Botanical Art Retreat – Watercolour 

For all workshop enquiries please email:

September 12- 18, 2021, Evia, Greece

Flowers and fruit from a Mediterranean Garden.

My next workshop will be in September, from September 12 – 18, 2021, in Evia in Greece. It will be for a small number of students and will include 25 hours painting in the studio which is situated in a beautiful Mediterranean garden overlooking the bay of Karystos, in Greece. 

The cost is €1,600. The price includes tuition, your own room with en-suite facilities, and full board at Villa Kasteli. 
Transport from Athens airport can be arranged for you by our hosts at a minimal cost. It involves a short taxi ride from Athens airport followed by a short ferry journey to the island where you will be met by our hosts and brought to Villa Kasteli to begin your botanical art break away. 

Enquiries: Mary Dillon –

Online Workshops

Workshop 1. – Warm, Rich and Deep 1.

October 8 and 9, 2021

2 pm  – 7pm, GMT, ( 10 am – 3 pm, EST, and 7 am – 12 noon PDT)

Cost €150

To Register: Please email me:

Workshop 2. – Warm, Rich and Deep 2.

November 5 and 6, 2021

2 pm – 7 pm GMT, ( 10 am – 3 pm, EST, and 7 am – 12 noon PDT)

Cost €150

To Register: Please email me:

Please note:

Those wishing to take both workshops might like to know that we will be working from different subjects in each workshop.

Workshop 1 and Workshop 2 – Reduced Cost €280

The following will be included:

  • Course outline with objectives
  • Course notes
  • Materials list
  • Colour list and image for palette layout
  • Image and line drawing of plant
  • Template for watercolour layering
  • Slideshow presentations
  • Video demonstrations
  • Live demonstrations
  • Feedback will be available throughout by email.

Thanks to these students for your kind responses to previous online workshops

Mary’s online workshop ‘Painting with Movement and Depth’ helped me move to another level with my watercolor painting. Mary shared her process with us in an organized and fun way. There was plenty of time for painting practice and she gave immediate feedback on our work.

Liz, California, USA

In a recent online workshop for the New York Botanical Garden, Mary taught us the four essential steps she uses in her amazing work. As it becomes clear that the latter steps require patience, perseverance and perhaps forbearance, Mary reminds us that we are creating an emotional connection to the plant and the painting for both artist and viewer. With her warm and engaging teaching style, Mary invites us to slow down and recharge as we make choices and create. I look forward to my next opportunity to work with Mary either in person or online.

Joan, Massachusetts, USA

I wish to thank you sincerely for this WONDERFUL online class. It is the first time that all the concepts of layering the paint fall together in the right place for me. The explanations, demonstrations, guidance are just perfect. And I love your comprehensive and constructive feedback on our work. To me, you are one of today’s greatest botanical artists.

Linda, Canada

Mary is a world class botanical artist and an outstanding, engaging and inspiring teacher who has helped me take my botanical artwork to new heights. Her ‘Painting with Movement and Depth’ ZOOM class was truly breakthrough and highly enjoyable. Mary shared her unique insights and approaches to achieve beautiful botanical painting along with very clear, step-by-step demonstrations. She made sure we had time for personal practice at each phase and provided individual feedback that was so helpful and encouraging. The course was so well organized and included great supplemental materials. I am so happy that I took Mary’s class and look forward to taking more of her classes in the future. 

Amy, New York, USA

ONE to One Online or In Person Workshops

I’m happy to discuss with you any individual or group workshop requirements.

Workshops can be based in Ireland or anywhere in the world. When it is safe to do so, I’m happy to travel to where you are to share the joy of botanical art through reflective art practice.

As an art educator with many years experience, teaching botanical art brings together my three passions of painting, plants and working with people.

Further Updates for Workshops in 2021 will follow.


For personalised individual or group workshops please contact me by email.