A Live Art + Travel Retreat in Porto, Portugal

May 9-17th, 2025

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Orly Avineri

Meet Orly Avineri

In my life as a ‘maker of things’ I've been creating and earning a living from painting and collage making, graphic, book, textile and surface design, illustration, mural painting, and a myriad of other disciplines. I've studied fine arts in Ein-Hod, an artist's village, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the mystical Carmel Heights in Israel where I am originally from. Later I have studied graphic design in the contemporary yet history-drenched city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. In the last decade I've been practicing and teaching complex yet simple art making processes through mixed-media, visual-journaling, book making, story telling, and ritual building. 

I have taught workshops in intimate settings and in large art retreats, both across the US and abroad, in Australia, Mexico, Morocco, The Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Ireland, and England. I've been a contributor in more than a dozen books and magazines and have authored three published books and four card decks designed to inspire and support creative practices. I have spoken about these practices in beautiful events as well. My work’s purpose is to advance the well being of those who seek it through a unique creative process and an experience based content I have created and developed throughout these years. Engaging in a world that is far more expansive than my own enlivens me to no end and I hope to invoke that feeling in others.

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    Orly Avineri is coming to PORTO - with a 4 days workshop called SWEET & TENDER LITTLE THINGS | An Alternative Book Making Experience. Marina and I feel both grateful and blessed as Orly had decided to give workshops only in the States and after her successful retreat in Lisbon last march, Orly decided to come back to Portugal. Telling you that we are excited is an understatement as Orly is one of the most inspiring and talented artist in our mixed media world, she is one of those free and generous mind that you want to meet once in your life and now we are lucky to call her a friend.

    You are invited for a NINE DAYS ART + TRAVEL RETREAT WITH ORLY AVINERI. We have 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 drink and dinner so we get to know each others then on Saturday we will discovering Invicta as Porto is called and will continue with us creating and exploring SWEET & TENDER LITTLE THINGS | An Alternative Book Making Experience for 4 days with ORLY.


    Our workshop will be held in Grande Hotel do Porto, downtown rua de Santa Catarina with each one of us having our own SINGLE ROOM where we can fully relax and appreciate our creative week. The hotel is a 2mn walk from the Majestic café our iconic coffee shop, Bolhão market as well as Igreja Santo Ildefonso among others historical places.

    You will fall in love with Porto and his people called "the tripeiros" as they are authentic generous and welcoming.

    Our inner child will be excited to attend a custard Pastel de nata workshop, going to a fisherman village called Afurada, taking a Douro river trip on the Rabelo famous boats, listening to traditional fado, wandering in the old city with his unique charm and good vibes, visiting the best Wine Port cellar… Our goal is for you to experience the best of Porto, to bring home your very personal and unique creation made with Orly 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 Father António Rui Fonseca e Castro Ferreira hometown!

    warm hugs, alex

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      Workshop Details

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      Grand Hotel Porto

      • Your own SINGLE ROOM where you can be completely at ease. YES! I mean you get your very own bedroom!
      • 9 days and 8 nights in the Grande Hotel do Porto situated in downtown historical Porto
      • 8 Breakfasts
      • 7 Lunches
      • 4 Dinners
      • Welcome dinner so we can get to know each others.
      • Walking tour from Hôtel to Bolhão market to São Bento train station to Ribeira
      • Visit to Afurada a fisherman village with a taxi boat
      • Portuguese custard Pastel de nata workshop
      • Tasting in one of the best Porto wine cellar (Orly I will wait with you outside drinking a coffee I know it’s not your thing and Porto is porto wine)
      • A Douro Rabelo boat trip with lunch, savouring the unique view
      • Listening to Fado near Sao Bento iconic Porto train station
      • Dinner in Tapabento one of the best restaurants in Porto
      • A farewell dinner with special surprises for participants.
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      Workshop Schedule


      • Transfer from Lisbon airport to The house-Sintra
      • Welcome Drink
      • Welcome Dinner
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      Orly Retreat with Alex Castro Ferreira

      Porto, Portugal | May 9th- 17th, 2025

      Deposit is: 1050 Euros and is non-refundable upon registration.

      Early Bird Price is 3950 Euros and is until September 1st, 2024. 

      Regular Price is 4450 Euros and begins on September 2nd, 2024.  

      Full Balance is due from everyone by December 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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      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.

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      SusanArtist

      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.

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      AndreaArtist

      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.

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      PetraArtist

      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.

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      AnneArtist

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

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      CecileArtist

      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.

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      StephanieArtist

      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

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      SuziArtist

      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.

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