THE 2023 ART + YOGA RETREATS in BALI with ESTE MACLEOD
If you love the idea of an entire indulgent week of art, yoga, good food, sea swimming and restorative Balinese massages in a tropical island paradise, then Florabunda Plus might be just for you.
These 9-day/8-night retreats offer you an expansive week to focus on making four multi-layered canvases with the guidance and inspiration of internationally renowned artist Esté MacLeod.
Not only a deep-dive week with 35-hours of tuition sharing Esté 's detailed techniques for drawing, planning and painting floral-inspired subjects, this really special retreat also includes:
All your artist-quality GOLDEN materials - Esté is a Golden Artist educator; we will be using the same materials and products she uses in her professional practice. (You just need to bring a sketchbook ).
A full day tour into the beautiful East Bali region of Abang for guided plein air drawing of botanicals, and a swim in the royal bathing ponds fed by natural spring waters, before a hidden gem lunch treat of gourmet Balinese delicacies as you view the majestic Mt Agung, Bali's famous, most revered volcano (yes, we have three here!)
Boating and snorkeling with a guide - optional, of course
Cooking'n'Cocktails with our executive chef - cook your own 7-dish megibung with tips and recipes to be able to make it at home - plus our Signature Nilaya cocktails and snacks as you stir the sauce!
A stylish night out on the town with fine dining, cocktails and live jazz
Daily yoga (including 'proper' chair yoga so everyone is included!), starting with a 30-minute breathwork session when you arrive, and a full yoga session after painting, with alternative days for extra long shavasana and 2 guided deep rest yoga nidra sessions
A 60-minute deliciously restorative Balinese massage or reflexology treat with our expert masseuses using Sensatia's pure sweet almond oil infused with restorative essential oils where you choose your favourite scent - Meditation or Relaxation - and you'll receive a little souvenir bottle to take some home too
A 90-minute heavenly, live sound-bathing experience (some call it 'sound therapy' or 'healing' - we just call it divine) that will have your senses and imagination floating ...
plus your choice of accommodation and breakfast for 8 nights + airport collection + most meals
and time to yourself on a mid-week rest day, with the last afternoon free for shopping or more pampering
A luxurious week where all you need do is turn up each day after breakfast (and perhaps an early-morning dip? ... the snorkeling is fabulous), having taken the short walk in our pretty village to Villa Nilaya, where our first 30 minutes of the day are spent with yoga teacher Angelina, who'll lead us in some calm and focusing breathwork - pranayama - and then to art ...
Flowers are integral to Balinese spiritual life; colours signify cosmic directions and the gods residing there. The many-layered spiritual world of the Balinese people - Hindu, Buddhist and animist traditions all combined into a distinctive form of island Hinduism. This week, you too will embrace these beautiful blooms to create an abundant and multi-layered vision of tropical flora - flora abunda!
And at the end of each day? A deeply restorative, full, luxuriant yoga class with Angelina on our beautiful teak-floored yoga space.
Stretch, breathe and relax deeply ... drift off to sleep, perhaps, to the sound of the lapping sea at the end of the garden .... before padding downstairs as evening gathers, for a healthy, delicious buffet dinner prepared by our own Villa Nilaya chefs, with alternate evenings all yours to spend discovering the seaside dining venues in our village of Mendira near Candi Dasa.
Choose from one of three accommodations - from cute Balinese bungalows to luxe-plus resort suites, all venues have dining facilities if you fancy a night at home. Your 8-nights' accommodation with breakfast is included in the retreat price. There is nothing else to pay. See the Accommodation
Esté and I warmly invite you to join our group in 2024 for this exceptional art experience by the sea in East Bali.
Many thanks for a magnificent experience!
Glenda W. Melbourne Australia, Florabunda 2022
WHO WILL THIS RETREAT SUIT?
Coming to this course with an open mind and a preparedness to get the most out of the detailed instruction, even as a complete beginner, you'll find your way into making surprisingly sophisticated artworks.
If you have some prior art-making experience at any level, then this retreat is rocket fuel for your practice!
The YOGA is suitable for ALL LEVELS of experience, including novices and for those with restricted movement we'll have a 'chair yoga' alternative for you.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
With 35 hours over 11 art sessions of dedicated tuition time with Esté you'll expand your skills in design, planning and creating sophisticated, multi-layered works on canvas.
You will create four principal artworks on medium sized canvases, with, of course, sketchbook explorations of flowers and floral forms nature, inspired by Nature, and using Esté 's signature Creative Leap method of drawing as well as other 'hacks' to create an endless repertoire of imaginary forms that will lead the way for the creative processes to follow.
Esté 's instruction is detailed and specific - this is the basis of her success as an online arts instructor.
You will use a variety of professional acrylic paints and mediums and experiment with different printing and stamping processes as well as mixing of paints to expand your sense of colour and a deeper understanding of more advanced creative processes.
Watch Esté work on a large 'masterclass' canvas so that you can see all of the techniques in action, and evolving through the week, as you paint side by side with this acclaimed artist and designer whose online classes attract 1000's of enrollments.
Techniques and processes which you will be incorporated into Florabunda Plus
Drawing with pigment pencils and developing unique imaginary florals based on Esté's drawing methods
Drawing from Nature on the mountain day tour to inspire layout of painting.
Learn specialist paint brush techniques - you can pre-order a set to work with or bring your own
Painting with GOLDEN High Flow to develop ink-like marks and stamping.
Painting with GOLDEN Fluid and medium to explore translucent and opaque layering.
Mono-printing with GOLDEN OPEN paint.
Collage with hand-painted deli sheets
Four quality canvases (40 x 40cm ) (can be de-stretched for travel, but we will pack theses for you and recommend that you simply check them in as 'fragile' baggage as long as they fit within your luggage allowance)
Mixed media sketchbook drawing exercises using specialised papers.
ALL ART MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED - just bring a sketchbook with you
All of the materials you will use are the same materials that Esté uses throughout her work.
Paints and Mediums
Golden Paints is a professional artist quality acrylic paints and medium, You'll mainly be using their versatile and intensely pigmented water-based 'Fluid' and 'High Flow' paints, plus OPEN medium acrylic for the mono-printing part of the course.
Using the best brushes is a great way to ensure a head-start on quality mark-making. Your pre-retreat information will include the brushes you'll need for this retreat. If you have them, please bring them along, or opt to buy a new set which Esté will bring for you.
Sketchbooks and Canvases
Your finished works on quality, deep stretched canvases will be hung for the final night exhibition ... we call it 'floaty dress night' ... it's a distinctly Balinese-style cocktail evening celebration of your achievement with a fabulous night of entertainment.
MEET ESTE MACLEOD
Esté Macleod is an acclaimed British 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.
Esté is a free-spirited artist with a background in textile design. She has been teaching on-line art courses since 2015, focusing on processes and concepts to make individuals' creativity blossom. These courses have gained an incredible following, as Este combines carefully-selected materials and techniques and shows different methods to be used for continued exploration.
"When I teach, I keep guidelines tight and simplify processes, the knowledge gained enables the flourishing of new ideas when applied to individual art practices."
Este is a professional artist and designer. In addition to her paintings sold in galleries in the UK and internationally, her work is used in a variety of products ranging from wallpapers and textiles, homeware, ceramics, puzzles, stationary and book illustrations.
Born in South Africa, Esté has been living in the UK since 1999.
Her educational background includes: HND Textile Design, Fine Art Printmaking, BA Hons Ceramics and Glass, MA in Contemporary Jewellery Design.