The Mint Gardener  & StudioLife present...



Where Creativity Blooms
Take Me To Flowertown

Join me in magical Summerville, SC

October 13 - 16, 2024
3-Day Watercolor Art Retreat with Sarah Simon, The Mint Gardener
Come explore the art and practice of watercolor with a group of fellow creatives.  This workshop will focus on the foundations of drawing and watercolor, with the only requirement to attend being the desire to create!

We would love to invite you to be a part of these special #ACreativeWayArtRetreats.

Come and learn, ask questions, create and paint.  In addition to three days of ‘arting’ with Sarah Simon, TheMintGardener, this will be an unforgettable journey in paint, connection,  community, with good food and beautiful art supplies. We would be so honored to have you join us!
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A Creative Way
to revel in your process
Join watercolor artist Sarah Simon, The Mint Gardener for an unforgettable journey in art, connection, & community.

All are welcome here

Are you a beginner?
Discover a creative way to feel confident drawing and painting
Are you a more experienced?
Come find a creative way to push your boundaries and find your unique voice
Have you strayed away from art?
Discover a creative way to find new and dedicated rhythm and remember what it feels like to watch paint move and shine
I’m ready

Welcome to


Summerville, SC

"The flowertown in the pines"


A Creative Way is designed for individuals who are wanting to step into a journey of exploring watercolor, forwarding their foundational skillsets in drawing and painting. The beautiful opportunity in this retreat setting allows your mind and body to be immersed in a new setting, a creative rhythm and encouraging community for a few days. It invites a special settling that only dedicated creating time can.

This retreat is an opportunity to learn Sarah’s watercolor techniques, work on guided projects and develop a lasting creative practice of your own. Sarah will teach, as well as share about her own artistic development, and her specific processes in her creative practice as well. The watercolor sessions will include brush techniques, color mixing, composition, still life, sketching and more.

Our hope is that you will explore and develop your own style, connect with other artists on this journey with you and have the satisfying experience of creating in a beautiful place, with delicious meals, conversation and beauty all around.

Kind words from friends

The opportunity to join Studio Life and The Mint Gardener at a Creative Way Art Retreat is not to be missed! The week is filled with so many moments of creative inspiration—from classroom instruction to outdoor experiences—you’ll come away ready to tackle whatever is next for you. I hope to do it again someday!
I thought the event was perfection.  From beginning to end our every need was beautifully anticipated.  From the food to the supplies we were provided all was first class.  It is hard to believe that this was your first extended group.  It was handled very professionally with a lot of love and care.  I felt the retreat was well worth the money
It was truly one of my best life experiences.  The energy, creativity, passion and kindness filled my soul.  Thank you to you and all the hard work that was put in to curate such an event.  Every detail and hard work to implement your vision was noticed and appreciated every day.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I’m looking for connection, learning, and time to be creative outside my normal day to day life and I feel like that’s exactly what I got and then some.


from past retreats


Three days of art instruction and open studio time with Sarah
Experience Sarah’s own house and art studio designed in collaboration with the Magnolia Network
Guided art excursions
All lunches & two dinners
Commune with like-minded creatives
Over $1000 worth of top of the line art supplies, hand-curated specially for you
Recommendations for accommodations and transportation
An unforgettable artistic experience
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Monday, October 14th
Lowcountry Boil Welcome Dinner
Summerville House
6 - 9 pm
Tuesday, October 15th
Summerville House
10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday, October 16th
watercolor fundamentals & painting
Summerville House
10 am - 4 pm
dinner together
6 - 9pm
Thursday, October 17th
open studio time with sarah
9 am - 1 pm
1 pm
Take me to
with early bird pre-sale discount
offer ends December 31st
*price increases to $3,200 after January 1st
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Your non-refundable deposit secures your seat at the 2024 retreat, and will be applied to your total event cost.

See detailed cancellation policy and more in our FAQ section below
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May 13th - 16th
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Transportation & Lodging
Transportation and lodging are not included in the ticket price for this event. Both transportation and lodging will be the responsibility of the attendee, both to Summerville, throughout the retreat, except for retreat related outings

Once registered, you will receive more information, including a discount for a great hotel within walking distance and other travel tips.

Please contact with any questions.
Cancellation Policy
Due to the highly creative and collaborative coordination that events like this require ahead of time the hosts cannot offer refunds. The ticket once purchased is non-refundable. Registration is non-refundable but transferrable should the participant be unable to attend the planned event. In the case of a transferred registration, the participant can make arrangements and notify StudioLife to update communication to the right person.

If the event is cancelled by hosts, all payments and deposit will be refunded 100%.

Please contact with any questions.
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