Art Retreat

Cape Cod
May 11-15 2016

A creative adventure of self discovery through art for the non-artist and artist alike.


This retreat is designed to be small and intimate. Five lucky women and two dynamic instructors.

The purpose of this retreat:

  • To take a leap and leave the world of what you already know.
  • To renew, reboot and recharge, through art.
  • To recapture your spark and mojo.


This retreat will be four days packed with inspiration, learning and personal growth. A safe place to learn and explore things you’ve never tried before, experimenting with your hidden creativity. The time spent here will be encouraging and uplifting, getting messy with paint, stepping out of your box and into self discovery.

There will be secret tips and techniques in photography, a  field trip and photo shoot, morning walks, French deckled photo transfers, painting,  picnic, art journaling, metal bracelet jewelry making, morning hike, good food, wine, laughter, evening firepit sessions,  and much, much more. So many special touches and surprises await. Keep in mind, all of these classes are for everyone, the beginner to advanced. You do NOT have to be an artist to learn something new and have personal growth.

For those of you saying “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body”… this one’s for you. Yes you do, we’ll find it.

Retreat Instructors

Jeanee James

Host Artist

Jeanee was raised in Alaska, surrounded by beauty. She received an art scholarship and went  to college in Hawaii and Israel/Egypt, achieving a degree in Travel and Tourism. She has traveled the world, been the Hostess on cruise ships, a Tour Director through the Canadian Rockies, an award winning photographer, named Woman Artist of the Year- Brevard County Commission, has taught art workshops and runs her own photography business. Jeanee’s love of life is contagious. She is combining her passions; art, adventure and travel, in her new endeavor Untethered – Women’s Art Retreats.


Christian (Christie) DeMolina

Featured Guest Artist

After spending twenty-five years in various capacities within corporate America, Christian DeMolina, our featured artist from Alaska, left that world behind and started her own successful business. Her long-time passions for art and longevity of movement were the starting point for the creation of this new business. She is a fun loving and adventurous spirit who thrives on helping others find and pursue their own creative muses through a myriad of artistic mediums.

Pricing & Registration

Price: $1450

Deposit of  $350  will assure your spot. When retreat is full, no deposits will be accepted and you will be put on a waiting list for a future Untethered – Women’s Retreat.

All inclusive – Except round trip airfare to Boston Logan Airport.

What if I need to cancel my Registration? Any cancellations of the retreat up until February 1, 2016 will result in a return of your payment less a $350 cancellation fee. For cancellations ocurring on or after February 1, 2016 we will not be offering any refunds.
How does the payment plan work?   Submitting your deposit serves as your agreement to attend the retreat and payment in full must be received by March 1, 2016. If your full fee is not received by March 1, 2016, you agree that your deposit will be retained  and you will lose your place.  Clicking “submit” on the registration form will take you directly to Paypal’s secure payment site, where you can make your deposit. Once you’ve paid in full you will receive your Personal Retreat Packet.

Terms and conditions:  You agree to assume all risk of personal harm or injury relating to or resulting from your participation in all workshops and activities associated with Untethered – Women’s Art Retreat and hold Jeanee James Photography and it’s instructors harmless as to the liability for any such harm or injury.



Accommodations: 4 nights stay in Oestara House – Cape Cod Artist Retreat and Rejuvenation Center for Women

Brewster, Mass. Check-in: May 11, 2016  – check-out: May 15, 2016

Food: All meals are included.  Wednesday May 11th, 2016 evening – Sunday May 15th, 2016 afternoon.

Bus Transportation: Round trip bus ticket from Boston Logan Airport to Brewster ( a two hour trip) ticket will be included in the Personal Retreat Packet that you will receive.
Group transportation: (2 cars) will be available all 4 days, so that after our day of learning, we can explore in the charming city of Brewster, a historic Sea Captains town- established in 1803.  There are great restaurants, art galleries and antique shops. We will also be going to Provincetown for a Girls Night Out.

Art Supplies: All art supplies are included, for every class. You just need to bring an outfit to get messy in.

Two inspiring Artists/Instructors: You will spend four days with two incredibly supportive, kind and talented women. Jeanee and Christie will be teaching solo and together, introducing you to exciting new art forms,  sharing gold nuggets of knowledge, things they’ve learned through art and sharing their tips and techniques with you in photography, French deckled photo transfers, painting on canvas, art journaling and metal jewelry making. and  many other surprises…

Air transportation: You will need to purchase your own round trip airfare to and from Boston Logan Airport. Try and get a flight that arrives sometime in the day or morning of Wed. May 11, 2016.  There will be a 2 hour bus ride from the airport to Brewster. (The bus ticket is included in the price and will be put in your  Personal Retreat Packet sent to you in advance.) Check in at Oestara House is 3pm but if you arrive earlier, not a problem. Lorah will welcome you!


When & Where

Check in:   Wed. May 11, 2016 at 3pm Oestara House


Check out:  Sun. May 15, 2016 at 1pm



Oestara House  is in  Brewster Mass.

Oestara House is a Cape Cod Artist Retreat and Rejuvenation Center for Women.

It is a 3 bedroom log home with a baby grand piano, ample open space for creating, learning and exploring. It’s in a tranquil and private setting with easy access to the cleanest ponds and bay beaches and bike trails. The property backs up to hundreds of acres of conservation trails and lands. Lorah, the owner, is an artist, musician, composer and chef. She appreciates the arts and has made her home a retreat for women.

Retreat Itinerary

Schedule of Events:

A detailed list and all of the information will be given to you in your Personal Retreat Packet that you will be receiving after registering and payment. All of your questions will be answered.

The following is a  simple breakdown of what the days will be. You can be as active or relaxed as you choose. It’s your retreat. The schedule will be fluid and work with us each day.

May 2016

Wed. 11

Fly into Boston Logan Airport. take the bus to Brewster. Bus ticket will be in your Personal Retreat Packet.  Check-in to Oestara House around 3pm or when your flight allows you to arrive. A light meal will be available that evening.

Thursday 12

8 am:  Breakfast. Lorah, the host, serves only organic, locally grown food.

9-12noon: Photography Workshop/ fieldtrip. We will be getting in the cars and going on a field trip. Shooting on location in a beautiful setting. Jeanee will be sharing some of the tips and tricks she has learned regarding lighting, composition and posing, including a lovely head shot of each of you on location. Whether you have a nice camera or not, you will learn helpful tips to take better images, even on your cell phone.

12-1pm: Picnic on location.

1:30-4pm: Photo Transfer on French Deckled Paper Workshop –  We will break out the paints and French paper and learn photo transferring. You will make your own piece of fine art.

Clean up and relax.

5:30pm:  Dinner –  Chef Lorah, will be cooking a delicious dinner for us, including  sharing her wine pairing knowledge.

Evening is free, getting settled, getting to know each other, exploring tranquil surrounding land, trails, woods, ponds and paths, wrap porch, fire pit night.

Friday 13

8 am: Breakfast.

9-12noon: Painting  with Christie. Put on some old clothes and sit behind your own easel and canvas.  You will be finding your mojo, stepping out of the box and trying new things. Even if you’ve never held a brush before, She’s the finest teacher to introduce it to you.


12-1pm:  Lunch.

1:30p – 4pm: More fun, painting with Christie. Getting dirty, reaching deep and  exploring, fun!

Clean up and relax.

6pm: Italian dinner and dessert at Oestara house.

Trip into quaint city of Brewster to explore.


Sat 14

7am:  For those that wish to join, there will be a guided hike by  Lorah exploring the lovely conservation land, woods and ponds.

8 am: Breakfast

9-12noon: Jeanee will be teaching Beginning Art Journaling.  Opening a whole new world, a playground for your words, thoughts and feelings. Showing you how to texture, paint, add meaning with quotes, words, pictures, vintage lace and silk sari ribbon goodness. You will each receive your own vintage book/ journal that Jeanee has prepared, and during class will start to fill it with what you learn.

12-1pm: Lunch.

1:30 – 4pm: You will make your own metal bracelet or necklace, including a unique stamped bangle with a private meaning to you. So much fun using copper, silver, patina, texturing, sanding and hammering. You will leave with your own, one of a kind piece of designer jewelry, made by you.

Clean up and get ready…

5:30: GIRLS NIGHT OUT!! We’re getting dressed up and driving to Provincetown for a delicious dinner and evening of exploring the city and shops. What happens in Provincetown, stays in Provincetown!

Sun 15

8am: Breakfast.

9-12noon: Last Art Journal Workshop, learning a few more techniques and using new mediums. Pack up bags, goodbyes and special gift to each attendee.

1 pm: Check-out and ride to bus.

If you want to stay longer than the 15th, just let Lorah know in advance and she can arrange it for you.

Q & A

Retreat Dates        May 11-15, 2016

When do I need to arrive?

You arrange your flight into and out of the Boston Logan Airport.

Arriving on May 11, 2016  (check-in at Oestara House is 3pm.)

Departing on Wednesday May 15 , 2016 (check-out at Oestara House is 1pm, flexible.)

Arrival begins at 3pm on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Workshops start on  May 12th, 2016 Thursday  â€“ Sunday 15th, 2016
Can I secure my place with a deposit and pay the rest later?  Yes! The initial deposit is $350. You will then secure your spot and be able to pay in full later.
What airport should I fly into?   Boston Logan Airport   Arriving May 11, 2016 in the morning or afternoon. Departing May 15, 2016 in the afternoon.
Where is the location of Brewster? It’s 2 hours from the airport on the coast.
How do I get to Oestara House/ Retreat Center? A Personal Retreat Packet will be mailed to you with all of the fine tuning and details once you have paid for the retreat. Also included in the packet will be a round trip bus ticket on a Plymouth Brockton Bus. Once you arrive in Boston Logan Airport, you will take the bus to Hyannis ( a 2 hour ride) and we will pick you up.
Room accommodations at Oestara House, where will I stay? The Oestara House is a 3 bedroom log cabin. Lorah, the host, lives in and runs the retreat/center/home.  Rooms have plenty of space and are comfortable. The accommodations are all twin or double beds in a shared room. No one shares a bed, but you will have a roomie.  Each room has a different set up. When you arrive, you can choose where you would like to stay. If you are attending with a friend and would like to share a room, just let us know.
What will the temperature be? In May it can  be anywhere between 50-70 degrees.  Cool and refreshing.
What should I wear? Dress casual and comfortable. Bring layers for the mornings and evenings. Bring some clothes that you don’t mind getting messy with paint. We will be going on a Girls Night Out in Provincetown, so something a little dressy for this night.

Will there be shopping? Brewster is a small historic Sea Captain’s town. Shops close up at different times. We will have a chance to explore and see some things but not a lot of shopping will be done there. We will be going into Provincetown for a Girls Night Out, having dinner and exploring. There is much more shopping, antiquing and exploring there.
What meals are included? All meals are included.

What kind of food is included?

Lorah serves organic and locally grown food.

Breakfast includes: Granola and fresh fruits, eggs and veggies.

English muffins or toast, coffee or tea.

Lunch includes: Seasonal salads, middle eastern salads (hummus, stuffed grape leaves) sliced veggies, carrots, cukes, tomatoes

breads, cheeses etc.. coffee, tea.

Snacks are available during the day, fruit, rice cakes, coffee, teas, almond/peanut butter.

Dinners: Two dinners will be prepared at the house. Chef Lorah will be preparing a lovely dinner for us, including wine pairing. One night will be an  Italian dinner and dessert. The last evening we are having a Girls Night Out in Provincetown. Getting dressed up, a lovely meal and exploring, shopping.

What are meal options for special dietary needs? There are options that will probably work for you, but let us know and we will try to accommodate your needs.
Can I arrive early and stay late to the Retreat?  Yes, you can! Just contact Lorah for more information. 321-446-5675
What if I need to cancel my Registration? Any cancellations of the retreat up until February 1, 2016 will result in a return of your payment less a $350 cancellation fee. For cancellations ocurring on or after February 1, 2016 we will not be offering any refunds.
How does the payment plan work? Submitting your deposit serves as your agreement to attend the retreat and payment in full must be received by March 1, 2016. If your full fee is not received by March 1, 2016, you agree that your deposit will be retained  and you will lose your place.  Clicking “submit” on the registration form will take you directly to Paypal’s secure payment site, where you can make your deposit. Once you’ve paid in full you will receive a Personal Retreat Packet.