Befriending Wildflowers – An Art Retreat


Getting to know Prairie Coneflowers

Befriending Wildflowers – An Art Retreat         July 12, 13 and 14, 2018    Qu’Appelle House of Prayer near Fort Qu’Appelle

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” Georgia O’Keefe
Do you need some slow time?
Some time to really notice the beauty and wonder of the world around us?
Some time to befriend a wildflower?
“Befriending Flowers – An Art Retreat” offers you a couple of days in the peaceful hills of the Qu’Appelle Valley to do just that.

Something draws me each summer to the prairie wildflowers in our coulee and valley hills and grasslands. I love to get up early in the morning, pack a thermos of tea and my paints, and see which flower seems to ask for my attention. Attempting to paint a flower with watercolours gives me a chance to really see that particular plant. It is one way of getting to know a flower. In truth, I can never quite express what it is I find most compelling, but I absolutely  love trying. I always feel as if I know that plant a little better after spending time together in this way. 



Arrive at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 12th and leave at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14th

What Will We Do:

  • walk the hills
  • sit in stillness
  • share ways of showing gratitude to the plants and flowers
  • consider together how best to befriend a plant
  • participate in drawing exercises, watercolour mixing and painting, introduction to plant structure, approaches to seeing a plant (optional)
  • learn about the plants we see
  • spend free time alone
  • sharing circle
  • consider the role of plants as we eat healthy meals together

Who should come?

Anyone who would like to spend time in the company of  prairie wildflowers  is welcome to come. We will be a small group (by design); our pace will be unhurried and relaxed. Although there will be a focus on creating art as a way of befriending wildflowers, others      ( the curious, poets, photographers, fibre artists, etc.) are welcome to come and participate in the ways most helpful to them. While the land is undoubtedly the best teacher, there will be an opportunity for each of us to share our wisdom and our wonderings about wildfowers.


The Qu’Appelle House of Prayer is a retreat centre nestled in 10 acres on the verdant south side hills of Echo Lake near Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Many people feel a tranquil spirit in the air as soon as they get out of their vehicles. The intentionally quiet atmosphere invites us to really notice  and sink into the natural world around us. Accommodations are comfortable and simple; home cooked meals nourish both body and soul. Founded and co-directed by Glenn Zimmer, an Oblate priest, and Margaret Dick, a Holy Names sister, the Qu’Appelle House of Prayer welcomes all with an open heart. There are trails throughout the property, and a stunning chapel looking over the trees and lake, and out to the hills. While the wildflowers on the hills and grasslands are a particular draw, there are green growing plants and trees everywhere you look- in the woods, in the gardens, and indoors.

Cost/How To Register

Registration deadline is July 5th. Please register with Sue at or by calling 306 331 9719 (text) or 306 333 4501(home). A deposit of $50 will guarantee your spot.

Accommodation includes two nights, 2 suppers, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches, as well as snacks. Suggested donation to the House of Prayer is according to one’s mean’s.  The usual offering is $75. – $85. per night.
Leadership: I offer a sliding scale from 0 to the suggested amount. Suggested contribution is $125 per person.
Materials:  For those who choose to use watercolours: Sketchpad, pencils, watercolour paints, brushes and paper, container for water. A more detailed supply list will be sent out once you register. Some watercolour supplies can be purchased at cost.