Day 4. Morning meditation, followed by breakfast. We will use this day for a guided study tour with an art historian through magical medieval towns of inland Istria. The towns are surrounded by vineyards and here you can sample the region’s finest wines. Time permitting, we will visit the Basilica in Poreč, a UNESCO site, Nesactium, the forest chapel in Beram. The church interior houses the Danse Macabre (the Dance of Death), one of the most well-known and preserved series of frescoes in Europe. The Dance of Death is an artistic genre of allegory of the Late Middle Ages on the universality of death and the frescos in this chapel are so well preserved because of its location in the forest where the sun rays almost never reach the walls of the chapel. Depending on time and weather we will finish out tour in several of the inland Istria hilltop towns - Motovun and Groznjan
Day 5. Morning meditation, followed by breakfast. The class this morning is a guided studio class, dedicated to painting and applying the newly learned skills of observation and expression, along with the practical painting and drawing skills. Afternoon, following lunch, is devoted to profound deepening of your artistic expression and skill. This day will be the crucial point in our workshop - the day went we begin to move toward the final, finished artwork and strive to apply all of the skills learned in previous days, while staying open to the possibilities of new ideas and creativity coming through. Afternoon will be open and participants can dedicate it to further exploration, quiet contemplation and work on their final pieces.
Day 6. Morning meditation, followed by breakfast. After breakfast we will take the boat for a trip along the peninsula to the village of Vrsar (weather permitting). We will sketch and paint along the way, stopping for a coffee and cake break and picking up our lunch baskets. As we travel and explore we will apply our newly acquired skills of observation and sketching, keeping in mind the applications to the final painting for the last day’s exhibition.
Day 7. Morning meditation, followed by breakfast. The class this morning is a guided studio class, helping us to polish what we learned about painting and finalize our retreat. It is devoted to collective observation, learning from sharing our experiences and a final question and answer session. We will prepare our pieces for exhibition before dinner when we will hold a small vernissage (preview of the work) at a public venue in Rovinj, giving us a chance to experience what an art opening looks like from the artists’ side and an opportunity to speak about our work with each other and our guests. The show will be followed by a group farewell dinner.
Day 8. Morning meditation, followed by breakfast and farewell.