Acadia - A Place - An Ideal

Acadian Arts Retreats are safe and creative spaces set on the scenic Maine coast. Participants explore visual, performing, and culinary arts in small groups guided by skilled instructors.

Arcadia is the name given by European explorers to the north Atlantic coast. Arcadia means idyllic place or refuge in Greek. Cadie means fertile land to the Mi' Kmaq. Samuel de Champlain dropped the "r," giving Acadia its present name.  


Acadian Arts Retreats


Watercolor is an exciting medium; flowing, moving, doing beautiful things. If you haven't used watercolors we'll start at the beginning. If you have, you'll learn new tips. Weather permitting, we'll go out for plein air painting of sky, water, and rocks, culminating in a finished work (or two).  Visit my website

Cooking engages all the senses. We'll prepare great tasting lunches and hearty dinners for ourselves and fellow artists. Instruction will include selection and care of tools, history of recipes, finding, choosing and preparing ingredients, and techniques for getting great results in record time. All supplies and tools will be provided. Visit me at


Acadian Arts Instructors


Mary Laury

Mary Laury is an artist based in coastal Maine specializing in watercolors. She was the Executive Director of Schoodic Arts for All, a non- profit organization celebrating the arts and culture in Downeast Coastal Maine. The dynamic nature and botanical subjects of Maine are Mary’s passions. You can see her paintings exhibited at various galleries along the coast of her home state. An experienced teacher, she has taught painting, drawing and dancing both in the classroom and in the field, for many educational programs. Back in 1999, Laury signed on to teach, painting, drawing and ballroom dancing at Schoodic Arts’ inaugural arts festival. A painter whose work was carried in at least six galleries, she went on to stage the group’s first visual arts show. She was hired as the organization’s first executive director. Laury says she will continue to teach painting and drawing.


Chris Toy

Author of 6 popular cookbooks, Chris cooks and teaches privately at local kitchen stores, and for several community education programs around Maine. Chris’s popular hands-on classes are built around his teaching skills and his deep appreciation for fresh, simply prepared food. Chris’ cooking incorporates straightforward methods, fresh ingredients, and combinations of unique flavors, all drawing family and friends together to enjoy great food and one another’s company.




Fall Retreat Harbor View House Prospect Harbor

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​Thursday November 10 1:00PM - Sunday November 13  1:00PM, 2022

Harbor View House (map)

Escape to a Grand Victorian Inn, the Harbor View House on the coast of Maine with an intimate group of artist, cooks and creatives! You will get to chose one of two workshops including, Asian Fusion Cooking with Chris Toy and Watercolor Painting with Mary Laury. All meals and materials are included in the workshop fee as well as a special private house concert by Grammy balloted sing-songwriter, storyteller, and author Gordon Ward. Day students are welcome. For more information about the workshop, call Mary at 207-632-2251 and to book your stay at the inn call 207-963-9122 or visit

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Fall Retreat Grey Havens Inn Georgetown Maine

Save the dates. Registration opening soon!

Mon, October 24, 2022

1:00 PM - Thursday, October 27, 2022 1:00 PM

Grey Haven Inn (map)

This will be a fantastic time with an opportunity to chose one of three workshops and I will be teaching “Freeing your creative spirit”, a workshop which will help you access your authentic self and creative expression by using your intuition. Kat Logan will lead you through an opening process and explore your creative self using many different materials and exercises. Also being offered is Asian Fusion Cooking with Chris Toy and Watercolor with Mary Laury. This four day workshop will be offered at the beautiful Grey Haven Inn and Restaurant in Georgetown, Maine. All lunches and dinners will be prepared and shared by the cooking class and each day will begin with a morning meditation offered by Kat and days will end with social hour and a special house concert by Kat on Wednesday evening. For more information, contact Kat at 207 226-7446.

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