Beverly Ash Gilbert
Author - Artist - Color Consultant
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Creative Art Retreats on Whidbey Island

Details (The Fine Print)

Our place:

The Creative Art Retreats on Whidbey Island are small, intimate retreats in my island cottage with class size between 4 and 12 students per day. We will be working in my sunroom with tons of natural light, views of water, wetlands, numerous birds and sunrises. And if the weather cooperates we can take a glass of wine down to the beach to watch the sunset. Make sure to bring walking shoes, warm layers and your camera!


We are located in Greenbank, WA an easy walk from the beach and also next to the 500 acre Greenbank Farm reserve with numerous trails, expansive views as well as galleries, gardens, wine tasting room, wine and cheese shops and a lunch-only restaurant that sells fabulous rustic bread made at the farm.



I will be making lunch and hor d'oeuvres for each full day of the Art Retreat. Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions.


Meals on the Tour of Whidbey (included in Retreats that are a week or longer) will be purchased separately at whichever restaurants we choose to visit.



Workshop tuition is listed on Retreat Page either for entire retreat or for each day. Tuition includes full day of instruction, color handouts, coffee and mid-morning snack, lunch, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Multiple day retreats include a dinner on one or more of the days (specified in the syllabus). If space is available, non-students who have traveled with the student are invited to join us for dinner, wine and hors d'oeuvres for $20.

Tuition does not include project supplies and materials. However, I understand that it can be overwhelming to gather supplies and travel with them - so I will have all of the tools you will need for the project (shared with all students, so if you don't want to wait a bit for tools you may consider bringing your own) and kits available for purchase at time of the retreat. A detailed supply list and itinerary will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the retreat.

Please note that transportation to and from the retreat, overnight accommodation and breakfast are not included in the retreat cost and must be made separately on an individual basis.


Registration Details:

Registration for multiple day retreats is opened first to those who wish to attend the entire retreat. After full retreat guests are accommodated, registration will open to those wishing to attend single days. Please note that the retreat may be filled with those coming for the entire time and the single day option may not be available.

Tuition payment is required to reserve your spot for each day of class you wish to attend and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You may pay via the PayPal button on my website or contact me for other options.


Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel:

These are very small, intimate retreats, therefore your cancellation may drastically impact other students. For this reason, all requests for refunds made prior to the final 4 weeks before the start date of the retreat will incur a $50 processing fee per each day of class. I’m sorry, but due to the tremendous amount of preparation time and cost, I cannot accept refunds after 4 weeks prior to the retreat start date. However, you may transfer your registration to another person at any time without incurring any fees (please just notify me with the new name and e-mail).

If the retreat is cancelled:

I reserve the right to cancel any class that has not attained a minimum of 4 people. If I need to cancel, you will be contacted by e-mail and may choose another class or opt for a refund of your retreat registration fee. I cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred.


How to get there and where to stay:

Greenbank, Whidbey Island


Our address and detailed directions will be sent to you in your personal itinerary 2 weeks prior to the retreat.


Please note that transportation to and from the retreat, overnight accommodation and breakfast are not included in the retreat cost and must be made separately on an individual basis. Dinner is only provided on the days noted in the syllabus.


Greenbank is 1 1⁄2 hours from both Seattle (via ferry) and Bellingham (via Deception Pass) and makes for an scenic day trip. There is a free Island County bus that meets each ferry - our bus stop is at the Greenbank Store (about 1/2 mile from our cottage). If you choose to take the shuttle, let me know and I will pick you up (and drop you off) at the bus stop.


For those wishing to stay on the island, here are some wonderful places to stay and all just a short drive from our cottage.

Whidbey Island Lodging Directory

HERE is a fabulous resource for finding lodging all over the island. We are located in the Central Whidbey area.

For some popular accommodation recommended by prior students:


Greenbank (5 to 15 minutes)


  •  Log Cabins B&B (kitchenettes available)


Coupeville B&Bs (15 – 20 minutes)


  • Blue Goose Inn
  • Lovejoy Inn
  • Cottage on the Cove
  • Anchorage Inn Coupeville:
  • Captain Whidbey Inn (I prefer to stay in the charming old house, rather than the modern guest houses)


Group Lodging

There are numerous house rentals on the island for those who are coming with a group. For details, please check out: for Whidbey Island.

Camping (10 - 45 minutes) - all of these are stunning camp grounds! My parents took me year after year to Deception Pass, and my little family and I have been camping at Fort Ebey for the last 12 years - these are the places that made us fall in love with Whidbey Island! We have just discovered South Whidbey State Park - it is only 5 miles away and has areas of old growth forest just waiting to be explored.


  • South Whidbey State Park (10 minutes)
  • Fort Ebey (20 minutes)
  • Deception Pass (45 minutes)