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Flourish and Bloom – Journaling, Drawing and Watercolor Art Retreat at Palmquist Farm

May 22 @ 8:00 am - May 25 @ 11:00 am

Flourish and Bloom is the one personal growth and creative retreat that you do not want to miss.

**Absolutely NO EXPERIENCE required!!!   

This year we will have Kim Jochman from the Red Barn Art Studio teaching drawing and incorporating florals.  We will be focusing on the art of Bullet Journaling and Watercolor painting with Letter Create Studio.  We will be able to incorporate all of these arts into our journals and projects throughout the weekend.  This weekend is more relaxed and bonding than our bustling and busy fall retreat!  Expect to escape and retreat with various art forms and high-end supplies.

We will also have opportunities for pampering and reconnecting with your creative self.  Including full access to the Finnish sauna on premise, and other opportunities to allow yourself a weekend of relaxation, rest and focus on what matters most.  There are many trails through the 800 acre property to explore the wildlife, trees and wildflowers during this quiet spring weekend.

Retreat will be Memorial Day Weekend (3 nights) at Palmquist Farm in Brantwood, WI.

Retreat Schedule

Friday night you will arrive around 4 and get settled into your own personal space.  If you come with a group of friends you will all be put together in your own little cabin with your own bathroom, fireplace and unobstructed views of the landscape.  If you come alone you will not have to share a room with anyone else – everyone will have their own sanctuary to rest and focus.  After you get settled you will stop by the art studio we will have set up for you in the main hall – grab a cocktail, have a chat with all of us and get ready for an amazing dinner prepared by Helen Palmquist.

Saturday you will spend the day learning bullet journaling to lead you into the projects for the weekend.  There will not be a lot of rules to follow with this form of art.  Tracy is our resident BuJo expert.  She will lead you through a series of ways of journaling as a planner or a form of self expression.  There will be a grand breakfast served by Helen as well as Dinner.  We will have plenty of healthy options and snacks for you to have throughout the day so you will always be satisfied.  You do have the option to leave and check out the winery or venture even further down the road to see what you can find.

Sunday you will spend the day with Tracy learning the art of Watercolor and Kim will focus on drawing, this will be a more formal day of learning.  There will be final projects and plenty of instruction for you to take in – so we will be certain to have coffee at the ready for you to keep going!  You will also have the same day of meals planned as Saturday with Breakfast and Dinner by Helen and plentiful snacks and bites in the art studio.  You will never feel hungry (the breakfast is a true, hearty farm breakfast).

Monday is your day to relax and focus on all things creative.  We will be in the art studio all morning with our supplies, working on the techniques you learned and creating more art at your leisure.  Maybe you just want to relax and chat or go for a hike.  This is your morning to rise and shine or rise and relax if you choose to do so.  We will check out before lunch.

What Is Included

All supplies, including journaling, drawing and watercolor supplies, will be yours to keep.  We choose high-quality products that we use in the studio.  We will also be on hand on Monday to answer any additional questions.  Everyone will get a detailed set of sheets for Watercolor (so you never have to memorize what you learned).  All of your meals are included – Breakfast and Dinners (depending on the day as outlined above), snacks and plenty of healthy options – as well as water and wine.  You are more than welcome to bring a stash of snacks, treats, wine or other drinks as you desire.  You will also be sleeping in very comfortable and cozy lodging.  This is a true retreat where you will be focusing on your relaxation so cell service can be a little spotty at times, however, there is wifi at various locations throughout the entire property.

The Cost To Attend

The cost to attend this retreat is broken down into two payments. The first one is your nonrefundable security deposit of $400 per person to Letter Create.  This can be paid here online.  If you need to do a payment plan for this, please contact us at LetterCreateClass@gmail.com so we can assist you with that.  The second cost is paid to Palmquist Farm at checkout and this is for the accommodations, food and amenities directly to the farm.  This cost will depend on the number of people and any special arrangements.

Private Room/Private Bathroom $472 pp
Private Room/Shared Bathroom $387 pp

After you pay your Deposit to hold your spot, we will call you to arrange your room arrangement.  


All our cabins have wood-burning fireplaces and comfortable, country-style décor. Each one is unique, cozy, and rustic in the best way. Each participant will enjoy a private bedroom (unless you choose to share with a friend/family.), but due to limited space you may have to share a bathroom. However, if you come with a group of friends you will be given your own space to share with your friends.


The Palmquists are of Finnish farming heritage, and Finnish farmers’ wives know how to cook—hearty, robust, bountiful, using the best ingredients, and often! Our meals are nutritious and well-balanced with a variety of meats, soups, vegetables, salads, and desserts, featuring some special Finnish dishes including The Farm’s award-winning creamed rice and raspberry sauce, oven pancakes with pure Maple Syrup, and Finnish whole wheat bread. Mealtime is always a treat! We can also accommodate dietary needs if you give us a heads up.


The payment plan includes the $400 Deposit only.  The remaining amount (listed as 2nd payment) is due directly to the farm on the day of checkout – which depends on our accommodation choice.


Palmquist Farm
N5136 River Road
Brantwood, WI 54513 United States
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(715) 564-2558
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