Participant Information



Nes­tled on an old oxbow cut off from the Kala­ma­zoo River near the edge of Lake Michi­gan, Ox-Bow has been a place of retreat for artists for over a hun­dred years. It is also the birth­place of PBI. The stu­dios are large and com­fort­able, pro­vid­ing the space and facil­i­ties needed for PBI classes.

PBI at Ox-Bow

Daily life at PBI is a pleas­ant mix of inten­sive class time, group meals and inde­pen­dent work time in the stu­dio. Guest lec­tur­ers, vis­it­ing artists and other events are sched­uled some evenings dur­ing the ses­sion for enter­tain­ment and enrichment. Swimming and canoe­ing pro­vide a break from stu­dio work. Lake Michi­gan, with its’ beau­ti­ful beaches, can be reached by canoe or a short walk. There are a num­ber of hik­ing trails through the woods on the Ox-Bow prop­erty and, for those want­ing a work­out, you can head down the road to the 100 steps, a stair­case which takes you to the top of a dune over­look­ing Lake Michi­gan. A large fire-pit on the shore of the oxbow is a fes­tive gath­er­ing place in the evenings. When the weather is inclement, peo­ple often get together on the large screened in porches in the Old Inn, the Din­ing Hall in the New Inn, or one of the fire­places found through­out Ox-Bow.

Room and board

Hous­ing is in rus­tic (and very charm­ing) cab­ins and dorms. Most rooms are dou­ble occu­pancy but there are a few sin­gle occu­pancy rooms, which can be reserved for an addi­tional fee. All bath­room facil­i­ties are shared. Par­tic­i­pants sup­ply their own tow­els and bedding. In May, weather in Michi­gan can be extremely vari­able so par­tic­i­pants must be pre­pared for a range of tem­per­a­tures. Meals are pro­vided by the Ox-Bow kitchen, and are served fam­ily style, with a focus on healthy, deli­cious, sus­tain­able choices. The kitchen works to accom­mo­date most food restrictions.



PBI con­sists of two 4-day ses­sions. Dur­ing the first ses­sion, par­tic­i­pants take two classes – one meet­ing in the morn­ing and the other in the after­noon. There is a day off, and the sec­ond ses­sion begins, con­sist­ing of one class that meets for the whole day.