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BOTANICAL PRINTING
In the Azores!

 

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

with teacher Caroline Nixon.

 

October 28 - November 4, 2023

Only 12 participants for an intimate experience

RETREAT FULLY BOOKED!

Email hello@mybotanicallife.com to be added to the waitlist.

INSTRUCTOR: CAROLINE NIXON

Dates: October 28 - November 4, 2023

Location: Island of Saõ Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Level: Experienced

Cost:

  • 850€ workshop fee 

  • 50€ materials fee

  • 210€ for all meals including a farewell dinner at the lovely Mercado da Villa.

  • 85-115€ per night (details below).  

This is an all-inclusive retreat with accommodations at the workshop location!

 

No need to travel to and from the workshop location, search for accommodations and figure out what to do about meals! 

SIMPLY JOIN US & ENJOY BEING HOSTED!

INCLUDED IN YOUR WORKSHOP TUITION

  • 6 days of printing instruction with Caroline

  • Daily meals, snacks, tea and coffee

  • Beautiful accommodations at Convento de S. Francisco with gardens and a swimming pool. 

  • Transport to and from the airport exclusively on October 28 and November 4.

  • A once in a lifetime excursion to cook our bundles on a volcanic caldera! We will enjoy a picnic lunch while bundles are cooking.

We will work with a wide range of dyes and tannins, including indigo, with an emphasis on using local dyes when possible. The Azores has the most fabulous range of printing plants.

Using upcycled fabric and garments will be encouraged and facilitated. You will be supported in planning and executing personal projects of your own choosing.

 

You can work on scarves, yardage or garments. A materials list with advice on choosing fabrics will be provided nearer the time.

SEE DETAILED INFORMATION BELOW

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BOTANICAL PRINTING RETREAT INFORMATION

(Subject to change)

Registration form, payment schedule and cancellation information

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WORKSHOP FEE

  • Airfare

  • Transportation aside from airport transport on the arrival and departure days

  • Activities outside of the botanical printing workshop

AVAILABLE SERVICES TO WICH WE CAN CONNECT YOU

  • Massage - our recommendation is our dear friend Adrian! You can book with him, here

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

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

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW PRIOR TO REGISTERING 

  • How to get clear prints

  • How to use 'blankets' and barriers

  • Familiarity with basic mordanting techniques

If you don't have this knowledge already, there will be an option to take an online workshop that will give you all the skills and knowledge to enable you to attend the in person course

SCHEDULE

DAY 1, October 28

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

  • Check-in to our beautiful retreat location

  • .Explore your surroundings

  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant 

DAYS 2 - 7, Oct 29-Nov 3 

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

DAY 7 

  • Wrap up projects

  • Farewell dinner

Day 8, November 4

  • Bon voyage! We hope you take this time to explore the island! We will provide ideas and suggestions to see and experience all this special island has to offer.

MEALS: Our chef is an island favorite, working with local growers to ensure your meals are not only healthful and delicious, but also a beautiful reflection of your lush surroundings. 

 

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 and TAP separately as these do not always pull up in searches. Our good friend Adrian has assembled an informative blog with all you need to know to travel successfully to and around the island, including airline info. Please reference it before emailing with questions!

 

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 place in the workshop. If you would like to find a car-share partner, be sure to join our private Facebook group

ACCOMMODATIONS

Not only will you enjoy the splendid scenery of the Saõ Miguel, you will also enjoy staying with us at our workshop location, Convent of S. Francisco.

This lovely 17th Century monastery faces the sea and is filled with history, modernity, and echoes of culture and community. With only 13 rooms, this space will be ours exclusively to enjoy a full retreat experience. Each room price is for double occupancy, so if you would like to share a room with another participant, please let us know. Also, you are most welcome to bring your spouse/partner and they will be welcome to join us for breakfast and dinner for an extra meal fee. We ask that lunch be reserved for workshop fellowship. 

Room Options 

Each room comes equipped with fireplace and bathroom. The rooms types are mostly similar, just differences in sq meters. Standard + are just the largest in space. 

Economy - 85  per night (smaller space)

Standard - 105 per night

Standard + - 115 € per night

We will book accommodations on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by receipt of your email. Room examples, below:

Convento de Sāo Francisco
Convento de Sāo Francisco
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Pool
Pool
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Gardens and grounds
Gardens and grounds
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Sea-view terrace
Sea-view terrace
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Antique furniture
Antique furniture
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Halls that echo history
Halls that echo history
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Lounge
Lounge
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Lounge
Lounge
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Economy double or twin room
Economy double or twin room
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Stairway to one economy room
Stairway to one economy room
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Economy room fireplace
Economy room fireplace
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Bathroom
Bathroom
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Bathroom
Bathroom
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Standard room fireplace
Standard room fireplace
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Standard double or twin room
Standard double or twin room
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Standard double or twin room
Standard double or twin room
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Standard double or twin room
Standard double or twin room
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Standard double or twin room
Standard double or twin room
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Convento de Sāo Francisco 7
Convento de Sāo Francisco 7
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Quiet spaces
Quiet spaces
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