Sketching Holidays

Join one of my Birds & Blossoms Nature Sketching Holidays, run through the nature tour company, Paradise Birding. We visit stunning locations chosen for their natural beauty and tranquility. You’ll enjoy practicing sketching the plants and wildlife of the regions during our daily workshops and hikes.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll enjoy on a
Birds & Blossoms Nature Sketching Holiday

Trips are all-inclusive, with a portion of our proceeds going to support wildlife conservation projects in the places we visit.

I’m still glowing about our vacation, it was perfect!
-Julie Herlinger, California

Upcoming Birds & Blossoms Nature Sketching Holidays

Pacific Mexico Sketching Holiday (November 4-8th, 2019)

Honduras Sketching Holiday  (February 13-21, 2020)


I enjoyed my sketching trip to Honduras with Christine Elder and Stephen Shunk. It was the perfect combination of seeing incredible wildlife, learning new sketching skills, seeing birds that I’ve never seen before, and enjoying some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. This trip has changed my idea for Future travel. I love that my travel dollars went to helping preserve nature in a pristine environment, and making Honduras a better country through tourism (rather than agribusiness farming). I came home inspired to paint all the beautiful Wildlife that I had experienced while there and I have noticed that my sketching skills have improved dramatically!
-Julie H. from California

I want to say again how wonderful our trip was to Honduras. I loved everything about it. There are so many nice memories, and it was lots of fun trying to sketch plants and animals, and great food, and a really lovely place to stay. Esdras was fab, and so were you. Thanks again for a great trip
—Kris F. from Oregon

Thank you for a wonderful trip and an excellent introduction to nature sketching! I had a fantastic time and am leaving Honduras inspired and looking forward to future travels with you!
—Veronica B. from California


I attended Christine’s 2018 trip. She delivers an amazingly well-planned week utilizing all of the nature and beauty of the area. Christine’s knowledge and enthusiasm, paired with the peaceful setting, make it a perfect experience. It’s more than I can describe with words. DO IT! It’s worth it for sure!”
—Dorothy Gates, Oregon

Sign-up Bonus!

My-online-nature-sketching-course-coverAs a bonus for signing up for a Birds & Blossoms Nature Sketching Retreat, you’ll also get my flagship program, Introduction to Nature Sketching, an online, self-paced course with guides and video tutorials on sketching tools and techniques and training in the fundamentals of sketching birds and plants. This program will enable sketchers of any skill level to feel confident and ready to hit the ground running when they arrive at the retreat. You’ll get access to this course as soon as you sign up. A $125 value, yours for free when you join us on a sketching holiday!

You’ll also get a field sketching kit like the one I use; complete with pencils, pen, brush, watercolors, journal, and sturdy recycled carrying bag.


“Christine is so genuine – in her love of nature and desire to teach others about its beauty. She warmly welcomes people into her nature-loving community. You won’t regret joining Christine!”
-Ian Fawley, Interpretive Ranger, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Student Testimonials

“Christinered-billed-streamertails-cropped-web Elder has a refreshingly welcoming approach to teaching about birds through art that reflects her obvious passion for wildlife and conservation of our natural environment. Whether at her home in Oregon or visiting us deep in the tropics at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, she has a marvelous potential to connect people with birds in a rich and meaningful way”
– Neil Gerlowski, Executive Director, Vallarta Botanical Garden

Free sketching resources to get you started

I’ve created these short & sweet ebooks to help get you inspired about nature sketching. Feel free to download them.

Getting Started With Nature Sketching 

Getting Started with Nature Journaling 

Quick Start Guide to Travel Journaling