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The Bold Colorful Life Retreat Center

Upcoming Retreat: September 6 and 7, 2016


A Vacation for your Mind, Body & Spirit...

Celebrate Change!

September 6-7, 2016


  • Embrace life's changes through creative self-expression and life coaching

  • Achieve serenity in a natural surrounding 

  • Enhance your life in a two-day retreat on the bold and colorful coast of Maine!

  • WHAT:
    Two days of expressive art, life coaching, group discussion, healthy meals and optional massages, set in a beautiful natural environment.

  • WHEN: September 6 and 7, 2016

  • WHERE: Bold Colorful Life Estate and Retreat Center,
    802 Back River Rd,
    Boothbay, Maine

  •  WHO: Brady Nickerson, Process Artist and Melissa Thornton, Life Coach collaborate to bring you this opportunity for wellness and life-enhancement.

    Brady Nickerson

    Process Artist

    Melissa Thornton

    Life Coach

    Brady Nickerson, founder of "Painting with Spirit", is a passionate and enthusiastic artist and educator.

    She has over 25 years experience teaching, speaking and leading workshops for all ages at conference, schools, social agencies and businesses throughout the country.

    Brady believes in the transforming power of art. Spontaneous painting is a powerful tool that can lift us beyond mental chatter, judgments and beliefs.

    Melissa Thornton's life coaching work with you draws on wisdom from systems psychology, personal growth training, career counseling, organizational development, motivational training and good old common sense. These principles have been proven to work, consistently, with virtually every type of personality, situation, or challenge.

    She works with client strengths to improve interpersonal and intrapersonal well-being.

    Melissa provides personal and group coaching which can address such issues as: stress management, life planning, purpose and balance, health and relaxation, fitness and self care, relationships, family communications, parenting, creativity, spirituality, grief and bereavement, retirement and others.

    Celebrate Change!

    Her outlook during this retreat: Clear your mind of distractions to celebrate change.

    Your intuition will be your guide to discover deeper creativity. It feeds our awareness in all aspects of our lives and clears the mind of distractions in order to empower change and transformation. There are no mistakes, criticism or judgment in process painting.

    No experience necessary.

    Her outlook during this retreat: Life is complex and full of change. Celebrating change brings deep peace and ebullient energy.

    These days, we sometimes need help to make sense of it find our way.....and our purpose.....and sources of joy.....and the right relationships.....and to be all that we can be.....with health and work, at home, while having fun.....

    Mastering the changes that come our way gives us peace, security and a deep sense of well-being.



          Two Day Workshop price for local attendees: $295.00
          Two Day Workshop price for overnight attendees: $395.00
                   -Four meals, snacks and all supplies included.

    **Massages are available and individually arranged and paid for separately.


TUESDAY        September 6

WEDNESDAY  September 7

Arrival by 8:30am

Arrival by 8:00am

9-10a Welcome and Expectations

8-9am Doodling/Meditation for Earlybirds with Brady

10-11a Introduction to Change Mastery with Melissa Thornton

9-10a Buffet Breakfast

11:15a-12:45p GROUP Art Process with Brady Nickerson

10a-Noon GROUP Art Process with Brady

1-2:15p Lunch/Homework

12-1:30p Lunch/Homework

2:30p Segment 2 Change Mastery with Melissa

1:30-3:30p Final Segments-Change Mastery with Melissa

4-6p INDIVIDUAL Art Process with Brady or Sign up for Massage

3:45-5:00p Process/Share

6-8p Dinner and Wandering with Group

 5p Departure or Chat with the Workshop Instructors

8-9p Segment 3 Change Mastery with Melissa


9p on Alone Time/Fire at the Fire Pit


Six attendees minimum. Please R.S.V.P. by September 1, 2016

Contact: Melissa Thornton at



About Retreats

A retreat serves the body, mind and spirit by allowing time to find greater inner peace. When you find inner peace, you move your world and the whole world toward peace. This is why it is vital to escape from the world’s bombardment of sounds and images and take time for the mind and heart to come to stillness.

The place for a retreat? A refuge offering a simpler, slower pace and natural setting is said to provide an ethical and spiritual antidote to the toxicity of a hurried, stressful, unbalanced life.

Why retreat?
People go on retreat for a number of reasons that generally focus on positive personal change:

  • Relax at a deep level
  • Rejuvenate your Spirit
  • Take time for reflection
  • Gain clarity on an issue or your life path
  • Find meaning in your life beyond daily or material concerns
  • Heal
  • Practice your Faith
  • Contemplate
  • Create
  • Enhance your Lifestyle and Environment

What Kinds of Retreats?

Life Purpose    Alpha Female-Women's Retreats     Bold Colorful Life  
Artists' Retreats      Bold Colorful Love-Couple's Retreats 
     Life Enhancements      Rest and Rejuvenate  

What Else do all Retreats include?

Nature based 'centering' events will be included throughout the area: walking, hiking, paddling kayak or canoe, painting 'plein air', exploring the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

There are 6 hammocks, 14 benches and 15 acres in which to meditate, rest and wander.

Enjoy the firepit, for relaxation, meditation or special clearing rituals.

Massage and other Spa treatments will be available on an appointment basis, as well.

On site, walk our (soon-to-be constructed) labyrinth for spiritual centering and self-focus.

In 2017, there will be a Native-American Sweat Lodge on site and regular sweat rituals will be performed with interested participants.


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We're working on a new attraction on our 15 acre estate for 2018. It's going to be a 'Fairy Walk', where children (of all ages) can build fairy houses to their heart's content, and the walkway leads through the woods to a lovely pine-needle-covered picnic area. I'll be putting pictures of our progress on the main website soon.

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