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Ossabaw Island, Art and Nature

April 13, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - April 16, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Explore Art and Nature in one of Georgia’s premiere natural environments! 

This trip is full – now taking wait list. We have dates reserved for 2024. If you’re interested please contact us at

We invite all nature-lovers, nature-inspired artists and photographers to join us for a salon-style, long weekend on Ossabaw Island. Ossabaw is the 3rd largest and most natural of Georgia’s barrier islands. Ancient maritime forest, salt marsh and beach environments host a broad array birds and wildlife easily seen on walks and island outings. Migratory shorebirds traveling from the southernmost tips of South America to to their Arctic nesting grounds are commonly seen near lodging houses in April. 

Photographer and master naturalist Kathryn Kolb, and photographer, ceramic sculptor and art educator France Dorman co-host this Art and Nature weekend in honor of the vision and spirit of Sandy West (1913-2021), Ossabaw’s owner, protector and advocate since the 1960s.

Mrs. West’s mission in protecting one of Georgia’s largest coastal barrier islands was to ensure a safe haven for its natural ecosystem and all its inhabitants, as well as to provide a haven for students of nature and artists, especially artists inspired by nature. Our ability to learn about and be inspired by Ossabaw Island’s natural environment is made possible by her vision to protect the island from development, and the on-going work of the Ossabaw Island Foundation.

Kathryn and France offer a variety of inspiring mini-workshops and activities including  Nature’s geometry and forest intelligence  Digital imaging on kiln-fired ceramic tiles, small plates or mugs  Naturalist walks and Birding by Sight and Call  How to enhance your vision in the field  Night sky photography  Cyanotype “sun print” image-making.  

We’ll also host guided outings to maritime forest, old-growth trees, a rookery (if accessible), and a natural “bone yard” beach. And we’ll offer short, introductory sessions of Qi Gong and/or Shin rin yoku. Each evening will be open for salon-style discussion on nature, art and related topics.

Participants can design their own weekend itinerary, combining workshops with quiet, unstructured time to make photographs, paint or write and have personal engagement with the island’s natural landscape. We’ll gather as a group at meals.

Gourmet meals are prepared fresh “from scratch” each day by Chef Leslie Varnadoreformer on-island coordinator/caretaker for Sandy West, who specializes in dock fresh seafood, vegetarian and healthy southern dishes. 

All participants must be fully vaccinated/boosted for Covid-19 and follow CDC precautions recommended at the time of the trip. 

All costs are included for this 3-night stay: programs, lodging, meals, charter to and from the island, and on-island transportation. (Arrive afternoon of April 13, leave morning of April 16)

(Note: additional lab fees apply for ceramic and cyanotype photographic  processes.) 

Trip fees per person: 

Club House $1200. (limit 8)

Boarding House  $1275. (limit 5) 

Tent camping  $850. (limit 4)

A $350 non-refundable deposit holds your space until full payment is due Feb 24, 2023.

* Note, refunds will be honored on deposits and trip fees in case of medical emergencies.

Island Lodging:  Club House is an early 1900s hunting lodge, and Boarding House is also an historic cottage, partially restored. Most rooms accommodate 2 people, most bathrooms will be shared. 

Because lodging is limited, our group will be the only one on the island during our stay 🙂 

To register click HERE

Questions? contact: Kathryn Kolb 404-862-0118 or France Dorman 404-384-5474

Donkeys are waiting for you to feed them carrots!


April 13, 2023 @ 3:00 pm
April 16, 2023 @ 3:00 pm