Tropical Art & Nature Retreats in Hawaii

Art Workshops & Transformational Retreats


2023 Schedule:
Abstract Painting: Feb 19th – 25th


Pleinair Painting: TBA

Join us on the lush Big Island of Hawaii!

Abstract Painting Retreat and Winter Getaway

Feb. 19th – Feb. 25th, 2023

Are you tired of the winter cold?

Do you need an outlet to let your creative juices flow?

Have you longed for a tropical getaway with a supportive group of kindred spirits?



It’s not too late to learn new painting skills or make 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

• Painting prompts with 4-hours of guided instruction daily
• 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, Sound Healing, Massage, EFT, Watsu, and other healing modalities.


Susan red road

Find inspiration under one of the many magical Red Road tree canopies.

“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 offers supportive feedback and encouragement to a student.


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


An incredibly spacious and light-filled art studio will be available for our group to use this winter!
Easels and/or table workspace will be provided for each participant.

In addition to sharing the space for painting adventures 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? Contact me to discuss.

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The large, light-filled art studio available for our use during the retreat.


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!

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!

Abbie Pink Sunset

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 learn ten key painting prompts and practice the skills needed to create a successful abstract painting, skills that will allow you to continue to make intuitive based 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: $1850
10% discount if you register before November 1st, 2022


  • 2 daily meals (lunch & dinner): fresh, local & organic
    Sunday arrival dinner and Saturday brunch is included.
  • Four hours of daily art instruction 
  • 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 can 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