PAINT from the HEART


VIP Private Retreat

A deeply nurturing time exploring your inner gifts with grace-filled learning – building skills and confidence – so you can feel the joy and wonder of your authentic creative expression. 

Gain clarity and restore hope as you discover there is far more to you and your life than you thought… At Suzanne’s studio, a beautiful place of your choosing OR online in the comfort of your own home.

Whether you’ve had a ‘wake-up call’ or you’re at a stage in life where you know things must change, and you’re drawn to experience your creativity more deeply, then this gentle and empowering retreat will help you discover how you can paint from your heart and begin a fulfilling new chapter of your life.

Wake to the feeling of freedom and excitement knowing you’ve chosen this unique retreat time as a gift for yourself… there’s a sense of “OH YES, JUST FOR ME!”

Catch the intriguing scent of art materials; see jars of brushes, tubes of paint, easel and your very own Art Kit … All you need to experience your creative Self!

Experience the sensation of the palette knife slicing through buttery paint and see hues shift and change as you mix the colour you’re looking for. Is it a coral red, delicate pink, velvety violet, a sage green, mustard yellow or… a striking turquoise? With curiosity and wonder you dip your brush and make your unique mark – wow, you really can do it!


Colours, shapes, line, mark and textures fill each day, along with healthy gourmet food, gentle walks and easy companionship.

Feel yourself relaxing into being completely yourself, opening up and having your questions answered as they arise, and being guided to access your own wisdom, so you can learn with ease, and grow in confidence.

Having delighted in the freedom of your creativity, feel your heart fill with gratitude for restoring your creative innocence as you behold your own studies and paintings, and promise to always remember the goodness of bringing your inner beauty to outer expression.

Have you been skimming the surface of life but yearn to live more fully and creatively self-expressed, just not sure how?
Right from Day 1, you’ll relax into guided ways of heart-listening and creative development in privacy, so the processes of change will take place naturally, effectively and effortlessly.

Do you worry it’s too late, but you really, really want to learn to paint?
Feel the worry shift to reassurance as you build painting skills from our very first session. You’ll revel in handling brushes and paint as soon as possible, gaining confidence every hour of our 10 intensive sessions.

Do you think you can’t be an artist because you didn’t go to art school?
Find out about amazing artists who never went to art school and discover your creative nature is truly amazing regardless of what you’ve thought in the past.

Is worrying about being ‘enough’ keeping you stuck in the habit of being too busy and exhausted?
Can you imagine the freedom of never thinking that again as you experience the deep calm and brilliance of creative flow instead, excited and energized by devoting time and energy to your new art practice.

Are you feeling blocked by self-doubt?
With the state-of-the-art coaching methods of The Journey, you’ll be surprised by how those worries and doubts soon become ‘ancient history’! No longer held back, and with support exactly when you need it, you’ll be surprised by what you can do. (All my students are!)

Have you found group classes to be too noisy and stressful with irritating attention seekers?
Your private retreat is sacrosanct! You’ll have Suzanne’s attention, expertise and care all to yourself, learning in peace and quiet in dedicated time and space.

Frustrated by not being able to mix the colours you want?
By the end of your first day you’ll know how to mix the colours you want, and by the end of the second day, you’ll have a handle on create exciting effects with colour – big steps toward making paintings you love!

Worried you can’t draw?
Suzanne will guide you in a natural way to draw so you’ll quickly gain confidence seeing you can create the most beautiful qualities of line.

You don’t want to learn online?
Great! Let’s find a suitable time and place for you to explore and express your true creative nature. The most important thing is that the venue feels right for you.

If you can relate to any of this, now is the time to allow yourself this extraordinary private solo retreat because Paint from the Heart was designed with you in mind. All you need is the willingness to learn and grow, and you can relax knowing you’re beside a caring expert who loves to nurture creativity and share her wealth of painters’ secrets!

On your personal VIP Retreat with Suzanne, you’ll have intensive tuition, coaching and care, so you can fast-track your personal and creative development.

By the end of your “Paint from the Heart VIP Retreat”, you’ll have …

  • Moved through creative blocks so you can freely express your self
  • Gained clarity and feel more self-assured through reconnecting with heart’s yearning
  • Developed strong foundational skills for your painting practice
  • Discovered your unique way of ‘speaking’ with paint
  • Created studies and paintings that express your kind of beauty
  • Received Suzanne’s signature creativity-nurturing method so you can continue to enjoy painting from your heart for years to come!

And like training wheels on your painting bicycle, Suzanne will be there for you in her Private Paint From The Heart Facebook Group, a complimentary “Illuminate Mentoring” session and ongoing mentoring should you desire.


  1. This unique retreat nurtures your uniqueness!
  2. You’ll learn the foundations of painting AND gain freedom of expression in under a week.
  3. Your sessions are effective, enjoyable learning chunks distilled from Suzanne’s holistic range of skills.
  4. You’ll create a painting that previously you could not have imagined making.
  5. Being the only student, you’ll fast-track your learning as you relax into creative practice with guidance exactly when you need it.
  6. Your teacher has the expertise to not only teach you, but also guide you to access the wisdom of your heart and care for your creative soul (who does that?!)
  7. You’ll discover your ‘true colours’ and how you can express them more fully.
  8. You’ll be given Suzanne’s priceless Creativity-nurturing Method so you know the steps to making creative expression part of your life.
  9. “Choosing colours is like choosing life!” exclaimed Marilyn, one of my students. You get to choose you every day…
  10. You’ll gently reflect, gain clarity, learn and grow, positively impacting the rest of your life.
I found “Paint from the Heart” healing and uplifting. It gave me that space to pause and decipher a path through troubled times. I finished feeling more integrated and emerged. Pari Gilmour


From our first meeting right through to our final session, everything is thoughtfully prepared to help make your retreat-course extraordinary.

2-3 appointments beforehand help us gain clarity, plan and comprehensively prepare to ensure your retreat goes ever-so-smoothly.

Your exact itinerary depends on what you want, location and whether we’re working in-person or online

Online or in person, we can work on consecutive days so your course becomes a retreat. Or you can attend over 3 weekends, or 5-6 weekly sessions.

Here’s an example of an in-person itinerary at my studio – the photo on the left is just outside!

On the day of your arrival, you’ll settle in and enjoy a shared welcome dinner and your introduction to Paint from the Heart. Supported by quality materials, there’ll be two sessions per day, one in the morning and from mid-afternoon after a leisurely gourmet picnic lunch. 

Enjoy the beauty of a countryside walk, stunning trees and glorious afternoon sun casting rosy light across the land as you settle in for tea, treats and your afternoon session. Each day you’ll notice your confidence build as you see your painting evolve and your Self feel lighter, free of old self-concepts that may have been weighing you down.

Day 1 Colour & creative freedom

We begin with the strong foundation of your natural gifts. You’ll discover your personal palette and how it can work to create exciting colour effects. You’ll clear creative blocks and restore a sense of personal freedom with fresh insights through profound Creativity Coaching with The Journey Method.

Day 2: Discovering your way with colour

We take the guess-work out of colour with teachings from the famous Bauhaus made easy. Be guided and learn to mix the colours you want and create luminous effects, effortlessly building your colour skills and confidence!

Day 3: The power of painting

Be expertly guided to experience the evocative power of your signature brush strokes, shapes, textures & quality of line, discovering just how meaningful painting can be!

Day 4: Create your kind of beauty with Composition

Discover your leading elements of visual language and how they can come together to create more than the sum of their parts. Explore how composition creates meaning as you make a painting you love.

Day 5: Express your Self, and care for your creative Self

Integrate all you’ve learned as you express your unique visual language in fresh new studies that feel as unique as your signature!

Today we’ll customise your very own method so you can sustain, grow and enjoy your painting practice for years to come. Complete the course with your new strategies, methods and paintings, knowing your creative Self better, feeling replenished and inspired!

Should I book?

The answer is yes if you…

– want to learn how to express your self with paint even though you say you’re not creative enough!
– are able to devote the time to yourself, free of interruptions, so you can get the most out of the retreat
– You’re happy to do the guided meditations and inner work to clear creative blocks
– You know you need to follow your heart and put yourself first for this to happen
– You’re ready to create your kind of beauty
– You’re a beginner or want to refresh your painting practice

The answer is no if you…

– are wanting standard landscape or figure painting classes
– are unwilling to slow down and be guided to do the inner work
– do not like abstract art
– want to paint like someone else
– insist on being late, missing sessions or using your phone during sessions
– are experiencing psychiatric, mental health issues or distracting addictions

I’ve always loved colour and was totally involved in “Paint from the Heart”. I especially loved the watercolours and experimenting with different styles and techniques. Our discussions were very interesting and the meditations were powerful as well. The creative experiments gave me great joy – it was a rewarding experience to see it all coming together in my painting. Thank you Suzanne for a wonderful course! Jeanne James

 What’s Included

– 3 prior meetings via phone or Zoom
– Comprehensive customisation of course material (minimum 8 hours) and behind-the-scenes preparations
– Your comprehensive Art Kit with quality painting materials, also customised when working in person
– 24 hours of private intensive painting tuition with coaching with Suzanne

– 1 hour “Illuminate Mentoring” session within 2 weeks of your retreat
– Membership of Suzanne’s “Private Paint from the Heart” Facebook Group

– Dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation for 6 nights
– Studio hire
– Museum entry fees
– Suzanne’s travel expenses

What’s Not Included

  • Your travel expenses
  • All travel and activities during your free time
  • Shopping, phone calls, taxis, laundry, Spa services
  • Personal, medical or travel insurance
  • Mini-bar and room service bills
  • Freight of your art and art materials (we keep them compact)

Meet your Retreat Leader Dr. Suzanne Moss 

Artist, Painting Teacher, Journey Accredited Life Coach & Artists’ Mentor

Hi! I’m Suzanne and perhaps like you, I’d kept putting my creative Self ‘on hold’ until I just couldn’t do that any more.

Nine years ago, I realised my vision to bring the powerful coaching methods of The Journey to teaching art, especially for people who do not consider themselves to be artists so they too could experience the amazing joy of expressing their true creative nature. From 2006-14, I taught at a university Art School and saw a lot of students with creative block, so trained in coaching so I could better help them. Plus, I began teaching people who do not consider themselves to be creative or artistic, (or maybe just a little bit!) in 2013.

A professional artist, I teach abstract painting and meditative art using my holistic  coaching framework and Creativity-nurturing method that can help you build empowering foundational skills while gaining freedom of creative expression.

Let’s rewind…My first career was Physiotherapy. I’d been attending private art classes for several years, including a months’ drawing course in Florence, Italy, when my dream of going to Art School resurfaced. Especially poignant, as two of my patients had died from secondary tumours, so the radical change didn’t seem so big, although it did involve selling up and moving to another city.

I was in my element at Art School, and on completing Honours saw many remarkable works of art while on a travelling Scholarship to Spain. I painted full time for a couple of years before my doctorate on the painting of light and returned to Florence, London and New York to study luminous paintings. Lecturing, supervising senior students and teacher training kept me busy until the biopsy on a lump turned out to be scary news. 

To be frank, cancer treatment was terrifying. And there was a time that stands out; the time I felt a profound shift from high anxiety to creative calm. The upside of that difficult time was discovering my meditative art methods.


It took a while to realise the value of my meditative art practices because my beloved man left this life suddenly a few months after my treatment ended. His death eclipsed everything for quite some time.

I found respite in painting and research into creativity, and in 2014 presented my first creativity-nurturing workshop for 20 academics at university with rave reviews! Completely surprised, I’d discovered my signature Method, integral to all my programs since.

After presenting 10 intensive 2-day ‘Reclaim your Creativity’ courses 2015- 2016 I ran a survey. 94% of participants agreed their creativity was re-ignited!

Some highlights since? I wrote a small book “Painting Light, Touching Space”; presented meditative art classes with guests at a 5-star resort in Italy; presented my 2-week “Love your Creativity Retreat” in Florence in 2016 and a weekend course for a Franciscan community in Germany. The year after, my hands stopped shaking as I experienced a new level of mindfulness studying with Zen Brush Master Kaz Tanahashi in California.

Over the last few years, I’ve exhibited my paintings in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne and my programs have evolved into two streams. “Paint from the Heart” is for people who want to explore and express their true creative Self with paint. “Solace. Colour. Light,” guides the experience of 8 different meditative art projects; like portals into gentle, creative respite with colour pencil, paint and collage, perfect if you say you can’t draw a straight line!

Today, I work from my studio in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in Australia, painting and helping those who are drawn to visual art and contemplation, to discover, yes they can express their true creative nature in surprising ways and experience joy and a renewed sense of purpose!

I can only describe ‘Paint from the Heart’ with Suzanne as a life-changing experience. The content and processes of those days were profound and moving, helping me access my inner world and natural love of colour.

Suzanne is a gifted, sensitive and intuitive guide and companion. Her life experience has brought together an exceptional balance of skills, knowledge and understanding of colour, composition and inner journeying.

I came to this time with absolutely no previous experience of painting, (other than enjoying what other people have produced). When I first saw the possibility of me “risking” this experience, my critical voice cut in and said “don’t kid yourself” However, I had a deeper knowing and luckily this won out.

I have been gifted with a new set of eyes, which has nothing to do with being an “artist”. I now have an extra means of seeing, feeling, understanding and expressing who I am.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart Suzanne and would encourage any person to follow their yearning and allow Paint from the Heart to empower and fill their life with light, colour and love. Jan Roberts OAM



How much is it?

Each retreat is customised and so the costs vary. Have a complementary call so we can get clarity about your needs. Properly informed, I can send through a quote for your unique Paint from the Heart experience.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
I am happy to co-ordinate suitable meals, however, I am unable to guarantee complete absence of allergens for people at risk of severe reactions. If you’ve experienced anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions, I recommend participating in this course via Zoom.
What travel documents do I need?
New Zealanders require a passport but do not require a Visa. Visitors from Europe, UK and the USA will require a valid passport and Visa.
What’s the weather like?
Autumn (March, April, May) and Spring (September, October, November) in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and Daylesford are similar with crisp mornings and sunny days, up to 25 degrees. Winter can be cold and wet, but lovely and cosy inside.
What do I bring?
While clothing will also depend on location and time of year, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, a sunhat for spring/summer and beanie for cooler months, an apron to protect your clothes, smart casual attire for dinner, a warm jacket, bathers, and your journal
Where do you take people on solo retreat?
Tumut in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains where we work in my studio, Australia; the iconic sustainable gourmet retreat Lake House, Daylesford, Australia and when we’re permitted to travel: Florence, Italy. If you’d like to meet somewhere else, we can discuss what might be possible!
What is the best way to get to your venues?
Daylesford is an 80 minute drive north-west from Melbourne. For international travellers fly into Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, and hire a car from the airport OR there are public transport options.

For Tumut, fly into Canberra and drive the 2 hours from there, or I can pick you up from the airport.
For Florence, you can fly directly to Vespucci Airport or take the Fresciarossa express train from Rome or Milan to Santa Maria Novella Station.

Are there medical facilities nearby?
Yes, there are medical facilities at Tumut, Daylesford and Florence. Of course, we’d need to consider where you’d like to safely go given any pre-existing medical conditions. We can discuss this on your complimentary call.
Other questions?
Write them down now and ask me when we speak on Zoom. And if you’d prefer to speak on the phone, just let me know in the application form. Thank you!
Suzanne has a calm, caring mastery and brilliance that truly connects with me and guides me to discover my Self and my natural way to draw and paint. I can’t speak highly enough of “Paint from the Heart.”

I feel wonderful after those 4 days! It was like pressing the ‘refresh’ button. Before, there was heaviness. Now I feel awakened and excited with clarity to pursue this new way of being that welcomes my worth and meaning. I see a changed woman when I look in the mirror. And when I play my piano it sounds sweet and I know my soul and being are aligned.

Now I realise there’s opportunity and possibility. I start my day differently. I care for myself. I schedule my creative time and have so many ideas – I feel so much better! Creatively, I’ve been feeling ‘on fire’ since the course!

I’m convinced I would not have reached my destination with other people in the room (virtual or real). And to maintain momentum in my new painting practice and sustain this preferred way of living, I’m continuing with Suzanne as my Mentor. It’s helping me to be better for me! Donna

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