The Story of Lucky Star Art Camp

I’ve told this story so many times, but it’s been years since I wrote about it for the first time here on this blog.  So, because it feels important to me for people that are new to Lucky Star to know where it came from and why it was started, I decided to share the story again here in a series of “how it all began” posts.  So, here we go…

I come from a long line of “hostess-with-the-mostest” types, so I have always had a heart for gathering people.  What really gets me is that sweet moment when someone realizes they’ve accidentally made a new friend.  I’ve been lucky enough to work as an event planner for myself and others for the last decade and I’m addicted to the thrill of the challenge that each event brings.  But nothing in my previous experience even came close to the feeling I got when I discovered…art camp.  Four years ago, I set out on a big adventure that changed my life forever.  This is my story.

One night when I was up late, children and husband sleeping soundly, I came across a YouTube video.  It was a short and beautiful video with a dreamy song that left me spellbound.  The clip was created to give you a little taste of what this particular art retreat was all about.  I watched it again and again and I was hooked.  I decided then and there that I HAD to go.

Fortunately, I am blessed with a very supportive husband and parents.  They made it possible for me to be away from home for a week, giving me the wings to venture out into new territory. I invited my sister-in-law to join me and we set out to discover something we had no idea even existed:  an art camp for women.  A gathering of women from all over the world who need to create like they need to breathe…amazing teachers to insight and inspire…kindred spirits…rocking chairs by the fireplace…paint-stained hands.  It was transcendental.

In fact, the camp experience made such an impression on me that I became intent on creating a similar event in the small Texas town where I live.  So over the past few years, I have worked hard to bring you Lucky Star Art Camp.  I hope to give you all the “hands in the paint” art workshops you love, along with some classes in things that you might wish you had learned from your mom or grandmother.  It’s never too late to try something new and there is something about old things made new again that stirs your soul.  And because of my love for farm-to-table food, I have included a few classes that are not part of a typical art retreat line-up.  I hope it will be a fun way for everyone to learn how easy it can be to make a difference in how we think about food and where it comes from and help bring awareness to the beauty of each step it takes to get our food from the farm to the plate.

The location for Lucky Star is Hunt, Texas which is known for it’s ancient Sycamore and Cypress trees and it’s clean, clear river that cuts through rugged limestone hills.  It is the heart of of the Texas hill country and home of some of the oldest and finest summer camps in the nation.  The venue, Camp Waldemar, is a real-live Texas girls’ summer camp; one with a history so rich that it gives you goose bumps when you study the black and white photographs of past campers on the walls. It’s the kind of place where you leave your everyday behind and step into the magical realm of anonymity and adventure.

At Lucky Star you have five days to root yourself in this place, deciding each step of the way how much or how little you want to dive in.  There are plenty of organized activities for you to participate in and there is also a lot of space for you to do your own thing.  You can choose to stay alone in your own cabin or you bunk up with total strangers from all over the world who can end up becoming your lifelong friends. I’m talking about doing your thing all day long for five days without having to cook, or clean, or change diapers.  Remember that thing that you love and miss or really wanted to try but never found the time?  The most difficult choice you’ll have to make is deciding which of the amazing classes you want to take.  I’m talking about uninterrupted bliss with a capital B. And it’s all taking place on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River each fall, well after the scorching heat of the Texas summer and just before it’s way too chilly for a dip.  Do I sound excited?  I am.  And you should be, too!  You don’t have to be an artist.  There is something here for everyone.  All you need is an open heart, an open mind, and a desire to connect and create.

I invite you to join me on this adventure.  Set aside some time for yourself for a change and rekindle that spark that lights your soul.  It might seem impossible to get away for that long from your family, from your pets, from your job…but if you do this, they will all thank you for it because you will return home recharged and renewed.

If you are interested, take the time to read about our amazing instructors and their soul-candy classes.  Follow along with us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.  You can also sign-up for our newsletter here and find me as @outsidelisa on Instagram.  I hope to meet you some day at camp, so start planning today and start believing the daydream!


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*photos by Shawn Stratmann and Kati Maxwell

Submitted by Lisa H. Field :: Founder & Director of Lucky Star Art Camp