Welcome to Moment Sketchers

Hello! My name is Candace, and I’m a sketch artist with a passion for helping you connect with the world through art. Pull out your sketchbook and watercolors and find your favorite view — I’m glad you’re here!

Friends, I am forever amazed at the power of setting intentions.

As I loved sharing with you in September, one of the key intentions I set at the beginning of this year was to organize my first extended sketching workshop, which I thought I might like to host in Guatemala. But not a couple of months later, a wonderful woman named Sharon reached out to me, inviting me to organize a watercolor sketching workshop through her company, Arts & Cultural Travel. I couldn’t quite believe the serendipity of her timing and message.

Sharon’s invitation led us to dream and scheme up a week-long sketching tour through the beautiful cities and villages of Portugal, which I can’t wait to lead next September (and just in case you’re interested in it, there are still places available!). 

But Sharon’s email wasn’t the only serendipitous invitation 2017 has held. Only a month after announcing the Portugal workshop, another unexpected message arrived in my inbox — from a retired high school principal in New York City named Gail. She told me she was organizing an art and yoga retreat for 2018, and she wanted to know if I was interested in leading the art workshops, specifically focusing on sketching. Again, I could only smile and marvel at the uncanny kismet of it all.

The dates and location Gail initially had in mind worked perfectly. After a few more weeks of planning, we’re thrilled to launch the retreat this week — and I have a feeling you’ll love the name we decided on for it 🙂


August 16-19, 2018 (Thursday-Sunday)


Spirit Fire Retreat Center in Leyden, Massachusetts (about a 3.5-hour drive from New York City). The center sounds and looks truly beautiful, and I especially love the idea of being based in a single, peaceful place for the entire time we’re together. Best of all, they’ll prepare all meals for us while we’re there, using lots of seasonal, organic produce — often straight from their own garden!

Spirit Fire Retreat Center Massachusetts

A glimpse of the Berkshire Mountains from Spirit Fire Retreat Center.

Spirit Fire Retreat Center Massachusetts

Spirit Fire Retreat Center Massachusetts

Spirit Fire Retreat Center Massachusetts

The dedicated art barn at the retreat center, where our daily sketching workshops will take place!

Spirit Fire Retreat Center Massachusetts

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Official retreat description:

In an age when life’s everyday moments are far too fleeting, this 4-day/3-night art and yoga retreat is an invitation to slow down, breathe deeply, and be more present in your life — through the power of creativity, movement, and nature.

Set amongst the tranquil woods, streams, and meadows of the Spirit Fire Retreat Center, each day will begin and end with carefully sequenced yoga sessions in a peaceful, sunlit studio, led by New York City-based yoga instructor Marci Rubin — bringing you back to the present in your body, mind, and soul.

I will also be leading twice-daily sketching workshops in the dedicated art barn, as watercolor sketching is another incredible medium for observing the world around us — and within us — more mindfully. In between, there will be plenty of time for savoring organic, home-cooked meals; hiking secluded trails across the 95-acre property; and bonding by the campfire at night.

In the end, my hope is that you’ll not only return home refreshed and rejuvenated — you will also develop powerful ways of catching more extraordinary moments from your life.

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Current retreat schedule:


– Afternoon arrival
– Intro yoga class
– Welcome dinner
– Intro and reflections on sketching

Friday & Saturday

– Morning yoga class
– Breakfast
– Morning sketching workshop
– Lunch
– Afternoon on-site sketching session
– Evening yoga class
– Dinner and free time


– Morning yoga class
– Breakfast
– Final reflections on sketching
– Lunch
– Departure

Sketching workshop

One of my favorite sketching workshop moments from 2017, at the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference in California.

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Price is $930, and includes everything but transportation to the retreat:

– Three nights’ shared accommodation
– Three delicious meals a day
– Six yoga sessions
– Sketching workshops and on-site sketching

For more info or to sign up, contact retreat coordinator Gail Kleiner
at [email protected] or (+1) 917-576-7424.

It’s a dream come true to offer these two sketching workshops in 2018. From the mountains of Massachusetts to the inspiring streetscapes of Portugal, I can’t wait to sketch with you, friends!

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Have any questions about either the Massachusetts retreat or Portugal workshop?
Just leave a comment below or email me at [email protected].

Happy holidays from Moment Sketchers, friends!

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  • I’m thinking very seriously about this Candace…………. I was planning on going to Canada and the US in late October but………hmmm I’m thinking.

    • That’s just so wonderful to hear, Victoria! I would be honored and thrilled to have you join us at the retreat 🙂 By the way, I just saw your IG post about printing out the first draft of your novel — huge congratulations!! I couldn’t imagine a more amazing way to end 2017…please keep me posted on the progress of that creative journey 🙂 Sending biggest hugs and best wishes for an inspiring holiday season! <3

      • Aah thank you Candace. I’ll open up the champagne, or rather a NZ rosé when I get published!!
        I love Colleen’s comment above to you,but of course everything relies on time and that pesky MONEY!!
        All joy to you and your loved ones this festive season Candace. ❤️🌺🐬🦄

  • Genevieve

    This really appeals to me. Perhaps we will finally meet this summer!

    • That’s so great to hear, Genevieve! I would be thrilled to finally get to connect with you in person (especially since Amanda got to do the same so recently — no fair! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season, and have a very joy-filled Christmas! <3

      • Amanda Thompson

        😂😂😂 I would be so excited if you guys could meet up. I would only be more excited if I won lotto and could come over to join the party! Genevieve wouldn’t recognise me though as I wouldn’t have 5 layers of clothes on like I did in Montreal.

  • Sounds wonderful Candace! Wish I could be there. When are you coming to Australia?

    • I so wish I could be right over, Colleen! One day soon though, I hope 🙂 <3

      • Amanda Thompson

        I third that sentiment!! I hope this workshop goes well-I have maxed out my travel budget with my snow trip and returning to Alaska in June July otherwise I would be very tempted to return for this. It sounds and looks amazing.

    • Echo that Colleen.