Artist’s Retreat

Join Us July 2-7, 2023

Surround yourself with the beauty of nature to support and inspire your art

This full-week program is designed to provide the artist with an opportunity to work in a variety of natural environments including lakes, streams, meadows and woodlands. This retreat is planned for artists at any point in their creative path, including some instruction/guidance for those just starting out.

Various workshops will be offered throughout the week including Barn Quilts (Monday & Tuesday), Weaving Multi-Pupose Baskets (Wednesday), and ‘Presence of the Light’ Mixed Media (Thursday). All supplies for these workshops will be provided.

Daily en plein air painting/drawing sessions are scheduled. Artists are asked to bring their own supplies for their medium(s) of choice.

In addition to the natural environment, Bear Creek Camp offers you:

  • A perfect site for visual artists, writers and other artists to find inspiration
  • Lodging and meals
  • Guided hikes to various on-site locations
  • The opportunity to commune with other artists
  • Areas to work: rain or shine
  • Accessibility to a naturalist
  • Additional activities may include daily meditation, visual journaling, nature printing workshop and other activities
  • Artist’s families may attend Bear Creek Camp’s Family Camp

The Artist’s Retreat coincides with Bear Creek Camp’s Summer Family Camp which will allow the artist and their family to cross over to all events. Visit our Family Camps page to learn more about our Summer Family Camp. Artists and families will reside in our new Program Site Cabins, which sleep up to 10 and have bath facilities in the nearby Program Building. The Artist’s Retreat costs $320/person. When registering at the link below, select “Retreats 2023”

Registration is Open Now!

A Day Only registration option is available for $50/person and includes lunch, dinner, and program for the day. When registering at the link above, select “Retreats 2023” for the Day Registration Only.

View the 2023 Artist’s Retreat Flyer

2023 Host


Swoyersville, PA

As a former camper, counselor, and director of arts and crafts at Bear Creek Camp, and now a member of the Board of Directors, I have often enjoyed the natural beauty and the many peaceful settings on the camp grounds. Over the years, I have painted a number of scenes of the beautiful examples of nature at Bear Creek Camp.

I am currently a licensed psychologist in private practice in Kingston, PA, and an avid gardener. My love of gardening and nature is evident in the themes of much of my art. By providing private art lessons, and classes in visual journaling at local studios I can share my love of art with others.

I often work in plain air in my own garden or visiting other gardens and natural settings.

I invite all artists to join me in a week long opportunity to work alone or with other artists in a variety of natural settings.

Download the 2023 Artist’s Retreat Flyer