Friday, February 08, 2008

Art Retreats

Patti of 14 Secrets asked me about an art retreat that I'd not heard of yet, so I thought why not create a list of links for a variety of art retreats with a little bit about them, quoting from their websites. If you all send me links I will add to this list.

Art & Soul is a paper, fabric, jewelry and fiber arts retreat taught by internationally recognized instructors. We are thrilled to bring such a wide variety of skills and artistic talent together for a 6th year!

Choose from dozens of mixed media workshops taught by internationally recognized instructors—designed to energize your creative spirit and reveal the secrets of your soul. (various places, check website)

Donna Downey presents
Inspired. Artist Workshop: a creatively inspired experience
April 10-12, 2008
Embassy suites 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW Concord NC, North Carolina 28027
This will be our 8th anniversary of doing Artfest at Fort Worden and attendees continue to say that it just gets better and better every year! We are excited to welcome back 23 previous teachers who we love & adore as well as 13 new teachers who promise even more unique projects & techniques. While our workshops are incredible, it is our extracurricular events, the location and the attendees who come that sets Artfest apart from other events. People leave with brand new friendships that last for years, new groups that they stay involved with long after the event is over, a renewed sense of their artistic selves and a full battery to take back with them to their normal lives. It is a very nourishing event for your creative selves. There is magic that happens in Port Townsend during the event that no one can explain, but everyone feels.

The workshops are full day, 6 hour sessions designed to provide not only several techniques learned throughout the day but time enough to actually work on what has been learned so that it can sink in. The teachers come from all over the United States & Australia and represent some of the best in their fields. (Near Seattle)
With a primary emphasis on Book Arts, Valley Ridge Art Studio also provides workshops, retreats and creative resources for mixed media, mixed media, metals, fiber and other art forms.

Big changes are in the works for our 2008 season. In addition to our winter Open Studio series, weekend retreat art programs, which give students time to fully explore an art form in the relaxed and beautiful setting of our studio, we'll begin offering Master Classes, intensive, five-day programs featuring world-class instructors. Valley Ridge will also being offering limited on-site accommodations for our participants, classroom rentals for your special events and online art supply sales. (South Central Wisconsin)
European Papers of Columbus Ohio sponsors an art retreat (see below) and ongoing workshops in Columbus, Ohio.
Artiscape - An Artist's Retreat
Join us April 11-13 for a fun weekend of paper arts, bookbinding, collage, art stamping, calligraphy, jewelry, metal working, altered books, polymer clay and more... We’re excited about our new venue at Kalahari Resort, with its Nia Conference Center and award-winning service and design. Be inspired by the beautiful surroundings of this unique, African-style resort and the wide variety of workshops with some of the country’s top instructors!

At our unconventional “convention”- there’s something for everyone: more than 60 workshops of all levels, a Welcoming Gala, the wonderful Marketplace at Artiscape, a fun Night in Casablanca party, the beautiful amenities of Kalahari and much more! Take a full schedule of workshops or just a few and relax with a book and a fire. Come for the weekend or just the afternoon. The goal is a fun, educational weekend among friends- old and new! I’m very pleased to welcome you to Artiscape...
Located near the shores of Lake Erie, Kalahari Resort & Conference Center is the perfect setting for Artiscape-An Artist’s Retreat! This unique, African-style resort is located in Sandusky, Ohio, in the midst of Ohio vineyards and wineries.

Art Is - a new art workshop venue in the Northeast - It will take place October 10-13 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, CT.
Art is waiting for you.

Marilyn Gattinella
Loretta Marvel
Pamela Huntington
Cheryl Strait
Lesley Venable
Susan Ferraro
Monika Shedden
JoAnnA Pierotti
Loretta Marvel
Alma Stoller
Janette Schuster
Melissa McCobb Hubbell
Susan Tuttle
Terri Ventura
Annie Hesse
Taryn Reece
Jennifer Paganelli

The Crowne Plaza Hartford/Cromwell
100 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT
Hotel Front Desk: 1-860-6352000 / Hotel Fax: 1-860-6356970

October 16 - 19, 2008

Attend RAEvN’s Nest Art Retreat and immerse yourself in an artistic adventure.
The nesting site for this art retreat is downtown Cedarburg , Wisconsin . Conveniently located 20 miles north of Milwaukee

Bernie Berlin
Jill K.Berry
Michael deMeng
Karyn Gartel
Laurie Mika
Opie and Linda O'Brien
Judy Wise

The Art Nest Summer 2008 retreat promises to be the most incredible Art Experience ever! Come spend four days at the Washington School Inn tucked away among the wildflowers in the mountains of Park City, Utah with Stephanie, Carla, and Alma creating art, making dear friends, dining on gourmet food, and being pampered in every way.

The dates for the retreat are June 25-29, 2008. Registration will open Friday, February 8th at 12 noon mountain standard time. To sign up fill out the on-line registration form and send it in. If space is available, we will email you a confirmation and a link to pay online.

Alma Stoller
Carla Sonheim
Stephanie Lee

Welcome to ART Unraveled, the mixed media art retreat where the mysteries of art are unraveled for you by the finest, internationally known art instructors. Experience the joy of spending 7 days surrounded by like-minded spirits immersed in art, camaraderie, contests and lots of fun! Come "discover your muse". Registration opens February 15th.

Join us beginning on Sunday, August 3rd to MEET THE ARTISTS, 7-9 pm in the Salon Ballroom at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 4415 E Paradise Parkway S, Phoenix, Arizona. After our Guest Speaker kicks off the evening, enjoy talking with the artists, taking an up-close and personal look at their art as the excitement builds. Workshops will begin on the morning of Monday, August 4th and will continue through Sunday, August 10th.
Teachers (way too many to list here but here are a few)
Barbara Natoli & Bett York
Jill Berry
Rebecca Brooks
Cory Celaya
Josie Cirincione
Michael deMeng
Donna Engstrom
Anne Grgich
Cindy Kovack
Jane LaFazio
Juana Martinez-Neal
Doris Arndt
Jill Berry
Traci Bunkers
DJ Pettitt
Traci Bautista
Jane Wynn
Judy Wise
(Go take a look!)

And of course I'm working on the 2nd Annual Lost Sisters Art Retreat and Reunion some time in September here in Prospect Nova Scotia, and appearing in venues near you. Check out our yahoo group if you are interested.


ellen said...

Hi Lani,

I'm running an event with my partner Sallianne McClelland. It is on the east coast and our 2nd annual. Seeing how you are posting links would you please post ours?


ellen purtill-legare

Lani Gerity said...

Sure Ellen, and for those interested, Ellen and Sallianne's blogs are here:

kecia deveney said...

there's a couple of other retreats too:
The artnest - in utah
and Raven's art nest in Wisconsin (i think)

kecia deveney said...

here's another one run by Kristin Steiner in NC:

Anonymous said...

and one more in NH September 10 - 14, 2008

~peace out

Lani Gerity said...

This came in from

The beginning of North East Ohio's Environmental Movement can be traced to Berea, Ohio.

Around the mid 1970s, a distinctly off-center collection of anarchists, hippies, agrarians, artists, philosophers, nudists, BW students, writers, and vegetarians used to assemble informally around a campfire on the banks of the Rocky River in Berea, Ohio.
David and Renate Jakupca, a pair of free spirits, welcomed into their home these social refugees, some staying for only a day, some for years. Through the Jakupca’s vision, this fringe establishment became a lay convent for free thinkers and international intellectuals seeking connections between humankind, nature, culture and the universe. Later in 1987 to be formned into the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA).
The ARK was Berea built as a practical study for a permanent Headquarters building and Cleveland Eco-Village for ICEA - for the old Coast Guard Station on the proposed Whiskey Island Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
Meanwhile, ICEA’s reputation as an avant-garde cultural center for the elite continued to grow, drawing the likes of sculptor John Puskas, adventurer poet Daniel Thompson, activists Ione Biggs, and environmentalists John Perera, as well as other members of the international community, over time making Berea home of the North East Ohio’s World Environmental Art Movement.
ICEA is a force for socially responsible activity. ICEA's mission is ICEAlity that is to "Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through the Arts".
ICEA was founded by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987 to meet the compelling needs of ordinary citizens for access to current, balanced, understandable information about complex global issues. Over the years, ICEA has gained a reputation for excellence based upon a unique library of specialized, current information on global importance and a wide range of imaginative programming and collaborations with other organizations to meet the needs of a broad constituency. With affiliates across the globe, ICEA supports research, information sharing and effective action promoting a sustainable Culture of Peace.
The historic ARK in Berea, is the first structure recognized in Ohio to incorporate sustainable building concepts from the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, it inaugurated the green building trend that is now sweeping America. The ARK in Berea is now the home and studio of American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca and ancestral home of the Jakupca Clan. It also serves as an eco-museum, community center, and art gallery.

The ARK in Berea is the home of the Environmental Art Movement.

ICEA is a place where people are encouraged to develop their own unique individual skills and talents for themselves, their community, nation and the world. The center provides a healthy holistic environment to aid people in their social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual as well as artistic growth. Sustainable business leadership training programs are available to corporate and community organizations. Consultants and Speakers are available for all topics relating to the Humanities, Arts, and the Environment.

Annual Ongoing Projects are:
Ohio COASTWEEKS Childrens Arts and Essay Contest
World Childrens Peace Movement

Volunteer Needs:
Volunteers are welcome for specific projects and committees. Training is provided.

International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA).
P. O. Box 81496 Cleveland, Ohio 44181 USA
Phone/Fax: 440-891-8376

Lani Gerity said...

Carol Ingram Moore sent in this one:
The Second La Luna Women's Art Retreat will be held Friday, Sept. 12- Saturday Sept 13 at Grace House on the Mountain an
Episcopal Retreat Center in Wise County Virginia. Acres of land to walk around...a creative retreat for creative women.
This is something I started last year under the full moon, hence the name La Luna. There are bunk beds and a cabin that sleeps just two. Reserve quickly. Large kitchen to create group meals. If you are interested visit

Anonymous said...

Creative Pallete in St. Mary's Georgia March 12-15 , 2009.

theresa said...

Hi Lani,

Great idea to list these art retreats. I am excited about opening a quilting, painting and polymer retreat center in Granbury Texas in January 2009. It will be in a beautiful old historic home, complete with original furniture! The teachers are incredible, coming in from all over the country. I would love if you could post a link to my website!

Thanks and keep blogging.

Theresa Martin

Lani Gerity said...

OK Theresa, here you are:
Artistic Retreat Center
For bookings and inquiries, e-mail or telephone Theresa at 202-361-7686.

We invite you to come and explore your creativity while staying at our beautiful historic mansion. Most of our retreats are for 5 days, with 4 days of classes and 24-hour use of our beautiful studios. We're also planning a limited number of 3-day weekend retreats throughout the year. Our curriculum is still in development at this time. We anticipate frequent changes over the next few months, so check back occasionally!

We are proud to offer artistic retreats in these categories:

• Oil Painting
• Water Color
• Pastels
• Hand and Machine Quilting
• Art Quilts
• Appliqué
• Polymer Clay modeling

We pride ourselves on the excellence of our teachers who are all nationally recognized master artisans, many of whom have published books. Click HERE for our artists' biographies.

by Esterita Austin

Bed, breakfast and light lunch, snacks and a tour of the historic house are included in the price of the retreat. Click HERE for pricing and policies.

We're flexible! If you'd like us to offer a class or activity for your church group, women's fellowship ministry, or girlfriends' getaway, let us know.


January 12 - 16. FUSING AND FABRIC PAINTING with Lenore Crawford

February 9 – 13. APPLIQUÉ – AROUND THE GARDEN with Karen K. Buckley

March 16. WATER COLOR PAINTING with Sue Kemp

April 6 - 9. OIL PAINTING with Virginia Vaughan

May 4 - 7. HAND APPLIQUÉ-PIECING-QUILTING with Darlene Christopherson

May 25 - 29. POLYMER BOWLS AND BOXES with Louise Fischer Cozzi

August 14 -16. OIL PAINTING with Qiang Huang

Nov. 30 – Dec 4. ART QUILTS with Esterita Austin


MONDAY Students arrive by 1pm
Class 2-6pm 4 hrs

Breakfast 8-9am
Class 9am-1pm 8 hrs
Lunch 1-2pm
Class 2-6 pm 8 hrs
THURSDAY Breakfast 8 am
Class 9 – 1 pm 4 hrs

Tutor is free to depart Total 24 hrs
Lunch 1-2 pm
Free time 2 pm to bedtime!

FRIDAY Breakfast 8am
Free time 8am – 11am
Vacate rooms & Lunch 12pm
Depart by 4pm

FRIDAY Students arrive by 1.00pm
Class 2.00pm - 6.30pm 4.5 hrs

SATURDAY Breakfast 8.00 am
Classes 8.30am – 1.00pm 4.5 hrs
Lunch 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Class 2.00pm - 6.30pm 4.5 hrs

SUNDAY Breakfast 8.00am
Class 8.30am - 1.00pm 4.5 hrs
Vacate rooms & Lunch 1.00pm
Depart by 4.00pm
Total 18 hrs

Anonymous said...

Ann Hamilton

Women of God Art Retreat

Please review and consider for listing...Thanks so much, and if you like I will place a link to your site on my site.

The Only Animal said...

Hi Lani!

What a fantastic resource you have created here. I hope you might include the Joe Creek Artists Retreat in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The Only Animal is pleased to announce the opening of a new retreat for local, regional, national, and international artists on the Sunshine Coast.

“There has never been a crucible so quiet, cool, crisp and clean, and conducive to germinating great works of art as The Only Animal's cottage nestled amongst the ancient community of cedars... A retreat from the madness of the city - this space gave me breathing room to uncover a mind as fecund as the environment of Canada's West Coast.”
--Mr. and Mrs. Keith Murray, writer and video artist, Artist-in Residence

Located just 1.5 hours from Vancouver and accessible by transit, this retreat is available for weekly rentals to artists from any discipline. Set on 5 acres of mature forest with a year-round creek and lush gardens just a 5-minute walk to the coastal beach. Our facility is suited to solo artists or small groups in a refurbished self-catered cottage, supporting a total ‘woodshed’ experience, or community with the core artists of The Only Animal.

Minutes from the tiny town of Roberts Creek and the Gumboot Café, with old growth forests beckoning from the mountains above and seals spy hopping under the eagles’ nests, this is a place that has always attracted iconoclasts and dreamers. And for thousands of years before any Europeans this land sustained vibrant communities. We are building an accessible refuge that encourages artists to explore the nature of this place, and our human lives in it, past, present and future.

Every season holds its delights: blossoms and hummingbirds in spring, huckleberries, thimbleberries, raspberries, and blackberries in summer, the orange cedar carpet of fall, and the crackling woodstove of winter. Enjoy local produce from our neighbors pre-stocked in the fridge, and be inspired by a community of rural resilience and abundant beauty.
--Kendra Fanconi, Artistic Director of The Only Animal and Retreat Host.

As a key initiative of our new mandate to Create, Inspire, and Retreat, Joe Creek Retreat offers a renewed connection to place and practice for stressed-out urban artists. Launch a new project. Write a final draft. Plant the seed for a new collaboration with The Only Animal. Go deep.

To ensure the health and well-being of the people in our industry, the theatre community needs more opportunities for contemplation, retreat, and community building.  The Only Animal has begun to forge a pathway for this urgent necessity… is clearing a way for a healthier, more stable theatre industry in BC.”
--Eleanor Stacey, Executive Director, Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance

Now accepting applications for September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013. For more information or to book retreats visit:  or email