Adventure Art Field Course – San Juans Spring Edition

05/13/2022 - 05/16/2022 San Juan Islands, WA 4 Days 3 Nights 90 Miles Easy Going Beginner All-Road Terrain


After more than two years of global pandemic, we are reawakening. We’re ready for adventure, we’re itching to explore. Shake off the Covid cobwebs with an incredible four-day cycling and creativity trip in the San Juan Islands. The ferry ride into the archipelago kickstarts a tour of our favorite islands in a way that will completely change the way you see your day-to-day. Under the guidance of Anna Brones you’ll pedal the San Juan Islands with sketchbooks on hand, pedaling Swift Adventure Co.’s favorite backroads and tapping into your own creativity, making your own adventure art. We’ll be drawing, painting, writing, and fueling our creative selves along the way.

  • “Meet in Seattle”, full service, round trip from Swift HQ and back
  • “Meet on Lopez”, where we will shuttle you and your stuff from Lopez landing to basecamp.
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Trip No. 133
Swift Adventure Co.

Official Trip Info

San Juan Islands, WA

You don’t need to be a renaissance master to tune-in to your surroundings and see your world completely differently. The cultivation of creativity is as much about observing as it is about laying pigment to paper. Unlock a kaleidoscope of texture and light, and hone your pen and brush skills as we explore the wilder side of the San Juan Islands by bicycle.

Each day will include lead bike rides of our favorite roads and guided instruction to get your creativity flowing.

What will you get out of this trip?

  • Reconnect with your creative self
  • Tap into a creative practice that feels adventurous but that you can also take with you back home
  • Dailey prompts and exercises to fuel you creativity, including writing, watercolor, and drawing.
  • Explore and awaken your curiosity!
  • Expertly crafted field art kit, created by Art Toolkit™ with a few extras from us here at SACo. Includes:
    • Rugged, compact carrying case
    • Mole skin sketch/painting pad
    • Water brush w/ refill syringe & Mister
    • Waterproof fine pen & pencil
    • compact watercolor kit
    • ruler
    • 2 x mini binder clip
    • eraser & pencil sharpener


  • Friday 13th, Meet at Swift HQ we’ll load up your gear and hit the road aimed for Anacortes ferry landing. Our adventure begin on the ferry, be on the look out for marine life and an the illusive resident Orca whale pods. Once on Lopez, we will settle in at camp and head out for a little afternoon stroll and our first creative lesson. approx. 8mi, 400′ ele.
  • Saturday 14th, After a great breakfast, we will pack up lunch and art kit and head back to the ferry, this time by bike. Today we head to San Juan Island. Once on island we will head to Line Kiln State Park(Most likely place in the lower 48 to see whale from shore) or American Camp (location of the Great Pig War of 1859) to spend the afternoon. Before getting back on the boat we will take some time in Friday Harbor to explore or have drink. approx. 22mi, 1500′ ele.
  • Sunday 15th, Breakfast and coffee! Today, we stay on Lopez, the chillest island. We will start a little later in the morning to hit the farmers market in town, after that we will spend the day park hopping and letting the water and harbor seals inspire us, we may even ride semi secret gravel road and take a dip back at Spencer Spit. We will round out the day with a lovely Kaiseki style dinner at Setsunai in Lopez Village. approx. 26mi, 1500′ ele.
  • Monday 16th, Today we have to pack up and head home. But don’t worry, we still have another beach to visit on our way to the ferry, another wonderful ferry ride, and to top it off we will have lunch and final creative lesson at Washington Park, before heading back to Swift HQ. approx. 5mi, 400′ ele.

We look forward to hearing from you. Let us know if you have any questions.

The trip starts and ends at Swift HQ in Seattle, WA. Coming from out-of-town? Don’t hesitate to contact us about lodging recommendations and travel logistics, we’re happy to help! Travel without the hassle of bike cases and heavy gear. We have premium gear and bicycles for rent, and all Field Experience guests receive special rental rates.

*Transportation from Seattle to Lopez is only included with this trip if you select “Meet in Seattle”. Select “Meet on Lopez” and we can shuttle you from the ferry land to base camp as needed. We have a list of resources to help guide you the Anacortes Ferry landing and can help facilitate carpooling.

**We can accommodate omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. Generally gluten-free and low carb diets can also be accommodated. Folx with special diets may be asked to partially supplement their meals & snacks. If you have any questions or concerns about food please contact us ahead of time.

*Please review our cancelation and Covid-19 policies

What's Included

  • Expert Art Instruction from Anna Brones
  • The ultimate travel art kit
  • All camp meals and refreshments - does not include alcoholic drinks
  • One in-town dinner at Setsunai in Lopez Village
  • Support and gear wagon
  • Transportation to and from Seattle
  • Ferry passes
  • Quiet Island roads, plus some hidden gems

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