Exploration of Black as a Primary Color

A Live Art + Travel Retreat in Portugal

March 22nd-30th, 2024

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 Lisbon - Sintra with a 4 days workshop called EXPLORATION OF BLACK AS PRIMARY COLOR. Marina and I feel both honored and blessed as Orly had decided to give workshops only in the States so this is an UNIQUE and RARE OPPORTUNITY to participate. Telling you that we are excited is an understatement, 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.

    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 dinner with live music then on Saturday with us collecting found objects and old photos in our most popular flea market called Feira da Ladra,and will continue with us creating and exploring black as primary color for a 4 days workshop WITH ORLY surrounded by a magical forest.

    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 tile ceramic workshop, visiting Joana Vasconselos most famous Portuguese artist ending 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 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 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!
      • 9 days and 8 nights in an old 150 year old house overlooking the magical Sintra forest.
      • 8 Breakfasts
      • 7 Lunches
      • 4 Dinners
      • Airport pick up from the lisbon airport to the House on March 22nd.
      • Welcome drink with Portuguese wines and amuse bouche will be proposed so you can settle in and relax
      • Welcome  dinner with  Portuguese traditional guitar live music
      • A special treat in your own private bedroom
      • Collecting found objects and old fotos in our richest flea market Feira da Ladra
      • Sightseeing tour in downtown Lisbon with a guide who loves Lisbon
      • Guided tour in historical palace in Lisbon
      • Guided tour in iconic Quinta da Regalheira and fantastic Park and Palace Morserrate in Sintra
      • Joana Vasconcelos exhibition.
      • Portuguese tile workshop
      • Dinner in traditional Fado restaurant with live music that will melt your heart
      • Day 8,  March 29th A very special farewell dinner with special surprises for participants.
      • Day 9  March 30th after Breakfast time to say Goodbye transfer from the House to the Lisbon airport March 30th
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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 + Kit from Alex
      • Welcome dinner with Portuguese guitar live music as we get to know each other
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      Orly Retreat with Alex Castro Ferreira

      Lisbon, Portugal | March 22nd- March 30th, 2024

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

      Early Bird Price is 3800 Euros and is until December 1st, 2023. 

      Regular Price is 4050 Euros and begins on December 2nd, 2023,  

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

      please note

      *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.