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Visual Arts Week at The Mountain

Create Beauty at The Mountain

August 11 - 14, 2022

2 1/2 days of workshops and 3 nights of accommodation.

Painting Workshops

led by internationally recognized artist/instructors

Melinda Borysevicz

Join fellow visual artists for our second annual gathering to retreat and explore.

Plein air landscape painting will fill the days and warm, congenial community will fill the evenings.

Locally made food from the on-site farm will sustain us.

Part of the proceeds support The Mountain's Mission.

In our registration system, select Other Retreats then your ‘Visual Arts Week at The Mountain’ package.

Join the Visual Arts Online Community 


Melinda Borysevicz

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What Others Have Said

“Being with other artists in a transcendently gorgeous place was exciting and eye-opening. The techniques taught and modeled have moved me to a new level of expanded perspectives of color, composition and inspiration in my own art.”


“I am not a practicing oil painter. However, I did learn a lot about the medium, how it works, and I appreciated the group experience. I Found it particularly useful to learn how to mix colors….feel that I gained a better appreciation for evaluating art in general and oil paintings in particular.”


“The instructors, Melinda and Matt, were excellent, each with a completely different style. Accessible, supportive, challenging, talented, patient and genuinely fine human beings, both.

Loved the field trips, botanical gardens, winery, waterfall, gardens, etc., all splendid.

Really appreciate the behind-the-scenes organizing…seamless and almost invisible…held us together and promoted an amiable, relaxed community, unique and memorable.”


Registration Fee includes (Unless otherwise stated)

  • Lodging

  • Meals

  • Use of assigned facilities

  • Participation in your selected program workshops and activities

All room, board and programming included: 

Field trips, evening entertainment and glorious nature!



     Registration                                   Noon - 5:00 pm

     Dinner                                             6:00 - 7:30

     Orientation, Meet and Greet      7:30 and later

Friday and Saturday as follows:

  Morning centering practices         7:00 - 7:30 Greet the creative day with intention

  Breakfast                                          7:30 - 9:00 Vegan and vegetarian options available

  AM Instructional workshops         9:00 - 12:00 En plein air painting and material gathering hikes

  Lunch                                                12:30 - 1:30 Meals are buffet style and communal

  PM creative workshops                 2:00 - 5:00 Apply what we’re learning             

  Social hour                                       5:00 - 6:00 Chat and imbibe as you like

  Dinner                                               6:00 - 7:30 Much of the food is grown on-site

  Evening activities                           7:30 - until Entertainment, discussion or whatever manifests

Sunday morning:

 Morning centering practices      7:00 - 7:30 Greet the creative day with intention
     Breakfast                                      7:30 - 9:00 Vegan and vegetarian options available
     AM Instructional workshops      9:00 - 12:00 En plein air painting and sculpture

     Departure                                     12:00 - lunch is not provided on Sunday

Package Rates:

Double occupancy:

4 day / 3 night (Thurs afternoon thru Sunday, noon) Participant= $840 

4 day / 3 night (Thurs afternoon thru Sunday, noon) Non-Participant*= $495 

        *This is for tag-along partners not taking part in workshops, but enjoying evening activities.

4 day / 3 night (Thurs afternoon thru Sunday, noon) Commuter* = $675

       *This is for workshop participants lodging and dining elsewhere,

          i.e. you live in Highlands, for instance.

Single occupancy, Private room:  add $60/ night

* Additional Night Stays are available before and after this retreat. If you would like to extend your stay please call The Mountain at 828.826.5838 to book your extra nights at the discounted rate of $85/night.

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  • Program: August 11 -14, 2022, 2 1/2 days of workshops and 3 nights of accommodation.

  • Registration is Open

  • Registration deadline: July 31, 2022

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