Mosaic Art Retreat

November 12 until 18

Cape Town 2023

Did you always wanted to travel to South Africa but did not know where to start planning. 

Where you looking for a creative holiday destination and combine sightseeing with creating art. 

If you are waiting for an opportunity to travel on your own or with a friend , want a little adventure in your life and meet like minded people, enjoy being everything taken care of  and explore new experiences, than this creative holiday might be what you were looking for.

Limited to a small group of 8 participants.

The estate
Beach derde steen

What to expect from this creative holiday.

  • Be prepared for some wonderful mosaic art works to be made, explore new techniques and working with different materials.  Learn how to Incorporate the new skills in your future mosaics.

  • Be prepared to sip our stunning wines or bubbles from time to time, we live literally next to some famous vineyards. 

  • Be also prepared to experience breath taking sceneries, picturesque little villages, friendly people, and different beaches on every corner. Our minivan with experience driver will drive us safely around, so we can soak up the beauty on our leisure.

  • Be prepared to be extremely busy this week with only great things to do, visiting places with stunning mosaics and art galleries., laugh, share stories and work, experiencing another culture, making new friends, being creative and learn new skills, rejuvenate, relax and come back inspired. 

  • Best thing however is you do not have to think about anything as we have it all covered: Airport transfer, excursions, further transports, entrance fees, wine tastings, mosaic materials, breakfast, most lunches and some dinners, welcome and farewell drinks parties are all included and arranged for.


Where you stay

On our Atlantic Beach Estate you will stay at the Lodge, a 5 min walk to our home where the studio is. The Lodge is 10 min walk away from the beach so you will hearing the relaxing sounds of rolling waves throughout the day and night.  We have a pool at the Leisure centre, next to the Lodge, for you to use as a guest.

On the Estate you will see on a daily basis springboks jumping around, as it is the only golf course in the world where springboks are freely roaming over the full length of the golf course. Africa on your doorstep.


On the estate
Studio terrace
Lunch space

 Images : The studio and surroundings

About the Mosaic Workshops

There will be around 20 hours of mosaic for us to cover, if you think you run out of time I can offer extended opening hours of the studio.

Mosaic materials and tools are all included in the price.


We will cover different and unique style mosaic techniques designed by me. 

We create a mixed media mosaic on our own painting with beads and tesserae.

The mosaic course is designed for beginners as well as more advanced students, as we all work on our own pace based on your mosaic experience. I do recommend having some experience in cutting techniques.

You can incorporate African beadwork if you wish.


Sprinbokkies at the Estate_
The estate


Terms  & Conditions 


Price of the Mosaic and Art Retreat 2023 

EURO 1800 per participant.

Included in this price is the following:


What is included

  •  Transport from and to CT International Airport

  •  6 nights luxury accommodation in double room with golf course views at the Atlantic Beach Estate Lodge including continental breakfast. ( Each participant has their own room) 

  •  Drinks and tapas on Sunday afternoon at the studio/house.

  •  Drinks and canapés on Friday afternoon next to the pool at the studio/house

  •  Lunches at Spier Wine Estate, the studio, take away lunches and wine tastings. Entrance fees.

  •  All Tours mentioned in the itinerary.

  •  Mosaic course and most materials.


What is not included

  • Airfare tickets  to and from Cape Town

  • Dinners in the evening. (except from Sunday)  Dinners in the evening are for your own account but are mostly inexpensive. 

  • Food costs between R100 and 200. Wine is around R40 for a generous glass.

Due to organising the Retreat a a year ahead. please keep in mind the programme can slightly change from venue or time schedule, but because there is so much to do I will definitely find a similar activity.

For the detailed conditions and programme email me on


Sunday November12

14.00                Cheque in

17.00                Welcome drinks, snacks and tapas (which will be our dinner) at the studio/house on the Estate

                         To get into the ‘mosaic vibe’ we’ll start on the Sunday afternoon with some drinks and tapas at our                           home to get to know the other participants in a relaxing atmosphere.

                         We’ll have an in-house art and mosaic tour and talk, while sipping bubbles from the region.


Monday November 13

09.00-   12.30   Today we start our painting and mosaic making.

12.30 -  13.00   Lunch is served at the pool area.

13.00-   15.00   Continue making mosaic.

15.00-   17.00   We will have a wine tasting Wine Estate De Grendel is nearby. 

                         Evening free. I recommend various places you can have a bite at our Melkbosstrand "boulevard"nearer the time.

Tuesday November 14

09.00 - 12.30    Mosaic.

12.30 - 13.00    Quick Lunch.

14.00 - 21.00    Excursion to former Cape Town 

                         The Waterfront. A safe place to walk around, visit the arts and craft shed


Wednesday November 15

09.00 -11.00    Mosaic course.

11.00               Departure for our excursion 

12.30 -14.00    Lunch at Spier with outdoor Mosaic exhibition and. 

14.30- 16.30    Stellenbosch Art Galleries on Church street and a town visit with lots of historic sites and shopping arts and crafts

16.30               Sunset and drinks on the lawn of a wine farm

18.30               Back at the hotel


Thursday November 16

09.00 - 11.00    Mosaic .

11.00 -  21.00   Lunch will be packed to eat in the bus as we are going to tour around the Cape peninsula which in quite a drive .. Famous for its beautiful scenery and beaches we will stop frequently for the many photo opportunities.

                         We stop at a farmer market which takes place every Thursday night at Noordhoek vineyards.

                         Having locally made finger food and drinks. Sit back and relax and watch the sunset from the hill on the lawn, no rush..

 19.30               Around 19. 30, after rush hour, we are heading back to the hotel where we will arrive around 21.00.


Friday November 17

09.00 - 12.30    Mosaic…  Time to do some mosaic, we almost forgot 

                         We will finish all the works and pack the art work for transport home.

12.30 - 13.30    Lunch/relax at the house.

13.30 - 16.00    Continuing with final touches on your mosaic art work(s)/packaging

17.00 - 18.00    Evaluation and Drinks/canapés around the pool

                         We have some drinks at the pool or on the sunset deck, watch the sky changing colors.

                         We evaluate the week before we have our farewell dinner at a seaside restaurant.

18.00                Fare-well Dinner at a seaside restaurant.


Saturday November 18

From 10.00

Sadly checking out from our African adventure at the Lodge. Maybe your journey continuous.

Transport to the airport will be arranged.

If you like to come earlier or stay longer at the Lodge please contact the hotel directly

If you travel further we wish you a safe journey.

More info and availability email


I loved the art holiday and thought it was very well organised and planned. The mosaic art classes took place in a relaxed atmosphere and Karla is a dedicated instructor. She is able to transfer her passion for colours to her students. The trips to art galleries in Stellenbosch, a local craft market in Cape Town also helped me to get into the colour/art mood. Luis and Karla shared with us their love of South Africa by showing us some marvellous places. I went home with a pretty work of art and a desire to come back to South Africa.

Note : Herma visited 2 years later SA again with her husband



I have to sincerely thank both you and Luis for taking such good care of us. I had not expected to be pampered the way we were! From the pick up at the airport until departure, we were never abandoned to our own devices, but accompanied, and fed (!!!), and given plenty of explanations about everything we were experiencing and seeing, which was plenty!

P.S.: both Matilde and I really appreciated all the details you took care of, like the welcome card and the bottle of wine in the room, the folder and the beautiful apron. They all proved you cared for us. 

Big hug and lots of love. Paola

Keep doing what you do, I had a great time


Click here for the video of the venue and more images  

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