Blooming True in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


What an amazing week this has been.

Sharing seven soulful days of painting, laughing and connecting with sixteen amazing women gathered from all parts of the globe (U.S., Canada, Honduras and South Africa), has left me, once again, in a state of gratitude and awe for the work I get to do in this world.  Although an incredible amount of energy goes into creating these special retreats, I can’t think of anything more rewarding than being a part of the beautiful transformations I witnessed here this week…on and off the canvas.

I will let these images tell the rest of the story…

Our “Heart Circle” altar where we began each day. A place for meditation, poetry, speaking from the heart…and the occasional morning churros with Mexican hot chocolate :)
Beautiful traditional rooms at Casa Carmen (with goody bags waiting!).
Paintings created for my students as a part of our Opening Ceremony.


Day one.  First Layers.  “Freeing up!”

Our lovely "studio" aka classic Mexican courtyard from above.

Day two.  Our courtyard “studio” from above.
Pretty happy accidents all over the ground. 
Day three.  Paintings taking shape (and afternoon sunbeams flooding our courtyard with amazing light!).
Diving into some collaborative painting…teamwork makes the dream work.
A sweet day off at the local hot springs.  Time for soaking, sketching and lounging on Mexican blankets in the sun.  Yum.
Back to the courtyard for some more leisurely days of painting.
Out on the town in San Miguel…surrounded by inspiration.
My first demo paintings in progress…Mexican influence in full effect.
So many beautiful connections forming between my students. 
Our mantra for this day was:  Make commitments to NOW…but stay open to change.
My second demo painting.  Showing how “soft and dreamy” can be just as powerful as “edgy and bold.”
By the end of the week, everyone was firmly in “the zone.”  Hours passed by quickly and our courtyard took on a surreal and sacred quality.
At the end of every retreat, we honor the painting and our journey by having a “show.”  Seeing all the brave intuitive paintings gathered together blows me away every time.

I hope this offers you a little slice of the magic we experienced here this week.  Big thanks to all my students for making the week so special and fun, and extra thanks to Rebecca Brooks and Rachael Rice for all their amazing support in making it happen.  I couldn’t do it without you!

Grateful, xo flora

*  To read about the retreat from a student’s perspective, please check out Valen Dawson’s travel blog, This Way to Paradise.

*  To experience the Bloom True adventure without flying to Mexico, sign up for the next round of Bloom True: the E-Course (a soulful five-week online course) beginning in one week from today!


 Adios y gracias!!


  1. Lovely paintings the students have made here. I want to know how you all get them on a plane back home?

  2. As I look out my window and see shades of brown and gray and soft snowflakes falling – it is eXhilARaTinG to see these splashes of beauty and color and warmth and vibrancy.

    Thank you for the visual inspiration!

  3. So happy to be feeling inspired by you and your teaching…thank you for your grounded, brave, and playful presence, and all that you bring into my world.

  4. i could cry at how wonderful this is! That courtyard will be such a precious memory for so many! awesome! x

  5. One of these days.I just realized the power of putting something on my to do list… a work shop with you is going on it now ! as always flora, thank you for showing us such a beautiful path

  6. This is the most inspiring art course i have come across. Way beyond what an art school can ever offer, Flora! Would you ever plan this retreat in India? I am sure you would have many many interested souls, including me :-) Congratulations on putting this together and enriching other artists.

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