Tropical Painting Workshop in Hawaii

January 30th - Saturday, February 4th, 2022


Hawaii Painting Workshop • Transformational Retreat 

Join us on the lush Big Island of Hawaii!

Tropical Painting Workshop in Hawaii

Sunday, January 30th – February 4th, 2022

Dates don’t work? Can attend part of the week? Let’s design a retreat for you. What dates work for you?

I didn’t know anything about the goddess Pele or the volcano, just that there was this most recent eruption.  That I was so pulled to the lava rock still intrigues me and I’ve been amazed as I’ve researched the event and the mythology of Pele, after the fact of the retreat.  And so, the Tropical Art Retreat experience continues to reveal deep meaning for me, to me, and about me, which is one of the reasons I go on art retreats…to learn more about myself and fall more deeply in love with the unique expression I am. I have continuous gratitude to you for creating this experience and for nurturing us all, body and mind and emotions, along the way.

Lisa Tousignant - Retreat participant, 2020

Explore the beauty of the Big Island while you expand your creativity. Have fun and learn new skills in this 5 day Tropical Art Adventure Winter Getaway, designed to delight nature lovers and artists of all levels.

• Painting en pleinair daily with guided instruction
• 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

In addition a variety of yoga classes are available daily in two local yoga studios.

Watercolor painting of a magical Red Road tree tunnel.

Master watercolorist and landscape painter Abbie Rabinowitz will facilitate daily en pleinair painting excursions to local scenes. Her creative lesson plans integrate insightful tips and supportive critiques. Students may work in watercolor, oils or acrylics.

Over the 5 days of the retreat we will choose from dozens of possible adventures and scenic painting spots, all within a short drive or walk. 

Tropical subjects that we can paint:
Tropical landscapes & seascapes
Exotic trees, palms, flowers and fruits
Brand new ‘lavascapes’
Earlybird sunrise over the ocean

Abbie’s beautiful, light filled studio will be available for students to paint indoors. All levels of experience are welcome!
View photos from 2020 Hawaii Painting Retreat 


Pleinair painting with Abbie’s instruction along the Hawaii coast.


Monday to Friday: Your body will be lovingly fed two delicious island fresh organic homemade meals each day. Additional Sunday arrival dinner!

• Fresh island fish
• Garden grown veggies
• Local tropical fruit
• Locally sourced organic food

Abbie’s art studio adjoins her garden complete with banana and papaya trees. Enjoy picking fruit directly from the trees!

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

• 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 (including camping) located by Puna’s most beautiful scenic byway, the Kalapana Kapoho Beach Road, aka ‘Red Road’.

Many of these rentals are reasonably priced and you’ll find work within your budget. Browse to find what’s available from island style off-grid cottages to luxury rentals. I am happy to search for you and give you a current list of rentals that I recommend in the vicinity.
See Local Airbnbs

My house and art studio

Robin Worley and Abbie Rabinowitz are island residents, artists and all round fun people!
We are super eager to share our love of nature, art and the Big Island at this year’s Hawaiian Painting Workshop Winter Getaway. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Abbie Rabinowitz is a fine artist painter (MFA) and also a certified yoga teacher (200 hrs TTC). She’s been painting en pleinair landscapes along the Red Road in Hawaii for over 20 years. Abbie is a master watercolorist, seasoned painter and welcomes students at all levels. She will facilitate your experience with encouragement and gentle critiques. She is insanely inspired by the Big Island and is passionate about sharing her inspiration with others.

Your chef for the retreat is longtime island resident Robin Worley. She has a green thumb in the garden and is an expert chef in the kitchen. She loves preparing healthy island cuisine from local organic fruits and vegetables. Robin will surprise you with her wealth of knowledge about the history and nature of the Big Island. She is also an avant garde fashion designer, a visionary painter and papermaché artist. 

Workshop Pricing

PRICE: $1750
10% discount if you register before November 30th, 2021


  • 2 daily meals* ~ fresh, local & organic
    Sunday arrival dinner is included.
    *Wednesday night dinner is not included. Choice of menus available at Uncle Robert’s Wednesday night market.
  • Four hours daily art instruction 
  • Guided excursions
  • Tons of ALOHA!

Payment is due when you register online.
Space is limited. Early registration 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.

Cancellation policy:
Full refund if canceled by November 30th, 2021
Half refund if canceled by December 31st, 2021
No refund if canceled after December 31st, 2021

Note: Price does not include accommodation, airfare, or car service. Excursions will require the use of personal vehicles. We can help coordinate shared car rental and suggest rental services.