Gaia Lotus Bali Art Retreat

May 2023

Everyone all around the world has been through very challenging times over the last two years.
Sadly international travel ground to a holt in early 2020. Which meant the Retreat in May 2020 had to be cancelled.
We are now allowed to travel internationally again and Bali is opening up and welcoming everyone back.

Already many Aussies are returning to Bali this year, so I feel quite confident that by May 2023 things will
be back to what they were before 2020.

So I am so very excited to be able to announce the dates and open Bookings for the next Gaia Lotus Art Retreat

20th May – 27th May 2023

Tap into your inner wisdom!

Allow your Soul to Shine!!

This Retreat is not just about painting. It is a chance to rejuvenate and transform
in a place where Mother Nature is abundant and tranquil.

I was so excited to have invited a group of lovely souls to join me in
September  2019 in the Gaia Lotus Art Retreat. This was my first Bali Art Retreat
and it was absolutely amazing. Such a special unique experience. Sharing
and creating magical moments with a truly lovely group of women.

I fell in love with Bali and her people a few years ago and ever since then a seed had been
growing in my heart, inspiring me to create not only an Art Retreat in Bali but also to make it an
uplifting holistic “Mind, Body and Soul” experience as well.

And that is exactly what it was.
I believe everyone went home feeling refreshed and uplifted.

Ubud Bali is a truly spiritual place and it is definitely
the most beautiful spot to connect back to your true self.

Can you imagine leaving your busy life behind and escaping to paradise? For a week of “MeTime” and “Peace”. Relaxing in one of the loveliest, most spiritual places on the earth. They call it God’s Country and Ubud is the epitome of being in paradise. Our accommodation is authentic balinese cottages which are surrounded by lush jungle gardens and green rice paddies. We paint in the open air Yoga Shala that sits in amongst the rice fields and lotus ponds. We have a lovely pool close by to the Shala. The Ladies from last year’s retreat took full advantage of this pool. Jumping in to cool off throughout the day. We painted in our bathers and ordered our lunches down by the pool. Sounds Amazing? It was !!!
We have four full days of painting through the week, but we also have plenty of time to enjoy the resort and the local Ubud area. We have a group day trip to the Bird park and Elephant park for inspiration and then mid week a free day to just unwind by the pool, have a massage, go shopping or anything else that calls to you. The Ubud area has so much to offer!! Shopping- Ubud Market- Restaurants- Cafes- Vegan cafes- Yoga classes- Cooking Classes- Temple visits- Waterfall- Batik Art class- White water rafting- Bike riding down volcano- Big swing- Trail-walks cool

 Gaia Lotus Bali Art Retreat 

Saturday 20th May- Saturday 27th May 2023

Retreat Investment with Private room/ Ensuite bathroom/ Air conditioning


The Gaia Lotus Art Retreat Ladies from September 2019. We had such an amazing time!

You have the option to pay a $500 deposit and then pay the balance off over the year as long as we have full payment by March 20th 2023. You can opt for a monthly payment through Paypal or whatever works for your budget? Just let me know and I will set it up.

Also there is the option to “Share” a Room with Twin single beds.  This brings the Price of the Retreat down to $2500 for each person who is Sharing. Please contact me via email for this option at
This option is only for Ladies coming together who are happy to Share.

Our Accommodation

The family owned resort that I have chosen for the Retreat is in Ubud. Known as the spiritual art centre of Bali. The resort itself is a rambling property with lovely authentic Balinese cottages nestled amongst gorgeous garden, jungles and rice paddies.

Each Cottage consists of two separate rooms downstairs and two upstairs. All rooms are air conditioned some have ceiling fans. Each room has its own bathroom, bath, wardrobe, TV, Kettle, Fridge, and lots of storage. You can have your own Private room with a Queen size bed or if you come with a Friend we can switch to two Twin beds and I am happy to discuss a reduced retreat price if you choose this option.

The Resort has 3 pools. One in particular, is quite close to where we will be painting and also to where our Rooms will be situated.

We have our own Yoga Shala where we can congregate to paint during the week. We can also paint on our verandahs or by the pool. The options and settings are endless. The vista everywhere you look is both breathtaking and blissful.

We all have wings but some of us don’t know why!

Costs covered by the Retreat

Seven nights accommodation in our beautiful Resort in Ubud

Six days enjoying the gorgeous Resort and Ubud area.

Four days of Art Tuition/Mentoring with Susan in Yoga shala

Meditations. Food for the soul!

Welcome Goody Bag

Two stretched canvases ( second canvas is optional)

A full buffet breakfast daily
( My favourite is the banana pancakes)

Welcome Dinner- Farewell Dinner

Water blessing by a local HolyMan ( unforgettable experience)

Day Trip and transfers to Bird Park and Elephant Park

One hour massage or treatment of your choice

Bali Offering Workshop with one of the Local Ladies from the resort.

Costs not covered by Retreat

Travel Insurance. COMPULSARY

Indonesian Custom Fees ( each country is different)


Transfers from Airport to Resort. These should be around $65AUD

Meals ( Other than Breakfast and Two Dinners)

The Resort offers Room service ( which will be charged to your room and payable on check out) The resort restaurant is very reasonable has a variety a meals to choose from. Of course Ubud is a short taxi ride away where you have loads of restaurants and cafes. There are also a few cafes close by within walking distance of the resort. Ubud is a 25 minute walk.

What to Expect!

This is a Creative Wellness Retreat. With Wellness and Healing being an integral part of the experience.  My wish is that everyone leaves feeling rejuvenated and uplifted, ready to take on infinite possibilities once they return home. On the first day we have invited a very special local Holyman to give our group a Water Blessing. This is an amazing experience and a beautiful way to commence the Retreat.

We are all asked to wear a sarong and sash which immediately bonded the Ladies last year. Lots of giggles and laughter as we tied our sashes. Be ready to get wet smile

Time to just be still and listen to your hearts messages..

Yoga Shala

We will be using a lovely Yoga space for our meditations and group painting sessions. It is located quite close to our rooms and just a short walk from one of the swimming pools. It sits at the back of the property and is flanked by rice paddies. This is where Jack and I saw a beautiful Kingfisher fly through the treetops. It is a beautiful setting.

Meditation and Sister Circle

Everyone morning we sit in the Yoga Shala in our Sister Circle and chat. This was one of the things the Ladies from last year, said they loved the most about the retreat. The beautiful bonds and friendships that were made were so special. It was lovely to watch everyone share and support each other.

Before we start to create we do a short Meditation. I have written these Meditations especially for the retreat. Designed to really help relax us and tune into our creative intuition!

Oh and of course we do bring out the Oracle cards to be open to the messages the universe may have for us!!smile


Support, Share, Create!!

Day Trip to Bird Park and Elephant Park



We spend a full day visiting the Bali Bird Park and the Elephant Park (which is a rescue park) If you love Animals it is a real treat. You get to be really close to both the Birds and the Elephants. Lots of photo opportunities. So much inspiration for your paintings as well!

We learn how to make a Bali Offering

We also learn how to make the beautiful Canang Sari. Which is the traditional Balinese Offering. Every home and business display these offerings at their front door. They are Gratitude Offerings. Such a lovely tradition. Being grateful! Learning how they make them was very special!

About the painting experience

As most of you already know, I believe that everyone has the ability to be tap into their creativity and to paint.

This retreat is for women who have been looking for a chance and just the right environment to finally explore their creative potential. There are no rules or restrictions.

I encourage everyone to play and experiment. I can show you some easy ways to paint a beautiful background with layers of translucent paint and a few stencils. Our top layers and images will evolve through the Retreat and I am really looking forward to see everyone’s unique individual pieces and to see what images have inspired or captivated you. Whether it be a beautiful bird you saw at the Bird Park? An elephant or magnificent tree? Or even something more abstract? Just tapping into the essence of Bali and her beauty could be amazing.

Beginners and Fellow artists are all welcome.




What you need to bring along for your Painting 

Art materials- Paints- Brushes- Pallet

I will send a detailed list once you register for the retreat

But it will be just a basic kit of acrylic paints-
Golden fluids/Atelier Free Flow preferred
A lightweight portable easel is optional. Fits in suitcase.
I will be bringing along lots of stencils to share.

Gaia Lotus Ladies chat about the 2019 Retreat

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my recent trip to Bali to attend your Gaia Bali Art Retreat. The accommodation and surrounds were so beautiful and I felt so relaxed and safe. Painting most days looking out over the rice paddies and vegetable gardens with the typical sounds of the wind chimes in the distance was beautiful. I loved the fact that we could walk just a few metres from our class and have a cooling plunge in one of the pools surrounded by such gorgeous gardens.

Your lovely gentle approach and meditation each day was such a lovely time before our class. We were thoroughly spoilt with a fantastic hour massage nearby, a blessing by a healer and making an offering basket full of flowers and of course our welcome and farewell dinners. I totally loved learning your painting techniques which have inspired me to do more art. We were all different levels and did some fabulous paintings.

What a week. Loved it so much I have booked for next year.
Warmest regards Jo

Jo B

Sadly the Gaia Bali Art Retreat is over, it has been so much fun learning from my guru Susan Farrell! We have had such a wonderful immersion into Bali culture, been hugged by an elephant and created a beautiful painting! Thanks so much Susan and all my new art retreat friends

Barb F

Thank you so much for a wonderful adventure Susan xx I enjoyed every second of it. If anyone is thinking of doing this you won’t regret it xx Leah  

Leah S

Susan’s art awoke my passion of art, creativity. I am so glad to encounter her art in my life. I love the way of her painting. It’s not only technical thing. Art is coming from our heart. And everyone is unique. I can create my wish, my fantasy through her painting technique. I pray deeply in my heart during my painting. She gave me a big change of my life. Thank you so much Susan


Once again I would like to thank you Susan, for giving me the opportunity to attend the retreat in Ubud. Given this opportunity was a new beginning for me as I have had a block for awhile and didn’t realise that I still hold within me some of the artistic creativity that I once owned.  Even though I felt I was only a beginner in the retreat I have learnt a lot.
I will continue with my painting and  I intend to register with you into one of your online courses in the future.

My advice to anyone thinking of attending this retreat is “Art is the most healing process for the mind and soul.  Even if you haven’t done any art in your life and you have a calling to be creative, GO FOR IT, whatever ends up on your canvas, it is YOU that created this masterpiece, it is YOU.  You don’t have to be an artist, just enjoy and let the colours flow, you will be surprised with yourself and what YOU have created”.

Regards Ann Z

Ann Z

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