Oil and Cold Wax

abstract painting retreat in the Greek Islands (SOLD OUT)

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Sept 18-22, 2022

Greek Island Art Retreat


Reconnect with all that is beautiful in this world, learn to paint intuitive abstract landscapes with oil and cold wax, explore and leave relaxed and envigorated

Pack your bags and join me on the ancient

Greek Island of Naxos.


  • 5 Glorious days( you might want to stay longer, its so wonderful)
  • Learn the fundamentals of abstract painting with oil and cold wax while living in Paradise
  • Hello Sandy Beaches, Crystal aqua waters, and crisp blue skies


Spend your days learning and painting at the studio


Allow the afternoons and evenings to take you away; explore the village on ancient cobblestone paths, lounge by the pool, hike the local trails, or soak up the sun on deserted beaches. There will be a blend of optional guided activities, and opportunities to relax and recharge.

Exquisite accommodation at a local guesthouse provide the perfect balance between quietude an socialization.

Imagine this:

  • Wake up to the view of the Aegean
  • take a morning dip
  • paint
  • yoga by the pool
  • eat
  • paint
  • explore...
  • repeat.

Feeling the itch to explore, connect, create and experience some freedom on and off the canvas?


In my humble opinion...there is no better place to be inspired and feel connected by a magical landscape


Lets share in the adventure, the journey, the beauty of all that surrounds us.


Using the landscape as our guide, and the paint and colors as or tools, we will dig deep into blue, marvel at pink, exhault in the shades of white


I'll guide you step by step to paint on an intuitive level, creating glorious works in oil and cold wax medium.

We will start at the very beginning. From total beginners to more advanced painters- all are welcome, and will learn from this rich experience as we dive deep into abstract painting.

Who Am I?

My name is Lisa Mann, and I am the founder of Lisa Mann Fine Art and Gap Year for Grown-ups

With over 30 years experience as an educator, counselor, working artist and gallery owner, I’ve developed a system that helps artists and aspiring artists to paint powerfully and beautifully( whatever their level) and helps connect them to their voice, and the world at large.
Today, my award winning paintings are seen in international galleries, and my studio and gallery in the Greek Islands.
My students have gone on to become award winning artists themselves.
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Whats included

  • 5 days  of glorious abstract art  instruction at Lisa's studio in Naxos.

  • Lots of individual attention as there will  be a maximum of 5 students at this intimate and personal workshop!

  • Daily lessons and demonstrations on the tools and techniques to create art with oil and cold wax for all levels.  

  • Lunch is provided  poolside by local chefs

Techniques include: 

  •  Tools, materials, surfaces

  • Understanding stages of dryness and techniques to use

  • Adding layers and texture

  • Brayer techniques and veil of color

  • Mark-making for structure and expression

  • Stencils, creating shapes, and dividing space

  • How to incorporate Lisas 6 rhythms of creativity and her creativity blueprint into your work for glorious results


Suggestions for optional excursions  include

  • sunset sails in the aegean,

  • morning yoga overlooking the ocean,

  • trips to secluded beaches,

  • ancient cobblestones mountain villages,

  • mountainside walks for inspriration.

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Exploring, line, texture, composition...you will leave having a greater understanding of the tools to express yourself through abstract art.


Reserve your spot with a deposit


  • 5 days of abstract art instruction
  • Learn all the tools you need to create oil and cold wax paintings
  • Explore the sunny  and ancient Greek Island of Naxos
  • Lunches prepared poolside each day by local chefs
  • Be a part of a small group of artists at Lisa's private studio overlooking the Aegean Sea.
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Pay in Full


  • 10 percent discount when you pay in full
  • Pack your bags and decide which sun dress to bring
  • Learn  all the tools you need to create oil and cold wax paintings
  • Did you know that Naxos is a traditional farming island?
  • Unlike neighboring islands it is know for long sandy beaches( Plaka beach is 10 miles long)
Pay in Full

Pay the balance


  • This is where you pay your balance no later than 60  days prior to departure
  • 5  days of abstract art  education
  • We will spend our mornings in the studio with lessons and demos
  • Afternoons are set aside for individual work, critiques, and explorations gathering inspiration
  • A  trip of a lifetime is waiting!
Pay Balance

An Oasis Creativity and Calm in the midst of  a crazy world

“A restorative and exquisite art retreat in a secluded area immersed in nature was a gift to myself I had been craving for a longtime. When I found Lisa's workshops, I immediately knew  that this would be medicine for my soul. I didn’t have any specific expectations in terms of results. The only thing I wanted was to learn and refine tools of oil and cold wax, to give my art all the space to breathe, to remain open to the possibilities.   My hopes were wildly surpassed. Not only was the content amazing, Lisa is a phenomenal teacher and connector. We all had such a great time and I feel like I have made lifelong friends. 

Virginia D., Boston, MA

Getting to Naxos, Greece


Naxos is an island within the cyclades region. It is easily accessible by ferry ( a 3-5 hour easy ferry ride from Athens), or by plane( 1/2 flight from Athens). I will absolutely help you understand your options for travel once you enroll:)


Accommodation is NOT included in the price of the  workshop. Naxos has a variety of accommodations, from camping to luxury hotels.  The studio is in the small and local village of Vivlos. I have several hotels that I can recommend depending on your budget once you enroll. Want an idea of what a typical accommodation could be? Click on this link to check out my friend Marios' Inn- a 10 minute drive away and right on the water: Naxos Island escape hotel