Women’s Artist Retreat for Creativity and Community

Scenic Oceanfront Home on St. George Island, Florida
COMING SOON for 2023

You are invited to 6 days and 5 nights in a spacious, eight-bedroom, four-bath home on the beach, complete with two kitchens, two outdoor decks, numerous gathering areas, and several places to create. Meet fellow creatives on this playcation at the beach! All artists are welcome from beginner to pro. This is open studio, no instruction, with leisure group activities provided. Bring your art to create and re-create!

We’ll create, relax, eat well, and enjoy some of the best sunrises and sunsets anywhere (both are visible from the back deck!). We’ll let our bodies recharge as our feet sink into the sand, and we’ll refuel our spirits by endlessly gazing at the ocean where the dolphins swim and fish daily.

The retreat will begin on a Tuesday, with arrivals between 2-4 pm, and end on a Sunday, with departures at your leisure, at or before 2 pm.

Join the artist retreat mailing list for retreat updates and an invitation to attend a pre-retreat meet and greet on Zoom.

Also, join the Paint, Paddle & Play Facebook group to see more photos, videos and group discussion and to start building community with other interested artists.


Paint, Paddle & Play Includes:

  • Lodging with your choice of three (3) oceanfront king bedrooms, two (2) island-view queen and two (2) twin rooms. See below for lodging options.
  • Welcome care package
  • Breakfast and lunch daily (Wednesday – Sunday)
    • The refrigerators and pantry will be stocked with food for you to prepare on-your-own breakfasts, lunches. (Simple breakfast items will be available, plus ingredients for smoothies, salads and sandwiches.)
    • PLEASE NOTE: Dinner is NOT included with the retreat, but options include local restaurants, and groceries can be purchased to prepare dinner at home (fresh seafood or whatever you prefer).
  • Coffee, teas and water, plus snacks
  • Floor easels, with prior advance notice
  • Drop cloths for each participant to use
  • Basic toiletries (see suggested list of what to bring)
  • Beach service with chairs and umbrellas
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Ample off-street parking


Activities Included:

  • Creative introductions circle on Tuesday at 4:30 pm
  • Daily morning meditation and reflections
  • A sunrise dolphin experience*
  • A paddleboard excursion Wednesday with a local guide (safe enough for beginners with all equipment provided)*
  • Yoga on the beach with a local instructor on Thursday*
  • Optional show and tell sessions daily, featuring one tool and one trick (totally optional!)
  • Saturday afternoon shopping trip and gallery crawl in Apalachicola, featuring an amazing chocolate shop!

*Any activity canceled due to weather will be re-scheduled if at all possible. These events are not guaranteed, but they are being scheduled early in the retreat to allow flexibility for weather-related delays.

**All group activities are optional. This is YOUR retreat. Participate at the level you choose.


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Location Details

Paint, Paddle & Play will be held at a private home on St. George Island, in the Florida panhandle. Our oceanfront retreat space is classic Old Florida with fresh updates. The two-story home faces the Gulf of Mexico and boasts breathtaking views. The peach sands of this Forgotten Coast barrier island are just beyond the door. Inside, the open layout offers versatility for a range of activities with plenty of space for guests to gather or find solitude. Well-appointed rooms with fresh paint, comfortable beds, and welcoming décor invite relaxation.

PLEASE NOTE: This retreat includes stairs into the house, a spiral staircase between levels, and stairs down to the beach. If you are not able to navigate stairs, regrettably, this is not the ideal retreat for you.

By car, our retreat destination is about an 8.5 hour drive from Nashville. Or for flying, you may choose between two airports. Tallahassee International Airport (THL) is a 1.5 hour drive. Panama City Beach Airport (ECP) is a 2 hour drive. Transportation from the airport can be arranged for an additional cost (about $80-100 round trip with ride share). Angela will help coordinate arrival times for guests who are flying, to facilitate ride share when possible.

The drive from Nashville is easy, and if flying, you’ll experience beautiful scenery coming from the local airports.  You’ll be tempted to stop for photo opps, especially as you go through Apalachicola and cross the bridge into St. George. We usually vacation in the Destin/30A area of Florida, but people told me that St. George is worth the extra drive. They were right! It’s like stepping into a different, non-commercialized world. It’s an untouched beach heaven! Once you make the drive, you’ll understand why I am so excited to take you back with me. Read more about St. George below.


Lodging Options

(3) King Bedroom with Ocean Front View, Single Occupancy                $1695
(2) Queen Bedroom with Island View, Single Occupancy                        $1495

(2) Double Twin Bedroom with Island View, Double Occupancy          $1295, per person*

*Bring your own roommate for the twin bookings, or share a room with a new friend.

Rooms preferences are offered on a first-come first served basis, at time of booking.

SUPER-Early bird discount! Reserve your place by (dates to be determined) to save $200!

Early bird discount! Reserve your place by (dates to be determined) to save $100!

Are you price-minded like me? Consider the value of this one-of-a-kind, curated artist retreat. You can stay at the lovely Buccaneer Inn on St. George and spend $250 night. For five nights, that’s $1250 just for sleeping quarters.

Your Paint, Paddle & Play retreat includes so much more than a hotel stay! You’ll participate in fun and soul-nourishing activities, create art daily with inspiring company and views, make new friends and enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch daily, plus all the amenities of a very large, beautiful home on the beach.

Once the retreats dates are announced, a non-refundable deposit of $295 will hold your reservation, with the balance due by (date to be determined), which is also the last day to register. Once paid, your event balance is also non-refundable. Optional travel insurance is suggested for a nominal cost through Travel Guard or a provider of your choice.

*Angela reserves the right to cancel this retreat if it does not meet the minimum requirement. If cancellation becomes necessary, your deposit would be refunded in full, or applied toward a future retreat if you choose.

Rain Date

In the event of severe weather rendering travel to the island unadvisable, a rain date will be offered.


We’re going to be sharing a house together and I’m committed to providing a safe, fun experience so you can attend with confidence. I’ll be asking you to share a little about you, your art and your hopes for the retreat. Ready to apply? Click the button below to get started and I hope to see you on the beach!

More About St. George Island

Located just off North Florida’s Gulf Coast, the 28-mile St. George Island is one of the last inhabited yet unspoiled barrier islands in Florida – a serene and pet-friendly vacation paradise. 
*Unfortunately, however, no pets allowed at our retreat. Sorry, house rules!

St. George Island consistently rates as one of the top beaches in the U.S., with miles of uncrowded expanses for sunning and shelling, clear Gulf waters for swimming and fishing, and pristine marshes for wildlife viewing.

St. George Island is protected by low-density zoning and strict building codes. This makes St. George Island a tranquil beach community with no high rises or chain stores.