Star Island, Isle of Shoals, NH

June 15 –22, 2019

We Invite You to Join Us
Star Arts Week 2019

Star Arts is a week-long creative retreat on beautiful Star Island, ten miles off the coast of New Hampshire. Star Arts is a healthy and inspiring week of creative workshops, well-balanced communal meals, yoga and singing opportunities in an embracing community. You need not be an artist, nor an active participant, but Star Arts offers a chance to express your creative side and celebrate your uniqueness in a breathtaking and supportive environment.

Join us. Make new friends. Discover hidden talents. Create a masterpiece or just enjoy the extraordinary beauty of this magical island. Star Arts offers an unforgettable opportunity to experience creativity, a sense of community and individual spirituality.

Are you a regular attendee and want to share the Arts Retreat with your community? You can now “Share the Magic.” Find out more…

Once you visit… YOU WILL COME BACK!


The Star Arts Retreat is June 15–22, 2019…and we hope you will come…or come back!

We will have talented instructors teaching morning workshops in visual arts, theater, writing, music, photography and dance. Visit the Workshops page to see our line up for 2019.

Check Out Our New Video of the Star Arts Retreat!

You will see some of the highlights of the retreat, including the harbor, the Oceanic Hotel and the sites and sounds of Star Island.

A huge shout out to Lori Weddell for shooting and producing this fantastic video!

Our Week on Star Island

Travel to Star on the Thomas Laighton Ferry

Saturday: Check in at the dock at Portsmouth NH between 10:00 and 11:00. If you’d like to park your car at the dock, you will be guided to a spot by one of the friendly “Pels.” Then drop your bag and find lunch in town. Your bag will be transported separately and then delivered right to your room! The Thomas Laighton Ferry will shuttle you to Star Island, where attendees will be welcomed by the Pels and cookies on the porch. Fire and water orientation happens next and then you are free to go unpack.

Workshop Sampling

Sunday: Starts with our wonderful Wake-Up Singers followed by stretching, exercise and coffee on the porch. Then it’s a hot and hearty breakfast (check out the oatmeal bar) and then it’s on to the workshop sampler. We have six workshops and you can check out three of them on Sunday morning to see if one strikes your fancy. Sunday ends with an evening of storytelling, followed by (optional) candlelit chapel.

Morning Activities, Workshops & Afternoon Activities

Monday through Friday: The workshops take place for two hours every morning –  and then you are on your own to choose from the many afternoon and evening activities, or just relax. Meals are made from scratch and breakfast, lunch and dinner are served family style every day and (optional) chapel services are held in the morning and evening.

Head Home

Saturday: Time to say your farewells and board the ferry to return to Portsmouth. Again, your bags will be handled by the Pels – taken from your room and delivered on the dock at Portsmouth. And then start planning for next year…you will come back!


Find Us!


Star Island is one of the nine Isles of Shoals located seven miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine.

All are welcome to explore the island for a day, enjoy a meal, spend the night, or attend a conference. Star is owned and operated by the nonprofit Star Island Corporation.

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