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Acadian Arts May Retreat - International Fusion Homestyle Cooking

with Chris Toy



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Acadian Arts May Retreat at Grey Havens Inn - International Fusion Homestyle Cooking


Escape to a grand Victorian inn on the coast of Maine with an intimate group of artists and cooks. You'll get to choose one of three hands-on workshops plus an opportunity to experience one or more of the other offerings during our four days together.



All meals and workshop materials are included.



For Overnight accommodations please contact The Grey Havens Inn ( Day students are also welcome.


Here are the three workshops:



International Fusion Homestyle Cooking for a Crowd engages all the senses. Cooking instructor and author of 6 cookbooks, Chris Toy has been teaching Asian themed and fusion recipes privately, for community education statewide, Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School in York, La Roux Kitchen in Portland, and Now You're Cooking in Bath.  Together you'll prepare great tasting lunches and hearty dinners for yourselves and fellow artists. Instruction will include selection and care of tools, (knives, woks, cast iron) history of recipes (back stories) , finding, choosing and preparing ingredients (shopping tips) , and techniques for getting great results in record time (tips and tricks). All supplies and tools will be provided..We'll be hands-on so bring your aprons, cutting boards, and hand towels. For more about Chris visit




Watercolor Painting is an exciting medium; it flows and moves and does beautiful things. Instructor Mary Laury has been recognized for her work by the Maine Arts Commission. Workshop participants will do landscapes and seascapes in this 4 session course. If you have never painted in watercolors we will start at the beginning. If you have painted before, you will pick up some new tips and tricks as well. We all learn together!


We'll begin with a demo and lesson. Weather permitting we will go outside for plein air painting. This Inn has a breathtaking view, visible from the lawn, porch, and parlor. Later in the week we'll finish up with show and tell. We will do studies of sky, water, and rocks, culminating in a finished painting (or two) of a seascape. Materials will be provided, but bring what you have. Mary will contact each participant with a list of optional supplies. For more about Mary visit her website



Set Your CreativE SPIRIT FREE with Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, artist, and teacher Kat Logan.                                                                          
Drawing on the power of art to find your magic within!!
Creativity is the magic of making something happen and letting something happen. In our time together, we will explore our true creative nature by opening to your intuition, your storehouse of knowing to express your talent. "Talent" coming from the Greek word, "Talentum", a Grecian weight, a sum of Gold).  Come and find your GOLD!  We will work in a variety of materials, all which are provided, and keep a process journal to begin a daily practice that you can take home  with you!  All levels of ability are welcome!  For more information about this workshop you are welcome to call, Kat Logan at her home number 207-226-7446 and visit her website at
Special Programs with Kat Logan
Morning Meditation with Kat
Come begin your day with some quiet centering and meditation. Kat will lead you through some breathing relaxation and then a guided meditation to help start your day.
In the evening Kat will share a circle time of music, inviting you to come and sing, share a tune on your instrument, share a favorite poem or short story or request a favorite song. On the final evening of our time together, Kat will offer a house concert for the group of her original music and favorite tunes.
From Cathy and Dwayne T:
"These workshops are the perfect opportunity for couples to each explore their own creative interests while enjoying the weekend together."  
From Judy R:
It is wonderful to enjoy a relaxed, yet productive weekend retreat at a Chris Toy cooking class!  I acquired some new skills, expanded my palate a bit and enjoyed every bite of food and friendship. I highly recommend it!
From Emilie F:
The most beautiful place in the world. The classes were so informative, cooking beautiful foods. Learning as we cooked, The dinners were with all the guests , meeting new people was fabulous. Mixed groups of couples singles, young and older Take cooking or watercolor painting. You won’t be disappointed.
So good for the soul. I enjoyed every moment!


  • May 23 - 26th, 2022
    Mon - Thu


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