SPAC Island Artist Retreat

First of Its Kind!


3 Day Retreat

Friday September 23 through to Monday September 26, 2022


Salt Spring Island

Cedar Beach Resort


Workshops-by-the-Sea presents the 1st SPAC Island Artist Retreat

This will be the FIRST OF ITS KIND!

Artists working in ANY medium are welcome – no formal instruction in any specific medium will be offered, but there will be something for watercolourists, acrylic creators, oil artists and mixed media creators.  Our artist-facilitators will be there to offer critique and guidance on composition, colour, contrast, etc.

This is a chance for artists to create together with other artists, offering support and comradeship to each other under light facilitation.

The weekend will start Friday night, when participants arrive and check in to their cabins. The cabins are 2 bedrooms, fully self-contained, with communal living areas and full kitchens.  Dinner and meet n’ greet will be at a local pub.

On Saturday, we’ll all meet for coffee in our own, private communal workspace.  Our workspace will have tables, chairs, sofas, and its own large deck overlooking the lake.   You can bring a current project or get inspired by the view and begin something entirely new!

 Around lunch time on Saturday, we will visit the local market to purchase items for a communal BBQ on the Resort’s ample deck.  Creative activities then continue in the afternoon, then we break to prepare our dinner, eat, and relax in the Island atmosphere.  After dinner, participants can continue to work on their projects, play pool in the workspace, or meander about the Island on their own.

Sunday we will again meet for coffee and resume our itinerary at 10:00 am.  No other planned activities – just paint and create to your heart’s content! 

Monday morning, we can meet in our communal space for one last coffee – and critique/share, then pack up and head back to town. 

Hurry, there are only 12 seats available!



Reminder: this workshop is open to SPAC members only. If you haven’t applied for your 2021-22 membership, please do so now by filling out our online membership form.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis through our BookWhen system. Click on the button below to be taken to the workshop’s listing (after reading the payment info section first).

Once your registration has been processed by BookWhen, you will be sent a confirmation that a space has been reserved for you.

Payment Info

The fee for this 3 Day Retreat is $385, which includes shared accommodation for 3 nights and communal workspace.

Payment in full at the time of reservation by either credit/debit card, or by e-transfer within 48 hours of registration. Cheques are not currently being accepted.

Costs not covered: travel to/from Salt Spring Island; food (food can be brought as each cabin has a fully stocked kitchen with pots, cutlery, plates etc.).  We will plan our communal BBQ for Saturday night ahead of time, and each person will be asked to come with a potluck dish.

Paying by E-Transfer

Once you receive your confirmation email from BookWhen, send the e-transfer to within 48 hours (sooner is better). You must also use the memo/note option in the e-transfer to identify the following:

  • ‘WBTS’ (Workshops-by-the-Sea)
  • The BookWhen booking reference number from the confirmation email