Art Retreats in Ios, Cyclades
Combine a relaxing beach vacation with art and nature. Our art retreat is located in the Cyclades, the magical ring of islands, that date back to the Bronze Age. The raw elemental beauty of the stone, the sea, the air, and the sun provide the white space, the clean canvas from which you will create.
Guided nature and photography walks, herbal and culinary demonstrations, soap making, multimodal art activities, culture and history lessons–plenty of opportunities to learn while you relax. However, my speciality is encaustic, an ancient Greek technique mentioned in The Odyssey with the painted ships of the Greeks at Troy.
All this in a private minimal stone villa with a verandah overlooking the sea. Organic locally farmed meals; a private atelier/art studio with all materials included. Possible island hopping to nearby Santorini, Naxos, Paros. 7 nights/7 days all inclusive $1,500 pp.
Activities Offered on the Retreat
Combine the beauty of elemental nature with the creativity in your mind and the guidance of your mentor for a transformative rejuvenating week of self exploration
From morning meditations to journal writing and poetry to encaustic painting to artisanal soap making, drama activities, enjoying the sea and exploring the nightlife of the island–this is how a typical day might look.
Your Facilitator & Guide
I am a Greek-American who lives half the year in New York City and the other half in Greece. My family has roots in the Cyclades dating back for centuries. I have taught writing, mythology, poetry, encaustic painting, photography to children, teens and adults for over 20 years. I am a writer, photographer, and active encaustic artist whose work has appeared in group shows in Long Island City and Chelsea. I am seeking registration as an expressive arts consultant and educator (REACE) with IEATA, the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. I have received training in art therapy, drama therapy, eco-therapy and music therapy. I make my retreats fun, creative, connective, and meaningful.