Abstract Art & Nature Retreat in Hawaii

Transformational Painting Workshops

2024 Schedule:

Abstract Painting Retreat
January 28 – February 3rd, 2024

Join us on the lush Big Island of Hawaii!

Abstract Painting Retreat and Winter Getaway

January 28th – Feb. 3rd, 2024

Calling all artists and art enthusiasts! If you find yourself yearning for a creative revival and respite from the winter cold, then look no further than the Abstract Painting and Nature Retreat in Hawaii. This exceptional retreat offers a perfect fusion of abstract painting and the splendor of the lush, tropical landscape. Bask in artistic support and professional guidance as you recharge your creative practice in the midst of awe-inspiring nature and the transformative volcanic energy of the Big Island of Hawaii.


Have fun learning new painting skills and making art that you really love!!

Hawaii Abstract Painting & Nature Retreat

There is creative and transformational energy on the Big Island of Hawaii that makes it unique.  Surrounded by nature, ocean, sun, rainbows, breezes, passing showers, dolphins & whales, tropical flowers, and exotic fruits… you are immersed in raw beauty. Your awareness of the planet and of our place in the universe are amplified. 

Explore the beauty of the Big Island while you expand your creativity. Have fun and learn new painting skills & techniques in this 6-day Tropical Abstract Painting Retreat & Winter Getaway, designed to delight nature lovers and artists of all levels

• Daily artistic guidance in a spacious, light-filled art studio
• Sharing two healthy, organic meals a day
• Soaking in naturally geothermal heated warm ponds
• Viewing the newest land and beaches on the planet
• Exploring local scenic and cultural hot spots
• Visiting Volcano National Park to possibly see currently flowing lava!

Available locally:
Yoga, Massage, EFT, Watsu, Sound and other healing modalities.

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Find inspiration along the Big Island’s scenic lava coastline and tree tunnels on the famous “Red Road”.


“Fear and trepidation of a blank canvas fall away in Abbie’s class. She teaches a way into the visual world of expression where anyone who wants to can make art.” – Susan Taylor, Chicago

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Retreat Leader and Art Instructor, Abbie Rabinowitz, is passionate about sharing her inspiration for the Big Island of Hawaii.


As an enthusiastic painting instructor and workshop facilitator, I will offer painting prompts, tips, and suggestions to help get your juices flowing!

You will be introduced to painting techniques and learn new skills to help you feel more confident as an artist. Using gentle and supportive critique, I can help guide you so that you can refine your artistic vision. Whether you are a newbie in intuitive painting or an experienced abstract artist, I will work at a level of instruction that is comfortable for you. All levels welcome!

During the week we will visit a variety of local scenic spots where your eyes will feast on all manner of the Big Island’s stunning visual treats to inspire your abstract paintings.
– Abbie Rabinowitz


  • Dramatic black lava coastline and spectacular ocean views
  • Tropical flowers and exotic fruit
  • Scenic Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road, aka “Red Road
  • Brand new lava fields and currently flowing lava at Volcano National Park
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sunrise over cliffs
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Lava hike


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You will have access to our incredibly spacious and light-filled art studio set in a mature tropical garden near the coast during the retreat.
Easels and table workspace will be provided for each participant. In addition to shared time as a group, the studio will be available for you to use in your free time.

Suggested mediums: Watercolor, acrylic, pastel, or mixed media.
Have questions about what art materials to bring or ship? Let’s talk! I will have acrylic medium and pre-gessoed (36″ width roll) for purchase. Contact me to discuss.

Guaranteed, rain or shine, you will find abundant inspiration on your painting journey in Hawaii.

2023 Art Retreat in Hawaii photos… students enjoying time in studio.

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Monday to Friday: Your body will be lovingly fed two delicious island fresh organic homemade meals each day.
Additional: Sunday arrival dinner and Saturday brunch 
Mid-week dinner is ‘night out’ at Uncle Roberts night market, or a chance to try a delicious meal at one of our excellent local eateries.

Enjoy the many amazing fresh fruits and veggies that grow in the rich volcanic soil of the Big Island, plus fish from the bountiful sea and locally raised chicken and grass-fed beef.
• Fresh island fish
• Garden-grown veggies
• Local tropical fruit
• Locally sourced organic food

You will enjoy dining outdoors on Abbie’s lanai. Her art studio adjoins her garden, complete with banana and papaya trees. Enjoy picking fruit directly from the trees!

Lunch on the lanai

Dietary needs? We got you covered!

Mealtime is often the time when our artists will relax together and engage in lively discussions of the day’s events, and Chef Robin’s culinary gifts just add to the great experience. She can further provide scrumptious alternatives to those with restricted diets, so please let us know if you have unique requirements in your diet and we will make sure we are well prepared.

Robin’s bountiful multi-dish meals are a much-anticipated treat, not once but twice a day! She loves delighting us with Hawaii’s best seasonal offerings. Artfully prepared to nourish our artistic souls. – Susan Taylor, Chicago

Robin is a master planner when it comes to designing meals to meet a variety of dietary needs. She is an awesome cook! – Lisa Tousignant, Colorado


• Geothermal fed warm ponds
• Black sand beaches (clothing optional)
• Miles of amazing coastal scenic beauty on the Red Road
Lava viewing and tours
• Uncle Robert’s famous Wednesday night market with local music, foods and crafts

Other Optional Outings
• Pahoa Town, a delightful hippie enclave with shops and restaurants
Old Hilo Town with its historic old buildings & galleries
• Volcano Art Center in Volcanoes National Park

Lava rock coast and surf just minutes from my studio.


You can choose from a large variety of Airbnb vacation rentals. These include bungalows, homes, and apartments, ranging from luxury accommodations to glamping, all located by Puna’s most beautiful scenic byway, the Kalapana Kapoho Beach Road, aka ‘Red Road’.

Most of these rentals are reasonably priced and likely well within your budget. My team and I will gladly assist you in finding comfortable lodging for you in our local vicinity.

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A variety of vacation rentals are located in our beach community neighborhood.


Abbie Rabinowitz and Robin Worley are Big Island of Hawaii residents, artists, and all-round fun people!
We are super eager to share our love of nature, art, and healthy eating at next winter’s Hawaii Painting Retreats.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Aloha! I’m Abbie Rabinowitz, your retreat leader, and facilitator. I am a trained and experienced, award-winning fine artist (MFA), painting instructor, and retreat leader, with years of practice teaching both en pleinair landscape and abstract painting. 

I am insanely inspired by the Big Island! The raw nature and transformative energy of this volcanic island, as well as the rich Hawaiian culture, lured me back again and again. After years of painting pilgrimages, I finally made this island my home and I am passionate about sharing my inspiration with others. 

I promise to facilitate your experience with encouragement and gentle, supportive critique. Whether you are new to painting or a seasoned artist, it will be my pleasure to support you in finding and expressing your unique artistic voice.

Robin and food

Delicious and well-rounded nutritious meals will once again be provided twice daily by Chef Robin Worley.

She is already dreaming up a fabulous fare of omnivore, vegetarian and/or vegan menu options for 2023. The menu will include some old favorites and some new thoughtfully designed, mouth-watering, wholesome dishes created from locally grown organic ingredients.

Robin truly enjoys growing food, as well as creating with locally produced ingredients to offer you an exotic island-style global cuisine. She is an artist herself who works in fashion design and 3-dimensional multi-media art as well as painting, and of course… the art of cuisine.

On this Abstract Art and Nature Retreat, located along the scenic black lava coastline and lush island tropics of the Big Island of Hawaii, with gentle support and artistic guidance, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed to create a successful abstract painting, skills that will allow you to continue making artwork that you truly love long after the retreat is over.

Extraordinary art class with an accomplished artist who has years of experience and knowledge to share. Abbie is an encouraging and supportive teacher who provides insightful feedback and instruction which has helped me bring out my inner talents and creativity. Her calm and supportive demeanor is a pleasure to be around in person or virtually.

Barbara K. – January, 2021

Workshop Pricing

PRICE: $1950
10% discount if you register before October 31st, 2023


  • 2 daily meals (lunch & dinner): fresh, local & organic
    Sunday arrival dinner and Saturday brunch is included. Mid-week dinner is ‘night out’ at Uncle Roberts night market, or a chance to try a delicious meal at one of our excellent local eateries.
  • Four hours of daily teacher guidance & painting support
  • Art studio access 9am – 5pm daily 
  • Guided excursions
  • Tons of ALOHA!

Does not include:
Accommodation, airfare, or car service.
Excursions will require the use of personal vehicles. There are many affordable vacation rentals available locally. We will help coordinate shared car rentals and suggest local vacation rentals.


Payment is due when you register online.
Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.
We are choosing to keep this group small to optimize the experience and comfort level for all attendees.
There is a maximum of eight participants.

Full refund if canceled by December 1st, 2022
Half refund if canceled before January 1st, 2023
No refund if canceled after January 1st, 2023

Check out photos from our previous retreats: 2020, 2022, 2023