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2017 Workshops and Retreats + Giveaway November 18, 2016

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.



IN PERSON, that’s the only way I do it, want to do it, need to do it, am elated to do it. As someone who ignored and denied her own heart’s desires for way too long I now strive to do the things that are wholeheartedly aligned with these deepest desires, my quirky tendencies, and my independent spirit. Or as they cliché-ishly (I made up a word again) say, be true to myself.

And my true self wants to see you and be seen by you, hold your hands and your hands to hold mine, move you and be moved by you. I want to provide you with an environment that urges connection and expansion rather than exclusion and retreat. All with the greatest excuse of all, the creative process.

These are the things that rock my world, and hopefully rock yours too. More than ever, I see all this as something truly special that is deeply needed. So I hope you find ways to get together with others to converse, to journal, to paint, to make music, to sing, to cook, to dance. IN PERSON. And if it includes me, I’d be most grateful, as I perpetually am.

For more information about the individual workshops please contact the host or visit the link noted underneath the specific image below.

Please scroll down to find them!

A GIVEAWAY—One workshop at my place will go to one eager student. The workshops that are up for winning are the ones that say REDONDO BEACH, CA. There are 4 of them. To enter the drawing please leave a sweet comment here and mention the specific date you are interested in.

A winner will be randomly drawn on Tuesday, November 22, at noon Pacific Time.

I hope you’ll join me somewhere, someday in 2017



00-JAN-3-day RB

For details please email me @ orlyavineri@gmail.com




For details please email Lyn Bleiler @ lyn.bleiler@yahoo.com




For details please email Annie Hooten @ hootenannie4@aol.com







02-APR 2017-Salt Lake City 4-Day

For details please email Marti Grace @ mga9999@gmail.com



For details please email me @ orlyavineri@gmail.com


03-MAY 2017-Ghost Ranch




For details please email me @ orlyavineri@gmail.com



For details please email me @ orlyavineri@gmail.com



For details please email me @ orlyavineri@gmail.com



For details and registration  www.art-retreat.com

For additional questions email Ana Campos at NEartretreat@gmail.com



For info email Rebecca Brooks




For details please email me @ orlyavineri@gmail.com



1. Laura - November 18, 2016

Orly, you amaze me. The vibrancy of your work and your soul inspires so many people. I love to see all you do. In person! Yes.

2. Ana Campos - November 18, 2016

Love all of this!! You know I’ll be there for Nests of Gatherings 🙂

3. Ana Campos - November 18, 2016

Love all of this! You know I’ll be there for Nests of Gatherings 🙂

4. kkkkk - November 18, 2016

Wow! Your giveaway is super generous. I’ve always wanted to take a class with you or come to one of your workshops. The little passports you make and the journals make me swoon. I can’t imagine what it would be like to create with you and have some time to just heal. I would be open to any of the four dates you are giving away. If I have to pick, I’d say June. But you are giving this away, so you should choose. Lol! One day no matter what, I will meet you! ❤

crystal - November 18, 2016

Not sure why my name wasn’t showing! It is now.

5. Karen Brooks - November 18, 2016

Sweet Orly, I would love to come to Southern California for a Mending Stories retreat in July… with sugar on top! XO KB

6. artyvelarde - November 18, 2016

I am excited to see your new schedule! I am most interested in In The Cards and Mending Stories. Can’t Wait!

7. craftygoofy49 - November 18, 2016

The opportunity to win a class in Redondo Beach at your home would be a dream come true. I love every class I have taken with you and every time I have had the privilege of being in your presence. The date i would love to win is Dec. 1-3, 2017. The topic calls to me as I feel many alterations happening in my life. Thank you for offering this opportunity.

8. Corrine Holden - November 18, 2016

Dear Orly,
Your class last April in Port Townsend set me off on a rich journey for the rest of my life. I am like a sponge for art now. I would love to be chosen for March in Portland or April in Idaho. Please pick me.

9. antjeschoelzel - November 18, 2016

Dear Orly,

will you also  give a Workshop in Europe in 2017?

Kind Regards, 


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Orly - November 18, 2016

In 2018 dear Antje, not next year. 🙂

10. Deanne B. Tetzl - November 18, 2016

Orly, I can’t wait to attend a workshop with you, which I intend on doing this year! I’m interested in the January or December Redondo Beach workshops. Thank you for all you do!

11. Linda Perry - November 18, 2016

Oh my gosh, that is so awesome that you would gift several spots to workshop. A couple of years I happened upon your FB group and have learned a lot.

12. KarmasJourney - November 18, 2016

Thank you for paving the way for all of us. As a creative being you truly do shine and illuminate others in your path. Being one of those who has been lit within, thank you and thank you for such a beautiful gift to have an opportunity to learn from you in person.

13. Jeanne - November 18, 2016

Orly — I am currently working on how the stories have shaped who I am….and which stories no longer serve me. Your “mending stories” workshop in July sounds soul inspiring…..many thanks.

Ros Capper - November 18, 2016

YES!!!! Pefect fpr a person like me moving on from retreating to Connection and Expansion – Redondo Next December! Thank you so much for all that you offer!

14. Ros Capper - November 18, 2016

Aotearoa New Zealand to Redondo Beach December 1-3 has a wondrous ring to it, Dear Orly! Drawn by your laying out of ‘brining all of myself including quirky tendencies’ creativity. Perfect for my moving from retreating after caring for a dying famiy member at home to Connection and Expansion- YES!!!! Please

15. Ros Capper - November 18, 2016

Aotearoa New Zealand to Redondo Beach Next December – YESSSS!
Perfect for my moving from retreating after caring for a dying family member at home to Connection and Expansion…PLease!! Thanks you for all that you are

16. peggygatto - November 18, 2016

I would love the journaling in Redondo Beach. I live in Northern Ca and because of being older travel better close too home. Would love the other locations but I just get worn out before I begin the workshop.
thanks for the chance!
72 and holding!

17. Jen Rothstein - November 18, 2016

Oh the Nests of Gathering, June 9-11! The name alone gets to me but I have long been an admirer of your work and the meaning you place into it. I love to journal and make art but I have difficulty really putting myself into it. Just those words nest and gathering invoke images in my mind of safety and belonging. I would be honored to have the opportunity to attend one of your workshops meet you and grow and play!

18. jacki long - November 18, 2016

Exciting times to be with you and be inspired, moved and joyous. Thank you for your generosity and the chance. I’d be over the moon to be with you in January 2017 or December 2017 if it happens. Take good care Orly. ♥

19. Sherry Nowlin - November 18, 2016

Thank you so much Orly. I can’t express how I feel when I look at your work. It really touches my heart. I’ve been an admirer from afar. I would love to win a spot and work with you in person. Jan., June, or Dec. would be great. Thanks again!

20. Valerie - November 18, 2016

Your work is amazing and I would love to attend one of your workshops. I wish you had one in the Midwest.

21. Gaye West - November 18, 2016

Thank you dear Orly, your succulent words aptly describe all that is imperative to me xox…to commune again with you in person, make ardent contact with the page at your abundant table, replenish aching heart, soul & spirit, and experience
essential, undeniable freedom to live artfully, expansively, joyfully. The sooner the better, so January 13-15 would be perfect ❤

22. Mia - November 18, 2016

Hi Orly – taking one of your classes is on my bucket list. Thank you for having a class giveaway. I’ve been following you on social media and love how you embrace life/art/others. With the changes that have come to my life the last few years, Mending Stories in July would be a wonderful class to take. Thank you for the possible opportunity to win this giveaway.

23. Reigan - November 18, 2016

My Alchemist Orly, after spending time with you in San Miguel I am so looking forward to experiencing a class at your home. My vision is to bring my dear friend Annie with me. By winning a give away I would be able to gift a class to Annie and we could experience you together in Redondo. I would love to participate in the July 28-30th mending stories class. I am also going to work on bringing our lovely Rebecca out there if we can coordinate a date. With much love and kisses, Reigan

24. Kelly - November 18, 2016

All that you share from your heart so resonates with my soul . . . would love to receive your ‘class give away! Thank you.

25. Wendy Parsons - November 18, 2016

Orly — I would be ecstatic to connect with you in person and with your tribe! I’m in Philadelphia, and Southern CA sounds wonderful for the July 28-30 Workshop!
Blessings to all. Wendy

26. Orly Douek - November 18, 2016

Hi Orly,
Thank you for the opportunity to win an art workshop with you-especially because that first day of the workshop in Redondo Beach, January 13th, is my birthday and it would be such a generous gift! I have wanted to attend for years. I am an elementary school teacher and growing artist and an art teacher for younger kids. I am now working on developing the artist in me to build a business in art workshops for kids, sell my jewelry designs and photography, as well help kids in hospitals with art as healing. This give away would be so great to further nurture everything I am hoping to create with art and I appreciate all the goodness and healing you are creating for others with art. I am interested in the Jan 13-15th giveaway. Of course I am still looking into attending the other ones- as it is a goal for me in 2017. Thank you again and please count me in the drawing.
Orly Douek

27. Darcy ritzau - November 18, 2016

Oh sweetpea, , I would any and all of the workshops you offer at your home. A chance to create from my heart and be with all the creatives that you bring together, that I so rarely get to see and hug and share our souls. It’s always an honor. Big hugs. Love you.

28. Orly Douek - November 18, 2016

Hi Orly,
Thank you so much for the chance to receive the generous art workshop give-away- especially because the Redondo Beach January 13th Workshop is also my birthday and would be the best gift to start the year! I am an elementary school teacher, art teacher for younger kids, and am now starting to build an arts based business and I am looking for ways to expand my art teaching to kids, as well as volunteer to do art healing in hospitals with organizations. I am continually inspired with what I see on your FB page, and would love the opportunity to learn from and with you January 13-15 in Redondo Beach in person, so please count me in for the drawing for that! If not that weekend, then another would do but that would be my first choice. I am also looking at the other workshops in hopes bc it’s my goal to attend your workshops in 2017.
Thank you again!
Orly Douek

29. Helen - November 18, 2016

Hi Orly, I would love to take one of your classes and you have been on my list for a long time. I have been watching what you do for awhile now. I would love to be part of the give-a-way. These are the ones that fit in my schedule at the moment and would be happy to receive any of them: Nest of Gathering June 9th, Mending Stories Aug 4th and Alterations Dec 1st. Look gin so forward to this!!! Much Love, Helen

30. Janet - November 18, 2016

I really, really, really want, want, want to spend time with you. You are so generous and as you can see everybody wants to do your workshops. Well, I travel far and wide. I’m jumping up and down now–pick me, pick me! Oh, it’s a blind drawing. Draw me! Draw me! Or paint me, or whatever works best. : ) You know that I want to come in January, and the Salt Lake City workshop in April is also one I might make. Thanks for giving us all the hope we might win a giveaway! : )

31. Bea Savellano - November 18, 2016

January would be perfect (it’s my birthday month). I would love to immerse myself in your guidance for three days…b

32. Elizabeth Sheridan - November 18, 2016

Orly – would love a chance to experience both you as a teacher and to see your work in person. This would be an opportunity I would cherish.

33. CAIT SHERWOOD - November 18, 2016

I love that you are so committed to in-person teaching! That makes me think. It is on my list to do a workshop with you sometime in my life… I think the “In the Cards” one in January sounds amazing! Thank you Orly!

34. Kristin K Peterson - November 18, 2016

All of the classes look so amazing!! Thank you for being so gracious and offering this giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed and saying my prayers. 🙂 The June class would work the best. Thank you!

35. DeeDee - November 18, 2016

Orly — your work is so inspirational and astounding. I’m so glad to see your posts in the art journaling group on facebook. I’d LOVE to join you during a workshop like your Nests of Gatherings on June 9th. Keep on inspiring, because I can’t soak up enough of your mixed media pieces. -DeeDee

36. Marline - November 19, 2016

Still kicking myself (gently) for not getting into one of your classes at the last JournalFest. I don’t remember the words, but will never forget the wonderful aura of you during your opening talk.

Maybe I’ll be fortunate enough to win entry for the January event. Until then, may peace be with you.

37. aphilipsonsplay - November 19, 2016

Dear Orly, wisest woman I know.
I would SO love to engage in one of your workshops & am interested in the Intimate Visual Journalling one in Redondo Beach next July. I know I would love The Nest of Gatherings in June at Redondo & Mending Stories in July also at Redondo. I have never been to the US (in Australia) & have sent you an email re registering for the July workshop. NOW, I see you are generously offering a giveaway workshop so how wonderful to get it or (greedy me) another one around the same time. I’m so excited, nervous, daring to think this is all a possibility……

38. Jana Martin - November 19, 2016

Pick me!!! Rodondo beach in December 2017.

39. Lorraine Lopez - November 19, 2016

I’m thankful to my sister of my heart (actually sis – law) Laura who shared your blog and instagram with me. I’ve been a hunter gatherer of sea shells, rocks, twigs, paper, books, fabric scraps, cloud shapes my entire life. I need to do a workshop with you. I love your art, your books, so inspiring. I hope to take a workshop in 2017. I live in So Cal too close to not take a workshop. I hope I win a spot.

40. mthimjon - November 19, 2016

I am so intrigued by your art! I follow on instagram and something just keeps drawing me to you! Your work is so moving and inspiring! The date I would be interested in would be the June 9-11 as I will be celebrating my 45 on June 8. Also at of the end of May my nest will be looking a little different as my youngest will be leaving for college and I will be an empty nester after raising 3 kids, ages 25, 22, and 17. I have used art as a therapy for my chronic health problems. It really is amazing how art has such a way of soothing the soul. I have never taken a class with you and I would be over the moon if I got the chance! Thank you for such kindness in offering this giveaway!

41. Julie Moberg - November 19, 2016

What a wonderful opportunity to come and learn from you! I haven’t tried anything like it, so I would love to expand and grow with you and the others at the class. Thank you for the generous chance to win a place, either in June or December.

42. mga9999 - November 19, 2016

I love your workshops. The first art-journaling workshop I attended was yours in your apartment. It was eye-opening and soul-enlarging. And I would love to be there again. June 9th-11th. ❤ ❤ ❤ Marti Grace Ashby (I put my name because I think it only shows mga9999.)

43. Sandra Lenuweit - November 19, 2016

Never be in the USA before…like to broaden my mind my spirit..love that you are so authentic, that inspire me to be close to my heart. Love to see you again, not only at lunch – 🙂 – in the Mending Stories Workshop. Embracing…

44. Jeka Lambert - November 20, 2016

I’m really inspired by your work and would love the experience of sharing your guidance in a workshop with other artists pursuing their vision. It would be an honor to be selected for any of your workshops, but the June and July dates work best for my schedule. Thank you for your words and imagery.

45. Teri Mahl - November 20, 2016

I would like to meet you in December next year. January is too soon. My Mom has been really sick and can’t leave her yet. And I am enrolled in Encausticap in July so no time then either. Save a space fir me (hopefully) next year if/when I win!!

46. Shelley Watkins - November 20, 2016

Orly, If you taught a basket-weaving workshop, and I’d still try my best to sign up! 😃 Someday, I’d like to make it to a workshop, in your home, amongst your skulls, bones nests, and other treasures. Until I am able to do this, I will enter things like things like this (I gotta try, no?). I can try to be satisfied with only one workshop in Jamul in August… but I’d be much more satisfied if I was able to attend Nests of Gatherings June 9th-11th…. I can afford a workshop or a hotel… not both at once however.

47. janet heritage - November 20, 2016

44. Janet Heritage here. I so admire you and love the work you do..You have been such a source of inspiration !
.I would be pleased to join in July in CALIFORNIA, should the fates determine it.

48. ohsuz561 - November 20, 2016

Hi Orly, your work is beautiful! I’d feel so lucky to win a spot in your Mending Stories class in July; thanks so much for your generous giveaway!

49. Sandy Sue - November 20, 2016

Orly, I am already signed up for Taos. I am coming no matter what. Our time together at ArtFest was a spiritual balm for my soul.

50. luraisat - November 20, 2016

oh sweet orly how i miss you it would be amazing to see you again and be able to learn so much more than just art, although the art is incredible for sure. they are treasured moments in time for me and i sure hope to be able to hug you once again. thank you for the opportunity to win a class i would feel most blessed to attend any of them except the january one i will be out of town, much love and many hugs. ❤ Lura

51. Alexis Leatherwood - November 20, 2016

you are so inspiring, i love to see your work. i hope to be able to join you next December

52. Monica Owen - November 20, 2016

I am deeply grateful for this generous opportunity. I would be interested in ANY of the four choices. The In the Cards workshop Jan. 13-15 catches my eye. Thank you, Orly, for the chance to possibly gather with you.

53. Pamela Vosseller (Coastal Pamela) - November 21, 2016

Hello Orly from the Oregon Coast. What an amazing opportunity to share in your journey for June or July. Your journaling voice has inspired me to release perfection and replace it with kindness and love. Thank you for giving away a space in your Redondo Beach class.

54. Sue Lloyd - November 21, 2016

I just want to say thank you for everything – your art, your support, your thoughts and prayers for me and others. You are so kind and generous with your time and your art. Would love a place in December but happy to enjoy your work from afar too. Thank you. xx

55. pamelascolors - November 21, 2016

Hello from the Oregon Coast Orly. What an amazing opportunity to share in your journaling journey in June or July. You have encouraged me to release perfection and learn to embrace kindness and love. Thank you for this chance to experience your journaling voice.

56. art4debi - November 21, 2016

Wow, I just saw this opportunity. I would love to join either one of the Redondo Beach workshops in the summer (June or July). I love art, all kinds, and I love how you weave emotion and art together. I’ve been “doing art” for a long time now (for a living) but I never feel like I’m “in” it. I’m always just checking a box “done”, Hoping to take your class so that I can transition myself into feeling what I’m doing. Your work is amazing and I heard you are too :).

57. Cortney Spillane - November 21, 2016

Hi Orly,
Your generosity is huge. I would love to travel to meet you in December of 2017; it’s a long wait but a year full of anticipation!

58. Erika G. - November 21, 2016

REDONDO BEACH, CA, December 1-3! I would LOVE to win a spot at your workshop! That would be awesome sauce!

59. Erika G. - November 21, 2016

I changed my mind it would be the Mendong Stories workshop in July! Would LOVE to attend that one or any of them really!

60. tendramisa - November 21, 2016

Oh Orly – thank you!!! For me, the title ‘Mending Stories’ grabbed my heart. I would be so grateful to join you in California next July, if it is the stars are aligned! Thank you so very much for this gift and your generositiy

61. Marylyn Barnett - November 22, 2016

Hi, Ms. Orly: Thank you for this offer and for the beautiful classes being offered. Your art is from the heart and soul and yet there is a little lift of playfulness to it. I would enjoy taking a class from you (free or not). The December 2017 class speaks to me the most.

62. artmama746 - January 3, 2017

Redondo Beach June 9. My painting mentor suggested I take your class. She believed it would be up my alley. Your work is personal and visually exciting. I look forward to learning about you and your work.

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