Art Retreat - (re)discover your inner artist and artistic motivation

Event Highlights

  • - making art
  • - drawing
  • - artistic research
  • - meditation
  • - beautifull mountainous area and serene location


07:00 - 07:30 meditation
07:45 - 08:45 breakfast
08:45 - 12:30 individual work (walking in the area, drawing, etc.)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch (we partake in the wam meals in the midday)
13:30 - 14:30 rest
14:30 - 17:30 individual work and a meeting with Egbert
17:30 - 18:30 light last meal
19:00 - 20:00 possibility for a lecture/group discussion/meditation support, etc. If any questions arise during the week that are relevant to all artists we can meet in the evening to discuss it.
21:00 - 21:30 evening meditation

About This Event

The art coaching is meant for (amateur) artists who find it difficult to see the connection between their inner motives and their art. You have difficulty telling people: "this is why my work is important (for me)." This week is meant for people who want to give their art depth, want to take their work to a higher level, find their inspiration and want to lay a philosophical and artistic foudation. You want to investigate what your motives are. Because you work individually in the group during this art retreat, there is no entry level: Amateur artist and (prospective) Master student work side by side. Maybe you are a self-taught artist and you have success in your municipality. Maybe you are looking at the graduation phase of your bachelor's and your work can use some depth and substantiation, or maybe you hope to start a master program next year, during a preliminary discussion (this can also be done via Skype or by phone if you live far away) we look together at how you can best deepen your artistic process and we adapt the guidance during the retreat to this.
What does the art retreat look like?
During this art coaching you step out of the normal context in which you make your art. You retire to the mountainous area of the Serra de Estrela. With a dummy and some pencils as your vehicle you undertake a search for your motives in artistry. What is your inner motivation to make the work you make? Why do these themes, colors, shapes or techniques appeal to you in such a way? Why are you working? Art coaching in Portugal is a week of self-research for artists.
During the coaching you will live and work on our premises in Melo and the immediate surroundings that can be reached by foot. By limiting and framing the possibilities you can access you deepen your knowledge of what is already present. You work with what is there. We don't work towards an end product but towards deepening the process of art making and finding your intrinsic motivation for making art. In this you also have acces to a blanco dummy and some pencils.
By means of insightful assignments, free work, (philosophical) discussion and research you discover and develop your intrinsic motive. You have 1 hour of individual support per day. During this supervision, the supervisor tries to get a grip on the work with you. The supervisor helps to understand underlying motives. Every day starts at 7 am with a joint meditation. Meditation is an exercise with two goals: to relax your mind and get to know yourself. By starting with a (suitable) meditation you bring yourself in a fertile mindset for your artistic research and you get to know your motives, your preferences and resistances. This can help you further along with deepening your work.
During art coaching, you and two other artists stay in a monk cell in our yard. Every monk cell has a bed, table, chair and a crate to store some stuff. Art coaching is from 27 July to 10 August, within this time you choose if you want to stay one or two weeks. To concentrate on your work with your art, we take care of the food. It is possible to stay on our terrain for a week longer to be active with art. You can request additional meetings during this week. The morning meditation continues, but the rest of the program stops.

Venue Highlights

We don’t believe that ‘new’ is always better. Sometimes change means going back to very old values. Traditionally, keeping the good and discarding what’s not. This is also reflected in our center. Brise Suave is organized and guided by a family. Bert and Krista are longtime therapists, supervisors and Bert is a recognized Buddhist teacher. Their son, Egbert, is a conceptual artist and guides artists that wish to deepen the concept and motivation behind their art. Daughter-in-law Tessel is an art therapist and focusses on families, relational difficulties and individuals with psychosocial problems. The basis for our work are the spiritual and psychological values of Tibetan Buddhism.
As a family and as a centre we try to be open towards everyone and to put love, even in hard times, at the forefront of our lives. We speak Dutch, English and are learning Portugese.


Our centre in Portugal is located just outside the small village Melo, near Gouveia. It is a beautiful one hectare piece of land. On the terrain, we have several places where you can put up a tent and two small cabins with a bed and table. There is a group space with a toilet and shower and we’re building an outdoor kitchen. We ask that you bring your own toiletries, towels, etc. and that everyone takes care of the group space. If it's possible you can take you're own camping equipment with you otherwise you can rent a gastank to cook on, etc. from us.
We have a small pool that's connected to our watermine and that you can use to cool off. The pool isn't yet in the pictures, but at least twice the size of the well.


During the organized retreats we provide the meals. The meals are always vegetarian and often vegan. When you are present outside of the organized retreats you cook your own meals. Groceries can be done in the village. The local shop is only 20 minutes by foot. If there are more people present they take turns in doing the groceries for everyone. The shopkeeper is very kind and sometimes brings the groceries to the centre if it's for more people.


The nearest airport is in Porto. From there you can take the train to gouveia and a taxi to our centre. The taxi in Gouveia isn't very expensive (approx. 15 euros). If you wish, we can bring you in contact with the taxi-service in Melo to support the local community.

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