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Temporarily closed due to the pandemic

Hello and thank you for your interest in retreating to Anam Cara. From where I sit in my cocoon, it seems that the best we can do at the moment is wait each day to see what the latest developments and instructions are. Because of that, I think we will have to postpone booking retreats until we can find a time that will work safely for everybody. Right now, it sounds like none of us should be going too far from home as well as we should still be spending as little time as possible in close proximity to others. Please let me know how best to reach you, and I'll be in touch as soon as it will be safe to open the retreat for residencies and workshops. In the meantime, I send my best wishes for your safety and good health, Sue

Sue Booth-Forbes, Director
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat

Explore Your Creative Artist
with Beara Artist Ida Mitrani

An Artistic Journey, Sketchbook Retreat:

This workshop is ideal for total beginners as well as more advanced artists. Participants will capture the beautiful surroundings of Beara and the grounds of Anam Cara in a sketchbook using a variety of techniques including sketching, colour mixing, painting, mixed media and collage while finding new ways of developing ideas in an imaginative way. The sketchbook will reflect the participant’s personal journey and will be a memento of the time spent in Beara. Ida will be a personal guide for each student through this memorable and creative journey discovering the beautiful region and its flora. Note: Some materials will be provided during the course, however a list of required materials will be sent before the course starts.

Retreat Dates and Registration

Arrival: 4th July 2020
Departure: 11th July 2020

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Booking & Information

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Ida Mitrani

Ida Mitrani

Ida Mitrani is a Turkish born french artist and art teacher living in Ireland since 1997. She graduated from DLIADT in 2003 with a Honor Degree in Fine Art.

She’s been exhibiting widely in Ireland and was commissioned by Dublin City Council to design three maps illustrating the various communities of Dublin historic central area. The maps are now part of the National Library of Ireland’s archives.

Along with her artistic practice, Ida has been regularly running creative workshops and teaching Art including in the London Art College. She has also set up the first intensive Botanical Art course in the Institute of Art and Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, in 2012.

Being a full member of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists, Ida has recently took part of the Worldwide Botanical Art exhibition. The Irish exhibition took place in the Botanical gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin in May 2018.


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