San Rafael, CA 2020

  • San Rafael, CA 2020

First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael, CA

August 1 - 2, 2020 (Saturday & Sunday)

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The essential artistic freedom is the right to create unburdened by pressures to perform, produce or succeed. It’s deeply healing to express feelings creatively and to use them as a catalyst for change. Not interpreting our painting allows innocence. Accepting imperfection yields compassion. Risking vulnerability connects us with others. We hope you'll join us for a weekend exploration of process painting.

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.

Imagination is spiritual perception.

Authenticity is spiritual presence.

~ M.C Richards, The Fire Within

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. A returning painter? Registering with a friend? See our discounts and save!

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 $50 tuition discount.

       Register with a friend!  When you sign up, you'll each get $50 off the tuition! (One of you must be a first-time painter.)

       If you're a returning painter, you can combine this with your continuing painter discount to get a total of $100 off!

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

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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.