MONHEGAN ISLAND RETREAT: Plein Air Painting, Yoga, Light Hiking & Island Tour, July 15-17 2022


Join Melanie Barash Levitt, owner of Jackson Art, for a unique experience combining plein air painting, (beginner and intermediate welcome) two private yoga classes, light hiking and touring Monhegan Island.  This retreat will be reserved for a small group taking place in one of the most beautiful places in the world!  We will spend a rustic weekend at the Trailing Yew. (hearty breakfast included)

Cost includes painting instruction and demos, two nights accommodation with breakfast at the Trailing Yew (your own private room),  two private group yoga classes with ocean view, wine/cheese welcome upon arrival and a tour around the island.  Melanie will be working in oils but you can also work in acrylics, watercolors or even just sketch. You can also add a morning or evening massage with Ginger Rober to make the trip even more relaxing! Cost for massage is $105 for an hour and must be booked in advance on a first come, first serve basis.

Participants are expected to cover costs of their lunch and dinner, and transportation to and from the island.  Participants should also bring all their own art supplies. (rent a French plein air easel from us for $35 for the weekend.  Easel must be picked up and dropped off at Jackson Art)

More details to follow upon registering.  Cost: $675 per/person Friday, 7/15/22  - Sunday 7/17/22. Included: Two nights accommodations with breakfast at the Trailing Yew, Plein Air Painting Workshop, (all levels)  Two Yoga Classes, Wine & Cheese welcome,  and Tour with Light Hiking. Massage add-on optional

Melanie Barash Levitt has been exploring and painting on Monhegan Island for the last 18 years. Monhegan is a small, rocky island ten miles from the nearest mainland and scarcely a square mile in area. It is accessible only by boat and there are no cars or paved roads on the Island. Artists have been drawn to the rugged beauty of Monhegan for over 150 years.  The peaceful nature of the island combined with the picturesque landscape make Monhegan an ideal location to immerse yourself in  art and relaxation.  A packing list will be sent to registered students. (in case of inclement weather, we will paint from the Trailing Yew)

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, July 15.-Arrive in the afternoon to Monhegan Island. Melanie will meet you at the ferry and will take you on a walk through Monhegan village. (your bags will be picked up and transported to the Trailing Yew)  We will have a wine and cheese welcome at the Trailing Yew and go over our weekend plans. In the evening we will have dinner at Fish Beach followed by sunset painting demo. Paint along if you would like or have an evening massage.

Saturday, July 16 - We will enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Trailing Yew followed by a group yoga class and a morning painting session. In the afternoon we will take a short hike Lobster Cove.  Optional beer tasting at Monhegan Brewing in the afternoon or have a relaxing massage.  Lobster dinner at the Island Inn or Trailing Yew. (full menu if you don't eat lobster)

Sunday, July 17-  We will enjoy another hearty breakfast at the Trailing Yew followed by a group yoga class. We will visit to the Lupine Gallery and then have a painting session in town near the ferry. Participants can take an afternoon ferry or spend and extra night on the island. (contact the Trailing Yew to extend your stay for an additional fee) 

Cancellation Policy. We ask that you to give us six weeks notice if you need to cancel. You will receive a full refund minus $50 cancellation fee.  Cancellations should be made by phone by calling (603) 387-3463. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space.  


Start Time: 8:00 am
End Time: 8:00 pm

Start Date: July 15, 2022
End Date: July 17, 2022

Jackson Art Studio & Gallery
155 RIDGe Rd.
Jackson, NH
Map and Directions

Registration Details

Personal Information