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Margaret Best to Teach Botanical Painting in Newfoundland

by Quench Trip Design, posted by Deb Shaw

Fisher's Loft Inn.

Fisher’s Loft Inn.

Few people visit Newfoundland without being touched by the warmth of its people, the depth of its history and the haunting beauty of its rugged coastline. This seven day workshop, September 30 – October 6, 2013, under the expert guidance of renowned teacher and botanical artist, Margaret Best, promises an ideal opportunity to work uninterrupted in an inspiring coastal setting: Fisher’s Loft Inn in Port Rexton, on Trinity Bay. The large airy studio has breathtaking views. The hotel is the top-ranked rural inn in Newfoundland. The award-winning kitchen draws from the nearby ocean, freshwater ponds, seaside meadows and an abundant kitchen garden in season.

Street with colorful houses in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

Street with colorful houses in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

In early October, the meadows and woodlands will be turning to their autumn colours – blueberry bushes turning rich claret, wild rhododendron, sheep’s laurel, lichens in a subtle spectrum, partridge berries, cloud berries, tall sedges bleaching to every shade of blonde. This is a landscape of miniature set against vast vistas of sea and sky. Accessible trails make this a hikers’ paradise.

Make the short jump from the ASBA conference in Pittsburgh (ending September 28) to Newfoundland to extend your botanical painting for the Fall.


  1. Personalized instruction by Margaret Best, tailored to your individual medium and needs.

  2. Both coloured pencil – exciting new techniques with the latest materials – as well as watercolour instruction focusing on earth tones best suited to fall colours – fallen leaves, seed pods, berries, rose hips and late harvest vegetables.

  3. Workshop participation limited to insure best possible learning experience.

  4. Exclusive use of beautiful studio space and opportunity to work in the garden or farther afield.

  5. Six nights in a dramatically beautiful setting, with charming top-ranked accommodations at Fisher’s Loft Inn, a collection of traditional buildings set on a hillside overlooking the ocean. Friendly gracious local staff will make you feel so at home you won’t want to leave.

  6. Chartered boat tour. Learn about the fascinating history of the Newfoundland fishery and outports.

  7. Walking tour of historic Trinity.

  8. Guided hike around Skerwink Trail.

  9. Six delicious full menu breakfasts, two three-course dinners at Fisher’s Loft restaurant, and two lunches.

NOTE:  To participate in the this trip, you must be able to walk up and down the hill between the studio and the various other buildings on the site.


  1. Transfer from a central location in St. John’s to your hotel in Port Rexton

  2. Transfer to St. John’s and the airport

  3. 6 nights accommodation at Fisher’s Loft Inn

  4. 6 full breakfasts

  5. 3 course Welcome dinner, with wine

  6. 3 course Farewell dinner, with wine

  7. 2 lunches

  8. Boat tour to visit outports

  9. Walking tour of historic Trinity

  10. Guided hike of Skerwink Trail

  11. Gratuities for wait staff for meals on the programme, drivers and Trinity guide.

Not included

  1. Flights in and out of St. John’s

  2. Meals not mentioned in the programme

  3. Tips for housekeeping staff

  4. Drinks, except where specified

Cost: $2,995 CAD

*Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $420 per person.

*All bookings may be subject to HST and subject to availability.

Whale flute.

Whale flute.

PLEASE NOTE: Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. We will do our best to accommodate single travelers who are willing to share twin rooms. If you are traveling with a non-artist partner, please ask us about a non-participant rate.

Get more information about this new adventure on Quench Trip Design’s destination page for Canada.

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