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Wildlife Art Workshop: Bird Watching and Painting

With Award Winning Wildlife Biologist Sharon Schafer

18-24 January, 2020
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Embark on a unique, hands on learning experience under the guidance of an award winning artist, and veteran environmental activist. Conquer your fear of wildlife illustration with this relaxed, beginner friendly workshop designed to teach you the skills necessary to accurately draw birds, and the fine art of water color. This is a great workshop for both the determined intermediate illustrator who wants to head out into the Thar Desert to witness rare Rajasthani birds first hand, as well as the enthusiastic amateur. Be inspired by the ashram’s natural surroundings, and learn by getting close up to birds and other wildlife in their natural, desert home.

Workshop Leader

Sharon Schafer
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Sharon is undoubtedly one of the top wildlife artists today in the United States, and her work has been featured regularly by the U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service among others. In addition to a degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University, Sharon has a diversified background with skills ranging from wildlife biologist, naturalist, photographer, writer, painter and river guide. In an effort to combine her interest in art and natural science, Schafer opened Skydance Studio in 1998. The studio is dedicated to the creation of fine art images that promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the natural world. Schafer is a signature member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists. Her paintings and photographs have been displayed in museums across the country. Schafer’s sense of adventure and curiosity about the natural world has led her to the ends of the earth, where she has worked extensively as an artist, photographer, and videographer, including the Polar regions. With her incredible eye for art, Sharon adds a deeper context to all workshops she leads.


6:30 - 7:45Yoga class or wildlife expedition to desert
8:00 - 8:30Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00Workshop
12:30 -1:00Lunch
1:00 - 3:00Rest
3:00 - 5:00Workshop
5:00 - 6:00Yoga class
6:30 - 7:30Puja
7:30 - 8:00Dinner
8:30 - 9:30Satsang
10:00Lights Out

Inclusions in Workshop

  • Double room with bathroom, linens, hot water
  • 3 vegetarian meals + 2 chai/coffee
  • 2 Ayurveda services
  • Transportation to/from airport & all workshop outings
  • Overnight Camel Safari

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (medical, souvenir, extra meals, etc.)
  • Art supplies


Suggested Donation: USD 750