2023 Fall Art Retreat

2023 Fall Art Retreat

If large and impersonal classes are not your thing, but you would like to refresh your art teacher soul this fall, then this small retreat in southern Tennessee might be just what you are looking for.

Imagine spending two days and three nights learning about new lessons with fellow teachers, communing over gourmet food and drink, and relaxing in a home that looks like it stepped right out of a magazine. You just might head home fully nourished, both mentally and physically, with a renewed sense of art teacher purpose. This Fall 2023 Art Retreat will include art sessions featuring Kathy’s favorite projects, designed to minimize work for teachers, and maximize creativity for students.

Snapshots from June 2023 Retreat

Thursday, Nov. 9th

  • Afternoon arrival of guests at Whitney Hill
  • Relax, unpack, and take a tour of the house
  • The grounds include an adorable chicken coop
  • Meet your fellow guests over your first evening meal in the master dining room

Friday, Nov. 10th (Federal Holiday)

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Morning class
  • Lunch break in the main house
  • Afternoon class
  • Dinner served in the master dining room

Saturday, Nov. 11th

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Morning class
  • Lunch break in the main house
  • Afternoon class
  • Dinner served in the master dining room
  • After dinner drinks with new friends as the weekend comes to a close

Sunday, Nov. 12th

  • A buffet breakfast will be available as guests prepare to go home

Also Read : Pumpkin And Sweet Potato Soup

Art Retreat Costs

  • Art Retreat Classes, all Supplies and Food: $725
  • Room at Whitney Hill for 3 nights: $360 – $550 (Room rates range from $100 to $175 per night)
  • Final Cost: $1025 – $1250 (depending on room choice)

Art Retreat Deposit

A deposit of $200 is required to save you a spot for this special weekend. Email kathybarbro@gmail for options on how to do this.

Room Reservations

Room reservations are made with Regina after deposit is complete. Room rates vary from $100 to $175 per night, depending on bed (full, queen, king) and bathroom (tub, half bath and shower). Once deposit is complete, look for an email with info about how to contact her. All rooms are first come, first serve.


After I make a deposit, how do I make a reservation for a room?

Once the deposit is processed, look for an email with information about how to contact Regina. She will be reserving rooms on a first come, first serve basis. No payment is needed to make a reservation with her.

How do I learn more about the rooms at Whitney Hills, and what each one includes?

Regina will be happy to describe all of them in detail, once your deposit is made. There are different size beds choices and different bathroom facilities too. Each is lovely with a different view, and even has its own decorating theme!

How do I pay the balance for my retreat weekend?

Once the room is chosen over the phone with Regina, a final invoice with balance due will be emailed to you. Full payment is due by Nov. 1st, 2023.

How do I get to Whitney Hills Estates?

The house is located in Hickory Valley, TN. The nearest airport is Memphis, TN. The drive from the airport to the house is approximately an hour.

Can I get Teacher Development credit for the weekend?

The weekend is not under official accreditation from any school system, but a certificate that testifies to 12 hours of Professional Development time with art teacher Kathy Barbro will happily be provided upon request.

Cancellation Policy

A deposit refund is available for 30 days only. Refunds on full payments will be permitted if made before Oct. 1st, 2023.

Will this event happen regardless of the number of guests that sign up?

No, there is a minimum needed to use the facilities at Whitney Hill Estates. A minimum of seven guests and a maximum of 10 are permitted. If the minimum is not filled by Oct. 1st, all deposits will be fully refunded.

TN Art Retreats Past

Originally published in artprojectsforkids.org