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August 8 - 12, 2022

Alan Flattmann

Abbey Art Works 
Four nights, beginning with dinner on Monday and ending with lunch on Friday
Includes meals, refreshments, snacks, and private accommodations; use of studio, easels, tables.
Fee: $815

Call Artist/Facilitator: Billie Bourgeois at 225-276-5424 with any questions.


Dates  August 8 - 12, 2022


About The Event


Abbey Art Works is on the grounds of Saint Joseph Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery in Covington, Louisiana is inviting all painters of any medium to 4 days of peaceful, quiet painting. Air-conditioned studio space will be available, and artists will be free to work outdoors, weather permitting. Work at your own pace, develop your own imagery. Open studio time for the duration. Enjoy meeting and sharing art and ideas with other artists.


The retreat includes 4 nights accommodations in the beautiful, newly renovated Retreat Center just steps from the Studio building. This retreat is for Independent Artistic Development. No formal painting instruction will be given. Artists will set up their own ‘studio space’ and begin independent work. Easels and tables are provided. Artists bring their own painting supplies. The retreat is limited to 20 artists.





  • 4 nights private room and bath with a queen bed in the newly renovated Abbey Retreat Center

  • 3 delicious meals a day, coffee and snacks available throughout the day

  • Begins with dinner Monday evening and ends with lunch on Friday

  • Studio space available around the clock beginning at Noon on Monday, August 8, with easels and tables provided

  • Check in to Retreat Center on Monday, August 8 at 4 pm

  • ‘On call’ consultation with the Artist in Residence throughout the day




  • Walk the beautiful Abbey grounds and Lake anytime during the retreat

  • Relax on the Retreat Center deck

  • Use the Retreat Center chapel for quiet meditation

  • Guided tour of the murals in the church and in the monks’ dining room

  • Minutes from downtown Covington, with Mo’s Art Supplies, as well as lovely little shops

  • Attend Vespers with the monks every evening at 5:30 p.m., if you wish


Retreat and Studio Policies


  • No smoking allowed anywhere on the Abbey property

  • No pets allowed at the retreat



Abbey Art Works Cancellation Policy


No cancellations or refunds after August 1. There will be a waiting list so if for some reason you need to cancel, it's possible another artist could take your place and reimburse you for the full fee. $500 of the registration fee could be applied to a future Artist Retreat at Abbey Art Works.

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