A 7-day getaway where you will channel your artistry through stone sculpting surrounded by awe-inspiring sceneries. A perfect blend of yoga, wine, and sculpting, this artistic retreat will help you unwind amidst beautiful Portuguese landscapes.
If you are looking for a therapeutic and satisfying activity, this art technique is definitely for you. Through daily lessons at the instructor’s garden, you will be able to master your sculpting skills and create your own masterpiece with top-notch local materials. Observing, creating, and carving your own soap-stone piece of art will make you take pride in the sculptor that lies within you.
Yoga lessons in a stunning open-air environment will also allow you to connect with yourself, release tensions and relax to no end. Start your day with invigorating practices, enjoy nourishing meals, and sleep soundly after tasting locally produced wines. Our small rustic boutique hotel is cozy and welcoming, decorated with personal antiques and crafts from local artisans. You will feel as if you are at a friend’s home, learn local traditions, and leave with a refreshed soul and body.
Overall, our sustainable sculpting retreat in Alentejo will be an enriching and rejuvenating experience, combining art, yoga, and wine in a stunning natural setting.
- 6 nights stay at a rustic boutique hotel with full access to the gardens, hiking trails, gym, and pool
- 3 healthy delicious home-cooked meals a day with local and organic products
- Wine tasting throughout the week. Every dinner we will be presenting a different natural wine from a local producer
- 6 hours of daily classes of stone sculpting with artist Peggy. In the end, you will complete 24 hours of workshop
- Soapstone for your work. You will take the final art piece with you
- All needed tools for the sculpting workshop are available at the studio.
- Morning energizing yoga sessions in an open-air environment surrounded by nature
What will the stone-sculpting program be like?
Every day we will start with an energizing 75-minute yoga class in the beautiful yoga platform (“the Ground”) followed by a delicious and healthy breakfast.
During the sculpting workshop, you will find a nice assortment of soapstone at the studio. You should take your time when choosing your stone. It is a very emotional moment and fundamental for the following sculpting process itself. During the duration of the workshop, you will enter into deep interaction with “your” stone. The combination of observing, perceiving, and creating with the use of your own hands will lead you to great emotional satisfaction. The working process includes various techniques of sculpting, sawing, shaping, grinding, and polishing.
Food and wine play a big part in our culture and an important role in this unique sculpting and yoga retreat! You will enjoy 3 meals a day, always prepared with local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients. At every dinner, we will present a different natural wine sourced by small local producers.
Meet the artist:
Peggy was born in Germany and lived a bit all over the world. When she discovered Alentejo, she immediately fell in love with this region. She has her own art studio in a beautiful villa surrounded by vineyards where the workshops will take place. She has run numerous workshops and exhibitions in Germany, Portugal, Rwanda, and the Antilles. Her other passion is winemaking and she personally curates her own vineyards and produces her own wine.
We love her sense of humor and wittiness!
This sculpting and yoga retreat has multiple set dates:
- April 30-May 6
- November 5-11
- December 2-8
If you want to bring your own group, we recommend avoiding the crowded high season and coming in spring (April to June) or fall (September to November). The beaches are deserted, and the days are mostly sunny and warm (you’ll need a cardigan for the evenings though).
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What is it Really Like?
Check out our blog post on Sustainable Retreats in Portugal for an even deeper look into what to expect. Or, watch these three 20-second video clips to get a sense of a typical day at this beautiful eco-retreat center.
- Yoga, brunch, visiting a small coastal town
- Brunch, coastal hike, market visit, early evening yoga
- Free time, afternoon yoga, family-owned winery visit
Spring (March to May) is considered the best time to visit Portugal because of the mild weather and lower crowds. The temperatures allow travelers to explore the country comfortably and flowers are bloomed at this time of the year, which adds to the picturesque beauty of the country. Choosing off-season months also contributes to enhancing the local economy as it guarantees income to the community all year round. Alentejo’s rural location fosters tourism dispersal, therefore avoiding overcrowding.
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