My company is offering a creative recharge grant and I'd really like to take advantage, but I am struggling to find something interesting and appropriate.

The best thing I've found is a retreat hosted by Sweet Paul Makerie and Terrain at the URBN campus, but it's kind of expensive.

A coworker has recommended the Sundance Retreat, which offers art classes, but I am waffling.

I'm not interested in crafting (no looms, no soul collages, no basket-weaving) and all of my research has resulted in a lot of earthy type stuff involving meditation and lots of nature, which I'm not looking for.

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I'm on the computer so much that I'd love to use my hands, but I am mostly interested in drawing/painting although I'd also be interested in ceramics/pottery. I could just take a class but I have about $1500 to spend so I thought I'd look for some kind of all-inclusive thing where I could...you know, recharge :-)

I've nixed conferences because multiple people can't attend the same event or place. I am not big on attending conferences solo.

Any ideas welcome!