Participant Information

Ox Bow

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

009_PBI_PicksDaily 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

IMG_9160Hous­ing is in rus­tic 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.


IMG_9228PBI 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.

Travel Infor­ma­tion

For those trav­el­ing by air, the Grand Rapids Air­port is the near­est major air­port and most rental car com­pa­nies have loca­tions at the airport.

Grand Rapids and Hol­land each also have rail and bus ser­vice. For infor­ma­tion on rail ser­vice, call Amtrak at 800.USA.RAIL or visit for sched­ules and fares. The bus ser­vice provider depends on the depar­ture loca­tion. Con­tact Grey­hound, Megabus, or other bus ser­vices to deter­mine availability.

For those who drive to PBI, Ox-Bow is located in Saugatuck, Michi­gan. There is ample park­ing for PBI par­tic­i­pants on the Ox-Bow campus.

from trans­porta­tion hubs to Ox Bow
Cole­man Shut­tle Ser­vice pro­vides trans­porta­tion to and from the Grand Rapids Air­port, the Amtrak Sta­tion or Bus Sta­tion in Grand Rapids, and the Train/Bus Sta­tion in Holland.

PBI par­tic­i­pants must make their own shut­tle arrange­ments directly with Cole­man Shut­tle Ser­vice. Call to make reser­va­tion: 616–355‑2006. They accept a credit card at the time the reser­va­tion is made, or cash at the time of pick-up.

The one-way charge to or from the Grand Rapids Air­port, Amtrak Sta­tion, or Bus Sta­tion and Ox-Bow ranges from $40 to $75 (plus tip)* and depends on the arrival time as well as will­ing­ness be grouped with 4 or more travelers.Travelers who would like to try to be grouped by Cole­man Shut­tle should plan to arrive/depart between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The one-way charge to or from the Hol­land Train/Bus Sta­tion and Ox-Bow is $40 (plus tip)*.

*All charges are sub­ject to change by Cole­man Shut­tle Ser­vices. Please con­firm your costs at the time you reserve a ride.