Eco printing fiesta in Portugal!

10 day retreat with Nicola Brown & Caroline Nixon, 2019

Invitation from Nicola and Caroline

"Join us in beautiful southern Portugal to immerse yourself in an eco printing extravaganza! From collection at Faro Airport to the wonderful surrounds of the Algarve Art Retreat near Loulé we look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful rural location. Join us as we gather local vegetation, explore eco print, natural dye and shibori possiblities then transform this knowledge into beautiful fabric or up-cycled clothing. This year we offer one exclusive ten day retreat to facilitate a creative, comfortable and relaxed environment."

Eco printing, natural dyeing, simple shibori and up-cycled clothing

Friday, May 3rd, 11am to Monday, May 13th, 9:30am

37 Rua Vale Telheiro

Loulé, Faro

This exclusive 10 day residential workshop includes........


  • Collection from Faro Airport on Friday 3rd May
  • Welcome drinks and evening meal on the first night
  • 10 nights shared or single accommodation (non smoking) at the beautiful Algarve Art Retreat. Additional simple accommodation is also offered at nearby Quinta do Moinho for those wishing to stay within walking distance of Loulé although preference will be given to participants who wish to stay at the workshop venue
  • Delicious breakfast each morning and lunch each day using fresh, local ingredients
  • Total immersion into an exciting textile adventure with Nicola Brown and Caroline Nixon! Learn new techniques or up-skill your eco printing and natural dye techniques, experiment with different tannins, discover how simple shibori enhances eco printing and identify ways of successfully printing on fabric and up-cycled clothing
  • The Algarve Art Retreat has fabulous grounds, a large pool and a sauna. It is reserved exclusively for us during the retreat so that everyone can feel totally relaxed. There is also a spa room where a range of treatments may be booked!
  • One non workshop day with an optional excursion into nearby Loulé with Nicola and Caroline to visit the market and absorb the local culture. There are many beautiful things to see and do in this small city
  • We anticipate a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 workshop participants depending on whether people opt for shared or single accommodation. Small numbers ensure that everyone gets plenty of individual attention. A number of non workshop participating partners are welcome to attend by arrangement
  • Public exhibition of participants' work at the end of the retreat
  • Wrap up gala dinner and drinks
  • Transport back to Faro Airport after breakfast on Monday 13th May


NB This retreat is suitable for both experienced textile artists and total beginners

Cost of the retreat

Prices range from €1700 sharing to €2700 single per person at the Algarve Art Retreat for the ten days and include all excursions and meals as per the programme above. The retreat fee includes all the necessary dyes, mordants and tannins that we will be using during class. A materials list will be provided for participants. On the evenings that dinner is not provided participants will be free to relax on site or dine out in one of the local Portuguese restaurants. Taxis are a very easy way of getting around but some of the accommodation has its own simple kitchen facilities and it may also be possible to barbecue on site!


Here is a full breakdown of the prices for those staying at the Algarve Art Retreat.....


Cantinho do Secreto €1700 shared or €2400 single

Cantinho do Jardim €2400 single (not available shared)

Cantinho do Paraíso €2000 shared or €2700 single

Casa Onrust Bedroom 1 - €1800 single (smaller twin bedroom for single occupancy but sharing a bathroom and living area with bedroom 2)

Bedroom 2 - €1600 shared or €2200 single (larger twin bedroom sharing a bathroom and living area with bedroom 2)


Workshop accommodation at Quinta do Moinho costs €1600 per person sharing or €2000 single and is a simpler option than the main retreat location but is much nearer the market, shops, museums, churches and restaurants in Loulé. Participants who choose to stay at the Quinta will be collected there each morning following a simple breakfast and dropped back again after the workshop ends each night. They will have full use of all the facilities on site at the Algarve Art Retreat each day so won't miss out on any of the fun! We will however be giving first preference to those who book their accommodation on site.


Please email Nicola and Caroline with your top 3 accommodation choices. We will get back to you by Sunday 27th January at the latest letting you know if your application to join the retreat has been successful. If it has, a 50% deposit now will secure your place with the balance payable in the middle of March 2019. Non workshop participating partners may be accommodated by prior arrangement. Please let Nicola and Caroline know this when you request to book and they will then let you know how much this will cost for the accommodation chosen.


Please note, retreat fees will be strictly non-refundable so Nicola and Caroline highly recommend holiday insurance.