Sharon Reilly

Forest Bathing: The Creative & Healing Power of Shinrin-Yoku

May 16-21, 2021 (Four Teaching Days)

Shinrin-Yoku, the Art of Forest Bathing, is a Japanese meditative practice which engages all our senses to develop a deeper connection with nature and to experience the healing power of forests. Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat Center is conveniently located in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, adjacent to the Northern Highlands State Forest and the Chequamegon National Forest.

This new workshop will be an immersive experience in Art and Nature. Your instructor, Sharon Reilly, a professional Conservation Biologist and Artist, will guide you through the art and science of how trees can promote health and happiness.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many new challenges requiring reflection and changes on how we live, work, teach and create. This new workshop is designed to help participants recharge, heal, and discover new creative energy through the practice of Shinrin-yoku. In Japan, Doctors prescribe Forest Bathing as a treatment for depression and as an antidote to stress. One of the best things we can do for our mental and physical well-being is to spend more time in Nature.

Learn how to connect with nature through its healing and creative powers. After a long dark winter, the forest has the power to regenerate itself, create a new world and bring forth new life. As the weather permits and possibly due to the pandemic conditions at the time, this workshop will be conducted mostly al fresco, and participants will capture their experiences in a personal nature journal, either through watercolor paintings, nature sketching or photography. Sharon will guide you to look at the world with fresh eyes and spark your creative energy.


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Since we will focus on OBSERVATION and will be taking short hikes, participants should select their supplies carefully to travel light. The instructor will provide the following supplies indicated with an asterisk * for a modest class fee which depends on the number of participants.

Sketching & Painting supplies recommended include a non-photo blue pencil*, kneaded eraser, mechanical pencil with extra lead, and color pencils and/or watercolor pencils; small Travel Watercolor set with a built-in palette for mixing; plastic 1oz travel water container with lid; a multi-media Field Journal(s) suitable for watercolor, pencil sketching and writing.

Other recommended supplies include: sumi-e ink and 1-2 versatile brushes of your choice; a loop or magnifying glass will also come in handy along with small binoculars; since we may be carrying in our lunch or snacks, a small insulated bag is recommended; a small travel chair; sealed beverage container filled with your beverage of choice. Participants should be prepared for the weather and insects. Recommended supplies include: a rain jacket, broad brimmed hat, also cold weather attire (you never know), sunscreen, insect repellent.

Personal protection supplies: Face masks PPE’s, hand sanitizer and paper towels, tissues, and small trash bags. A plastic ground cloth* could also come in handy. Cell phones will be on airplane mode most of the time since reception could be poor, and also to minimize interruptions. However, your cellphone will be the only camera you will need.

To carry all the above, a backpack or messenger bag is also recommended. Optional supplies include a
clipboard as a work surface.


Growing up in southeast Louisiana, Sharon has been inspired by nature since her childhood. This close connection inspired her to pursue a career as a Conservation Biologist. She worked professionally over 30 years spending much of her time immersed in Nature, creating a close connection with the creative and healing power of forests and other natural places. In addition, Sharon has 28 years of experience studying, painting, and teaching Asian watercolor, nature sketching and workshops on natural history.

She began studying traditional Japanese ink painting called Sumi-e in New York City with her sensei Koho Yamamoto. When she moved to Hawaii, she continued her studies at the Honolulu Art Academy, Linekona School of Art under a Chinese master painter and teacher Yu Wen. She has exhibited her work at the Chinese Cultural Center in Honolulu, the A.R.T. Gallery in Baraboo, and other galleries around the state of Wisconsin.

She won the Asian Art Category in the 2020 WRAP Show. Sharon has also been a visiting artist during the Aldo Leopold Foundation Art Day. Sharon teaches Asian Watercolor painting to both adults and children. She is currently a part-time instructor at Nicolet College, teaching workshops on Asian Watercolor, Bird Sketching, Digiscope Photography, and Natural History topics.

This is a Studio and Plein Air Workshop
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $550
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $620
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $720
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $890

Workshop fees above include a $35 material fee to be collected by Sharon during class.
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $535
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, May 16
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - May 17-20
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, May 20
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, May 21
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Sunday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Sunday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Monday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Tuesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Tuesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.



2021 COVID Precautions 

It is impossible to assess the impact, if any, of COVID-19 for the upcoming 2021 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops.

  1. Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
  3. Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
  4. Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.

A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 6 feet. 
In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.
We will be providing students with hand-sanitizer at their work stations. In addition, the studios will be closed for 1 hour in the late evenings for a daily UV sanitation and touch surface cleaning.

Visit our COVID-19 update page for more information...