To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.

Deepak K. Chopra


The Place -

a sustainable shelter for Artistic Pursuits 



A special place to experience 

solitude necessary to 


with ourselves.                                              




Travel on Moby, the boat

The dock at Grohman Creek

We help transport all your supplies

The Road to the Arts Centre

The Forest at Hidden Creek

The Trail to Hidden Creek

Approaching the Arts centre

The main deck

Kitchen and dining area

Hidden Creek

The Arts Studio

The Studio

Wood stove in the Evening

The Yurt at Hidden Creek

Solitude and meditation - winter

The yurt in fall

Constructing the centre

Eco Building straw bale construction

Kayaking on Kootenay Lake

We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa, the Sinixt (Lakes), and the Syilx (Okanagan) peoples, and the area is home to many diverse Indigenous people. We honour and respect their connection to the land and waters.

A short boat ride to Grohman Creek, from the City of Nelson, The Narrows Art Retreat was built with the objective of sustainability, energy efficiency and local & natural materials in mind. Green, eco and natural building includes appropriate design elements, ‘green’ technologies and eco products that make our building energy efficient, comfortable, and healthy.

At The Narrows -Artist Retreat, we offer:

Artist Residency Program: is open to artists at all stages of their career, providing space and time for artists to strengthen their practice.  We provide visual artists, writers, musicians, etc... the opportunity to unplug from daily life, and deeply engage in their work while at The Narrows. For more information on a residency stay, visit here.

Workshop Program: provides art enthusiasts of all levels the transformative experience of making art in a natural inspired setting. We offer one-day to one week intensives with art instructors in their specialized field. If you long to explore your artistic side, please enquire about a workshop in a particular field or check out our workshops.

 * There is no smoking at the retreat centre, for the benefit of all guests.  



This place is special. There is water, a clean source that runs through the property. Life is abundant here, because of the water. Birds and plant life are plentiful. Ungulates, bears and coyote all travel through because of the water and forest cover. The source of water is hidden, as is the retreat. It is isolated.

You have to travel there by boat. The lake provides a buffer from the town, so you are removed yet still relatively close. Hidden while there and then hopefully exposed, both personally and in your creative work, when you leave.

The Residence is available primarily for Artists in residence and creative workshops.
Eco retreats, youth gatherings, board meetings, health and wellness or brainstorm sessions are also welcome at certain times of the year.
Built with straw bales, with a modern aesthetic, the residence is passive solar, radiant heat, wood stove for extra comfort, and natural materials. It is equipped with a full kitchen, gathering area, sleeps five, with 4 extra beds in the yurt, bathroom facilities and large outdoor patio.  

The Residence

The Yurt (18ft in diameter) is available for private retreat, additional sleeping area, writer's residence or meditation retreat. It is equipped with beds, and a wood stove.

The Yurt

The Studio is equipped for diverse creative needs and artistic work. It is a fully functional straw bale art studio, including a complete ventilation exhaust system, a work sink, plenty of shelves, half bath, tables, easels, work bench, chairs, canvas storage area, and space to spread out and imagine your next body of work or to teach a workshop. 

The Studio

721 Sproat Dr

Nelson BC V1L7B6


@ the narrows bc

erica konrad. 2016

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