Plein-air Painting Retreat – Hockomock Point in Bremen, Maine

with Jan-Willem & Nancy Boer of the Shenandoah Art Destination


6-day painting retreat, September 8 – 13, 2023

All inclusive

5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts/6 lunches/5 dinners

Day 1 arrive morning 10:30 – 12:00; lunch at 12:30
Day 6 departure at 2:00 pm

Single occupancy (artist) $2180
Double occupancy (two artists) in the same bedroom $2055 each
Non-artist spouse/partner in the same bedroom $1370
Single occupancy (artist) $2180
Double occupancy (participating artist) in the same bedroom $2055 each
Non-artist spouse/partner in the same bedroom $1370

Prices per person in US dollars ($)

*A non-participant spouse/partner price includes meals & lodging.

Workshop Size: Minimum of 5 artists – maximum 10 (intermediate to experienced painters-all mediums).

Extra Costs:  Any additional costs for day trips and one evening meal in restaurant.

Dietary restrictions are limited; if you fall in this category, please contact us before registering to see what can be accommodated (may be an extra charge) .

NOTE:  Artists are responsible for bringing all their own supplies, easels, chair – whatever you require.  Keep in mind being plein-air sites, walking will be required and artist will be responsible for carrying their own materials/supplies.

Upon registration deposit of $250 required (non-refundable unless minimum # is not met); balance due 8 weeks prior to course date.

Accommodations: Some are single rooms and some are shared rooms with separate beds. Bathrooms are shared. You will be assigned a room – no requests.

Painting Opportunities:

Midcoast Maine is a favorite spot for vacationers, and many well-known American painters – including Rockwell Kent, Robert Henri, the Wyeth family and many more.  Paintable scenes on the property include the dock, a hammock by the sea and small harbors with sailboats.  Day trips may include Pemaquid Lighthouse, the fishing harbor of Round Pond, the Olson House from the famous painting of Andrew Wyeth, “Christina’s World, and Monhegan Island with its cliffs, lobster boats, lighthouse and the village below.

We will also visit the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland which is full of inspirational paintings including many painted by the Wyeth family.

How to get there:

The nearest easy airport is Portland, about 90 minutes away, or Boston, about 3.5 hours.  There are also flights from Boston to Rockland, about 45 minutes away. From the airport you can rent a car (we will send directions with your reservation). There is also a convenient twice-a-day bus service from downtown Boston or Boston’s Logan airport, or from the Portland Transportation Center (a short ride from the Portland airport), to Damariscotta, the nearest town, where we can pick you up.



It started out with hopes of having fun painting at some amazing locations in Maine. It turned out to be so much more: meeting like-minded artists who take art seriously without taking themselves too seriously. An incredible, encouraging group of people who painted together, ate together, laughed together, sharing the passion of painting. This is my second workshop with Shenandoah Art Destination, I would highly recommend. Jan’s instruction is always positive and encouraging and Nancy’s organizational skills and humor are second to none.  Sad to see the trip end, but know that I have made some incredible lifetime friends!

The highlights for me were the location (house/property), Penny and Leo and their amazing love of art, Jan’s instruction and Nancy’s humor and organization, Painting locations, and the fabulous group of fellow painters!!!  It surpassed my expectations by 100 x.  It felt like one of those once in a lifetime trips.

Angela Gasser

Regina and I had a lot of fun, and it was thoroughly life enriching to create with everybody.  Hope to do it again soon. 

Bill Gotfryd

Maine was an amazing experience. I am humbled and thankful for the opportunity to meet and paint with a fine group of folks. 

Tacy Norris

The retreat was an experience of a lifetime for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the people and places we went to. I felt very fortunate to have stumbled into this retreat.  I would do it again in a heartbeat. 

Karen Epperson

Jan and Nancy of Shenandoah Art Destination put together a most wonderful trip to Maine where not only were the accommodations divine (my cottage felt like living in a Frank Lloyd Wright home with water right outside my window), but everything and anything a painter needs was provided in the form of wonderful meals, great camaraderie and outstanding views everywhere we looked.  Would go back time and time again.

The highlight for me was the beautiful accommodations and having the logistics of food and travel taken care of; it allowed me to focus on painting.  Another highlight was the trip to Monhegan, I would happily spend a week there!

Maria Fiorella

Any questions? Call 612.221.1140


Shenandoah Art Destination, 325 Union Run, Lexington VA, USA. 24450

Established in 2010, The Shenandoah Art Destination is one of the only, art vacation retreat schools in the United States.  Home to students from all continents, the Shenandoah Art Destination offers rigorous art classes that include painting (oil and acrylic, watercolor, pastel), plein air painting, drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing and mixed media.
The Manors’s beautiful, 10-acre property is located in Lexington, Virginia, 50 miles north of Roanoke, VA.