Specialty Retreats

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head beachApril 7-11, 2011

Words in Play is collaborating with Sea Island Indigo Retreats to present a unique writing and watercolor workshop in the historic setting of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Here you will have the opportunity to explore your creativity in a whole new way. Click here for Retreat brochure



These paintings are created with large brushes using indigo pigment. The brush strokes are broad and left to be seen as part of the art. Found objects, palette knives and fingers are used to create the basic landscape design. Smaller brush strokes are added for detail. To finish, the art is extended onto the mat with fine brushwork. Indigo art is especially appropriate for Hilton Head Island, and the surrounding sea islands because of its historical significance as a cash crop grown there pre-Civil War. Learn more about Indigo Art.

Artist Caren Calafati, founder of Sea Island Indigo Retreats, is a certified art teacher and has taught art appreciation and art history at various schools and universities. Caren is a member of: The Vermont Watercolor Society, The Lowcountry Arts Council, Hilton Head Island (SC) Art League, Society of Bluffton Artists (SC), AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Other Professional Associations include: The National Association of Teachers of Singing and The William Glasser Institute. She holds a Master of Arts from Dartmouth College.


Writing instructor, Alice B. Fogel is an award-winning national poetry bestseller whose work has appeared in her four collections, many journals, and Best American Poetry.  She has taught creative writing workshops around the country. Visit her website at alicebfogel.com or on Facebook.


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