Celtic ConVergence – Wax Across the Water

Retreat Details

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Retreat Schedule

Demonstration & Presentation Schedule 

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FAQ's About the Celtic Convergence Retreat

Looking for even more to explore in Mulranny? Here's a link to their tourism info.

We can't wait to see you at Mulranny!

Special thanks to our generous sponsors: 

R&F Handmade PaintsEnkaustikosAwagami FactoryinkAIDand Kremer Pigmente.




The clock is ticking, but you can still register!   

Celtic ConVergence – Wax Across the Water

An Intimate Encaustic Retreat on the edge of Clew Bay, County Mayo, Ireland

October 12 - 17, 2023

Pre-Retreat Workshops:  Wednesday & Thursday, October 11-12
Post-Retreat Workshops:  Tuesday & Wednesday, October 17-18

Imagine yourself at IEA's intimate retreat in Ireland with a group of like-minded artists enjoying shared experiences like encaustic demonstrations, artist panels and inspirational talks.  Come together and get to know your fellow artists at the Welcome Dinner, continental breakfasts, and lunch buffets. Join us for a musical pub evening with great food, songs, and “craic.”  Dancing is encouraged!

Attendees can also sign up for one of multiple workshops being offered pre-retreat on Wednesday and Thursday, October 11-12, 2023, and post-retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17-18, 2023. Attendees who are new to encaustics can sign up for a pre-retreat beginners’ workshop.

Pre-retreat workshop-only attendees are invited to join the retreat attendees at the Welcome Dinner. Post-retreat workshop-only attendees are invited to attend a fun social event on the last night of the retreat. And everyone is welcome to attend the IEA Juried Exhibition and artists’ reception located at Mulranny Arts.

Mulranny is a small seaside village on Clew Bay in County Mayo. It is located at the dramatic western edge of Ireland, the end boundary of Europe.

Here, land and sea meet at the threshold of a powerful creative adventure. Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain, rises majestically from the sea on the opposite side of the bay. Everyone, from early inhabitants to modern day pilgrims, have climbed the steep path to the summit. You can see a small chapel’s reflective glint on the top. This is sheep country. Below the mountain lies the salt marsh. Here, the sheep patiently wait for the waters to recede so they can continue to graze on the salty grass. The rhythm of life is dominated by these tides, flowing over the white sand beaches and then leaving in hasty withdrawal to the vast Atlantic Ocean.

There will be an opportunity for sightseeing during the retreat with Colum, our fabulous Tour Guide, who will regale you with stories (some of them, true!) about the area.  Conversely, you may choose to spend time in one of our gorgeous encaustic studios.


Registration for the retreat and workshops will open February 1 2023. Retreat space is limited. We will start a wait list once all retreat spaces are filled.  

The retreat and exhibition will be held at Mulranny Arts Campus; workshops will be at the EOM campus and the Mulranny Arts Campus, and all retreat accommodations are close by. Transportation will be provided for bus and train arrivals/departures, off-campus meals and sightseeing.

Mulranny Arts also has a beautiful and well stocked art store - featuring products from our generous sponsors: 
R&F Paints and Enkaustikos.  

CLICK HERE for a list of retreat demonstrations & presentations
All of the instructors participating in the retreat demonstrations and presentations
are also teaching a pre- or post-retreat workshop. 

Congratulations to our three Retreat scholarship winners!   
Carol Lelivelt 
Karen Buttwinick
Kathy Bradshaw

CLICK HERE for the list of workshops offered
prior to or after the retreat


SCROLL DOWN to the options below to register for the retreat and workshops.

REVISED Cancellation and refund policies

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Celtic ConVergence - Wax Across the Water is co-hosted by
International Encaustic Artists (IEA)
Mulranny Arts in Mulranny, Ireland.
IEA's European Encaustic Chapter


We are committed to the health and well-being of our retreat and workshop participants.  We follow the current US and European guidelines for safe social gatherings, including, but not limited to increased cleaning, social distancing, the requirement of masks in indoor spaces and hand sanitization. 

Members must log in to get the Members Price for the Retreat Registration.

You will have the option of registering for 

[]  the Retreat (with accommodations included)
[]  a pre- Retreat workshop (with separate purchase of the workshop & accommodations)
[]  a post-retreat workshop (with separate purchase of the workshop & accommodations)
[]  or any combination of the above!

    Step 1: Complete the registration form, which includes a Liability Release form.  Register once, regardless of how many of the options you are interested in

    Step 2: Add your option or combination of options (retreat, pre-retreat workshop, post-retreat workshop) to your shopping cart. If attending pre- or post workshops, be sure to purchase accommodations if needed.  If your spouse/partner is accompanying you, please make sure to include the add-on fees for their accommodations.  

    Step 3:  Check out, and make sure you get a confirmation of payment!  The payment confirmation is your guarantee of a place at the Retreat or in the workshop of your choice.  *Simply completing the registration form does not guarantee your space.

    Consult the calendar below to make sure you have the correct accommodation dates.  

    Each event/workshop has a link to the Registration form
    at the bottom of the page after the description (or use the link below)

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    Retreat attendees' accommodations are included in the retreat cost, which includes check in Thursday October 12 and check out the morning of October 17. 

    Rooms are located on and off the Mulranny Arts Campus among 14 different buildings.

    Rooms available for Retreat Attendees for pre- and post-workshops:

    • 19 private rooms with private baths available for RETREAT ATTENDEES ONLY, for an additional fee of $200 during the retreat and $85 for each additional night.
    • 23 private rooms with shared baths, for $65 for each additional night prior to or after the retreat dates.
    • 19 shared (2 people) rooms with shared baths, for $65 per person for each additional night prior to or after the retreat dates. 

      Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  

    ADDITIONAL NIGHTS MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY for all pre/post-retreat workshop attendees, whether you are attending the retreat or not.

    Every effort to keep all attendees in their assigned room, however, late registrants may be reassigned.

    Accommodations available for Retreat Attendees bringing their Spouse/Partner (see the separate add-on fees for spouses):


    • Reception gathering (finger food and drinks)
    • Welcome dinner followed by entertainment
    • Any bus tours taken by retreat attendees on tour day
    • Buffet breakfasts at the accommodations 
    • Train station transportation to and from Westport

    NOTE: Transportation as needed for retreat attendees will be provided, but spouses need to make their own plans.


    ***  REGISTRATION FORM  ***  


    Choose the item(s) you want to purchase from the choices below, and add them to your shopping cart.   
    You can pay with any major credit card.
    Make sure you get a confirmation of payment. 
    Email us with any questions or concerns:  Admin@International-Encaustic-Artists.org


    Artwork copyrights are held by the individual artists and all rights are reserved for all the artwork
    used in presenting and promoting the 2023- Celtic ConVergence - Wax Over the Water Retreat.

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