Hike and Watercolor Painting

Additional Dates TBA Soon
3 Hours
Pricing $62.50 per hiker

Art is WILD, Y’all.

Guided Mindfulness & Creativity

Watercolors with Hillary Johnson

Let the Great Outdoors inspire a masterpiece.

The Hike & Watercolor event was created to awaken your body through physical exploration of the trail, inspire your heart through creating your own watercolor art, and calm your spirit with nature’s embrace.

This 3-hour event includes hiking on low-impact trails with stops along the way to capture the flora and fauna of the season through watercolor painting. Our guest artist will share techniques and tips for translating your vision to paper with paint.

Renowned artist Hillary Johnson joins Back to Wild for this watercolor adventure. A self-taught watercolorist, Hillary believes in the carefree play of creating art and loves sharing that joyful approach with new and aspiring artists. Her art has been displayed from Chicago to Shanghai. 

No experience (or talent!) is needed for this event. Whether your watercolor is frame-worthy or not, the real takeaway is the relaxed and refreshed balance you’ll gain from the experience.

Gear and art supplies provided. You bring your adventurous spirit, and we’ll set her free.

Trail: Teason’s Woods

S Willow Springs Rd, south of Calumet Sag Rd/Rte 80
Cook County, IL. 60464

Feeling like you want to…

  • Regain your mental & emotional balance?
  • Activate a calm presence?
  • Really get into some creative play?
  • Feel really relaxed and at ease?


But you’re not sure where to begin?

We got you. In this guided adventure you’ll feel:

  • A connection with your deep inner balance 
  • Calmed and refreshed
  • Inspired, expansive, and creative
  • Connected to your inner well of peace 

We provide everything you need:

A daypack that you can use for your water, snacks, etc.

An adventure pack with lip hand sanitizer, lip balm, sunscreen, and bug wipes

Ponchos should it rain or change temperature

Water colors, brushes, and paper for the painting 

Information and education about the trail as well as navigation and clothing tips to keep for future solo hikes

You bring:
  • Your adventurous spirit
  • Water – both for drinking and painting
  • Snacks – if you like
  • Additional layers of clothing: gloves, hat, additional jacket, etc. Fingerless gloves are great for painting outside in cooler weather


You show up and we take care of the rest. The experience includes guided mindfulness and creativity practices. You’ll make a small watercolor painting (or a few) celebrating your experience in the outdoors to take home and enjoy!

Hillary Johnson is a self-taught watercolorist who believes that making art should be fun like it was when we were just three. While she appreciates trained painters very much, she is happy to share the joy of playing with watercolors without a care in the world. Hillary’s art has been displayed from Chicago to Shanghai.