Figs On The Funcho

Botanical Painting and Yoga Holiday


Botanical watercolour painting by art tutor, Rita Afonso

Botanical Watercolour Painting and Yoga Holiday – Short Break at Europe’s Bucolic Riverside Location

Embark on a captivating botanical watercolour painting and yoga holiday at Figs on the Funcho. Immerse yourself in a unique journey where you’ll enrich your artistic talents and embrace the healing powers of nature through daily yoga sessions. With expert guidance from Rita, our skilled art tutor, you’ll unlock your inner artist and explore the intricate beauty of the natural world.

Additionally, the serene beauty of Figs on the Funcho provides the ideal backdrop for relaxation, well-being enhancement, and mental tranquility during your botanical watercolor painting and yoga holiday. Choose between our charming villa or one of our glamping safari tents, each offering a distinct and immersive connection with nature.

Notably, Figs on the Funcho has earned the prestigious Lux Life Hospitality Award for “Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023 – Algarve,” a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence. The painting holidays run at Algarve’s Figs on the Funcho are one of the creative activities as seen on the popular TV series “A New Life in the Sun” (seventh series). Additionally, we are proudly listed in Simon Heptinstall’s “10 Best Art Escapes in 2019” for the Mail Online.

Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your artistic skills and experience the rejuvenating influence of nature on your botanical watercolor painting and yoga holiday. Secure your spot now for an unforgettable retreat!

“A great relaxing location with fantastic views.” – Sally

“Figs on the Funcho; a lovely, happy, gentle, friendly, relaxing, restorative, fun and memorable place to spend a week. I didn’t want to leave!” – Judith

Botanical watercolour painting by art tutor, Rita Afonso

Botanical Watercolour Painting and Yoga Holiday Itinerary

Please note the itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and experience.


15h00 We’ll have one Faro airport pick-up at 3pm for the group. We can arrange airport transfers for you at other times for your cost. If there is anybody else arriving the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.  

Saturday, Sunday and Monday

09h00 –  10h00 Outdoor breakfast with views of the rolling hills

10h00 – 13h00 Botanical watercolour painting class

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch on the sunny terrace

14h00 – 16h30 Free time

16h30 – 17h30 Yoga, Mindfulness, and Serenity

Every Evening 

19h00 – 19h30 Sunset drinks and an opportunity to enjoy our gorgeous sunsets

19h30 – 20h30 Al fresco dinner under the Algarve starry sky

20h30 – 22h00 Port and cheese or dessert on the riverside deck


About Your Art Tutor, Rita Afonso

From Rita’s early years, she has been deeply passionate about the wonders of nature, wildlife depiction, and the enchantment of colours. Born and raised in Silves, Algarve, she pursued a degree in Arts & Multimedia. To quench her thirst for knowledge in the realm of drawing, she embarked on a scientific illustration course, ultimately guiding her towards her true calling: teaching.

Her artistic endeavors are firmly rooted in the representation of nature, an unwavering devotion to detail, a commitment to realism, and an unending curiosity about the myriad forms and beings in the natural world. Over the years, she has cultivated a rich history of conducting illustration workshops and scientific illustration classes in collaboration with wildlife and environmental organizations, as well as art schools and libraries.

Painting Holidays at Figs on the Funcho Reviews

Mixed Media Art Holiday

I had a wonderful time at Figs on the Funcho! Our art teacher was a very good teacher, our hosts were friendly, informative, fun and their food was just amazing! As well as the art it was like a retreat! Thank you Cheryl, Graham and all my new friends!! X
- Dorothy Brown


Just spent a wonderful week at Figs on their art retreat. A truly remarkable venue with great food and top hosts. Rooms beautiful as was the setting and the art workshops were a great way to spend the day. Thoroughly recommend and look forward to my next stay
- Jo Ryder

Art course at Figs on the Funcho

Just spent an amazing week at the River House on their residential course. Very well organised and run with a great art teacher who was patient and encouraging . Excellent accommodation and wonderful food provided by Cheryl and her husband Graham. Great company and beautiful location. Can’t praise the week highly enough and hope to return again next year.
- Ann Peake


Suitable for all artistic levels, from the beginner to the advanced artist.
Minimum age 18 with no upper age limit.

Art Supplies

We provide the necessary art materials, so there’s no need to bring your own. However, if you would like to paint during your free time or have preferred brushes, watercolour paints, or materials, you’re welcome to bring them along.

You’ll find essential art supplies available, including watercolour paper, tracing paper, paint brushes, and watercolour paints.

infinity swimming pool view
Infinity swimming pool with river and countryside

Botanical Watercolour Painting and Yoga Holiday For Singles

yoga enthusiasts practising outdoors
Yoga in nature; finding inner peace beneath the carob tree canopy

We have many creative solo travellers who have made friends easily on our creative holidays. Having a common interest makes it easy to form friendships. The after-dinner cheese and port gatherings under the carob trees are a firm favourite with our guests as this is when you get to know each other a little more and form lasting friendships.

“I attended the plein air day at the Figs on the Funcho and had a wonderfully magical day. I came away with some new friends and my own painting.” – Liza

“Travelling on your own, as a couple or part of a group – this is a wonderful place to be, I thoroughly recommend it.” – Patricia

What is a Non-Painting Partner To Do All Day?

“I went along to Figs on the Funcho as a non-painter with my painting partner. My time there was incredibly relaxing with stunning views across the river and countryside, with interesting walks and sunsets to die for.” – Clive

There are several quiet areas on the property to enjoy and take advantage of the peaceful, tranquil, scenic surroundings. Enjoy bird watching, book a relaxing aromatherapy massage, a stand up paddle boarding lesson,  fishermen can find a spot to fish anywhere around the villa or simply chill out by the infinity pool and soak up some much needed vitamin D.

The River House is also great for relaxing and is stocked with a small collection of reading books and board games. 

The clearly signed walking route is ideal for exploring the countryside on your own and you are welcome to join the art group when they go out walking and exploring the countryside.

There is so much to discover and enjoy in the Algarve that is within easy reach.  I (Cheryl) love finding places to shop, dine and explore that add a touch of authentic flavour and variety to your Algarve visit, and I am always excited to share them so that you can also experience these wonderful discoveries. Talk to me about some of my personal recommendations listed on our  things to do page.

Your hosts, Cheryl and Graham, at Figs on the Funcho

Culinary Delights

Indulge in a delightful culinary experience during your stay on our botanical watercolour painting and yoga retreat. Cheryl and Graham, are not only enthusiastic cooks but also ardent fans of culinary maestros like Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage, Sami Tamimi and Jamie Oliver. Their passion for cooking is infused into every meal they prepare for their retreats, and it’s evident in the glowing reviews from their satisfied guests. You can expect a delectable array of healthy, vegetarian dishes that not only nourish the body but also tantalize the taste buds. Each meal is a journey of flavours. You’ll have the opportunity to savour new and exciting culinary creations that are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the eye. Take a look at some of our healthy dishes on our  sample menu.  

“The vegetarian meals a delicious revelation. I’ve ordered my first-ever veggie cookbook to continue the benefits of ‘Fig’s’ healthy delicious meals” – Judith

“Cheryl is an excellent host and her culinary skills have literally changed our view of food; vegetarian food in particular, with flavours, textures and combinations that were an assault on the senses.” – Clive

art holiday europe group lunch
Spacious outdoor deck area to enjoy al fresco meals


Portugal riverside botanical painting holiday location
Botanical painting holiday riverside location

Revel in Nature’s Tranquility and Modern Comfort: A Return Guest’s Perspective

We offer a slower pace of life for the artists who are nature enthusiasts and seek the “home-from-home’ modern comfort accommodation, privacy and peace allowing guests to disconnect from their hectic lifestyle.

“As a returning guest that almost says it all but I would also like to add with the spectacular location, comfortable accommodation, warm welcome, wonderful food and expert tuition, what a fabulous way to spend a week, hopefully will be returning again next year and can thoroughly recommend.” – Ann

A 35-minute drive from Faro Airport into the Algarve’s peaceful countryside, the botanical watercolour painting and yoga holiday features:

  • Group meals on the outdoor terrace (weather permitting)
  • Painting workshops on the riverside deck beneath carob trees
  • Yoga classes amidst nature
  • Riverside access for kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and wild swimming via garden paths. Please Note: Check water levels in advance for optimal water sport experiences during dry periods in the Algarve.
  • Cozy lounge with high ceilings and comfortable couches
  • Expansive deck with terraces, offering sun, shade, and countryside views
  • 100-year-old renovated farmhouse with an infinity pool
  • 4 spacious bedrooms, accommodating 8 guests, with flexible bedding options
  • Enjoy reading, board games, and a wide selection of DVDs
  • Complimentary swimming pool towels
  • Free cable internet connection

“The villa and grounds are beautiful and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. At night I saw the sky filled with stars.” – Ramla

luxury bedrooms at riverside retreat
Spacious bedrooms at The River House

What’s Included

  • 3 days of art instruction, totalling 9 hours
  • Inclusive art supplies: watercolours, paper, tracing paper, and paint brushes
  • Access to plein air easels and tabletop art easels as needed
  • Yoga workshops for relaxation and balance
  • Welcome beverages to start your retreat
  • Provided daily meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alcoholic and cold drinks are not included, but an honesty bar is available.
  • Airport transfers: One group pickup from Faro airport at 3 pm. Custom transfers can be arranged at your expense, with cost-sharing opportunities if others have similar arrival times. Those arriving by train can alight at S.B. Messines train station and then opt for a 5-minute taxi ride to reach the villa (please note that the taxi cost is only covered from Messines station)
  • Check-in available after 2:00 PM, and check-out is at 10:00 AM after breakfast.

What to Bring

  • Bring your swimsuit for pool time
  • If wild water swimming is on your agenda, pack water shoes
  • Include something cozy for evening relaxation
  • Insect repellent
  • Don’t forget a sun hat and comfortable walking shoes for outdoor activities and exploring nearby historical sites
  • For your artwork, consider plastic or cardboard postal tubes; paper sizes won’t exceed A3.

What’s Not Included

  • Additional options like massages or free day activities are not covered
  • We strongly recommend travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and cold beverages are not part of the package, but an honesty bar is available
  • Airfare to Portugal is not included

Flights to Portugal

  • Direct flights from the UK to Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon (LIS)
  • Direct flights from the United States cities New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston and Los Angeles to Lisbon (LIS)

Optional Activities on Location

  • Aroma Body Massages – 1 hour – €60 – €70
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding / Kayaking 
  • Wild swimming
  • Walking

Book Your Botanical Watercolour Painting and Yoga Holiday 

Read more about our upcoming retreat dates and rates and how to book here …

Painting Lessons without Accommodation

Those resident in the Algarve may join the botanical painting lessons on Saturday and Sunday as day trippers without the option of accommodation, contact for details.