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Artist Retreats In Idaho
With Alicia Tormey

Spring / Summer 2024 





Wild Blooms

May 19 - 23, 2024
Sun Valley, Idaho


Shellac Burn

June 10 - 14, 2024
Sun Valley, Idaho




June 24 - 28, 2024
Sun Valley, Idaho


Encaustic Workshops with
Alicia Tormey:


Breaking New Ground

with Alicia Tormey:

Get ready for a new approach to your art making. These workshops is designed to open you up to fresh ideas and elevate your encaustic painting process. 

We'll work with encaustic and mixed media to discover new ways to express your creative voice.


Using shellac, encaustic, mixed media and creative mark making techniques... we will experiment and push the boundaries of our materials to discover alternative ways to work with encaustic and create unique works of art

Encaustic Torch

In addition to playful experimentation...

we will also dive into the more technical aspects of encaustic as we cover ways to make repairs to your work, methods to improve composition and tips for working with color.

We will have several days together in the studio providing us with plenty of time for individual guidance.


  • Workshop Fees

  • Class Materials

  • 4 Nights Accommodation
    (private & shared accommodation available)

  • Daily Meals 

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Our Retreat  Location:

Encaustic Explorations Retreat

takes place on the campus of the

Burren College of Art, 

a small, independent art school situated on the Wild Atlantic Way on the northwest coast of County Clare in Ireland. 






Spaces To Gather

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Places To Discover

Retreat Schedule

Tentative Schedule subject to change

Day 1:

Arrival Day / Welcome Dinner

We will get you checked in at the Lodge after 4pm. You will have some time to get settled in before we all gather for a little bubbly and welcome dinner

Day 4:

Workshops /

Session "A" concludes

Workshop Studio Day

Group Dinner

Special Evening Entertainment

Day 2:

Workshop Session 1:

Students will gather in the studio with their assigned instructor, either Lora or Alicia, for the start of Session “A”.

Workshops are conducted from 9:30am to 4pm with a mid-day break for lunch in the campus cafe.

Group dinner followed by a quiet evening to reflect

Day 5:

Day Trip / Excursion 

We'll spend the day gathering inspiration on a group excursion to regional sites including the Cliffs of Moher and historical ruins.

Group Dinner back at the Burren followed by a

Quiet evening to relax

Day 3:

Workshops /

Session "A" continues

Workshop Day

Group Dinner

Evening Entertainment

Meet your instructor:
Alicia Tormey 

Alicia Tormey  is an internationally recognized encaustic artist best known for her unique approach to encaustic painting and her shellac burn techniques. She has been conducting classes and encaustic workshops since 2006 and currently maintains a studio in Sun Valley, Idaho.

"My work is fluid and organic. Inspired by nature, my work bridges the boundaries between abstraction and representational imagery."

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Encaustic Explorations

Tuition for this retreat is $5600 USD and includes:

  • 8 nights accommodation:
    Shared rooms with ensuite bath


  • All meals are provided for you while at the retreat location including: Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

  • All expenses associated with your workshop: including six days of instruction, all workshop materials and supplies directly related to your classes.

  • Guided Excursion Tour to nearby historical sites.

  • Ground transportation to and from the Burren campus and the Galway train station. 

*Airfare and additional expenses not included with your tuition.

Please Note:

Total tuition for this retreat is $5600 and is due with your registration.

Upon submitting payment you agree to our Cancellation and Terms policy>>.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page


Encaustic Explorations
Artist Retreats

Cancellation Policy & Terms Of Agreement

Your non-refundable deposit of $600.00 is due at registration to guarantee your enrollment in this retreat if a space is available. ​ Participants will receive a 100% refund of all payments collected to date including any non-refundables if a workshop is cancelled by the hosts:  Alicia Tormey Studios, INC.  and/or Essence Of Mulranny Studios. Alicia Tormey Studios, INC.& Essence Of Mulranny Studios are not liable for any additional expenses incurred, including, but not limited to; airfare, transportation, accommodations, etc., if the retreat is cancelled for any reason. Student Cancellations:  Students will be refunded all tuition payments less the $600 nonrefundable deposit and a $49 admin fee if a cancellation is submitted in writing on or before May 15, 2023. Cancellations that occur after this date are nonrefundable and non transferable. ​A 50% refund of total payments collected, less the non-refundable deposit, may be issued if your space can be filled by an alternate student. Refunds are issued 30 days after full payment has been processed from the alternate student.  NO-SHOWS are 100% NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE. Total tuition for this retreat is $5600. A $600 nonrefundable deposit is due at registration. A second installment of $2500 is due by February 15, 2023 with the remaining balance of $2500 due on or before May 15, 2023. 100% of any remaining tuition balance is due no later than May 15, 2023. Failure to pay your tuition fees by the due dates specified may result in a forfeiture of your enrollment. Upon submitting payment, you hold Alicia Tormey Studios, INC. & Essence Of Mulranny Studios free from any liability in the event of loss or accidental injury.

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