Stone Sculpture Symposium

Vancouver Island Stone Sculpture Symposium (VISSS) is an annual, weeklong program of workshops and demonstrations given by sculptors for sculptors. Intimate hands-on sessions with expert instructors will improve your technique, inspire your designs and build your expertise. Participants return to VISSS year after year to share their passion for working with stone. It is a place to learn, exchange ideas and recharge your creative batteries for both the novice and the seasoned artist.

Date: September 9th to 15th, 2024

Location: Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre

Located on a 44-acre property that fronts on Lake Cowichan. It is a 1-hour drive from Victoria and a 1-hour drive from Nanaimo. For addition information and an aerial view of the Centre visit

Our talented lineup for the 2024 Vancouver Island Stone Sculpture Symposium:

Monumental Sculpture with John Fisher.   JOHN FISHER SCULPTURES – Home

Jade Carving with Deborah Wilson.  Deborah Wilson, Sculptor – Introduction

Soft Stone Carving with Sandy Cline.  The Sandy Cline World of Art and Sculpture

Special Guest: John-Phillippe Smith – Dominion Sculptor

Field SculptorMichael Binkley   Michael Binkley Sculptor

Symposium Director and Field Sculptor – Daniel Cline Daniel Cline Sculpture | Stone & Bronze Sculptor in Chemainus

Accommodation Options:

Plan A – lodging, activities, meals, and all instruction for 6 nights – $1,550.00

Plan B – off site lodging, all activities, meals plus all instruction for the full week – $1,250.00

Plan C – day rate – includes 1 night’s lodging, 3 meals and all instruction – $250.00 (plus one-time $50 guild membership)

Plan D – day rate – off site lodging, 3 meals and all instruction – $220.00 (plus one-time $50 guild membership)


To download the registration form click here.

After paying deposit, please fill out and return

For the weeklong stays, a refundable deposit of $550 is due upon registration. For the one-day plans, Plan C and D, you must pay in full at time of registration. Full payment is due by July 31, 2024. No refunds after this date.  After you register, you will receive an information letter with details, which will help you prepare for the symposium.

Need help with registration, have questions about the instructors or general symposium questions, email or call Daniel Cline at: 250-210-2715


  • Deposit $550 to reserve your spot. (The remaining balance of $1000 will be due May 2024). Please note: $50 of this deposit will be non-refundable as it will be your VISG Membership dues for 2024. If, in the event that there is insufficient enrollment by May 2024 to make the symposium economically viable, then the symposium will be cancelled and $500 will be refunded. Help us to ensure we have high enrollment by spreading the word to your social circles. Link this page on your social media etc.
  • or Full payment $1550

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a beautiful artform from some of the world’s best stone carvers in spectacular setting. We look forward to seeing you there!

To secure your spot, please pay the deposit now.


VISG prefers that you pay by e-transfer (as payments via Square cost VISG money) and e-transfers can be made to:

If you are unable to pay the deposit via e-transfer then there is an option to pay via the secure Square payment portal link below.