Painting Holidays

Creative Escape to Kalymnos

One week on a beautiful and unspoilt island in the Aegean Sea.

27 September – 4 October 2021

After a long and difficult year, we all deserve to escape, to forget everything except beauty and gentle enjoyment in a small friendly group , to restore our health and wellbeing.

I have teamed up with Helle at Discover Kalymnos to offer a week on the beautiful and unspoiled Greek island of Kalymnos. We hope to achieve a perfect balance between relaxation and creative exploration during late Summer, when the sea is warm and the sun rays are still strong enough to bask in. You will have a taste of the culture and history of the island, sample authentic local food, be inspired by stunning scenery and try out some art techniques.

Specialising in watercolour, I offer creative mentoring whatever your chosen media and will share my techniques for artmaking in the outdoors, from colour collecting, quick gestural drawing and painting, to a few simple mindfulness exercises locating ourselves in the landscape. You will have the space to experiment or paint in a more traditional way. Complete beginners and seasoned painters are all very welcome.

Price list

Painters  £985

Non painting partners or friends – £485

There is 15% discount for painters or non-painters sharing a room.

The price includes:

All art tuition (Three half days and two full days)

Hotel – including breakfast

All transfers

Transport on the island to all painting locations

Island tour which includes lunch

Two evening meals as detailed in the schedule

Refreshments where detailed in the schedule

Information and gift pack

The price for non-painting partners or friends includes all the above except tuition.

Not included in the price:


Travel insurance

I will advise all participants regarding a material list.

To book your place all you need to is do confirm your commitment. A deposit of 35% of your total booking will be payable two months before departure date and confirmation that the the trip will go ahead. The outstanding amount will be two weeks before departure.

If the event is cancelled all monies will be refunded.

Any deposit will be returned if you cancel up until two weeks before departure date. After this, the deposit can only be returned in the event of Covid -19 flight cancellations or national travel restrictions.

Booking or expressions of interest here


27th September     Travel to Kalymnos via Kos, stay in Myrties at Hotel Hermes, hosted by Kathy (a local who speaks Australian-English)

28th September. The morning is for you to relax or explore.

2pm Welcome session and introduction in the garden of the privately owned church of St Nicolas, in Myrties.  Refreshments of homemade lemonade and traditional local sweets will be provided. 

Evening                  Group dinner at Smugglers restaurant. (Included)

29th September                TOUR – Discovering the island of Kalymnos. 10.30 start  – a little history and culture to put your visit in context. The day will include a visit to the Monastery of Agios Savvas, a sponge divers’ factory, the village of Vathy, a Kalymnos olive press and traditional weaver. Lunch and refreshments will be included, and there will be time for late afternoon relaxation and swimming.

30th  September                 Free morning. 13.30 boat to Telendos, a quiet islet with no cars, dramatic scenery and wonderful eateries. You are welcome to take the 15 minute crossing earlier in the day to enjoy some free time on Telendos. Afternoon lesson in Telendos will break at 16.00 for refreshments, then we relocate to paint the sunset.

You can choose to stay on Telendos for drinks, an evening meal, or return to Myrties. The boats sail all evening so you can enjoy a starlit crossing after your meal.

1st October           All day at Emborios. Depart by taxi 10.00.  Art sessions morning and afternoon, followed by swimming and relaxing. If conditions are right we will return by boat to Myrties.

2nd October         Visit to the main town of Pothia. Depart 9.30, orientation and coffee in Pothia followed by drawing in the nautical museum.

Free afternoon, choose either to return to Myrties or stay in town.

3rd October          Beach of Melitsachas – 10.00 – 14.00

Evening –  private viewing and discussion by the group of each other’s work, with buffet supper.

4th October          Travel from Kalymnos home or onward…

A Creative Weekend in Classical Athens

February 2021 4 nights

This cultural and creative weekend will include tours of the Agora, Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum with expert Athenian guides, sketching and painting on location, an evening walk, two evening meals, and time for shopping. The temperature in early November is likely to be 18 – 20 degrees C. Our tour guide is Helle from Discover Kalymnos, who will look after all our needs.
Price £650 to include tuition, accommodation with breakfast, museum fees and guided tours, 2 evening meals, transport and airport transfers. Flights are not included.