May 15 – 27, 2022
BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION RETREAT
with Wendy Hollender and Sam McWilliams
In Andalusia, Spain
Classes held at:
Garden of Lemons in Lecrin Valley, Andalusia, Spain
Workshop registration fee (8 workshop days): $900
Travel and hotel to be paid separately.
**In order to attend this workshop, you must stay at one of the Garden of Lemons locations and book directly with them by contacting Henrik or Ingo at Garden of Lemons.
Study the fundamentals of botanical drawing using the mediums of graphite pencil, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor. This is a unique opportunity to study and draw plants in the shelter of the Sierra Nevada between Granada and the Mediterranean, away from the usual tourism routes. Drawing plants and flowers starts with observation. Under the supervision of Wendy Hollender and Sam McWilliams, students will learn about plant structures and their importance through dissection and comparison. Students will create detailed botanical drawings and sketchbook pages of flowering plants, fruits and seed pods, working directly from the wide variety of plants growing near the Garden of Lemons. There will be opportunities to work on detailed paintings for those with more experience.
For eight days, we will work on various plants growing in Andalusia. There will be many demonstrations in techniques of combining colored pencil and watercolor, and we will focus on different aspects of botanical illustration techniques. We will also host two excursion days: one to Las Alpujarras (mountain range) and one to La Alhambra (cultural site in Granada).
Sunday May 15: Arrival
Monday May 16: Workshop ½ Day (guided walk #1)
Tuesday May 17: Workshop Day
Wednesday May 18: Workshop Day
Thursday May 19: Workshop Day
Friday May 20: Excursion to Las Alpujarras
Saturday May 21: Workshop Day
Sunday May 22: Workshop ½ Day (guided walk #2)
Monday May 23: Workshop Day
Tuesday May 24: Excursion to Granada and La Alhambra
Wednesday May 25: Workshop Day
Thursday May 26: Workshop Day and Exhibition of Work
Friday May 27: Departure
Hotel Info and Cost
Garden of lemons is a retreat center for people seeking experiences, peace and contemplation in beautiful surroundings. The place is situated in the shelter of the Sierra Nevada between Granada and the Mediterranean, withdrawn from the usual tourist routes, and it is green and lush year round.
From the owners, Henrik and Ingo: When we first came here in 2011, we instantly fell for the beauty around us and thought that we had to find an opportunity to take root. Soon we found the country house Jardín de Los Limones that lay as a ruin, but today appears as an elegant and detached finca, surrounded by terraces and gardens with olive, orange and fruit trees. To establish the retreat Garden of Lemons, we have since purchased and renovated the village house El Limón – a house with magnificent views of the mountains “Las Alpujarras” and the villages in the valley. The two comfortable houses are located only a few kilometers from each other and have fine architectural details that blend both Nordic and South-European stylistic features. We also partner with the nearby Hostel Los Naranjos to house additional guests.
More information about the accommodations:
Note: There are a few different options available for housing. We will have housing for 6-8 people in the house Garden of Lemons, in the same building as the classroom facility. Rooms are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We predict that the few rooms in Garden of Lemons will fill up fast. The rest of the accommodations will be hosted at the affiliated Hotel Los Naranjos, a 15-minute walk (or quick hotel shuttle) from the class.
Hotel Prices: 13 days 12 nights
food & services * : 850 $
accommodation in double room at retreat center Garden of Lemons: 550 $
accommodation single room at Garden of Lemons 900 $
accommodation in double room at Hotel Los Naranjos, 15 min. walk: 420 $
accommodation in single room Hotel Los Naranjos: 650 $
transfer Malaga-retreat centre in taxi: 100 $
Food= full board: 12 x breakfast, 10 x lunch, 10 x dinner at Garden of Lemons, free tea and coffee during the day.
Also included at no charge:
- One (3-hour) guided walk with information about the village, and about the history of the area
- One (3-hour) guided walk in the beautiful nature around the retreat centre.
- 2 dinners at restaurants, one in the village for 25 €, one in Granada for 45 € – drinks inclusive
- Alcoholic and soda drinks at the retreat center, but offered for reasonable prices.
- Excursion to Granada and La Alhambra with guided tour. 100 € (meals not included)
- Excursion to Las Alpujarras: Travel 1.5 hours to Trevélez, one of the highest villages of Spain. Breaks on the way in the villages Lanjarón for coffee, and the culturally very interesting pueblo Pampaneira for a short walk. Lunch in Trevélez. All-day excursion 50 € (lunch not included).
If partners, family, join as non-participating guests we can calculate prices for them as well.
*This amount does not include the course fee, flight, or transport to and from the hotel.
Please contact the hotel directly to reserve a room.
Hotel Contact Info:
Henrik Vilain and Ingo Schauser
18658 18902, 18658, Granada, Spain
0034 693 939 000
Fly to Malaga Airport or Granada Airport.
Transportation from airport: arrange with Hotel.
About the Region
Just south of the historic Moorish city of Granada, The Lecrin Valley is a lovely green, orchard-covered area at the foot of the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountains and within half an hour of the beautiful Costa Tropical. Perfect as a holiday destination, it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, yet within easy reach, and only a short distance to the city of Granada.
Driving times are about 1 hour 15 from Malaga (with the newly completed motorway), 35 mins from Granada airport, 20 minutes to Granada city and 25 minutes to the Costa Tropical.
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Lecrin Valley is famous for its verdant landscape (due to the melt-water run off from the Sierra Nevada), its citrus groves, its walks, bird life and amazing spring colors. Oranges, lemons, figs, pomegranates (in Spanish – granadas) and cactus line the roadsides.
The valley has many small villages dotted around the picturesque countryside. Orange and lemon trees as far as you can see, mixed with pine, olive and almond trees. The Moors actually named this valley the Valley of Happiness, due to the fresh mountain water that comes down into the valley from the Sierra Nevada mountains and for its abundance of fruit trees and plants.
Workshop Refund Policy:
Partial refund will be given in the event you cancel by March 27, 2022, if your spot gets filled. Refund amount will be $630.