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Ocean Resort, Vancouver Island, BC

March 15 - 17, 2019

Save this Flyer! Ocean Resort Weekend 2019

Facilitated by Annie Rousseau

Join Annie Rousseau for a weekend painting retreat at the beautiful Ocean Resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, just south of Campbell River, the stillness of this pristine setting provides the opportunity to break from the pace and pressure of busy lives.

Our focus this weekend will be on creative process, with an emphasis on the journey rather than on the finished work of art. In a studio environment free of judgement and critique, we’ll invite you to paint without a plan and trust your spontaneous nature. The results are unexpected and intriguing — very often a wild vein of passion is awakened within you that will not go back to sleep long after the workshop has ended.

Watch an interview with Annie here: Annie Rousseau Talks about Ocean Resort & the Potential of a Creative Life

Tuition: $450 USD for US residents l  $350 USD for Canadian residents (see Discounts section below). Your tuition includes all art materials, five facilitated painting sessions, group discussion circles in supportive community, video presentations about creativity and the practice of art as process. Tuition does not include accommodations and meals. See below for options and costs.

Workshop Schedule

You're welcome to arrive anytime after 12:00 noon on Friday. Accommodations become available at 3:00 pm.

Friday Evening:

Our program begins with dinner at 6:00 pm. If you'd like to attend the dinner (or any other meal), please contact Ocean Resort to make reservations.

Opening Session: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Morning Session: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch Break: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Afternoon Session: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Morning Session: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch Break: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Afternoon Session: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Accommodations & Meals

Make reservations for your meals and accommodations directly with Ocean Resort:

by email: (enter Painting Experience in the subject line of your email) 

by phone: 877-561-3425 (or 250-923-4281 locally)

All prices below are shown in and will be paid to Ocean Resort in Canadian dollars. PLEASE NOTE that this is different from the tuition cost shown above, which is in USD and is paid in USD.


Courtyard: $85.00 CDN per night, per person, plus 13% tax

Ocean View: $95.00 CDN per night, per person, plus 13% tax

Shared Accommodations: Half the private rate per person, per night, based on double occupancy)

 Meal Options

Breakfast (available Saturday & Sunday): $12 CDN per breakfast, plus 5% GST

Lunch (available Saturday & Sunday): $20 CDN per lunch, plus 5% GST

Dinner (available Friday & Saturday): $28 CDN per dinner, plus 5% GST

Discounts & Scholarships

Canadian Resident Discount: Your tuition will be paid in USD. We offer a tuition rate of $350 USD for Canadian residents to compensate for the difference between USD and CDN.

Continuing Participant Discount: If you’ve attended a Painting Experience workshop in the past, you’re a continuing participant.

US residents: Continuing participants will receive a $100 discount.

Canadian residents: Continuing participants will receive a $75 discount.

Partial tuition scholarships are available. Apply here

Work Exchange is available. Apply here

Continuing Education Credits

14 CE Credits are available for MFT, LCSW and RN for a $25 fee. Learn more.

Cancellation Policy

You will receive a full refund minus a 25% handling fee if you cancel before March 1st, 2019. After that date, your payment is nonrefundable and nontransferable.


Ocean Resort, 4379 S. Island Highway, Vancouver island, BC, Canada V9H 1E8 1-877-561-3425

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Ocean Resort, 4379 S. Island Highway, Vancouver island, BC, Canada V9H 1E8 1-877-561-3425


Ocean Resort is located in Oyster Bay, just south of Campbell River near Saratoga Beach.


From Nanaimo, BC to Ocean Resort (approx. 150 km)

Follow Island Highway 19 North

Take Exit 144 (Hamm Rd/Miracle Beach exit)

Follow the road to Highway 19A (the Old Island Highway)

Turn left on Highway 19A. Ocean Resort is 5 minutes down the road the right.

From Prince Rupert / Bella Coola / Pt. Hardy to Ocean Resort

Drive South Approx. 3.5 Hours on Hwy 19

Take Exit #161 (Jubilee Parkway) to 19A, then south 9 Km to Ocean Resort


Ocean Resort is just a quick flight from Calgary, Vancouver or Edmonton.

Call 1-877-561-3425 to arrange transportation by Resort Shuttle from Comox or Campbell River airports to Ocean Resort.

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