Paternoster Art Retreat West Coast South Africa


NEXT : 7 – 12 AUGUST 2017 or 13 – 18 AUGUST

(Flowering Season)



The West Coast of South Africa offers the artist in all of us many possibilities;  odd boulders and strange secluded bays, towns with whitewashed fishermen’s cottages, characterful people and immaculate barren beaches – provocative and tranquil landscapes, many bird and plant varieties typical of the Western Cape of South Africa that is so unique, bestowing it an atmosphere of mystery and peace.

The painting holiday or retreat is mainly concerned with art, food and people.   We move from one artistic incentive like drawing and painting to the next, such as sculpture and mixed media, learning and enjoying through different experiences.  The Art Program is light, not intense so as to allow beginners to attend.  More advanced students can have an amended program.

You will enjoy some fine dining in amazing restaurants and we also have picnics and braais on the beaches.   You can view Paternoster from the sea by kayak (optional), to see the penguins, the seals and the birds as you paddle through the boulders or take a guided horseride on the beach.   You will not have too much time off, but you will have time to visit West Coast National Park, Velddrift, Brittany Bay and so on if you wish.  Elands Bay is an hours drive to the north.

Combining art practice with a scenic holiday and amazing food adventures is a unique and extraordinary experience because it enriches your mind while you are encouraged by scenery, experiences and other artists.  (see testimonials) The week is full of art, food and social events and is intended for beginners and advanced alike. We visit beaches and selected sights to further your skills in drawing and painting, like Jacobsbaai and Tietiesbaai.

Paternoster in particular, with its eccentric character and vibrant people, (also well known for its excellent sea food, especially Crayfish and Hotnotsvis) offers the creative eye a multitude of riches and the keen foodie a new world of discovery.

Curious experiences, fantastic food, picnics and braais, mesmerizing evenings, people and artistry – many training sessions – that’s what it is all about…. Stimulation

Please note that I am not a tourism operator, I merely facilitate the events, bookings and art program for the week, and will host most of the art events.


Reviews March 2017 (Afrikaans):

More more xx Sjoe, baie dankie Ajay en Hester vir ‘n amazing lekker week. Ons het so baie geleer en die verskillende sessies baie geniet. Dit was werklikwaar ‘n unieke, spesiale ervaring gewees. Dankie vir al julle organisering, moeite en harde werk, dit was deur en deur ‘n wenner. Een ding is verseker, ek wil defnitief weer kom en almal vertel om ook te kom😉 Wow wat ‘n kosbare ervaring, uit ons harte baie dankie Ajay en Hester, julle is special !! Aan almal wat saam met ons die kursus gedoen het, julle is ‘n spesiale groep vrouens en dit was so lekker om julle beter te leer ken en saam met julle te kuier. Hoop om julle weer te sien voorentoe en te kuier x Veilig reis en mooi bly xx Marlene en Ellie 😘

More se ! Net om weereens baie dankie te se vir so n verreikende ervaring ! Dit was wonderlik om soveel verskillende kunsinnige ervarings in een kursus te he ! Hester dankie vir jou sagte vriendelikheid en al die organising !! En Ajay jys n ster ….ek love jou aanslag en looseness !! Het so veel van jou geleer ! Doen definitief weer n kursus !!! Aan almal wat die ervaring met my gedeel het en dit spesiaal help maak het , baie dankie ….hoop om julle vorentoe weer raak te skilder !! Veilige terug reis aan almal. Liefde Daleen

Hello almal. Ek wil ook net dankie sê vir n onvergeetlike lekker week. Dit was presies wat ek gehoop het dit sal wees. Dankie almal vir julle bydrae om die week so spesiaal te maak. Julle is almal so talentvol! Hester dankie vir al jou moeite en lekker lag. Ek sal nooit weer n G&T kan drink sonder om oor jou te glimlag nie! Ajay, dankie dankie dankie! Jy is n groot inspirasie! Ek het so baie geleer- oor kuns maar ook oor my ongeduld (daai kyk wat jy gee sê mos alles!). Ek is ook oppad huis toe maar sal kontak behou. Alle sterkte vorentoe. Reis veilig. God bless. Mwah!

Ajay’s Art