Join us for an unforgettable botanical watercolor painting and yoga retreat, where you'll have the opportunity to enhance your artistic skills and experience the healing benefits of practicing yoga in a natural setting.
Under the guidance of our experienced and qualified art tutor, Rita, you'll unlock your inner artist during our painting workshops. Rita's artistic passion centers on capturing the beauty of the natural world with an eye for detail, a commitment to realism, and an insatiable curiosity about the various forms found in nature.
Furthermore, our daily yoga sessions in the midst of nature will deepen your connection with the environment, fostering inner peace and mindfulness. Amidst the tranquil beauty of Figs on the Funcho, you'll find the perfect space to relax, improve your well-being, and quiet your mind.
Apart from our villa, Figs on the Funcho also presents the choice of residing in our two glamping safari tents. These tents have access to the garden bathroom, complete with a rain shower and a basin equipped with a mirror and a hairdryer for your convenience. With both tents offering breath-taking river views, each can host up to 2 guests, delivering a distinct and immersive encounter with nature. Whether you opt for the villa or one of our safari tents, an unforgettable and rejuvenating escape is guaranteed.
At Figs on the Funcho, we're dedicated to embracing nature and responsible travel. We're proud recipients of the Lux Life Hospitality Award for "Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023 - Algarve," a testament to our commitment to excellence. The painting holidays run at Algarve’s Figs on the Funcho are one of the creative activities as seen on the popular TV series “A New Life in the Sun” (seventh series). Additionally, we are proudly listed in Simon Heptinstall's "10 Best Art Escapes in 2019" for the Mail Online.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to improve your artistic skills and enjoy the positive healing effects of nature.
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From Rita Afonso's early years, she has been deeply passionate about the wonders of nature, wildlife depiction, and the enchantment of colours. Born and raised in Silves, Algarve, she pursued a degree in Arts & Multimedia. To quench her thirst for knowledge in the realm of drawing, she embarked on a scientific illustration course, ultimately guiding her towards her true calling: teaching. Her artistic endeavors are firmly rooted in the representation of nature, an unwavering devotion to detail, a commitment to realism, and an unending curiosity about the myriad forms and beings in the natural world. Over the years, she has cultivated a rich history of conducting illustration workshops and scientific illustration classes in collaboration with wildlife and environmental organizations, as well as art schools and libraries.
09h00 – 10h00 Outdoor breakfast with views of the rolling hills
10h00 – 13h00 Botanical watercolour painting class
13h00 – 14h00 Lunch
14h00 – 16h30 Free Time
16h30 – 17h30 Yoga, Mindfulness, and Serenity
19h30 – 20h00 Sunset drinks and an opportunity to enjoy our gorgeous sunsets
20h00 – 21h00 Al fresco dinner under the Algarve starry sky
21h00 – 22h00 Cheese and port or dessert on the waterfront deck
Indulge in a delightful culinary experience during your stay on our botanical watercolour painting and yoga retreat. Cheryl and Graham, are not only enthusiastic cooks but also ardent fans of culinary maestros like Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage, Sami Tamimi and Jamie Oliver. Their passion for cooking is infused into every meal they prepare for their retreats, and it's evident in the glowing reviews from their satisfied guests. You can expect a delectable array of healthy, vegetarian dishes that not only nourish the body but also tantalize the taste buds. Each meal is a journey of flavours. You'll have the opportunity to savour new and exciting culinary creations that are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the eye.
✨ ✨ "I really enjoyed my stay at Figs on the Funcho. The venue was very attractive with walking trails to explore when we weren’t painting. I can’t say enough about the hosts and cooks Cheryl and Graham. They were very welcoming and caring. I ate every morsel of the deliciously prepared food.” - Debra
✨ ✨ "The vegetarian meals a delicious revelation. I’ve ordered my first-ever veggie cookbook to continue the benefits of ‘Fig’s’ healthy delicious meals” – Judith
✨ ✨ “I have just got back from a botanical flower watercolour 4 night break. The surroundings were amazing even though the river had dried up. i can imagine that when its full it is spectacular. The hosts Graham and Cheryl were fantastic hosts. They cooked delicious vegetarian food, which was mostly produced from the vegetables and herbs grown in the garden. Breakfast lunch and dinner was actually the best part for me as nothing was too much trouble. It was so nice to have a glass of wine on the decking with cheese and biscuits, enjoying and talking about everyone's experiences and stories. I would definitely recommend this beautiful place. I am hopefully going to return next year with the family.” - Caryl
✨ ✨ “Oh and did I mention the food and the to die for homemade granola??!!! You’re in for an amazing treat” – Milu
✨ ✨ "So surprised at the vegetarian food. Every meal was delicious.” – Dave
✨ ✨ "A great evening with great vegetarian food cooked and prepared by Graham and Cheryl who were wonderful hosts.” – Rob
Rita's artistic approach, deeply rooted in nature, guides our three-day workshop.
On the first day, we focus on classical plant illustrations using graphite pencils and watercolours.
Day two explores the fusion of watercolours and fine-line pens, experimenting with line thickness and a monochromatic palette.
Day three embraces spontaneity, relying solely on watercolours to capture botanical beauty.
We end the day with a serene yoga session on the deck under the carob trees.
Refer to the itinerary section for detailed daily activities.
Make yourself at home in The River House, where spacious and well-lit rooms await you. The large outdoor areas provide terraces basking in sunshine, sheltered corners, and natural shade. For those seeking leisure and relaxation, there's plenty of space to unwind. And don't forget to indulge in our infinity pool with breathtaking countryside views, offering an added touch of tranquility to your stay.
15h00 - 18h30 Free time
18h30 – 19h30 Sunset drinks and an opportunity to enjoy our gorgeous sunsets
19h30 – 20h30 Al fresco dinner under the Algarve starry sky
20h30 – 22h00 Cheese and Port on the waterfront deck