An Artistic Adventure

Art Retreat in Paradise

January 11-16, 2020, Nosara, Costa Rica

Perched atop the grand Costa Rican rainforest, artists will be inspired by the breathtaking panoramic views while ensconced in a tranquil tropical oasis.

Each day, two 3-hour plein-air painting excursions will be offered in different stunning jungle, beach and mountain locations. During each session participants will benefit from on-site demonstrations, instruction and one-on-one guidance.

Gentle stretching and meditation will be offered each morning, led by Ricki Grater, certified yoga teacher and bodymind psychotherapist. And each evening will have an optional meditation or silent jungle walk. Visit shantispace.com to learn more about Ricki.

Participants will also have the opportunity to join in a host of adventure activities such as surfing lessons, horseback riding, stand up paddle boarding and more, or they may choose to enjoy spa treatments or lounge by the beautiful dipping pool or on a pristine, secluded beach.

The retreat may be customized to suit the needs of the individual. Participants may wish to paint each morning and afternoon, or they may choose to experience a variety of different adventure options.

All levels of artists welcome.

Accommodations are at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa, a beautiful boutique hotel and retreat center, located on the mountain of a private ranch in Nosara, Guanacaste, on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica, known for its gorgeous open-air art/yoga palapa with breathtaking vistas, idyllic serene jungle atmosphere, and its top notch chef serving healthy, sumptuous farm-to-table organic meals. 



May 23-25, 2020 Cully, Switzerland

This 3-day workshop will take place in the midst of the some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland: the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, stretching for 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lakes Léman (aka Lake Geneva) and backdropped across the water by the snow-capped Alps and Jura mountains. Now considered a site of universal value, Lavaux has been elevated to the status of world heritage site by UNESCO, its mosaic of vines welcoming many visitors seeking renewed vitality and tranquility. The region has been a source of inspiration for many traveling and local artists. Among those who wandered along the lake- front are Joseph Mallord, William Turner, François Bocion, Gustave Courbet and Ferdinand Hodler.

The workshop will focus mainly on the breathtaking landscape, the vertiginous views down to the lake and the nearby picturesque villages nestled in the vineyards. Participants will benefit from on-site demonstrations and will have the opportunity to wander around, draw and paint at will.

All levels are welcome as well as different techniques and media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, drawing, etc.

Accommodations at the charming Auberge du Raisin, a lovely 3-star venue that is just a few steps from the lakeside and is renowned for its French and Swiss Cuisine.

For more information on pricing, travel and accommodations, please email the workshop host: peteroliverstalder@gmail.com


1999-Present - Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Part-time Associate Professor

2019 - Painting in Switzerland, Cully, Switzerland
Guest Artist

2008 - Parsons in Paris, Paris, France
Plein-Air Painting Professor

2004, 06 - Crystal Cruise Lines, Mediterranean Sea and The Caribbean Sea
Oil Painting and Watercolor Painting Instructor representing Parsons School of Design

2002, 06, 10 - Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Guest Panelist and Portfolio Reviewer

2001 - South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY
Guest Lecturer

1989-1991 - Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Teaching Assistant 2D design