It's time to retreat, relax, and recharge!

Art * Nature * Exploration * Hiking * Campfires * Good Food * Fast Friends

4pm Friday - 4pm Sunday

November 18-20, 2022


Can't make it all 3 days?  Personalize your package!

All-Inclusive Experience


Maybe you are...

...always busy and need a chance to slow down.

...see all the fun things your kids are doing and it's about time you get to have the fun.

...have an empty nest and need to adjust to doing things for you, not just for your kids.

Let us take care of everything for you so that you can walk away from reality with no responsibilities to think about during your time here.  Food and refreshments will be provided and all art materials will be supplied. 

Once you arrive at the farmhouse, you will be treated to fun times and enriching experiences.  Unwind in style with the property’s amenities, where the beauty of nature meets the comfort of modern luxuries.


Learn New Things


With our guidance and expertise and your creative spirit, you will be able to explore art mediums and techniques to make and create alongside one another in a no-pressure zone.  We strive to make everyone feel comfortable and successful with each and every project.


In addition to art, you will have time to journal, practice yoga, spend time in a place with a fantastic view, and go hiking.

Explore Together


There is no shortage of places to see or things to explore in our area.  Take a hike through the wooded trails, relax next to the lake or stroll through Jimberg Village. 

We couldn't ask for a better setting than the Laurel Highlands for our outdoor adventures!

Rest & Recharge


You need a getaway and this place is perfect for that.  A restful nature-inspired setting for you to relax in.  Take in the sounds, walk around the lake, and explore the wooded trails.  Recharge during community-building activities.






Special Topics




We will explore different parts of the 800-acre property and then create art using a variety of media inspired by what we see.  Make sure you have your camera with you (a phone camera will do) to document the beauty we encounter on each of our excursions.  Some of our art will be based on photos we take at different times of the day in order to capture the light and color and changes of the scenery before our very eyes.

We know, thinking about creating art and actually doing it are two very different things.  This will be the perfect environment to jump right in.  If you don't feel like you are very artistic, this is the perfect retreat for you!  It is open to anyone with any level of artistic ability where we all embrace our progress and are open to trying new things.  

Join us for discussions and demonstrations about a variety of art media allowing you to try many things and find what you are most comfortable using.  As the retreat progresses you will end up with finished work ready for display with the freedom of continuing with the materials that you find to be your favorites.

All materials will be provided.  We will walk you through how to use each medium so no previous experience is necessary!

Be inspired by nature... retreating to the farmhouse.


Friday-Sunday, November 18-20, 2022

I'm so disappointed that I can't make it for this round but WOW! This sounds amazing!

Personal Expression

As you think about what it is that you might want to create, take a look around.  What style of artwork do you have hanging in your house?  What colors and textures are you drawn to?  What do you wish you could create but haven't tried yet?  We will explore all of this to end up with a work of art that fits your personal style to a T.

Find Your Creative Voice

There are so many art materials to choose from.  How do you know what will be the best medium for you?  You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media throughout the camp.  We'll be creating traditional art but we'll also try our hand at more abstract pieces to see what style suits you.


We will enjoy our time exploring the property and take advantage of our natural surroundings in the Laurel Highlands to create art inspired by our experiences. (weather permitting)

Don't worry, although there are plenty of activities planned each day, nothing will feel overscheduled.  We'll be kicking back and relaxing and reflecting during our time here too.

Friday, Nov 18th

  • 4pm Arrival & Registration
  • Nature Walk with a View
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Dinner
  • Guided Art Instruction
  • Open Studio
  • Pool and Hot Tub
  • Bonfire

Saturday, Nov 19th

  • Breakfast
  • 9am Day Camp Begins
  • Trail Walk
  • Tour of Jimberg Village
  • Guided Art Instruction
  • Lunch
  • Guided Art Instruction
  • Walk Around the Lake
  • 4pm Day Camp Session Ends
  • Dinner
  • Open Studio
  • Game or Movie Night
  • Yin/Restorative Yoga

Sunday, Nov 20th

  • Breakfast
  • 9am Day Camp Begins
  • Gentle Mindful Yoga
  • Guided Art Instruction
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Adventures (weather permitting)
  • Museum Visit
  • Closing Activities

Guided Instruction

We will explore different parts of the 800-acre property and then create using a variety of media.  Using nature to inspire shapes and colors we'll turn what you viewed into a visual display of inspired artwork. 

We will guide you in the execution of the topic by choosing a medium that is right for your vision.  Our extensive experience and your willingness to trust yourself will surely result in very personalized works of art in the end.

Yoga Sessions

Each of the yoga sessions offered will be fitting for the time of day and the upcoming activities to prepare us for the best day ever or to set us up for a restful night's sleep.

Vinyasa will get us flowing with the breath to be more energized in the morning and yin/restorative yoga will settle us into a soothing night routine.  

Each session will be beginner-friendly and personalized as we go.


The Laurel Highlands boasts plenty of outdoor adventures to be experienced as well as an interesting history.  There will be daily opportunities to explore the 800-acre property and the surrounding areas.

From trail walks, sightseeing, and the view of the lake, we'll soak in the natural beauty of our surroundings.

Open Studio

There will be the opportunity to explore different media and express ourselves in a more independent way during the evening hours.  It is a time that is intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation among a more social time as we get to know each other better. 

You may choose to continue working on projects from earlier in the day or create smaller, fun pieces to share or take home with you.  Of course, we will still be available for guidance and support on anything you will be working on.


Whether you bring a good book to read while cozied up to the fireplace, you take time to journal, or you just need to soak in the sounds of nature, you'll have plenty of downtime to reflect on why you needed a getaway in the first place.

I need a good rest.


There will be plenty of opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful Laurel Highlands, walk around the lake, and explore the wooded trails.  We'll use these relaxing activities as inspiration for much of the art created this week.

Enjoy relaxing evenings experimenting with the more low-key open studio activities, soak in the pool or hot tub, or pamper yourself with a mani/pedi and mud mask before snuggling into the comfort of our quilted beds for the night.

I would love to relax.


Experience community building time at open studio, in front of an evening bonfire, or play games together.  Take advantage of quiet time around the water or the cozy fireplace at the house.

Let's recharge!




Amy has been teaching art for 20+ years to all age groups and abilities in schools and private settings, in-person and online. Drawing, painting, and pottery are what she primarily focuses on, but she enjoys creating in many mediums.  Creating restful creative retreats and workshops for women to learn new things is definitely the best part of the job!



Faith has several certifications in Ecotherapy practices. She has always had a connection to the more than human world growing up in the Laurel Highlands Area and exploring all it has to offer. She is excited to share her love of the natural world with others and looks forward to being your guide on this journey. 



Rita is a teaching artist with the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and the PA Council on the Arts, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and the Pittsburgh Pastel Artist League. She has taught adult education classes and workshops and has lectured on her work.




Originally from the Charlottesville, Virginia area, Tracy has been teaching yoga for almost 20 years. Having worked at a local studio and WCCC since moving to Western Pennsylvania, she has found her yoga heart teaching Gentle Mindful Movement at Oak Lodge.

Join us for this Creative Retreat

Friday - Sunday

November 18-20, 2022


What others have said about past workshops and retreats:

- Melissa S.

From the moment I walked in, I was greeted by comfort (or hygge, as was the overarching theme of the weekend).  We settled in by the hearth and were introduced to each other and reviewed the itinerary with a few personalized surprises thrown in!  The whole experience was so comfortable and inspiring.  The hosts were so welcoming, encouraging, and knowledgeable without being overbearing and rigid.  Before bed, we were treated to a relaxing yoga session to help us get ready for restful sleep.  It truly felt like a retreat from reality.  The setting was perfect and every last detail was thought of.  I left feeling refreshed and ready to create.

- Donna M.

This holiday watercolor workshop was a wonderful experience. I was pleased beyond my expectations with my final product. I have always been a little hesitant to work with watercolors. I thought it would be too difficult to control where the color went and to manage the white spaces that need to be reserved. I learned a lot about watercolors, a lot about white space, in a fun festive atmosphere.

- Marcia

The Nature Printing workshop was a very enjoyable experience.  The setting was nature at its finest. The sound of the stream was relaxing as we sat near the water before getting started. Then we took a walk through the woods to gather interesting leaves, ferns, branches, and seed pods for the nature prints. Taking our finds back to the workshop area, we learned different techniques on how to create our own unique prints and mat them. A nice variety of snacks were also provided.  I recommend attending and look forward to their next workshop!

Three Choices for Registration

  • Cozy Stay at Farmhouse 1868
    • Stay on the premises where retreat activities will be taking place.  Double occupancy in four queen suite rooms with 2 full Jack & Jill style bathrooms.
  • Luxury Overnights at Oak Lodge
    • Participate in all daytime and evening activities but retreat to the privacy of your own room in the main lodge just 1 mile away.
  • Day Camp
    • If you are local or can't get away for an overnighter, but can't wait to participate, join us from 9am-4pm each day.

Cozy Stay at Farmhouse 1868


Luxury Overnights in the Main Lodge 


Day Camp



Frequently Asked Questions and More Specific Details


$575 each

Retreat + Farmhouse Stay in Queen Suite *Double Occupancy*

4pm Friday - 4pm Sunday

All art materials, breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and evening activities are included.

Stay on the premises where retreat activities will be taking place.  Double occupancy in queen suite rooms with 2 full Jack & Jill style bathrooms.



$350 + your room fee

Retreat + Private Cabin or Lodge Stay

4pm Friday - 4pm Sunday

All art materials, breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and evening activities are included.  Register here for the daytime activities and reserve a room at the Main Lodge on your own.

Rooms are blocked for Friday and Saturday nights, so make sure you mention the creative retreat when you call!




1 Day (Your Choice) 9AM-4PM Day Camp Experience

All art materials, lunch, and snacks are included.

If you are local or can't get away for an overnighter but can't wait to retreat with us, join us from 9am-4pm for the day of your choice.




2 Days (Saturday & Sunday) 9AM-4PM Day Camp Experience

All art materials, lunch, and snacks are included.

If you are local or can't get away for an overnighter but can't wait to retreat with us, join us from 9am-4pm on Saturday & Sunday.


Can't make it for this weekend or maybe you prefer the beach?

Be put on the waiting list for our Bald Head Island Retreat being held from June 26th - July 1st, 2023!  We are also scoping out new locations for 2023 weekend retreats as well as offering monthly 3-hour workshops.

Join us!

Want to dream about future retreats?

Get on the waiting list for future dates and to learn about upcoming events.

You don't have to be artistic to explore your creativity.  It is much more about the process than the product, but we'll still strive to create an end result that you'll love.  

Take in the beauty of the Laurel Highlands while exploring the landscape.

Enjoy restful sessions of yoga to stretch your mind and body.  If yoga isn't your thing, bring a book and curl up next to the fireplace during that time.