Whispering Woodlands 

a Retreat to Nature for the Creative Mind

artist workshops/classes in the visual arts and more 

a Retreat to Nature for the Creative Mind

Driveway sign
Studio as seen from meadow..

Plan your personal retreat . . . perhaps you'd like individual studio time to work, uninterrupted, to be inspired by nature and respond to your muse. Inquire about day rates today. 

See a program you'd like to share with your co-workers, friends, team, church group, scout troop or family? Reserve a date for your group today. You can bring the potluck too!   (Or, have it catered.)

Perhaps an adult birthday party . . . share quality interactive time exploring a new process, technique, and relaxing together.

A destination type establishment, not a place you would just happen upon. However, if you find yourself nearby and would like to join a workshop, we encourage people to call for last minute availability, there may be room for one or two more.

Whispering Woodlands offers a Working Studio - what do you find necessary for a conducive, working environment? Whispering Woodlands has a variety of supplies which can be utilized and are covered in the program fee. Various hand tools, limited power tools, sewing machine, collage items, wood mounted rubber stamps, clear stamps, book press, proof press, letterpress, assortment of fonts ... irons, blenders, tubs, double stainless steel sink, double tub size laundry sink, ...  not to mention the papermaking, mosaic, and leaf casting facilities located in the near by pole barn . Expendable supplies may have additional charges based on either individual or specific program needs.

And oh yes, Inspiration, it's provided by nature.

Walking path at Whispering Woodlands

Living on the premises are several cats. This is their home, but they are willing to share both time and space with you. If needed they can be enclosed in seperate space from workshop partcipants.






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Just off a dead-end rural road is a place we call

Whispering Woodlands

Twelve acres of rambling woods and meadow call for you to explore, relax, reflect, and draw inspiration from nature.  

Let your stress melt away as you come down the gravel tree-lined driveway and enter nature's retreat. The views are picturesque Wisconsin with a mix of hardwood and evergreen trees along with the cornfields and pastures of nearby farms. Programs have been developed in the creative arts and nature. Individuals or groups can come, escape the daily grind, connect with nature, & of course be involved in an interactive program. We have incorporated the necessary adjustments for accessibility to the studios and some of the natural surroundings, providing a comfortable setting for all. 

Leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, revitalized, and enriched.

During the lunch break you're invited to wander down to the picnic tables in the meadow or just take a stroll, following trails and pathways into a variety of wooded areas.  Benches and chairs are scattered along the way, providing opportunities to rest, reflect and relax.

Jackie Hefty


I'm here, I do, I teach, I love the 'aha' moment, for myself, but especially for students. What I do is eclectic in nature, I learn, play, try variations with direction, individualize, diversify, change, explore and challenge the process, look for solutions, often experimental, new/different, and why not?  I strive to provide these opportunities to others through my studio/workshop space, Whispering Woodlands, a retreat to nature for the creative mind.                Jackie Hefty

At the helm of Whispering Woodlands is Jackie Hefty. 

It is with extensive support and encouragement from family and friends that the opportunity to develop this vision has been made a reality. Jackie made a major life style change, leaving full time employment, moving her home and enlisting the support of her terrific family, along with some awesome crews (building, concrete, plumbing, electricity, dry walling, landscaping, and more) to prepare this environment for your enjoyment and enrichment.  Welcome

Jackie Hefty

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Private conversations with nature or a friend.

Silence, Solitude and Sacred Time - clear your head, escape the demands or routine of the everyday, explore the ‘what ifs'. Individual retreats are welcomed time for seclusion, privacy and contemplation.

Link to Specials/Groups web page for more information

Gift Certificates Available in various denominations. You buy a dollar amount and the recipient spends it the way they want. Gift Certificates can be combined to pay for a workshop or divided up to pay for more than one.

Registration Form
For those who prefer, click below for a registration form to send with a check payment in the mail. 

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