Women and Power. Those two words spoken together ignite passions faster than gasoline thrown on an open fire. As Stacy Schiff (Oprah Magazine) explains: "A woman can never be too rich or too thin, but until very, very recently, she could be too powerful, for which—if she wasn't smart enough to camouflage herself—she generally paid the price. Sometimes she got burned at the stake. Sometimes she got run out of town. Sometimes she simply got sexualized..."

And sometimes, she ruled France for more than 40 years (Catherine de Medici).  Certainly there is no shortage of women in the world who have found a way to claim their own power, to harness it, to wield it.  It happens every day  -- although not without struggle -- in the lives of average women everywhere.  Still, it isn't easy. And in a world where a woman cannot wield power without a reference to her gender, there is clearly work left to be done.

If you would like to explore this fascinating topic through art, consider joining a small group of women artists on the Northern coast of France next summer.  Each day, we'll paint on a beautiful beach or in one of the many unspoiled villages along the wild, picturesque coast of Brittany.  We'll eat, we'll make art, and we'll make new friends as we explore a rich conversation around women and power.  

Price includes accommodation,  transfers from the Roscoff train station, self-serve breakfast and four catered dinner meals. All other meals will be the responsibility of each participant (three trips to the grocery store will be made during our stay so that participants can purchase food).


June 30 - July 9, 2018; Hosted by Colleen Phelon Hall and Nan Dawkins



This retreat takes place on the coastline of Brittany, about 30 minutes outside of Roscoff.  The house is within walking distance of many beautiful sites to paint, including granite coastline, ancient forests, chapels, and beautiful Brittany landscapes.  Photos coming soon!



  •  $1699 per person double occupancy (limited private rooms may be available; contact us)
  • Requires a $500 USD deposit to book
  • Monthly payment plans available for early birds!  Call 954-663-7250 for information!

  • Balance Due By: May 1, 2018
  • Register By Date: Final date to register is May 1, 2018
  • Cancel By Date: Final date to cancel your registration is May 1, 2018
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions prior to registration.


Interested? Fill out the Form to Get Started! 

Name *
Briefly describe your interest in the topic of women and power.
Tell us about you!