Name of establishment
Algarve Art Retreat, Loulé
What is it?
Centre for art, photography, wellness and natural therapies, offering a year-round programme of residential and one-day classes, courses and workshops run by locally-based and visiting practitioners in their various fields. Aimed at all levels, with instruction in English and/or Portuguese.
The property is a traditional-style Algarve villa in the hills just outside Loulé, and is set in landscaped gardens with picturesque rural views. Accommodation is in the main house and/or a series of restored outbuildings, which can double as art studios and treatment rooms. Shared facilities include an outdoor pool, sauna, spa treatment room and breakfast terrace. The accommodation comprises:
Cantinho do Paraiso: large first-floor studio with twin beds, living area with kitchenette, dining area, shower, WC, private sun terrace.
Cantinho do Secreto: Ground floor bedroom suite with twin beds, en-suite shower room and private terrace.
Cantinho do Jardim: garden bedroom suite with twin beds and en-suite shower
Casa Onrust: ground floor two-bedroom apartment with four single beds, open-plan lounge with a fitted kitchen/diner, and a fully fitted shower room.
The residential courses tend to last for seven days, and are usually advertised well in advance. The one-day workshops can often come together at short notice , so check out the website/Facebook page at regular intervals for updates. The majority of the events are organised by the Retreat itself, but they are open to suggestions from outside artists and practitioners who are interested in hiring out the facilities.
Breakfast and lunch is included as part of the residential courses. Refreshments are provided during the day-only events.
The retreat is based at Casa Estrela da Vida, the home of Uschi Kuhn, the driving force behind the venture. German-born Uschi, who has lived in the Algarve since 2002, is well-known within the region as both a hairdresser and artist.
Vale Talheiro, between Loulé and Boliqueime.
Prices vary according to the duration/content of the classes/treatments. Ask for details.