Discover Your Creative Voice

An Inspiring Journey Through Portugal

May 1st – 8th, 2024

Join us in the land of tile frescoed buildings as we set off on a journey to get inspired! Explore the national tile museum with one of the largest collections of tile and mosaics in the world, discover ancient palaces steeped in history, visit a century-old textile factory in the heart of the countryside and weave your way through artisan markets! 

Along the way, we’ll lead you through creative prompts as we take time to gather inspiration from the beautiful places we visit. One of our favorite guest artists, Kate Rebecca Leach has returned and designed some amazing workshops just for us, from her signature tile-inspired mosaic florals to Portuguese watercolor textiles!

This journey is for anyone looking to explore their creative side and all of our activities and workshops are for beginners and seasoned artists alike! No Art experience necessary!

Our adventure begins in the diverse city of Lisbon where we’ll tour the old town with all its history and learn how to paint keepsake traditional tiles, the perfect souvenir! Speaking of tile, did we mention that we’ll be visiting the National Tile Museum?! Portugal is famous across the globe for its decorative tiles and you’ll have the chance to dive into one of the largest collections of tiles and mosaics in the world!

Our journey continues to the eccentric town of Sintra set in lush forests and famous for its eclectic palaces and botanical gardens. We’ll get to explore the cute artisan shops of historic Sintra along with touring both the iconic Pena Palace and the Monserrate Palace featuring magical hidden ruins and surrounded by nature.

Next, we’ll travel to the countryside and the historic town of Evora known for its small authentic feel and medieval ruins. We’ll explore its artisan markets along with a special visit to the Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios, a century-old textile factory where the traditional Alentejo blankets and rugs are handwoven on giant looms operated by trained weavers.

The charming Casa do Governador with its beautiful casitas set among the vineyards will be our home base as we explore all the countryside has to offer. 

Day trips to neighboring villages famous for their traditional pottery , tastings at local organic vineyards to sample the wines of the Alejento region, exploration of Evora with a local guide along with chef-prepared meals and creative workshops highlight our stay.

If you’ve been looking to take some time for yourself to reconnect and explore your creative side with an awesome group of women, consider this your invitation!

Why should you join us?

Swoonworthy tile frescoed cities, magical palaces, medieval ruins, the idyllic countryside, and creative workshops, this retreat has it all!

Also, can we just discuss how crazy stressful the last couple of years have been?! You deserve to take some space for yourself, that’s right! Not the kids, family, or your job, but something just for you! So buckle up buttercup, cause we’re offering an adventure to reset and explore your best self… It’s more than a retreat, it’s an experience, so let’s loosen up, get inspired, and above all, have fun!

Come Wander with us!

A peek into our adventure!

We’ll be staying at two amazing properties during our journey.

The Hotel Figueira a luxe boutique hotel right across a bustling square with views of the iconic cable cars and  located right in the Old Town of Lisbon. The ideal location for exploring or simply enjoying a glass of wine and people watching!

The Casa do Governador a beautiful farmstay in the countryside. Set among the vineyards with horses and charming rooms, the estate spans over 20 hectares and includes several quiet spaces to relax as well as two pools to cool off in after a day of exploring!

Let’s Talk Food

Portugal is a mecca of delicious cuisines,  from the fresh seafood of the coast to the rustic dishes of the countryside, the Portuguese food scene has a little something for everyone!

Deeply rooted in the freshest local ingredients, we’ll enjoy a variety of tastings from an organic local farm offering fresh herbed olives & cheeses to private chefs dinners at our farm stay highlighting the rustic cuisine the countryside is famous for. Did we mention the delicious custard-filled infamous Pastel de natas? Save room for dessert because Portuguese pastries are out of this world! 

Meet our Guest Artist

Meet Kate Rebecca Leach! Kate is known for her intricate watercolor designs and illustrations. Her work is featured in collections across the globe and is licensed throughout the US, Europe, and the UK.

Inspired by nature, gemstones, and jewels, Kate’s work weaves in beautiful patternmaking with embellishments featuring iridescent washes of gold, copper, and silver.

From watercolor textiles to beautiful mosaic tile-inspired florals, we are beyond excited for the workshops she has planned!

VIEW MORE OF KATE’S WORK HERE

Meet our Featured Local Artists

Meet the women of Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios, a century-old textile factory in the heart of the Alentejo countryside. For generations, wool craft has played an essential role in the region’s history, dating back to Portuguese royalty in the 16th century. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the beautiful traditional Alentejo blankets and rugs are handwoven on giant looms by these masterful trained weavers. 

”Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios’ traditional craftsmanship preserves all the time-honored techniques, elements, and motifs passed down over generations.”

A Word From Your Host

Hi Everyone! Cassie here, founder of Wandering Women Retreats and art and travel lover!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share Portugal with an awesome group of gals! With over a decade of experience in the travel industry and as a professional artist, it’s been a long time dream to merge the two and offer unforgettable journeys that both nurture your creative side and immerse you in local culture. 

I’ve cooked up a seriously dreamy itinerary that has a taste of it all! We’ll not only be visiting different regions throughout Portugal but with creative workshops, amazing day trips and cooking classes, this retreat is chock full of inspiration! 

So join me in the land of tile-frescoed buildings for the adventure of a lifetime!

Our Itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday, May 1st   Arrival & Welcome Dinner

Arrival in Lisbon, group transportation to get you from the airport to the hotel will be provided. Check in, get refreshed! 

Our boutique hotel is located right in the historic old town of Lisbon and is the perfect place to explore from! In the evening, we’ll meet for an opening circle and scrumptious Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Thursday, May 2nd Walking Tour of Lisbon, National Tile Museum, Artisan Tile Painting Workshop

We’ll start our day exploring cobblestone streets and tile-frescoed buildings with a private walking tour of the city. Find out all about Lisbon and its hidden gems and unique history.

After exploring we’ll head over to the National Tile Museum! Housed in a 15th century convent the museum is home to one of the largest collections of decorative tiles in the world.

We’ll break for lunch and in the afternoon we’ll go to a local tile shop where we’ll be making our very own Portuguese tiles! Learn traditional patterns and designs and as we create our very own tiles to be fired in the kiln and taken home.

After resting from a day of exploring, meet us for a sunset cocktail, the rest of the evening is yours to explore this wonderful new city!

Day 3: Friday, May 3rd Day trip to Sintra, Private Tour of Pena Palace, Artisan Shopping in Sintra, Ginja Chocolate Cup Tasting, Private Tour of Monserrate Palace and Botanical Gardens

Our day starts with a journey to the magical town of Sintra where we’ll get to explore its eclectic artisan shops as well as have a tasting of Ginja, a traditional sour cherry liqueur dating back to the 17th century, we’ll have it as the locals do in a delicious and adorably petite chocolate cup for the perfect pairing.

Our adventure continues to the eccentric Pena Palace. A World Heritage site, Pena Palace is perched atop the hills with sweeping views of Sintra and is famous for its funky and dazzling array of architecture. 

The magic continues with a visit to the ornate Monserrate Palace & Botanical Gardens nestled in the lush forest. Home to a stunning palace with acres of gardens, hidden trails and ruins, get lost in the best of ways on this enchanting estate with lots of time to sketch and get inspired while surrounded by nature.

Day 4: Saturday, May 4thFree day to explore the city as you wish!

There is so much to do and see around Lisbon we had to offer a free day! 

Explore the city at your own pace and enjoy a spontaneous adventure or choose from one of many suggestions such as art galleries, antique and artisan markets.

From the oceanfront to the classic cable cars, cafes and bakeries to pottery shops, there’s something to discover around every corner! Stumped on what to do? We got you! Our pre-departure guide has lots of amazing suggestions!

Day 5: Sunday, May 5th Travel to the countryside of Evora, Organic Farm Tour with Food Tastings, Private Walking Tour, Bone Chapel & Artisan Markets, Mosaic Tile Inspired Florals Workshop, Chef’s Dinner

Our journey continues to the historic town of Evora, one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns. A UNESCO world heritage site, Évora is an enchanting place to delve into the past!  We’ll have a private guide show us its hidden treasures including medieval ruins and a chapel made entirely of bones!

Along the way we’ll stop in at an organic farm for a special tour and tasting of local cheeses, breads and veggies. After some free time to explore Evora and its artisan shops we’ll check into our private oasis, the Casa do Governador, a farmstay set in the countryside and surrounded by vineyards. Relax poolside, pet the animals and enjoy the afternoon as you please.

Join us at the golden hour for a fun workshop as Kate teaches us how to make intricate mosaic tile inspired florals with watercolors, paint pens and iridescent inks and washes. In the evening a private chef will come out and create a 5 course meal of local delicacies.

Day 6: Monday, May 6th Day trip to Monsaraz, Artisan Weaver visit to Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios, Clay Pot Wine Tasting, Sunset Art Party & Watercolor Textiles Workshop

Our day starts with a visit to the Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios, a century-old textile factory where the traditional Alentejo blankets and rugs are handwoven on giant looms operated by trained weavers. We’ll learn the process behind these beautiful textiles as well as go behind the scenes to see the giant looms in action!

Our journey continues to the picturesque town of Monsaraz, a walled city set upon a hilltop. A charming village perched high above the River Guadiana, Monsaraz is close to the frontier of Spain and is one of the most atmospheric places in the entire Alentejo region. With its narrow cobbled lanes, red-tiled roofs, and striking picture-book castle, you can feel the true essence of medieval Portugal in one of the oldest places in southern Europe. Enjoy a stroll through the village with plenty of time to shop from local artisans famous for their pottery and more!

Along the way, we’ll stop in at an organic farm and vineyard famous for its clay pot vintages.  We’ll have a private tasting to learn the unique process of distilling in clay as we drink in the Alentejo region’s fine wines. 

We’ll end this magical day with a special sunset art party and workshop. Taking inspiration from the vibrant textiles of this region, Kate will go over techniques for creating your very own layered watercolor textile paintings. The evening is yours to enjoy, with lots of local recommendations for dinner in town.

Day 7: Tuesday, May 7th Foraged & Found Nature Designs Workshop, Pool Party with Artisan Lunch, Closing Celebration, and Farewell Dinner with private Fado Performance

After a nice breakfast, we’ll dive into our last creative session taking inspiration from the unique nature on our farmstay. We’ll forage for plants, leaves and florals and Kate will go over techniques for creating a one-of-a-kind piece that captures the surrounding countryside.

Join us in the afternoon poolside for a fun pool party and artisan lunch among the trees.

In the evening we’ll have a closing circle and sharing of our art journals along with our favorite takeaways followed by a delicious chef’s farewell dinner.

Our journey comes to a close on a soulful note with a very special private folk singing performance known as Fado.

Day 8: Wednesday, May 8th Breakfast & Departure

We’ll share one last opening circle and breakfast together before departing for the airport. Remember to stay in touch with your new creative besties and we hope you Wander with Us on our next adventure!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS OUR PROSPECTIVE ITINERARY. SMALL CHANGES MAY BE MADE DUE TO WEATHER, DESIRES OF THE GROUP AND UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES

(such as spontaneous adventures, can we say heck ya?!)

  Our retreats aren’t just about the wonderful things we’ll see and do but about building relationships, that’s why we like to keep our groups small and intimate. This enables us to travel like a local and have an inside look at all the region has to offer!  This retreat is limited to 12 guests.

THIS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • 8 days and 7 nights split between an adorable boutique hotel and farmstay in the countryside
  • Group Airport Transfers on Arrival and Departure Day
  • Private Transportation to and from all destinations/activities
  • Intimate group limited to 8-14 women
  • Tips for our guides, drivers
  • Daily Breakfast, 3 Dinners ( Welcome Dinner, Private Chef’s Dinner, Farewell Chef Dinner ) 1 artisan poolside lunch
  • Private Walking Tour of Lisbon
  • Artisan Tile Painting Class
  • Entrance & Private Tour of  National Tile Museum
  • Day trip to Sintra 
  • Traditional Gigha & Chocolate Tasting 
  • Entrance & Private Tour of Pena Palace 
  • Entrance & private tour of Monserrate Palace & Botanical Gardens
  • Private Walking Tour of Evora
  • Organic Farm Visit with Food Tastings
  • Entrance & Visit to the Bone Chapel
  • Clay Pot Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour
  • Day trip to the walled city of Monsaraz
  • Artisan visit & studio tour of Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios 
  • Private Fado Performance
  • Four Creative Workshops ( Tile Inspired Mosaic Florals, Watercolor Textiles & Foraged and Found Nature Designs ) with guest artist Kate Rebecca Leach & traditional tile painting with local artisan.
  • Daily Art Exercises and journaling prompts to get your creative juices flowing

Sweet Extras

A private Facebook Group so you can get to know your fellow  

A curated bag of goodies, aka the most amazing swag bag ever, including art and local Portuguese, finds!

A dedicated on-site host making sure you have the most awesome time ever!

*This retreat is one of our more adventurous offerings featuring multiple regions throughout Portugal, from bustling Lisbon to the lush forests of Sintra, medieval Evora to the walled city of Monsaraz.

With a stay at a luxe boutique hotel in the heart of Lisbon and an idyllic farmstay in countryside along with a private guide for all of our tours, this is the adventure of a lifetime!

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This retreat is sold out! Please reach out through our contact page to be added to the waitlist!

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Say what?! Testimonials from our fellow Wandering Women 

Experience of a Lifetime!

“This trip was an experience I will treasure forever. I was outside of my comfort zone; learning watercolor, going to another country with a group of women I had never met – but every day was spent building new friendships, tapping into my creative side, and exploring a beautiful country! I can’t wait for my next Wandering Women’s Retreat!!”

-Sarah P. 

I had the best time!

“We explored the country while learning some awesome art ideas. One of the best parts of the trip was getting to know some really great ladies!”

– Cindee M.

I highly recommend it!

“I highly recommend a Wandering Women Retreat for anyone looking for a fun adventure, discovering new worlds, unleashing creative potential, and meeting new friends! The days are filled with exploring, learning, creating, eating, walking, and conversation. I look forward to joining again in the future!”

– Stephanie P.

WHAT ISN’T COVERED IN THE COST?

  • Airfare from your hometown to Lisbon 
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary 
  • Travelers Insurance 
  • Alcohol and specialty drinks ( with the exception of wine tasting on day 6)
  • Any extra tours, spa treatments, excursions that you choose during your free time if you choose to go.
  • Transportation & lodging outside of the retreat dates, should you choose to arrive early or stay later in Portugal.
  • Anything you buy in the markets or on various outings.
  • Personal tips and gratuities  ( hotel staff, maid service, etc)

Faq’s

Book with Confidence –  A note about Covid 19

We have a great team in place that is monitoring the global pandemic and travel advisories on a daily basis. In the event we need to cancel the retreat due to Covid 19, retreat participants will be offered the option of moving funds to a rescheduled departure date. We are also requiring all participants to get travel insurance. We want you to feel fully comfortable and confident when booking that you are covered! 

* Please note that we will NOT be refunding cancellations for any reason, including if you yourself contract covid before the retreat and can not attend. Due to the planning, logistics & upfront costs of these events, we have a strict no-refund policy regardless of circumstance. We are requiring retreaters to get trip insurance for this very reason, trust us the peace of mind alone is worth it!

VIEW OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS HERE

It is your responsibility to be up to date on what the visa requirements are for entering the country as well as whether you are required to be vaccinated/Covid Testing etc. Most countries require either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test prior to entering. 

Absolutely! All of our workshops and activities are for beginners and experienced artists alike!! We’ll provide you with creative prompts, but you will be at your own pace and it’s completely up to you how you’d like to use your art journal and creative time.

Yes, a travel insurance policy is required in order for you to attend the retreat. Trust us, it’s worth it! Stumped on what policy to choose? Don’t worry we got you, our welcome packet has info on trip insurance and more!

The remaining balance after deposit is due on or before January 31st, 2024. We will send a payment link a month before so you can complete payment.

That is completely up to you and depends on how much shopping you plan to do. ATMs are available to you and credit cards are taken at some major retailers.

This retreat has a mix of single private rooms and shared rooms which will be given out on a first come first served basis. In the event you are traveling solo and book a shared room we will do our best to pair you up with someone we think you’ll match well with.

Cute Story I met one of my besties and the co-host for this trip on an art retreat where we shared a room! Little did we know we only lived 20 minutes apart and we have been inseparable ever since!

Both of our accommodations provide a breakfast that has a nice selection of local meats, cheeses, jams, breads, fresh fruits, cereals, pastries, eggs etc. 

In Evora, we will have two Chef prepared meals that will highlight the region’s local delicacies along with an artisan lunch.

Meals not included in the itinerary are a great chance to explore local restaurants. We really want to give you a taste of the country through its food, in most cases we will have vegetarian options but unfortunately severely restrictive diets and other food sensitivities can not be accommodated.

We have arranged group transportation to and from Lisbon International Airport on arrival and departure day. Please note that if you choose to fly in early or stay on after the retreat that airport transfers will be at your own cost.

When booking your flight, please fly into Lisbon International Airport (LIS). We recommend booking your flights at least 90 days before the beginning of the retreat.

Weather in Lisbon will be pleasantly warm during the days with temperatures ranging in the 70s to low 80s. Evenings can cool down, and we’d recommend packing layers and a light jacket or cardigan. Evora tends to be a little warmer than the coast, but lucky for us we’ll have a pool to cool down in! Also, both hotels have excellent air conditioning as does all our private transportation for this trip!

As with any European country Portugal is best explored on foot. There will be lots of cobblestone streets, so opt for comfortable shoes, sneakers or sandals. For our day trip to Sintra, we’ll be most the day outdoors. Plan outfits that will work for exploring but will also be nice enough for a relaxed dinner in town. Layers are always a great idea!

The last thing we want is you having to lug a ton of supplies around so we’ll send a minimal list of art supplies such as your favorite brushes, art journal and watercolor set ! We’ll also include a simple packing list and tips a couple months before the retreat.

We also recommend that you bring an extra bag (a collapsible duffel or tote works great) to bring home your goodies you have collected on our shopping trips. Portugal is known for its artisan markets, so trust us, you’ll want the extra room to take back your one-of-a-kind finds! The temperatures will vary, so don’t forget layers, pack a bathing suit, sweater, and a light jacket!

One of our main goals is to lift up our fellow female creatives! When we set out to create Wandering Women Retreats we thought about all the wonderful female artisans around the world. What’s going on in their studio, what inspires them and how can we be inspired in return? Each of our retreats highlight a different woman artist with visits to her workspace and talks about her journey and creative process. 

From floral foragers to textile designers to mixed media painters we strive to spotlight a diverse group of female artisans. On each of our retreat pages you’ll find a bio for our featured female artist for that particular trip.

Still have questions? We got you! Visit our FAQ page.

Interested in a custom retreat for you and your tribe? We can create custom private retreats for your group that is tailored to your interests. Unique experiences, boutique accommodations and off the beaten path locations are our speciality! Reach out through our contact page for more info!

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