Art and Seekers Programs

Mandala Coloring for Couples

Photography Hike Workshop

Quartz Bowl Energy Sound Bath

Neuroacoustics Meditation

Glass Fusing & Pendant Fabrication

String Art & Mindfulness

Block Printing & Stamp Carving

Candle Making & Aromatherapy

Charcoal Drawing in Nature

Watercolor in Nature

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.


Mandala Coloring for Couples

Collaborate in the process of coloring your own beautifully intricate, 11-x-17-inch Mandala. The pure energy created by this coloring experience becomes absorbed into the unique identity of your Mandala.

Mandalas represent visually and aesthetically the beauty of the macrocosmos within the microcosmos. Most Mandalas contain specific sets of geometric forms and colors that are believed to emanate positive energy from any location.

Experience the power within one of the most ancient forms of meditation in movement. No previous experience is required. We have a large selection of Mandala designs to choose from, and all other materials are provided as well.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: $100 per couple

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


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 hike 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.

This program offers a unique, fun and informative approach to photography in a spectacular setting and guarantees you'll improve your photographic skills from this day on.

Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
Price: $180 per person / $300 per couple

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


Quartz Bowl Energy Sound Bath

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.

The crystalline structure of quartz happens to be very similar to the structure of our bones and DNA, both of which have a unique and true interaction with electricity. 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, the sound bath helps to rejuvenate your bloodstream by enhancing its production from within. On the bioelectrical level, the acoustic resonance of the quartz opens and balances the lattice and chakras one by one.

This workshop nurtures you with unique sounds that resonate accordingly with each area of the body while helping to release any existing energy blockages. 

Duration: 45 minutes
Price: $70 per person / $90 per couple.

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


Neuroacoustics Meditation

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

Our audios feature subsonic frequencies designed by neuroscientists to positively induce your brainwave patterns to resemble those achieved by life-long meditators and monks after decades of practice.

We'll pick the ideal location for you somewhere on the Ventena grounds. Then, after a brief introduction, you'll sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to our unique selection of enhanced audios against the backdrop of Big Sur.

This experience will leave you energized, aware, and at the same time relaxed. At the end of your day, we promise you a serene night's sleep.

Duration: 1 hour
Price: $50 per person / $90 per couple. Includes headphones, or bring your own.

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


Glass Fusing & Pendant Fabrication

Glass fusing is defined as the bonding of separate pieces of glass by applying high heat in a kiln or oven. In this workshop you will experience and learn the properties of fused glass for making one-of-a-kind pendants, small paperweights and other decorative objects. Explore this interesting, fun and engaging art form by creating your own fused glass piece to take home.

No previous experience is required to participate in this workshop. You will learn the entire production cycle as you create up to two glass pieces per couple.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $150 per couple

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


String Art & Mindfulness

Become aware of your creative potential and develop new skills by producing a piece of String Art. 

This workshop takes you through the magical process of using string as a colorful art form.Our focus is also to practice mindfulness, gratitude and a new appreciation for time itself, in a way that you have never experienced before. 

Using our beautiful templates to inspire your own unique designs, you will create and take home two 12-x-12 inch String Art pieces. In the process you’ll learn a few powerful mindfulness techniques that will help you continue the practice of being consciously present and fully aware in your daily life.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: $90 per person / $110 per couple

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


Block Printing & Stamp Carving

Block printing is one of the most ancient forms of decoration and communication and has numerous applications. Our focus in this workshop is to help you design and hand-carve your own unique seal or stamp on a special piece of rubber. 

To participate in this workshop, no previous experience is required. You will learn the complete process and create up to two stamps. Take your blocks home and keep printing!

Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $90 per person / $100 per couple

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


Candle Making & Aromatherapy

Learn about and experience nature’s top healing plants and their uses in aromatherapy. Then create your own clean-burning, soy-wax candle with essential oils to enjoy for many months to come. 

In this workshop we share with you the secrets of aromatherapy. Our goal is that you may understand which plants are better for you and your home environment.

You and your partner each will create one candle. You can choose from over a dozen beautiful ceramic and glass vessels by Carmel Candle Co.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $190 per couple

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


Charcoal Drawing in Nature

Explore the art of Tree Drawing in one of the most treasured natural landscapes in the world, among some of the rarest and most ancient trees on Earth. Enjoy a profound and freeing walk in the Ventana Wilderness, experiencing firsthand the act of inner connecting, enjoying and appreciating the NOW of trees and nature.

The goal of this workshop is to help you understand lines, forms, and the most essential aspects of drawing. You'll organically and naturally draw these significant trees 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. All drawing supplies will be provided.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $100 per person / $160 per couple

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


Watercolor in Nature

Explore a new way to understand nature and the unique colors of Big Sur by learning how to paint them. 

Enjoy 3 hours of drawing and painting with one of the most talented regional artists, Joe Adams, whose nature-based abstract and realistic works of art are part of numerous important collections. Well-versed in a range of styles and techniques, Joe will help you explore and nurture your individual creative spirit and expand your artistic tool kit.

Paper, graphite, watercolors and brushes will be supplied for you to play with, and painting techniques will be customized to your individual skill level. The goal is for you to take home a piece of art that you created yourself.

Duration: 3 hours
Price: $175 per person / $300 per couple. Includes all materials.

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com


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.
Price: $50 per person. 4-person minimum required.

For reservations and availability, please email Alfonso Corona at acorona@ventanainn.com

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