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Retiro

RETIRO invites you to a 7-night all included art retreat, located in the beauty of the Portuguese countryside.

Our team has selected the best hidden gems in Portugal to host our retreat - from the warmth of the ocean view to the natural beauty of a mountain lodge, you’ll have an amazing experience surrounded by art and like-minded creatives, in taylored and well-thought out surroundings.

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During your stay, indulge in curated, traditional cuisine, wine and cheese tasting experiences, all prepared with love by our in-house chef, who will provide us with four healthy meals per day - breakfast, lunch, dinner and an all-day snack table.

 

RETIRO’s programme week includes morning yoga classes, stargazing nights, creative challenges and proposals, daily workshops, nature walks, as well as free time to relax and enjoy the sights.

Experience the perfect blend of artisanal craftsmanship and contemporary art tools.

 

RETIRO’s workshops present a toolkit of engagement abilities permeable and  transversal to all artistic areas.

 

Through experimentation, the connection of body and mind in natural surroundings, and shared ancestral craftsmanship, our daily workshops aim to develop fine motor skills, boost creativity, confidence and self knowledge.

Activities

MORNING
MOVEMENT
SESSION

Kick-starting the day with a refreshing and active group practice: Yoga, Tai Chi, or Active Meditation.

SHARED
HOMEMADE
MEALS

We celebrate the abundance of local and seasonal ingredients, handpicked to showcase the freshest flavors. Each day, you will be treated to a carefully curated selection of four meals, each thoughtfully designed to harmonize flavor, nutrition, and cultural heritage that nourish mind, body and soul.

STARGAZING
NIGHT

Our locations are curated to be certified Starlight Tourism destinations, in order for you to witness the Milky Way in all its splendor. We'll guide you through the stars with mindful ease as you bask in the glory of the universe.

NATURE

WALKS

Explore the surrounding grounds and breathtaking views.

WINE
TASTING

A different local wine and cheese combination specially curated and presented each evening.

CREATIVE
CHALLENGES

Quirky, fun and simple drawing challenges, proposed throughout the week.

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JOURNALING

Learn and develop the principles of journaling with our wellness expert, Julia. You’ll be given your own LeafCo journal to get you started on a practical path to cognitive well-being.

Workshops

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GROUND
INK
WORKSHOP

Natural pigments expert Tamara invites you to explore the surrounding grounds, to learn about our local flora and to create a natural and locally sourced drawing ink to enrich your art with.

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FLOW
WORKSHOP

 Exercise aligning body and mind with a traditional potter’s turning wheel. Embrace imperfection and cultivate patience and resilience — a still mind on ever moving matter.

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PATTERN
MURAL
WORKSHOP

A facilitated group conversation led by Julia Fernando, professional wellness practitioner, and Mariana, programme director and professional artist. Discuss passions and vocation, while on a painting ceramic tiles workshop.

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OPEN AIR
DRAWING
WORKSHOP

Tune your observation skills to beyond your sight with Daniel Africano in an open air drawing masterclass with a twist.

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BOOKBINDING
WORKSHOP

A creative bookbinding workshop led by Letícia offers you the chance to engineer and construct your own unique artist journal with materials compiled during your stay.

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CREATIVE
WRITING
WORKSHOP

Embark on a captivating journey through the realms of imagination with renowned poet and psychologist Francisca Camelo.

Your week at Retiro

DAY 1

Meet up in Porto 

Dinner

Transport to retreat site

DAY 2

Morning Yoga

Breakfast

GROUND INK Workshop

Lunch

GROUND INK Workshop 

Dinner

Free Time

DAY 3

Morning Yoga

Breakfast

FLOW Workshop 

Lunch

Free Time

Dinner

Group Activity

DAY 4

Morning Yoga

Breakfast

PATTERN MURAL Workshop 

Lunch

PATTERN MURAL Workshop

Dinner

Free Time

DAY 5

Morning Yoga

Breakfast

OPEN AIR DRAWING Workshop

Lunch

Free Time 

Dinner

Group Activity

DAY 6

Morning Yoga

Breakfast

BOOKBINDING Workshop

Lunch

Free Time

Dinner

Group Activity

DAY 7

Morning Yoga

Breakfast

Transport to Porto

Rest
Recharge
Rewild

PORTO

On the seventh day, venture into the vibrant colours of the cityscape and witness the energetic rhythm of a city full of history, character and fun.

From the historic centre to the esplanades where you can sip wine and try local cuisine, we have an itinerary ready to empower you to experience the best that the city has to offer.

Mentorship

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LETICIA BURKARDT

Bookbinding

Leticia graduated in architecture and founded Bulhufas, a Lisbon based studio, specialized in bookbinding, editorial design projects, handmade books, and stationery. Unique handmade books are made from scratch using all kinds of manual techniques and sustainable materials.

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TAMARA

Ground Ink

Tamara was born and raised in Paris, and is now based in Lisbon. In Portugal, she has found a deeper connection to nature, which inspires her craft. All of Tamara's work is hand-made with love, and each piece is designed to be unique.

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DANIEL AFRICANO

Open Air Drawing

Artist, teacher and expert in figurative life drawing and painting, his research and practice are inspired by the European 18th and 19th century Masters, and by tradicional and ancestral painting techniques. Lives and works in Porto, where he also teaches at his private atelier.

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FRANCISCA CAMELO

Creative Drawing

Francisca Camelo is a poet, a psychologist and a diseuse. Her poems are included in several anthologies and magazines around the world. Francisca organizes literary and spoken word events, and uses poetry as a tool aplied to community projects.

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LOCAL MASTERS

Flow Workshop

We collaborate with local master craftsmen and artisans curating site specific experiences on shared ancestral knowledge.

What's included?

  • RETIRO’s daily Programme schedule

  • Your own Centering Journal

  • All workshops and activities

  • Private access to the grounds

  • Accommodation and amenities

  • Meet-up dinner and activities

  • Four curated locally-sourced meals per day

  • Shuttle service to/from Porto

  • Porto city exploration day curated itinerary

What's not included?

  • Airfare

  • Airport transfers to/from Porto

  • Porto city exploration day meals, activities and lodging

Artists are recommended to bring

  • Bathing and seasonal sensitive clothing wear

  • Hiking shoes 

  • Personal art supplies for free time use if desired

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