Art Retreat Weekend in Bruges, Belgium

with Roben-Marie Smith
August 30 (18.00) - September 2, 2018 (16.00)

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You know I value creativity, and you know I value community. I’m excited to announce an opportunity that combines both of these (and more)!

If you set out to design the ultimate fairytale town, it would be impossible to improve on the dreamy, picturesque center of Bruges. With whispering canals, historic churches and cobbled lanes, this city has it all.

The natural (and architectural) beauty of the place is one of the many reasons I’ve chosen it as the location for an intimate, European art adventure - and I’m inviting you along!

Join me for an artful weekend retreat at a beautiful, private studio space on the Damme Canal from
August 30 - September 2, 2018.

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
— Pablo Picasso

Here's What's Included...


You’ll have a one-of-a-kind chance to connect with a group of inspired, intelligent women, all there to share their passion for creating.

Together, we will enjoy the beauty of Bruges, make art (lots of art), and forge friendships to last a lifetime.

Here’s what you can expect from this 3 day mixed-media extravaganza:

•Healthy, seasonal snacks and lunches.

•Art workshops held in a spectacular studio with even better views.

•Lots of goodies from me.


With a focus on imperfection and getting messy, the weekend will be filled with a mix of art journaling, book making, collaborations and painting.  Roben-Marie will share the unique way she approaches her art, her layers and moves through her creative process.


Ready for a gathering of women where sharing and creating together is the theme of the weekend? Did we mention plenty of art time, creating side-by-side with Roben-Marie?  Yep, that!  And don't forget collaborations, goodies to share, relaxation, and maybe even some games before bed...pjs mandatory!


Indulge in a bright and airy studio with spectacular views in the countryside of Bruges where the appearance of ducks, herons and roaming horses are continuously changing the setting of the nature.  


Wherever possible, seasonal snacks and lunches will be be created homemade based on healthiness and freshness. If you have any food allergies, please let us know.  We will dine out at hand-picked locations for dinners. 


"Roben-Marie has taught me so much, and helped me learn that it is all about the process and not about perfection."" -Deni James


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What Does it Cost?

*The price of the retreat is $530 USD per person and does not include lodging, transportation, dinners or supplies outlined on the student supplies list.  

Click HERE to read the cancellation and refund policy BEFORE paying your deposit. NOTE: a minimum of ten paying students is required by April 1, 2018 or event will be cancelled.  Payment plans are available.

Wait list is full.

For a list of lodging options, we've put together information for you HERE.


"All your workshops are so very well done. As a career teacher, I know an outstanding teacher when I see one. Thank you for sharing your talents in such a professional, non-threatening style." -Jane Bain

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“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
— Ruth Reichl


Retreat Itinerary*


Thursday, August 30:

18.00: Casual "get-to-know-you" on studio grounds with snacks and drinks. 

Friday, August 31:

9.00 to 17.00 - Art, Play and Lunch
18.30 - 20.30 - Dinner

Saturday, September 1:

9.00 to 17.00 - Art, Play and Lunch
18.30 - 20.30 - Dinner

Sunday, September 2:

9.00 to 16.00 - Art, Play and Lunch
16.00 - Clean up

*Itinerary is subject to change as we get closer to the event, but dates are set.


Roben-Marie will be providing students with kits filled with her own products and other goodies. She will also bring additional tools, paints, stencils, etc. share with all students.  A list of specific supplies will be emailed to students in early July.


Meet Roben-Marie

Roben-Marie provides ideas, inspiration and quality instruction for hobbyists and art entrepreneurs. She teaches artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through her blog and her popular online workshops.

As an artist, blogger, woman of faith and the owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, her mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. Her own desire to learn and unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie has been an artist for the last ten years, and is self-taught, so she believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. She’s taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines including: Journal It!, The Artist Unique, Creative Letting Workshop, Art Saves, Exhibition 36, Journal Revolution, A World of Artist Journal Pages, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, "Somerset Studio," "Art Journaling," "Green Craft," "Artist' Cafe," "Artful Blogging," "Legacy," "Somerset Memories," "Somerset Life," "Somerset Apprentice" and "Somerset Gallery."