Itinerary, Information & Fantastic People

Typical Itinerary

This itinerary is a guideline and example, you can create your own personal work itinerary in and around the fixed activities if you wish.

Arrival day

Collection from the airport and check in any time after 2pm, You will be welcomed on arrival by your hosts Rebecca and Jordy and our Resident Artist.
You will take the rest of the day to settle in, relax, drink a glass of champagne by the pool or on the lodge veranda or explore the beautiful natural surroundings.   In the evening you will be joined by Rebecca, Jordy and the Resident Artist for an informal and relaxed dinner at the lodge.

Day 1

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-11:45 Horse Anatomy

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:30 – 4:30 Inspiration Location

5:00 – 7:00 Artists Free Time

7:00-8:00 Dinner at the lodge with fellow artists and hosts

8:00-10:00 Free Time/Evening Activity

Day 2 

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-11:30 Personal Tutoring/Inspiration Location

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:30 -4:30 Personal Tutoring/Inspiration Location

5:00-7:00 Artists free time

7:00-8:00 Dinner at the lodge with fellow artists and hosts

8:00-10:00 Free Time/Evening Activity

Day 3

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-4:30 – Museum Visit (7 Day Guests)

9:30-4:30 (Day Guests Workshop)

4:30-7:00 Tony O’Connor Paint Observation

7:00-8:00 Dinner at the lodge with fellow artists and hosts

8:00-10:00 Free Time/Evening Activity

Day 4

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-11:45 Horse Drive

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:30-4:30 Tony O’Connor Paint Observation

5:00-7:00 Artists free time

7:00-8:00 Dinner at the lodge with fellow artists and hosts

8:00-10:00 Free Time/Evening Activity

Day 5

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-11:30 Inspiration Location

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:30-4:30 Tony O’Connor Paint Observation

5:00-7:00 Artists free time

7:00-8:00 Dinner at the lodge with fellow artists and hosts

8:00-10:00 Free Time/Evening Activity

Day 6

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-11:45 Inspiration Location

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-7:00 Free Time

7:00-8:00 Dinner at the lodge with fellow artists and hosts

8:00-10:00 Free Time/Evening Activity

Day 7

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:30-11:45 Free Time

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:30-4:30 Free Time

5:00-7:00 Artists Presentation

7:00-10:00 Cook Out

The fixed activities may be liable to change slightly due to time of year and the weather conditions.

Departure day

After breakfast you are asked to checkout of your room by noon, and we will take you to the airport.

Painting Materials – We ask that you bring your painting materials with you.  We will provide basic materials for your Retreat, paper, canvas paper and canvas boards.

Printing – Should you wish to work from photos you have taken we offer a printing service at the Lodge, we cannot cater for everyones camera software but will endeavour to ensure we can help!

And Finally – Island Guest Ranch Family

img113Carl has spent much of his life living by the axiom that “We are all just stewards of the land. At the end of our lives, we can’t take any of this with us. The only thing we can do is take care of the land and make it a good place for the next generation.”

Growing up living on and off the ranch gave Carl a passion and love for the land. Upon graduating high school and spending time in college, Carl entered the military. During his time in the Army, he became one of the original ‘U.S. Army Dog Training Europe, 24th Division U.S. M.P.’s, and became instrumental in supplying dogs to Vietnam and various other operations around world. After his honorable discharge, he returned to the land that he always loved so well. In 1972, he married Mary Simpson and the two spent the ensuing years ranching and training, raising and selling dogs in America and Germany. After many successful years and 3 children, the two built a prosperous life on the ranch and created Island Guest Ranch.

marywhiteMary was woman of vivacious nature and extraordinary spirit who lived life to the absolute fullest. She exuded a kindness and warmth that was infectious to all those around her and a love of people that would serve her well in her life’s pursuit. She was a woman who would not be daunted from goals or life changing illnesses and after graduating from university, Mary never looked back. The ensuing years brought careers in Education on multiple levels, from guidance counseling to teaching on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. She headed to California and became one of the first Snow White’s at Disneyland, after which led to a career in PR for Walt Disney. Much Later, after beginning work promoting tourism for the Australian Tourism Commission, Mary met and married the love of her life Carl. She and Carl trained dogs in and out of Germany and would invite many of their European friends back to Oklahoma for a visit. After many suggestions that their hospitality was beyond par, Mary and Carl decided to take this love of people and the land and turn it into a thriving business, thus Island Guest Ranch was born. Sadly Mary passed away of brain cancer in 2010, but her love of people and the atmosphere that she created at the ranch still thrives today.

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Jordy the youngest daughter of Carl and Mary, has had the honor of living, loving, and working the land her whole life. She is passionate about promoting the beauty of the ranch and preserving this unique piece of Americana.

As Operations Manager of Guest Services at the ranch, Jordy arranges for guests to stay from April through October and tries to convey a true sense of what the land means to her family. She provides them good old fashioned hospitality while making sure they get the western experiences they are looking for.

After studying Letters at the University of Oklahoma, Jordy traveled the world as a partner in the travel company By-Ways Tours and trained family and search and rescue dogs.  Still traveling the world whenever she gets the chance, Jordy cannot stray far from what is the true love of her life, Island Guest Ranch.

1397703_10151672237291402_1232968148_oRylan I am a 4th generation rancher and live on the ranch with my wife Lisa and our daughter Martha.  I was first on horseback as an infant with my dad, which is where I developed my passion for riding and creating good all round ranch horses. I am a full time cowboy on the ranch and spend my days looking after cattle, training horses and general ranch duties. In the fall and winter I also guide deer and duck hunters here on the ranch and the surrounding area.

I have been lucky enough to travel to the UK to start young colts for friends of my English wife, who have subsequently gone on to become very successful western riding horses. My ranch horses that I have started are also film stars, being used in local western’s (Skeleton Creek Productions) as well as big budget movies (most recently in Spielberg’s Lincoln and the upcoming Lone Ranger).

 

 

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Gretchen the middle child of Carl and Mary, like her brother and sister grew up completely immersed in the culture of ranch life and Oklahoma.

After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Letters, Gretchen began working with children through the CASA organization with the intent of continuing on in a career in the diplomatic core.

However, life took a different course when in 2001 she met a young Italian pilot named Luca Campello.  From that point on, she and Luca were inseparable.  Having lived in various places across the globe due to Luca’s career as an Experimental Test Pilot with the Italian Air Force, Gretchen and Luca now call Rome their home.  They often travel home to Oklahoma for extended visits however and hope to one day settle on the ranch with their two children Giorgia Elaine and Matteo Alexander.

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Giorgia, Matteo and Martha

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