6 days
Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew
All levels
Max. 12 people
Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache
Landscape, Townscape

What's included

  1. 5 nights of accommodation
  2. 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners
  3. Painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
  4. Transport to and from painting locations/excursions
  5. Visit to the Museum de Fundatie (entrance included)
  6. Local tour
  7. Art supplies welcome kit (tote bag, sketchbook, 6B pencil, sharpener, and eraser)


Not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 dinners served at local restaurants
  • Personal expenses
  • Bike rental ($11/day)
  • Additional art supplies (a list will be provided upon booking)
Tutored painting vacation

Let your creativity fly on a tutored painting retreat in the inspiring medieval city of Zwolle. Under the attentive guidance of professional painters Royce Deans and Tali Farchi, you will learn to draw and paint, and crystallize essential principles of composition, balance, color, texture, and mark.

Define or improve your artistic expression with personalized instruction, painting demonstrations and unique workshops. Adapted to suit guests' ability levels, this painting vacation will engage you in local tours of the city and its emblematic windmill. You will also visit Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle's art museum.

Created by artists Royce Deans and Tali Farchi, this ingenious workshop is designed to make your creativity reach new heights while focusing on the roots of inspiration. This exercise will open new unexplored dimensions and help you develop your self-expression.

Drawing Safari is a dynamic exercise developed by your tutors and intended to sharpen your drawing skills and power of observation. As you will explore the surroundings of the medieval Zwolle, you will do quick stops and take rapid drawing sessions.

08:00 a.m. – Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – Painting session in the city or in nature

12:00 a.m. – Picnic lunch on location

02:00 p.m. – Painting session in the city or in nature

05:00 p.m. – Free time at leisure

07:00 p.m. – Dinner

Standard room
Double / twin bed(s)
Private bathroom
Toiletries, towels
Room cleaning
Common areasLounge room, including a bar and a restaurant

For the duration of this art retreat you will be accommodated at Bilderberg Grand Hotel Wientjes, located in a quiet area near the historic centre of Zwolle. The hotel is equipped with modern double, twin and single rooms, ready to provide its guests all needed comfort and conditions.

Throughout your stay in Zwolle, you will enjoy five buffet-style breakfasts, four picnic lunches while painting on location, and two dinners at local restaurants. Three dinners served at local restaurants are not included in the package.

Breakfast optionsAn assortment of pastries, bread, cheeses, fresh vegetables and fruits, eggs, yogurts, fresh juices, tea, and coffee
Lunch optionsVarious breads, hams, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, salads, water, and juices
Dinner optionsStir fry chicken with vegetables, burgers, pastas, and many other
Regular / Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free meals
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

The painting retreat will take you along the authentic Dutch canals and wide plain scenery filled with willows of the delightful and medieval Zwolle. Alluring and picturesque, Zwolle is located in the center of the Netherlands, 67 miles / 111 km from Amsterdam and 96 miles / 154 km from The Hague.

How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), then take the train to reach Zwolle. The train journey lasts one hour and ten minutes and costs approximately USD $25. Zwolle train station is located 0,9 miles / 1,5 km from the accommodation. You can either walk the distance, take a taxi, or take the bus for approximately USD $4 for a one-way ticket.

Tali Farchi

Originated from Israel, Tali’s artistic vision was shaped by the ardent sun from the motherland. Inspired by the Dutch landscapes, Tali’s artworks test the limits and harmony of the structures and shapes. The world created by Tali is built with dynamic brushstrokes and lively textures. She is passionate about both figure and landscape painting, and expresses her aesthetics in various mediums – oil pastels, aquarelles and charcoal. Tali will be your tutor during your painting vacation.

Royce Deans

Graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Royce will be your tutor for the duration of your painting vacation. Royce’s experience is torn between his glowing passions: drawing, illustration and painting. Experimenting the link among visual art and music, Royce is endlessly looking for more profound means of expressing abstract work. You can expect to be revealed valuable notions on landscape, abstract and figurative painting, as Royce masters these techniques.

Is the painting vacation available to all experience levels?

The painting retreat in Zwolle, The Netherlands, is suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced painters. 

When is the painting retreat available?

The painting vacation is available between May 22 - 27, 2020. Please get in touch to check availability.

How many people are to be expected in a group painting session?

There is a maximum number of 12 participants.

What language is used during the painting classes and other activities?

The entire experience is available in English. Instructors speak Dutch and Hebrew as well.

Can my non-painting partner join me?

Yes, designed for solo travelers, the program is also available to non-painting partners who can join the group at lunchtime, dinnertime or for daily excursions.

I am vegetarian / vegan / gluten-intolerant. Can I book this painting vacation?

Yes. Please get in touch to discuss your dietary requirements.

Are there any age restrictions?

Absolutely not. However, please keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age to travel independently.

Is WiFi available?

Yes, WiFi is available at the hotel accommodation.

What should I pack?

Guests are responsible for bringing their own art supplies. Please bring your own specialist materials, paint, paper, canvas, brushes (as much as travel plans allow). Please make sure you pack light clothes, a sweater, a hat, trainers or walking boots/sandals, sunscreen, insect repellent. You might want to bring a camera and an old shirt or apron for painting.

What’s the weather like in Zwolle? 

Spring and early summer in Zwolle are mostly sunny, with occasional rain showers. The average daily temperatures are approximately 22°C / 68°F, whereas temperatures drop to around 10°C / 50°F during the night.

Are there any check-in and check-out hours?

Please make your travel arrangements to arrive for check-in after 02:00 p.m. Check-out is no later than 11:00 p.m.

Where should I land? Are airport transfers included?

Please book your flights to arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), then take the train to reach Zwolle. The train journey lasts one hour and ten minutes and costs approximately USD $25. Zwolle train station is located 0,9 miles / 1,5 km from the accommodation. You can either walk the distance, take a taxi, or take the bus for approximately USD $4 for a one-way ticket.

How far in advance should I book?

With only one date a year, the program is in high demand. Please make sure to book well in advance.

Claudia, US:

“I enjoyed the opportunity to retire from the world for a week and concentrate on art. A lovely retreat, and Royce and Tali did a great job of organizing.”


Belinda, Singapore:

“A retreat in every sense of the word. A real getaway from it all. My very first retreat with a bunch of incredible people from all over the globe; and what an exuberant experience it was — just soaking in the atmosphere of the countryside that a city dweller like me needed, but most of all, doing what I love best!”


Jacquie, US:

“What a joy it was to always find someone to converse and to paint with. I am so grateful to have met each of you and look forward to seeing you in the future! Thank you Tali and Royce for arranging all of it and supporting us in our art. Thank you, everyone else for an intense week full of communing and art!”


Ilana, Israel:

“First of all-I want to thank Tali and Royce for an unforgettable week. As an instructor myself- I know that the personality of the instructors is one of the most important contributors for the success of a workshop. Tali and Royce I love you!!!!

You are such beautiful, gentle, modest and human people. That is beside your talent and passion’ curiosity and experimental and open mind which are vital in my eyes. Thank you so so much!!”


Lisa, US:

“Art Retreat was the highlight for me! Thank you for the opportunity to expand my creativity, both in art and sharing my passion for personal growth and wellness. You and Tali make a fabulous team and I look forward to participating and working with you both in the future.”