Easy and Slow……. Greece……Botanical Art Holiday, September 12 – 18, 2021

Would you like to take a break, to slow down, feast your senses, enhance your painting skills and master new ones, to rest and nourish your body, your mind and your soul? Join me on a beautiful Greek island in September 2021 for a botanical art holiday.

Perched in the heart of a Greek mountain village above the bay of Karystos on the island of Evia, Villa Kasteli, a traditional mountain villa with its panoramic sea and mountain views, is the ideal location for a relaxing botanical art holiday. Just two hours by car and boat from Athens airport, ‘getting away from it all’ couldn’t be easier.

Villa Kasteli

A family run boutique retreat centre for artists, yoga enthusiasts and garden lovers, Villa Kasteli has everything you might need for a relaxing and inspiring botanical art holiday. Run by the Lorenz family, at Villa Kasteli every effort will be made to ensure that you eat well, sleep well, rest, paint and explore.

Terrace where breakfast is served


Our light filled spacious studio is situated in the midst of beautiful mediterranean garden plants. We will have 25 hours of Botanical art tuition in the studio or in ‘the field’. During your free time the studio will be available for some personal painting.

Light Filled Studio at Villa Kasteli
Painting on the terrace of Villa Kasteli

Local Inspiration

Olive groves and fig trees provide a backdrop to a rich array of native Mediterranean plants in the nearby countryside. The award winning Montofoli Estate and vineyard will be a perfect location for some field studies.

Mediterranean garden plants
Ophrys ferrum and Colchicum autumnale

Native species from the Island of Evia.
Montofoli Estate, Karystos

Featuring :

• Optional guided meditation with gentle stretching to end each day.

• A guided botanical walk along the hillside under the medieval Castello Rosso to the village of Mili.

• Dinner at Stella’s restaurant under the shade of the Platanos orientalis, Greek sycamore trees, in the village of Mili.

• Morning field trip to the nearby Montofoli Estate with time for field studies followed by picnic lunch.

Nearby places to visit :

Castello Rosso (Red Castle), a medieval Venetian Castle overlooking Villa Kasteli.

• Mount Ochi with its hillside pathways.

Unspoiled beaches with turquoise waters and golden sands for a relaxing swim.

Karystos, the perfect spot for afternoon refreshments and people watching.

Castello Rosso which overlooks Villa Kasteli
Getting away from it all………..


Villa Kasteli has four double bedrooms with private bathrooms, an open plan living, dining and kitchen area with a fireplace. An additional four double rooms are available nearby. Accommodation can be booked for either single or double occupancy.

Each bedroom has a large, comfortable double bed. We offer the option of double or single bedding, so if you choose to share your room you don’t have to share bedding.


Breakfast will consist of locally made fresh pastries, fruit, honey, yoghurt and porridge with a variety of super food toppings. Our chef will prepare lunch and dinner using delicious locally sourced fresh ingredients. We are very happy to accommodate any of your particular dietary requirements. Wine is included with dinner each evening.

Villa Kasteli


We have a beautiful terraced garden for you to explore, a swimming pool and covered pergola. Many outdoor seating areas throughout the garden.


Guests are requested to book flights at your own cost, ideally arriving around lunchtime to ensure easy transfer to meet boat schedule in Rafina, and afternoon departures to ensure the same for your return. 

Transfers can be arranged to include meet and greet at Athens airport, taxi to port of Rafina, Boat ticket Rafina to Marmari and pickup from Marmari to Villa Kasteli – two hours door to door € 40 per person each way.


€1,600 – one person using double room

€1,300 – per person sharing for two people sharing double room.


• 6 nights accommodation

• 6 x breakfast, lunch, dinner

• 25 hrs. botanical art tuition

• Use of studio

• Visit to Montofoli Estate.

To Book:

Please contact me for further details and to check for available places:


Pay €500 deposit via PayPal to secure your place.

4 thoughts on “Easy and Slow……. Greece……Botanical Art Holiday, September 12 – 18, 2021

  1. Hi Mary, I’m very happy to be on your mailing list. Ahhh, Greece would be lovely but this year is not a year I can plan anything because of a family illness but I will pass it on to our Botanical Art Society members. This is timely since we have a board meeting tomorrow and future instructors is on our agenda. We are hoping you’ll be able to come to Newfoundland sometime to work with our group. Let’s talk about that sometime soon. Jess Shepherd is coming in June of this year but we are all about education.

    Have a wonderful time in Greece. All the best from Newfoundland. Margaret

    Margaret Walsh Best W: http://www.margaretwalshbest.com E: walshbest@gmail.com T: 709 753-2643 T: 709 699-4599 (mobile)



    1. Margaret, I hope all will be well, family is always first. Thanks for your warm encouragement! I would love to come to your beautiful country sometime and of course it would be really nice to meet your fellow artists. Since meeting you and Marie, Newfoundland has been in my minds eye!
      Lovely to hear from you,
      Warm wishes from Ireland,
      Mary x


  2. Happy New Year Mary . . . Oooooooh does this sound divine ! I would so love to do this and know you’ve been going here for ages.

    How many people do you take (maybe it says?) as I wonder how long I dare wait to make a decision. My hesitation is that I must plan something with my poor husband to balance all the trips I would like do to paint (tee hee).

    What a year you have had and wishing you much continued success this year too! Lots of love xx

    Sent from my iPad



  3. Thank you for your lovely message. I’m happy to say that booking has been brisk – we still have a few places. It’s a stunning place and a super opportunity to ‘get away from it all’ but with time to paint with no distractions and in good company too! I’ve sent you an email with some more information you might find useful.
    Don’t hesitate to get back if I can help further.
    Warm wishes


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