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Prince Edward Island Retreat

Dates: August 5- 12, 2022 

Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 

Limited to 7 Artists (there is just one space left!)

Cost: $1450 for the week

Your home base for the art retreat is and 1800's mansion, located just a ten minute walk to the beautiful Charlottetown waterfront, downtown restaurants, cafes, and galleries. Charlottetown is Prince Edward Island's cultural hub! You will be just a 20 minute car ride from the area that inspired L.M. Montgomery's 'Anne of Green Gables'.. not to mention lighthouses, beautiful scenery, beaches, and island communities!   

All rooms are private, and have private bathrooms. There is a kitchen you can use to make meals.

Please read the details at the bottom of the page before you apply.

Included in your week (classes and tours are not mandatory! You can do one, all, or none!): 

A half-day introduction to watercolors class, including all materials! 

Beginners Basket Weaving (taught by PEI artist)

2 hour, locally guided walking tour of Charlottetown on the first full day of your retreat! This is a great way to get an idea of the city, learn about the history of the area, meet the others that are staying at the house, and check out some of the sights!

Tour of the art studio at The Dunes CafĂ©, Gallery, Studio, & Garden. While there, you can wander the grounds, do some plein-air sketching or painting, have a bite to eat, etc. It's a beautiful spot! 

Breakfast the first & second day are included, and will be served at a house next to the mansion. You are responsible for your other meals. 

Your stunning private room with private bathroom

Free parking on site

Free Wifi, Air Conditioning & Aveda Bath Products

Use of the mansion's kitchen to prepare your meals

The mansion is in a great spot for exploring Charlottetown! It's a 7 minute walk to the waterfront, an 8 minute walk to Charlottetown's famous Victoria Row, a 10 minute walk to the Port, and an 18 minute walk to the Prince Edward Battery park! 

The living room at the mansion!

The mansion features a outdoor lighted pergola, patio, stone walkways, propane fire pit and gardens with comfortable lounge furniture.

The living room has large bay glass windows, unique furniture and fresh coffee & tea. The kitchen has all the amenities and allows you to fully feel at home with this space. The upstairs sunroom is the perfect location to relax, dive into a good book, do some journaling, or sit for a spell with your sketchbook! 

The Suites

Retreats are $1450, regardless of which room you choose. All rooms have private bathrooms. When a room has been taken, it will be noted below. When you apply, please specify your top 2 room choices, out of the rooms not yet taken. Applications will be reviewed in order, and your room will be reserved before the next application is reviewed. Because of this, it's a good idea to get your application in quickly for the best chance of getting the room of your choice! 

Haviland Suite, Room 1 - RESERVED/TAKEN
Second level, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, stand-up shower, sitting area, curved glass bay windows, king-sized bed.

Emslie Suite, Room 2

RESERVED/TAKEN
Exposed beams and brick archway, natural pine flooring, whirlpool/shower combination, Vermont Castings fireplace, king-sized bed.

Brecken Suite, Room 3- 

RESERVED/TAKEN

Third floor executive suite with fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, business work station, large sitting area, king-sized bed, exposed natural beams, plank flooring, dormer windows overlooking gardens.

Babe Rogers Suite, Room 4- RESERVED/TAKEN
Second level, fireplace, curved glass bay windows, sitting area, Victorian soaking tub, stand-up shower, hardwood floor, king-sized bed. 

The Irene Suite, Room 5 

Main level, queen-sized bed, sitting area, fireplace, Victorian soaking tub, marble stand-up shower, inlaid hardwood floors, curved glass bay windows. 

Lucietia Suite, Room 6 

RESERVED/TAKEN
Brick archway, queen-sized bed, 2-person tub, sitting area, fireplace

Ben Rogers Suite, Room 7

RESERVED/TAKEN

Main level, fireplace, queen-sized bed, shower/whirlpool tub combination, reading area. This suite has it's own private side entrance! 

Important Details- Please Read! 

 

  • Transportation to and from Prince Edward Island is your responsibility. 

  • There is not a dedicated art area. You can set up your art in your room, however you must bring everything you need to protect all of the restoration work that has been completed in the mansion (this may just mean a table cloth, or a drop cloth).

  • When people are not eating, you are welcome to work in the dining area, but please be considerate, and remove your beautiful creations around meal times so that people can sit and have their breakfast/lunch/dinner. Hours for using the dining room for art: 10 AM-12:00PM, 2:00 PM-5:00PM, 8PM-7AM This gives people space for eating from 7AM-10AM, 12PM- 2PM, and 5PM-8PM. 

  • This retreat is for one person per room.  If a friend would like to apply with you, they will need to complete their own application, and reserve their own space. Sorry, no spouses or children. 
  • Renting a car is not necessary, however if you do, parking at the house is free. You are walking distance to much of Charlottetown, and there are many tours leaving the city so that you can explore the island even without a car! 

  • All mediums may apply (except for musicians), including but not limited to photographers, writers,  painters, jewelry artists, mosaic artists, fabric arts, etc. - however please keep in mind that there is NO traditional studio, and you MUST be prepared to create your own creative space (indoors or out) and avoid any art production that could cause even the smallest damage to the house. This means bring drop cloths if you plan to paint!- and NO glitter! Plan on creating a space in your room, working outdoors on nice days, or being able to quickly clean up a work space if you use a dining table during non-meal hours. 

  • IMPORTANT! If you reserve a room and would like to cancel, there will only be a refund if the room  is reserved by someone else. 

    If you have been fully Vaccinated, you can apply for a PEI Pass here.  If you have the pass, as of July 2021 you do not need to self-isolate. Canada is opening it's US/Canadian border in August 2021, if you intend to drive to PEI from the US. 

  • PLEASE NOTE: If the retreat has to be to cancelled due to covid travelling restrictions, cancellation will be done 30 days prior to our retreat, and you will receive a full refund! When the retreat is rescheduled with new dates, you will have the option of reserving the same room again before it's opened up to other applicants.  

  • Please consider getting travel insurance for your flights. 

This is a creative retreat open to all art forms/mediums! For some people, that will mean they want quiet, peace, and reflection. Others will want to be social with the other artists. Both are fine! It's just important to remember to respect what each person wants out of their retreat. There are ZERO expectations for people to hang out, be social or not social, or even to leave their rooms! This is YOUR amazing Prince Edward Island Retreat! The only thing expected is for you to have a week to be your creative, wonderful self!

It is understood that this retreat is a way for artistic people to spend a week in a highly inspiration location with other artists! By reserving a space, you understand that although many of the participants may indeed end up touring the area together, you are under NO obligation to participate in any activities. 

Rules

  • If you use the dining area during the day for your art, be prepared to leave the room as you found it during meal times. You MUST bring a drop cloth or table cloth for your art. You are responsible for any damage that your art medium causes. 

  • You may meet some great people on PEI, however, you may not bring anyone who was not invited to the residency to the house, to any of the art retreat activities or classes. 

  • Breakfast will be served at a house next to the retreat on the first two days. You are responsible for your other meals.

  • 10 PM - 7 AM are quiet hours. This doesn't mean go to bed, but it does mean that if you're awake, to please be courteous to the other artists who may be trying to sleep. 

  • Absolutely NO glitter!

  • There is NO smoking at the house, or anywhere on the property. 
  • The firepit and outside lounge area is shared with the owner's other rental property. Please be respectful of other guests. :)