Linwood Gardens is the perfect setting for a workshop or retreat.  Whether you are a student or a leader, let the gardens, fields and beautiful lawn overlooking the Genesee Valley inspire you.  

 on the summer house lawn overlooking genesee valley      

on the summer house lawn overlooking genesee valley





Painting Landscape Form

Sunday,  June 12     9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Instructor:  Angela Amato, Plein Air landscape painting teacher artist
Location:  Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525
Registration: Send completed workshop registration form by mail or email directly to Angela Amato
Deadline for registration:  June 10, 2016
Cost:  $125, includes lunch
Printable Summary:  Painting Landscape Form

Come paint with us! In this workshop you will explore how to mix and apply acrylic or oil paints to your canvas in the beautiful surrounding landscape of Linwood Gardens, a place Angela says reminds her of Italy. She will help you independently as well as let you explore painting the landscape on your own. Watch your painting come alive while enjoying a small group setting in the beautiful summer house. Take this special opportunity to work with Angela Amato who will be just returning from Tuscany, Italy where she paints in the lush Tuscan countryside near the Mediterranean. 

Please call or write to Angela with any questions about painting supplies.
phone or text 585.766.5959 

Visit her website to know more about Angela Amato and her work 

Bio: Angela Amato has had many years of experience as an artist. She has worked as Artist-in-Residence as a teaching artist in collaboration with The George Eastman Museum and the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York. She has won numerous awards and grants. When traveling in Italy, Angela paints daily in the lush Tuscan countryside, living in medieval villas, drinking Italian coffee, and enjoying the local culture. She has lived in Sicily and Rome, and speaks fluent Italian. The Linwood Gardens and property and lovely villa-like home have the beauty of Italy right here in America! Come paint with us. 



Conversations on Being Mortal

Saturday,  July 23    10 am - 4 pm

Location:  Linwood Gardens,
                  1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525
Deadline for registration:  July 16.  Limited to 30 participants.
Cost:  $55, includes lunch

You are invited to come to Linwood Gardens for a day of exploration and conversation about Being Mortal.

In our death-phobic and highly materialistic culture, it has become increasingly more challenging to accept and prepare for the final stages of life. It’s hard to find value in the gifts that aging and dying and death bring, as we tend to see only the loss, the uncertainty, and the unknown.

Keynote presentation: Cecile Carson will offer both perspectives and guided experiences to explore our aging and death through a deeper and wider lens.  This exploration, in turn, may invite us to more gracefully and intimately navigate the final phase of our own lives.

During the afternoon there will be two sessions of Table Conversations. “Conscious Dying,” and “Green Burials,”  are two of the several topics which will be available for small group sharing and discussion, with resource people at each table.  


Participants may arrive early for coffee and the opportunity to stroll the gardens.

10:00  - 12:00 - Presentation by Cecile Carson
12:00  - 1:00 -   Lunch served Courtesy of Linwood Gardens
1:00 - 1:45 - Table Conversation, Session 1
2:00 - 2:45 - Table Conversation, Session 2
3:00 - 4:00 - Group reflections

Sign up: Send completed registration to:
Linwood Gardens
1912 York Road
Pavilion, NY 14525

Questions:     585-584-3913
Printable Summary:  Conversations on Being Mortal

Cecile Carson, MD is an internist also trained in psychiatry, who for 30 years focused much of her work on helping people deal with life-threatening illness such as HIV and cancer.  Since her first days in medical school, she has looked for ways to address the whole person and the many forms that the healing process can take.  Recognizing that illness often requires soul-level work, she has explored many of these forms outside of traditional Western medicine: Reiki, hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming, therapeutic recreation, psychodrama, dreamwork, and shamanism.   
She was Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY, from 1988 to 2006.  
You can visit her website at


Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oil

Friday, August 12 - Saturday,  August 13  9 am - 4 pm

Instructor:  Jean Stephens
Cost: $180 for two days
Location:  Linwood Garden  1912 York Road Pavilion, NY
Registration:   Send completed
registration form by mail or email directly to Jean Stephens
Deadline for registration:  Wednesday, August 10
Printable Summary: Plein Air in Oil

You are invited to come and be inspired by the beauty of the landscape, historic architecture, unique flower gardens and quiet spaces of Linwood Gardens.
In this plein air oil painting workshop you will focus on capturing the essence of your chosen subject through direct painting outdoors.  You will learn how to support your idea with a strong composition, and apply a basic oil technique to complete a painting in a short amount of time.
Jean’s demonstration will cover color mixing, paint application, and a discussion of atmospheric perspective.  You can expect plenty of painting time, with Jean offering individual guidance throughout both days.  We’ll wrap up the afternoons with a sharing session to support your learning.
This is a great plein air painting introduction or refresher.  Some experience with oils is helpful.

Material list and directions: Sent upon registration. 
Contact Jean with any questions you may have: 585-624-9117,

Jean's love of organic form and her spiritual connection to nature is at the heart of her drawings and oil paintings.  
A Rochester, New York native, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters in Art Education from Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her desire for additional training has led to study with Carol Marine, John Whalley and the late Thomas Buechner.  Her paintings have been selected for national juried exhibitions, and are included in private and corporate collections.
Jean offers instruction in oil painting and drawing in her Works Road Studio in Honeoye Falls, New York.  To contact her and view more of her work, visit


A Pastel Workshop at Linwood Gardens

Saturday,  August 20   10 am - 4 pm

Instructor: Kathryn Bevier  
Location:  Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road, Pavilion, NY 14525
Registration: Send completed workshop registration form by mail or email Kathryn Bevier
Deadline for registration:  Aug. 18, 2016
Cost:  $155
Printable Summary:  Pastel Workshop at Linwood

Join Kathryn Bevier in this exciting opportunity to hone your pastel skills on the enchanted grounds at Linwood Gardens. Overlooking the Genesee Valley, and the distant hills of the Finger Lakes, makes for the perfect place for working with pastels en plein air. The Arts and Crafts style home provides beautiful interiors to serve as a back drop to several still life compositions should we have inclement weather.  Rain or shine, this setting will surely inspire creativity. This workshop will focus on working with pastel using a value (light to dark) based approach. Kathryn will provide demonstrations that focus on the uniqueness of the setting and also allow for plenty of hands on time for you. Using the value scale as our armature, you will be freer to explore color that appeals to you. Atmospheric and linear perspective through the use of color, as well as establishing strong compositional skills will be at the core of this workshop. All levels welcome. 

Workshop starts at 10 am and ends at 4 pm with a lunch break. Participants bring their own lunch. 

A supply list will be sent upon registration.
Professional pastel paper will be provided. 
Class size limited to 8. Minimum of 3.

Please call or write to Kathryn with any questions about painting supplies:


Kathryn earned her BFA at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.  Up until March of 2015 she was the General Manager and Educator for Enkaustikos, an artist paint manufacturing company in  Rochester, NY. She has traveled extensively throughout the US and Canada to provide learning opportunities, including the National Art Materials Trade Association, Rochester Institute of Technology, College Art Association, The International Encaustic Conference, Savannah College of Art and Design, and numerous national Art Expositions.  
Kathryn now focuses her time on her own art as well as offering ongoing workshops in her private studio at Anderson Arts Building. She is very active in the local Rochester arts community through her involvement with many arts organizations, local colleges and public schools. 

Kathryn’s art is frequently shown at the Memorial Art Gallery Store in Rochester, NY and the Mill Art Center and Gallery in Honeoye Falls, NY, and in her gallery studio since 2000 at Anderson Arts Building Studios in Rochester, NY. 


If you are interested in renting Linwood Gardens for your workshop or retreat, please click here for more information. The large dining room, sitting area and a well-equipped kitchen in the summer house are available to use to prepare and serve food for your event.  Directions are provided on our website.