Art and Spirit in New Mexico
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 11:00 am

Art and Spirit in New Mexico Registration Form


I love the southwest, and the Taos area of New Mexico in particular.  It stole my heart the first time I visited many years ago and I keep returning to visit the spots I love and to paint.  The views where we will be in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains are spectacular.  The flamboyant sunsets will captivate you and perhaps you will manage to capture one on paper!


You do not need any prior art experience to attend!

Folks of all levels attend  my workshops including many who have never picked up a crayon.  I’m delighted to work with you at whatever artistic level you find yourself, including those of you who would like to give it a try but have not had the right environment.  I enjoy creating a nurturing non intimidating atmosphere so that you can feel safe.

If you have a desire to visit the Southwest AND love to paint (or would like to try it) this is a wonderful opportunity.

I’ve put together a juicy week of painting, visiting local places of interest, and some chill time at hot springs in lovely accommodations with great food.  We are secluded in our own nest on 40 acres of forest near Taos where the nearby mountains provide an incredible backdrop.

We will mix up our days with painting, visiting hot springs, Ghost Ranch (Georgia O’Keefe’s place), places of cultural interest and of course a bit of shopping so you can take home some cowgirl boots or any other treats ;-).

To pay by check:
Shared room-1 payment of $1800 or non refundable $500 deposit followed by four payments of $325
Single room- 1 payment of $2,100 or non refundable $500 deposit followed by four payments of $400
Make checks out to Melissa Harris and send to PO Box 56 West Hurley, NY 12491 Call 845 340 9632 or email info@melissaharris.com with any questions. No need to fill out payment form online, just email me to reserve your spot and to let me know you are sending a check right out.

If paid online
Shared room-1 payment of $1875 or non refundable deposit of $500 followed by five payments of $275
Single room- 1 payment of $2,175 or 5 payments of $335


  • Workshop instruction
  • Six nights lodging
  • All meals unless we decide to do any out
  • Daily circle to offer support and a place to be heard
  • Art-making warm-ups to get the creativity flowing (optional)
  • A circle of like minded souls who, like you, are willing to take a risk and make time and devote resources to their dreams – you’re going to make some new friends.
  • A follow-up resource handout
  • A private Facebook page to get to know each other beforehand (share rides! save money!) and stay in touch afterward, plus meet other alums from previous years
  • supply list


  • Travel costs / Airfare
  • art supplies
  • Any Additional nights lodging you may choose to add on
  • fees for visiting Hot Springs

I am hoping that some of you may drive together from Albuquerque airport which I can help co-ordinate.  It is possible that I may be able to do a pickup from there or Santa Fe.  I will work this out as we go along.

I’ve found us a marvelous gourmet chef who will cater to your food needs, whether gluten free, vegan, etc.


Art and Spirit in New Mexico Registration Form


Cancellation Policy

With months of planning to make this a most special retreat, I will do my best to honor emergencies. A refund will be offered for any medical issue and/or emergency, less a $250 administrative fee.

Your first payment authorizes that you understand this refund policy, commit to payment in full and take full responsibility for your personal choices and safety while you travel.

In the event of cancellation, you may find another person to take your place on the trip provided they agree to the terms of this agreement and after an interview between the person and Melissa whereupon it is decided that the trip is agreeable with both parties. Written cancellation is required to process a refund.

Your cancellation charges follow:

More than 90 days prior to departure: $500.

61 – 89 days prior to departure: $1,000

60 – 30 days prior to departure: $1,200

Less than 30 days prior to departure: 100% of total price.

To pay online:

$275.00$2,175.00Select options

What people have to say about Art & Spirit Retreats

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there! I adore how you are flexible with sensing the groups emotional needs, yet rigid with the wisdom to know discipline and keeping people on task is important when it comes to producing art. Of all the art instructors I’ve had in my lifetime, you are only the 2nd one I’ve ever experienced that “gets” this and utilizes it effectively.  The circle and spiritual time only adds icing to an already well built cake! I felt so comfortable and like I had been part of your group for lifetimes. I admire your style of teaching and hope to emulate it when I start teaching children again in the spring.    Marguerite  – MA

“I just returned from an amazing weekend surrounded by art, nature, love, talent and friendship. The retreat was everything I wanted and more. Time seemed not to exist while working on the process of getting in touch with ourselves. Through meditation and introspection we explored  the creative process. Melissa guided us gently, and enabled us to push past our own limitations.  The group of us worked blissfully..enjoying the breezes and music, surrounded by Melissa’s inspiring artwork. If that wasn’t enough, we were served a beautiful healthy lunch every day. with fresh mint tea and amazing brownies for dessert.  The experience was enlightening and inspiring. I can’t wait to do it again!”  Alison  Greenwod Lake, NY

“I am still gratefully  basking in the glow of the weekend!  I always feel brand new every time I come and I am always nourished and enlivened by the creative hatchery that you fill with love, laughter, music and guidance. I was able to go deep and allow the energy to percolate through me in different and fun ways this time.  Thank you for sensing my need to listen and feel from the inside out and savor what comes through where you can help me see different options to pull it all together in harmonious ways that both honor the original impulse and basic design elements. You are so so good at tuning in and watching the creative babies being born and training the midwives in delivery.”  Vickie Dash PA

“Nobody gets me going creatively like you do.  Your suggestions always move me miles down the road….Thank you so very much Melissa”      Robin R.  Bangor, ME

“Your workshops are unique in providing loving energy that invites the imagination to come out and play.  Your unique blend of intuitive and compassionate teacher gives you the ability to tune in to each individual and honor the spirit of their exploration.  Your encouragement of our longing to express is the magic that erases the fears and doubts”.  Ruth Cook, Gloucester, MA

IS THIS FOR ME????????

I so understand. I make a commitment and then I wonder,  “What was I thinking??? I don’t know anybody!  What if I don’t like the people?  What if I don’t like the food?  I’m not that social.  What if I need more alone time?

Perhaps you feel less than confident about your creative abilities………. Or less than confident about anything for that matter.

EVERY TIME I have answered the call and taken the risk I have come away with a rich experience and more confidence in myself and my ability to make good decisions that will take me further along the path I want to follow.

If you are willing to nurture or boost your creative spark – join me and a few other like-minded women in Taos.

I can’t wait to meet you!