Away from noise, confusion and pollution, relax in the slow rhythm of the Alentejo and you will feel at your best. Here in Monsaraz silence is only interrupted by bee-eaters and the flight of doves.
A creative retreat, in the heart of the Portuguese countryside; immerse yourself in nature, explore a range of materials and translate what you see into free, expressive drawings.
Over the course of 4 days, we will explore many approaches to painting with watercolour, ink and coloured pencil. We will fill a sketchbook with creative experiments and dynamic illustrations – drawing on nature’s glorious abundance in Monsaraz. Taking inspiration from local fruits, plants, birds and landscapes, this is haven for wildlife and offers a wealth of opportunity to ignite the creative process, free from everyday distraction.
The focus will be on freedom, play and an exploratory approach to image-making. Over the duration of the retreat, you will develop a better understanding of what excites and motivates you to draw and have the skills to bring this to life. There will also be the opportunity to practice yoga, wine tasting cooking and gardening in the beautiful surroundings of Monsaraz. By the end of the four days you will be deeply relaxed, with a sketchbook packed full of ideas, bursting with inspiration to continue long after your return home.
Group size: 20 students
Location: Rua do Chafariz, nº 6 Aldeia do Outeiro, 7200-179 Reguengos de Monsaraz, PORTUGAL
Cost: From 1000€ including accommodation
Date: 4-8 May 2023 (4 nights)