Spanish Creative Retreat, I - July 3rd - 8th, 2022
This is a creative retreat hosted in an inspiring setting: a former antiques store nestled at the base of a mountain. The sleeping quarters are adjacent to Marquin’s Spanish art studio that overlooks Monte Valonsadero situated on a six acre property. The grounds offer little gardens featuring roses, different types of indigenous trees, and a rolling lawn that is sure to spark creative intrigue.
Daily, we will enjoy a traditional Spanish breakfast. Then our mornings will then be spent in the studio for an 'open studio' where attendees can work on whatever they would like to create. (Please note we will only be working on paper so that art can be easily shipped or packed in luggage to transport home.)
We will take daily trips to town for long Spanish lunches (these will last about three hours!) that will be served ‘family style’ with lots of different dishes, breads, wines, and delicious desserts. Our town is known for its 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.
Nightly dinners will be served at the house (the Spanish do not eat until at least 10:00pm and that is too late for American travelers nightly!!) Because lunch will be so robust, dinners will be plentiful, but not large feasts like lunch.
All food, lodging, transportation to and from Madrid and 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!
You do not have to be an artist to come: during studio hours you can enjoy walking around the property, reading a good book, or any other small pleasure. This is purely a time to unplug, experience a new culture, and be exposed to the creative side of Spain.
July 2022 Itinerary
All food, drinks, in-town transportation, and lodging is included in pricing.
Please note this Itinerary is flexible and may change subject to change.
Minimum 8 guests, limited to 10 guests.
If guests would like a single or double room, they can procure those at an additional cost.
The sleeping quarters are open and camping style in one large room (with dividers.)
10:00 - Meet at the Prado Museum to enjoy a guided tour of the collection.
2:00 - Lunch at El Perro y la Galleta
4:30 - Depart for Soria Arrive & get situated. Early dinner at 7pm.
8:00 - Breakfast
10:00-1:00pm - Studio introduction. Miles Purvis will lead a simple collage class to inspire creativity
2:00 - Eat at the house or join for an in-town lunch lunch at La Isla Cafe
4:00 - Optional visit in town to see Soria’s famous downtown park, El Parque Almendra, a visit beloved store, Armando, (they sell Spanish and Italian purses, shoes and beautiful European clothes.) We will visit my favorite pharmacy for European skincare products, visit a favorite store for purchasing local foods and wines, and walk around downtown Soria.
7:30 - Tapas dinner
8:00am - Breakfast
10:30-1:00pm - Visit a favorite Castle, Hinojosa de la Sierra, and the surrounding land.
2:00 - Lunch at Baluarte (This restaurant is Michelin rated, and they focus on the ‘art’ of the food. We will order their tasting menu.)
4:30 - 6:45 pm - Visit San Juan de Duero on the Duero River
7:30 - Tapas dinner
8:45- 1:00pm - open studio
2:00 - Eat at the house or join for an in-town lunch at La Taberna de Kiosco
4:30 - Visit the prehistoric Cave paintings at El Parque de Valonsadero
7:00 - Tapas dinner
8:00 - Breakfast
10:30 - Depart for day trip to Canyon Rio Lobos and we will enjoy lunch at a restaurant nearby
7:00- Tapas dinner
11:00 - Depart for Madrid
Please bring your own art supplies.
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 will gain insight into the daily life of small town Spain.
This package does not include travel insurance or medical insurance with international coverage.
Please note that the sleeping quarters are in an open 'studio style' room with two downstairs bathrooms. If you would like your own private quarters, you can procure them for an additional cost of $200 for a double shared room or for $400 for a single room.
Marquin Campbell is an artist and designer who calls Greenville, SC her American home. She and her family moved to Spain for a year and a half. While there, she embraced the Spanish culture, way of life, and pace and 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: Marquin@MarquinDesigns.com
All US Vaccinated Travelers may enter into Spain. Currently, travelers will need to show a proof of vaccination. No quarantining is necessary to travel in Spain currently. You will also need to download your Spain QR code for entry.
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. If you need to transfer your spot, you will have to make the arrangements and find the replacement for the transfer.
Studio as featured in 'In Her Studio Magazine'
Studio as featured in 'Where Women Create' Magazine