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The Serendipity 


 18 - 24 January 2023

Retreat in Sri Lanka

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  7 - 17  January  2023 pre-retreat tour



Presented by Anna Kwiecinska, who is currently living in Sri Lanka, with acclaimed UK artist Este MacLeod.

" Thanks for creating such a fabulous retreat - it has been joyful!

I have enjoyed all the Hidden Gems"  Jayne R. Surrey, UK

As for our Serendipity Retreat held in 2021, we'll be based in  the UNESCO World Heritage Old Dutch Galle Fort - a world of its own, full of character and charm, I know you'll fall in love with it as I have since living here. It's the perfect place to come and make art.

Brimming with inspiration, evocative streets of old Dutch houses retained with authenticity, as the entire Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Fabulous cuisine abounds, You can sea swim safely, and our retreat is held in its very own garden hotel with lovely wide verandahs. It's calm, unhurried atmosphere  just for us, so we're in a safe, peaceful bubble.

We'll have adventures beyond the fort, visiting Lunuganga, the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa's stunning country residence, and you'll meet many of my friends in Galle Fort - some count their family history within its walls back seven generations!

Este has a fantastic program for you and everything's provided - even the professional quality art materials.

We're really looking forward to meeting you here on the Teardrop Isle for a blissful Creative Living Retreat

- so much to look forward to!














This is our second art retreat in Sri Lanka with Este MacLeod (the first in December 2021).

It is an all-inclusive tropical painting holiday with art and yoga tuition, fine dining & cultural adventures.

Two 3-hr art sessions daily dedicated to explorative projects that will build up to a bigger artwork projects on paper and canvas. Expect to surprise yourself! 


All materials are included + you'll receive some of Este's favourite brushes, a travelling palette and other art goodies to keep.

ART RETREATS STARTS on Arrival (Day1) 18 January  & ENDS on 24 January  (Day 7), 2023

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Tour Sri Lanka before your art retreat

PRE-RETREAT Tour of Sri Lanka with Este & Anna

  •  starts from Colombo, 7th January, 2023

  •  ends in Galle Fort, 17 January, 2023.

Make your journey into art!

Join Este on Tour for masterclasses and tutorials as we travel.


You'll stay in beautiful places with dedicated time to make art. Take an elephant safari, visit hill stations on a spectacular  train journey, enjoy the idyllic Hatton tea country, and  experience cuisine and Ayurvedic treats.

Hidden Gems 2021 Tour Highlights  >

Meet Este Macleod

Este Macleod is an acclaimed UK-based artist and designer whose  way of teaching will show you ways to turn the things you notice into expressive, sophisticated artworks on paper using new dynamic painting and mixed media techniques.

Her way of teaching will spark your imagination, get you in a creative flow and show ways to broaden your art practice as anyone who's experienced Este's popular on-line courses will know. The same materials Este uses are provided in this course.

Este will have your imagination sparking from the moment you sign up!  Imagine a week to be pampered  whilst dedicating yourself to art-making on a tropical island described by UK travel writer, John Gimlette as "the most beautiful country I've ever seen". Elephant Complex, 2015.