The Painted Desert: Art Safari, Northern Territory

I am delighted to announce new retreat dates for our 5 night, 6-day Artists Safari to the Northern Territories Macdonnell Ranges in April/May 2021/2022 as part of my new offering – The Wandering Artist

Monday April 25th – 30th and Monday May 2nd – 7th 2022 $2365

This is an exclusive opportunity to spend six days of full creative immersion with an intimate group of students in the central desert exploring the MacDonnell Ranges. We will be responding to this spectacular, rugged landscape through drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and writing.  You don’t need any experience and you can approach the workshop anyway you choose. I will be on hand guiding you through each step of the way. 

Macdonnell Ranges, Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has always stood apart from the rest of Australia with its vast deserts, wetlands, monsoonal rains, red-rock gorges, and raging rivers spark the spirit of adventure in those who visit. We will explore the wild, empty spaces of the Australian landscape and try to capture the spirit of the land rather than its physicality. We will look at the connection inspired by indigenous painting and storytelling. All that and the opportunity to paint, draw, sculpt, photograph, and write your experience.


We will be drawing and painting directly from nature – taking daily trips out to sacred sights, looking at how to address the vastness of the landscape, colour, space, and composition. We will be looking at traditional indigenous artist to help us understand the land and there will be daily talks and demonstrations.  At night we will share and discuss the day’s endeavors over a glass of wine in front of the fire under the stars.


The accommodation offered is at the family-owned Ooramina Homestead of 600 acres within the heart of Australia. It is a short 30-minute ride from Alice and has options to suit all needs and budgets.

There is a choice of stone and timber cottages, luxury glamping, and camping options.   All meals are included and catered for by the Homestead restaurant including any dietary requirements.


  • Individual daily tuition by renown Artist/tutor – Dominique Sutton
  • Sunset drinks on arrival
  • All meals – breakfast and dinner at the homestead and lunches on location
  • Air conditioned Transport to locations of interest
  • 5 days of painting tuition en Plein air with demonstrations
  • Private cinema screening under the stars


  • Flights to Alice Springs
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation arrangements to Orramina (pick ups available)
  • Travel and health insurance (compulsory)
  • Alcoholic beverages (licensed bar at the homestead)
  • Art materials.

Find out more and make a booking

You can find out more about Ooramina Homestead by visiting their website.

Week 1

When: 5 nights & 6 days in April
Starts: Monday April 25th, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
End: Saturday 30th, 2022 @ 11:00 am

Numbers: One spot available

Week 2

When: 5 nights & 6 days in May
Starts: Monday May 2nd, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
End: Saturday 7th, 2022 @ 11:00 am

Numbers: 5 Spots available
Cost:  $2,365* (inc GST)

Please contact Dominique directly on +61 (0)409 573 800 for full retreat information and to reserve your space. Payment plans are available on request.

*Flights and accommodation not included.

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