About Us

We moved to Panmure Island, Prince Edward Island, when we retired in 2012.  Michael spent 45 years in the Toronto construction industry and my career was social work and teaching .  We both loved our careers but when retirement called, it was time for a real change.  A time to pursue our art.

When we visited Panmure Island, we knew we were home.  St Mary’s Bay, with its huge sand dunes and secluded beach are quaint and beautiful beyond our expectations.  We knew we would like to share this spot with other artists.  We have traveled throughout the world, (Australia, Morocco, Europe, The Middle East, and Africa) and strongly believe in sustainable environmental practices and living an organic lifestyle.   So once we finished building our home from salvaged materials (and we really did build it all ourselves … we have the aches and pains to prove it) we started on our greenhouse, chicken coop, gazebo, and boardwalks.

Michael loves to paint and I enjoy creating something out of driftwood, shells, or whatever is at hand.  The driftwood arbor that leads to St Mary’s Bay was my first creation and a huge antique rope cobweb is my latest.

We both love animals and have a fun, fur family of Atticus (predeceased) and Ellie, and Tony and Nudge (cuddly cats).  The four chooks prefer to remain anonymous!  Since I have traveled through Africa three times, I have become a strong advocate for elephants … particularly the preservation of wild elephants, and the release of elephants in zoos to sanctuaries.

Satori Artist Retreat isn’t meant to be a big business for us.  We hope to welcome approximately a half dozen visitors a summer.  It’s more about building community and the sharing of space, time, and inspiration, so art can shine. I believe everyone needs art in their life.  Whether it be cake decorating, oil painting, quilting, or simply piling up beach stones … all these activities make us forget about time, and that is when our soul sings.

Contact Info:  panmuresatori@gmail.com

Check out our FaceBook page:  Satori Artist Retreat

Landline (yes, you read that right)  902-838-8410


P.S.   As you can see, I’m no website designer … thought I was too old to even try.  But thanks to my friends, I am muddling along.