"Thank you so much for your hospitality. The workshop was truly an artist retreat to nourish the creative soul! The time with you far exceeded my expectations. Not only did I learn about encaustic painting but I learned about herbs, cooking, organization, bees, good books, India and not to ever forget the feeling of the Kern river as it flows in two directions… all you have to do is swim to the other side! Like the flow of the wax! …So it is all about art & life well fused, well balanced and in constant flux. Thank you for your encouragement and patience. Thank you for the inspiration and commitment to serving and teaching. You are not only a gifted artist but a beautiful wise wonderful soul!" -Regina, CA


If you are local and attending the workshop you will probably want to sleep in your own bed at home. Students may also opt to stay at any of the large number of standard hotels in the area. However, most students choose to stay onsite, taking advantage of all that it has to offer at a very low cost.

“Mrs Beal’s Orchid Nest” Guest Suite
This 2 room suite is a separate apartment inside the house with a private bath and its own private entrance and side yard. Amenities include a queen size bed, heating/AC, original hardwood floors, linens, towels, basic toiletries, high speed Wi-fi, and is appointed with eclectic antiques and Heidi’s artwork. 
The suite is usually rented out as a short term rental however during workshop times, it is usually used in combination with the entire house to accommodate our “dorm style” students. Under certain circumstances during workshops (space permitting), it can also be rented as a private suite.
Cost: Private $150 per night, per person
OR Shared by 2 students $80 per night, per person.



Dormitory Style with Shared Bath
If you don’t mind less privacy, want to get to know other students better, and want to save money over a hotel room, consider bunking in and around our home.  This is the most popular lodging option.  Students share the house bathrooms and usually Mrs. Beal’s Orchid Nest. Amenities include an actual bed, linens, towels, heating/AC, original hardwood floors, basic toiletries, and high speed Wi-fi.  You'll find the house appointed with eclectic antiques and Heidi’s artwork. Guests to the slumber party are limited to 4.  This lodging option is more or less private depending upon how many students choose to stay in residence.
Cost: $50 per night, per person (most popular option.)




A healthy and quality meal package is offered so you don’t have to eat out. Breakfast is self-serve with a variety of teas, coffee, hardy cereals, fruit, & toast.  Lunches & Dinners are promised to be nutritious and ohhhhhh so yummy!

Cost: $40 per day for those who want maximum pampering and are Divas in training
OR $25 per day if you would like to help out a wee bit with KP duty. (most popular food option)

Are you a vegetarian? Vegan? Want low-carb options?  Or are you a snack food addict? We gotcha covered!  We are happy to cater the menus around your special needs.


Pick ups and Drop offs from the Bakersfield Airport (Meadows Field) or Train/Bus station in downtown Bakersfield are provided at no additional cost.
If you are flying in or taking other public transportation directly to Bakersfield, there is NO need to rent a car during the workshop.  We are within easy walking distance to downtown and can run out for an errand in Heidi’s car as needed.