Artist & Healing Retreats
Our vision with Birdsong Studio & Healing Centre is to host intimate gatherings and experiences for guests seeking rest, rejuvenation and renewal. We have two Airbnb style accommodation options to choose from onsite.
One is a private studio apartment above the garage/art studio and the second is a two-bedroom space in the bright and airy basement of our main house. Along with accommodation options, we host mentoring opportunities, open studio time, guided painting adventures, workshops and healing experiences on and off site.
Birdsong Retreats offer a completely unique and private oasis, nestled at the base of a natural hill that is home to many species of birds and a natural habitat for the abundant deer and black squirrels that call Okotoks home. Don’t be surprised to walk outside and be greeted by a furry friend. It is in the heart of downtown, but serene nature walks are literally a few steps away, a perfect balance between town and country.
Location, Location, Location
It is said that location is everything. Birdsong Studio & Healing Centre is only a few minutes walk from unique shops, great coffee, tasty treats, and the amazing Lineham House Galleries. The Sheep River Park and walking trails are two blocks away and the McLeod Trail that leads you through an ecological preserve, up a ravine and to a gorgeous vista sits right behind our property. We are also located just a few minutes drive to a wide selection of larger chain stores including Costco, Michaels, Walmart, and Safeway. Only 15 minutes drive to the south end of Calgary, less than an hour to the Calgary International Airport, an only hour and a half to the Canmore/ Banff area with Alberta’s glorious Rocky Mountains, our Birdsong Retreat space in Okotoks is a centrally located home away from home for your next southern Alberta adventure.
For visitors who are visual artists, you will be invited to use Birdsong Studio as much as you like. It is a 400 square foot creative space with lots of light and several spare easels. If you’re an aspiring artist and want to experience the wonder of painting, ask about arranging a workshop during your stay or some one-on-one painting and mentoring time with our resident artists.
For those seeking rest, relaxation and self-care we have mindful movement, meditation and healing services available onsite and options to book a private hiking adventure if time allows. Pre-book your craniosacral therapy or dynamic energy healing session before you arrive and know that you will be well cared for.
The Artist's Loft - Studio Apartment
Our “Artist’s Loft” above the garage/art studio is a perfect place to stay for a peaceful weekend or rejuvenating longer stay. It is a tastefully appointed private retreat space with a full kitchen, 4-piece bath and in-suite washer/dryer. The large studio apartment windows allow you to enjoy the soothing southern Alberta light giving a sense of private serenity. With a queen-size bed and a fold-down sofa, the “Artist’s Loft” accommodates up to 4 adults with room for little ones in a single bed on the floor or playpen (one queen bed, one double sofa bed, one fold-out single mattress, one playpen).
Bright & Airy Basement - Main House
Our Birdsong Retreats "Bright & Airy Basement” is a great choice for a more economical tranquil night or longer get-away. Two tastefully appointed rooms can sleep a total of 5 people (1 queen bed in the main bedroom and 1 single-over-double bunk bed in the second bedroom). With access to the basement lounging area, couches, TV/Netflix, a breakfast bar/refreshment station and a 4pc bath this space feels like home away from home. Large windows throughout allow you to enjoy soothing southern Alberta light without feeling like you are in a basement.
*Access to folding playpen on request.
*Small hypoallergenic cockapoo dog lives onsite.
Birdsong Art Studio is a working studio that is open almost every day. As a retreat guest you are welcome to use this space as much or as little as you like. Russell and Heather are active and approachable artists who enjoy the energy and inspiration that comes with having fellow creatives in the space.
Click 'inquire' to ask about a tour, painting experience or workshop