Artist Retreat - Deena Kruger - Sail Superior

Porphyry Weekend Art Retreat

Thursday, August 29 – Sunday, Sept 1

$1545 + HST


Spend 4 days surrounded by the beauty of Porphyry Island on the rugged north shore of Lake Superior painting and reconnecting to what is important to YOU.

This weekend is geared towards the beginner painter who is looking to learn from someone who turned her passion for painting and design into a thriving business that she enjoys.

Not only will you get to create a few paintings of your own that you will be proud of, but you will also be spending some time creating a vision board and reconnecting with the passions, hobbies, and goals that are important to you in your life.

Your Instuctor

Deena Kruger

Artist, Visionary, Entrepreneur

If you have ever had the pleasure of being in the company of Deena Kruger, you instantly get the feeling
that something great is about to happen. Deena’s smile, energy and genuine concern for others are
infectious. A self-taught artist, successful businesswoman, loving wife, daughter, sister, cancer survivor,
mentor, friend, beautiful soul and community supporter are just a few words that describe this very
talented young woman.

Dee has always believed and lived her passion whether she is creating beautiful works of art using her tools
of choice- palette knives, spray bottles, sponges and acrylic paints instructing hundreds of students
through her “Painting with Dee” art classes, supporting and promoting local Thunder Bay artists at her
Creative Art Gallery or by supporting the community of Thunder Bay by providing an amazing new art and
entertainment space called The Creative Studio.

Just like her signature birch trees that stand tall, strong, ever-growing yet flexible, Deena is always evolving,
learning and making everything and everyone better. She tirelessly encourages others to be creative in all
areas of their life, while inspiring them to dream again. Deena’s artistic talents are branching out while
developing solid roots within the Thunder Bay community. You will be inspired, enriched and motivated to
embark on your own creative journey having met or painted with Dee.

Included in this tour

Join us for an exciting ride to Porphyry Island in the Superior Rocket. With 500 horsepower, the Superior Rocket can reach speeds of 80 km/h in open waters. This breathtaking trip really showcases the power and wonder of Lake Superior.

-Accommodations are rustic and homely. Pack your sleeping bag and pillow for this authentically remarkable natural retreat.

-The dwelling you will be staying in accommodates 6 people

-There is a quaint room with a double bed — perfect for couples who would like a little privacy

-The other room has 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed.

-These accommodations are not fancy, but they are comfortable and welcoming. If you like being immersed in nature, you are sure to have a genuinely relaxing stay on Porphyry Island.

-Sail Superior supports sustainable technologies, and so it’s fantastic that Porphyry Island includes on-site solar and generator power as well as running water.

-WiFi is also available for people to post their adventures online or connect with the rest of the world.

See bio and retreat schedule for more details on session topics

Loose Schedule

Day 1- Thursday

  • 8:30 – 9:00 am Meet at Marina Park
  • 10:30 Arrival – walk from boat harbour to Lighthouse
  • 11:00 am – Guests enjoy the amenities provided by the destination, get settled into accommodations, have lunch, lighthouse tour
  • 12 noon Lunch will be available
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Meet and greet with Dee, go over what is in store for the weekend
  • 3:00 – 5:00 – FREE TIME
  • 5:00 – Dinner
  • 6:00 – 9:00 – Vision Board Workshop


Day 2- Friday

  • 8:30 – 9:30 – Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 11:00 – Recap from Vision Boards, Planning time for doing the things you love, goal setting
  • 11:00 – 1:00 – FREE TIME
  • 1:00 – 2:00 – LUNCH
  • 2:00 – 6:00 Painting Birch Trees and learning how to use palette knives
  • 6:00 – 7:00 – DINNER


Day 3- Saturday

  • 8:30-9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Taking pictures/getting ideas with focus on painting them into a landscape
  • 10:30-12:30 FREE TIME
  • 12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
  • 1:30-2:30 loose sketch of photo, plan composition out with Dee
  • 2:30 – 5:30 painting impressionistic landscape with palette knives and moulding paste
  • 5:30 – 6:30 DINNER


Day 4- Sunday

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 11:00 Open Paint – Optional
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Enjoy the Island, reflect on the weekend, journal, sketch
  • 12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
  • 2:00 Return to Thunder Bay

Trip Specific

  • All Materials and supplies will be provided
  • More info coming soon


  • Layered clothing – Lake Superior can be cold even in July.
  • Warm mid-layer jacket and a windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Socks, underwear, shirts, pants, shorts, etc. (not too many)
  • Rain gear - jacket, pants, hat.
  • Good hiking boot/shoe
  • Sun hat with tie for the boat trip and wind
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray and motion sickness meds if you are prone
  • NOTE: Limited power is available on the island
  • NOTE: WiFi is available in the lightkeepers house although in a limited capacity


  • Sail Superior will provide all passengers with floater suits and goggles for the trips to and from the island

NOTE: There is not a ton of space for luggage on our zodiac boat. Try to only bring a mid-size bag or suitcase in addition to your backpack or roller bag.