“The coaching and tuition was timely and caring and knowing that Shani was willing to take responsibility for not only the physical but also the spiritual, made sure we all got a win. This was a multidimensional experience that re-invigorated the physical, mental and spiritual in all of us, guiding us on our own journey of self discovery and the food on the deck was fabulous” Sally “17

“The finished canvases were really amazing. We all left with the most excellent paintings. I learnt a lot and felt that my confidence has really built plus I met such lovely people. The whole experience was wonderful” Halina ‘17

“I meet a great group of painters some I am sure will keep the connection. Everything was provided and not being a painter at all, I learnt steps and tips and finished up with a painting that I really like. I would really recommend this to anyone who wants a painting experience” Kim ‘17

“Come for the painting, stay for the sweetness! The materials and food were great and the studio inspiring and there was the right balance between helping and letting me find my own style. Shani really brought the group together and does the most wonderful job of tapping into people’s uniqueness. Enjoyed this immensely!”  Belinda ‘17

“Thanks! I would recommend this painting getaway to anyone wishing to find their creativity and have fun at the same time. I really didn’t expect my painting to turn out so well and the personal instruction gave me a confidence and has inspired me to carry on” Lauren ‘17

“Thankyou Shani for a most fabulous 3 days, not only have I been taught how to paint but I have had the most wonderful experience with all the other wonderful people in our group. You were so supportive and encouraging with my limited experience and I loved the feeling of freedom in painting that I had experienced before. The choice of subject matter and the photography was really exciting and I was at home with Florence and the cats” Lorraine ‘17

"Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Shani was supportive and provide advice when required, and the enough demonstration that gave me confidence. She was calm and kind in ways that were far more than I expected.” Mary ‘17

‘A painting workshop that not only teaches how you paint but feeds your soul and your spirit at the same time! This has been the most wonderful and unforgettable weekend and I can’t believe the beautiful painting that I am taking home” Gabriella ‘17

‘The studio itself is so inspirational for me, the rugs, chandeliers, pheasants, Shani’s paintings, the light – everything! The food was prepared with generosity and love and was light and nutritious. Shani’s guidance has inspired me to move forward creatively and I learnt enough practical skills that I reckon I can jump in again. I participated on the course at a particularly sad time in my life. I needed something to help me find who I am again. This course, Shani and the company of the other women reinforced that fact that ‘life is beautiful’’ Kath ‘17

‘I arrived with trepidation, nervous to pick up the paint brush, which I had never ever done. After 3 wonderful days of nurture and tuition, I am now felling more confident and relaxed to pursue my need to be creative, as well as develop in other areas of my life, thank you so very much. You have built my confidence to a live l that I feel ready to explore more now!” Karen ‘17

‘Thank you Shani for your guidance, patience and welcoming environment. It has been such a rollercoaster road of emotions, all with you there to support me. I think your mentoring program is definitely on my list now!” Mel ‘17

‘This workshop has been transformational and life changing! It has been safe, special and encouraging. I was drawn to come as soon as I set my eyes on the 1st advert and although I was spiritually struggling at the time it brought peace and joy back into my life. Shani’s coaching is kind and attentive and I loved every aspect of the weekend.” Liz ‘17

‘In all honesty I cannot put a dollar amount on the invaluable knowledge I have gained with Shani Alexander during the 12 week mentor program.  Shani's commitment and unique course structure allowed me to truly flourish in my growth as an artist and explore in detailed depth why I have been holding myself back as an artist and in other areas of my life.  I’m a kinesiologist  and have a professional understanding of energy but the daily reflective practice and use of colour exploration were such a successful way of tapping into deeply held information that needed to be accessed, to enable more freedom and clarity when creating my beautiful paintings.  I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend Shani's unique classes.”  Kym ‘17

'I can’t thank you enough, I never knew art could be healing but I knew the moment I first saw your paintings and course I had to come - they spoke to me so strongly. I’d realized there was a spiritual element to the weekend, and even though I felt broken you and the other girls excepted me where I am and truly made it a safe place. Do you know - musical as I am - it hadn’t ever occurred to me to make a playlist of uplifting, fun and encouraging songs. Usually they are just songs that bring out the pain. But I’m now enjoying adding to the list. I believe this weekend has truly been a turning point for me - I’ve been so very lost since for quite a few years - You worked wonders!” Liz’17

'The studio was light and airy and there was no skimping on materials or food. The coaching was sensitive and particularly persevering with a recalcitrant. I would recommend this as a different and enjoyable experience" Lil '17

"I'ld been wanting to do with workshop for over a year and finally am so proud of myself for just doing it. I reconnected with my artistic self in a fun, nurturing and challenging few days. Can recommend this for all levels!' Nicki '17

'I really enjoyed my 3 days - the whole experience was terrific and I achieved a fabulous painting plus had a wonderful time with painting companions and learnt such allot along the way" Marg '17

'Thank you again for the wonderful weekend, your generosity and the way you make us all feel wonderful! Everybody loved my new painting- it is my favourite and I look back to my first one and I can’t believe how far I have come and how differently I paint now, it really shows! Keep doing what you do, I have never met anyone quite like you!! I came across a poem and thought you might like it T.S.Eliot’s Little Gidding - We shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring, Will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time" Kathryn '17

'Florence was a beautiful and calming presence in the studio. The practical sessions on creating an impactful composition were priceless. The female hero artists were truly inspiring and I loved every one for different reasons. I unexpectedly loved the whole process of the spiritual work/tools and I experienced many breakthroughs, in particular made peace with a major life event. Over the weeks I found my creative inspiration and formulated my next collection and am truly inspired to get-moving. Overall I feel I got way more than my monies worth. Shani is a very special lady who gives of herself in a personal, spiritual and practical way. Learning to paint with her was only part of the program, learning about my self was a very important part of my journey.” Glenys ‘17

'The count down and nervousness only set me up for loving every little bit….thank you soooo much. The daily meditation ‘surprised me’ with its insight and depth. You are an amazing teacher to have taken me from absolute scratch and held me along the process. I am SO glad I came. My painting brought me to tears.” Dudia ‘17

'The tuition was excellent and a good balance of support and letting you do it yourself, but it was overwhelming, more than I expected. What I didn’t expect was how amazing the meditations were – I loved them!” Katherine ‘17

‘I came for 3 consecutive days to treat myself as if on a retreat…..I left with the most beautiful painting that brought my spark to the fore….it stretched me but I learnt and affirmed who I was today!” ‘ Ros ‘17

“I couldn’t recommend it more…..the weekend was more than ever I could have imagined or ever thought I could achieve. I love my painting and it means so much more because I got the spirit within me” Isobel ‘17

"There were plenty of interesting references to choose from and the book library was a great resource. The 10 Week Program Manual was a vital component and I just loved examining the heroines. The week by week content flowed logically and served to motivate me in my life outside the studio and the practice of the weekly reflection and analysis recorded in the manual was a valuable discipline which became the most amazing road-map. The field trip and composition work was invaluable and the work up to putting on an art show was both provoking and character building and by the time of the art show I knew exactly where I was heading and the collection of paintings I would begin when I left the program, confident in my voice. Having Florence in the studio was a grounding presence. Shani provides a very warm and loving environment both spiritually and practically and although, personally I found the large canvas both daunting and liberating, Shani also knows the right balance in terms of helping and standing back.  I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to explore their creative voice” Kath ‘17

'The overall experience was fabulous. I feel very blessed to have been able to do this and the sisterhood with the other women was absolutely memorable. Even if you’ve never held a paintbrush, fear not, if you long to create a beautiful painting, you are in sage hands with Shani. Unleash your soul” Geri ’17

“This has been one of the best experiences I have ever allowed myself to have. I have immersed/indulged myself for the first time in many years. I loved every single minute and will be recommending it to everyone I know” Barbara ‘17

“The most beautiful and challenging experience...to climb your mountain – run your marathon – to ‘Shirley Valentine’ – the most glorious intensive process to discover your YOU – you will love it” Susan ‘17

“Now that I have a few minutes to sit down I wanted to take the time to say that I truly enjoyed my 3 day workshop with you. Not only did I learn a lot about myself but you taught me so much about painting that I have wanted (and tried) to learn on my own. You have such a kind and gentle energy about you and it really does create a safe environment for all things. I will be back to do another workshop so I look forward to seeing you again". Katherine ‘17

"A truly inspiring environment to be able to achieve great things! The coaching was always available. I got a calmness that I didn't expect and the overall experience was better than I could have hoped for." Cath '17

'Shani conducts a magical environment allowing vulnerability. Her generosity of skills and open heartedness instilled a quick trust within the group. I was blown away by how quickly I was able to produce the standard of painting I did. I can recommend this workshop for anyone who is looking for a creative get-away." Pixie '17

"I had never done a painting. I hadn't picked up a brush in 40 years and then, not well. I've learnt so much about stepping into fear this weekend and embracing my creativity! and I loved Florence (the studio dog). I cried, I laughed, I danced, I had fun. It was a life experience." Sarah '17

"Shani and this workshop will be one of the highlights of my life's journey. I cant believe what I achieved.' Caroline '17

"It's just a brilliant workshop for women moving through things in life. I got a painting that I really, really liked!" Mimi '17

"Thanks heaps for looking after me over the weekend. I’m very proud of what I achieved, but it would have been nothing without your help and support. What an amazing group of women we had – all so different and yet there was an incredible common theme running through us all. It was very much a roller coaster and I will be back to learn more." Sara, '17

'Hi, I really enjoyed the three day acrylic floral painting course. Shani had so much energy, and broke the days into specific sessions, which helped with planning and organizing the development of the art works. It was wonderful meeting like-minded women, sharing our experiences and enjoying the works created. A fabulous creative experience which I would recommend to all. Gay ‘17

'An immersive and well instructed three days. The best way to learn about paint and painting. A really enjoyable turning point for anyone wanting to creatively start enjoying the art of paint.The way Shani teaches is a sensible and not overwhelming approach to completing a painting. I found the 3 day intensive so beneficial as a full immersion and true escape. Through the inspiration in this shared and supportive environment, I had an amazing experience and am ready to continue in finding painting joyful” Jane 17

“I got proper instruction, communication, achieving and having fun with amazing people” Gayle 17 

“I got all that was promised and much more in a warm, welcoming, nurturing and patiently encouraging environment. I hadn't painted since school! The overall experience was brilliant and all that I had hoped for. I learnt a new approach and techniques and got a lot of help to let go” Michelle 17

“The food and company was great and the explanation of technique was easy to understand and apply to my painting. I really learned to look and see the colours within. The workshop actually exceeded my expectations” Michelle 17

“I came to Shani for a chance to challenge my creativity and surround myself with colour. I had a fabulous time and loved being with other like minded women and in just 3 days, I have an amazing painting to take home and I’ve learned heaps and am now ready to get stuck into my own project” Penny 17

'The 10 Week Program lived up to all my expectations and then some!   One of the best and most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had and at the end of it all I walked out with a beautiful painting, a new-found confidence and some amazing friends.  Great food, wine, art and a spiritual connection in the most caring, nurturing and mentoring environment, certainly helped all our spirits emerge. I am so grateful Shani gave so much of her beautiful self to us all and that will stay with me always.” Liz ‘17

"I cannot recommend the 10 Week Program enough – I did the 3 Day Workshop first which was great but we covered SO much more in this course. Our paintings were more developed, we could study other artists, do the self development and spiritual work which will help me for the rest of my life. Before doing Shani’s course I couldn’t put my finger on what I wasn’t happy about. I had a happy family and great life but something was missing. Through the program I was able to pinpoint what was missing and that was listening to my spirit. The more open you are the more you will get out of this course. I met 3 other like minded women and we painted the most wonderful paintings.  I have made amazing friends and have a direction now in my life and work that I didn’t have before. I love that we all walked away with something totally different which proved to me Shani’s dedication to each of us individually, as she promised. I am richer for the experience.”

"I can thoroughly recommend the 10 Week Program – not only will you come away with a beautiful painting , you will learn, be guided, be nurtured and encourage along the way and will experience more about yourself than you could ever expect. It was the most wonderful journey both in painting and in spirit.” Val ‘17

"Words cannot express how grateful I am to have done the 10 Week Program. Through it I have regained a confidence in myself and my art I sadly thought had gone.  You gave everything you promised and so much more. Your generosity is a beautiful thing. You listened to me when sometimes we live in a world where the listeners are few and far between. You have a true gift. Thank you” Kathryn, 2017

"Thank you Shani for the most wonderful 5 days. I really appreciated your guidance as I was at times totally out of my depth but feeling like I was in Aphrodite’s den I found my own creative spirit and learned the tools to go it alone when I leave. I am very proud of what I achieved.” Jeuleine

“A fabulous colour journey that has taken me to a doorway that I now boldly will step through! I feel safe, inspired and respected and encouraged by my wonderful experience to paint. Something I have always wanted to do but have been too scared”  Suzanna

“I’ll certainly be back. The tuition and coaching in the Modern Workshop was just excellent because I couldn’t paint and I didn’t expect to get such an amazing painting. It will hang in pride of place and it will be a source of great pride.” Vicki ‘17

“I love, love, loved it, it made my soul sing. I actually cried when my painting came to life. It was absolutely one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Plus I love my painting.” Kimmy ‘17

'Thank you so much, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the weekend!  I really learnt things about myself just from listening to you talk and I’m so happy and proud of my painting! My husband and daughters love it and tell me how proud they are of me.  I have a new appreciation for artists and how you all manage to create beautiful works. I found your weekend challenging, fun, nurturing and I can honestly say reviving!  I haven’t pursued any of my creative outlets for some time and I loved being so engaged with something I was creating.  I also loved having those three days to myself. I’m so glad I came and spent the time with you and the other lovely ladies, who I also loved to listen to and get to know.  It was true we were all meant to be there together as I thought you were all lovely and I learnt something from all of you. I look forward to seeing you again soon and thank you for opening up your heart and your home to us all”. Elise 2017

‘I would definitely recommend this workshop to any creative person who would like to paint the most beautiful painting, challenge themselves on a large canvas, learn and feel completely safe with Shani’s guidance and nurturing” Stacey, 17

‘Thank so much Shani for your bold beautiful and empowering workshop. You provided an inspirational environment and a clear way through on this amazing journey. Thank you for your insight, wisdom and beautiful spirit.” Lisa ‘17

‘An amazing experience to produce a beautiful painting in a safe, supportive and non-threatening environment. Shani took a complete beginner and guided me through to a result I am very proud of and I learnt many other things that I didn’t expect’ Kylie ‘17

“The class was friendly, supportive and educational. I felt I was encouraged and the food was delicious and nutritious. Taking home a completed art work of this size and boldness was the biggest confidence boost I’ve had in years” Kathryn ‘17

“I started the workshop not sure I would be capable of producing anything I could be proud of, however, Shani guided me and helped me find the courage to produce a painting I’m glad about, and I’m proud to hang in my home. Shani helped me overcome my doubts and see what I was doing with plenty of time for me while still giving the others time. I loved it, the process, the time to myself and the new found confidence in my own abilities’ Elly ‘17

'It was exciting, invigorating and I learnt such a lot about looking for designs in nature. All I needed and more was supplied and I was coached to take risks. Great food and instruction and the coaching was full of wisdom and insight. Very therapeutic and life-giving and I would recommend it enthusiastically to anyone. I feel totally set free!” Cecily’17

‘loved, loved the plein-air experience in the Valley, the food, photography and process until my true inspiration emerged. I have a fantastic result that I never would have tackled on my own. This was a truly transformative workshop in the most loving and gentle environment. I learned to express myself in my own unique way and felt guided and nurtured through the process. I can’t believe my result.’ Liz ’17

 ‘I was wanting to find a stronger voice. Through Shani’s wisdom, vibrancy and skilled instruction I slowly found my voice in the brush strokes. I felt the real me was coming to life as I painted. I really appreciated the way I was guided and she also went on the journey with me.’ Cec ’17

 ‘Just wanted to say a big thank you for a great weekend. AND I just got my book!!!! What can I say other than WOW!! Am excited...love the 'soul food' bit too! It's really something and I will treasure it” Ruth ‘16

‘Amazing experience in a beautiful space….I left with a powerful piece of art and lots of confidence in my ability to create now at home. Beautiful home cooked meals and Shani is a beautiful, insightful and gentle soul that is able to hold the workshop space for each person to feel safe’. Diane ‘16

‘learnt heaps and walked away with a great painting. Very satisfying indeed. Was almost like personal tuition and perfect number in the class.” Ruth Dec ‘16

Although I already had some basic painting skills, I learnt so many tips and new ways of seeing things with Shani. It isn't just a painting workshop though, it is so much more and everyone will come away from the weekend with different things to address and build on in our lives. Met some wonderful women, had plenty of attention when I needed it all in a beautiful atmosphere, with music, food, wine.. what more can you ask? A truly worthwhile, rich, wonderful experience - worth every dollar.” Kathryn ‘16

‘This workshop is for those who are seeking a deeply nourishing experience of learning in unexpected ways. A fulfilling and empowering 3 days using painting to fast track into me.” Louise Nov’16

“In my 40’s I wanted to do something for myself. I have always loved art but needed to break from old habits and styles. Shani gave me a wonderful dimension to art as she made us look deeper into myself and bring it out in my art. I can’t thank you enough.” Kathryn Nov ‘16

“A joyous, fun filled experience of exploring my artistic side with lovely people in a beautiful environment” Val Nov’ 16

‘Not only did I get to spend the weekend with a most gifted teacher but also a beautiful person. I loved every moment of creating the most amazing painting that will proudly hang in a special place in my home. I carry our time together in my heart.’ Eriqua July 16

Since that burst of enthusiasm, I am feeling the fluctuations between adventurous exploration and withdrawal. My challenge is to take action but I can take one step forward and three steps back. And then this week my book arrived 'Judy's Journey'. I have proudly shared it!  You included exactly what I needed to hear and see.  You are a voice I can trust and listen to. I will embrace my creativity” March 2016

"...do not hesitate to enter into this experience of being fully present, fully engaged and be nurtured through and into creative expression. All my senses came alive with the plunge into colour, movement and it fed my soul and body"  Julie, 3/16

”This kind of therapy is better than a pill and quicker than years of talking to a psychologist!” Jane '16

‘The studio is open, bright and inviting.  The materials are in abundance including the catering.  The tuition and coaching is focused and encouraging and overall the experience was engaging and expansive of self and other.  I would recommend this to others, yes..yes…yes.  "...do not hesitate to enter into this experience of being fully present, fully engaged and be nurtured through and into creative expression. All my senses came alive with the plunge into colour, movement and it fed my soul and body" ”  Julie’16

“I loved the studio and the paintings are gorgeous and it was a great environment to be in……real effort went into the materials and food ….. really, totally enjoyed Shani’s workshop. Shani is a delight to be around and can provide you with the experience to ensure that your picture will look fabulous!” Shasti ‘16

 'The studio was fresh and light-filled with plenty of choice of materials. Shani was a beautiful, knowledgeable and capable coach and I learnt a lot about colour.  I didn’t expect to also get an almost spiritual dimension of thoughtfulness. Overall this was a beautiful, light filled environment housing a wonderful tutor with amazing talent. Shani brings out the best in a person and their work.' Elizabeth ‘16

‘I came with some concern about the process but left feeling renewed and revived. This has been worth it in every way! I look forward to attending more workshops throughout the year. Thank you for being such a gentle, deeply present and intuitive teacher. There was abundant materials and the food delicious and the environment deeply supportive. I will be coming back for more.” Judy 2016