Change Like a Butterfly–Getting to What’s Next and Finding Clarity in Chaos

Close-Up of Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Pink Conrflower. Photo Jeffengleoutdoors.com via Getty Images

There is no butterfly that was not once a warm mess of caterpillar goo. And that caterpillar did not get from goo to gorgeous overnight, no she did not. But did she did fret over it? No. She embraced the cycle, as we can choose to do ourselves when change happens, as it does, whether we… Continue reading Change Like a Butterfly–Getting to What’s Next and Finding Clarity in Chaos


Around the World in 80 Paintings

Announcing… Around the World in 80 Paintings. And you’re invited. At journey’s end, there will be an exhibit and sale of the paintings, and the purchase price of each piece will go to the charity of the buyer’s choice. Work will be en plein air and en arm chair, on location and from photos, mine and I hope yours too.


What Comes Next? Finding Clarity in the Chaos, Retreat at Omega, August 19-21

If by some unfortunate chance you are at NOW WHAT?  place in life, we’ve got you. Read on: First of all, I’m so sorry. Second, it is going to change. That much is certain. Even if it’s not okay, it’s your life, trust your journey. And third, we have a weekend for you. New and exciting… Continue reading What Comes Next? Finding Clarity in the Chaos, Retreat at Omega, August 19-21


Art of the Soul Retreat
Coming Soon

Your soul’s voice is your true self speaking. It is who you were born to be, your greatest joy and your deepest meaning.  In our Art of the Soul weekend retreat, we’ll explore a variety of fun, take-home-able, non-woo-woo tools and techniques to access your soul’s voice via mind, body, and spirit. And please feel free… Continue reading Art of the Soul Retreat
Coming Soon


Announcing New Workshops!

Email me at Connect@FrancesSchultz.com to inquire about workshops, and check the Workshops page for the latest.I’m happy to hear from you! Here’s what’s been recently and coming soon. What Comes Next? Finding Clarity in the Chaos  August 19-21, 2022 First things first, new and exciting: My Camino walking partner and friend Hollye Jacobs and I will lead a… Continue reading Announcing New Workshops!


Paint the Santa Ynez Valley with Tim Horn (and me;) October 24-28

Back by popular demand! Join award-winning California artist and instructor Tim Horn  and me in the stunning Santa Ynez Valley for painting en plein air and relaxing at Rancho La Zaca. If you are not familiar with Tim’s work, feast your eyes. Our painting locations will include mountains, vineyards, beaches, and Rancho La Zaca itself, all set amid the breathtaking backdrop… Continue reading Paint the Santa Ynez Valley with Tim Horn (and me;) October 24-28


I Was Never a Sun Worshiper. I Got Skin Cancer Anyway.

When my old college friend Katie Couric—you may have heard of her—saw my hideous Instagram post sporting the three-inch surgical scar I incurred after a melanoma surgery, she asked if I’d write a piece for her daily newsletter, the (excellent) Wake-up Call. Of course, I said, and here it is.  Katie is big on cancer… Continue reading I Was Never a Sun Worshiper. I Got Skin Cancer Anyway.


More on…Art of the Soul Retreat at Rancho La Zaca,
March 2022

As we resolve what we want to do in ’22, might we also choose how we want to be? I’m thinking if we get the being part right, the doing will come naturally, hearing our heart’s song and aligning with our purpose will follow. This is the Art of the Soul.  Your soul’s voice is your… Continue reading More on…Art of the Soul Retreat at Rancho La Zaca,
March 2022


Art of the Soul
Retreat at Rancho La Zaca, March 2022

Light on the horizon at Rancho La Zaca

Your soul’s voice is your True Self speaking. It is who you were born to be, your deepest meaning and your highest purpose. In this weekend retreat we’ll explore a variety of fun, take-home-able, non-woo-woo tools and techniques to access your soul’s voice via mind, body, and spirit.


Can a Mid-Life Conundrum Inspire a Creative Second Wind?

Well why the heck not? It did for me and it can for you too. Just let it. This is an essay I wrote recently for Veranda Magazine, in their special California issue, January/February 2021. Reprinted here with permission, and revised to make sense, since it is me we’re (I’m) talking about and on my website. … Continue reading Can a Mid-Life Conundrum Inspire a Creative Second Wind?


A Time to Pie

Christmas is a  most excellent time to pie, don’t you agree? And yet you want this pie to be special. You want to honor tradition but add your special twist; to meet your guests’ expectations, but not to exhaust yourself. You got it: Not one but  two  utterly divine desserts you can make in advance,… Continue reading A Time to Pie


Watermelon and Tomato Salad
with Arugula, Feta, and Herbs

Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Arugula, Feta, and Herbs, from California Cooking and Southern Style by Frances Schultz, Recipe by Stephanie Valentine. Photo Deborah Whitlaw Llewelyn

If ever there were a time for a watermelon and tomato salad, it is NOW in the middle of August. I am writing this from the coast of North Carolina, where I grew up coming in summers, and hun there is no doubt that it is the middle of August. Just ask my hair, Anyway… Continue reading Watermelon and Tomato Salad
with Arugula, Feta, and Herbs