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Shellac Effects Artist Retreats

With Alicia Tormey

2024 Sessions
June 24 - 28  &  Sept 30 - Oct 4
Sun Valley, Idaho

Special Effects with Shellac

This immersive retreat is designed to help you master the art of the Shellac Burn, elevate your artwork and allow you to come away with several compelling works of encaustic art that you love. 

Your days will be spent creating in my private studio where I share my secrets and techniques for incorporating shellac with encaustic to create compelling, organic web-like patterns. You will lean how to safely burn with more control and intention, create custom shellac colors and discover alternative ways to incorporate shellac into your encaustic art.


Summer & Fall Retreats

These creative workshops take place in my home and private studio space that is nestled in the foothills of the Northern Rockies. World renowned Sun Valley resort is less than 30 minutes away and offers shopping, dining and resort amenities. 

Come see my private Idaho and be surrounded by a majestic mountain landscape as we create in the studio. In the evenings... we'll break bread together and share stories as we forge new friendships and explore creative ideas.

2024 Retreat Dates:

  • Summer - June 24 - 28

  • Fall - Sept 30 - Oct 4



Student Lodging
(included with your tuition)

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Private & Shared Accomodations available

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Space to Relax


Spaces to Gather

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Space to Create


Places to Discover

Shellac Effects
Retreat Schedule

Tentative Schedule subject to change

Day 1:

Arrival Day

Welcome Reception & Group Dinner

Students check in at the Lodge after 4pm. Early arrivals will gather at Alicia's studio for snacks and beverages. After students get settled we gather for a little bubbly followed by a group dinner.

Day 2:



9:30am - 4:30pm

12pm Lunch

4:30 Happy Hour

5:30 Return to Lodge

7pm Group Dinner

Relax & Chill by the fire or the indoor pool

Day 3:



9:30am - 4:30pm

12pm Lunch Break

4:30 Happy Hour

5:30 Return to Lodge

7pm Dinner @ Lodge

Day 4:



9:30am - 4:30pm

12pm Lunch Break

6pm Student Art Review /Happy Hour

7pm Dinner @ Alicia's Fireside chat and Q&A

Day 5:

Farewell Group Breakfast

10am Lodge Check Out


What students are saying:

"In addition to being a very talented
artists, Alicia is a fantastic instructor. 

I learned so much from her and I would definitely take  one of her classes again." 

Emily H. ~

Artist & Encaustic Student.

"Learning from Alicia gave me the confidence to pursue my dream of being an artist !

Jennifer M.

Artist & Encaustic Student.

"I can't believe how many valuable tips I learned from Alicia! Even after working with encaustic for several years, her classes have been a game changer. "

Linda V. ~ Artist & Encaustic Student.

Meet your instructor:
Alicia Tormey 

Hello my creative friend.

I have been a professional artist for well over three decades and I have been working with encaustic since 1998. During this time I have pioneered many painting techniques that I am excited to share with you.


I look forward to welcoming you into my art studio and creating some encaustic magic together.

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Shellac Effects
Artist Retreats


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Tuition for this retreat ranges from

$4550 to $4986

(depending on your room preferences)

Includes: Meals, lodging, workshops, art materials and limited ground transportation.

A deposit of $1200 is required at registration 

Private Room w/Private Bath


Tuition Price$4986


Deposit of $1200

Plus 2 Payments of $1893 

Private Room w/Shared Bath


Tuition Price$4850


Deposit of $1200

Plus 2 Payments of $1825 

Shared Room w/Shared Bath


Tuition Price$4650


Deposit of $1200

Plus 2 Payments of $1725




Tuition Price$4550


Deposit of $1200

Plus 2 Payments of $1675

Your partially refundable deposit of $1200 is due at registration and will be applied to your total tuition.


50% of your deposit ($600) is


See full terms here 

NOTE: We will do our best to accommodate your lodging requests but can not guarantee availability. Private rooms with private baths are limited and will be booked on a first come basis. 

Tuition includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation: 
    Private Room/Private Bath  $4986
    Private Room/Shared Bath $4850
    Shared Room/Shared Bath $4650 

   *Without Lodging $4550

  • Delicious healthy meals while at the retreat location including: Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

  • Workshop Supplies: encaustic paints, panels and supplies with 3 days of studio instruction.

  • Transportation is provided daily between the lodge and Alicia's encaustic studio.

    *Contact me here for nearby lodging options if you choose to book your own accommodations.

    All prices are posted in US Dollars
    *Airfare and additional expenses not included with your tuition.

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This retreat is offered in the SUMMER and FALL of 2024. 
Select the corresponding registration form when enrolling

Shellac Effects 
Summer 2024 Artist Retreat Registration
June 24 - 28, 2024
Select Room Choice

Your deposit of $1200 is due at registration.


Remaining balance due after registration.

*If you're registering after May 20th, you will receive an email with a payment link after we receive your deposit.

Thanks for registering. See you there!

Shellac Effects 
FALL 2024
Artist Retreat Registration
Sept 30 - Oct 4, 2024
Select Room Choice

Your deposit of $1200 is due at registration.

50% of balance due by: June 15, 2024

Remaining balance due by: July 15, 2024

You will receive an email reminder with a payment link when your installments are due.

Thanks for registering. See you there!

This workshop is now sold out. Please join our waitlist.


Shellac Effects
Artist Retreats

Cancellation Policy & Terms Of Agreement

Thank you for your interest in attending this Artist Retreat hosted by Alicia Tormey Studio, LLC. Please read the Registration & Cancellation Policy carefully. 


Partially Refundable Deposit:

Your deposit of $1200 is due at time of registration to secure your spot if a space is available. 50% of your initial $1200 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event of a cancellation, the refundable portion of your deposit, $600, will be issued back to you via the same payment method used to submit your deposit.​


Tuition Balance

Your tuition is paid in installments beginning with your initial deposit of $1200 followed by two equal payments of your balance due. Please refer to the Payments Due and Payment Schedule on your registration form at checkout.


Student Cancellations: 

Cancelations must be made within 60 days prior to your retreat start date to be eligible for a refund, less the $600 non refundable portion of your deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancelations made after the 60 day deadline. Cancellations must be submitted via email to before the 60 day deadline to be eligible for a partial refund.


Late Cancelations: Cancellations made less than 60 days prior to the start date of your retreat are not refundable.





If your workshop is cancelled by Alicia Tormey Studios LLC for any reason, you will receive a 100% refund of all tuition payments you have paid to date, including any non-refundable portions. Alicia Tormey Studios, LLC is not liable for any additional expenses incurred, including, but not limited to; airfare, transportation and accommodations, if your retreat is cancelled for any reason.


Failure to pay your tuition fees by the dates specified may result in a forfeiture of your enrollment and refund eligibility.


Upon submitting payment, you hold Alicia Tormey Studios, LLC. free from any liability in the event of loss or accidental injury.

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