PAINT from the HEART

VIP Private Retreat

Have you ever wanted to paint, mix the colours you want to express your Self, and discover, yes, I really can do this?! 

With Suzanne’s artistic and teaching expertise and unique Art Coaching System powered by The Journey Method, you can reconnect with your natural gifts, clear creative block and fast-track your visual art skill-building.

Find your way with respectful guidance. Gain confidence as you see what you can do. Experience the joy and wonder of your true creative expression. Discover you really can paint from strong foundations AND from your heart, and be supported in your creative development beyond the retreat.

Have you wondered what it might be like to be immersed in painting, in creative flow? This VIP retreat-course nurtures creativity and empowers you with guided introspection, know-how, skills, practice and responsive feedback, building self-knowledge and self-love … so you can paint from your heart. Begin a fulfilling new chapter in a surprisingly short time with Dr Suzanne’s expertise.

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 “YESSSS!!!”

Catch the intriguing scent of art materials; see jars of brushes, tubes of paint, easel and your very own Art Kit … With everything taken care of, you get to focus on experiencing awesome creativity!

Imagine the sensation of the palette knife slicing through buttery paint… See hues shift and change as you’re guided step-by-step to mix the exact 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 Dr Suzanne, you’ll have intensive tuition, step-by-step visual art skill building, guided practice, Q&A, coaching and support as needed, so you can fast-track your artistic development and create in ways you didn’t think possible!

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

  • Become more aware of, and grateful for your natural gifts
  • 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 customised to suit you, so you have powerful tools to sustain your art practice and 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 VIP retreat accepts you exactly where you’re at and nurtures your uniqueness!
  2. You’ll learn the foundations of painting, as well as more advanced teachings, AND gain freedom of expression in under a week.
  3. Your sessions are effective, enjoyable learning chunks distilled from Suzanne’s decades of artistic experience and range of teaching and coaching 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 painting, but also guide you to access the wisdom of your heart and care for your creative soul (with The Journey Method)
  7. You’ll reconnect with your ‘true colours’ and discover 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’ll get to choose you every day!
  10. Gently reflect, and gain clarity, 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 your specific requests, location and whether we’re working in-person or online

Online or in person, the way this course works best is through diving in on consecutive days so you quickly build on your skills and get into the way of listening to your heart. This is how the course becomes a transformational retreat. 

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, I’ll meet you personally and help orientate you to the area, my studio and answer any questions before we begin your customised version of Paint from the Heart. Supported by quality materials, there’ll be two x 2 hour intensive learning sessions with a break for refreshments in between and afterwards. There’s time to relax and integrate what you’ve learned during the afternoon. 

Enjoy a gentle riverside walk alongside calming, majestic trees and glorious afternoon sun casting rosy light across the land. Each day you’ll bring awareness to your heart, and come to know its’ quiet prompts. Sense your confidence build as you see your paintings evolve, and feel lighter, free of out-dated self-concepts that may have been holding you back. Does that sound good?! …Here’s the plan:

Day 1 Colour & creative freedom

Complete this day aware of the strong foundation of your natural gifts, free to express your Self creatively after clearing creative blocks with the amazing Journey Method. You’ll discover and explore your personal palette with hands-on experience of how it can work to create colour effects that reflect your authentic style.

Day 2: Discovering your way with colour

By the end of our sessions today, you’ll have gained colour confidence. Not only will you discover how to mix the exact colours you want as we take the guess-work out of colour mixing, you’ll find out how to create luminosity with simple colour combinations, with teachings from the famous Bauhaus made easy.  

Day 3: Discovering your Visual Language - your Style

By the end of our third day, you’ll be so much more at ease as you’re expertly guided to practice expressive mark-making, exploring quality of line and shape, textures & how your materials can wordlessly speak, as you discover your visual language – your unique style!

Day 4: Composition and Making a Painting you Love!

Your own personal alchemy will unfold during this day as you work holistically – mind, heart and body wisdom – to explore composition and meaning as you thoughtfully compose and create a painting that might surprise you!

Day 5: Painting from the Heart... & How to Care for your Creative Self

Integrate all you’ve learned today, as you affirm and express your visual language in fresh new studies that will give you direction beyond the retreat/course. Together, we’ll customise my priceless Creativity-Nurturing Method to suit your needs, so you’ll know  to sustain, grow and enjoy your painting practice for years to come. Complete the course with your new strategies, methods and paintings, knowing the awesomeness of your creative Self, feeling replenished and inspired!

Should I book?

The answer is yes if you…

– want to learn how to paint even though you say you’re not creative enough!
– You’re ready to say ‘YES!’ to your heart’s desire, and willing to devote the time and energy to yourself
– You’re willing to do guided meditations and gentle inner work to clear creative blocks
– You know deep down you want this – you have an intuitive knowing it’s right for you
– You’re ready to express your kind of beauty and understand the positively life-changing impact this may have
– You’re a beginner wanting to learn or excited about the possibility of feeling inspired about your painting practice

The answer is no if you…

– are only wanting to paint landscapes, animals or the figure
– 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
– A minimum of 24 hours one-to-one private painting tuition and 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 put off my dream to really dive into learning to paint. I took that leap 26 years ago and now have the honour of helping others.

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 joy of expressing their true creative nature and realise their ‘artist within.’

From 2006-14, I taught at a university Art School and saw students with different kinds of 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!) at Belconnen Art Centre, Canberra, in 2013. I love being in the presence of tender-hearted willingness to learn and discovered how wonderful it is to help people on their creative journey.

A professional artist, I teach abstract painting and meditative art using my coaching framework and method that can help you build empowering foundational skills, confidence and gain freedom of creative expression.

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. The fragility and transience of life was at the forefront of my mind, as two of my patients had recently died from brain tumours. The radical change didn’t seem so big, even though it involved selling up and moving to another city.

I was in my element at Art School, and on completing Honours won several prizes and saw many great works of art while on a travelling Scholarship to Spain. I painted full time for a couple of years before my doctorate, and returned to Florence, London and New York to study luminosity in painting. Lecturing, supervising senior painting students and teacher training kept me busy until stalled by my own cancer journey in 2011.

During that time, I had an inspiring epiphany that set me on my current path. High anxiety gave way to spacious calm, clarity and creativity.


Intuitively, I began to draw little cartoon-like pictures of things I loved. It was like saying thank you to all the wonders of this life, and it felt really good! And I forgot about it for a few years as Grant, my fiancé, died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Respite came in writing, painting and research into creativity, developing my courses. And in 2014, I presented my first creativity-nurturing workshop for 20 academics at university – diving in at the deep end! Completely surprised at the ‘rave reviews’, I’d discovered my Method, integral to all my programs since.

The last 6 years have been intense with teaching, coaching, ongoing research and development of new courses and painting. I wrote a small book “Painting Light, Touching Space,” was artist-in-residence in Hill End (Australia), Italy, Germany and my hands stopped shaking as I experienced a new level of mindfulness studying for a month with Zen Brush Master Kaz Tanahashi in California.

I’ve presented meditative art classes with guests at a 5-star resort in Tuscany; presented my 2-week “Love your Creativity Retreat” in Florence and focusing now on sharing ‘Paint from the Heart’ as a powerful one-to-one retreat-course.

 “Paint from the Heart” is for people who want to learn to paint their unique way so they can authentically express themselves and create their kind of beauty.

“Solace, Colour & Light: Meditative Art Program,” guides the experience of 8 well-tested meditative art projects, each like a portal into gentle, creative respite with colour pencil, paint and collage, great if you think you’re not artistic, or can’t draw a straight line!

My paintings have been exhibited in curated exhibitions in Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Hobart and Melbourne and selected for the Women Abstract Painters’ Biennial again this year. Today, I work from my studio in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in Australia, painting and helping those who are drawn to contemplative art-making, and want to express their true creative nature, 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


Serendipity brought Suzanne and I together to collaborate on my creative journey at a critical time for me. Although I felt filled with potential, I had lost so much of my sense of purpose. I was wandering around in my art-making looking for a reason to make something. Part of the problem seemed to be that I lacked sufficient tools and a ‘vocabulary’ to make what felt ‘right’ for me now. I was wandering without focus and clear intention in a kind of Limbo.

Then I met Suzanne and she related to my needs. Suzanne collaborated with me sharing her knowledge and professional experience to help guide me on my personal path out of that Limbo.

With Suzanne’s help I came to recognise and trust in my own heartfelt intention to go forward. I was surprised to find a new direction and I’m so glad that I am no longer wandering aimlessly. Instead, I’m brimming with the excitement of exploring this new direction with enthusiasm and confidence and a new kind of happiness. Yes, I am happy, and this happiness is extending to the whole of my life. 

I feel that Suzanne’s unique expertise and her heartfelt ability to connect with me have been valuable beyond any measure. I’m just lucky we met and embarked on this journey when we did. From where I find myself right now after ‘Paint From the Heart’  I can say with confidence that Suzanne’s guidance is priceless. I know I will come back to Suzanne at a future stage in my creative development to explore and experiment joyfully again.

Dr Brenda Dyack


Working with Suzanne has changed my life!! I thought I knew about paint….I knew nothing!

I thought I was developing a palette…..not even close. I thought I knew the style of painting I wanted to do…nope!

By working intensively with Suzanne everything has changed. She seems to not only have an immense depth of knowledge in art (far beyond anything I have seen or learnt from reading EVERY book and watching EVERY video I could) but is so gifted at relating what needs to happen for an individual student.

There is a freedom gained from the way that she works with you. With the only intention that you be the absolute best you can be Suzanne informs, assists, guides, and coaches you to see the right way through, FOR YOU!

I absolutely urge you to get in touch especially if you are serious about your artistic direction.

She is a treasure!

Peter Gilchrist

CEO RTI Australia

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