Monday, August 20 - Friday August 24, 2018

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: $750 ($700 for St. Luke Guild Members)

Artist/Facilitator: Billie Bourgeois

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Time & Location

Aug 20, 12:00 PM – Aug 25, 1:00 PM

Abbey Art Works and Christian Life Center at St. Joseph Abbey

75376 River Rd., St. Benedict, LA 70457

About The Event

Abbey Art Works 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 Christian Life Center (CLC) 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.


Billie Bourgeois

The Artist/ Facilitator for this event, Billie Bourgeois, will be available in the studio 9-11:30 each morning and 2-4:30 each afternoon to help, critique, make suggestions and encourage anyone who wishes it.


Billie has taught drawing and painting, realism and abstraction for over 30 years. She is presently an instructor at Abbey Art Works and teaches “Painting from the Soul: Intuitive Abstract Painting” once a week throughout the year and in 3-day workshops regionally. Her work is represented by galleries in Atlanta, Dallas, Jackson, MS, Alexandria, VA, and Baton Rouge, LA . See her website,, and Instagram page, @billie_bourgeois, for details.


  • 4 nights private room and bath with queen bed in the newly renovated Abbey Christian Life 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 20, with easels and tables provided

  • Check in to CLC on Monday August 20 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 Christian Life Center deck

  • Use the CLC 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 15. 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.