weekend will feature creative workshops lead by local BC Artists. You'll get to try out different mediums and takeaway your pieces.

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Friday, June 16

16:00 - 18:00 | Checkin

We appreciate that everyone will have different arrival times. So relax, take your time, enjoy the beautiful setting and get settled in.

18:00 - Late | Welcome canapés 

Get to know the other wonderful people on this retreat with you and share some delicious, locally sourced treats. 

Saturday, June 17 - Morning

09:00 - 10:00 | Breakfast

10:00 - 13:00 | Vision Book Making

Create a vision book of your dreams, your goals, and manifest an amazing second half of your year. A vision book is a visual of your goals, the experiences you want to have, and how you want to feel. Let's let go of what does not serve us and figure out what it is we desire!


We will start the class with some journal prompts to help you explore what it is you want to focus on for the remainder of 2023, and then we will create a plan and a vision for making that happen. During this time, you will be manifesting exactly what your heart desires.


This is your one precious life, be the driver, the author of your very own story and make life happen FOR you. You will learn why making a vision book may be a bit more successful for you than a vision board, how to use it, and what to do next once you have created it.


13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch

Saturday, June 17 - Afternoon

14:00 - 15:30 | Free to Explore

Refresh your mind for the afternoon and enjoy the sun by exploring the beautiful surroundings we're in.

15:00 - 16:30 | Sketching & Drawing

More details to come soon.

18:00 - 19:00 | Dinner

Sunday, June 18 - Morning

09:00 - 10:00 | Breakfast

10:00 - 13:00 | Artistic Journaling 

Art journaling is a fun and creative way to express yourself without the need to have any “art experience”. It’s all about the ability to let go and play.


In this class, you will learn the basics of art journaling, how to use the products, and you will simply just have a good time. There are no rules to art journaling. You can write as little or as much as you want. It’s all about the process!

We will use a fun assortment of stencils, paints, and found objects to get our hands nice and dirty and some creative pages completed. This could just be the beginning of your creative journey, or a fabulous addition to your already creative life!

13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch

Sunday, June 18 - Afternoon

14:00 - 15:30 | Free to Explore

Refresh your mind for the afternoon and enjoy the sun by exploring the beautiful surroundings we're in.

15:30 - 18:00 | Botanical Painting. 

In this workshop, you will learn how to create a simple acrylic ink background. You will then draw a botanical flower of your choice and learn the techniques required to paint the flower using fluid Golden acrylic paints.


Your instructor, Tannis, suggests using Golden paints as they are highly pigmented and the fluid paints are easy to use in this workshop! If you feel that you cannot draw a botanical flower, no problem, Tannis will provide samples that you can use as a reference or traced. 


We will use watercolor paper as a substrate, and you will go home with a beautiful painting you can frame!

This is a beginner class, and we will work step by step.

18:00 - 19:00 | Dinner

Monday, June 19

09:00 - 10:00 | Breakfast

10:00 - 11:00 | Checkout

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Locally Sourced Dining

This all-inclusive retreat includes all your meals prepared by the wonderful Pacific Brimm catering team. Whether you are in the mood for a hearty meal or a light filler, the Brimm offers a choice that's right for you.

Your dining experience consists of a delicate balance of quality, freshness, presentation and nutritious goodness for the mind and body.

There will be a soft drinks station present throughout the retreat so you can help yourself to; tea, coffee, juices, and water. 

Dietary requirements? No worries. We wouldn't be a health and wellness retreat business if we didn't cater to all dietary requiremens, just let us know what you need - we've got you.

Your Menu at a Glance

Friday 16 June

Networking & Canapés: Mini Quiches, Feta Stuffed Cucumbers, Prosciutto wrapped pickled Asparagus, Tomato and Bocconcini skewers, Smoked Salmon with herb cream cheese on rye. 


Saturday 17 June

Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwiches and Fruit Platters.

Lunch: A selection of Sandwiches, Soups and Salads.

Dinner: Strawberry Pecan & Goat Cheese Salad, Spinach Cannelloni, Lemon roasted Potatoes, Szechuan Green Beans, Grilled Chicken Breast with Wild Mushrooms Sauce.

Sunday 18 June

Breakfast: Breakfast Burritos with your selection of; Scrambled Eggs, Cheddar Cheese, Tomato, Peppers, Onions, Bacon on a fresh wrap of your choice: plain, whole wheat, tomato or spinach.

Lunch: A selection of Sandwiches, Soups and Salads.

Dinner:  Cranberry, Mandarin & Pecan with Feta Salad, Pesto Chicken Farfalle, Mushroom Risotto, Honey Glazed Carrots and Flame Grilled Salmon 

Monday 19 June

Breakfast: Assorted pastries, muffins, scones, croissants and danishes, fruit platter Served with jams, whipped butter, and cream cheese


Tannis Ross
Intuitive Artist

Tannis Ross is an Intuitive Artist, Teacher and Retreat Facilitator living in beautiful Maple Ridge, BC. When Tannis isn’t flinging paint, or snuggling with her cat, she can be found exploring the forest trails near her home, travelling, or searching to find the perfect spot in nature to plant her fold up chair and spend some time reading or writing in her journal.


Tannis' love of painting is an extension of her desire to connect, teach and gather with others to practice the art of being in a state of creative flow. Tannis is a dreamer, a doer, a badass believer in women! For nearly 10 years through her company A Pinch of Creativity, she has encouraged the women in her classes and circle to explore their deepest selves so that they can be witness to their own greatness.


Through Intuitive Painting, art journaling and journal work, Tannis helps others to connect to their creative selves. She believes that it is through the creative process that we tap into our authentic, non-fearing, courageous selves.

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Cheyenne Williams
Acrylic Artist

From a VERY young age, Cheyenne's parents' walls were her first canvas! With trusty crayons in tow, she would spend hours creating. As she grew it became apparent to all those around her that Cheyenne's future would be lived as an artist.

In 2014 Cheyenne created her business - Paint Star Party - to share with others the great feeling of accomplishment you have when you create something beautiful. Cheyenne wanted this feeling to be available to everyone, even if they don't consider themselves creative at all.

So whether you are creative or only stick man capable, Cheyenne will guide you step by step towards painting your own beautiful piece of art that you'll finish in a couple of well spent hours.

Cheyenne's students are normally blown away by their results, and you will be too! 

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Getting to this retreat

Address: 1175 Resort Dr, Parksville, BC V9P 2E3

Our venue is located in picturesque Nanoose Bay, BC on Vancouver Island.  Nanoose Bay is situated mid-island on the east coast, just 30 minutes north of Nanaimo and 2 hours north of Victoria. 

BC Ferries

A leisurely ferry ride between the BC Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island allow visitors to experience the unique geography and wildlife of this coast.

Sailing times: 

  • From Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Nanaimo (Duke Point): 2 hours

  • From West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay): 1 hour 35 minutes

The drive to the venue, Pacific Shores Resort and Spa, from Departure Bay is approximately 20 minutes and from Duke Point approximately 40 minutes.

1-888-BC-FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
Reservations may be made in advance for a nominal fee. We recommend reservations for peak summer periods as well as weekend or holiday travel year round to avoid waiting.

By Air

Connecting flights from Vancouver International fly into the neighbouring Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley AirportHarbour Air Seaplanes and Helijet offer flights from downtown Vancouver to downtown Nanaimo, among other routes. WestJet flies direct from Calgary and Edmonton into Comox and from Calgary to Nanaimo. Iskwew Air flies direct from Vancouver South Terminal to Qualicum Beach Airport.

From Victoria

Drive north on Highway 1 to Nanaimo, just south of Nanaimo, take the exit for Highway 19 and the North Island. Bus connections are available from downtown.

From Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

Take the Lion's Gate or 2nd Narrows Bridge across Burrard Inlet, then follow the signs to Horseshoe Bay and take the BC Ferry to Nanaimo. Exit the ferry and keep to the 2 right lanes, then take Highway 19 North towards Parksville.

From Vancouver International Airport and South Vancouver

Take Highway 10 and 99, head to the BC Ferry terminal in Tsawwassen and catch the ferry to Duke Point (south Nanaimo). Head north on Highway 1 and then exit to Highway 19 and Parksville.

From Tofino or Ucluelet

Follow Hwy. 4, the 2 - 2 ½ hour drive leads directly to Qualicum Beach.

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