Botanical Art Retreat in Viscri, Transylvania

  • Viscri125
  • Joi - Duminică
  • Tutor: Irina Neacșu, designer and ASBA botanical artist
  • Group: 10 people
  • The workshops included in the program are dedicated to beginner and intermediate drawing / painting students.


Viscri Village, located in the heart of Transylvania, is an authentic emblem for the Romanian rural landscape and Saxon architecture. Moreover, it has become one of our favorite destinations for art retreats and every year we find ourselves going back there, in search of inspiration and inner calm.

All the workshops included in the program are designed to encourage a greater connection to nature, having botanical study as a starting point along the path.

Our host, Viscri 125, is a traditional Saxon farmhouse renovated with responsibility for the integrity of the original architecture and style. It consists of a main house, outbuildings and a wooden barn. Behind the barn, there is a vegetable garden, followed by an orchard that climbs a gentle slope and offers a wonderful view of the village and the Fortified Church of Viscri. The domain has a closed circuit and welcomes guests in an oasis of peace and greenery.

The workshops are conducted by Irina Neacșu, designer and ASBA artist. We will work in the barn, outdoors and / or at Prince Charles’ Guest House, depending on weather conditions and preferences. The activities are suitable for both beginners and advanced-level students. Irina will adapt her teaching methods to the level of each student.


Workshops schedule and outline:


Thursday, May 12

Arrival at Viscri is done individually, during the morning, so we can have lunch together. If necessary, we can arrange transportation services from Brașov Train Station.

12.00: Check-in

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 17.00: Introduction to the program and art supplies. We will go on a foraging session accompanied by a biologist guide, who will present us the flora specific to the area. Students will have the opportunity to identify protected plants, such as wild orchids, mountain peonies or wild irises. They will learn to collect specimens and preserve them for later studies.

17.00 – 19.00: If weather allows it, we will have a sketching session outdoors, in the orchard. Otherwise, we will work indoors.

19.00: Dinner


Friday, May 13:

8.00-9.00: Breakfast

10.00 – 13.00: We take the first steps towards assembling a composition, using wildflowers and perishable plants as subjects. We will learn to draw from real life references, but also from pressed flowers, photos and sketches, so as to render botanical accuracy. We address watercolor techniques and chromatic studies.

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 17.00: Watercolor techniques, with focus on color layering and volumetric composition.

17.00 – 19.00 – We will visit the House of Prince Charles and the Fortified Church of Viscri. For those who have visited the village before and want to spend their time differently, this evening can be an opportunity to relax at the spa. * For massage services, an appointment is required in advance, and the costs are paid separately.

19.00: Dinner


Saturday, May 14:

8.00 – 9.00: Breakfast

10.00 – 13.00: Techniques for rendering texture, light and shadows in watercolor.

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 17.00: Work in progress, with individual feedback and corrections.

19.00: Dinner


Sunday, May 15

8.00 – 9.00: Breakfast

10.00 – 12.00: Finishing the work, with final feedback and presentations

12.00: Check-out

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00: Departure


Fee: 3200 RON (650 EUR) / person

The fee includes accommodation with 3 meals a day, art workshops, access to the spa (without massage services) and visits to the House of Prince Charles and the Fortified Church.

For personalized packages (services related to transportation, different accommodation arrangements, food restrictions or other requirements), please contact us before registration.

3.200,00 RON



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