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Conducted outdoors in the stunning setting of Riverheart’s gardens, these vibrant weekend courses will guide you through the basics of painting and drawing while looking at how the creative process can benefit you in your day-to-day life. With a passion for music, dance, and art, Ian will guide you through a multi-sensory experience, helping you feel more in tune with the world around you and more complete as a creative being. Along with Ian, Samm will be your yoga instructor, guiding you through daily sessions to support and deepen your creative practice.
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The art studio is set in two acres of luscious garden with a river running through. Meditation spaces are dotted along the riverside and with hammocks, swinging chairs, poolside tables, and plenty of shady trees you’ll find the magic of Riverheart hard to resist. Furthermore, there are three wooden cabanas, a bell tent, and a geodesic dome.
Riverheart Retreats is an outdoor nature lover's paradise and as such, they have bugs, trees, and a few mosquitoes too. They also have a wonderful puppy and there are six cats on site who keep to themselves. This is a family residence and has a lovely close feeling to it.
Cabana 1 is a cozy wooden cabana in the Riverheart gardens with en-suite shower room and toilet in which all hand painted with mandala designs and a river stone floor in the shower. Mosquito screen, fan, and plenty of blankets for the cooler months are available.
Cabana 2 is a gorgeous wooden cabana with terrace, overlooking the Riverheart gardens. There are en-suite shower room and toilet creatively decorated with paint and jewelry. A small bookcase with a good range of novels and non-fiction as well as a fan and plenty of blankets for the cooler months are available.
Cabana 3 is a gorgeous wooden cabana with two single beds in, looking out onto a mosaic piazza area. The shower room and toilet are a short walk up the garden or enjoy the outdoor shower and bath tub.
Glamp in style in this beautiful bell tent with space for four people in two single mattresses and a double bed. Fairy lights and a fan is available. It is also a short walk from the shower room and toilet.
One of Australia’s leading artists, Ian de Souza will lead a small group to explore areas including tone values, perspective, composition, and balance. But, what makes this retreat truly unique is the focus on how you can use these same themes in your understanding of happiness and well-being. With daily meditations, yoga sessions, and evening discussions around the fire, this retreat is a beautiful opportunity not only to develop your artistic skills with a renowned artist but also to come to understand yourself and your creative energy better.
Working with charcoals, watercolors, and acrylics, you’ll be guided through life drawing and landscape painting workshops where the focus is very much on the process and not the end result. Using techniques from moving meditation and creative psychology, you’ll be supported to bypass the internal censor and paint with renewed joy and freedom. This retreat provides a unique opportunity to work with a truly inspiring artist and are suited to beginners or to any working artist looking to reignite their passion for both painting and life itself.
You are welcome to arrive from 14:00 onward on day 1 and make use of the swimming pool and luscious gardens before you first come together as a group for your evening sessions which are a welcome circle, group meditation, and a sumptuous supper followed by an introductory discussion on creativity and well-being. The retreat finishes after your morning session and breakfast on day 4, allowing you plenty of time to travel back home feeling refreshed, smiling, and with a new confidence in your creative ability.
Options are available for you wanting to book one to two or more of Ian's long weekend retreats. This really is a very special opportunity to learn and practice with a leading artist and creativity mentor. So, if you have the ability to stay longer and take full advantage of Ian's time with Riverheart Retreats, then please do. Please get in touch to discuss this option if you're interested. You are also recommended to check out Ian's site to get a feel for his artwork and ethos and for a blast of inspiration.
Ian de Souza
In his paintings, subject and style are influenced by where he's at the moment. His life journey has brought him from West Malaysia to living through Japanese occupation and British colonial rule in Singapore. As a younger man, he traveled the world as a professional singer for many years before settling in Fremantle, Western Australia to focus on his art practice that spans over 35 years. As exhibitor and arts educator, it allows him to utilize all his senses. His love of music, dance, and cooking feeds his creativity, and to him, it’s all the same process as painting.
Samm Short is one of Riverheart's creators and owners and also a fellow painter and long time student of Ian's. Fearless love and courageous expression are the two guiding principles that she tries to work from each day and that Riverheart has been founded on. For her, the practices of writing, painting, yoga, and meditation all seek to discover and express the same truth that love and joy are at the root of all things.
This retreat will take place in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain.
The food is vegetarian and sugar-free with vegan options for each meal, cooked with love and using only organic and locally produced ingredients wherever possible. Tea, herbal infusions, fresh coffee, and organic wines and beers are all self-service and included in the cost of the retreat. Allergies and intolerances can be catered for. Please inform Riverheart Retreats in advance so they can best prepare to care for your needs.
Your breakfast includes a delicious assortment of fresh fruit, whole cereals, porridge with superfood supplements, or Spanish tostadas with herby tomatoes. Your lunch will be a colorful buffet of superfood salads, fresh bread (including wheat-free), and local olives and cheeses. Your dinner includes paellas, tortillas, or sensational stews depending on what culinary inspiration guides your chef that day.
Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Riverheart Retreats arranges transfers from the airport for 10 EUR per person each way for journeys at 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the retreat's start and end days. Taxi numbers can be provided upon request at the time of booking.
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