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as we explore the beautiful country of Portugal ! We’ll walk the cobblestone streets of Lisbon, explore the secret gardens of Sintra and journey to the countryside of Evora.
We’ll start our adventure in the diverse city of Lisbon and take a couple days to explore the local markets, galleries and paint keepsake traditional tiles ,the perfect souvenir !
We’ll take a day trip to Sintra where our featured female artist Chelsea Fuss will teach us all about floral foraging, making the perfect arrangement and how she followed her dream all the way from the US to living full time in Portugal . We’ll tour the eccentric Pena Palace and the Monserrate Palace and botanical gardens overflowing with lush flowers and plants.
Next we’ll travel to the countryside and the small town of Evora famous for its small authentic feel and medieval ruins. 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 weavings , 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 a cooking class highlight our stay.
Every morning we’ll start with an opening circle and each of our retreaters will receive a wonderful art journal as a part of their goodie bag. Along the way I’ll lead you through creative prompts as we take time to sketch and draw inspiration from the beautiful places we visit.
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?
We can all agree during these stressful times that self care is more important than ever. We want to offer you the opportunity to slow down, rekindle your creative side and explore in an authentic way. We view this as a time to reflect and connect with other like minded women. Some of the most valuable takeaways from these retreats are the close relationships you form with your fellow creative companions! So let’s loosen up, get inspired and above all have fun!
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A peek into our adventure!
Where we’ll be staying
We’ll be staying at two awesome properties during our journey. The Hotel Ouro is a bright and cheery boutique hotel brimming with history and located right in the Old Town of Lisbon. The ideal location for exploring or simply enjoying a glass of wine and people watching.
Next we’ll be traveling to a beautiful Farm Stay in the countryside, the Casa do Governador. Set among the vineyards with horses and charming rooms, the estate spans 20 hectares and includes several quiet spaces to relax as well as a pool to cool off in after a day of exploring!
Meet our Featured Female Artist
Chelsea is a floral designer with 2O years experience whose styled shoots for Williams-Sonoma, Bon Appetit, New Balance, Kinfolk, and more! Photographer, writer, social media maven of all things floral, soon-to-be author, you name it she’s got it going on! After traveling solo for 10 months with a very small backpack she relocated to Portugal and it’s where she’s made her home for almost five years.
“I believe in travel that is culturally and environmentally sustainable. That means: small groups, meeting locals, wandering away from the guidebook, trying new things, and respecting the pace of your location. Everywhere I travel, I look for flower shops, meadows, and wildflowers.I love creating uplifting events with flowers, food, and groups of inspiring women.”
Photo credit: Hannah Jensen
Meet your Host
Cassie Berube is a mixed-media artist and printmaker who is deeply inspired by nature. She grew up on a Native American reservation in the mountains of Montana and her artwork reflects the botanical beauty she seeks out on a daily basis—and incorporates directly into her whimsical, colorful paintings, photography and jewelry.
A veteran of the hospitality and tourism industries, Cassie brings more than a decade of experience traveling the globe and a deep desire to share her appreciation of art, female creatives and the great outdoors with her fellow
Day 1 : 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 Welcome Dinner.
Day 2: Walking Tour of Lisbon, Tile Painting and Art Journaling
Opening circle followed by a private walking tour of the city. Find out all about Lisbon and it’s hidden gems and unique history.
After exploring we’ll head over to a local tile shop where we’ll be making our very own Portuguese tiles! Learn traditional patterns and designs and create your very own tile to be fired in the kiln and taken home.
We’ll break for lunch and in the afternoon we’ll art journal local city scenes from tile frescoed buildings to antique doorways.
Day 3: Sintra, Floral Foraging class, Pena Palace, Monserrate Palace and Botanical Gardens
We’ll journey to the magical town of Sintra where we’ll meet up with our featured artist Chelsea Fuss. She’ll take us on her favorite off the beaten path trails and teach us how to forage for the best florals and botanicals.
We’ll stop in a cottage on the peak of the sea and make mini bouquets to dry and take home. An artisanal spread of jams, cheeses and local snacks will be provided.
In the afternoon we’ll explore the eccentric Pena Palace and the ornate Monserrate Palace & Botanical Gardens. We’ll soak in all the inspiration with time to sketch and art journal while surrounded by nature.
Day 4: Free day to explore the city as you wish!
Explore the city at your own pace. 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!
Day 5: Travel to the countryside of Evora, Walking Tour, visit to Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios and Artisan Markets, 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 it’s hidden treasures.
Next we’ll explore the artisan markets and visit 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 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.We’ll have a sunset painting session and break out all the colors of the rainbow focusing on the vibrant textiles of the region. In the evening a private chef will come out and create a 5 course meal of local delicacies.
Day 6: Day trip to Monsarez, Wine Tasting and Dinner in town.
We’ll head out to the picturesque town of Monsaraz, a walled city set upon a hilltop.Monsaraz is a charming village perched high above the River Guadiana close to the frontier with 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.
Along the way we’ll stop in at an organic farm and vineyard. We’ll have a private tasting and drink in the Alentejo region’s fine wines. We’ll end this magical day with a special dinner at a restaurant in the heart of Evora.
Day 7: Free time, Cooking Class, Farewell Dinner
Free morning to relax , explore as you wish and enjoy the estate. In the afternoon we’ll have a cooking class where we’ll learn to make some traditional portuguese dishes, followed by a family style lunch.
We’ll have our last creative session and explore watercolor landscapes taking inspiration from the Evora countryside.
In the evening we’ll have a closing circle and sharing of our art journals along with our favorite takeaways. A chef will come out to prepare us a farewell dinner at our farmstay.
Day 8: 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 8 guests.
Cost: Double Occupancy $3895 | Single occupancy $4395
(Airfare not included)
* Our Travel partner Journey of the Spirit will be handling deposits and payments
WHAT DOES THE COST COVER?
- 7 night accommodations
- Group Airport Transfers and transportation to and from all destinations/activities
- Intimate group limited to 6-10 women
- Tips for our guides, drivers
- Daily breakfast
- 4 Dinners ( Welcome Dinner, Restaurant Dinner and two private Chef’s dinners)
- Private Portuguese Cooking Class with Lunch
- Private Walking Tour of Lisbon
- Tile Painting Class
- Floral Foraging Class with Chelsea Fuss and local snack spread
- Day trip to Sintra
- Entrance to Pena Palace
- Entrance to Monserrate Palace & Botanical Gardens
- Private Walking Tour of Evora
- Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour
- Day trip to Monsaraz
- Entrance to Fábrica Alentejana de Lanifícios
- Daily Art Exercises and journaling prompts to get your creative juices flowing
A private Facebook Group so you can get to know your fellow
An awesome art journal to capture your journey
A curated bag of goodies including local portuguese finds!
WHAT ISN’T COVERED IN THE COST?
- Airfare from your hometown to Lisbon
- Any meals not listed in the itinerary
- Travelers Insurance (highly recommended)
- 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)
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 or a refund. We want you to feel fully comfortable and confident when booking that we have you covered!
* Please note that we will NOT be refunding cancellations for any other reason.Due to the planning, logistics & up front costs of these events we have a strict no refund policy regardless of circumstance. If you are concerned you might need to cancel for personal reasons we highly recommend taking out travel insurance.
Yes! Upon receipt of your $1000 non-refundable deposit you may divide your remaining total into up to 2 separate payments. Total balance is due on or before February 28th 2021.
Yes, yes and yes again! We highly recommend it, trust us the peace of mind alone is worth it!
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.
Our accommodations for this retreat are as follows : Two of the rooms are single occupancy which will be given on a first come first served basis.The other 3 rooms are double occupancy with two twin beds per room. 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.
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.
Local portuguese fare will be served at our foraging and cooking class. In Evora we will have two Chef prepared meals that will highlight the region’s local delicacies along with dinner in town one night which has many options including vegetarian meals.
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.
When booking your flight please fly into Lisbon International Airport.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 from 70’s-80’s.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!
We will send you a simple packing list and tips a couple months before the retreat. Since we will be providing you with an art journal all you’ll need to bring art supply wise is your favorite pens/brushes and a watercolor set!
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 and antique 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!
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? We’re all about forming a global sisterhood and giving women artists the exposure they deserve. That’s why 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. At the end of each retreat page you’ll find a bio for our featured female artist for that particular trip.
Absolutely! This retreat is more about gathering inspiration, slowing down and exploring in an authentic way. 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. We view this as an opportunity to reflect and connect with other like minded women. Some of the most valuable takeaways from these retreats are the close relationships you form with your fellow creative companions.
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We can create custom private retreats for your group that are 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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