Wonderscape 2018

wonderscape 2018 general photo

Theme: Success, Failure and Art
At what are you willing to fail? What have been your biggest creative successes? Creative fails? How have success and failure impacted your art? What tips do you wish you could’ve shared with your artistic-self, ten years ago?

When: September 21 – 23, 2018 (Register early as the retreat fills quickly)

Where: Arlington Beach Camp and Conference Centre is situated on the shores of Last Mountain Lake, between Saskatoon and Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Who: For men and women, ages 13-103, of all artistic disciplines who want time to devote to their own creative projects, love the outdoors, and are interested in connecting with like-minds.

What: A nature-based arts retreat designed to move you forward on your creative journey. All of the activities are optional, but the following elements are the back-bone of the experience.

  • Studio space to work on your craft… If you crave uninterrupted time to paint, write, play music, sketch, carve wood, or do whatever it is you do, this retreat is for you. The common area on the main-floor of the lodge, with its many tables and chairs will be dedicated to creators who wish to focus on their work; there are also many other nooks on the property suitable for private creating.
  • Nature… Take an early morning walk along the beach, go paddling, meander down an over-grown prairie lane, find inspiration everywhere and translate it into your craft.
  • Community…  Participate in a culture of honesty and warmth. Group sessions and workshops allow you to connect with artists from diverse backgrounds and interests.  The spacious second-floor lounge, with its comfy seating and fireplace, will be available for anyone who wants to create and enjoy conversation at the same time.

Everyone who comes to Wonderscape is a co-creator of the event; your unique presence and gifts help shape the experience. Think of it as an artist’s potluck! There are several specific ways you can participate…

  1. Weekend library – Bring books of all genres to share with other participants.
  2. Maker’s market – Show your work! Tables will be available to display and sell your art, on an honour system, all weekend. (It doesn’t matter what you bring as long as it’s made by you.)
  3. Skill Trade – Perhaps you are good at identifying wild plants and wouldn’t mind taking someone else along on a walk. Maybe you play an instrument, have photography experience, or love editing writing. If you are willing to share/trade your talents and interests with someone else in a one-to-one setting, there will be a sign up sheet where you can offer your skills and take advantage of others’ expertise.
  4. Lead a workshop (see Collaborate page for details).

Cost: Earlybird pricing until June 1. Regular prices as follows… $345shared room with queen bed and twin bunks; $415private room with queen bed and twin bunks. Accommodations, food and programming are included in price. (Except materials for fibre arts and pottery workshops. See workshop page for details.)

Tentative Schedule
Friday, September 21

  • 7:00 pm      Full group Session; “Success and Failure in Art”
  • 8:30 pm      Drama Improv workshop with Twila
  •  bonfire with opportunities for storytelling and music

Saturday, September 23

  • 8:30 am      Breakfast
  • 9:30 am      Writing workshop with Bill
  • 11:00 am    Hand-building Pottery workshop with Marea
  • Come-and-Go lunch available from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • 1:30 pm      Fibre arts workshop with Christine
  • 3:30 pm      Plein air painting workshop with Sarah
  • 6:00 pm      Dinner
  • 7:30 pm      Jeffery Straker in concert*
  • 9:30 pm      Open mike

Sunday, September 24

  • 8:30 am      Breakfast
  • 9:30 am      Hike n’ Write with Tricia
  • 11: 45 am   Artist blessing
  • 12:15 pm    Lunch and farewell

*See Workshops and Collaborator Bios

See  Food and Accommodations


How to Get There: Arlington Beach is 1.5 hours north of Regina, 2 hours south of Saskatoon, and 2 hours west of Yorkton. See Google maps for further directions (Note: When you turn west and head towards Last Mountain Lake at the “town” of Cymric there is only one building. Blink and you’ll miss it!)