Nairne 2019

Splashout Annual Residential Country Retreat!

October 2019

  • WHEN: to be advised
  • INSTRUCTOR: Krystyna Ciesiolkiewicz – Dip.T & B.Ed (Fine Arts)
  • VENUE: ‘Lifeflow Retreat Centre – Tara Hills’ near Nairne/Mount Barker in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Splashout has exclusive use of the centre for this popular weekend of art and relaxation.
  • FEE:  Variable $520 / $540 / $590 (depending on room selection – see below)
  • DEPOSIT REQUIRED:  non-refundable $200 deposit required with booking
Art Retreat in Nairne South Australia

THE WEEKEND (what’s included):


Standard or Deluxe rooms – room configuration plan HERE
Room options are as follows:
$540 – Standard room (single bed; shared bathroom; bring own bedding)
$590 – Ensuite room* (double or king single beds – full linen provided)
*Please note ensuite accommodation limited to 4 rooms only – be quick !


Included are 2 Breakfasts – 2 lunches – 2 dinners – fully catered by a professional caterer

Enjoy healthy home made gourmet cuisine made from fresh ingredients and local produce

In-between: Home made cakes/tea/coffee/soft drinks (BYO WINE)

Meditation (optional)

Indulge in 2 x 1 hour ‘beginners’ meditation classes.

The meditation classes are led by John Burston. John has taught meditation for 20 years, including with trekkers and tourists in Nepal. John is now General Manager of ‘Lifeflow’ and an excellent meditation teacher. John attends our weekend at Splashout’s request.  NOTE: Lifeflow links (below) answer questions about meditation and the facility.


Outdoor/en plein air painting workshop will follow the theme of ‘letting go’ !
Krystyna will give full briefings, set exercises and carry out demonstrations before commencing the workshop proper.

You may wander off and select the location and subject of your choice, then Krystyna will meander among the group giving one to one coaching, as necessary and required.  Throughout both days the group will reconvene in the dining hall from time to time for main meals and interim snacks all provided within the fee.  At the end of the workshop, the group will come together to view all works and share their experiences.  The workshop will close with a final word from Krystyna and a short arty farewell ceremony !

Krystyna says : ‘Tap into your creative side, whilst painting in nature and enjoying the peaceful relaxation of the retreat. For two glorious days, we shall paint the outdoors and capture the light of this beautiful country environment’

PLEASE NOTE: Absolute beginners and/or non painters are most welcome

Click HERE to view 2014 photo slideshow
Click HERE to view 2012 photo slideshow
Click HERE to view 2011 photo slideshow


‘This weekend was a stand-out for me.’ Sally Christopher (2014)

‘So well organised, with everything easy to enjoy.’ Leonie Hiesley (2014)

‘What fun. My soul feels nourished, my mind feels inspired and my canvases look pretty. Meditation was the best I’ve experienced. Food and company was divine.’ Katie Spain (2014)

‘What a wonderful weekend. Food, company, meditation and art – 10/10’ Erica McBeath (2014)

‘Fabulous weekend. Thanks for making me feel so welcome.’ Jan Elkin (2014)

‘Peaceful, creative weekend with glorious food.’ Vicki Dickson (2014)

‘A great experience of en plein air painting.’ Raelene Edwards (2014)

‘What a wonderful, relaxing, artistic time.’ Suzy Tilley (2014)

‘Fantastic, fun, friendly, relaxing weekend of art’ Madi Elkin (2014)


No chanting, no robes, no incense !

DEPOSIT REQUIRED: non-refundable $200 deposit required on booking

This is a professional western style retreat centre in the loveliest of locations with modern facilities

Simply a delightful relaxing weekend of ART !

Meditation: Seated upright on chairs provided

Picture below: What would Buddha make of this ?


Retreat Centre here Lifeflow Meditation here Meditation generally here


To register your interest in the Splashout Art/Meditation Retreat, please complete your details in the form below

Registration of Interest - 2020 Splashout Art Trips