Led by trained artist David Read our Sketching Painting Retreat offers four days of creative art in a wide range of settings. This long weekend break aims to bring together artists of all levels and styles to create memories and pictures using the mediums you prefer to work with. David will be on-hand to offer one to one advice and inspiration.
Arriving at El Cipreret on Wednesday afternoon or evening you are free to spend time settling in and enjoying the Serra de Mariola Natural Park setting.
Day 1 – After a delicious breakfast we will take a short drive down the mountain to the medieval village of Bocairent. Explore the historic square and streets before selecting your preferred location and settle down to draw and paint. Bocairent is very atmospheric and it´s not hard to imagine the narrow streets, as they once were, full of chickens and donkeys.
We will return to El Cipreret for a leisurely lunch after which you are free to continue working on your artwork or take advantage of the fabulous facilities Mariola secreta has to offer.
Day 2 – Today we will take a thirty minute drive through the mountain gorge to Pou Clar on the outskirts of Ontinyent. If you are lucky en route you may spot the local wild goat herd clinging to the cliffs or even a wild Mouflon. Pou Clar is a beautiful river side spot with a series of clear, turquoise blue, water pools, gentle waterfalls and pink orleander. Bring your swimwear, the mountain water is cool but wonderfully refreshing on a hot day.
Once again we will return to el Cipreret for lunch after which your time is free. David will of course be available should you wish to spend some more one to one advice time.
Day 4 – To complete the trip and take advantage of the great habitat diversity of the immediate area we´ll spend time in the morning in the mountains of the region. Dramatic rocky gorges and soaring cliffs provide home to Griffon Vultures, We will arrive back at El Cipreret in time to enjoy the hospitality of Mariola Secreta over a leisurely home cooked lunch.
We recommend an evening flight home or transfer to your next destination so that you can make the most of your four day retreat. Please ask if you´d like to extend your retreat by an extra night
Throughout your stay you will enjoy full board accommodation and use of the fabulous facilities of Mariola Secreta. El Cipreret, our fully restored farmhouse, is set right in the heart of the Serra de Mariola Natural Park, Valencia.
– Ensuite accommodation – 4 nights
– Airport transfer on Wednesday evening and Sunday evening
– Guiding and route advice
– Light meal/snacks on arrival on Wednesday evening
– Breakfast, lunch and dinner Thursday / Friday / Saturday
– House Wine, beer and soft drinks with all meals (between meals we have a very reasonably priced honesty bar)
– Breakfast & lunch Sunday
– Snack box for the flight home
– Water, tea and coffee available at all times
Travel Insurance – Please make sure that you have full travel
insurance that also covers covid-19 risks
Painting and drawing materials
Excursions (for example, vineyard tours etc)
Treatments (for example, massages etc)