Itinerary for our Painting Retreat Santorini, Greece« Back to Trip Overview
Although this retreat is 9 days and 8 nights you have the opportunity to extend your visit for two more days! Linda will not be giving classes per se, but she will be available to assist and guide you in your work.
Day 0 – Sept 6th (-/-/-) Athens Greece!
Fly to Athens and stay overnight and get ready for your flight to Santorini in the morning. If you like, you are welcome to arrive in Athens a few days earlier and explore the city before joining the group. Most international flights to Athens travel overnight. If you make sure you take an evening flight on you will arrive in the morning and be able to catch the noon flight to Santorini.
If you are not familiar with Santorini – do watch the video taken from different locations round the island –>
Day 1 – Sept 7th (b/-/-) Oia, Santorini
Linda will meet you at the airport in Santorini to take you to your fabulous villa overlooking the Caldera. Rest and settle in and in the evening: informal get together with group, we’ll explore our retreat location, and have a workshop overview.
Day 2 – Sept 8th (b/-/-) Volcanic Passion!
Today we start our day by enjoying the beautiful view from our hotel looking out over the caldera. During our visit, we will have the opportunity to explore different aspects of the island, from the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, to the beautiful black and red beaches and the wonderful food and people. Included in our journey is a wonderful cruise around the caldera to really enjoy the energy of this volcanic paradise.
Today we’ll meet from: 9:00 – 10:00 AM: breakfast, 10:00 – 10:30 AM: gentle stretches, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: morning session – Introduction and Initiation: The Gods and Goddesses Within! Getting in touch with the archetypal energies within us.
We’ll have an Opening Ritual/Meditation, Create an Altar & Set our Intention, & have a Materials Demonstration. Today’s Assignment: Spontaneity – connecting with DIONYSUS and getting in touch with your “Dionysian” volcanic creative passion! Then from 1:30- 4:30 PM: Vision Quest, lunch & rest. From 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Evening Session and at 6:30 PM: enjoy the beautiful Sunset and Dinner. Linda is available everyday from 1:30 – 2:30 PM for private consultation, art/tarot readings, channeling or shamanic guidance. There will be a Dream Assignment for tonight.
Day 3 – Sept 9th (b/-/-) Water: the Aegean Sea
Start today at 9:00 – 10:00 AM: Breakfast, then 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Tai Chi, and from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: morning session – Persephone, The Maiden and the Guide To The Unconscious Creativity Through Dreams. We’ll have a Watercolor demonstration and Assignment: Paint your dream. Then from 1:30 -3:00 PM: Lunch, Work and/or relax on your own. From 3:00 – 5:00 PM: Afternoon session. We’ll then gather to go to beach for a “baptism” in the waters of the Aegean Sea and our own infinite consciousness. Then 5:00 – 6:30 PM: Rest and/or on your own. We’ll have an assignment: Look for dream amulets and altar objects. At 6:30 PM: Optional: sunset and/or informal dinner.
Day 4 – Sept 10th (b/-/-) Earth: the Divine Mother
Start today at 9:00 – 10:00 AM: Breakfast, then 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Tai Chi, and from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Morning session – Demeter, The Divine Mother, The Earth Element, The Nurturer & Healer. There will be a Materials demonstration and Assignment: Honoring nature – painting the earth. Then from 1:30- 5:30 PM: Lunch & rest on your own. From 12:30 – 7:00 PM: Excursion available around the island: Fira, the museum, Ancient Thira or Megalahori/Pyrgo Akrotiri (Scenic Ancient Dorian Ruins) or another site. Bring small sketchbook & pencils/watercolors OR option to rest and work on your own on your terrace. From 7:30 – 8:30PM Evening session: Discussion of the day.
Day 5 – Sept 11th (b/-/-) Sky: Light & Shadow
We’ll start the day at 9:00 – 10:00 AM: Breakfast, then 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Tai Chi, and from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Morning session – Hestia, The Meditative Goddess and the Goddess Of The Inner Temple and Apollo the God of Light and Clarity. Today will be a Day of Silence. We’ll see the world as a reflection of light – perceiving light and shadow. Lecture & demo. Today’s assignment: 3 paintings from 3 different times of day. Demo: how to create luminosity and atmospheric perspective. From 1:30 – 5:30 PM: Lunch, Work and/or beach on your own. Then from 5:00 – 7:00 PM: Athena the Goddess of Wisdom: Light As Energy And Luminosity. Evening Session with artwork for group sharing and discussion. Then at 7:30 PM: Informal dinner.
Day 6 – Sept 12th (b/-/-) Fertility: Exploring Color
We’ll start 9:00 – 10:00 AM: Breakfast, followed by 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Tai Chi, and from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Morning session – Hera, The Queen Of Heaven and Zeus, the powerful Creative Energy of the Universe. Color Demo: complementary colors and exaggerated color. Our assignment: 2 paintings one with complementary colors, one with exaggerated color. *Afternoon time to be announced: Boat Trip to Volcano or Therassia – Bring journals/pencils or watercolors, sturdy shoes, jacket and/or windbreaker. Early Dinner at Ammoudi Port after boat trip. Evening session: Meet in Seminar room to share artwork after dinner.
Day 7 – Sept 13th (b/-/-) Fire: Inner Radiance
Start the day at 9:00 – 10:00 AM: Breakfast, then 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Tai Chi, and from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Morning session – Aphrodite: The Creative & Alchemical Goddess, The Goddess Of Transformation, Radiance & Light Within. Our Assignment: Paint your inner radiance. Then from 1:30 – 5:00 PM: Lunch & Rest on your own. From 5:00 – 6:30 PM: Artemis: The Wild Woman and the Goddess of the Moon Unleashing the Wild Woman Within. We’ll end the day at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Evening session – Fire Ceremony. Farewell dinne – Dancing on tables optional!
Day 8 – Sept 14th (b/-/-) Athens & Home
We say our last goodbyes, hugs and kisses as we prepare to take our new dream of creativity back to our lives! Feel free to stay longer in Santorini with Linda to continue painting and relaxing.
Days 9-10 – Sept 15-16th (b/-/-) Can’t Leave?
*Optional weekend add-on if you would like to stay longer. Includes meditation, personal instruction with Linda and time to work on your own to finish artwork created during week! (Who can leave Santorini so quickly?!)
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Questions? Give us a ring at 727-421-0849 or email us – we can’t wait to hear from you!