Scenes From The 2016 Retreats


“Creativity is intelligence having fun”

– Albert Einstein –

Share our recent 2016 retreat experiences in the galleries below. To keep up to date with all of our daily retreat news, find us on facebook:

Looking forward to welcoming you soon to Villa Nilaya,
creatively yours,


Scenes from the 2016 CATE EDWARDS : Taking Time, Making Space Retreat

Our recent retreat with Cate Edwards was a fabulous success – but don’t believe me … check here for yourself with more images from this week. All the works shown are by students, many of whom were picking up a brush for the first time in years!   more images

Scenes from the 2016 CATE EDWARDS : Watercolours with a Difference Retreat

Cate Edwards’ first ‘Drawing with a Difference ‘ retreat  has been a geat success! and we will again be presenting this  in 2017. Working with watercolors to introduce transparency and the new techiques of puddling and veiling, we then moved onto intensely-coloured inks to complete our designs. This selection shows the versatility of a medium which is notoriously difficult to handle, but with Cate’s expert guidance, created a stunning collection of works, combining , as always, fun and friendship along the way.  more images

Scenes from the 2016 NADINE  BASTOW : A Portrait of Bali Retreat

Nadine’s retreat is better than ever with early visits to East Balinese cultural sites for inspiration … these images from her 2016 retreat will whet your appetite for 2017! more images…

Scenes from the 2016 ELIZA PIRO : Birds of Paradise, Trees of Life Retreat

ELIZA PIRO’s first retreat at Villa Nilaya is immensely enjoyable! As one of Australia’s successful artist / designers Eliza brings her iconic style to Bali where tropical birds and blooms are inspiring us all to create our own versions of her delightfully pretty paintings under her careful guidance. more images

Scenes from the 2016 DAVID HINCHLIFFE : An Impression of Life  Retreat

David Hinchliffe ‘s first Creative Living Art Retreat in Bali offers exceptional Masterclass demonstrations across a wide range of genre as well as expert tuition for each of our ten retreatants. With a sprezzatura technique, entertaining conversation and iconoclastic asides, this retreat is a are treat we can’t wait to have more of in 2017!

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Everything is included in the retreat cost except your airfare, some evening meals, and your return taxi , so you need very little to bring except your intention!

ALL retreats are suitable for ALL levels of expertise, whether it be artistic, writing or yoga. Our teachers are specially gifted at being able to address your individual experience. Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced yogi or an experienced meditator, our yoga teachers (where applicable), will carefully assist you towards your full potential. Gentle stretching and guided meditation, are daily activities alongside traditional yoga asanas which will follow a rhythm throughout the week designed to optimize your energy, focus and creativity.

Our small groups ensure personal art tuition from both art instructors and yoga instructors Pennie Odessa Lawie and Carol Knight.

With a maximum of only 12 participants you are ensured of a very individualized retreat experience.

All Retreats are held at Villa Nilaya Bali Beach, directly on the beach in the village of Mendira, near Candi Dasa on the South Coast of Bali, about 90 minutes’ drive from the Denpasar airport. Specific information brochures are available for each retreat, but they share in common the desire to relieve you of all effort and cares once you are with us at the villa. Special dietary requirements can be catered for and food is locally sourced and freshly cooked at the Villa to provide one of the many highlights of your stay at this luxurious destination where you won’t hear any traffic, TVs or phones! Deluxe accommodation is at the Sea Breeze Villas or Amarta Beach Cottages, each 8 minutes’ walk from Villa Nilaya, Accommodation choices are booked on a first-come first served basis and a deposit will secure your choice.

Our teachers are all professional, exhibiting artists – most of them with professional teaching backgrounds.English is their first language, and all of them are very familiar with Bali and Balinese culture.

English is their first language, and all of them are very familiar with Bali and Balinese culture.

The retreats are organised and managed in Bali by Anna Kwiecinska,  who has extended her directorship of Gadfly Arts in Perth, towards these Creative Living Retreats. For full details of Anna’ specialised tours, retreats and  interests, please visit:

Please contact Anna personally to answer any of your questions about these retreat offerings.


What Our Retreat Guests Say

Penny R, Perth

Penny R, Perth

” From me – a BIG  thank you to Anna – who makes this great week possible.  Nothing is too much trouble for Anna – which makes this a special week for all those who attend.

And thank you to Cate – who makes sure we all get some personal art attention and create something we never thought we could do…

And thank you to Erin who- well –  is just the most amazing yoga teacher EVER!

It was my second time on the art and yoga retreat and I have already booked myself and my daughter Claire for next year! “

Kathy M, Perth

Kathy M, Perth

” Thank you so much for the wonderful retreat. As always I came away with wonderful memories, creative juices oozing ,new friends and an overflowing  sense of well being . Oh and a grateful body! “

Michel L, Perth

Michel L, Perth

” It was a wonderful week in Bali. Thank you for sharing your beautiful villa – it is an amazing building in a fantastic location.  The view from the yoga deck and the ocean waves are truly memorable.  I should have been focusing of the breath, but was often distracted by the views.   Cate and Erin were truly inspirational teachers.  I hope to find some time to practice both yoga and painting. “