Wild Thyme Eco Retreat Art holiday

Next date: July 2015

An artist retreat with artist, Lisa O’Brien, who lives and works in the West of Scotland.  Daily drawing workshops held in relaxed, sunny surroundings, staying in our eco-cottage.  Take time to yourself, relax and enjoy a diet of home cooked, home grown organic food.

The course will focus on developing drawing and sketching skills.  Initially you will explore expressive mark making and experiment with materials – collage, ink, paint and written word.  There will be opportunities to draw still lifes, animals, plants, self portraits and some landscape work.  We can also explore abstract work.

Art Lisa O'Brien Portrait sketch

There will be lots of practice everyday.  Through fun exercises you will learn to free up your mark making and gain confidence with the materials.  Drawing and sketching techniques will include drawing with your eyes closed, drawing with the opposite hand and with both hands at the same time.

Then you will build up to concentrating on objects for longer periods and have opportunities to study subjects in more detail.  Drawing subjects may include animals on the farm, looking at how they move, their characters etc.

We also offer reiki treatments and reiki training.  Alternatively explore the local area, village life or just relax.

Classes are tailored to suit individual needs and ability.  All levels welcome.  Suitable for beginners.

Cost: 900 lev


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  • 3 hours of drawing tuition per day
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Help yourself to selection of teas through the day
  • 6 nights accommodation based on twin share (or double for couples)
  • An optional afternoon excursion to a local archaeology site, led by archaeologist, Dr Chris Fenton-Thomas

Please note that materials are not included.  Lisa will provide students with a list of what to bring.

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Tutor on Drawing Course at Wild Thyme Organic Farm, north BulgariaLisa is a professional artist who lives and works on the west coast of Scotland.  Her work has been exhibited in Japan, Denmark, Canada, America, Scotland and England.  Her latest solo exhibition was in Rheuart in the Highlands in 2013.

She is also an experienced teacher.  She currently teaches part time art courses for the Open University Living Arts course; the University of the Highlands and Islands; and the Open College of Arts.


In the 1980s, Lisa studied Expressive Arts which included music composition, performance and sculpture.  She developed an interest in working with classical instruments and the voice, exploring the spectrum of sounds they offered.

In 2004, Lisa did the first year of her MA in Fine Arts in Sheffield and after moving to Scotland completed her MA at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen.  Since then she has developed a fine art practice, which stemmed from her interest in sound, the written word and how we experience time passing.  This has developed into video work and working with drawing and prints from video stills in order to concentrate more deeply on precise moments.

To see some of Lisa’s work, click here.

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9.00am Breakfast

10.00 Drawing Workshop

1.15pm Lunch

2.30 Free time

7.30 Dinner

Wed afternoon – Optional archaeological excursion

Wed evening – Screening of Bulgarian film at our garden cinema.

Begins with evening meal on Saturday and finishes with breakfast on the following Friday.  Art classes from Sunday until Thursday.


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  • old comfortable clothing to wear in class
  • favourite pencils or materials, if you have any
  • walking shoes for archaeological excursion
  • sun hat, sun cream & sunglasses

Non participating partners are welcome.

We advise you take out travel insurance.

Not included:

  • Art materials – a list will be provided to students
  • Beverages
  • Flights
  • Transport from airport. We can arrange this.

Getting here: Click here for information.



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Take a reiki treatment on holiday at Wild Thyme Organic Farm, Bulgaria

We offer reiki and massage therapies.