Learn experimental mixed media sketches, with Jenny Adam

March 2024 (5 days and 4 nights)

From 21 st (Thursday) until 25th (Monday) March 2024

In this experimental Mixed Media workshop, you´ll learn to play with the concepts of Colour, Space and Shapes while immersing yourself in the Alentejo landscape.

We´ll discover the surrounding area with our sketchbook, while freely mixing different media to create new and exciting textures.

A free approach to colour can be very liberatingas well: Using it to enhance mood rather than depicting exactly what we see makes for impactful sketches. Playful exercises help us discover color combinations as well as exploring different media like markers and crayons. You´ll also learn how to simplify a complex scene into blocked-in shapes. Depicting a rural space the way we not only see it, but sense it is of the main goals of this workshop.

You will learn with:

Jenny Adam

Jenny Adam is a product designer turned Illustrator and Educator based in Hamburg, Germany.

While studying in Barcelona, she discovered Urban Sketchers and has enjoyed drawing life and on location ever since.

After co-founding USk Rhein-Main in 2013, she helped organize the first national meeting of USk Germany back in 2015. Nowadays she focuses on creating bold and lively illustrations with a dynamic sense of colour.

Jenny continues to share her artistic approach through workshops and exhibitions throughout Europe.

Know more about Jenny Adam’s work: 


Insta: Jennyadam


March 2024 (5 days and 4 nights)From 21 (Thursday) until 25  (Monday) March 2024


Shared Room:
1.600€ PP
(+vat 23%, only 6 rooms available) = total 1.968€

Single Room:
1.800€ PP
 (+vat 23%) = total 2.214€

Paid 2 times:

Reservation until 20th December 2023:
1st Payment:
(shared room)
(single room)

until 15 January 2024:
2nd Payment:
(shared room)
(single room)

What is Include:

  3 full day Art Classes with Jenny Adam

  Yoga Class

  2 Dinner

  3 Lunches

  4 Nights Accommodation (with breakfast included)

  Wine tasting Event

  Transport from Lisbon Airport to the Hotel (2 hours) and transport in the area.

NOTE: It is available a pottery lesson upon request.

It is advisable to book the plane after the final confirmation that the retreat will happen, by mid December 2023, or sooner until we have 10 participants.

• If we cannot gather the minimum participants of 10 until the end of this year the event will be cancel and the payments refund to the participants.


Day 1

THURSDAY,  21 March 

The bus will pick the participants at Lisbon airport around 16  pm. It is advisable to arrive at Lisbon airport before 16 pm.

We will arrive at the hotel Vila Planície, Monsaraz, around 8 pm, where we will be served a light dinner. 

Day 2

FRIDAY, 22 March

After breakfast at the hotel, you will walk 15 minutes to “Sofia In Monsaraz” with our teacher. After the welcoming session, where we’ll introduce ourselves and share our current work, you will start the first drawing workshop.

We will explore materials  and thinking how we can use these for drawing in the afternoon.

After lunch in the garden, served with local produce vegetables, we will do a visit to the rug factory.

Then is time to have dinner at the castle, where we can share our best experiences of the day.

Day 3

SATURDAY, 23 March

The day starts at 9 am with a walk in nature to “Sofia In Monsaraz”, where we will start the first workshop at 10 am.

We will revisit the drawings from the previous day and identify what we like about them and choose areas we’d like to continue developing.

In our second workshop session, we will think about composing an image and how different mark-making techniques can help build our visual language whilst drawing on location.

After the class, we will gather around the lunch table in the garden; food might be cooked in the outdoor oven.

In the afternoon, there will be more time for drawing outside, using the techniques we’ve learnt from the morning in our drawings. 

Then it’s time to unwind with a yoga lesson or a chat around the firepit.

Dinner is not included.

Day 4

SUNDAY, 24 March

The day starts at 9 am with a walk in nature to “Sofia In Monsaraz” .

After that, we have a coffee break and then our third class.

Around 13.30pm, we will savour our lunch in the garden and then get ready for one final drawing session.

Just before the end of the day, we’ll come together to share our drawings and set ourselves personal goals to work towards in our sketchbooks in the future. 

Before dinner at the local restaurant, we will enjoy a cocktail and make plans for our future as artists.

Day 5


MONDAY, 25 March

After breakfast at 9 am you return to Lisbon, and estimated arrival time is 12.30h.

On the way to Lisbon the bus stop in a local pottery shop, for 45 minutes.


Everything is organised to detail so that nothing will prevent you from enjoying all the peace and quiet of the Alentejo.

All the rooms have air conditioning, full and private bathroom, shared or private balcony and outdoor access. 

This accommodation is a 15-minute walk from the workshop venue (SIM) and passes by the Bulhoa menhir (National Monument) and the Alentejo plain, ideal for reflection before starting work.


From 21 (Thursday) until 25th (Monday) March 2024


Shared Room:
1.600€ PP (+vat 23%, only 6 rooms available) =
total 1.968€

Single Room:
1.800€ PP
 (+vat 23%) = total 2.214€

Reservation until 20 December 2023:
1st Payment:
(shared room)
(single room)

until 15th January 2024:
2nd Payment:
(shared room)
(single room)

– Deposit due to Secure your place in the event, end of December 2023: 984€/ 1107€

– It is advisable to book the plane after the final confirmation that the retreat will happen, by end December.

If you would like to make a direct booking: info@sofiainmonsaraz.site


Internacional roundtrip airfare, alcoholic drinks, boat trip, activities not included in the itinery, hotel incidentals including room service, materials list, expenses during free time, laundry service and hotel bar, food and beverages not included in the itinerary. COVID-19 test, if applicable.

We require all participantes to have a personal travel insurance that at minimum covers medical emergencies and cancellations. We do not provide travel insurance for the retreat and each participant is required to have their own individual travel insurance. The place, where the retreat happens, has an Insurance that covers accidents. Will not be responsible for refunding any lost trip funds if you have to miss your scheduled trip. 

We cannot guarantee to accommodate vegan, gluten free or dairy/egg free, and some allergies. We are unable to accommodate participants with severe food allergies or food intolerances.  Please contact us in advance of registering if you have any dietary questions.

It will start when arriving at the hotel,  Thursday and finish when you leave the hotel, by Monday.  We are not responsible for any non-retreat activity that a participant decides to purchase outside of the retreat and such activity will not form part of the participant’s contract with us. The bus transport is insurance secure. 

This retreat includes one walking tour, where the ground may be uneven and you may be on your feet for several of hours at a time and should be comfortable walking 1km.

The supllies list will be sent with the Booking Form.

You may cancel before the end of November and receive a full refund minus 50€ fee. 

Your payments will be split in two, with an initial deposit to secure your place on the retreat.

After you have completed your registration you will be sent an Invoice to complete your deposit payment. Payment can be made by Banktransfer or PayPal in euros.  Additional costs may apply where special accommodations are made available to participants.

In this event we will accept until 15 people. The event does not include spouses, partners or friends if they are not taking the workshop.

If we cannot gather the minumum participants of 10 until the end of December  the event will be cancel and the payments refund to the participants.

Other questions about this retreat please contact: info@sofiainmonsaraz.site  

For more info or questions please consult here our Terms & Conditions.

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