Workshops Classes Retreats

I love teaching and sharing inspiration and growth with those eager to dive in and learn. My workshops, classes and retreats are ongoing, hosted at various venues, and include the option for private lessons at my home studio.


Private Lessons at the Artist's Studio

“Private Lessons at the Artist’s Studio”

Have the Artist’s undivided attention and together you can explore the world of pastel painting or photography on whatever level you desire.  Working out of the Artist’s home studio, you are exposed to the various “tools of the trade” and work side by side with an experienced professional and passionate teacher!

2 hour lesson = $85

Group of 3 (2 hour) lessons = $240

Group of 6 (2 hour) lessons = $450

Group of 9 (2 hour) lessons = $630

Contact Deborah

Unglue Your Mind, Stick To Your Art; Four Keys To Increased Creativity

“Ignite Your Creativity”

Sorrel Sky Gallery – Durango, CO

April 26th-28th, 2019 (Friday, Sat. & Sun.) from 10:00am-4:00pm

Tuition: $300 (*plus $30 paid to Deborah first day of workshop)

All levels welcome! REGISTER HERE

“Creativity is not a problem to be solved but a practice to enjoy.” – Deborah Sussex

Unglue your mind and stick to your art! Have your creative efforts been derailed? Reigniting your creative passion can be challenging. Deborah, a professional artist/photographer and founder of Creative Nature™Coaching, assists creative people to face those challenges, getting you back to what you really want to do, create! Activities will be conducted both indoors and outdoors in beautiful Durango, Colorado. Each participant will be given a special multimedia sketchbook with an assortment of drawing utensils as a portfolio for their thoughts, drawings, sketches, and collages. Open to all levels of ability, from amateur to professional, all who value their creative life and have artistic dreams that they are eager to pursue.

*Each Participant will be given a multi-media sketch book with a special assortment of drawing utensils as a portfolio for their thoughts, drawings, sketches and collages PLUS a Creative Nature tote bag to keep all your materials organized

Mindful Sketching

“Mindful Sketching”

Sunday, April 7th from 10:00am-4:00pm

All levels welcome! Contact Deborah directly to SIGN UP  970-259-4389

If you have ever found yourself saying, “I can’t draw” or “I’m not creative” know that you can! As your advocate and founder of Creative Nature™Coaching, I believe we are all born with natural capacities to create and we all have creative potential of which we are unaware. This workshop provides a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere of exploration in sketching. Through mindful inspired exercises such as; focused observation, calm attention, addressing thoughtful questions and exercising self-compassion, you will embrace your creative nature! As an outdoors, nature-based workshop, we find inspiration at Deborah’s home-studio in the beautiful Turtle Lake Valley just outside Durango.

Pastel Painting; Discovering Your Artistic Spirit

“Pastel Painting; Discovering your Artistic Spirit”

Five day workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. May 6th-12th, 2018

All levels welcome!  DETAILS on pricing, lodging, and additional information.

If you have ever found yourself saying, “I can’t draw” or “I’m not creative” know that you can! As your advocate and founder of Creative Nature™Coaching, I believe we are all born with natural capacities to create and we all have creative potential of which we are unaware. This workshop provides a non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere of exploration in sketching. Through mindful inspired exercises such as; focused observation, calm attention, addressing thoughtful questions and exercising self-compassion, you will embrace your creative nature! As an outdoors, nature-based workshop, the beauty and solitude of Willowtail Springs provides a perfect environment for creative exploration.

“Slow Down and See – Photography”

Ah Haa School for the Arts; Telluride, Colorado

March 19th & 20th, 2019 (Tuesday & Wednesday) 10:00am-4:00pm daily

Register HERE   or call Karen (970) 728-3886.  Karen@ahhaa.org

Photographers of all levels are invited to explore a contemplative approach to creating images with Durango-based artist Deborah Sussex. Through a series of exercises that engage the senses, students will learn to analyze light and how to formulate a well-conceived photographic composition. Toward the end of end class, digital images will be loaded onto a computer for sharing and group reflection. This workshop provides a nonjudgmental, supportive atmosphere of exploration in photographic composition.

Tuition: $200

Students should bring: your digital camera with removable flash card, notebook, pen and clothing/items for being outdoors. There will be a 30 minute lunch break during class, so bring a bag lunch. Students may also want tot bring their laptop computers.