Frances Gardening



You are meant to shine, to shine in your life’s purpose, your talents, your curiosities,  your calling. I love helping people shine by bringing their light to the world in ways that bring them joy and meaning. I am a writer, speaker, artist, and seeker;  and since 2020, a certified Wayfinder master life coach. Among my greatest joys is hosting workshops and retreats in personal and creative development, from walks on the Camino de Santiago, to retreats at the Omega Institute, to painting workshops in England and Europe. You are invited, and I hope you will join me 🙂 Plus, it’s so fun! Click the Workshops tab above, or any of the others that pique your interest.

what is your path?

You are welcome to contact me  for a free coaching consult or to chat about our workshop and retreats. If you are lost, stuck, or merely searching for something to bring deeper meaning or true direction to your life, we can work together to find your answers  by recognizing and releasing old patterns and beliefs that no longer serve you. The workshops and retreats are about travel and fun with like-minded spirits, learning new skills, and gaining new insights.  Subscribe here to my highly sporadic newsletter to learn what’s on offer. Meanwhile, trust that wherever you are on your path is where you are supposed to be. You’re right on time. And guess what: Who you really want to be, is who you really arc.

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workshops 2024 and ’25

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Paint with Us in Beautiful Britain

In the Cotswolds September 26-October 1

El Camino de Santiago

May 2025

We will have two groups this year, one to journal-sketch-paint and one purely to walk.

Plans are in formation. Please email me here or at to be the first to receive details 🙂 These trips always fill quickly.

Frances Schultz painting en plein air in Provence.
Me, painting en plein air in France. Photo Jill Steenhuis


Please email me about  any of these, and we can set up a time to speak.

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Life Coaching


Life Coaching

*Or tell me any area of your life you’d like to work on or gain insight into. Or do you just have a vague feeling that you are somehow missing your mark? That there is more meant for you? Or is there too much in your life and you’d like to simplify, clarify, and come into alignment with your essential and true self. Beginning with your personal environment is a favorite “way in” for many of my clients, but it is just one of many ways to gain practical yet powerful insight into what makes you who you are and how to get to who you want to be. Setting your intention is the first step. You don’t need to find the way, just a way. Read more about wayfinding and life coaching here, or Email me here for a complimentary 30-minute consultation via phone or Zoom. It’s fun and it’s free.




Goleta Beach
The Slough at Goleta Beach

Painting is such a treat for me. I work mostly in oil and watercolor, and I do sell my work. Follow my journey Around the World in 80 Paintings , and you can see more of my work here and occasionally on my Instagram. I also host workshops in creative development and painting courses taught by highly respected professionals.



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I love hearing from you, I truly do.


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Thank you for coming. Thank you for your presence. Thank you for your light.

Xox Frances

Frances Schultz