February 6-17, 2020 – Winnie Givot
A painting retreat. Watercolor Journaling in Cuenca, Ecuador.
A charming hotel in the historic center of Cuenca will be our home. It was a Spanish house designed around a central courtyard and has been in the same family for more than a 100 years.
The Cathedral with its many arches is a few blocks away as is the Flower Market. Other places where we will paint are the fascinating museum and workshop where Panama hats are hand woven, the Rio Pumapungo and Museo Pumapungo, Mirador Turi which overlooks the whole city and Mercado 9 October. From Cuenca we’ll travel to Gualaceo where there is an orchid nursery, ceramics studio and weaving workshop. Other day trips will be to El Chorro, a place of peace by a beautiful waterfall, and Cajas National Park, a world biosphere reserve.
The prerequisite for coming on our painting retreat is a readiness to create a watercolor journal to record your experience of this lovely area. Whether you are a skilled painter or a beginner, this will be a delightful and inspirational experience.
In the mornings Winnie will give lessons and individual help. Most afternoons will be free for rest, relaxation, exploration and painting. In the evenings we will eat meals specially prepared for us at our hotel or nearby restaurants. This is an opportunity for art immersion as we play with texture and color, writing and page embellishments, while connecting with the beauty before us as we paint. There will be lightheartedness and musings in our journals and our days.
Our host will be Adriano, who along with his wife, Yumi, has facilitated our workshops in Sicily and Greece. Adriano has a passion for travel. He has a deep appreciation for beauty, history, culture and people which he shares with us, bringing greater depth to our experience.
COST: $3775/person double occupancy, $3975 single occupancy (INCLUDES: lodging, breakfast and dinner, workshop transportation and art instruction. EXCLUDES airfare, insurance, personal expenses, art supplies and lunches). A deposit of $1200 sent to Winnie Givot reserves your place. Balance due by October 15.
Refund policy: If Winnie cancels the workshop you will receive a full refund. If you cancel before August 15, 2019 there is a cancellation fee of $200. From August 15 to October 15, 2019 the cancellation fee is $500. After October 15, there is no refund.
Call or email for information & registration:
Yumi Phone: (+39) 339 7757 062
Winnie Phone: (+1) 541 548 5440
HOW TO REACH IN CUENCA:
All major airlines fly to Quito, Ecuador. Fly from Quito to Cuenca.
Adriano and Yumi are glad to help with flights or lodging arrangements if needed.