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Classes, Workshops & Retreats

Spirit Lodge Studio & Retreat Centre

Spirit Lodge Studio

Spirit Lodge Studio is situated on 12 acres overlooking Osoyoos BC and boasts Canada's most diverse eco-system. It is a desert oasis that delights dabblers and excites established artists alike. 

Whether it be non-residential day classes or longer residential retreats, customized private paint parties or pre-packaged public workshops,  Spirit Lodge Studio delivers. 

The studio accommodates 3-6 participants year-round; whether enjoying lakeviews or stargazing in the summer or trying new techniques by the wood-burning stove in the winter, it is a restful haven conducive to the process of creating. 

Scroll down to read more about Spirit Lodge accommodations and location.

Residential Retreats

As a professional artist and Master Therapeutic Counsellor, Karen Goodfellow CFA MTC's deep and broad education (Certificate in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design) and experience allows her to do both 'art-as-final-product' or' art-as-personal-growth- process'. 

Since 2001 she has facilitated psycho-spiritual, arts-based personal growth workshops and events at her studio or around BC as well as co-facilitating The Creative Awakening for the personal development school Clearmind International.

Deepening Surrender and Daring Surrender are both weekend workshops that she co-facilitates; the purpose is to catalyze creativity through the process of surrender and letting go.

See Schedule at the end of this page.

Workshops (Residential or Online)

These workshops are either:

  • online or in a workshop setting
  • private and customized for a small team or friend group or pre-packaged offerings
  • weekend or week-long
  • residential or non-residential
  • for artist or those interested in innovative thought and free expression
  • product (art only) or process based (personal growth intersecting through the creative process)
  • at Spirit Lodge or other venue

'Deepening Surrender' and 'Daring Surrender' are both weekend workshops (co-facilitated) with the purpose of unblocking creativity (or creative thought) through the process of surrender and letting go.

See Schedule at the end of this page.

Day or Evening Classes

Karen Goodfellow taught classes at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Centre...either 'process' art (i.e. Discovering Self through Mask-making, the Art of Change for Organizations) or 'product' art (Gifted & Talented children's classes such as Folk Art of Mexico, The Art of the American Southwest, and adult classes Experimental Art, Art 'n Spirit Classes). 

Karen teaches adult classes at Spirit Lodge Studio in Osoyoos, BC. Please contact her for customized classes or see the schedule below if looking for pre-packaged classes.

Private Creativity Parties

Do you have a small group of 3-6 that want to have fun while painting or creating wild or tasteful objects? These social gatherings are popular everywhere and can include appies and a local wine sommalier to sweeten the experience.

The studio can fit 6 for Painting parties and 4 for mixed media parties.

Contact Karen to get a quote.

Spirit Lodge Art Studio 

Nestled halfway between sparkling lake and infinite sky lies Spirit Lodge...the perfect place to create by day and star gaze by night.  Award-winning artist Karen Goodfellow CFA offers art workshop overnight retreats on this 12-acre, wildlife habitat. 

Spirit Lodge Features

  • 5-star status vacation rental space with a million-dollar view (combined rental site reviews from over 150 guests)
  • 1000 sq. foot self-contained rental suite with private entrance and private deck 
  • Fully-stocked art studio and gallery
  • Expert art class and workshop instruction
  • Dark Sky Community (for star-gazing as Anarchist Mountain hosts more privately-owned observatories than anywhere else in Canada)

Ultimate Unwinding Attractions

  • Award-winning wine country
  • Lake is just a picturesque 15-minute drive away
  • Cultural activities and events
  • Outdoor pastimes and sports
  • Birdwatching


Creativity Kick-Start

Spring 2022

An adult playdate to introduce you to creating art. No experience is necessary and the atmosphere is centred around safe and fun exploration with various media. 

$175 for 4 hours (+ GST)

$150 if you bring an adult friend (they pay $150 as well)

Please RSVP or e-transfer

Artful Legacies & Libations

Spring 2022

Designed with the peri- or post-menopausal woman in mind, this creative, expressive, rejuvenating workshop is our grown-up version of a play date. This 1.5-day weekend workshop is for you if you:

•crave some 'me' time

•watched your creativity take a back seat to work, children or partner

•want to acknowledge what legacy you have left in the first half of your life and want to design the second half in creative form. 


  • Self-reflection
  • Group work
  • Legacy Art Project

With a wide variety of unique 'foundations', you will create a visual expression of your life (past and future). 


  • All the art supplies you can imagine to create your project (no art experience necessary)
  • Art instruction
  • Delicious delectable appetizers
  • Mindful music
  • Saturday lunch and dinner
  • Sunday breakfast
  • Overnight stay

Price: TBD depending on renal booking & # of participants, time of year, etc. Email to register interest

Mixed Media & Merlot

Spring 2022


Spring 2022

Small Team Socio-Creative Teambuilding

Spring 2022

To read more about Karen's vast facilitating experience where she uses creativity and relationship building to improve organizational performance:


Karen has a lot of kindness, compassion, and a very unique understanding of people's strengths and hidden creative talents. She helped me embrace my inner creative spirit by teaching me that everything I do is a creation, to trust and go with whatever creation first sparks in my mind. I believe her that if it is my creation that it can't be "wrong", and now believe in my own creative wisdom and inner knowing. 

 I always feel so passionate , purposeful and alive after spending time creating with Karen.

Gaby (Introductory Mixed Media Class)

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