Join us in the beautiful Spanish countryside for a time of creativity and rejuvenation.

 


We will gather in the sunny landscape to spend time painting in the open air, floral arranging with locally foraged blooms, cultivating community with other creatives, and taking part in the relaxed, Spanish way of life. 

 
 

The Spanish Willow Gathering will be hosted in a historic villa situated in the quiet mediterranean countryside with mountain views located just about 30 miles outside of Barcelona, and a short distance from the sea.

Throughout the week, we will offer optional creative workshops focused on nature and interpreting the beauty around us into paintings, floral arrangements, styling, and photography. There will also be ample time for you to wander the grounds, rest, journal, and get to know Emily, Julie, and each of the the amazing attendees (from past experience, we can say with certainty that the people who join a Willow Gathering are some of the most incredible and inspiring we have met). 

 
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Accompanying us will be two incredible chefs. Daniel, a native of Catalan, will be making decadent meals rich in Spanish heritage, using produce from the surrounding countryside and local markets and Beth, author of the cookbook “A Place Here” and maker of the best cakes and treats, is bringing her warm hospitable spirit to the table.

Plan to linger over amazing meals and candlelit dinners on the patio in the Mediterranean air, talking late into the evening with new friends.

 
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 Above all, we want to make sure you feel refreshed and deeply inspired when you leave by intentionally stepping outside of “real life”, spending this special time exploring, creating, enjoying good food, wine, & a community of like-minded adventurers.

A Few important details

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Workshops

  • Oil painting, inspired by the local landscape & the work of the masters who were inspired by Spain.

  • Floral Design with gathered and locally sourced blooms

  • Photography Basics and Styling Sessions

  • Plein Air Watercolor Painting

SKILL LEVEL:

This retreat is perfect for anyone seeking creative encouragement, inspiration, and transformative new ideas. The individual workshops will be optional, and are each tailored to the participant's desires and experience levels. Beginners & advanced participants are welcome!

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a look at the retreat Schedule

Tuesday, Oct 1: afternoon & evening

  • Guests arrive at villa around 2:00pm. Welcome refreshments and Spanish wine followed by a tour of the villa and grounds.

  • Workshop 1: Floral Design with Julie Dodds

  • Dinner and a relaxed evening getting to know each other, exploring the house and grounds, swimming (optional).

Wednesday, Oct 2:

  • Slow morning over breakfast on the patio

  • Workshop 2: Oil Painting (Demonstration + Instruction with Emily Jeffords)

  • Traditional Spanish Lunch with cooking demonstration by Daniel Lopez

  • Workshop 3.: Oil Painting Cont.

  • Afternoon rest, refreshments, + wine

  • Traditional Spanish Dinner

Thursday, Oct 3:

  • Breakfast

  • Inspiration gathering expedition: tour a local vineyard & historic winery

  • Picnic lunch in the vineyard

  • Workshop 4: flatlay styling (guidance by Julie and Emily) & photography (taught by our retreat photographer, Tara Ashton)

  • Afternoon rest, refreshments, + wine

  • Traditional Spanish Dinner al fresco


Friday, Oct 4:

  • Slow morning over breakfast on the patio

  • Workshop 5: Watercolor painting (demonstration + instruction by Emily Jeffords then time to paint your own pieces)

  • Spanish Lunch

  • Workshop 6: cooking demonstration with Chef Beth Ables

  • Workshop 7: Floral Installation demonstration with Julie Dodds

  • Afternoon rest, refreshments, + wine

  • Traditional Spanish Dinner

Saturday, Oct 5:

  • Earlier breakfast followed by 10am departure

  • Optional expedition to Barcelona: a visit to Nomad Coffee (Emily and Julie’s favorite) and a visit to the Picasso Museum

please note that the schedule and events are subject to change to accommodate varying weather and other circumstances.


 

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Additional Details



The Villa we will be enjoying is a collection of many villas, large and small. The accommodations are extremely beautiful, artistic, and well designed with several exclusive, private rooms and spaces available.

Each room is fully equipped with everything you will need to make your time with us comfortable. Please chose your preferred accommodation in the dropdown box at checkout.

Included in the retreat

  • all workshop & classes

  • all workshop materials, tools, & supplies

  • All meals, refreshments, and drinks

  • 4 nights accommodation

  • Complimentary transport to and from the Villa from the nearby train station (Sitges, Spain)

Not Included :

  • drinks or meals off premises

  • Transportation to Sitges, Spain (most participants fly in and out of Barcelona which is nearby)

  • Any additional taxi fare (we will transport you to/from the nearby train station)

  • Travel insurance

  • Camera (you may wish to bring your own camera for the optional photography styling workshop.)

Retreat cost varies based on accommodation selection:
from $2,500 - $3,500

Payment options: Payment may be paid in full or in two deposits, half at purchase & the other half September 1st.
Use the code "RetreatDeposit" at checkout to pay 50% at this time.

Refunds & cancelations: As much planning and investment goes into creating a retreat at this scale, tickets are non-refundable. However, you are welcome to transfer your ticket to a friend up to 1 week prior to the retreat .


If you have any additional questions please email Julie at hello@willowgathering.com
We look forward to spending time with you in Spain!

We cannot WAIT to get to know you under the warm Spanish skies this October!