Uninstructed Retreats

 

Reasons to attend an uninstructed workshop:

  • Freedom to explore your own ideas of creativity

  • Relaxed atmosphere

  • Painting at whatever pace you wish and whenever you wish

  • Open to artists in all media

The friendships you will develop will last for years and will continue to be a source of joy and inspiration.

 

Paternoster is an artist's paradise with its boulders and  secluded bays, towns with whitewashed fishermen’s cottages, and immaculate barren beaches...
 
The many provocative and tranquil landscapes, many bird and plant varieties give this area an atmosphere of mystery and peace.
The friendships you will develop will last for years and will continue to be a source of joy and inspiration. And then there’s the food,  wine , flowers and the weather…
Some extraordinary facts about the unique flower kingdom we are lucky enough to have in our (almost literally) back garden!
  • South Africa has more species of plants in one square kilometre than in the whole of England!
  • The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the oldest plant kingdoms in the world with some species dating back 60 million years.
  • 70% of the 9600 plant species found within it are not found anywhere else in the world (Endemic)
  • Apparently there is more money made on the world market selling flowers from SA origin than the annual gold production value.
  • Europe’s total floral species number 10 000 where as a small country like South Africa hosts 23 000 species.
  • The Cape Floral Kingdom has been singled out from 25 world ecological hotspot areas as being of “irreplaceable value".

What to expect

Combining art practice with a scenic holiday and amazing food adventures is a unique and extraordinary experience because it enriches your mind while you are encouraged by scenery, experiences and other artists.
There are potential paintings around every corner and you will find yourself referring back to your photographs long after you have returned home.
If you want the freedom to explore your own style at your own pace, then this uninstructed retreat is for you. You can paint pretty much when you want and where you want, or not!
 

Retreats Include:

  • 10 days of artistic immersion in the West Coast & Winelands of South Africa.

  • Inclusive: Delicious food, wine, accommodation and ground transportation. Offsite lunches and a group dinner outing will be at your own expense. Airfare fare not included.

  • Paint, sketch and enjoy the good life in beautiful South African surroundings.

  •  Daily painting locations: Private beaches with wine tasting, charming villages and markets. Depending on season and location be prepared to see fields of flowers or the beautiful unique fynbos or amazing whales…

  • Balanced itinerary of painting, exploring and relaxation for artists of all media – all levels!

  • Either instruction from our master artists or mentoring available on our uninstructed workshops.

  • Learn, live and paint side-by-side with fellow artists.

  • Plenty to do for non-painting partners!