San Rafael, CA 2020

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First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael, CA

January 25 - 26, 2020 (Saturday & Sunday)

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Process painting sets forces in motion that facilitate personal transformation—catalyzing and accelerating each person’s unique path of growth and individuation. In this nonverbal practice you’re given opportunities to experience creativity directly, beyond the mind. Process painting is compatible with other practices, such as meditation or therapy, but distinct in its approach.

San Rafael is a sunny town about half an hour north of San Francisco, just across the Golden Gate Bridge. The painting studio is located downtown, with nearby parking and easy access to a variety of restaurants and accommodations.

Something touched, between us and the universe. It does not always happen.
But when it does, we know forever where we live, no matter where we sleep,
or eat our dinner or sit at the table and write words on paper.

~ Mary Oliver, From Long Life

Tuition: $435 ~ Your tuition includes all art materials, over 12 hours of facilitated painting sessions, group discussion circles in supportive community, a video presentation about creativity and the practice of art as process.

Workshop Schedule

This workshop is two days:       

Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Lunch Breaks: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Discounts & Scholarships

Continuing Participants: If you’ve attended a Painting Experience workshop in the past, you’ll receive a $100 tuition discount.

Partial tuition scholarships are available for both new and continuing participants. Apply here.

Work Exchange is available. Apply here.

Continuing Education Credits

12 CE Credits are provided by the Institute for Art and Living for:

  • MFT, LCSW, LPCC and LEP by the California Board of Behavioral Therapy.
    • Through CAMFT (California Board of Marriage and Family Therapists)
  • RN by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Fee: $25.00

Read more here.

Cancellation Policy

You will receive a full refund minus a 25% handling fee if you cancel earlier than two weeks before the workshop. After that, your payment is nonrefundable and nontransferable.


We recommend these websites to help you find local accommodations:

General: Trip Advisor

Local Lodging: airbnb

Hotels & Motels: trivago

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First Presbyterian Church

The entrance to the workshop space isat the back of the building on Mission Avenue. (See Parking Map)

1505 Mission Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901


The entrance to the studio is on 1505 Mission Street, San Rafael, CA. There are no parking spots available in the church lot. But just across the street (on the north side of Mission) at the Falkirk Cultural Center there is free parking on weekends. Be sure to go past the sign (see below) to park in the unrestricted weekend area.  Also, there are many parkings lots in downtown San Rafael. (Click on the images to enlarge)

San Rafael Parking PopUp   San Rafael Parking Sign PopUp

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First Presbyterian Church

1505 Mission Av San Rafael, CA 94901


San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Public Transportation: input your departure and destination addresses on this website and it will give you detailed options and directions: - Transit: Trip Planner


Take the BOLT Bus to San Francisco from these Wesy Coast cities:

Oregon: Albany, Eugene, Portland

Washington: Bellingham, Seattle

British Columbia: Vancouver

California: Barstow, Hollywood, Los Angeles,San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco

Driving Directions

For driving directions, click here. Click on “Directions” and enter your starting address.

The San Francisco Bay Area is the home base of The Painting Experience, where it all began over forty years ago. Learn more about the history of The Painting Experience in this two-part episode of our podcast: Trusting the Wild Self -- Stewart Cubley’s Story, Parts 1 and 2.