14-23 May 2020

Join us for our third creative retreat in Britain’s beautiful New Forest an hour and half southwest of London with artists Mandy Pattullo and Anna Corba. The Retreat begins in historic Richmond-upon-Thames in southwest London where we’ll stay for one night at the 4 star hotel, The Petersham, located by the river Thames and close to Richmond Park. Our first dinner together will be at a restaurant in central Richmond and the following morning we visit Petersham Nurseries for a delicious lunch and shopping for antiques and other treasures.

We leave London on Friday afternoon for the New Forest on Friday afternoon, a 150 square mile area of heath and ancient woodland and the 12th century royal hunting ground of William I.  We stop en route to visit historic Mottisfont Abbey where you can see the fabulous walled gardens and the extraordinary interior painted by artist Rex Whistler. We’ll arrive in time for pre-dinner drinks at Heathfield House, the Georgian manor house that will be your home from home for the next 7 nights.  You’ll love this comfortable and elegant house, its beautifully designed bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and the 15-acre estate of private gardens and fields.  

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Textile artist Mandy Pattullo and paper artist Anna Corba will offer daily classes. Mandy is a British artist, with an international reputation who uses tattered and worn fabrics to create works of art. During the week you’ll learn the techniques and processes behind Mandy’s signature style and how old quilts and garments are unpicked, cut up and darned, then layered and hand-stitched in place with embroidery and appliqué. Well-worn books, music scores, postcards, ribbons and lace are US artist Anna Corba’s stock in trade and she will show you how these simple materials can be transformed into handbound journals, tags and ornaments, as well as lavender sachets and sewn notions.


We plan to visit the nearby colourful coastal town of Lymington an ancient seaport town recorded in the Domesday Book to shop in the High Street’s independent and boutique shops or walk along the coast to Lymington's Nature Reserve.  We’ll also take other trips out in the local area, scouting out antiques when possible. 

Our private chef Sarah Richardson will be on hand during the week to prepare delicious meals using fresh, local ingredients. We’ll have two lunches out, one at a typical British pub and the other at a local restaurant acclaimed for its food.  We return to London a week later for our farewell dinner at a super restaurant overlooking the river Thames in Richmond and a final overnight at the Richmond Hill hotel.


Essential information

9 nights/10 day creative retreat

12 luxury ensuite bedrooms available for single or double occupancy

Minimum 8 participants. Maximum 14 participants

£3500 per person double occupancy
£3800 per person single occupancy
Non-refundable deposit of $450 on booking
30% due on 1 October 2019
Final balance due 10 January 2020

1 night at The Petersham, 1 night at the Richmond Hill Hotel. 7 nights at Heathfield House. All meals unless stated (please see brochure). 5.5 days tuition with Anna Corba and Mandy Pattullo. All workshop materials. Trips, entrance fees and local transport

Airfares to UK. Airport transfers

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“Keep doing what you do! You do it so well, I look forward to many more retreats...”

Denise R., United States


Anna corba

Anna is an internationally known collage artist, experienced instructor and author of five books on paper crafting. She specialises in creating artful objects using vintage ephemera... journals, notecards, candle jars and more. She teaches in the US and at Chateau Dumas in France where she will teach for the seventh year running this year. Her product line has been featured in shops around the globe.

Mandy Pattullo is a Textile artist based in Northumberland, England. She trained as a surface pattern designer before moving into teaching full-time. She left teaching and chose to develop work with old and worn textiles. She cuts up old quilts and garments, unpicks them, darns and constructs new textile collages usually embellishing with simple embroidery and traditional appliqué.


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