September 29 through October 4, 2018


Are you seeking a creative community of women where you are accepted, where you are seen for all that you are, where your unique voice will be heard, and a place where you don't have to feel scared to share or create?  If you said yes to any of those questions, then The Traveling Art of Sisterhood is for you!  This retreat is a place of sanctuary, where space is held for all women, and where all women fit at the table!  We will sing, laugh, cry, and create!  Join us!  It will be the greatest gift you ever give yourself!

Brave stories, new friendships, digging deep, layering our hearts and souls on our canvas....these are all of the things that happen at The Traveling Art of Sisterhood retreats!  2017 was the first year that we held this retreat, and it ended up being more than our hearts had bargained for!  Connection, Community, Friendship, Empowerment, Free, and Powerful are some of the words that students used on our last day together to describe their experience at the retreat!  So, we are back for another go!  I feel  honored to get to bring this experience to women AGAIN!!! 


My week at the TAOS, The Art of the Sisterhood retreat, was one of the best weeks I've ever had. I was truly inspired by the teachers and their creative lives and I learned something from each of the women that were there. It was a safe place to create, to share life stories, hopes, dreams and to cry. There was a good balance of types of classes. I enjoyed both the technical portrait lessons and the 'have fun and play' type lessons. I left energized and inspired. I am incredibly grateful to Kara for hosting the retreat and to all the teachers and women I shared the 5 days with.

-Melanie, Squamish Nation, Vancouver, Canada

"It really is hard to put into words how much I enjoyed being a part of The Art Of Sisterhood 2017 Retreat.  Before I registered my head kept coming up with all of the reasons I shouldn't go. I'm not an artist. It's too far away.  I can't afford it.  I will be traveling alone.  I won't fit in.  Despite all that chatter my heart was telling me to be courageous and go for it.  Something was calling me to Atascadero, so I trusted my heart, clicked on the register button and never looked back.  The retreat was 5 days spent among the most genuine, caring, amazing women.  Kara Bullock brought together a fantastic tribe of teachers to guide us through the retreat.  It was a joy to meet so many wonderful teacher/artists whose worked I had long admired online.    Kara, Deanna, Jennifer, Denise, Lauren, Sarah, Ivy, Tiare and Jackie - each taught from the heart and was beyond generous in sharing their gifts.  We laughed, cried, listened, chatted, played, created and formed friendships that I am sure will last a lifetime.  Attending TAOS retreat was by far the best gift I gave myself in 2017."

-Cathy, Pickering, Ontario

"I'm an extreme introvert, so it took a lot of courage to sign up for the TAOS retreat in 2017, and even more to get on the plane and travel for 16 hours to actually attend. I nearly talked myself out of going more times than I can count, and I'm so glad I didn't! I had expected to learn new techniques and come away with a whole bunch of new art skills, and yes, I got all of that. What I hadn't expected was the genuine sense of kinship, support, understanding, and true sisterhood I experienced every day I was there. Nor did I expect to make life-long friends, but that's exactly what happened! I came away with memories and experiences I wouldn't trade for anything. The experience was truly life-changing!”

-Elizabeth, Ottawa, Ontario

"The week that I spent with TAOS was so much more than I expected.  The art instruction was fantastic, varied, and taught by approachable artists who really worked at making our time meaningful and worthwhile.  Everyone, participants and teachers, was authentic and warm.  I didn't really know what I was getting into but as soon as I saw the posting for the class I couldn't stop thinking "that is somewhere I need to be." And it was so true.  I have shifted my art and am really happy with the outcome.  I'll be registering again as soon as Kara has it open."

-Christina, Idaho

"TAOS is absolutely magical, such a loving, supportive group of sisters in friendship and art you won’t find just anywhere.  There is no judging, no comparing, just a safe place where you all have art in common.  In my opinion,the art is truly secondary, you will laugh, you will cry and you will feel so comfortable immediately.    Incredibly open and  talented instructors so graciously sharing their artistic abilities and techniques.  Need a tribe—look no further, TAOS is for you, plan to meet and connect with new friends for life.  This retreat is the best gift you can give yourself.  I cannot wait until next year!"

-Michele, Colorado

"The TAOS retreat was supremely a one-of-a-kind experience.  I really loved learning from the variety of artist teachers and each one was so kind and generous in sharing their gifts and talents. The real heart behind this retreat was clearly the sisterhood.  There was some serious real-life true-blooded sisterhhod bonding that took place and it was way beyond anything I was expecting. The daily environment was safe and fun-loving and we found ourselves laughing till we peed our pants, sharing deep till we felt we've known each other all our lives, and crying till we hugged and comforted each other.  This retreat is about coming as you are and learning more about the art that we're all passionate about and learning to open up and be loved on while loving on others. I'll be one of the first ones in line to sign up again next year and I know my sisterhood sisters will be with me too :)"

-Kina, Arizona

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(Artists' of artwork, left to right:  Jennifer Albin, Jennifer Bonneteau, Denise Braun, and Muriel Stegers)

Who is TAOS 2018?

In 2018, TAOS brings you Jennifer Albin, Jackie Barragan, Jennifer Bonneteau, Denise Braun, Sara Burch, Kiala Givehand, Ivy Newport, Muriel Stegers, Lauren Rudolph, Tiare Smith Woods, and Kara Bullock. Join us as we come together to continue spreading light, hope, strength, and love to all of our fellow sisters in this world. Together, we will create a never-ending bond through the sharing of life, love and art. 


"What is so unique about TAOS is that you will not have to choose which instructor to work with because you will have the amazing opportunity to experience each and every one!"


Join The Traveling Art of Sisterhood as we bring together women with like minds and creative spirits, for five nights and six days, in the beautiful downtown of Scottsdale, Arizona.  Located in the middle of Arizona's beautiful desert landscape, Scottsdale will greet you with gorgeous art galleries and museums, as well as, stunning sunsets.  Our workshop will take place in a historic, Spanish style art school, which is two blocks from many galleries and art museums!  Create art in the day and visit galleries and museums in the early evenings, or enjoy a complimentary cocktail back at the beautiful, relaxing Hyatt House!  This is truly every artist's dream retreat!


This year, the topic of study is Rise Above - Shine Your Light.  Each instructor will share a personal story with you about a time that they were able to rise and shine, and then guide you through a mixed media art lesson that relates to your own personal stories!  We will also be guiding you through some challenges where we will shine our lights in Scottsdale!!

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(Artists' of artwork, left to right:  Tiare Smith Woods, Ivy Newport, Kiala Givehand, and Jackie Barragan)


We will start our week off with a celebration on Saturday evening at the Hyatt House in our private gazebo!!  Sunday morning we will begin our creative week!  The workshop will be held in the beautiful Scottsdale Artists' School!  You can view the week's schedule HERE.  This art school offers large rooms with plenty of space for women to spread out and to house our art supplies and projects during our five work days.  Yes, you can leave your things at the school each day!  Doors to the school will open each day at 8:30 with workshops beginning at 9:00.  We will have three large rooms to work in for the week!  We will begin our mornings as one group, where we set our intentions for the day, and end our days as one group, where we will share our work for the day.  The BEST news is that the Scottsdale Artists' School is a 15 minute walk from the Hyatt House!  The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle for those that prefer a ride.

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Most attendees will be staying in the Hyatt House of downtown Scottsdale, where you will feel right at home!  Relax in your spacious home away from home.  Begin each day with a complimentary breakfast, and top your evening off with a nightly cocktail on the houseWifi, parking, and a shuttle are all included with your stay!  Enjoy a one bedroom suite, or stay with a friend in the lovely two bedroom suites!







*A non-refundable deposit of $1650 will secure your spot in the the retreat.  Kara will make the hotel reservations for attendees, but attendees will pay for the hotel upon checkout on October 4th with their own credit card.  Need a payment plan?  Email Kara at


*Upon registering, you will be emailed within 24 hours.  Please note that a shared room will only be available if two parties sign up for the shared room option.  A person will be given the private room accommodation if there are not enough parties for a shared room and put on a wait list for the shared room.  In the event that there are not two parties to complete the shared room, individual will be responsible for paying for the private room.

Workshop Pricing includes:

  • Opening Ceremony on September 29th - Small bites and drinks will be provided.  One complimentary cocktail.
  • Five full workshop days - Sunday through Thursday from 9-5 (Thursday we will end by 4:30)
  • Lunch is included for four days.  The last day will be on your own.
  • ALL SUPPLIES ARE INCLUDED with the exception of paintbrushes.  Please bring your own, and a wide variety.

****Airfare and dinner are not included. 


Hotel Information:

We will be staying at the beautiful Hyatt House


The following amenities are included with your stay:

  • complimentary breakfast
  • complimentary cocktail - one per day
  • wifi
  • parking
  • shuttle within 5 miles during shuttle hours


Airport Information and Hotel Accommodations




Where is TAOS taking place in 2018?

We will be hosting our workshop at The Scottsdale Artists' School.  We will be staying at the beautiful Hyatt House


What airport will I fly into?

You will fly into the Phoenix Sky Harbor Internation Airport.  It is about ten minutes away from the school and hotel!  You can take a taxi or uber on over to your hotel!


I need to stay an extra night at the hotel.  Is that possible?

Yes!  You can!  Just let Kara know upon registering and she will take care of that!


I worry about packing all of my art supplies.  Can I ship them?

You don't need to worry about the supplies at all because we will have everything that you need for the week with the exception of paint brushes.  Please bring your own brushes, and yourself!  That is all you will need!


I just found out that I cannot come to the retreat, but I already paid my deposit.  Can I get a refund?

We do not offer refunds on your deposit.  However, if the retreat sells out, and there is a waitlist, we will put you in touch with the first person on the list and you can sell your spot to that person!


If you have any further questions, please contact Kara at


*Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable.  As a result of acts of God, war, or unforeseen circumstances I understand that my fees may be retained and this event rescheduled. Please carefully read the following terms: Your deposit serves as your agreement to the above terms, and must be paid in full by June 1, 2017. If your full fee is not received by June 1, 2017, your deposit will be retained and you will lose your place. We will be sending you a final invoice and you will be responsible for submitting your final payment on or before June 1, 2017. We reserve the right to cancel this event if a minimum amount of attendees do not register by August 1, 2017. In the event this happens a full refund will be given (this does not include any airline arrangements you have made - we highly recommend getting travel insurance.)

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(Artists' of artwork, left to right:  Kara Bullock, Sara Burch, and Lauren Rudolph)