Plein-air Painting Retreat – Alentejo Region in Portugal

with Jan-Willem & Nancy Boer of the Shenandoah Art Destination

8-day painting retreat

September 21 – 28, 2024

Open to all mediums


8-day painting retreat

September 21 – 28, 2024

Open to all mediums


All Inclusive – 7 nights lodging, 7 breakfasts/6 lunches/7 dinners

Price per artist $2895
Non-artist accompanying $2725
Price per artist $2895
Non-artist accompanying $2725

Prices per person in US dollars ($)

Extra costs:  Airfare and artist supplies.

NOTE:  Artists are responsible for bringing all their own supplies; easels, chair – whatever you require.  Keep in mind being plein-air sites, walking will be required and artist will be responsible for carrying their own materials/supplies. Prior to the trip, you will be sent a list of necessary supplies to bring with you.

Workshop Size:  Minimum of 6 artists – maximum 12 (maximum 2 accompanying non-participating spouse/partner).

Upon registration, a non-refundab deposit of $250 required (however, if minimum # of participants is not met, then deposit will be returned); balance due 3 months prior to course date.  Once full payment has been received, there will be no refunds for cancellation.

Accommodations:         (Rooms will be assigned upon arrival.)

Painting Opportunities:

Alentejo is home to many interesting cultural hotspots – ancient Roman ruins, a medieval town, castles, quaint fishing harbors, etc.  In the north are the pastures of the marshlands; in the vast interior, unending flatness and fields of wheat waving in the wind; at the coast, hilly and rugged, with small sheltered coves between the cliffs, beautiful beaches waiting to be discovered.  With its breathtaking scenery, pleasant climate, rich and diverse cultural life, it’s easy to see why this is a great place to paint plein-air.


Here we find Verdemar, our home for the week; a quaint countryside retreat, only a short drive from the Atlantic beaches.  Hidden away among stands of old cork oaks, beyond the blue and white main gate this very special country retreat awaits.  You will breathe the scents of the countryside, the aromatic herbs that season the fish, seafood and other regional fare to be accompanied by the regions excellent wines.


We will paint our beautiful surroundings. We will set up our easels and paint the rugged coast. Day trips may include the harbor town of Vila Nova de Milfontes, located in the national park of Alentejano e Costa, Santiago do Cacém, Odemira and Colos Sta Lza, and more.

How to get there:

The nearest easy airport is Lisbon; there are flights from several US cities to Portugal by TAP airlines. Once in Lisbon there are options to get to Verdemar.  1) a pick-up time will be given to you in further details, 2) you can rent a car for the 2-hour drive, 3) catch the express bus that leaves 3 times a day from Lisbon to Cercal do Alentejo, or 4) catch the train from Lisbon to the Funcheira station

Other options are to fly to Seville (4 hours by car) or to Madrid (5 hours by car).



A non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot; balance is due 8 weeks prior to course begin date.  You can make your reservation using the “Reservation” tab.

Travel Insurance: We strongly advise you to take out your own travel and personal insurance.

*Any issues with payment, please contact us.

Any questions? Call 612.221.1140


Shenandoah Art Destination, 325 Union Run, Lexington VA, USA. 24450

Established in 2010, The Shenandoah Art Destination is one of the only, art vacation retreat schools in the United States.  Home to students from all continents, the Shenandoah Art Destination offers rigorous art classes that include painting (oil and acrylic, watercolor, pastel), plein air painting, drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing and mixed media.
The Manors’s beautiful, 10-acre property is located in Lexington, Virginia, 50 miles north of Roanoke, VA.