Paint Your Guts Out!®
I just love Montine. She is that rare gift of honoring, listening, seeing, knowing, and engaging us to grow at our own pace however we need. With her, the scariness in looking at our darker places is all OK and becomes something we grow to look forward to. Gentle, wise, and fiery, amazing healing alchemy is Montine.
— J.S., 2015 Retreat Participant

Thank you for everything you do! I got exactly what I was looking for. I got my confidence back, and more. I’ve even been experiencing more confidence in my current jobs as an art therapist, and feel more calm in general.
— N. Peres, CA Worskhop Participant

I am now going to continue to paint, even though I never saw myself as a painter. I was very proud of what I created by going totally into myself and expressing it through art. It wouldn’t have happened without your intuitive guidance! I also learned to let go of what I created to be “perfect” and to let go of comparing myself to others. It was very freeing!
— Joan Quinlan, Retreat Participant, 2017

Montine is an amazingly gifted & wise guide in this process, who creates an alchemy in the overall experience of Tuscany, yoga, delicious cuisine, attendees and, of course, the intuitive painting process that continues to open me to new inner wisdoms each year. It’s like an annual soul exfoliation to clear out the muck that accumulates & which no longer serves us.
— Liz Stubbs, Ongoing Practitioner

Oh what a ride! The Tuscan Intuitive Painting and Yoga Retreat was a wonderful journey. A sensory roller coaster filled with laughs, tears, joy, frustration, singing, dancing, great food and wine, beautiful people, meaningful tales and deep places. A journey of self discovery, introspection and transformation. You’ll find yourself wanting to go another round!
— S. Wells

I would recommend this experience to everyone, male or female, whether they paint or not, as it helps bring out the creative in you. More importantly, the process of painting and expanding on the same picture over the course of the retreat, gives you the gift of time, to focus on your inner thoughts and feelings, something we rarely get to do, in this fast paced world. This time helps you to pinpoint and isolate any issues currently stopping you from living the life you yearn for today. Once these issues are highlighted, you then able to start dealing with them, removing the blocks, so that you can move forward in life.
— Maggie Olson

Thanks for opening up your welcoming and safe environment. I was looking for a way to disengage my logical self and rediscover the joy of creating with colours & paint. I got that - but I actually ended up with so much more. You’ve triggered a renewed desire to tap into my intuition and I’ve reconnected now. I’d strayed off the path and you’ve shone the light to get me back on track.
— Jay A., Weekend Workshop

What I got out of the retreat was more than I even desired. I realized I could ask my own inner source the questions I want guidance and insight on. Montine share a tool I could take with me to use when I feel lost. I feel like I have oomph in my soul and can step IN to my FULL self - - full of zest without hiding my voice.
— Liz Stubbs, 2015 5-Day Retreat in Italy

Paint Awake™ is like the yoga of art-making!
— Rebbecah F.
Loved it ! Thanks for your inspiration!
— August M.

What amazing work you are doing. This is truly necessary and transformative work that had a big impact on me. For nearly two years, I have been meeting with various healers (reiki practitioners, acupuncturists, psychotherapists, yogis, energy medicine practitioners, etc.) and with a few exceptions, have been left disappointed. With this workshop, I felt big shifts in such a short time. Thank you so much!!
— Culver City Workshop Participant

I was looking for an artistic experience to help me set my creative side free. Montine’s Intuitive Process Painting Workshop has truly been a gift. Through the process, I’ve been able to better understand my “edges” and face them with direct action. With Montine as the watchful guide, the experience has been nothing less than transformative. Montine is a rare find. She is smart, intuitive, caring, compassionate, inspiring. She provides a safe and inviting atmosphere where one can safely push their boundaries. Highly recommend!
— M.S., Malibu, CA

I was reminded of something very personal I had been carrying with me for over 20 years. The workshop gave me some unexpected clarity and relief in dealing with a personal tragedy.
— CA Workshop Participant

Each time I go, something else in me loosens. Once blocked paths are beginning to look a bit less impassible. I see positive, incremental changes happening in my life and others with whom I’ve painted and shared in these workshops have expressed similar experiences of growth and renewal.

We, as a culture, spend a lot of time running around chasing our tails, chasing our jobs, chasing each other and rarely do we find time for ourselves so that we may actually chase our dreams. The few hours I spend painting each week or every other week provide a type of quiet and time for reflection rare to find these days. The least of what I get each time I go is a fun evening playing with paints, and the best, I look forward to discovering.
— Jill A. Hall, 2005

This process saved my life.

”I found Montine during a horrific divorce. I was seeing a counselor several times per week at the time. Over the course of a year, painting with Montine and a small group of incredible women in a completely safe environment aided my traditional counseling. The revelations about myself and my situation that were revealed through intuitive painting techniques were life-changing.

”In the beginning I repeatedly painted vines. One time Montine lead me through an exploration of this vine symbol where I could clearly see it linked me to my ex-husband. I visualized the vine that I had repeatedly painted, being cut with scissors of light. The feeling of freedom I experienced afterwards was incredible. That week, my ex unexpectedly moved across the country and I was literally set free. During later sessions, the vine symbol disappeared, being replaced by “horizons of hope.”

”Today, I am unimaginably happy as a successful fine, artist living in Atlanta with my new husband who adores my now teenage children.

”I have continued my love for art. Today I create personally informed, abstract, serene, and thought-provoking landscapes in the luscious medium of encaustic painting. I celebrate and embrace the aging process with these photo-encaustic creations, believing that aging and beauty are synonymous.

”The two years of intuitive painting with Montine connected me with 4 women that are still my dearest friends. I will never be able to adequately thank Montine for the experience that allowed me to find the “Real Penny” again.
— Penny Treese, www.pennytreese.com

The Mirrors of Strength and Inspiration activity allowed each member of our office “team” to explore her/his unique qualities in a safe environment. The early time together brought our shy-ness to the forefront. Then came the playful involvement...suddenly we were lost in our visions, activating our curiousity. By the close of the day, each person willingly shared a creation with the group. We saw new possibilities in each other, for the workplace and beyond.

As the senior leader of this 20-person group, I benefited in two significant ways from this experience. First, I learned more about the strengths and goals of each team member. Second was the capacity to show myself as open willing to look into the unknown.

Many of our mirrors now adorn the office conference room giving rise to new conversations within a larger community.
— JoNell A. Usher, Assistant Dean, Emory University

Montine Montine Montine!!! I just had to write you and tell you that I am still “high” from class today...and it wasn’t from the paint and mod podge fumes.

”I have so desperately needed an outlet for my creativity. I need to be creating! Today I decided that while 9 to 5 I may belong to the job that is sustaining me financially...the other 16 hours of the day are MINE and I can begin making those hours work for me. I don’t know if anyone else has had such a powerful experience but I rushed home (doing the speed limit of course!) and immediately started journaling my experience.

”I hope you realize how much you are touching lives. I felt alive. I felt refreshed. I felt energized. I felt happy. I felt inspired. I felt I was in a good place and I want to keep creating that place for myself. Thank you for opening a whole new world of discovery for me. I haven’t been able to stop staring at my mirror!!! I do love it!
— Shannon Caprio, Partner, ICE

Anonymous Class Surveys: 

"I was looking for a way to disengage my logical self and rediscover the joy of creating with colours & paints.  I got that - but I actually ended up with so much more!  You've triggered a renewed desire to tap into my intuition and I've reconnected… Thanks so much for that !"

"I enjoyed this class and recommend it to anyone and everyone.  I have no training in painting of any kind and felt at ease right away.  The instructor is very smart, kind,and Patient.  I really lucked out." 

"Accessing my right brain with a paintbrush is something I haven't done much in my life, if ever, but I feel really excited to play with painting now!  Thank you! :)"

What did you gain?  

  • "I am more accepting and more patient.
  • "New ways to stimulate the right brain and creativity and motivation to actually DO IT!"
  •  "Learning to let go of perfection. Relax."
  • "I was so pleased at every aspect of the class. Small enough that we could get one-on-one if we wanted it.  The meditation was great!   The directions like "no judgement", "no expectation", and the like.  The space was way cool, too. "
  • "Sense of freedom to create for the sake of creating and experiencing.  Use of watercolors.  More self knowledge."
  • "I noticed when asked what I saw in the paintings I always wanted to make a story about what I saw.  It was quite amazing to me as I have not written much this winter."