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June 16-19 | 3 nights, 4 days

Get Creative &
Find Yourself Again

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. 


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What's Included?

Comfortable and stylish accommodation at the Sunrise Ridge Resort on Vancouver Island. Studio and 2 bedroom Suites available.

3 creative sessions lead by local BC, Canada artist Tannis Ross including; Vision Book Making, Artistic Journalling and Botanical Painting.

A "let your hair down" painting afternoon with local artist Cheyenne Williams. 

All your art supplies will be provided, but you can bring your own too if you have a preference.

1:1 session with either a certified Health Coach or Registered Dietitian to develop your personal goals.

Delicious meals catered for by Pacific Brimm catering and healthy snacks throughout the day.


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.

BC Artists teaching you how to use art to express your true self.


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 

This time is intended as a "meet and greet"where you can get to know your fellow retreat attendees. We'll have some conversation prompts to get us going!


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


14:00 - 15:00 | Free to Explore

Refresh your mind for the afternoon and enjoy the sun by exploring the beautiful surroundings we're in. Onsite facilities include; pool, hot tub and fitness center. 

15:00 - 16:30 | Afternoon Painting

Lead by the wonderful Cheyenne, this class is intended as a fun release. You'll be painting a beautiful scenic picture based on our beautiful location and Vancouver Island.

16:30 - 18:00 | Free to Explore

Enjoy a break before dinner. Onsite facilities include; pool, hot tub and fitness center. 

18:00 - 19:00 | Dinner


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


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


09:00 - 10:00 | Breakfast

We'll say our last goodbyes and farewells over breakfast.

10:00 - 11:00 | Checkout


Refresh & Revitalize Coaches


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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Ewa Ostapczuk
Registered Dietition 

Ewa is an Irish Registered Dietitian, who graduated with a BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Dublin Institute of Technology & Trinity College Dublin. 


She worked in a clinical setting for 2 years, where she realized that what she really wanted to do, is to help people get healthy early in their lives, and help prevent admission to hospital in the first place.


Ewa has a special interest in plant based nutrition, and is the cofounder of the Plant Based Diets And Food Sustainability Special Interest Group. 

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Marie Fryman
Marpole Retreats Founder & Health Coach

Marie is a certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the Founder of Marpole Retreats.


Marie's goal is to help individuals reach their dreams, whatever they may be, by; providing spaces to meet likeminded people, learning about breaking goals down into manageable stepping stones, and learning how to look after your body and mind to be your best self.

Marie will lead your Opening and Closing Circles to set individual intentions for the weekend and action points to take away with you.

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Your Menu At A Glance

We'll provide all your meals in the same room where you'll be getting creative. That way, if you want to continue your work you'll be able to do so with some sustenance! 

We are working in partnership with Pacific Brimm catering for this retreat, and all dietary requirements will be catered for.

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


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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