PAINT from your HEART

VIP Private Retreat

Have you ever wanted to paint? I mean paint and know what you’re doing, mixing the right colours and feeling, yes, this is me!

And, yes you can!

This retreat-course has been developed with you in mind because I know how it feels to be starting out on this journey. I have condensed decades of artistic experience, teaching and coaching expertise, saving you years. And you’ll get to clear inner blocks to your creativity and ease away self-doubt with expert laser coaching so you can fast-track your building of exciting new skills… and make your dream to paint a reality!

This VIP retreat-course respectfully and generously empowers you with hands-on practice and responsive guidance, building both knowledge and connection with your true creative nature… so you really can paint from your Heart. Begin your journey to creative fulfilment with the support you need to feel comfortable and excited about finally being able to paint your way! 

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 “YES!!!”

Catch the intriguing scent of art materials; see the different sized brushes, easel and your very own paints… It all seems a bit of a mystery but rest assured, all will be explained as we go. With everything taken care of, you get to focus on how it feels to paint!

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 colour you’re looking for. Is it a coral red, vintage pink, a tint of violet, a sage green, mustard yellow or… a striking turquoise? With curiosity and wonder you dip your brush and make your unique mark… You really can do it!


Colours, shapes, line, mark and textures fill each day, along with guided meditations, 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 ever yearned to live more fully and creatively self-expressed, just not sure how, so put it off… again? Right from Day 1, you’ll relax into guided ways of inner-listening and creative self-expression. Dr Suzanne makes it happen so easily that you wonder why you put it off for so long! 

Do you really do want to learn to paint, but worry it’s too late now?
Creative expression is not limited by age. Dr Suzanne works with people from their 20’s right up to their 80’s. Her students forget their years and often tap into their creative innocence as they become immersed in colours and textures gaining confidence in every one of the customised sessions.

Do you think you can’t paint because you didn’t go to art school?
More and more people are discovering the joy of painting, and why not?! Whether you went to art school or not, you’re welcome to find out your creative nature is truly unique and amazing regardless of such limiting thoughts.

Is worrying about being ‘good enough’ stopping you from following your heart’s desire?
Just imagine being on ‘the other side,’ after devoting time to learning to paint, feeling the deep calm, wonder and aliveness of painting and expressing your kind of beauty.

Are you feeling blocked by self-doubt?
With the state-of-the-art coaching methods, you’ll be surprised by how those old doubts can ease away and be replaced by deep truths. No longer held back, and with support exactly when you need it, you’ll be truly surprised by what you can do. 

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 practiced creating 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 – ‘Paint from the Heart.’ 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 and  understanding about art materials and what they can do
  • 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 and ongoing Illuminate 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 your 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 your first meeting online with Dr Suzanne, right through to your final session, everything is thoughtfully prepared to help make your creative learning and expression flow with ease and grace.

Two coaching sessions and two logistics appointments beforehand help Dr Suzanne 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

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 and answer any questions before we begin.

Supported by quality materials, there’ll be two intensive learning sessions each day, plus Q&A during lunch and breaks for refreshments whenever needed. 

With time to integrate what you’ve learned during the afternoon, enjoy  a gentle 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 trust its’ 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. If that sounds good to you, here are more details:

Day 1 Colour & creative freedom

Colour is our focus today! Aware of your natural gifts after your True Colours Discovery Session and freedom gained from clearing creative blocks with The Journey Method, you’ll discover all the foundations you need to mix the colours you want. Not only that, you’ll learn how to bring colours together to create luminous effects that empower and reflect your authentic style.

Day 2: Discovering Personal Colour Resonance

By the end of our sessions today, you’ll have gained much more colour confidence. Discover how profoundly meaningful colour can be with your Personal Colour Resonance System, practice mixing the exact colours you want (and save lots of paint!),  and ways to combine them guided by colour theory made easy, from the famous Bauhaus.

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 explore expressive mark-making, quality of line, shape, textures & how your materials can wordlessly speak, as you discover your unique way with paint; your visual language!

Day 4: Composition: Make a Painting you Love!

Your own personal alchemy will unfold during this day as you work holistically – mind, heart and body wisdom – to explore the meanings inherent in many different kinds of compositions. Be guided to thoughtfully compose and create your unique painting with Dr Suzanne available to assist with your questions or concerns as they arise.

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 not only give you a new painting, but importantly, a sense of creative direction beyond the retreat. Together with Dr Suzanne, you’ll customise her Creativity-Nurturing Method, 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 truth and goodness of your creative Self, feeling replenished, confident and inspired! Book a retreat during Autumn (before mid-May), and you will also receive 6 months BONUS access to the online Program and community (value $997) so you can build on all your new skills.

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 live into the benefits of greater fulfilment and renewed sense of meaning

– You’re a beginner wanting to learn OR would love to feel inspired about painting again.

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 & outer work!
– 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 addictions that make it difficult for you to focus and learn

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, Teacher & Art Therapist



What’s Included


~ Your ‘True Colours Discovery Session’ up to 1 hour

~ 2 logistics/planning meetings

~ 2 hours Creative Freedom Coaching – Intensive preparation (via Zoom beforehand)  

~ Orientation to the area, if working in person

~ Comprehensive customisation of course material and behind-the-scenes preparations (NB: At least an hour’s preparation is needed for an hour of your attendance)

~ Art materials for when we work in person

~ Up to 10 x 2 hour sessions of intensive, private classes in abstract methods and mentor-coaching

~ Q&A over coffee and lunch

~ Healthy lunches x 5 (when in person)

BONUSES (subject to change depending on your specific needs)

~ 50 minute mentoring session during the month after your retreat-course 

~ Priority email leading up to and during your program

~ Suzanne’s e-book 5 Steps to Nurture a Mindfulness Art Practice and the Joy of Creativity.

~ Membership of our private ‘Paint from the Heart’ Facebook Community of people who understand the challenges and will celebrate your successes!

~ Suzanne’s ‘How to set up your Home Studio’ PDF


 INVESTMENT depends on your individual program design. If you feel drawn to working together, write me via the contact page to arrange a meeting online. Based on our discussion, I design your program and give you a quote. Further customisation of content happens during the retreat-course to suit your needs. 

What’s Not Included

  • Your accommondation and travel expenses
  • 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 

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 27 years ago and now have the honour of helping others develop the foundations needed to make their passion thrive.

Eleven years ago, I realised my vision to bring the powerful introspective coaching methods of The Journey to teaching art, especially for people who do not consider themselves to be artists, or who worry about ‘not getting it right’, so they could experience the fulfilling joy of their unique creative expression.

From 2006-14, I taught at a university Art School. I saw students with different kinds of creative block and trained in coaching to help them. I began teaching people who do not consider themselves to be creative or artistic, or maybe just a little bit!) at a community art centre, in 2013. I felt touched by people’s willingness to learn and creative innocence that came through.  All my teaching experiences then and since affirm what an honour it is to help people discover their true creative nature.

A professional artist, my paintings have been exhibited nationally in curated exhibitions across Australia. It was after my journey through serious illness in 2011 that I began to teach art as a mindfulness practice. I developed a coaching framework that brings together both the spiritual and the practical, so that you can be empowered by strong foundational skills, see what you can do with those skills in projects guided step by step, and quickly gain creative confidence.

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 passed away.

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 the painting of light. How did artists create captivating luminous effects?

Mentoring, lecturing, supervising senior painting students and my own research into painting made for an intense professional life… until I became ill.

During that time, I had an epiphany that set me on my current path.


I began to make little drawings of things I loved. It was like saying thank you to all the wonders of this life, and I began to feel euphoric! As the days passed, I’d even forget I was unwell!

The next few years were about painting, research into creativity and 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’, during the weeks of preparation, I’d discovered my Method, integral to all my programs since.

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 customised “Reclaim your Creativity” for a Franciscan community in Germany. I wrote a small book “Painting Light, Touching Space,” and my hands stopped shaking as I experienced a new level of mindfulness studying with Artist, Zen teacher and East Asian Calligraphy Master Kaz Tanahashi in California.

During the last few years, my focus has been on developing, sharing and refining “Paint from your Heart” as a one-to-one retreat-course and my other passion: creating sacred spaces with my paintings and ceramics.

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 secretly yearn to paint learn effectively, so they can feel proud to share their art with family and friends.

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 and budget. Properly informed, you might choose the online version or we can begin to plan your unique Paint from your Heart experience.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Yes, I can arrange suitable lunches with your detailed instruction, however, I am unable to guarantee complete absence of allergens for people at risk of anaphylaxis. If this applies to you, it is best to organise your own food or participate in the online version of this course in conjunction with private Illuminate Mentoring.

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 and the first half of May) is the best time to visit the Snowy Valley, with crisp mornings and sunny days, from 15 – 28 degrees. 

What do I bring?

Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, a sunhat for the sunny days and beanie for cool evenings; an apron to protect your clothes, a warm jacket, and your journal.

Where do you take people on solo retreat?

I have given retreat-courses in people’s private homes and venues such as art centres and resorts, as well as my studio in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. 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 your  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!



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

Copyright © 2022 Dr. Suzanne Moss

Portrait and studio photographs courtesy of Donna Longobardi. All other images taken by Dr Suzanne Moss during her painting course/retreats.