An Artist Retreat at the Abbey
    Dates: August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020
    Recurring: Recurring daily
    Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Price: $750 ($700 for members of the Guild of St. Luke)
    Address: 75376 River Rd., Saint Benedict, LA 70435
    Phone: (985) 892-3473

The Saint Joseph Abbey and Abbey Art Works invite painters of any medium to its next Artist Retreat for several days of peaceful, quiet painting on the grounds of the Abbey. The retreat takes place Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28, 2020.

The retreat includes four nights' accommodations in the beautiful, newly renovated Retreat Center just steps from the Studio building. Registration includes private room & bath plus meals in the Abbey's Retreat Center. Air-conditioned space will be available in the Abbey Art Works studio, and artists will be free to work outdoors, weather permitting, and enjoy meeting and sharing art and ideas with other artists.

This retreat is for independent artistic development and is not recommended for beginner artists. No formal painting instruction will be given. Artists will set up their own ‘studio space’ in the Retreat Center and begin independent work at their own pace. Easels and tables are provided; however, artists bring their own painting supplies. The retreat is limited to 20 artists.

Artist-in-Residence for this event, Billie Bourgeois, will be available in the studio 9-11:30 each morning, and 2-4:30 each afternoon to help, critique, make suggestions and encourage anyone who wishes it.

Billie has taught drawing and painting, realism and abstraction for over 30 years. She is presently on the faculty at Abbey Art Works and teaches “Painting from the Soul: Intuitive Abstract Painting” once a week throughout the year and in 3-day workshops regionally. Her work is represented by galleries in Atlanta, Dallas, Jackson, MS, Alexandria, VA and Baton Rouge, LA. She is a 21-year member of the Mississippi Art Colony and of 35 Women Abstract Expressionists (national group).

Retreat price: $750, which includes private room & bath and all meals ($700 for members of the Guild of St. Luke). Non refundable Deposit of $100 due by August 1, 2020. Balance of $650 due on arriving at the Artist Retreat.

Alternatively, you can mail a check to: Retreat Center at Saint Joseph Abbey, Abbey Art Works Retreat
75376 River Road, Saint Benedict, LA 70457. Or, you may contact Lynette Kendall at the Retreat Center at
985-892-3473 or

For more info on the Artist Retreat itself, contact Billie Bourgeois at or 225-276-5424 or 985-789-6889. Visit for more information about the artist.

75376 River Rd.
Tel: (985) 867-2234
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An Artist Retreat at the Abbey