JournalFest–If You Love Art Journals, This One’s for You!

My new book about mixed media art retreats, Destination: Creativity, covers a bunch of different retreats, but we covered only the ones we could attend because that’s the only way you can really do justice to describing something: if you’ve been there and been in the middle of the fabulousness. We couldn’t figure out a way to swing it to get all the way back up to Seattle to attend JournalFest, although, man, we *really* wanted to. Like Artfest, it’s run by Teesha Moore and is held at Fort Worden, and that’s got to be really amazing in the autumn. Here are some shots of the area we got during Artfest, to give you an idea. Then I’ll let Teesha give you the details about the retreat–there’s still time to sign up for next month’s adventure–there’s a link at the bottom.

What is JournalFest?

Journalfest is a 150 person event that includes 3 days of workshops, a beach bonfire S’more roasting party, a private concert by a popular Seattle band (Surrealized) while we journal or dance or just sit and enjoy it, a marketplace of artists who sell their creations and also tools for using in your own creations, and above all a bunch of like-minded people who will become your best friends.

When is it?

October 26-30, 2011 (Wednesday afternoon through a Sunday morning)


Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA.  It’s about 2 hours from Seattle.

How do people register?

By looking at the line-up and picking one workshop per day (thur, fri, & sat).  Print out the registrations form, list your workshop choices, accommodation choices and meal choices and mail it with a check.

How much does it cost?

Roughly $490-$700 depending on what type of accommodations and meal plans you pick.

When was the first year?


Why did you decide to do it?

Journalfest was born out of a need to have a smaller venue (150 attendees, instead of our 500+ at Artfest) and we wanted to devote a whole retreat to one medium, Journaling. It is something we are passionate about and so are a lot of other people.

How long does it last?

wed. afternoon/evening to Sunday morning.  roughly 4 days.

What kinds of workshops are there?

There is everything from making journals to what to put on the pages of your journal.  And the mediums include collage, watercolor, acrylic, drawing, mixed media, metal, fabric, etc.

What’s the coolest thing about it? What do people say after their first time there?

Well, A lot of people love the smaller group.  It’s more intimate and relaxed.  It just has a good energy about it….a relaxed but vibrant energy.  And everyone who comes is SO darn happy!  That’s what people say when they leave.  It is total immersion into journals for 4 days, morning, noon, and night and people LOVE getting into their journals and learning so much about art mediums and techniques but also themselves.

Why do *you* like it?

We like this event because it is not stressful (like its larger sister, Artfest is).  And we LOVE journaling.  It is our passion so we started this retreat almost selfishly…so we could have a big party with others who also love journals and journaling.  That said, we REALLY like people who come who don’t have a clue about journaling because turning someone on to the joys of it is something we never tire of doing!

What’s the format? All-day workshops? Is there a place to journal 24/7?

The workshops go from 9am-4:30.  There is a 1-1/2 hr break for lunch so you can catch a nap if you want or go shop in town or go to the beach.  And then after dinner there is a journaling party going on somewhere, whether it is at the beach, inside a cozy room with lots of big tables or in town at the local coffee shop.  Something for everyone.
Only one workshop is full right now (the website lists this) and all choices in accommodations are open, so chances are good for latecomers.  We currently have 120 enrolled so we can accept about 30 more.  We would love to have you all join us! and click on Journalfest.



Ricë also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe, and you can visit her website here.


* Find great books, DVDs, downloads & more for mixed media artists!
* Sign up for your FREE email newsletter for great tips, projects & more…
* Download free mixed media desktop wallpapers!


You may also like these articles:

This entry was posted in The Creative Life: A Mixed Media Blog and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.