Sigri Arts Retreat



We will do our best to provide what is right for you. Therefore, we will be very flexible with regards to the classes, working around your needs and what you want from this course.  We cater for every skill level, from absolute beginner to semi professional. The only requirement is a passion to create and an openness to push beyond your limits.


Our proposed framework for the workshops includes up to 5 hours of tuition per day.

The main class (in which you will be working on a single portrait project) will be taught by Tomas and will run from 9am until 12pm. This will be based on the observation of a live model who will pose for three 45-minute sessions each day. In these classes, you will be drawing with charcoal and painting with oil.

Every afternoon, from 5pm to 7pm, Efrosini (Cindy) will run a creative writing workshop which will focus on character development linked with your work on the portrait. Depending on the level of the group, you will also discuss plot, setting, beginnings, and endings, or move to narrative voices and focalisation.

Should you want to keep on painting in the afternoon, Tomas will be there to assist with any project you wish to work on. For example,  you might want to continue working on your portrait using photographs taken from the model, work from a still life set up in the studio, or paint outside from the landscape "En plein air". This is also the time when you can experiment with other mediums, such as gouache, silverpoint, drypoint-etching,  monotype, and sanguine.

Or, you could just extend your lunch at the seaside taverna, drink yet another ouzo, and watch the sun sinking into the sea (whilst  contemplating your art projects, of course!).

We will provide all the necessary material for the course and access to a printer for printing  drafts in the creative writing section. All artwork will be limited to a  maximum of A3 size which we will post to you at our expense if they have not dried upon departure (max 3pcs).


If you want to work on another project with different materials other than those mentioned above (such as acrylic, watercolour, or ink), and/or different specifications , then you must supply your own materials.  


Workshops will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants.


Throughout the 6-day course you will have unlimited access to the studio, which is a building located in the centre of the village amidst the cafes and tavernas, (i.e., coffee and food at your paint-covered fingertips!). For those who want to spend two weeks with us (as opposed to one), we will ensure a continuation and deepening of your practice. This is the reason we scheduled the workshops back-to-back.

*All through the summer, (outside of workshop dates), Tomas and Cindy are also available for one-to-one tuition. Please contact us for more info.


The cost for each workshop is 900 euros per week. This includes transportation to/from Mytilini town to Sigri on Saturdays (please try to arrive in Mytilini before 6pm), 7 nights accommodation (see below) in single occupancy rooms, all requisite art materials for the course, up to 5 hours tuition per day for 6 days, and a welcome dinner.

It does not include cost of travel to and from Lesvos island, daily meals, and other personal expenditures.

If you want to share a room with another participant, the total cost will be 800 euros per person.

If you want to share your room with your partner who will not be participating in the workshops, there will be a 130 euro surcharge per week. This will include the room, transportation to/from Sigri, and the welcome dinner.

We can also arrange child-care during the hours of the workshops, at an additional fee. 


All participants will be housed at Evangelia Studios or Kastro Studios ( Each studio is equipped with 2 single beds, kitchenette, fridge, private shower/toilet, ceiling fan, wifi, and some rooms have A/C.  We can also accommodate families, if necessary, in apartments at Evangelia or Sigrion Villas. 


Dates for Summer 2020*:

20th June-27th June-cancelled

27th June - 4th July-cancelled

18th July-25th July-cancelled

25th July -1st Aug

22nd Aug - 29th Aug

29th Aug -  5th Sept