Lake of the Woods Artists’ Retreat

Come out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and art. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your artistic projects and goals.

When: September 10-13, 2020

The Plan: We meet up in Warroad, MN, leaving at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, and carpool from there. When we get to Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle, we take a boat out to Laketrails. Once on the island, we’ll have dinner and an opening circle to get to know each other. After that, the weekend is yours. You’ll have time and space to do your art and enjoy nature. Meals and snacks are provided during your stay on the island. There is an optional social hour on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, we conclude the retreat with brunch. Boats leave the island at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

For our Canadian guests, we will meet up in Sprague.

Don’t forget! To reach the Northwest Angle, we must travel through Canada. Bring a passport or passport card. Only one of these documents is required to cross the Canadian and U.S. borders. Canadians will need a passport as well to enter the United States at the Northwest Angle.

How “rustic” is it? Oak Island is about 10-15 minutes by boat from Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Laketrails Base Camp is far from posh, but quite comfortable. Some wi-fi is available. The communal buildings and cabins have electricity, but plan to spend part of your time unplugged. You won’t need to bring your own toilet paper, and no-flush toilets are conveniently located near the “Early Bird” cabin, the “Night Owl” cabin, and the communal spaces. Sleeping cabins have an open-space layout, with bunks and single beds with mattresses. Participants are housed according to their sleeping preference – early bird or night owl. There are showers (which are pretty nice considering) but use water sparingly (or jump in the lake.) There are canoes and a sauna for your enjoyment and lots of glorious nature. It’s an island at the end of the earth — in the best sense!

How “rustic” do I need to be? Must be able to get in and out of a boat and navigate uneven terrain.

Please note that the nearest emergency medical facilities are at least 2 hours away.

What to pack: Sleeping bag or linens, pillow, two flashlights, comfortable clothing, good sturdy shoes (2 pairs recommended), swimsuit, alcoholic beverages for social hour (optional) and supplies for your art.

Cost: $300.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, paddleboats, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature. A $100 nonrefundable deposit due at time of registration with balance due by August 7th, 2019. Pay in full by May 1st, 2019 and save $50!

Register: Fill out the online form below and pay with PayPal or fill out this registration form and mail, along with your deposit or full payment, to: Red Shoes Writing Solutions, 33145 593rd Ave., Warroad, MN 56763.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration.  Balance is due by August 7th, 2019. Refunds are at the discretion of Laketrails Base Camp and Red Shoes Writing Solutions. If you have any questions, contact Kim Hruba, or (218) 469-0204.

Pay in full by May 1st and save $50!

  • Health Information

    Laketrails Base Camp is approximately 2 hours from the nearest medical facility. For general purposes, it is important that Laketrails and Red Shoes Writing Solutions be made aware of each participant's health conditions. Once you have completed your registration, Red Shoes Writing Solutions will send you a Health History form to be completed at your earliest convenience. The Health History form is required for all retreat participants. A new form must be completed each year of participation. The information requested is intended to help us in the event of an emergency. This information will alert us to potential problems, special needs, or accommodations that might be required. By Program Policy, all of the information is confidential and made available only to Laketrails and Red Shoes Writing Solutions staff.
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