Art and Seekers Programs

Photography-Hike Workshop

Quartz Bowls & Cymatic Resonance Session


Neuroacoustic Music Theraphy

Nature Charcoal Drawing Class

Watercolor Painting & Drawing

Drum Circles


For centuries, the stunning beauty and powerful geography of Big Sur have beckoned artists, authors, musicians, thinkers and spiritual leaders seeking creative inspiration, personal transformation and inner wellbeing. Now our signature Art & Seekers program extends a similar invitation, through thoughtfully designed workshops and activities designed to help you develop a deeper connection to yourself, your partner, and the natural world in the most profound—and playful—ways possible.

If you’re ready to begin this amazing adventure, we invite you to review the following menu of workshops and to choose the ones that most resonate with you. All the workshops are focused on couples but can be adapted to group and/or single participants. For reservations or more information, please contact The Gallery at Ventana at8 31.667.4298 or email Alfonso Corona, Gallery Director, at acorona@communehotels.com.

Ventana Artist Catalog

Photography-Hike Workshop

Walking this land has empowered and fueled the dreams of thousands of seekers and nature lovers for centuries. Learn how to capture it on film in this photography workshop and guided hike around Ventana’s wilderness with our award-winning Resident Photographer and Gallery Director, Alfonso Corona.

In this workshop you’ll walk some of the most beautiful trails in California and, regardless of your skill-level, camera or previous experience, learn powerful image-making techniques to improve composition, light exposure, and visual language. Included in the workshop is a review of your work and a professional print of your best shot delivered to your room at the end of the day!

This is 3 to 3.5 hour, easy to mid-level hike, with numerous breaks to enjoy the views, talk about nature, and take photos. Meet at The Gallery at 10:30am with your walking gear and camera.

Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours
Offered: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30am
Price: $180 per person / $300 per couple


Quartz Bowls & Cymatic Resonance Session

This is a sonic experience that relaxes, balances and promotes good health to the body, mind and soul through the use of quartz bowls as instruments of sound.

From computers to watches to holistic healing, there are numerous reasons why the quartz mineral is found all around us and always very close by. One of the main reasons is the crystalline structure of quartz, which happens to be very similar to the structure of our bones and DNA. Both have a true interaction with electric impulses, so every time we make a quartz bowl “sing,” our bone structure resonates and sings too. This is important because our bones are the core of our physical and energetic structure, and because most of our blood cells are produced by our bones.

Among other benefits, this sonic experience helps to rejuvenate your bloodstream by enhancing its production from within. On the bio-electrical level, the resonance of the quartz opens and balances the lattice and chakras one by one. It also nurtures you with unique sounds that resonate accordingly with each area of the body while helping to release any existing energy blockages. Additionally, a Cymatic image is formed on a piece of paper, generated by the vibrations throughout your session; this image is uniquely created by the powerful acoustic resonance of the quartz bowls. Enjoy the experience of the powerful healing waves and sounds of the quartz crystal inside your body and all around your energy lattice.

Duration: 40 minutes
Offered: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Price: $60 per person / $90 per couple.


Neuroacoustic Music Theraphy

Have you ever tried to meditate, but for some reason you just couldn’t? Then this is for you! Lay back and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings while you listen to enhanced and specially engineered audios that slow down and relax your mind.

This workshop is based on decades-long research in the neuro-acoustic field and is designed to help take you and your overactive brain into states of deep relaxation and meditation nirvana. The audio tracks we play feature subsonic frequencies designed to positively induce your brainwave patterns into those similar to monks or life-long meditators. The audios were designed and engineered by neurosurgeons to help you rest, rejuvenate and decompress.

Duration: 1 hour
Offered: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Price: $50 per person / $90 per couple. Includes headphones, or bring your own.


Nature Charcoal Drawing Class

Explore the art of Tree Drawing in one of the most magical places on Earth, among the rare and ancient Redwoods and other native trees and wildlife. Enjoy a profound and freeing walk in the Ventana Wilderness, experiencing firsthand the NOW of nature as you sketch its beauty in charcoal.

This workshop is a-one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with the splendor of Big Sur while focusing on the most essential drawing techniques. You’ll learn a brief history of trees in this area as you draw them in a supportive and nurturing environment with Artist Terese Garcia as your Guide and Instructor. No art experience is necessary . . . just bring yourself and an open heart. With such a timeless act as drawing trees, you’ll become, if you haven’t already, a part of Big Sur.

Meet at The Gallery at 5:15pm, wearing comfortable clothes. All necessary drawing supplies will be provided.

Duration: 90 minutes
Offered: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 5:15pm–6:45pm
Price: $80 per person / $150 per couple. 2-person minimum required


Watercolor Painting & Drawing

Explore a new way to understand nature and the colors of Big Sur. Within our brains, drawing builds structures and tones; painting with watercolor will breathe intensity and vibrancy into your personal vision.

Enjoy 3 hours of drawing and painting with local artist Joe Adams. Joe’s nature-based abstract and realistic artworks are collected internationally. Well-versed in many styles and ranges of techniques, Joe will help you explore and nurture your individual creative spirit and expand your artistic tool kit.

You’ll start with a hike and a few quick on-location sketches, then return to sit and relax with brush in hand and explore your visions with color. Paper, graphite, watercolors and brushes will be supplied for you to play with. The fundamentals of sketching, such as using your eye and hand together, will be covered. Painting techniques will be customized to your individual skill level and demonstrated to meet your specific needs.

Duration: 3 hours
Offered: Saturday's Only
Price: $175 per person / $300 per couple. Includes all materials.


Drum Circles

What’s one of the most ancient forms of human bonding, a light workout, a connection, and a celebration of our existence all in one? A drumming circle. Awaken your senses and empower your core energy with this grounding experience that uses the deep resonance and live dynamics of drums.

Regardless of any previous musical, rhythmic or performance experience you have, this workshop takes you step by step inside the magical, mystical and therapeutic universe of percussion instruments, and the deep roots of Big Sur’s ancestral wisdom. Historically speaking, one of the first evolutionary steps we achieved as a species was through the power of music, dance and drawing. In t workshop, you’ll experience the primal connection to the nurturing “Pacha Mama” or “Mother Earth,” as the Native Americans have called it for eons.

After a brief resonance experience that allows you to choose your ideal instrument, we gather around in a circle and build an evolving circular rhythm. The beats we create empower, balance and heal our energy fields, and equilibrate the chakras too. This also provides an exhilarating experience of music, dance and beat bliss. At the very least, the drumming activity alone will give you a great night’s sleep for sure!

Duration: 2 hours
Offered: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Price: $50 per person. 4-person minimum required.


For any information related to these workshops, please contact Alfonso Corona at acorona@communehotels.com or 831.667.4298

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