10 Beautiful Artist Retreats Around the World


When artists need a little R&R to recharge their creative batteries, they usually do one of two things: stress out, because they can’t afford to take a vacation, or head to an artist retreat. The former happens more frequently, but we hope to inspire artists to take advantage of the latter by checking out these ten beautiful retreats around the world.

Photo credit: Kékesi Donát

Photo credit: Kékesi Donát

Hello Wood, which we spotted on iGNANT this week, is a multidisciplinary art camp in Budapest that unites architects and designers to create installations and other artworks made from wood. The group also hosts a festival and workshops that focus on the “interplay of art and social commitment.”

Stay in the Log Palace at Utah’s Creative Inspiration Mountain Retreats, where the host offers special classes about the Bauhaus school.

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Brazil’s Instituto Sacatar offers an “unstructured” space for artists to work (all disciplines) at its island estate, located along All Saints’ Bay. The retreat encourages artists to work “primitively” (with few tools) to fully immerse themselves in the secluded location.

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Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is an interdisciplinary retreat located on 186 acres of Nova Scotia farm and forest. Artists can choose to participate in programs or explore freely on their own.

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Canada’s scenic Fogo Island is home to the Tower Studio, an art retreat designed by Saunders Architecture. It’s one of six studios commissioned by the Shorefast Foundation and Fogo Island Arts Corporation. The unique, vertical structure makes for an unforgettable creative haven and offers residents a 360 degree view of the island.

Visit Fiskars, Finland for a woodsy retreat on the property of an artist who commissioned this live/work space. The octagonal structure, designed by New York architects 0 to 1, has a view of the garden, plenty of light, and a sleeping loft.

The Segera Retreat boasts the largest private collection of African art in the world. Located on a wildlife sanctuary in Kenya, there are eight villas, a gym, wellness center, and theater available for residents to enjoy.

Photo credit: James West

Photo credit: James West

The Cassilhaus Artist Retreat and Residency in North Carolina is a beautiful multidisciplinary getaway. A custom designed apartment is just one of the wonderful amenities for visiting artists staying at the tranquil woodland setting.

Artists, writers, and scientists converge at a retreat in Japan. Residents are encouraged to explore the link between tradition and the contemporary. After enjoying the amazing mountain view, head to several nearby museums, including the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, for some gallery time.

You really can’t beat the view at the Palazzo Rinaldi retreat, located on a hilltop in the village of Noepoli in southern Italy. The property dates back to 1822. Residents can look forward to interacting with the arts-friendly community, and taking advantage of a private studio and apartment. Visit Palazzo Rinaldi for winding cobbled paths, stone buildings, and oodles of authentic charm.