Island Painting Retreat

July 10th - 14th, 2017


Philip Buller, painter and teacher, is excited to invite you to a week long intensive retreat for painters on Galiano Island, in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. This retreat will be an opportunity to delve deeply into your creative process with like-minded individuals surrounded by cedar, fir and the infinite blue of sea and sky.

Participants will be encouraged to work in whatever way they feel called; in the landscape, the studio or both. Personalized instruction, as well as group exercises, discussion, and critiques will be interspersed with solo work.

Scroll down for information about the schedule, lodging, transportation, etc.

Tuition: $850 USD (tuition in US dollars)
Max participants: 10  


MEALS
Arrival breakfast, daily refreshments, and final dinner included in the cost. Most all lodging listed will have cooking facilities. There are several restaurants, cafes, and a pub on the south end of the island; along with a lovely organic market and 2 other small markets.


LODGING
Due to the many variables and options available on the island, we will be available to work with individuals in choosing accommodations best suited to their needs

Lodging on the island ranges from private cottages ($51 - $171/night) to shared housing (2 - 6 people) for various tastes and budgets ($24 - $66/each/night). Links to booking sites below.

See map above for Retreat Cove location (on the southwest shore approximately in the center of the island). Lodging options on the more populous south end of the island, will require transportation to Retreat Cove. Do not book lodging on neighboring islands.

   AIRBNB

   Other Lodging Available

   Camping

   Lodging in walking distance to Retreat Cove Studio
   3 bedroom home next-door to studio
   $125/day/person or $2300/wk for 3 occupants
   Cabin next-door to studio
   $130/day/person or $750/week/person
   * Lodging costs in Canadian Dollars
   * Contact us to reserve these locations.
   Request to Reserve


TRANSPORTATION
Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to the island, but we are here to assist and advise.

Fly into Victoria or Vancouver airport the weekend before the retreat on a morning/mid-day flight (to leave time for the ferry ride to Galiano). Take a cab to the BC Ferry terminal. Cost is under $20 USD. Most cabs except credit cards. Cab share advised. Fly home in the afternoon to leave time for the ferry ride. Flight costs from the states are very reasonable to Victoria or Vancouver. We prefer Victoria.

Take the BC Ferry to Galiano Island/Sturdies Bay. A beautiful ferry ride: approx 1 hour w no stops, up to 2 1/2 hrs with stops. Schedule links below.

Ferry from Victoria/Swartz Bay
The round trip walk-on ferry is $13.45 CAD. Reserve in advance. You can also buy tickets at the counter. Look at the schedule from Victoria/Swartz Bay to Galiano Island/Sturdies Bay before booking your flight. Look at the schedule from Galiano Island/Sturdies Bay to Victoria/Swartz Bay before booking your return flight.

Ferry from Vancouver/Tsawwassen
The ferry is $19.80 CAD each way. Reserve in advance. You can also buy tickets at the counter. Look at the schedule from Vancouver/Tsawwassen to Galiano Island/Sturdies Bay before booking your flight. Look at the schedule from Galiano/Sturdies Bay to Vancouver/Tsawwassen before booking your return flight. 

Drive to Retreat Cove from the Ferry Terminal on Galiano Island
There are Smart Rental Cars and Taxis available on Galiano Island near the ferry dock. Rental cars are available at the airports. To drive a rental car on the ferry from Victoria/Schwartz Bay is: $41.90 CAD round trip or from Vancouver/Tsawwassen: $62.70 CAD each way, plus the walk on fare per person.

Retreat Cove Studio is a beautiful twenty minute drive from the Sturdies Bay ferry terminal on Galiano Island. Carpooling to Retreat Cove is encouraged.
 


DAILY SCHEDULE

Monday
9:00am - 12:00pm: Welcome group breakfast, and discussion
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Free time
2:00pm - 5:00pm: Work in studio and/or plein air
5:00pm - 6:00pm: Critique; refreshments available

Tuesday
9:00am - 12:00pm: Work in studio and/or plein air
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Free time
2:00pm - 5:00pm: Work in studio and/or plein air
5:00pm - 6:00pm: Critique; refreshments available

Wednesday
9:00am - 12:00pm: Work in studio and/or plein air
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Free time
2:00pm - 5:00pm: Work in studio and/or plein air
5:00pm - 6:00pm: Critique; refreshments available

Thursday
9:00am - 12:00pm: Work in studio and/or plein air
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Free time
2:00pm - 5:00pm: Work in studio and/or plein air
5:00pm - 6:00pm: Critique; refreshments available

Friday
9:00am - 12:00pm: Work in studio and/or plein air
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Free time
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Final critique and discussion; refreshments available
7:30pm - 9:00pm: Final group dinner


EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Experience with some form of creative practice.


MATERIALS
Because the retreat is designed to embrace personalized practice, Philip will consult upon registration with each student individually to ensure that the appropriate materials are available.


GALIANO ISLAND is a haven for artists of all types. You might plan to stay the weekend before or after the retreat to tour the various artist's studios and shops in the woods, book a kayak tour, eat at Pilgrimme, spend time on the many beaches and hiking trials. Scooters and kayaks are available to rent at Montague Harbour Marina.