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Important Note Regarding Poatina Artists' Retreat 2017

Poatina Arts regrets to advise that the Poatina Artists' Retreat will not be running in 2017.  Our core team of volunteers has been significantly impacted by some members taking a break this year and others needing to work on large projects - and so our team is simply too small to make it happen this time.  We are, however, still planning to run Faith and the Arts in January 2018.

For those who were hoping to join us for retreat, we offer 3 alternatives:  

1) Sydney Artists Retreat, in Blackheath, April 20-25th.  It is run by a wonderful team from the Annandale Creative Arts Centre, some of whom have been involved in Poatina Artists' Retreat and/or Faith and the Arts.  Visit sydneyartistsretreat.com for more details.

2) Come to Poatina as an Artist in Residence. While this would be a very different experience from Poatina Artists' Retreat, it would provide a quiet, restful space with beautiful scenery in a warm community where you can practice your art form.  If this interests you please enquire to Lea Mason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3) Come to Faith and the Arts Summer School in January 2018.  We'll be offering a full range of elective workshops once again and you may elect to participate in Retreat Mode, using elective time to work on your own art form without the need for tuition.



The Poatina Artists’ Retreat is a four day gathering held in July each year for those with creative skill or experience who are seeking fellowship with other artists in a restful and enlivening Christian faith environment.

The retreat offers opportunity for rest, reflection and sharing as well as individual creative activity or collaboration with other participants.  The program consists of morning and evening gathering times, shared meals, and large blocks of unstructured time each day which may be spent by individual participants as they desire.   

Unlike our larger Faith and the Arts Summer School event, held in January each year, the Poatina Artists’ Retreat does not offer teaching in practical art making or performance skills.  Instead, the retreat primarily offers space and time in which to rest, reflect, share, and create. 

It is important that participants are able to be self-directed and motivated in whatever ways they choose to use their time at retreat and for this reason the retreat is mainly open to adults.  Mature teens may apply to participate in the retreat’s mentoring stream which provides some limited pastoral and artistic support from a more established artist.  All art forms, whether visual, literary or performing, are welcome.

Take time out from the demands of life and/or arts practice to rest and reflect on next steps.  Whether it be sitting and journaling in the cosy gathering space, drinking coffee in the View Café or Tiers Tea Lounge, taking a snooze under a tree, absorbing artworks in The Poatina Tree Gallery or walking along the many bushwalking tracks surrounding the village - the retreat is a great opportunity to stop and give space and time to the ‘still small voice’ that often gets lost in the busyness of everyday life and arts practice.

·         Share and network with other artists.  Whether informally over a meal or coffee, or by sharing with the group in one of the evening sessions, the retreat has a great track record when it comes to connecting like-hearted creatives together, spawning future collaborations and other supportive peer relationships that last long beyond the four days.

·         Begin, continue or finish a creative work or project. Whether it be to write songs or undergo final production for a new album / work on a novel / write poetry / plan a new exhibition or body of visual art / paint canvasses / draw / choreograph a new performance work / weave / dance / print / sing / cook / blow glass / sew / take photos / sculpt / play…   We will do our best to find you a suitable space and the means (eg: a keyboard or easel) for you to do what you need to do.  The evening sessions can also be used to present recent works or works in progress for feedback and encouragement.

·         Collaborate with other artists.  Usually through pre-arrangement on the Poatina Arts Facebook page, or sometimes more spontaneously, the retreat also represents a great opportunity to create in partnership with others if desired.

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