Linda Richichi's Color & Energy Painting Holiday in Greece 2021

Plytra, Monemvasia, Greece

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Blue Seas Retreat, LLC
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Sep 25 - Oct 4, 2021
Group size: 5 - 8
Linda Richichi's Color & Energy Painting Holiday in Greece 2021
Plytra, Monemvasia, Greece

Blue Seas Retreat, LLC
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€3390
Deposit: €500
Sep 25 - Oct 4, 2021
Group size: 5 - 8

About this trip

If you are a Plein air painter (or have always wanted to try painting in nature) looking for more confidence at the easel by overcoming a fear of new colors and atmosphere - and you love authentic travel in “secret” destinations - then you’ll want to join Linda Richichi in painting the bold colors and radiant energy of legendary lands of Sparta. 

 

Imagine waking up every morning hearing the sound of gentle waves at Blue Seas Villa, a private Greek family estate and country retreat in the village of Plytra on the legendary Peloponnese Peninsula.  

Before a delicious traditional Greek breakfast, take a 5-minute walk to wet your feet or have a leisurely swim in the crystal clear, aqua-blue water of the Aegean Sea. Or begin each day meditating on one of verandas while the waves help you leave all cares behind for a sense of renewal and inner peace.     

Plytra, Greece is the perfect place to set yourself free creatively and learn to use Linda’s six proven step-by-step techniques to create a drop-dead gorgeous work of art. 

Take a close-up look at the vibrant rainbow colors that appear by the sun hitting the sea at just the right angle, showing you that rainbows are everywhere. 

Soak up the time to simply observe the colors around you. Join the search for rainbows and learn how to include them in your work, creating a pleasing prismatic effect.

Each day you can explore a new place, capture your joy on your canvas and still have time to explore and shop at our hosts' favorite boutiques and delicacy stores that will leave you saying “Yum!”

We even have a surprise for you, so make sure you leave extra room in your suitcase for the trip home!

PRIOR TO ARRIVAL IN GREECE:

Four online lessons give you the opportunity to learn and practice ahead of time:  

  • What and How to Pack Lightly
  • Creating Dynamic Compositions and Value Sketches
  • Depicting Sunshine and Shadows in your Work
  • How to Use a Prismatic Color Palette to Add Emotion

The benefits you’ll get when YOU ARRIVE IN GREECE:


What can you expect when you arrive to spend 9 night and 10 days in the Peloponnese?

Having already absorbed the high points of each preliminary online lesson, you will be able to paint ….

The colorful boats in mirror-like waters of the marinas 

  • The ancient buildings weathered over time, with a myriad of interesting tones and textures that will be fun to capture
  • Pathways lit up by the sun’s warm light 
  • Glimmering sparks of light as the setting sun creates rich colors on the land and bright warm colors on the clouds 
  • Beautiful vistas of water with various shades of blue and greens, with distant mountains as a perfect backdrop, veiled in a blue haze 
  • Still lifes (everywhere!), such as the clay pots filled with the Mediterranean flowers, fishing gear laying out in the sun, positioned as if an artist set them up just for you
  • Capture gestures of the local people sitting at their favorite cafes by the sea

WHILE IN GREECE YOU'LL ALSO GET: 

  • A new tool that will make the shifting of subtle nuances of colors that shift quietly, much easier to see and portray in your paintings. 
  • Linda at your easel - working with you ONE-on-ONE, offering you guidance on issues such as how to transition your values to colors or how to offset the brilliance of reds in any subject, so that they really stand out.  
  • Lessons on how to create neutral colors from a limited, prismatic palette that will help you when you are painting the natural stone buildings that surround the ancient alleys.
  • PLUS we have lots of surprises in store for you to make this experience full of fun every step of the way. (Remember this clue!)
  • Upon our return home, stay connected to the online group in our private Community Forum. Keep practicing your new skills and watch your confidence soar.  
  • We’ll share an additional 1-hour critique zoom session. Show new work created after returning home from Greece from the vast number of photos and sketches you’ll be sure to have. This will benefit us all as we continue turning our memories into a body of work.  

We will use the Community Forum to post all the paintings completed in Greece and for months after. 

                

Finally, a painting holiday designed for painting and relaxation.

 

About Linda Richichi

Linda Richichi teaches that Mother Nature has her own healing energy, and that art - specifically painting en Plein Air -can help to heal us.. Through her paintings and her teaching, you begin to “Experience the Energy” through harmonized color vibrations, which you can learn in her six-step process.


Linda has been conducting workshops since 2002 and Color and Energy workshops since 2011 in the US and abroad. Her work has been exhibited extensively around North America, including at the prestigious National Arts Club in New York City, with the Pastel Society of America, of which she is a Signature Member. She is also a member of Oil Painters of America, and a Signature Member of the California, New York, and International Plein Air Painters. She is represented by 530 Burns Gallery in Sarasota, Florida; Gallery Vibe in Naples, Florida; and by Nikki Sedacca Galery in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    Ten days and nine blissful nights at Blue Seas Villa in the Peloponnese (Lonely Planet’s “Best Place to Visit in Europe”).
  • Ground Transportation
    Transfer to Blue Seas Villa from Athens and your return to Athens at the end of the retreat, plus all transportation and group meals when out on excursions.
  • Guides and Translator
    Your Villa hosts will be your translators and guides on your excursions.
  • Breakfasts
    Healthy and energizing Greek Breakfast will be available every day.
  • Lunches
    All of your lunches, featuring Greek cuisine with local ingredients, both on and off the property. (Packed lunches and sit-down meals included.)
  • Dinners
    4 “Taste of Greece” dinners & Monemvasia Winery award-winning wine at dinner, including the following:
  • The Dinner Details
    1) Arrival Day mezedes (tapas) and wine: 2) Group dinner at Monemvasia’s top-rated 'Mateo’s;' 3) Meze & souvlaki night at home, after Elafonisos; 4) 5-course farewell feast of traditional Greek fare.
  • Refreshments and Snacks
    Unlimited water, tea, and coffee on property. Snacks like fruit, nuts and Greek treats throughout your stay.
  • Excursions
    We will take you to alluring, visually rich locations.
  • Entrance Fees
    Entrance and photography fees to historical sites and museums selected for excursions.
  • Surprise!
    Gifts from your instructor, and welcome baskets from your hosts!
  • Airfare
    Getting to Greece is not included, but we will pick the group up in Athens and bring you all back when the holiday is over.
  • Extras
    Extra gratuities, extra services, non-included beverages and meals on your own, laundry services, etc.
  • Items of personal nature
    Souvenirs, gifts, excess bags, medical costs, evacuation, travel insurance, costs of delay or extension due to weather, political disputes, failure of transportation, or causes beyond our control.

Available Packages

Blue Room Early Bird - Double Occupancy
Available until Dec 01, 2020only 2 left

Blue Room | Main Floor | Twin Beds | Double Occupancy

Located on the main floor of the Villa, with direct main terrace access.


Wake up and walk onto our expansive main terrace and enjoy beautiful sea and bay views with a fresh cup of nutty, fragrant Greek coffee.

 

The Blue Room is located on the main floor of the Villa, with direct main terrace access. It also has a connecting shower-bathroom and plenty of room for storage for its 2 occupants. 


€3390 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER !st, 2020

Standard Price is €3690

€3390
Deposit: €500
Green Room Early Bird - Double Occupancy
Available until Dec 01, 2020only 2 left

Green Room | Main Floor | Twin Beds | Double Occupancy
Located on the main floor of the Villa, with direct main terrace access.


Wake up and walk onto our expansive main terrace and enjoy beautiful sea and bay views with a fresh cup of nutty, fragrant Greek coffee.


The Green Room is located on the main floor of the Villa, with direct main terrace access. It also has a connecting shower/tub bathroom, which is shared with the Yellow Room's single occupant. You'll find plenty of room for storage for its 2 occupants.


€3390 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 1st, 2020

Standard Price is €3690

€3390
Deposit: €500
Yellow Room - Early Bird Price
Available until Dec 01, 2020only 1 left
€3490
Deposit: €500
White Room - Early Bird Price
Sold Out

White Room | Upper Floor | Queen Bed | Single Occupancy

Located on the second floor - Enjoy extra space on the balcony lounge to recharge.


The White Room features large bay windows with sea views, its own fireplace which brings old-world elegance to this large room, and access to an upper floor shared terrace overlooking Kokkines, the ruins, and the bay.  


€3590 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER !st, 2020

Standard Price is €3890

€3590
Deposit: €500
Red Room Early Bird
Available until Dec 01, 2020Sold Out

Red Room | Upper Floor | Queen Bed | Single Occupancy

Located on the second floor - Enjoy extra space on the private balcony lounge to recharge.


The Red Room is located on the second floor of the Villa. It features a private balcony overlooking the bay and Xili mountain, with a sunlounger that's perfect for reading a book or gazing at the stars. With its dark wood, antique vanity, and sitting area inside this large room, you'll feel like you have your very own special retreat space. 


€3690 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 1st, 2020

Standard Price is €3990

€3690
Deposit: €500
Aqua Room Early Bird
Available until Dec 01, 2020Sold Out

Aqua Room | Upper Floor | Queen Bed | Single Occupancy

Located on the second floor - Enjoy extra space on the private balcony lounge to recharge.


The Aqua Room is located on the second floor of the Villa and features access to 2 balconies with mountain and sea views. One balcony is shared with the White Room, while the other is on the east-facing side of the house, with not a person in sight. The sunrise and night skies will have you you shear bliss. 


€3690 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 1st, 2020

Standard Price is €3990

€3690
Deposit: €500
€3390
Deposit: €500

Blue Room Early Bird - Double Occupancy

Itinerary

Day 1
Transfer to Plytra - Pick up from Athens at meeting point.

Lunch: We’ll make a stop at the Corinth Canal Old Bridge for photos and quick bite of Greek street food at a classic road-house cafe. We should arrive at Blue Seas Villa by 5 PM, depending on road conditions. Enjoy your welcome beverage, settle in, relax on the terrace, or go for a swim.

At 8 PM, join us on the terrace for a Welcome Orientation and a light Greek dinner of mezé and wine.

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Blue Seas Retreat, LLC
Blue Seas Villa in Plytra, Laconia, is a historical family home owned by the Panagakos family for over 100 years. With 5,600 sq. ft. (520 m²), custom artisan details, cooling marble floors, and indoor and outdoor space to paint, our sea side, Greek country retreat sleeps up to 14 guests, and has 6 spacious bedrooms and 3 shared full bathrooms. You’ll be swept away by the open, airy living spaces and scenes of the Aegean Sea, Xili Bay, and the ruins of Ancient Asopos from every room in the house.