A Live Art + Travel Retreat in Portugal

Kristin Peterson | Dipped and Sewn

March 28th-April 4th, 2025


Meet Kristin Peterson

Kristin Peterson is a third generation artist, originally from South Dakota. Kristin’s creative passion is inspired and supported by her husband and kids, all who encourage, critique, and promote her work.

Kristin is always exploring and expanding the creative depths of being an artist. She very much enjoys vintage collage work and mixed media. Kristin loves color and things that have a love-worn comfortable feeling-like an old favorite pair of jeans-coffee stained, patched, painted and well loved. She wants her art to project feeling and make people feel good while looking at it. Her style contains vibrance mixed with a little funk, which is sprinkled with discreet sensibility.

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    You are invited for a EIGHT DAYS ART + TRAVEL RETREAT WITH Kristin Peterson from Altered States Studio to Lisbon- Sintra. A Three day workshop called, "Dipped and Sewn."

    Kristin will walk each student through creating a dyed art journal + whimsical portraits. This will be a collection of simplicity, limited palette, and hand sewn fabric stitched into place to make our journal + our portraits truly special.This workshop is for all levels. From the very beginners to professional artists who may just need to loosen up a bit.

    We have also curated a very special week and hope that you will go home with “Saudades”, a Portuguese word meaning a longing to come back soon. Our journey will start with a welcome dinner with violin live music then on Saturday with us collecting found objects and old photos in our most popular flea market called Feira da Ladra then a walking tour with a guide that just loves Lisbon.

    Our workshop will be held in a 150 years old house in Sintra with each one of us having our own SINGLE ROOM where we can fully relax and appreciate our creative week. The hotel has a beautiful garden and a magnificent pool and it’s a 10mn walk from downtown Sintra, the fairy tale city as we like to call her with it’s outstanding castles and palaces.

    You will dive into historical Lisbon - Sintra with our iconics monuments like Torre de Belém, Mosteiro do Jerónimos, Palácio da Regaleira and we will pause, savouring our famous custard tart called pastel de nata and having lunch in traditional Portuguese restaurants.

    Our inner child will be excited to attend a cooking custard lesson and finish our day in a traditional fado restaurant where you heart will melt with the beauty of these songs. Our goal is for you to experience the best of Lisbon-Sintra to bring home your very personal and unique creation made with Kristin and to nourish your body soul and mind.

    This is Your retreat where you will have time both for yourself and to gather, connect, share laugh with other creatives souls. You Deserve The Best!

    Welcome to my hometown!

    warm hugs, alex

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      Workshop Details


      • Your own SINGLE ROOM where you can be completely at ease. YES! I mean you get your very own bedroom!
      • 8 days and 7 nights in an old 150 year old house overlooking the magical Sintra forest.
      • 7 Breakfasts
      • 6 Lunches
      • 4 Dinners
      • Airport pick up from the lisbon airport to the House on Friday, March 28th, 2025.
      • Welcome drink with Portuguese wines and amuse bouche will be proposed so you can settle in and relax
      • Welcome  dinner with  Portuguese traditional violin live music
      • Collecting found objects and old fotos in our richest flea market Feira da Ladra
      • Walking sightseeing tour in Alfama with a guide who loves Lisbon
      • 3 days workshop with KRISTIN creating an unique artist book + whimsical portraits
      • Guided tour in Pálacio da regaleira with the famous initiation well  Sintra
      • Portuguese custard cooking workshop
      • Dinner in traditional Fado restaurant with live music that will melt your heart
      • Day 7 The farewell dinner
      • Tips to Drivers/Guides 
      • Day 8 after Breakfast time to say Goodbye
      • Depart day transfer from the House to the Lisbon airport  FRIDAY 4th APRIL
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      Workshop Schedule

      • Transfer from Lisbon airport to The house-Sintra
      • Welcome Drink with amuse bouche so we can relax and settle in.
      • Welcome dinner with Portuguese guitar live music as we get to know each other
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      Kristin Peterson with Alex Castro Ferreira

      Lisbon, Portugal | March 28th, - April 4th, 2025

      Deposit is: 1050 Euros and is non-refundable upon registration. *Any + All Paypal Fees are to be paid by the attendee

      Early Bird Price is: 3400 Euros and is until August 1st, 2024.

      Regular Price is: 3600 Euros and begins on August 2nd, 2024.

      Full Balance is due from everyone by October 1st, 2024.

      Registration is OPEN- Contact me by clicking one of the buttons on this page to book your spot. You can also reach me for any questions by using the same buttons.

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      *This workshop is not refundable.

      You may transfer this workshop to another person if you can't attend.  If there is a waitlist we will connect you with the next person on the list.  Once transferred or sold, your reserved spot will be removed. If we cancel this workshop you will be refunded.

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      What people are saying

      Some gathered voices on taking one of Alex's courses or workshops!

      Im so delighted and inspired by your lessons and techniques. Love this class and the big concept of LOST + FOUND TREASURES. You are a most excellent teacher.


      I have learned so much with this course (and will never look at a rusty item quite the same) A big thank you to you Alex for stretching my imagination and teach me the art of mixed media. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.


      Im not new with Art Journals and know a lot of technics but your course is really an enrichment to me and for my work. New for me is the resin paper and dying with black beans. Your course is awesome. Also the assemblage ideas are so great.Thanks Alex so much for this wonderful and generous course for us.


      My four treasures in honor of my beloved ones. Alexs workshop opened up a whole new world for me and gave me a chance to deal with my grief. THANK YOU dear Alex. From the bottom of my heart.


      I think your workshop is amazing. Your theme of using memorabilia from our family members is brilliant.


      This is the first project that had me completely focused on the process. I get to escape. What I love about it is the richness and meaning behind the content.Im completely absorbed in the organic feel of the materials. LOVE IT! Ill be looking forward to your next class.


      The Keeper of Memories book with the most inspiring teacher Alex Castro Ferreira continues with more images of my ancestors. And what a journey it is! This one includes a small tribute to Alex as a way of showing acknowledgment and appreciation for this amazing journey. We have all enjoyed and have been somewhat affect by the emotions it has stirred. Thank you so much Alex


      This has been a journey for sure, I cried watching your course videos as I knew I would take the journey too. So many moments were stuck in time for me with someone elses thoughts attached. I pulled the photos I have left all out and dusted them off and worked through it. This course is such a gift of healing.