You’re an artist that knows you need to be creating regularly to grow and get better at what you do. Your collectors love what you do and want more from you and you need to sell more work! You have the best intentions to get back into the studio to create new work, contact galleries, organise that next exhibition, get your newsletter out, update your artists statement, get that art prize entry in…….


Jobs, family, friends and life in general just keep getting in the way!

3 days and 3 nights of immersion to roll your sleeves up and get your hands in some paint!

I will help you:

- enjoy uninterrupted creative time
- to complete a body of work
- plan your next 12 months of art direction
- build your professional profile
- feel confident and inspired with your direction
 - connect with other like-minded creative souls

Pre Retreat

-1 page action planner to clarify and focus on your main goals whilst on retreat

During Retreat

- 3 nights of accommodation (depending on level of package), food, drinks and lots of art chats!
- 1:1 time with Felicity to strategise and plan your art success going forward
- Opportunity to network and share art knowledge with other like minded artists
- Time and space to get lots of individual creative work done
- Professional photo shoot of you in action to create great social media content
- Options to have beach walks and or swims at beautiful Avoca Beach
- Options for exploring en plein air locations locally (weather dependent)
- Access to Felicity’s art library 24/7

Post Retreat

- 1 support group call with Felicity one month after retreat

Just like when you put brush to canvas, the finished product may change, but you start with a plan

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Comfort Full price $999

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We look forward to supporting you and your art on the RETREAT!

*You’ve got a lot of art to do but it’s hard to keep it as the priority

*You’re balancing jobs, family, pets and don’t have enough time to make a plan and feel focused on what to do next

*You’re ready for the next level in your career but don’t know where to find opportunities to exhibit and sell your work

After struggling with all of this and more myself for over 20 years, I’m here to help you because your art matters in the world !

Professional or semi professional, established and emerging artists (this is not suited to beginners looking for art classes).

Would love some supportive like-minded company to share your ideas with and get feedback.

Are looking to expand your network and opportunities in the art world.

Need some gentle, supportive and creative time out in a beautiful setting (with yummy food along the way!).

Have a specific project and deadline you need to get some work done for.

Would love to have a plan in place to reach your creative goals over the next 12 months..

Q. What is the accommodation like?
You will be sharing our beautiful relaxed home with us (one husband and me). It’s a very peaceful half acre with serene valley and lake views. You will have your own bedroom and a shared bathroom with one other retreat artist.

Q. What are the catering arrangements?
My super hubby Matt is an awesome cook (and gin expert!) and will be providing us with all meals except on Saturday night when we will be eating out together at a favorite beach side location in Avoca.

Q. What if I have specific dietary requirements?
We will be providing gluten free and vegetarian options and will do our best to meet your specific dietary requirements as best as we can. Please let us know ahead of time if you have any such requirements.

Q. Do I need to bring my own art materials?
Yes. You need to bring everything with you including containers for water, something to cover your clothes and hats for working out doors if you choose to and portable easels if you prefer to work that way. We will have trestle tables available for you and two larger easels on site.   You are welcome to bring any mediums to work with that you would like to. If you are working in oil paints or other potentially toxic materials just bring odorless materials.

Q. What should I work on while on retreat?
It’s entirely up to you to choose what you would like to work on while on the retreat. You might like to bring some ongoing work to complete or you might like to start a new project you have in mind or you might like to just come and soak up the environment on the coast to spark some new ideas.

Q. What if I don’t have an up to date CV, website or active social media presence?
Well that’s just fine! As part of your retreat there is  1:1 time with me to sit down and map out some of the business end of your art profile to make sure all your hard work in the studio is being noticed out there by your potential buyers!

Q. How do I get to the accommodation?
Once you have paid in full, I will provide you with the address and how to find us. You can arrive by 2pm on the Thursday and be ready to check out by 10am on the Sunday.

Q. Will I have my own room?
Yes. Room size may vary, first in best dressed! We are very sensitive to the fact you may need some quite personal time and we provide a space for you to enjoy some down time to.

Q. What if I can’t make it?
Your 10% deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations made within 5 weeks of the start date will forfeit 100% of the total already paid. Please email us as soon as possible if you think you are not going to make it to the retreat. If you cancel more than 5 weeks before the retreat start date, you will be refunded all money paid minus the non-refundable deposit.

Q. Does the price cover travel to the Artist’s RETREAT?
No. You will be responsible for all travel costs to the retreat. However, if you are coming by train, we are happy to include a station pick up and drop off for you to Gosford station if you let us know in advance.

Q. Is there any chance it could be cancelled?
As with any event it is unlikely but possible cancellations could occur. If this was the case you will receive a full refund of any money paid. Airfares and any other costs are at your own risk and will not be refunded if the retreat is cancelled.

Q. What’s not included in this package?
All art materials, all travel cost (minus station shuttle to Gosford station if requested) all personal items.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact my team on

Felicity  O'Connor
Felicity O'Connor

About Felicity

Felicity is not only an accomplished and award winning artist, but a registered psychologist. After identifying a lack of support for female artists in the industry, she decided to set about finding a way to not only provide this support but to build an empowering community of female artistic talent! Providing retreats for artists allows busy women to get away and be supported to create their art in a nourishing, supportive environment with other female artists that get it!   Felicity believes that as women we do it best in community yet we often find we are isolated, unsure of ourselves and pressured to provide support for everybody else first. 

There is an obvious wider change around respect for women happening in the world and women artists need to be stepping up to be part of this change! Felicity believes that learning to put your creative spirit first is the first step in bringing about true change for women artists and that’s where taking time out for a retreat is the solution! 

In her role as a professional artist,  she has been selected as a finalist in the Hunters Hill Art Prize 2016, the Blacktown Art Prize and the Hornsby Art Prize 2015. She has also been a five time finalist in the Gosford Art Prize as well as many other awards and accolades which you can read about on her art website.

Selected Group Exhibitions & solo exhibitions

2017   ‘Clouds & dirt: Australian landscapes’  Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain Sydney (Solo).
2017    ‘Clouds & dirt: Australian landscapes’  Gallery Klei, Sydney (Solo).
2017    Group show, Art Gallery on Darling, Balmain, Sydney.
2016    Group show, Art Gallery on Darling. Balmain Sydney.
2016    ‘A Social Landscape’, The Depot Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney.
2016    ‘Room for Art’, Gosford Regional Gallery.
2016    ‘The Yellow Board’, Fundraiser for The Cancer Council. The Space Gallery, Sydney.
2015    ‘Gestures’, Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Hunters Hill.
2015    ‘Elements’, The Depot Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney.
2015    ‘Women Beneath the surface’, Art Shine Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney.
2014     ‘Along Those Lines’, The Depot Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney.
2014    ‘4+1=1+4’ Group Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery.
2011    ‘Christmas Show’, Gallery 41, Woolloomooloo, Sydney.
2011    ‘The Way We See It’, Group Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery.
2011    ‘Fresh Collections’, Group Exhibition, Wagstaffe, NSW.
2007 – 2017  Annual 5 Lands Walk and exhibition, Avoca Beach, NSW.
2007 & 2008  ‘Art for Ethiopia’, Red Door Gallery, Sydney.
 2005    ‘Abstract Works’, Red Door Gallery, Sydney

Art Awards

2018    Finalist – Muswellbrook Art Prize.
2018, 2016  Finalist - Hunters Hill Art Prize
2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008 & 2006  Finalist - Gosford Art Prize.
2018, 2017 Kings School prize
2016     Finalist – Australian Korean Foundation Art Prize (KAAF)  (Judged by John McDonald).
2015    Highly Commended - Contemporary Art Prize.
2015    Finalist - Blacktown Art Prize  (Judged by Edmund Capon).
2015    Finalist - Hornsby Art Prize.  
2015    Highly Commended  - Art Shine Gallery, ‘Works on board’.
2012, 2000,1999  Finalist - Waverley Art Prize.
2009    Highly Commended - Art in the Vines, Hunter Valley.
2006    Awarded Commission, 75 works for Sir Norman Foster building, ‘Lumiere’, Regent           Place, Sydney.
2000    Finalist - Willoughby City Contemporary Art Prize.
1999    Highly Commended - Lane Cove Art Award, Lane Cove.


Rees, J. 2016. Contemporary Art Awards: Finalist Exhibition 2015. 23 January-23 June 2016, Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane, Queensland.

The Artist's RETREAT!

Avoca Beach - with Felicity O’Connor