2020 Summer Art & Faith Creative Retreat

2020 Summer Art & Faith Creative Retreat


This is a Non-refundable deposit for the Summer Art & Faith Retreat in Italy.

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We welcome you to join us for our Art & Faith Creative Retreat in Bellagio, Italy.

Yes, we host our retreats on Lake Como each year, and it IS a stunningly beautiful place to have our retreats! I have said from the very beginning that I will continue to hold our retreats here every year as long as the Lord calls us to… and this one next year will be just as beautiful and Spirit filled as the last one was.

BUT, for this retreat we have a heart to scale it down just a bit (in size and price) to make it more affordable and to offer this specific retreat as an “oasis for the soul…” To refresh and renew our hearts and minds. These two scriptures were brought to mind: Psalm 23:3 & Matthew 11:28 and I really like the NIV versions here:

“He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake.” Psalm 23:3

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Every year we pray about the theme of the retreat and the Lord always provides that theme. It has been HOPE, JOY and this June’s retreat is ABIDE. But for next year the Lord has given me the word “HEALING.” It was something that came up in my own devotional and prayer time. At first I wasn’t wanting to “hear” it, but it became obvious that this is the direction He has for this retreat.

So we are going forward in faith and have a heart to make this one smaller and more focused on finding our JOY and HOPE in Christ. We know life can get complicated, but God’s will and purpose for our lives is uncomplicated! We pray this time away will be a time of restoring your soul, of finding healing in His peace, as we walk together in this week to find PURPOSE in God’s plan for our lives.

Here's a preview of what the 7 Night Art & Faith Retreat in Italy will include:

- 7 nights at an Apartment or Hotel in Bellagio, Italy

- Private Transfer to and from Malpensa Airport

- Welcome Reception in Bellagio

- Tour of Bellagio, including the history of this region by a beloved local tour guide

- Hiking and/or walking in the beautiful scenic landscape of Lake Como

- Art classes with Christa and Laura

- Devotional time to draw near to the Lord

- Lakeside lunch in a private cove

- Exploring Lake Como on a Private Boat Tour

- Tours of Famous Villa's and Gardens on Lake Como

- 6 Dinners in gorgeous locations around Lake Como

- 5 Lunches together in Bellagio

- 2 Breakfasts together during our time in Bellagio

- Taxi's and Ferry’s to and from meals and excursions

- Gifts and Food in your apartment upon arrival

- Hotel and room taxes included

- FUN SURPRISES throughout the week

- Grand Finale last night in Bellagio

- Plus time to relax, “Be still” and stroll the cobblestone streets

- And…an unforgettable experience in Italy you will treasure forever!!

Price for the 7 Night Bellagio, Italy Creative Retreat:

$2450 Per Person/Triple Occupancy

$2795 Per Person/Double Occupancy

$3850 Per Person/Single Occupancy

** All pricing does not include airfare

If you are interested in joining us and wanting to bring a group of friends, please email us via the CONTACT page to find out if pricing for over 3 to a room.

This retreat is going to be SO special. We really hope if the Lord is tugging at your heart for this one, you don’t miss out! Because of the special pricing and nature of the smaller group size, we know this retreat will fill up fast! We hope you will prayerfully consider joining us next summer in Italy for this time of soul rest.

Registration goes LIVE this Wednesday, May 1st at 8am, MST (7am PST) and we hope to see you there! If you have any questions before that time, don’t hesitate to leave us a message via the CONTACT page at the top of this website. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We thank you for allowing us this space to come along side you and share in this time together. We know the Lord is going to show up and meet you here. We are expectant in the GREAT THINGS HE CAN DO!

For all the details and our heart behind this retreat, please check out the blog post on this retreat here. We hope you will prayerfully consider joining us next year!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us or send a message via our CONTACT page at the top of our website.

We can’t wait to meet you next summer!


Laura McCollough
Rebecca McCollough


“Picture yourself standing on a precipice with arms outstretched, contemplating what lies ahead.  You search, but you can’t quite see what is waiting there for you. You so want to take that leap but you are uncertain.  There is fear, anxiousness, excitement, anticipation, and hope.  Then imagine you lean into the dive and begin to free fall toward the unknown.  As you are moving, you feel loving arms around you, cradling and reassuring as they gently lay you down in a safe, soft place.  That is a tiny metaphor for my experience at the Art & Faith Retreat in Bellagio, Italy hosted by Laura McCullough.  Despite all the trepidation, my journey of faith led me to a most beautiful place, not only in a physical way, but also in a spiritual one.  How could I have imagined such a beautiful trip with exactly the right group of women?  Once again, when I trusted the Lord, He led me to where He needed me to be.  Not only was I lavished with love, gifts and experiences, I came away with abiding friendships and a deeper relationship with Him.  Laura, along with our instructor, Sheila Atchley, allowed themselves to be facilitators in God’s plan to create an atmosphere that was conducive to being present and open - to experience true JOY without exception, and to arm myself with all I needed to get through this middle thing called life.  Laura was born to do this, I truly believe that. She has such a grace and peace about her that rubs off on everyone she comes close to.  Every hour of every day was a surprise and delight as she layered genuine affection mingled with her gift of ministering to others.  I am so glad that I allowed myself to free fall into this beautiful place and time and that Laura was open to God’s plan for her.  I can’t wait to return!" ~ Lorraine Bell

“If you’re on the fence about any retreat hosted by Laura McCollough, let me tell you:  you won’t regret it and you can’t go wrong.  Laura is someone who deeply cares that each woman experience something akin to dreams come true at her retreats.  She calls upon every resource - she goes all-out to try to make sure that you not only experience the destination, and experience art-making...but that you also experience something deep and special in your walk with the Lord.  In a time when art retreats can be a mixed bag of experiences, not always honoring of faith, your love for Jesus Christ will be respected, even honored and allowed to deepen.  Please, just go!” ~ Sheila Atchley