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Portrait & Meditate Retreat

Put The Lead Back In Your Pencil

29th  - 31st October 2021

What's Included














Welcome to ArtistAnd’s Art & Mindfulness retreat. Join us in the idyllic location that is West Lexham Manor in Norfolk for three days of art, creativity, and mindful activities as we take ourselves away for the weekend to relax, unwind and make some beautiful art.


What we offer


We love creativity, and after everything this past year has thrown at us, we realise how important it is to take care of the mind and soul as well as our bodies. Some of us find it difficult to make time for ourselves, so we wanted to put together a little programme where we can take care of you for a change! 


Our founder and artist, China Jordan, will be showing you the ropes with a masterclass  for all levels (yes that's you beginners as well) in portrait drawing and our mindfuness guru, Maya Jones, will be keeping you calm and rested with her morning meditation practice and optional massage treatments to tease out any aches and pains or really relax any tension or soreness in the body.


A happy tummy is a happy body, and we’re taking food seriously during this weekend retreat! With a delicious and nutritious menu included, we will be keeping you well fed so you don't have to worry about a thing! Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be provided and a few yummy snacks along the way. 


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West-Lexham facilities

- Flying Pig Café 

- Fire pits      

- Event spaces 

- Group accommodation 

- Wild swimming

- Kitchen Garden

- Sanctuary Garden

- Lakeside walks

- Chalk Stream

- Abundance of wildlife

- Naturally filtered Swimming pool

And much much more …

The Run-down




4pm - Check in for guests

- Available slots for massage -

6:30 pm - Pumpkin Portraits

7:30pm/ 8pm - Dinner

9:30pm - Couple of games 




7:45am - Morning Meditation

- Breakfast -

 10am - 1pm Art Class 

-  Lunch - 

2pm - 5pm - Art Class 

5pm - 7pm - Freetime
Swim in the lake (bring swimmers), take a walk (bring walking shoes) or chill in your room.

- Available slots for massage - 

7:00pm - Dinner

8:30 pm - Fire pit  - Lush!



7:45am - Morning Meditation

- Breakfast - 

9:30am - 12:30am- Art Class

-  Lunch -

1:30pm - 3pm - Crafternoon

4pm - Checkout


Our programme includes…


  • All meals and healthy snacks

  • 3 art lessons totalling 10 hours tuition

  • Pumpkin Carving

  • 1 Crafternoon 

  • Welcome kit with goodies, art kits & mindful treats

  • Fire pit and chats in the evening

  • Double, twin or shared rooms with ensuite

  • 2 led morning meditation sessions

  • Free time to wander the grounds, have a dip, or chillax

Healthy Food

Skill Level

All Beginners welcome! This retreat is here to encourage you to become a better artist and to have an amazing time no matter what skill level you are. ArtistAnd's main mission to get people to feel enamoured with a pencil and be happier humans. Perhaps you have been creating for many years and you want to just try something new. Come and join us anyway and we will make sure you have an amazing experience. 

If you are  looking for a little extra self care, why not book one of our massages  from Maya! She will gently  stretch out your limbs and make you feel calm and relaxed to add to your weekend. They will last for 30 minute for an extra £30. You can put in your request in the booking form. 

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Why choose us

Well, we aren’t your average run of the mill facilitators. We love mindfulness and creativity but we also love to have fun! For anyone who attends our weekly art classes, they know how entertaining they can be and how you always walk away smiling. 


People often associate art workshops and teachers as a slightly archaic  or mildly loopy but that ain't us. We want to make sure you learn a thing or two, and you are laughing along the way. Don’t be surprised if we slot in a game or two and bring out some friendly competition! We want you to be full of food and laughter.

During the weekend, ArtistAnd will aim to not only show you how to improve your art skills, but to show you how to enjoy the process too! We love teaching realism and we have taught hundreds of beginners how to improve their technique. By focusing on the small wins, we will very quickly and easily achieve amazing results. Every artist starts an amateur so if you like drawing, you love good company and want to explore your inner artist, come and join us! 


Meet The Team

China Jordan

Meet China Jordan. She will be your art lead and creative mastermind. With over 10 years experience as an artist, a gallery slave and general handywoman, she will make sure you feel comfortable, encouraged and proud of what you achieve. She believes that everyone should learn to draw because it is SO MUCH FUN and if you are like China and you find it difficult to focus on one thing but you want to be more mindful, then getting handsy with art is the way to go.  China is the founder of ArtistAnd and a professional portrait artist so if there is anyone who can show you the way, she can!

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Maya Jones

Meet Maya Jones, a welsh legend in mindfulness and self care, she will be providing the mind and soul experience. With morning meditation packed in and massage on demand, she will be sure to stretch out your limbs and relax your mind. Maya has been practising yoga and meditation for over 10 years and fixing bodies for 18 months. Training to be a physio, she will untie your knots, help you switch off your brain and bring that deeper meaning to our retreat. If you fancy a wild dip in the lake (yes there is a lake!), she’s your gal to go to for any cold water dipping advice or company. 

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If the government restrictions are in place and we can no longer safely go ahead with the retreat, we will be able to offer refunds or transfer the event to 2022.

Booking/ Refund Policy

To secure your space we ask for £150 deposit. Hopefully you won't need to cancel but if you do, you will be  entitled to a refund minus £50 admin charge, providing we can fill your space.

Full payment will be required 4 weeks before the event which will be sent to you via email.

After 4 weeks, we cannot guarantee a refund unless we can fill your space.

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