BOTANICAL ARTS
In the Azores!

 

An unforgettable learning experience on the beautiful island of Saō Miguel in the Azores.

 

October 2023

12 participants per workshop

GET NOTIFIED WHEN REGISTRATION OPENS!

IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS

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INDIGO!

Summer, 2022

Island of Saõ Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Level: Beginner

INSTRUCTOR: Ana Quaresma

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Introduction to traditional Shibori stamping, a stamping technique that uses the resistance method to create prints from Japan.

  • The importance and historical context of the Indigo, the paths of the silk route and the maritime path of India that brought this pigment to the East:

  • The chemistry of the Indigo pigment and the changes necessary for its suitability to the dyeing process.

  • Preparation of the bath (reduction of the pigment)

  • Historical context of Shibori stamping technique

  • Demonstrations of Shibori technique and exploration of techniques by the trainees

  • Immersion of tissue in the bath

  • Fabric Cleaning

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BOTANICAL PRINTING

Fall of 2023

Island of Saõ Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Level: Advanced

INSTRUCTOR: CAROLINE NIXON

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to source materials

  • Creating a safe and inexpensive ecoprint workshop space

  • Preparing different types of fabrics ( we will work with both cellulose and protein)

  • Mordants

  • Identifying plants that print well

  • Comprehensive bundling methods

  • Composition and design

  • Natural dyeing and using blankets ( carrier cloths)

  • Steaming

  • Troubleshooting

  • Washing and fabric care after printing

  • Making and using an indigo vat

  • Simple shibori techniques

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NATURAL PIGMENTS, DYES, INKS & PAINTS

Summer 2023

Island of Saõ Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Level Beginner / Intermediate

INSTRUCTORS: ANONG BEAM & TBA

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to forage & make natural pigments

  • Techniques for natural binders

  • How to make paint stones with resin

  • How to make tempera paints

  • How to make oil paints

  • Handcrafted ceramic paint wells

  • Watercolor painting techniques and practice

  • Using natural pigments for ceramics (local tiles)

  • Indigo dye techniques

  • Cellulose vs Protein dyeing

  • Mordants and Modifiers

GET NOTIFIED WHEN REGISTRATION

OPENS IN 2022!

BOTANICAL WHOLE LIFE WELLNESS

Summer, 2023

Island of Saõ Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Level: TBD

INSTRUCTORS: ROSEMARY GLADSTAR & BEVIN CLARE

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Living life well with plants 

  • Building a home apothecary for the seasons

  • Using botanicals for health: teas, foods, and therapeutics

  • Learning to thrive with spices

  • Blending for teas and herbal concoctions

  • Essential oil preparation and uses

  • Preparation for natural cosmetics, soaps, lotions, and shampoos

  • Herbal self care practices: face food labs, herbal steams, compresses

  • And more to be announced!

GET NOTIFIED WHEN REGISTRATION

OPENS IN 2022!

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BOTANICAL PRINTING RETREAT SCHEDULE

(Subject to change)

INCLUDED IN YOUR RETREAT

  • 7 days/6 nights at the luxurious Furnas Lake Forest Living 

  • Transport to and from the airport (available at previously

  • scheduled times)

  • Shared accommodations 

  • Beautiful welcome pack filled with surprise goodies

  • All meals, delicious and abundant, including local wine for

dinners (meals are vegetarian featuring locally source produce)

  • Daily snack and tea bar 

  • All necessary supplies for your workshop

  • Daily yoga or morning movement

  • Entrance fee to Terra Nostra Botanical Gardens and

thermal

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare

  • Activities outside the scheduled itinerary provided

  • Alcohol outside included wine with dinners

  • Gratuities given to drivers and facility staff

BONUSES AVAILABLE

  • Massage and facial treatments available (these will be scheduled prior to your retreat and payment made directly to your treatment specialist)

  • Visit to Europe’s only tea plantation at Gorreana https://gorreana.pt/en/

  • Flower Farm  and Garden tour

  • Meet the donkeys of the Associação de Burros in Agua De Alto.

  • Extra workshops offered during "open studio" day: handcrafted crayons, essential oil distillation, soap making, and more!

DAY 1

  • Arrival into Ponta Delgada. Airport transport, or car rental available.

  • Check-in to your botanical workshop retreat home at Furnas Lake Forest Living (Click to view the beautiful surroundings where your accommodations are nestled)

  • .Explore your surroundings: "Staying at Furnas Lake Forest Living is like immersing yourself into the forest, coming back to your origins, feeling Nature, and living in a modern, comfortable and safe context. 

  • Furnas Lake Forest Living is just 150m from the mystical Furnas Lake, a 5 minute drive from the nearest village (Furnas) and a 35 minute drive from the airport! Here, gardens and dense mountainous vegetation surround a peaceful area"

  • Welcome dinner at  accommodations

DAYS 2 - 6 

  • Workshops filled with hands-on, experiential learning with your expert teacher!

DAY 6 Evening 

  • All participants gather after dinner for a final share-and-show.

Day 7 

  • Breakfast and bon voyage. This is your time to explore the island! Take advantage of the booklet we provide in welcome package, to see and experience all this special island has to offer.

MEALS: Plan to eat like you are on retreat! We specialize in vegetarian cuisine at our retreats and work with local chefs and growers to ensure your meals are not only healthful and delicious, but also a beautiful reflection of your lush surroundings. You will also enjoy meals with participants from our other workshop, so ample time for meeting and greeting.

ACCOMMODATIONSFurnas Lake Forest Living villas are an oasis of modernity that feel warm in the Scandinavian minimalist style. Each villa comes with one bedroom that can accommodate two twin beds, or one double bed. The main living space also has a pull-out couch./bed The property has 103 acres, where guests can relax with some quiet time, or enjoy several hiking trails, fruit gardens, a swimming pool, and several woods to explore. 

PRIVATE KITCHENETTE: A private kitchenette is included in each accommodation. So, if the thought of traveling without a place to prepare your uber special coffee or tea brings about a slight panic, you can rest easy.

TRAVEL: There are a variety of airlines flying to the island and most will pull up in consolidator searches. However, be sure to check SATA Azores Airlines separately as they do not pull up in many searches. We will have airport transport available for you upon arrival and departure. If you would like to travel independently while on the island, driving is quite easy and cars are readily available at the airport. We recommend reserving your car as soon as you reserve your spot in the retreat. If you would like to find a car-share partner, be sure to join our private Facebook group