Porphyry Island Retreats
  • Writing
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Yoga

Whether you’re a writer, artist, photographer, or yogi, we’ve have the retreat for you. The summer of 2019 is the perfect time for self-improvement, and self-care. There’s no better way to put the balance back in your life than with a retreat on a secluded island where you can relax, surrounded by the beauty of nature.  Your creativity will flow, your craft will grow. Take an adventure over the waters of Lake Superior aboard the Superior Rocket to the spectacular Porphyry Island. 

The Porphyry Island Experience

In addition to your class time there are numerous activities from fishing to interpretive lighthouse tours, drift wood picking sauna, swimming and more to fit every individual’s needs. Spend the morning building a beach glass lighthouse and the night by a bonfire under the stars, after a searing traditional Finnish wood  fired sauna and a dip in the lake. The choice is yours. With dinners spent together and a welcome environment for personal growth, your experience will be truly enriching. 

Choose your Package

4-Day / 3-Night All Inclusive Retreat


  • Thursday 9AM to Sunday 4PM
  • 60 min transportation to/from the Island via the Superior Rocket
  • 3 Days of Professional Instruction
  • All Meals / Accommodations Provided
  • Guided Historic Lighthouse Tour provided by the CLLS (Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior)

Day-trip Excursion


  • 9AM to 4PM
  • 60 min transportation to/from the Island via the Superior Rocket
  • Guided Historic Lighthouse Tour
  • Prepared Lunch
  • Professionally led instructional class


July 4 – 7, 2019

Writing Retreat

Calling all writers! We’ve got the perfect weekend for you. From guided writing to free time to roam the island, we’ve got a package deal.

4-Day Trip - $1395
Day Trip - $199

Elle Andra-Warner

Writer, Author, Photographer

July 11 – 14, 2019

Photography Retreat

Time for some new scenery?  Take beautiful photos while working on your skills. Explore Porphyry Island with your camera.

4-Day Trip: $1395
Day Trip - $199

Lois Nuttall, MPA

Master of Photographic Art

July 18 – 21, 2019

Writing Retreat

Join the international award-winning author of The Lightkeeper’s Daughters for a trip to beautiful Porphyry Island

4-Day Trip - $1395
Day Trip - $199

Jean E. Pendziwol

Bestselling Author

July  25 – 28, 2019

Yoga Retreat

When we connect with nature, we connect with ourselves. Spend an entire day immersed in the beauty of nature on Porphyry Island on the rugged north shore of Lake Superior connecting with yourself and the land through yoga and meditation

4-Day Trip - $1295
Day Trip - $199

Curniss McGoldrick

Yoga Instructor (RYT200)


Aug 29 – Sept 1, 2019

Artist Retreat

Feeling a creative block? Look no further. Our Porphyry Island Artist Retreat is for anyone and everyone. Find inspiration in Lake Superior’s power and beauty like so many artists before you

4-Day Trip - $1545
Day Trip - $199

Deena Kruger

Artist, Visionary, Entrepreneur


  • All retreats and day trips are subject to a minimum capacity requirement.
  • Each overnight retreat must have a minimum of 3 participants booked by June 15 or the retreat may be cancelled.
  • We reserve the right to change or cancel any retreat or day trip due insufficient numbers or any other reason

Families and Group Bookings

This is a special kind of tour, the kind of tour where you’re in charge. Perfect for group and family bonding. 

Be your own boss for the week. There will be plenty of activities provided by the lighthouse group paired with loads of time to freely roam the island. You get to decide what the perfect mix is for you.

We offer wildlife walks to time for reading, and that’s just a taste of what’s available. Whens’s the last time you allowed yourself to do either of those things?

We can provide catering but also give you the opportunity to prepare your own food. From groups of 2 to 6, there’s plenty of room for all.

There are three rooms, with 1 double bed, 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed. 



Enjoy various activities like black sand beaches, panoramic views, and a rich history. 

During your free time, enjoy tours with experienced guides and history keepers. Learn about the life of the light keeper. Other tours also include volcanic island tour and nature reserve tours. There’s also a small museum and art gallery for your exploration. 

Wrap up your night with warm saunas and campfires. Away from city lights, you’ll get to see all the stars in the sky. 

Although we hope you are able to disconnect out at the island, there is WiFi available for use.

There’s also a full kitchen if you decide to look after yourself.