As well as local batik workshops I run a very special batik workshop holiday in Portugal where you get to learn batik in a very idyllic location in a relaxed holiday atmosphere with a bit of bird watching thrown in. Words can hardly do justice to this holiday that I have put together but I hope that some of the pictures below and comments from previous guests will give you some idea. This October I'll be offering a morning yoga session instead of the bird watching, with qualified teacher Sally Padget, she is an inspiration to work with and last year managed to get most of my group having a go at different postures. All the yoga is in the open sided Sala building overlooking the lake.
" I was blown away by the birdwatching, sitting in a hide in a vast cork valley watching dozens of european bee eaters feeding is an experience I will never forget, thank you. Frank is a wealth of bird and wildlife knowledge."
Situated in the Southern foothills of Portugal, the Quinta Do Barranco Da Estrada is a small, intimate holiday retreat for peace and relaxation, it boasts a mix of traditional hospitality, international home-cooked cuisine and a friendly atmosphere with excellent service.
Owners Daniela and Frank McClintock (Frank is an expert in photography and Birding) have created this beautiful venue over the last 30 years, it is now 90% solar powered with as low a carbon footprint as is possible. The carefully planted terraced gardens attract a huge number of birds, butterflies and insects. (but no Mosquitoes!)
The Quinta has 8 en-suite rooms, a family suite and a honeymoon suite. Each room is within a stone's throw from the edge of the reservoir, Europe's cleanest fresh water swimming lake. With plenty of space around you and a total absence of man-made noise, it's no wonder they call it Paradise in Portugal.
"The holiday was absolutely wonderful and I would highly recommend it....not just for artists and birdwatchers but for anyone simply seeking some quiet time to themselves"
"I would like to congratulate and thank you for organising such a successful trip to Portugal last week. It was both relaxing and an industrious week seeing and learning a new art technique. Everyone was made to feel very welcome whatever their skill level in both activities and I really enjoyed myself. Thank you for all of your hard work!"
"Excellent and I really enjoyed the provision of delicious home-cooked Gluten Free food"
"it was very peaceful and took me time to unwind. The food and rooms were lovely and Daniela (host) could not have been sweeter. It was very restful and I often think about it!"
"........batik and kayaking in an idyllic spot"
I am very excited to be running this holiday again, we had such a amazing time in June and again in October, I'm still creating work inspired by the trip!
To book your place on this bespoke holiday please contact me for more information.
Places limited to max 8 guests. Group discounts considered if you book the week. Price includes Faro airport transfers *, full board, all batik tuition and materials and birdwatching tour fees. Flights and extra activities not included.
* Providing your flight arrives within a certain time frame.
"Brilliant holiday full of colour and sunshine; good humour and support. The birds behaved and appeared on cue; Frank was amazing with his knowledge of birds, expeditions, photography and quiet enthusiasm. We even made 'friends' with his very own parrot. Marie-Therese was well prepared and full of initiative and support for our batik, making possible whatever we were trying to achieve. I love my finished batiks and feel inspired to do more. Holiday gave good value for money. I'd go again!" Diana
The following sites are available for more detailed information about the Quinta http://www.paradise-in-portugal.com and http://www.birdinginportugal.com. A selection of videos are also available below.