Need to Know

Need to Know


  • The retreat I offer is not a guided tour. I am solely responsible for the art and food sessions.
  • You will be responsible for your own accommodation and lodging, transport and getting around, some food and social interaction. You will be entirely responsible for everything you need and do in Paternoster.  I can book you into a Guesthouse – around R1000 per night if you like.

I prefer places around Mosselbank and Voorstrand, avoid Kliprug unless you like noise.  Look at reviews when you book.  Many places show the beach as close when it is not.  It’s worthwhile spending a little extra to find a good safe place.

  • Please note that I do not organize lifts. If you are afraid of driving, you can organise an Uber or Taxi lift to Langebaan or Vredenburg, then rent a car at AVIS, Budget or Bidvest.
  • I organize some workshops at different venues. This way you experience a beautiful place while you are making beautiful art.  Add food and you are near euphoria.  The workshops are in pencil, charcoal, oils and a little mixed media.  No watercolour or acrylics.  I start you off with drawing basics, but most of your art work will be pre-drawn to save time and stress.  Most works are small (8 x 10 inches or slightly larger canvasses) for easy transportation.  Most of the art sessions are pre-planned and arranged and cannot be changed.
  • There are 12 art sessions in all, 10 with me and two with Dianne. All consists of different techniques and approaches to plein air, texture, wet-on-wet, clay and a few others as well as loosening up exercises.  They are there for you to experience the sheer diversity of creativity.
  • Most participants are beginners to intermediate artists.
  • The sessions are around 3 to 4 hours long. Some in studio, some outdoors, some on the beaches or surrounding locations.  Some with great food experiences.  You may need a few days after for rest…
  • You don’t need to be able to climb rocks, but you need to be mobile.
  • On the last day we do a recap and discuss the weeks’ work, with some exciting new exercises that helps you loosen up and consider art making in new ways.
  • We travel to different localities by car, not sharing, you need to be able to drive and get there by yourself.
  • Dietary needs: I can organise vegetarian – I am one.  If any other exist, you need to organise this well in advance with the relevant restaurant or chef.
  • Paternoster is in the Cape, so the weather is completely unpredictable. If we cannot paint outside, we will move to a studio.
  • Paternoster has a high petty crime rate. As in any place in SA, you need to be careful where you place valuables, and especially where you book your accommodation. Please refer to the section below, marked accommodation.  Never buy sea food from vendors walking the streets.
  • Materials supplied: Oils (Georgian), Clay, Canvas Panels, Turpentine, Bottles, Rags, Palettes, Pastels and View Finder
  • Materials you need to bring: Drawing Materials – You need a B and B6 Pencil, Charcoal, Sharpener and Eraser, Sketchbook (A5) and Bull Clips, Brushes – Good Quality Flat or Filbert Hog no 2 4 6 8 and a Point Brush no 0 for detail.  I use Daler Rowney Georgian and a Palette Knife.  If you are a Professional Artist – Bring your kit.
  • Cancellation policies are strict.

If you are returning to Paternoster with us, I will change your art program slightly and your fee will be less.

Please enquire for a booking form – I only take 10 persons, if more we add another week.


Safair – cheap, but remember luggage is extra.

Manga and SAA

Kulula and British Airways

Car Hire

Many airlines offer special cheaper packages for car hire when you book through them.  Others include Thrifty, Tempest and First Car Rental, shop around.


You can take a partner with you.  They can join us for certain lunches and dinners at an extra charge.  These need to be booked and paid in advance. Partners cannot join us during any of the art sessions.  When we are travelling for art sessions partners cannot be attending those.

The Art

The art program is more steered towards beginners, but as Dianne always say – we never stop learning.  So artists of all levels are welcome.


Pack warm clothes, but also pack for heat, this is the Cape and you will most probably encounter rain, heat, mist, sunshine and cold – all in one day.  Remember your sunscreen, a hat and keep dehydrated.

Places around Paternoster

West Coast Fossil Park See the remains of short necked giraffes and many other strange creatures

Velddrif – Take a sunset boat trip on the lagoon.

Shelly Point has a country club, a golf Course and a Spa

4 x 4 and Beach Buggy Rides Paternoster

Horse Rides Paternoster

West Coast Mall Vredenburg (15km from Paternoster)

Saldanha (Visit Slipway Restaurant and watch the boats)

Langebaan – kitesurfing, beaches, shopping, Mykonos (Gambling and Boat rides) and restaurants like Die Strandloper, Lekka by die see, Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, Driftwood, Pearly’s, Friday Island, and Breeze Restaurant.

West Coast National Park – You can see some beautiful sceneries, a stunning lagoon with houseboats, the very rough atlantic, beautiful dunes, buck, ostridge and way too many snakes – puff adder, cape cobra and so on.  Take a guided tour or stay overnight. William Slabbert offers guided tours to the Park.

Visit Darling, 80 km from Paternoster.  Evita se Peron for those of you that knows Auntie Evita, Good restaurants like Bistro Seven, Marmalade Cat, Cafe L’amour and !Khwa ttu Restaurant.  If you are a wine lover, DO visit Grootte Post via Darling (You can eat there as well), Cloof or Darling Wine Estates.  Darling also has the biggest orchid hothouse in the Southern Hemisphere, Duckit Nurseries and is only open during certain months of the year.

You can also drive North towards Lambert’s Bay if you like road trips.  I love watching other people and how they live, and different sceneries. Lambert’s Bay also boasts the infamous Muisbosskerm Restaurant next to the sea, serving seafood.

Stone Fish Studios – My favourite place in Paternoster.  Dianne Heesom Green is an artist that manages this amazing studio with local and famous art works, and a very good selection of ceramic art works.

Paternoster Hotel and Oep ve Koep are landmarks in Paternoster, each boasting their cultivated heritage in Paternoster.  The hotel will give you very friendly service (see their panty bar) and Oep ve Koep has great freshly baked breads and cupcakes.

At Paternoster Lodge, just a few yards away, you will find an amazing view of Paternoster, friendly service and good fare for eating.

Playing Gholf  and Spa Treatments can be booked at Shelley Point at St Helena Bay

Recommended Accommodation in Paternoster

Sea Shack – a completely different experience – Self service cottages on the beach

Ah Guesthouse

Lekker Slaap

Stay in Paternoster

Paternoster Accommodation

Farr Out

Paternoster Lodge

La Baleine

Deja Vu

Restaurants in Paternoster

Gaaitjie – Fine Dining – Extraordinary

Noisy Oyster – Beautiful Ambience and Food

Wolfgat – Finer fine dining with Kobus

Voorstrandt – Great fare, right on the beach

Skatkis – beautiful food and elevated view of Paternoster

On the Rocks – fish and chips

Reubens – Fine Dining, sophisticated and classy

Paternoster Hotel – Local drinking hole

Seekombuis – seafood on the beach, local and relaxed

Square Spoon – local food and great service

De Seekat 

On the Rocks – authentic Fish and Chips, fresh and tasty

Asian Spice – good food, a little expensive

Junk and Disorderly

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