On August 21 – August 28, 2017 we will gather just under the castle walls in Prague, Czech Republic with Roxanne Coble and Willemien de Villiers for a one-of-a-kind art retreat smack dab in the heart of Europe.
There are only 15 spaces available for this intimate retreat. Our events always sell out quickly, and we expect this retreat to go in a flash. Don’t hesitate to email us if you have questions.
Roxanne Coble ::: Storytellers
“Each day we add another page to our story – and in this workshop we will explore how we might convey that tale in mixed media form. Inspired by the history and beauty of Prague, we will embrace the concept of storytelling in both a personal and creative context. Through various layering and illustrative techniques in a visual journal, you will learn how to capture and narrate those key chapters of your life: the past, the present, and those yet written…” ~ Roxanne
Willemien de Villiers ::: Myth and Memory
“Each of us carries within us a constructed sense of self; the story of who we are, and how we are, in the world. This story is woven from many layered threads, twining us to our ancestors, and their collective, and personal, familial myths and fables.
It is a joyful experience when you manage to surprise yourself. In this workshop, you will be guided, using creative writing techniques and evocative images of universal mythology, to hand stitch your own personal myth onto cloth.
I cannot imagine a more perfect setting for this work: the beautiful city of many myths and fables, Praha, on the banks of the Vltava River.” ~ Willemien
A little about PraguePrague, or Praha in the Czech language, means: ‘threshold‘.
: approach, entrance, doorway, gate, portal.
Threshold, verb: the magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a phenomenon to occur.
It is said that the ancestor to the Czech people, the female chieftain Libuše who had prophetic gifts, stood on a rocky cliff high above the Vltava River that runs through the heart of Prague and called out:
“I see a great city whose glory will touch the stars.“
She pointed her finger toward the high hill in the distance, and commanded that a castle be built.
While we are in Prague, will spend 2 days in the studio with Roxanne and 2 days in the studio with Willemien. In between workshops, we will have a free day to explore the historical and hallowed cobbled streets, and another day in which we will adventure as a group to Cesky Krumlov
, a Unesco World Heritage site. Our days in the studio will be productive and inspirational, and allow time to explore in the early morning and evenings.
This retreat is open to men and women of all creative levels. Your package includes:
- breakfast and accommodation in the picturesque old town of Prague for 7 nights
- transportation to the Unesco world heritage town Cesky Krumlov
- 4 days in the studio with Roxanne and Willemien
- complimentary transportation around the city
- a group dinner in a traditional Czech restaurant
- memories to last a lifetime!
We will arrive on Monday evening, and our first workshop begins on Tuesday morning, in a beautiful studio with views overlooking Prague. We will hold a gentle and easy-going schedule, with plenty of time for rejuvenation, and plenty of opportunities for connection with fellow artists. On studio days, lunch time will provide you the opportunity to visit the local bistros and shops. Dinners are not scheduled in to allow you the luxury to experience Prague in your own way. The second workshop will end on the following Sunday afternoon, with our departure on Monday morning.
Standard twin/shared bedroom (two beds): $2750 Large twin/shared bedroom (two beds): $2850 Single bedroom: $2950 (we have a very limited number of singles available, and they will be first come, first served). PRICING INCLUDES:
- 7 nights accommodation in a beautiful and safe family owned hotel in Mala Strana, Old Prague
- Typical European continental breakfast
- 4 days of artmaking (2 days with Roxanne, 2 days with Willemien)
- Transportation to Unesco World Heritage town Cesky Krumlov
- complimentary transportation around the city during retreat hours
- a group dinner in a traditional Czech restaurant
- memories and friendships to last a lifetime
PLEASE NOTE THAT PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Travel to and from the retreat, including from the airport
- Lunch and dinner (there is so much to explore, we wanted to leave this open for you)
- Art materials
CAN I PAY A DEPOSIT NOW, AND THE BALANCE DUE LATER? Yes, you can. Please keep scrolling all the way to the bottom for the terms and conditions. WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMINGS?
- Check in starting at 3 pm Monday, August 21, 2017
- Check out by 10am Monday, August 28, 2017
WHERE EXACTLY ARE OUR LOCATIONS? We will be in the exciting city center of Prague, Czech Republic. Our accommodation is in a safe, quiet, and beautiful hotel on an embassy square in Mala Strana, Old Prague. The workshops will take place at a separate studio which is roughly a 10 min Uber ride from our accommodation. Alternatively, you can walk – it’s approximately a 40 minute walk beside the Vltava River. HOW CAN I GET TO AND FROM FROM THE AIRPORT? We recommend the convenience of Prague Airport Transfers www.prague-airport-transfers.co.uk They offer both private and shared service to the airport at very reasonable costs (approx $25 each way for private taxi). Uber is approximately $12 USD one way from the airport to our location. There is a bus from the airport to the town center, click here for the timetable and more information. It involves 1 stop and a bus transfer, unless you are a confident seasoned traveler we recommend the above car and shuttle service. WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS? Our accommodation rooms are all furnished with twin or double beds, and if you choose a shared room you will have your own bed. The rooms are elegantly appointed and comfortable. CAN I SHARE A ROOM WITH A FRIEND? Yes! When you both register for the retreat, please let us know your roommate request in the special request area of the registration form, so that we can ensure you will be roomies. WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS? Can I have downtime or are there activities planned throughout the whole time of the retreat?
- Monday, August 21: Arrival begins at 2 pm. We will spend the evening together as a group.
- Tuesday and Wednesday, August 22 – 23, 10-4:30: Workshop with Roxanne. Free evenings.
- Thursday, August 24: Free day to explore.
- Friday, August 25: group day trip to Cesky Krumlov.
- Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, 10-430: Workshop with Willemien. Free evening on Saturday, Sunday we will have an optional group dinner.
- Monday, August 28: Departure from rooms by 10 am.
Generally, we will hold a gentle and easy-going schedule, with plenty of time for rejuvenation, and plenty of opportunities for connection with fellow artists. Lunches and dinners are not scheduled in to allow you the luxury to take in the city in your own way. To explore Prague outside of the retreat timings, feel free to book with a short tour with Kristian, a day trip with Nina, or check out the official Prague website and Lonely Planet guide to Prague here. WHAT ARE MY MEAL OPTIONS? Breakfast provided will be typical European, with fruits, bread, yogurt and a selection of meats and cheeses. CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR EXTEND MY STAY? If you would like to extend your visit to Prague, please organise your own accommodation. WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY REGISTRATION?
Any cancellations occurring up to April 1, 2017 will result in a return of your payment less a $450 cancellation fee. For cancellations occurring on or after April 1, 2017 we will not be offering refunds, and there will be no exceptions for any reason.
WHAT ARE PAYMENT PLAN GUIDELINES?
If you select the deposit option, please carefully read the following terms: Your deposit serves as your agreement to the above terms, and must be paid in full by April 30, 2017. If your full fee is not received by April 30, 2017 your deposit will be retained and you will lose your place. We will not be sending you a reminder, and you will be responsible for submitting your payments and including a PayPal / admin fee of $20 per payment that you send.
In making this purchase I agree to the following terms: Any cancellations occurring up to April 30, 2017 will result in a return of my payment less a $450 cancellation fee. For cancellations occurring on or after May 1, 2017 I will not be offered a refund, and there will be no exceptions for any reason. As a result of acts of God, war, or unforeseen circumstances I understand that my fees may be retained and this event rescheduled. If you select the deposit option, please carefully read the following terms: Your deposit serves as your agreement to the above terms, and must be paid in full by April 30, 2017. If your full fee is not received by April 30, 2017 your deposit will be retained and you will lose your place. We will not be sending you a reminder, and you will be responsible for submitting your payments and including a PayPal / admin fee of $20 per payment that you send.