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Creative Retreat in Spain

Creative Retreat in Spain

$ 3,500.00

Join artist and designer Marquin Campbell for a creative retreat hosted in the most inspiring setting: a former antiques store nestled at the base of a mountain in central Spain.  The property is based just outside of Soria, a very traditional Spanish town known for its beautiful vistas, amazing food scene, and quaint downtown. 

The sleeping quarters are adjacent to Marquin’s art studio that overlooks Monte Valonsadero situated on a six acre property that guests will enjoy during their stay.  The property has little gardens featuring roses, different types of indigenous trees, and a rolling lawn that is sure to spark creative interest.

Daily, we will enjoy a traditional Spanish breakfast.  Our mornings will then be spent in the studio focusing on a daily theme (note we will only be working on paper so that art can be easily shipped or packed in luggage to transport home.)  Guests can feel free to participate in the morning group activity, or they may break away to focus on their own creative work: this retreat is entirely go at your own pace and do as you please. 

We will take daily trips to town for long Spanish lunches in different restaurants which will last about three hours.  Each lunch will be served ‘family style’ with lots of different dishes, breads, wines, and delicious desserts. Our town is known for it’s obsession with food and you will dine very well during your time here! 

For the afternoons, we will embark on daily excursions to picturesque locations that will inspire your creative work.  We will have an English speaking guide to share insights and details about each site we visit.  

Nightly dinners will be served back at the house (the Spanish do not eat until at least 10:30pm or as late as midnight, and that is too late for American travelers!!) Because lunch will be so robust, dinners will be plentiful, but not the large 'Thanksgiving style' feasts like lunch. 

All food, lodging, transportation to and from Madrid during your stay in Soria is included in the pricing.  Please come with an open mind ready to receive much inspiration from Spain.   You will leave this retreat filled with creativity!

See the House & Grounds in this Video



Six Days- Five Nights: October 17th - 22nd 

All food, beverages, in-town transportation, and lodging are included in pricing. 

Limited to Eight Guests 

Please note this Itinerary is flexible and may change subject to needs, but is a good idea of what we will be generally doing. 


Sunday - October 17th 

Arrive by 5:00pm for Drinks and Appetizers

An early dinner will be served at 7pm

Monday - October 18th

8:00 am - Breakfast

8:45 am-1:00 pm - Studio introduction: flower arranging course with a local florist and a how to draw flowers with artist C.Brooke Ring 

11:15 am - Coffee + Snack Break 

1:30 pm - Lunch at La Cepa 

After lunch, Visit downtown Soria, stop by Marquin's favorite Boutique.  Then we will enjoy sketching in the park which has over 400 different types of trees and flowers. 

7:00 pm - Back to house 

7:30 pm Appetizers + Sangria + Tapas Dinner 

Tuesday - October 19th 

8:00 am - Breakfast

8:45 am- 1:00 pm - Sketching + Watercolors en plein air 

11:15 am - Coffee + Snack Break 

1:30 pm - Lunch at El Kiosko 

4:30 pm - Visit Two Monasteries on the river (this will involve easy walking, but driver can be arranged if needed between two monasteries.) 

7:00 pm - Back to house 

7:30 pm - Appetizers + Wine Tasting from local vineyards with a sommelier from a local wine store - Paella dinner 

Wednesday - October 20th 

8:00 am - Breakfast

8:4 5am - 1:00 pm - Sketching - still life work or en plain air and Cyanotype workshop

11:15 am- Coffee + Snack Break 

1:30 pm - Lunch at El Fogon 

4:30 pm - Visit a Castle - Castillo de Hinojosa de la Sierra 

6:30 pm- Back to house for pizza + salads by my favorite local Italian restauranteur  


Thursday - October 21st 


8:00 am - Breakfast

8:45 am - 1:00 pm - Sketching

11:15 am- coffee + snack break 

1:30 pm - Lunch at La Cafe La Isla

4:00 pm- onwards - Open afternoon: you can enjoy town + shopping (I will walk you around to see favorite stores, patisseries, and places to purchase Sorian foods to take back to the US) or return to the house to take downtime/creative time. 

7:00 pm - Dinner 

Friday - October 22nd 

8:00am - Breakfast

Please stay the day and enjoy sketching + painting on site 

1:00pm -Traditional Spanish Picnic Lunch served on site 



Each artist will be provided with pencils, a sharpener, black and white pens, a sketch book, watercolor set, brushes, and two different smaller sized watercolor tablets.  Please feel free to bring your own materials. 


Important Details 

You do not have to be an artist to attend this retreat, but you do need to come with a curiosity to explore creatively.  Please arrive with an open and ready to learn attitude.  This is a big adventure and you are going to leave inspired, well fed, and gaining insight into the daily life of small town Spain. 

Please note that the sleeping quarters are in an open 'studio style' room with two adjacent bathrooms.  If you would prefer more private quarters, there is a separate apartment with two bedrooms that can be offered for your stay for a slightly higher price.  

Marquin and her family live in a separate house on this property and will be 
available to guests for any needs. 



Marquin Campbell is an artist and designer who calls Greenville, SC her American home.  She and her family moved to Spain a year ago, and she has embraced the Spanish culture, way of life, and pace.  She wants to share her creative experience with curious, adventuresome people. 

She paints, draws, and creates from her studio based outside of Soria, Spain.  She is also the Creative Director for Kentwool and co-owns online based art gallery, The Campbell Collective.  She started an art school in Greenville called Vino and van Gogh and has over ten years of teaching experience in the art world.

If you have further questions, please email: 


COVID Details 

All US Vaccinated Travelers may enter into Spain currently.  Travelers will need to show both a negative COVID Test and proof of vaccination.  No quarantining is necessary to travel in Spain currently.  Read this Forbes Article.  



Payment in full is due with reservation.  Spots can not be held.  No refunds will be allowed, but you may transfer your reservation to another person. 

Studio as featured in 'In Her Studio Magazine' 

Studio as featured in 'Where Women Create' Magazine 


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