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Spanish Culture Retreat, I - October 9th-14th, 2022

Spanish Culture Retreat, I - October 9th-14th, 2022

$ 3,500.00
Overview 

This retreat is a dive into Spanish Culture.  It is 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 relaxing on the grounds, taking a leisurely hike, or enjoying an optional excursion. 

 

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, museum costs, and 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! 

This trip is intended for art appreciators: it is purely a time to unplug, experience a new culture, and be exposed to the creative side of Spain.  

See the House & Grounds in this Video


October 2022 Itinerary 

 

Trip #3: October 9th-14th 

Cost, $3,500.00 
Six Days- Five Nights 
All food, drinks, in-town transportation, and lodging is included in pricing. 
Please note this Itinerary is flexible and may change subject to change: Limited to Ten Guests. 
If guests would like a single or double room, they can procure those at an additional cost by emailing marquin@marquindesigns.com 
The sleeping quarters are open camping style in one large room (with dividers.) 


Sunday 

11:00 - Museo Prado to enjoy a guided tour of the collection

2:00 - Lunch at El Perro et Gato  

4:30 - Depart for Soria Arrive & get situated.  Early dinner at 7pm. 

 

Monday

8:00 - Breakfast 

10:30 - 1:00 - Flower Arranging Workshop on the grounds 

2:30 - Eat at the house or join for an in-town lunch at La Isla Cafe

4:00 - Optional visit in town to see Soria’s famous downtown park, El Parque Almendra, a visit to a favorite store, Armando, (they have 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. 

8:00 - Tapas dinner 


Tuesday 

8:00 - Breakfast 

10:30-1:00pm - Visit Museo Numantino and several churches in downtown Sora. 

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 + Monasterio San Sartorio on the Duero: these are very old monasteries and each is designed with thought and deep purpose. 

8:00 - Tapas dinner 


Wednesday 

8:00 - Breakfast 

8:45- 1:00pm - Optional Hike with Marquin

Optional: Eat at the house or join for an in-town lunch at La Taberna de Kiosco 

4:30 - Visit the Cave paintings at El Parque de Valonsadero. 

7:30- Tapas dinner 


Thursday  

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 


Friday 

8:00 - Breakfast 

Bus will leave for Madrid at 11:00am

 

 

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 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. 

About 

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.  Marquin 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 

 

COVID Details 


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 

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