Qiang Huang and
Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty

Painting Retreat in Sicily, “Spirit, Mind, Body”

October 27 – November 3, 2024 - SOLD OUT Waiting List

The setting of Salinara, with its rustic beauty, farm fresh meals, and interesting excursions provides the perfect environment for our “Spirit,Mind,Body” experience.

Your artistic SPIRIT will be recognized, encouraged, and celebrated as you work with other creative participants.

Your MIND will be engaged by discussions of Art within the group, and your problem solving skills will be challenged as you are improving your painting ability.

Your BODY will be nourished with fresh food, walks, biking, and yoga sessions. The emphasis on this workshop is to help promote skill-building with your painting, regardless of your level. There will be two experienced artists, Qiang Huang, and Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty, providing plenty of individual attention to each participant in this small group. We will provide demos to clarify processes, and will offer critiques as requested. Easels will be provided, so only bring your painting supplies (list will be sent out before traveling). As an added bonus, a professional yoga instructor,Song Huang, will offer optional sessions . Yoga mats are available as are some bicycles. There will be some nearby excursions during the week to allow us to further experience this locale.

We invite you to join us in this relaxed, beautiful, historic place. Give yourself this time and space to joyfully become a better painter!

A sample day from this retreat will incorporate some painting time, some exploration, and some bodywork: See brochure from Salinara for the sample week. We will also set up a group page to discuss materials, topics, travel tips, etc. More details will be provided as we get closer to the date.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate or advanced painters
COURSE MEDIUM: Pastel, oil, acrylic


$ 2300
Sharing per person:
$ 2000
Sharing NON painter:
$ 1900

How to Book

Deposit to save your spot $ 200.

Apply NOW, spots are limited.
Min participants 12
Max participants 14

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About Qiang Huang

Qiang Huang is an oil painter and art educator living in Austin TX. Qiang is a Signature member of OPA. His paintings have been juried in many OPA Exhibitions. He has been featured in many art magazines. Qiang has participated many plein air painting competitions and won many awards. He has been teaching workshops internationally. Qiang is also a Ph.D in physics, and developed computer tools for artists.

About Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty

Suzanne lives in Louisville, Kentucky where she has been actively exhibiting, teaching, and leading Art/Cultural tours to Italy. Her work is in collections internationally and she is a member of numerous Art organizations, including OPA, AIS, NOAPS, LVAA. Originally from New Mexico, she completed some graduate coursework in Art History at UNM. She holds her BFA from Stanford University along with figurative courses from the Art Students League in New York City.

Suzanne works primarily in oil and pastel. She was commissioned by Brown Forman to create a painting for their annual Woodford Reserve Holiday bourbon bottle in 2019. Most recently she completed a month long residency at the prestigious Chateau Orquevaux, France, where she created a new series that was exhibited at the Other Art Fair in Dallas, Texas in May, 2023.

– Painting instruction and individual assistance
– Accommodation in double room
– Accommodation in single room with supplement
– All Sicilian Breakfasts, 4 lunches and all dinners (1 meal at a local restaurant)
– Non alcoholic drinks and wines during dinner
– Wine tasting at the villa
– Visit & shopping at pottery and terracotta artisan
– All local excursion
– The use of portable folding chairs and folding easels
– Pick-up at Palermo airport on the first day at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm
– Transfer to Palermo airport on the last day. Leaving at 9:00 am

– 2 lunches
– Any personal expenses
– Art supplies
– Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
– Airfare
– Tips for drivers and guides
– Transfers to and from other airports than Palermo
– Transfers to the villa from Palermo airport later than 4:00 pm are extra cost.
If you arrive later than 4:00 pm, we can arrange personal transfer accordingly.

You will stay in our 18th century typical Sicilian villa, surrounded by vineyards and the blu mediterranean sea. The area is known for its olive groves, salt pans and local producers of DOC Marsala wine and many other amazing red and white wines.

Sicilian breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be freshly prepared and served at the villa by our selected local chef. Enjoy the exotic flavors of traditional cuisine accompanied by exquisite local wines.
* Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions.

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Architecture, Food and People.
Everything is carefully planned yet relaxed, giving you the freedom to open up and be creative, all while enjoying Sicily in the company of like-minded people.

The course is conducted in English, with translation into Italian, French, Spanish on demand.


– Spectacular subject matter at the Villa and within walking distance such as Windmills and Salt Pans in a Natural Preserve.

– Paint coastal scenes at San Teodoro Tower and its surroundings.

– Historic Center of Marsala and Fish Market.

– Historic cave in Nature Preserve in the morning, in the afternoon painting at seacoast Monte Cofano east side.

– Erice Mountain and the medieval village: An utterly panoramic ride with stops for beautiful sea views will take us to the medieval village.

– Shopping trip to Marsala plus a visit to a local artisan ceramist.

– Wine tasting, a passionate sommelier will introduce the history of Marsala wines, accompanied by delicious local aperitif.

– Taste authentic Sicilian cuisine prepared by our local chef at the villa and in our favorite local restaurant.

– Taste local gelato (ice cream) in a classic gelateria in Marsala historic center.

Please note the itinerary is an example. Visits will depend on location and are subject to change depending on the weather.

We welcome non-painting companions. There are many amenities and activities happening at the Farmhouse, your companions will never get bored! Of course, they will enjoy all of our local excursions, wine tasting and fantastic meals.

Start your adventure in Western Sicily:
– Typical Sicilian cooking class (min.4 pax).
– Visit local wine producers, with wine tasting.
– Walking and visit the surrounding, sea coast with antique salt marshes, windmills and vineyards.
– Visit the beautiful seaside city of Marsala, home of the homonymous wine DOC.
– Visit the unforgettable old city of Trapani where you can stroll, shop and eat in a relaxed setting.
– Bicycling and enjoy splendid views over vineyards, with the magical colours of the Mediterranean Sea.
– Visit the unspoiled Egadi Islands, such as Favignana and Levanzo.
– Experience yoga or kitesurf with professional trainer.

Arrival and Departure Airport: Palermo, Sicily (PMO) – Transfer time to villa is about 1h 20min.
Travel by car and minibus to painting spots.
For those who prefer to arrive earlier or leave later, we offer an optional extended stay.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality.

Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.

— Bathing suit and beach towel
— Sun protection hat
— Raincoat
— Comfortable shoes for walking
— Plug adaptors / converters

The following terms and conditions shall apply in respect of all bookings and will form the basis of your contract with Retreat leader/Organizer in collaboration with “SALINARA Società Cooperativa”.

1. Refund policy, please refer to your Retreat leader/Organizer’s website.

2. When you make a booking with your Retreat leader/Organizer, you undertake that you have the authority to accept and do accept these booking conditions on behalf of yourself and your party. A contract will exist upon your Retreat leader/Organizer’s accepting any monies from you towards the booking, or upon the issue of our Confirmation/Invoice, whichever is the earlier.

3. We highly recommend that you must arrange adequate holiday insurance. Such insurance should cover full medical expenses, personal baggage, personal accident, loss or damage to property, cancellation or curtailment, personal liability, legal expenses and emergency.

4. We shall not accept responsibility for any cancellations or effect on your holiday due to war, threat of war, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist action, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions

5. We reserve the right to withdraw or modify at any time the arrangements advertised where necessary to do so. In the unlikely event of the accommodation advertised not being available, we will endeavour to provide suitable alternative accommodation.

6. All reasonable and proper steps have been taken to ensure that the accommodation and services are as advertised. We will be responsible for any acts or omissions of our own employees and agents whilst acting within the scope of their employment but cannot be responsible for the acts or omissions of those providing services over which we have no direct control.

7. We shall not be responsible for luggage lost in transit while the responsibility of an airline. Where possible we will provide advice and assistance in seeking to retrieve any luggage lost.

8. We will not be responsible if you suffer illness, personal injury or death as a result of misadventure during the period of your overseas trip arising out of an activity that does not form part of the course provided by us.

9. All workshops/retreats are subject to a minimum number of participants and therefore your Retreat leader/Organizer reserves the right to cancel and where possible, provides you with an alternative course. In case your Retreat leader/Organizer cancels the workshop/retreat, please refer to your Retreat leader/Organizer.

10. Salinara cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.

11. All travellers need valid passports.


For any questions, please contact:
Phone: (+39) 339 77 57 062


Qiang Huang

Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty

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