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Fall 2020 dates soon to be announced soon.

We want to share one of the most beautiful, peaceful and wildly wonderful islands in Canada with you and nine other women. Malcolm Island is a hidden gem offering breath taking scenery, tranquility, great outdoor experiences, many wildlife viewing opportunities, and a fascinating history.

We also want to help you learn to make and bind your own books and create inspiring pages for them We will feed you well and keep you as creatively and physically active as you want to be for five days. The rest is up to you!

Our main instructor is bookbinder and book artist Debra Frances. Winnipeg visual artist Sue Gordon will teach mono printing with cold wax applications and local artisan Robin Smith will demo and instruct eco dying on paper and fabric using local plants. We will wander the beaches and pathways to search out driftwood and other items we can use in the making of our books.

Bookbinding or artistic experience is not necessary.

Optional activities may include:

Hike along Bere Point

Hike the Beautiful Bay Trail

Sea Kayaking

Visit Malcolm Island Wasabi

Fishing charter (extra cost)

We will be working and enjoying evening meals in the Oceanfront Hotel with a view overlooking the ocean. Breakfast and lunch will be self served in the communal kitchen or you can pack it up and take it onto the beach. We’ll indulge in a fresh crab supper one evening and locally caught wild salmon on another.

Arrival will be on September 24th. We will settle in and gather for supper to discuss our plans for the week. Workshop time will be from 10-4, allowing plenty of time to stroll along the shoreline or take in one of the optional activities. There will be full access to materials and the work area if you want to work early or later into the evening.

Our accommodation and work place is The Oceanfront Hotel, a quaint and comfortable inn with amazing rooms over looking the water. You can choose your room (ocean or street side, single or double). Prices range from $79 to $250). After retreat registration call the hotel directly to book your room. Robin (250) 230-6722 or

Hotel owners Robin and Ray have graciously offered to let our group stay for half price before or after the workshop. Something definitely worth taking advantage of! There is a grocery store across the street and a small café as well.

Even though Malcolm Island is quite remote, it is very accessible. Possibilities for travel are:

Flight from your city to Victoria, Comox, Nanaimo or Port Hardy. There are buses to Port McNeil from Victoria and Comox and if coming from Port Hardy, a taxi is $60. Car rental from Victoria, Nanaimo or Comox is also possible. The ferry ride from Port McNeil to Sointula is a short 20 minute ride (BC Ferries).

Come and enjoy an incredible adventure with us!

COST: $1595 includes all workshops, materials and meals from Tuesday evening until after breakfast on Monday. Please register early as we anticipate this retreat workshop to fill up quickly. A deposit of $500 is due at time of registration. The balance of $1095 is due July 24th. (Registration non-refundable after July 24th).

Payments can be made through my online shop or via an e-transfer payable to

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