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.
" 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 Daniella 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 earning 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 Daniellac(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 last time, 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 12 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.
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.