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A Sense of Place: The Radiant Language of Paint with Sondra Holtzman October 14 – 21

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A Sense of Place: The Radiant Language of Paint

Sondra Holtzman Fiji workshop

Working in pastel and/or watercolor, students immerse themselves in the luminous light and colors of Fiji. Our goal is translating what we see and feel into intriguing paintings that reflect individual intuitiveness and experimentation.
Artists of all skill levels are welcome.


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Sondra Holtzman Fiji workshop

Retreat Summary

Dates: October 14 – 21 2017
Teacher: Sondra Holtzman
Title: A Sense of Place: The Radiant Language of Paint
Content: Watercolours and pastels.
Programme: Daily morning workshops of 3 hours
Suitability: All levels
Excursions and extras: Visit to waterfall, beach picnic, village visit
Food: Three meals a day.
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu October 14. Course starts morning October 15, ends evening October 20. Depart Savusavu October 21.
Cost: AUD $2300 single room
AUD $1950 twin room
AUS$1075 non-painting partner

SPECIAL OFFER: Book for Sondra’s course and come a week early for Marla Baggetta’s course the previous week to receive a Aus$300 discount (US$230).

Sondra Holtzman Fiji workshop
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Course description

Immerse yourself in the unique culture and environment of Fiji, painting in watercolor and/or pastel. This is a workshop that encourages individual intuitiveness and experimentation, with the goal of translating what we see and feel into intriguing paintings. Paint with the idea of discovering what the magical mediums of watercolor and pastel can do while taking the time to develop a way of seeing. Students are asked to sit, look and observe before beginning work on a painting.
 On the first day of the workshop, we will create a simple ‘one trip travel journal’ using native barkcloth for the covers with a versatile mixed media/watercolor paper inside. This book requires no sewing and can serve as a small sketchbook for your workshop experience. The remainder of the first morning will be spent painting on location with a short demonstration on technique.
There will be a three hour workshop every morning with free time in the afternoon to relax, go on excursions or continue sketching at your own pace.
Sandra Holtzman Fiji workshop
Sondra Holtzman Fiji workshop

Each morning, Sondra will begin by demonstrating painting techniques that relate to each medium. We will focus on simple, strong shapes and the play of light in the land and seascapes that can prompt different forms of awareness, feelings and thoughts. Our sketches and paintings will embody these responses, culminating in a fresh approach to our work as artists.


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Daily Programme

If you want to book for 2 (or more) people attending the course, please

  • Choose whether you both want a twin shared room or a single room
  • Then select 2 (or 3 / 4 etc as appropriate) on the button which says “Add to cart”.

If you want to book for yourself plus a non-participating partner, please select “Travelling with a non-participating partner”. The next stage will automatically calculate the price for that option.

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A Sense of Place with Sondra Holtzman

AUD $1,950

Prices per person:

Twin Shared room: AUD $1950 (approx US$1480)
Single room: AUD $2300 (approx US$1740)
Non-painting partners: AUD $1200 (approx US$915)

All charges will be made in Australian dollars: the US equivalent shown is approximate – please check latest exchange rates.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book for Sondra’s course and come a week early for Marla Baggetta’s course the previous week to receive a Aus$300 discount (US$230).


  • Traveler and Room Upgrade Options

Pay a deposit of AUD $400 per item

Program Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Workshop fees.
  • Lectures and excursions as indicated.
  • Airport transfers from Savusavu Airport to Daku Resort by road (approx 10 minutes).

Program Excludes

  • Travel to Savusavu.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
  • Optional activities not listed on the program.
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.

Teacher: Sondra Holtzman

After attending Rhode Island School of Design and California College of the Arts, Sondra worked in San Francisco as a freelance designer, creating artwork for clients like Nike and Delta Air Lines. Her work has been published in 1000 Artist Journal Pages and Signatures: The Art Journal Collection by Somerset Studio. As a freelance writer, her work can be found in local publications in Bend, Oregon and in the book It’s A Chick Thing, available online and in print. A passion for angels has led to the creation of her first book in photography, Angels, published by Blurb Books.

Sondra Holtzman Fiji workshop
Sondra Holtzman Daku Resort workshop

Sondra paints in watercolor, oil and pastel and creates collages in mixed media with emphasis on a sense of place. For her, the true joy of being an artist also lies in the sharing of her passion with others, helping them to discover their own artistic voice.

Aside from exploring the world and creating art, other passions include family, collecting vintage paintboxes and kayaking with her miniature Australian labradoodle, CoCo Bean.

Daily Programme

The programme is structured around morning workshops with afternoons for activities and free time to enjoy a massage, snorkelling, relaxing by the pool or continuing to sketch.


Arrive in Savusavu.
6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
7.30 pm Dinner

Erin Hill Sketching Daku Resort


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Free time
7.30 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 Handicraft display and tapa making demonstration: some of the local women will come to display and sell their jewellery. One of them will give a demonstration of making tapa – the decorated Fijian bark cloth.
Afternoon: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shop. Savusavu town is a mileaway – 5 minutes in a taxi. We will send you in by taxi and then leave you to wander round and make your own way back by taxi – it’s $F4 (US$2).
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Picnic Lunch and swimming at Devodara Beach or Buli Kula. Return to Daku approx. 3.30 pm.
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon workshop with local craftswomen. (We will work out whether we invite them to Daku or whether we go out to a village – probably the former.)
2.00 pm Coconut demonstration
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.00 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
Trip to waterfall: this is about 25 minutes’ drive and is a beautiful natural fall where you can plunge into the cool clear water and swim.
7.00 pm Dinner


9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop
1.00 pm Lunch
7.30 pm Final Fijian dinner


Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi International flight home


Details are given on our Location and Getting Here page.

You can book a flight directly from LAX to Savusavu. Fiji Air flights leave LAX at approx. 2250 and arrive 10.5 hrs later in Fiji at Nadi International Airport. Remember that you cross the International Date Line so it will be 0540 two days later ie if you depart on a Thursday, you will arrive on Saturday morning NOT Friday morning. The domestic flight to Savusavu leaves at approx. 0700 and 1430 (check times which may change). Please feel free to contact us if you need any advice.