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 isalso 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 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.

Schedule: PBI consists of two 4-day sessions. During the first session,participantstakeone class in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Second session classes are more intensive, meeting for the whole day. There is a day off between the first and second sessions.


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

BUS & TRAIN: 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.

VIA CAR: 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


Coleman’s 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’s Shuttle Service. Call to make reservation: 616–355-2006 or 616-212-3403. Reservations can also be made through their website: They accept a credit card at the time the reservation is made, or cash at the time of pick-up.

The one-way charges from the transportation hub of your choice to or from Ox-Bow are $45 and up (plus tip)* and depend 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’s Shuttle should plan to arrive/depart between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the first and last days of PBI (May 13 & May 24).

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