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Creative retreats

We are excited to welcome you to our creative retreats. We curate exciting and immersive courses in drawing, painting and many other creative activities, with the cooperation of international artists, professors and experts. The courses take place within the serene and expansive local countryside, here in Folhada, Portugal.

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Into the wild

Into The Wild is an artistic residence which focuses on drawing and painting techniques including experimenting with Camera Lucida. 


​Courses include:

  • accommodation at Castanhal on the Serra da Aboboreira (Pumpkin Mountain) near the historic city of Amarante,

  • all food and local Vinho Verde wine, including some meals in a few wonderful, local restaurants,

  • expert tuition,

  • transport to and from the local train station at Marco de Canaveses (frequent trains to/from Porto).

The Retreat culminates with a group exhibition. ​

Places are very limited for this all-inclusive, immersive course.

The "Into the wild" Crew

To find out more or to book your place, head to our website:


The resident Artists, Zuzanna Hope and Krystyna Suchwallo together with the Professor of Fine Arts University of Porto, Pedro Maia and project logistic coordinator, Peter Hope have the pleasure of inviting you to join us for a unique and memorable creative retreat. The courses will be based in and around our working farm, Castanhal, as well as several breathtaking locations hidden away in the beautiful countryside of Folhada, Portugal.

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