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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 dates for the next (2018) Poatina Artists' Retreat are yet to be advised


Poatina Village, Tasmania.  For more information about Poatina's facilities and features visit www.poatina.com


A range of accommodation options are available to suit a wide variety of needs and budgets.  The standard retreat fee includes budget shared accommodation in the Poatina Chalet Hostel.   Motel rooms with private ensuite are available (either to share with a friend or partner, or to enjoy solo) at extra cost.  For those on a very tight budget, billets may also be arranged subject to availability.  For families who wish to stay together there is limited family accommodation available at budget rates to help make the retreat more affordable.  Unfortunately this option is only available to families with dependent children and we are unable to offer this option to groups of friends.  We will however do our best to accommodate you with your friends if you indicate and provide their names when registering.

Meals and Dietary Needs

All meals are provided from Breakfast on Wednesday until Breakfast on Sunday, inclusive.  We will work to accommodate special dietary needs (allergies or intolerances) as much as possible and details should be given for each individual when registering online.  

For those arriving on Tuesday who may require an evening meal, which is not included in the retreat fees, this can be provided at the Chalet Restaurant at 6pm if selected on the online registration form.  There is an additional cost of $20 for this which is payable when registering.  Please note that Poatina is a remote village and whilst there are businesses offering snacks and lunches during the day, the chalet restaurant is the only venue offering evening meals.

Children and Families

As mentioned above, the retreat is mainly open to adults, however, mature teens may apply to participate also as part of the retreat’s mentoring stream which provides some limited pastoral and artistic support.

Retreat participants are welcome to bring family members (including children) along with them and costs for non-participating family members can be found on the online registration form.  Children remain the responsibility of their parents or guardians at all times, so in order to get the most out of retreat you may wish to bring a non-participating responsible person along too who can help care for your children.  In past years some parents have worked informally together to care for their kids for parts of each day, taking turns to participate.

Arts Equipment, Workspaces and Materials

Participants are asked to indicate their art form/medium when registering, and are encouraged to bring any necessary materials and/or equipment along with them.  Special needs can also be indicated in terms of work space requirements (e.g. room with dance floor), larger equipment (e.g. keyboard or easel) or materials.  The team will work to match participants with a suitable space and the necessary equipment (if available) for their chosen creative activity.  In the case of bulky art materials (e.g. large canvases) that cannot be transported, the team is willing to pick these up from Launceston suppliers if sourced and paid for by participants prior to the retreat.  A basic range of acrylic paints and brushes will be available for use free of charge by visual artists as paints are often not permitted for air travel.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information or to discuss any particular needs you may have.

Cost (2016 Prices Only)

A range of ticket types are selectable when registering online including options for non-participating family members and Poatina residents.  You may then add your accommodation choice to determine the total cost.  

Retreat Fee options available:

  • 1) Adult Retreat Participant (incl. all meals) - $280  ($255 Early Bird until May 17th)
  • 2) Poatina Adult Retreat Participant (no breakfasts) - $255  ($230 Early Bird until May 17th)
  • 3) Poatina Adult Team Participant (no breakfasts) - $225  ($200 Early Bird until May 17th)
  • 4) Adult Non-Participant (all meals only) - $190 
  • 5) Child u10yrs Non-Participant (all meals only) - $115  
  • 6) Poatina Adult Non-Participant (no breakfasts) - $160
  • 7) Poatina Child u10yrs Non-Participant (no breakfasts) - $85
  • 8) Poatina Adult Non-Participant (dinners only) - $120
  • 9) Poatina Child u10yrs Non-Participant (dinners only) - $65 

Accommodation options available:  (all costs are per person for the whole 5 nights)

  • A) Standard Hostel Accommodation - $80
  • B) Motel Room (with ensuite) shared by a partner or friend -  $150
  • C) Motel Room (with ensuite) not shared - $300
  • D) Family Accommodation for families of 3 or more - $50
  • E) Billet (subject to availability) - $40
  • F) Poatina Resident (no accommodation required) - $0 

An early bird discount is available for retreat participant tickets (options 1-3) until the 17th May. 


Online registrations are now open via the link at the top of this page.  We are currently converting to a new system, so we appreciate your patience as we all become accustomed to using it.  If possible, have your flight details ready to enter so we can arrange airport pickups.  Alternatively flight information can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at a later date.  Don't forget to join our mailing list at the bottom of this page to receive updates about the retreat and other Poatina Arts events.


Payment is encouraged at the time of booking via credit or debit card.  Please have your card handy when registering.  If you are unable to pay via card, you may instead elect to pay by direct bank deposit, using the following bank deposit details:

  • Bank: Westpac 
  • Account Name: Poatina Arts
  • BSB: 037012
  • Account #:  110695
  • Description: ‘Surname4Retreat’   eg: Smith4Retreat

Sponsorship Program (New!)

New this year is our sponsorship program allows you to add a sponsorship amount to your own registration fee when booking online.  These funds will be used to assist participants and leaders to come to Artists' Retreat who would otherwise be prevented from attending do to the cost of registration fees or travel.  If you are not planning to register for Retreat yourself but would still like to sponsor someone else, please contact us via the 'Contact Us" tab above or simply make a deposit into the Poatina Arts account (see 'Payment Details' below), marked 'SponsorRetreat'.  If you require a receipt, and to enable us to thank you, please make sure you contact us with your address and details of your deposit although you may be anonymous if you wish.

Travel to Poatina

For those travelling from interstate, the cheapest and fastest way to get here is by air.  The closest airport is Launceston, situated approximately 40mins away, where we offer a free airport pickup and drop-off service for those registering.  The on-line registration form asks for your flight arrival and departure times and flight numbers, so ideally make your flight booking prior to registering and have these details handy when you register.  Alternatively, if you are not in a position to book flights now, you can email us your flight details later on.  Using a website like I Want that Flight is a good way to compare airfares from all available airlines and third party sellers and book fares without incurring extra booking fees. 

Arrival Time:  If flying, please aim to arrive at Launceston airport on Tuesday, ideally by 6pm, to allow time to collect baggage and drive you to Poatina by 7.30pm when the first session begins.

Departure Time:  Again, to allow time to travel to the airport and check bags in after the retreat finishes at 11am, the ideal would be to choose flights that depart after 1pm on Sunday.  Having said that, we understand if this isn’t possible and we’ll do our best to get you to the airport anyway.

For those needing to bring a vehicle across, you may choose to travel by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne.

Extra nights and/or meals

If you wish to stay extra nights either before or after retreat, we ask that you book any additional accommodation or meals required (other than for Tuesday night) at least 1 week in advance with the Poatina Chalet on (03) 63978290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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