Schedule, Workshops and Guest Artists


Arlington Beach, Last Mountain Lake

Tentative Schedule:

Friday, September 22

  • 7:00 pm     Full group Session; “Art and Generosity”
  • 8:30 pm     Mixed-media painting workshop – Part I

Saturday, September 23

  • 8:30 am     Breakfast
  • 9:30 am  Vocal and Ukulele workshop
  • 10:30 am   Mixed-media painting workshop – Part II
  • 11:30 am    Hike and Write workshop (with picnic lunch)
  • 11:30 am    Pick-up your picnic lunch and enjoy at your own leisure
  • 1:30 pm     Culinary workshop
  • 3:30 pm     Mixed-media painting workshop – Part III
  • 6:00 pm    Farm-to-Table dinner
  • 7:30 pm    Sweet Saturday in concert

Sunday, September 24

  • 8:30 am      Breakfast
  • 11:30 am     Artist blessing
  • 12:00 pm   Lunch and farewell



Global Round Dance by Kate Hersberger

All workshops are optional. Please do not over-extend yourself!

Hike and Write – a 1.5 hour outdoor, meditative workshop that will heighten your your senses and get your pen moving. Bring your own writing materials, a beach towel, and dress for the weather.

Playin’ in the Mud – This mixed media painting workshop is all about texture, layers, patience, discovery, and fun. Each stage in the process can be compared to how we approach life and overcome challenges.

  • Stage 1: This is the playin’ in the mud part. Slap some drywall mud on a canvas and use a putty knife to create an image–something specific, abstract shapes or whatever you decide in the moment. Kate will help with this, and have some examples for inspiration on hand.
  • Stage 2: Once the drywall mud has had a chance to dry, and Kate has primed it for painting, we will reveal our image and it’s texture.
  • Stage 3: After a drying time we will add colour to our piece and bringing it to life.

Culinary Arts – Learn from Chef Mariana how to prepare traditional Mexican Food while incorporating honest, prairie ingredients. THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.

Vocal and Ukulele – The ukulele is a music-maker to gamble on and gambol with. And so where better to learn a few tunes on a contrivance so light, joy-filled, and hardy that it should be the mascot instrument of a nature-based creative arts retreat than by a lake in the gloaming. Let’s get outside and sing!

Guest Artists

Mariana Brito hails from Tijuana, Mexico where she attended the Escuela de Arte Culinario before training in Spain, New York, South Carolina, and Copenhagen under chefs of Michelin starred restaurants. She is the head chef of a pop-up restaurant called The Backyard and a Mexican street food truck called Malinche. Her two projects allow her to join her global background with a passion for organic food and her strong relationships with Saskatchewan producers. Chef Mariana’s main goals are to educate through food and have an overall positive impact on the local food system.

dscn2074_.jpgTricia Friesen Reed is an educator, writer and storyteller with international experience in teaching and community development. She is an avid outdoors woman who enjoys gardening, wild-crafting, hiking, and back-country canoe trips. She loves to see people recognize and use their creative gifts and her own work has been published in literary journals and her blog: Tricia Friesen Reed is the founder and facilitator of Wonderscape Retreats.

Coming Up!! blog date Jun 6, 2016Kate Hersberger was born and raised on the Saskatchewn Prairie. She is an artist with experience in drama, music, art and craft, mixed media, acrylic and watercolour art. Kate’s home is a gallery and she also shares her photography, poetry, prose and art at where she invites readers to join her on a creative, healing path.

20170318_134322Shannon Shakoto is interested in how human beings play and solve problems and innovate by making stuff — starting with their imaginations, working down through the heart and then the hands. Which includes spaces and gadgets and things beautiful, tasty, quirky, and sturdy. If you can sing while doing this everything is even better. She gets to live in the tiny village of Forget, SK with a tiny bunch of people who make her laugh, cry, and shake her head every day.

stairwell 2(1)Sweet Saturday is a roots/folk band that brings whimsy and heart to the rich textures of three-part vocal harmony. They play a rootsy and versatile mix of instruments, including guitar, ukulele, accordion, and mandolin, which bring flavours of folk, bluegrass, Americana, and even an unexpectedly wistful Old World sound.