Make a Big Leap with Time Just for Painting. Rest from Obligations. Forge New Friendships and Deepen Older Ones.

Join Us for Paint Camp 2020


October 18-22 | Kanuga Retreat Center | Hendersonville, NC

Save My Spot!

Special Early Bird Pricing for a Limited Time

Kanuga is a magical place and Paint Camp has a magic of its own that comes from the people who participate, and the bonds that are created from shared time doing the thing we’re passionate about.


We paint together, eat together, and talk into the evening on the porch looking out at the stars (and the occassional rain shower).

You can get pretty close with people when you’re staying in a retreat center, eating and painting together all day.

group photo

Something magical happens when you get up in the morning, and paint all day, sometimes doing 2-3 paintings in a day. And then repeat the process again, and again.
I call it The Big Leap.
It’s what happens when you get into a rhythm and flow, and your hand remembers from one day to the next how you got that great surface or color.
You’re not having to relearn what you’ve forgotten by letting days go by between painting.
Plus PAINT CAMP is a grand retreat from life’s other obligations – no work, no cooking, no picking up the dry-cleaning.
AND the company of others doing the same things to spur you on.

Paint Camp 2019 was more fun than I thought possible.


So we’re doing it again October 18-22, right at the peak fall color in the NC mountains.

Time.  Accountability.  Community.

What’s Included

The Paint Camp package includes the event, a private room for 4 nights at Kanuga, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Paint Camp includes at least two painting locations daily, space for painting indoors if desired or the weather isn’t cooperating, evening activities (including optional critiques), and opening and closing celebrations.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need a portable easel or pochade box with tripod, your paints or colors, enough panels or canvases for at least two paintings per day, knives or brushes, and any other supplies you know you’ll need. Pack clothes that can be worn in layers for warm or cool weather, hiking shoes or boots if you want to explore the miles of trails, and a car (or a friend with one) to get to Kanuga.

Who This Is For

Painting sites are easily accessible without hiking or walking long distances. But more than 20 miles of trails are available if you are up to the walk. You’re responsible for moving your own equipment so try not to pack your whole studio. We are planning full days of painting and optional evening activities: socializing, campfires, cash bar, and s’mores.

All Inclusive Price & Event Package

The package includes the Paint Camp event, a private room and bath, three meals daily,  a private Hendersonville, NC day trip with Mary Gilkerson, and opening and closing celebrations. The early bird waitlist price is $1895 per person, space is limited.

How Paint Camp Works

We’ll start the mornings with breakfast and announcements in the dining hall, and then head out to painting locations in the surrounding grounds. We’ll be painting as a group, but smaller groups and individuals have the option to go off on their own, or remain indoors to paint. Mary will be doing a demo painting each morning where she’ll share tips, ideas, and techniques. After a delicious and healthy lunch, the group will gather outside again for the afternoon open session. We’ll bring the paintings in for an optional critique/sharing session at the end of the afternoon, eat dinner, and then have time for our optional evening activities.

Hold Your Spot Now

Don’t procrastinate! Our events sell out fast and we don’t want you to miss you. Click the registration button below to make sure you get a spot.

Paint Camp Event Fee & Payment Options:

Sign up today and refresh yourself in the NC mountains!
Price $1895 (Paid in Full, Special Early Bird Rate)

Payment plan available.

About Kanuga

Kanuga is a non-profit conference, retreat and camp center serving 25,000 guests annually. Nestled on 1,400 peaceful acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, NC, Kanuga’s historic setting features a 30-acre lake, 20 miles of hiking trails and full-service meeting and lodging facilities for up to 440 guests.


Asheville, NC (AVL – 30 min.)
Asheville Regional Airport, located thirty minutes from Kanuga, offers service on Allegiant, US Airways, Delta and United, with daily nonstop service to Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Orlando and other major hubs. Taxi services and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal. When exiting Asheville Regional Airport take a left onto Airport Road and follow the signs for I-26 East toward Hendersonville. Follow directions for Interstate 26 East.

Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP – 1 hr.)
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located one hour from Kanuga, offers service on Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways. Taxi services and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal. When exiting Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport follow signs for I-85 N. Continue for 14 miles and take exit 70 to merge onto I-26 West towards Asheville, NC. Follow directions for Interstate 26 West.