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Drawing, Writing, and Watercolor Painting Canoe Excursion with Tessa O'Brien


Join Tessa O'Brien for a 2 night, Autumn camping retreat in midcoast Maine. During your stay on Sandy Pond near Freedom, Maine we will take several excursions by canoe and foot to record the beautiful surroundings through drawing, water coloring and creative writing. All meals from dinner Friday to lunch on Sunday will be prepared by your hosts. Evenings will offer a chance for relaxing and conversing with Tessa and your fellow rusticators.

Pay What You Will Pricing

As a pay what you want organization, the actual price is for you to decide. We offer a suggested price based on our costs to help you make your decision. We consider your payment amount as confidential. 

We ask for a deposit when you sign up for the trip. We suggest twenty percent of what you expect to pay. The deposit will help us with the costs of preparation for the course.

We expect your final payment within a week of the trip’s end.



 We will be staying at a private camping area on the Southeast shore of Sandy Pond. We will canoe from the public boat launch in Freedom, Maine two miles to our campsite. Even such a short paddle will offer a secluded retreat to focus on the creativity of being in nature.



On this Fall weekend, canoes and paper are your vehicles to explore Maine's woods. Tessa O'Brien will lead drawing and watercolor painting sessions, helping you hone your skills. In addition to painting and drawing, Tessa will lead guided writing exercises exploring the relationships between language, creativity, and a regular artistic practice. This excursion is designed for both beginner and experienced artists. It is designed to either build your confidence or simply do your own work in quiet and inspiring places.


Sign Up

If you are interested in this trip please contact us to sign up. Once you have reserved your spot, we will send you an equipment list and guide you through preparing for the course.