Creative retreat in Puglia
Join Natural Dyer Kathryn Davey, Photographer Doreen Kilfeather & Stylist Ruth Forsyth for a weekend retreat of Natural dyeing and Visual Storytelling in one of the most beautiful locations in Puglia.
This 3 night escape will take place from the 26th - 29th Oct 2018 in a beautiful sixteenth century farmhouse estate, located in the countryside of Manduria. Set amongst olive groves, vineyards & the gentle rolling landscape of the Mediterranean, enjoy the refined hospitality of the Masseria Potenti while learning the foundations in natural dyeing & compelling visual storytelling.
Spend the weekend learning how to dye textiles using natural dyes found on the property. Learn how to create colour naturally, sustainably & simply with an inspired palette of Mediterranean colours. We will begin with foraging from the surrounding area to gather local plants & dye materials from which to extract colour. Kathryn will then bring you through the basics in natural dyeing & textile preparation. We will experiment with natural dyeing, steam bundling with dye extracts and immerse ourselves in the magic of natures colours. You will get the opportunity to create unlimited samples along with some beautiful finished pieces & leave with new skill and confidence in your creativity.
Day two’s workshop is with portrait photographer Doreen Kilfeather. Doreen will focus on how to translate the inspiration of the beautiful environment into pictures that truly communicate the beauty that is there. We will examine the elements of composition, exposure, narrative and the all important finding of the light and the key role it plays in making your pictures come alive. Doreen’s approach is fluid and you will have the opportunity to ask her how she sees, thinks and acts in her own picture making process. Photography can sometimes be intimidating to those of us with little or no experience and this workshop is geared towards everyone no matter what your level or camera you use. This workshop will build your confidence and address any areas of challenge that you may have with photography.
As this weekend will be centred around you and your experience you can choose to dip in & out of one or both the workshops at your own pace. You will have the opportunity to spend the weekend fully immersing yourself in whichever areas of interest to you. We will be there to ensure you get the most from this weekend of creativity.
In this idyllic setting, gathering together at long tables at mealtimes we will be treated to produce picked daily from the garden - seasonal fruits, fresh baked breads, fruity olive oil, and local cheeses - prepared especially for us by the wonderful hosts of the Masseria.
This retreat is for you to participate in & enjoy at your own pace, there will be plenty of time in between workshops to take some all important down time or a relaxing walk around the estate.
Hosts: Ruth Forsyth, Doreen Kilfeather, Kathryn Davey
Date: 26-29th October 2018
Fee: €1650 Shared | €1850 Single
Location: Puglia, Italy
A NOTE ON THE WORKSHOPS:
You do not need to have any prior experience with either natural dyeing or photography to participate in this weekend. We will be catering to all levels & you can choose what you participate in. Kathryn, Doreen & Ruth will be available & on hand to help you get the most from the areas of interest to you. You do not need to have a fancy camera to participate in the photography workshop, a simple phone camera will suffice.
3 nights stay at Masseria Potenti
Shared or private room
Freshly made breakfast, lunch & dinners
Natural dye workshop, materials and everything needed to participate
- Concierge Services
- Transportation to or from the Masseria
The closest airport is Brindisi ( roughly 1 hrs drive ) or Bari International ( roughly 2 hrs drive ).
Cancelation Policy :
Due to logistics, the people involved and the Masseria’s cancellation policies, this is a non refundable retreat. We encourage you to have valid travel insurance before embarking on the trip as we cannot offer refunds of any kind or under any circumstances. If you cannot attend for some reason and can find someone to take your place you must let us know ahead of time so we can accommodate the change.
We will need a minimum of 5 participants to host the workshop, if we do not have attendance we will notify & refund you at the soonest date possible.
Feel free to email us at email@example.com should you have any further questions, and or need more information. We look forward to welcoming you to the Masseria & spending the weekend with you x
"the real atmosphere of the Masseria: the poignant, crimson sunsets, which are reflected on the white walls give a magic lighting to the buildings. In this mystic moment which induces meditation, the only frenetic activity takes place behind the vast windows of the kitchen, from where one can savour the delicious aromas of the Mediterranean cuisine”.