Mosaics making holiday

Murcia, Cartagena, Spain

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This 4 night / 5 day mosaic making holiday offers a calming creative retreat from the stresses of the outside world, a beautiful location, great food and a chance to not only create a unique piece of art to take home, but also the skills to be able to start a satisfying new hobby that will stay with you long after your holiday is over.

Your tutor Dan is a talented artist who has extensive mosaics making experience and has been teaching for over 10 years. This fun course will provide the environment, materials and guidance so that you can produce your own unique mosaic artwork.

During the course you will learn the basis of cutting and shaping glass and mosaic tiles. On the course you will be able to complete a mosaic mounted on board for you to take back home to enjoy and impress your friends.

The beautiful and secluded retreat where your accommodation and courses are set is surrounded by almond, lemon and orange trees, sweet scented jasmine and bougainvillea. The gardens are an ideal place to relax in the shade or to take a soothing swim in the private pool and if you like the feel of the sand between your toes you are also just 20 minutes from the fantastic coastal beaches of Murcia.

This is the perfect place to get creative on a mosaic holiday with a difference.

Who is this suitable for?
- Suitable for all ages and levels from complete beginners to those with experience of mosaic making and who wish to take their skills to the next level
- Minimum age 16 (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over)

Can a non-mosaic making partner join me?
- Non-mosaic making partners sharing a room are welcome and will receive a discounted price, click on the 'Costing and extras' tab to see the price

I'm travelling solo - can I join?
- These courses make great singles holidays as you will be with guests and hosts who have similar interests
- Private rooms are available at no extra charge (subject to availability)

When can I start?
- Holidays run on flexible dates in specific periods throughout the year
- Accommodation is for 4 nights 

Typical itinerary
Please note that the itinerary is for guidance only and may change week to week:

Day 1 – Arrival
- Arrive and check into your room anytime after 2pm and enjoy the rest of the day to settle in
- Enjoy dinner and drinks at the house in the evening

Day 2 – Mosaic workshop
- You’ll work on your mosaic piece between 10am and 3.30pm with a break for brunch
- Today you’ll cover the following:
Introduction to the basics of Mosaic Making
Practice glass cutting, shaping and laying techniques for line, flow and definition
Health and safety
Materials and tools used
- Use today to plan your personalised project, discuss and experiment with colour and design under the guidance of your tutor Dan
- Today you’ll start work on cutting and placing your tiles
- Enjoy dinner and drinks at the house in the evening

Day 3 – Mosaics & half rest day
- You’ll work on your mosaic piece between 10am and 1.00pm with a break for brunch
- Today you’ll cover the following:
Start work on cutting and placing your tiles
- Enjoy a free afternoon; why not choose to head to Cartagena to explore & have dinner out?
- Should you require transfers to Cartagena, the host or a local taxi can take you; prices range from €10-€18 (it is more for late night)

Day 4 – Mosaic workshop
- In the morning you’ll work from 10am to 3.30pm with a break for brunch
Today you will:
Continue cutting and placing tiles to develop your own unique piece
Complete the central motif and start to work on the background of your piece
You’ll start to complete the laying of the tiles and allow them to dry
You’ll start the grouting and fixing introduction
As the day goes on, the aim is to finish your piece
- At the end of the day, review your project and start to pack up your piece for transport home with you
- Enjoy a farewell dinner and drinks at the house in the evening after your busy day

Day 5 – Departure day
- After breakfast, check out of your room taking home with you new creative mosaic skills that will kick start a hobby for life

*Be sure to save an afternoon for a gorgeous walk through the Canar nature reserve. Your hosts will drop you off so you can enjoy the hike and finish with a coastal dinner at a fish restaurant overlooking the bay.

Your tutor
- Your tutor Dan is a commissioned artist and has been teaching mosaics for over 10 years using his knowledge, enthusiasm and experience to inspire creativity so that others can create their own mosaics to be proud of
- Dan also uses his local contacts and experience to source the best materials available giving you everything you need to express your mosaic creativity

Your mosaic project
- The course will teach you to create your own mosaic which will fit a board approximately 25 by 35cm
- It is advisable to have a design in mind but there is no pressure to decide on your mosaic project in advance
- If you would like to discuss possibilities and designs beforehand Dan is always happy to do so; if you’d like a chat before your course starts, Dan’s contact details will be given to you after booking
- Typically, everyone has time to finish their creation during the course but if you prefer to take your time and if the piece is not finished, you can take this away with you along with the materials you need to finish your piece back home (tile cutters must be purchased separately)

Where will I be staying?
- You’ll spend 4 nights/5 days in a tranquil country house quietly tucked away within bougainvillea shrouded gardens backing onto the pool area
- Inside the house there is a guest living/dining room
- Mosaics lessons take place on-site 
- Lovely swimming pool for you to make the most of
- Check-in is on arrival day after 2pm and check-out is on day 5 by 12pm

Are meals included?
- Cereal is offered first thing each morning followed by brunch around 10am-12pm and dinner is served in the evenings
- Meals are based on a vegetarian diet, though vegans can be catered for, and soft drinks are included throughout your stay (you have 1 evening to enjoy a dinner out in Cartagena)
- WiFi is available throughout the house and gardens
- Your hosts do have rescue dogs (outside only)
- There is an honesty bar at the pool 
- Towels, hair dryers, soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner are all provided

Rooms available:
- The sunshine room is a large twin/double bedroom for a couple or 2 sharing, it looks out onto the gardens and has air conditioning and ensuite facilities
- The blue room can accommodate 2 singles/ or a double, it looks out onto the garden and has air conditioning and ensuite facilities
- The pink room is a single room overlooking the inner courtyard and has ensuite toilet and wash facilities and a shared shower
- The attic room is a single room overlooking the inner courtyard and has ensuite toilet and wash facilities and a shared shower
- In order to check availability for a certain room, please email for more details

Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- This holiday as one wheelchair friendly room, with a large shower room; however the shower has a tray, so there is a small lip
- The entire property is wheelchair friendly