Kennebunkport, Maine

September 8 – 14 or September15 – 21

This retreat is about you. Select what you want to study. Try something new. Wander the Maine Coast. Sip something frothy by the pool. wake early for yoga. Eat lunch with new friends. Find your voice and have fun getting there.


Limited space remaining.

To register, download an application form below.

Email or call with questions 207.807.4697. 



Conceal + Reveal – Explore the metaphorical possibilities of your work as you conceal and then reveal images and content.

Encaustic Essentials – Whether you are new to encaustic and need to learn how to apply and fuse, need a refresher, or you aspire to teach the medium to others, this workshop will cover the essential information necessary to set up a safe studio and get started.

Encaustiflex – Break free from the rigid substrate. This workshop will be taught by guest instructor Leslie Giuliani. Encaustiflex is a spun microfiber (polyester and nylon) material similar to paper that absorbs encaustic paint beautifully, yet remains physically flexible after painting. Great for book artists.

Incorporating Text – Discover the ways the graphic quality of font can inform your work. We’ll incorporate words, letters, poetry, quotes, and more using drawn, painted, transferred, flat, relief, and dimensional processes.

Joint Compound + Texture – Applied to a support panel, joint compound can be spread, stamped, troweled, drawn into, and reworked to create a relief surface that’s absorbent and thirsty for encaustic.

Leaf Stencils + Organic Materials – Use fresh leaves to create stencils and embed organic materials, beach combings, and other found matter into your work.

Mark Making + Meaning – Broaden your visual vocabulary through creative exercises designed to help you identify and develop a mark that is as unique to you as your own signature or fingerprint. This workshop will be taught by guest instructor Kim Bernard.

Metal | Metallic – Learn tricks to combining small found objects, nails, and other types of metal with wax. Work with metallic pigment sticks, metallic paint, and metal leaf to emphasize sheen and add iridescence to your work.

Pigment Sticks 101 – Explore the use of R&F Pigment Sticks. Discover how to work best with wax and oil while learning new ways to add depth, color, and texture to your work.

The Art of the Statement – What is your work about? Be guided through fun and freeing exercises to help develop ways to talk and write about your work.

Transparencies, Layers + See Throughs – If you love that see through look, luminosity, and luscious layers, this intensive is for you.

Wax Resist – Incorporate wax markings, gestural strokes, stamping, folding, batik and resist dyeing to achieve dynamic results that are uniquely your own.

Yoga – Start your day with gentle to moderate yoga and mindful meditation designed to leave you feeling strong and grounded. Mats, straps, and blocks provided. All levels welcome. 5 yoga sessions count as one workshop.



+ 6 nights in one of Maine’s most beautiful, historic hotels The Colony Hotel
+ breakfast + lunch
+ 5 workshops + 3 open studios
+ supplies


All inclusive workshop, hotel, and meal packages start at $1,560.00. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.


Boston’s Logan Airport is 1½ hours away and accessible by train. The Portland International Jetport is only ½ hour away. What is there to do in Kennebunkport?  You can fish; take a lobster tour; whale watch; go on a sailing trip; shop; gallery hop; drive coastal Route 1; play golf or tennis; go swimming in the Colony Hotel’s pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; have a peek at the Bush compound; go antiquing; visit the Franciscan Monastery, Blowing Cave, or Spouting Rock; kayak; canoe; walk the beach and nature trails; visit a lighthouse; or take the trolley. The Colony Hotel hospitality staff is ready and waiting with even more suggestions.




Sunday: Arrive; Check in; Orientation begins at 5pm

Monday: Yoga 7-8am; Encaustic Essentials 9am-12pm; Joint Compound + Texture 1-4pm; Conceal + Reveal 4-7pm

Tuesday: Yoga 7-8am; Encausticflex 9am-12pm; incorporating text 1-4pm

Wednesday: Yoga 7-8am; leaf stencils + organic materials 9am-12pm; metal | MEtallic 1-4pm; the Art of the Statement 4-7pm

Thursday: Yoga 7-8am; wax resist 9am-12pm; pigment sticks 101 1-4pm

friday: Yoga 7-8am; layers, transparencies + See Throughs 9am-12pm; mark making + meaning 1-4pm; Closing reception: pendulum party + lobster dinner