Arts and craft retreats

When you tap into your creative side on an arts and craft retreat, you’ll discover far more about yourself than simple paintbrush skills. A therapeutic tool to increase mindfulness, art can provide powerful insights and help you access inner thoughts, similar to when we meditate. The retreats we’ve reviewed in this section offer a wealth of arts and crafts, including sketching, painting, knitting, ceramics, and even colouring in. Even if you think you can’t draw and just see these activities as a way of keeping busy, they’re a real opportunity to learn something different and develop a new skill you might continue at home. You might choose a retreat where you can immerse yourself in all things arty, get tuition and meet local artists, or you might just want to dabble and try your hand at making mosaics, sketching still life or watercolour painting. Why not mix and match the art option with other activities, such as yoga, walking, treatments or even gourmet food? Our retreats are in gorgeous locations, like the Alentejo Hills in Portugal, the Greek island of Crete, the majestic Isle of Wight and leafy West Sussex in the UK. Whatever you choose, you’ll experience a shift in perspective and increased mindfulness.

Paraiso Escondido, Portugal

Personalised restorative retreats on a stunning estate in the Alentejo hills

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The Grange By the Sea, England

Delightful house for relaxing B&B and inspirational retreats on the Isle of Wight

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Skyros, Greece

5 2 votes

Creative and sociable holistic holidays on Skyros island in Greece

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Yobaba Lounge, France

Splendid wellness retreats in an eccentric bohemian chateau in Chalabre

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Green Farm Spa & Retreats, Kent, England

A delightful country retreat on a working farm with an extensive ESPA spa in Kent

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Artful Retreats, Crete

5 4 votes

Exceptional art therapy retreats on a private olive grove estate in Gavalochor

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Bespoke Retreats, West Sussex, England

5 12 votes

Transformational meditation, healing and life coaching retreats with bespoke extras

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Being At The Cottage, Abergavenny, Wales

5 3 votes

Empowering solo rural retreat for busy innovators and entrepreneurs with a compelling vision for change.

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Villa Maecenas, Ibiza

Inspiring creative retreats for the bon vivant in an intimate and magical setting

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