Tropical Art & Nature Retreats in Hawaii

Hawaii Painting Workshops • Transformational Retreats



Feb 5th – Feb 11th, 2023: Pleinair Painting Retreat

Feb 19th – 25th, 2023: Abstract Painting Retreat

Join us on the lush Big Island of Hawaii!

Pleinair Painting Retreat & Winter Getaway

Feb 5th – Feb 11th, 2023

Connecting with nature in the warm & lush tropics this winter!
• Joining a supportive community of artists while you expand your creativity!
• Doing something you’ve always wanted to do… just for yourself!
•  Learn skills to create artwork you really love, even long after the retreat is over!
Dates don’t work? Contact me to design an art retreat that works for your schedule.


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

Imagine a week that includes:
• 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
• Hike in Volcano National Park to see currently flowing lava!

In Addition:
Available locally: Yoga, sound healing, massage, EFT, watsu and other healing modalities

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 previous retreats: 2020, 2022

In this Tropical Art & Nature Retreat in Hawaii, located along the scenic black lava coastline and lush island tropics, with gentle support and artistic guidance, you will learn and practice the five basic steps and painting skills needed to create a successful pleinair landscape painting, skills that will allow you to continue to make artwork you truly love long after the retreat is over.

Jeannie watercolor painting

Landscape painting with watercolor.

Watercolor painting of a magical Red Road tree tunnel.


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 & Saturday brunch!

• 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 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, 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.

My house and art studio

Abbie Rabinowitz and Robin Worley are island residents, artists, and all-round fun people!
We are super eager to share our love of nature, art, and healthy eating at the next Tropical Pleinair Painting Retreat this winter in Hawaii. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have.
We look forward to seeing you!

Me with brush

Abbie Rabinowitz is a fine artist painter (MFA) and also a certified yoga teacher. She’s been painting en pleinair landscapes along the Red Road in Hawaii for 25 years. Abbie is a professional pleinair painter, seasoned instructor, 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. 

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

Workshop Pricing

PRICE: $1750
10% discount if you register before November 1st, 2022

• 2 daily meals ~ fresh, local & organic
• Sunday arrival dinner is included.
• Four hours of daily art instruction
• Guided excursions
• Tons of ALOHA!

Art Supply Kit:
Students have the option of purchasing a painting supply kit that includes watercolor paints, brushes, paper and any other art materials they will need during the painting retreat in Hawaii. Please contact me if you would like me to reserve a kit for you.

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

Note: Price does not include accommodation, airfare, or car service. Excursions will require the use of personal vehicles. There are many reasonably priced vacation rentals available locally. We can help coordinate shared car rentals and suggest local vacation rentals.