there are a ton of art options out there! retreats, workshops, day-long, 2-day, weeklong, sleepover, commute, blah blah blah. Maybe it's an explosion of them, maybe I'm just noticing. I have to say that each & every one owes a tip of the hat to Tracy & Teesha Moore. They were the pilgrims, the upstarts, the bold & brave who went first and figured it out. Thank you.
here's what i look for in an art retreat: an nice outdoor setting, all-inclusive meals/lodging (classes too, for a bonus!). As far as classes are concerned, a good mix of levels - basic to has-some-experience. i think if you have all these things on deck, the connections and experiences and friendships will form naturally and with strength. my belief is that when we reach a bit past our comfort zone, or our level of expertise in a craft or artform, then we open ourselves to other new things. the other stuff doesn't need to be contrived or planned...it will just happen. poof.
so give me a cabin in the woods, some good bug stuff, good food, a river/ lake/ ocean, and a full moon. bam! I'm yours.