High Country Retreat


This art retreat suits beginner through to the confident artist. The art workshops are located in the picturesque high country at Greg Devenny - Mackay's Private High Country Art Retreat; Sky Gate.  between Cooma and Adaminaby. This 502 acre property called Candle bark is a private wildlife sanctuary, with sweeping views of the Australian Alps; including breath taking Monaro vistas all the way to the South Coast.


The Snowy Mountains with dramatic seasonal elements and changing subtle light qualities give artist's the opportunity to depict the landscape in it's naturalistic form. Impressionist, representational and abstract works are rendered in the surrounds of the wilderness, open plains and the clear and invigorating mountain air. Greg Devenny - Mackay's techniques are easy to understand and develop, making landscape painting a most rewarding and refreshing artistic breakthrough. Private access to beautiful and never before painted destinations is also inclusive of the program.

These very enjoyable and artistically progressive workshops are underpinned by Greg's familiarity with the region. Having spent half of his life living in the Snowy Mountains on his family and other properties, Greg is no stranger to the high country landscape. Greg's knowledge of the often sudden and striking seasonal changes and the sometimes harsh, but beautiful environment is evident in his own personal artwork and art teaching methods. This knowledge is the foundation support to the success of the art workshops. This is re-assuring to those who participate, knowing that they will accomplish a number of finished landscape paintings in a safe and supported environment, under the direction of a person who understands the mountain environments. 

The Art Retreat Include: 

* A 4 day fully designed and implemented art program.

* Accommodation - 3 Nights 

* Most Catering

* Yoga Sessions (optional participation)

* Live Harp 

* Majestic Bush Walks

Please Note: Greg's private art retreat is not offered as rental accommodation outside of the above noted scheduled art retreats conducted by him. 

No Smoking and No pets 


Contact us to register your interest for our 2020 retreat

Retreat Fees:


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