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Arajilla announces 2012 Artists Retreat

Inspiration weekend with Archibald Prize-winning artists

Arajilla Retreat on the picturesque Lord Howe Island will once again run an inspiration weekend for art lovers giving them the opportunity to paint with Archibald Prize-winning artists.

Gary Shead and Adam Rish hosted the Arajilla Artists Retreat in May 2010 and accompanied ten lucky guests on painting and drawing workshops across a number of spectacular Lord Howe locations. Shead and Rish also guided the participants in studio sessions during the three day retreat.

“Lord Howe is awesome! The workshops were very casual and carefree and we were encouraged to experiment and work on different aspects of art. Of course with Mount Gower as a back-drop we all felt very inspired and I'm still working on my oil painting. The owners of Arajilla Janne & Bill, were the perfect hosts and joined us for lunches at the studio where we all mingled and got to know each other. Unfortunately it all had to end but I feel that I've gained so much from the experience not only art wise but through friendships as well.” – Participant Rita Sheather

Considered Australia’s most beautiful island, Lord Howe offers true artistic inspiration. The opportunity to paint with some of Australia’s most talented artists is complemented by the luxury and warm hospitality provided by the staff at Arajilla Retreat.

Following the success of their previous visit, internationally acclaimed artists Gary Shead and Adam Rish will return as artists-in-residence for the Artist Retreat in April 2012.

The retreats are limited to a maximum of ten participants and are held from Friday to Monday. Guests will rediscover their artistic passion, drawing inspiration from the picturesque surrounds and majestic setting of Arajilla Retreat and Lord Howe Island.

Artist Retreat Date:

20 – 23 April 2012

The Arajilla Artist Workshop program includes accommodation, all meals, airport transfers, and light picnic lunches whilst away sketching or painting.

Arajilla also provides its artist workshop participants with the equipment required to fully enjoy their Lord Howe Island experience including backpacks, easels, canvas and paper, bicycles, snorkelling and fishing gear, beach towels, DVDs and much more.


Four days/three night package from $2, 080 per person

Twin Share per Person


Sole Use


Arajilla Artists Retreat Inclusions:

  • Three nights accommodation for two in a Kentia or Banyan Suite

  • Selected pre-dinner drinks

  • All meals – gourmet breakfast, light lunch, three course dinner with menu changing daily, plus tea and coffee

  • Two full days of art workshops with your selected artist

  • Easels, stretched canvas and artist paper provided*

  • Special art book gift selected by the lead artists

  • Bicycles and return airport transfers on the Island

  • Prices start from $2 080 per person

  • * Participants are required to supply their own pencils, crayons, paints and brushes etc.

For more information, visit www.arajillaartistsretreats.com.au

Bookings can be made by:

telephone via free call 1800 063 928