Workshops & Retreats

1902c328_originalLocated above Lyle Washington in the Columbia River Gorge, the flying Pig Studio and Guest Ranch is a secluded retreat consisting of a three  bedroom guest house and a separate teaching art studio.   A large apartment with two additional bedrooms are available above the studio.  The studio is perfect for hands-on art instruction, with plenty of work space and an  audio-visual setup. It is fully stocked with art supplies and can accommodate eight students comfortably.

The guest house has a well-stocked full kitchen and a spacious  living room and large deck that overlooks Mt. Hood and parts of the Columbia Gorge.  It features a library stocked with hundreds of inspiring art books.  Free wi-fi Internet is available throughout the complex. You may book your own retreat for four or more people through (  Find any open dates and book online.  For smaller groups, please call Gayle first.  Gayle will also travel to your location to teach larger groups.   Please contact her to arrange dates and topics. A typical beginners workshop is 3 days or longer and can start on any day of the week (as long as the time is open on Airbnb).   Classes are $250 per person  (see chart below). This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a creative environment with individual attention.  Your course can be tailored to meet your group’s needs. We welcome you to stay extra days to experience all the Columbia River Gorge has to offer.

Suggested Four-Day Itinerary

Gayle Weisfield Rental House-9This itinerary works well for beginning or intermediate students.

Day 1

  • Arrive by 5PM for a “meet and greet” art lecture. We will server drinks and snacks and discuss the scope of the class.

Day 2

  • 10 AM to 3 PM – Watercolor painting studio instruction
  • 4 PM to 6 PM  – Happy hour with informal art discussion.

Day 3

  • 10 AM to 3 PM – Watercolor painting studio instruction
  • 6 PM to 8 PM – Art critique and Q&A

Day 4

  • Checkout by 11 AM
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A group photo from a past retreat

Information About Meals

Please bring food for dinners.  Lunch will be provided.  The house is stocked with some breakfast supplies and coffee.

Rates for Four-Day Workshop

Watercolor art instruction fees start at $250/person for four people, with a sliding rate for additional people. 

Total workshop fees per person:

  • 4 people: $250/person
  • 5 people: $240/person
  • 6 people: $233/person
  • 7 people: $215/person

If you would like to speak with Gayle before booking, please email her at or call 541-645-0323.

For more information about the ranch and retreats, please use drop down menu above (under Workshops).