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Palouse Art Retreat, Memorial Day Weekend, May 2018

May 25, 2018 - May 28, 2018

$35.00 – $500.00

Beginner artists and photographers to advanced are invited to join us for an extraordinary art and photography adventure to the spectacular Palouse country this Memorial Day weekend May 2018.
Treat yourself to a splendid, long weekend exploring photography, watercolor and acrylic painting at your own pace and ability, from the historical Eureka Farm nestled in the heart of the famous Palouse country. Northwest Art Center art instructors will take you on daily adventures as you experience and capture the creative beauty of the Palouse region of Washington State.

Bring your camera to capture the lovely rolling hills of the Palouse. Photo by 2017 Palouse Art Retreat guest Rob Runnells.


Li and Jon Ochs were incredibly welcoming and generous hosts. The farm was a beautiful backdrop for creativity and togetherness. I loved it!

The NWAC Artist Retreat was a magical, amazing weekend that stretched and replenished my artistic spirit. It was great to share the weekend with so many like-minded souls and make so many wonderful new friends!

I cherish my memories of this weekend spent at Eureka Farm in the Palouse. I was able to eat and drink with fellow artists, learn about and try my hand at painting and photography, admire the wildlife and the spectacular scenic parts of the farm and surrounding areas, play bocce ball, watch a movie, take naps, make s’mores and sit around the fire, and help prepare a delicious Italian feast. I loved it!


There will lots of lovely flowers, old farm buildings, and farm equipment to photograph. Enjoy daily outdoor art classes from watercolor, acrylic, fabric dyeing, to drawing & travel journaling.

There’s an option below for locals to pay for and just attend the art classes. The field trip to Steptoe Butte is free and anyone local to the area is welcome to join the group. But please provide your own transportation.

Photograph, draw and paint your own originals of the gardens, farm equipment and buildings of Eureka Farm.


Enjoy a field trip to the top of the famous Steptoe Butte. A world renowned place to take photos and enjoy a 365 degree view of the Palouse country. We’ll plan the field trip weather pending for sunrise or sunset.

A field trip you won’t forget. The view from the top of this ancient butte is spectacular.


Enjoy a field trip to visit the Artisans at the Dahmen Barn. The barn was developed to provide local artists and crafts people working studio space along with the opportunity to showcase their work and sell directly to the public. There are thirteen studio spaces at the Barn, where artisans create their work and are happy to talk to visitors about their creative process. The artists have access to their space 24/7, so working hours vary from studio to studio. Some of the resident artisans have full time jobs, so can only be there weekend days.

Visit an beautiful old barn renovated for artists.


Arrive on Friday to appetizers and happy hour before dinner. Delicious farm family style, home cooked meals are served every evening. Wine selections flow with dinner. Please bring your own other beverages of choice.
There is a bocce ball court, croquet, fields to stroll in, owls to watch and a fire pit to enjoy late into the starry night evenings.

Enjoy dining outside weather permitting and socializing and s’mores around a fire pit in the evening.


Meet your gracious hosts Jon and Li Ochs, owners of Eureka Farm. Jon pioneered organic legume farming in Dusty, runs a software business out of the old farm bunk house, enjoys playing bocce ball & chess, and has many interesting stories to share with you. Li is an artist with textiles and in the garden. You will enjoy her lovely flower and vegetable gardens, her perspective and lively conversation.

Jon and Li enjoy sharing their lovely farm with each other and you. Jon’s Porsche tractor against the yellow shrub rose was special for them to paint together last year.


Cost: $450.00-$500.00 covers different room accommodations, full meals, classes and all art materials.
Location: Eureka Farm

Eureka Farm Cottage House

Enjoy breakfast on the front porch of a 100+ year old farm house at Eureka Farm.

The Cottage House is located at Eureka Farm, walking distance from the main farm house. The Cottage House can sleep 2 individuals and/or 2 couples.

  • SOLD OUT! Room 1 – private with a queen bed + retreat classes + meals $500.00
  • SOLD OUT! Room 2 – private with a queen bed + retreat classes + meals $500.00

1 and a half bathrooms shared by both rooms.
Full kitchen with coffee and juice supplied.
Big hot farm breakfasts will be served at the big farm house daily.

The Parsonage BnB is lovely and the owner Vicki’s breakfasts are delicious!

The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast

A 5 minute drive from Eureka Farm, is the lovely 1921 bungalow Parsonage Bed & Breakfast. Owner Vicki Broeckel is an artist and a wonderful cook. Her breakfasts are delicious and the rooms are lovely furnished with antiques and art.
The Parsonage BnB has the following accommodations.

  • SOLD OUT! Main floor room 1: private with queen bed + retreat classes + meals $500.00
  • SOLD OUT! Main floor room 2: private with queen bed + retreat classes + meals $500.00
  • SOLD OUT!Main floor room 3: private with a double bed + retreat classes + meals $475.00

Upstairs: A large open shared sleeping space with 4 double beds and 3 twin beds. Perfect for a group of artist friends to share.

  • SOLD OUT!Double bed 1 + retreat classes + meals $450.00
  • SOLD OUT!Double bed 2 + retreat classes + meals $450.00
  • Double bed 3 + retreat classes + meals $450.00
  • Double bed 4 + retreat classes + meals $450.00
  • SOLD OUT!Twin bed 1 + retreat classes + meals $450.00
  • Twin bed 2 + retreat classes + meals $450.00
  • Twin bed 3 + retreat classes + meals $450.00

There are 2 bathrooms, one on the main floor and the other in the basement, both have showers.

One time fee of $25 (in addition to the workshop cost, to be paid directly to Parsonage owner) to use the kitchen, light breakfast, lunch, and for storing food (like sandwich supplies or microwavable items) but no full cooking of meals.
All lunches and dinners will be served at Eureka Farm.
There will be coffee and juice supplied.

Nearby Hotel or Airbnb Options

The following options are not included in the retreat. Please book your own accommodations below directly with them, and then pay for the retreat food and art classes.

Union Creek Ranch Union Creek Ranch is nestled in the hills of the Palouse in southeast Washington, four miles off Highway 195, between Pullman and Colfax. We are conveniently located close to Washington State University (WSU) and offer the business traveler an opportunity to relax and enjoy a stay in the country at the end of the workday. We also cater to those looking for outdoor adventure, such as hunting, fishing, or photography, as well as families seeking a quiet and peaceful getaway in the country.

Best Western Wheatland Inn
The Best Western is located in the town of Colfax about 20 minutes from Eureka Farm. You would need to make your own reservations and book separately from the retreat. Then pay for meals and art classes on our website only.

Air BnB has many options near Colfax, (about 20 minutes from Eureka Farm) for example you can stay in a barn outside of Colfax.

Cancelation Policy

If you cancel at anytime there is a $50.00 non-refundable deposit.
No refunds if canceled after May 18th. You may send someone in your place, but no refunds after May 18th.

We understand that no one books a trip like this with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance (see below) and that it is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early. We recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. We encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees will be covered should you or your family have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the retreat. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation. Northwest Art Center cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.

It is recommended to purchase travelers insurance.
Travel Insurance – Compare Trip Cancellation, Medical/Health, Baggage

Northwest Art Center and all persons involved in courses (herein after referred to as “AGENTS”) act only in capacity as AGENTS for the participant in all matters connected with travel, sight-seeing journeys and transportation, and as AGENTS hold themselves free of responsibility for any damage occasioned by any cause. AGENTS will not be responsible for any damages or expenses or inconveniences caused by late departures or change of schedule, strikes or to their conditions, nor will be responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any of the participant’s belongings. All prices quoted are correct at time of printing, include the cost of operation of the journeys, and are subject to currency changes. AGENTS shall not be responsible for personal injury, death, accident, delay, loss, damage, irregularity or property damage as a result of force majeure or for any other losses or damages incurred by any person or journey participants caused by any delay or change of itinerary or arising out of any act, including, but not limited to, any act of negligence, any person acting for or on behalf of AGENTS for transportation, accommodation or sight-seeing provider or any other person or entity rendering any of these services or accommodations being offered in connection with this journey. This agreement supersedes all previous oral or written communications, representations, or agreements between the parties. Participants assume the risk involved when participating in a painting/photography course, foreign travel, and any and all activities and/or pursuits voluntarily undertaken while participating in the retreat. Participants agree that any and all disputes between Participants and Northwest Art Center shall be governed by United States Law. Participants agree to mediate any and all disputes prior to the institution of any litigation. In regard to the stay during the art course, AGENTS will provide safe, careful instruction and safe premises, but ask that each participant to take personal responsibility for their own self-care and (in the unlikely case) for any injuries incurred during a course. Modifications are given to students with specific needs. If participants are unsure of their physical ability due to previous injuries, they should seek the advise of a healthcare practitioner beforehand.

Please email info@northwestartcenter.org if you have any questions.

Make some new friends outstanding in their field.


May 25, 2018
May 28, 2018
$35.00 – $500.00
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Northwest Art Center
Nadja Wilson
Laura Henion
Susan Jenkins


Eureka Farm
5001 Little Alkali Road
LaCrosse,WA99143United States
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