McKenzie River Inn
Retreats and Workshops

Retreats and Workshops

Apr 27-29 McKenzie Driftboat Experience – with Bert de Klerk

May 7-11 Spring 5 Day Fly fishing Course with Bert de Klerk 

June 13-16  Leather Bag Design and Sewing with Molly Grant

Jun 18-22 Cordwainer Shoes Retreat with Molly Grant

June 25-29  The Art of Fly-Fishing –  Watercolor Painting and Fly Fishing with Diane Michelin

July 9-13 The Art of Fly-Fishing Double workshop –  Reel Case workshop  with Annie Margarita AND Fly-fishing with Bert de Klerk

Jul 23-27 Fly-fishing for Couples – Couple’s Retreat with Bert de Klerk and Annie Margarita

Aug 6-10 Oil Painting the McKenzie Valley Retreat with Annie Margarita

Aug 20-24 The Art of Fly-Fishing – Couple’s Workshop Retreat (with  Annie Margarita (oil painting) OR Bert de Klerk (fly-fishing)

Sep 10-14 Leatherwork Retreat with Ed Labarre

Oct 9-12 Mule Shoes Retreat – with Richard Stapleman

Oct 15-19  Leather Handbag Retreat – with Molly Grant


McKenzie River Inn (Artist) Retreats & Workshops

Founded in 1978 as a Bed and Breakfast, our resort as grown out as a spectacular unique place for artists, teachers and instructors alike. This scenic acreage is all about workshops, in residence artists and community events, while maintaining a facility appropriate to its setting in the heart of the Cascade Mountain range close to an incredible environment on the banks of the mighty McKenzie river. A place where a diverse group of people and ideas converge, co-mingle and excel in their creativity.

Our resort provides artists, writers, musicians, leather carvers, fly-fishing instructors, (cowboy-) boot makers the opportunity to conduct their work while deeply engaging with the temperate rainforest environment of the Cascade mountains and as part of a unique Oregon micro climate.

Couple’s Retreats features Double workshops with multiple instructors with smaller projects offered to couples (either married, friends etc) that they can select from daily projects and excursions.
Fly fishing will be the main theme of these retreats, so we will be looking for unisex style
projects that may have a fishing or birding twist. Wine tasting, bird watching, hiking, waterfall
viewing, whitewater rafting etc. can be part of this curriculum.

Retreat/Workshop Registration
Registrations are accepted online, by mail or phone.

For online registrations we use a secure online checkout process, which ensures that your information is protected and secure. Please Note: The address you enter on our registration page must match your credit card address.
Retreat/Workshop Enrollment Status
Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
If enrollment maximum is reached, your name will be added to a wait list. If an enrolled student cancels, the McKenzie River Inn will notify the first person on the wait list.

Cancellation Policy
• If you need to make a registration cancellation, please call 541-822-6260 or  e-mail

or write to:

McKenzie River Inn “Retreat for the Arts”
49164 McKenzie highway,
Vida, OR 97488.

• Canceling a registration 28+ days prior to the retreat/workshop = 100% refund less a $38.00 cancellation fee
• Canceling a registration 14-20 days prior to workshop = 50% refund with no cancellation fee
• There is no refund for registration cancellations made less than 14 days before the first day of the workshop.
• Refunds are processed to the original credit card charged.
• McKenzie River Inn may cancel a workshop 14 days prior to the start date if enrollment is too low. We will notify you and you will receive a 100% refund.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (541) 822-6260 or email us at:

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