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Jenny Kroik's Grand Tour

October 22-29, 2023 SOLD OUT

NEW RETREAT ADDED! October 15-22, 203

How do you express your experiences on paper? How do you capture beauty with paint? In the 19th century, artists and writers visited South Italy, seeking beauty as part of "The Grand Tour." This artist's retreat continues that tradition.


All levels are welcome! Whether you are an experienced artist or have not touched a pencil in years, this retreat is designed to fill you with inspiration and wonder. 


Each day will begin with technical demonstrations and practical advice for painting and drawing in the studio and on location. Jenny will offer a suggested focus for the day (both artistic and philosophical) for each place we visit. In the morning, we will revisit our work and review the visual information gathered, generating new questions for the next adventure. 


Jenny Kroik is a New York City-based illustrator.


The inspiration for her whimsical, sensitive paintings comes from the people she sees around her. With her work, she attempts to capture a fleeting moment or feeling to free time and highlight the beauty and wonder in each person and their environment. Jenny has worked for various clients on illustrations for books, magazines, advertising, products, and websites; she has also shown her work in several US galleries.


For over a decade, Jenny has taught drawing and painting at universities and institutions, including the University of Oregon, F.I.T., New York Botanical Garden, and the 92nd Street Y. She has illustrated three covers for The New Yorker and numerous cartoons and illustrations for the New Yorker online. 

Limited to just 12 guests

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Retreat Details

  • Sunday, October 15 - 2pm pickup in Naples, transfer to Borgo La Pietraia

  • Monday, October 16 - Lunch at a buffalo mozzarella farm, afternoon sketching at the 3,000-year-old temples at Paestum

  • Tuesday, October 17 - Sketching and exploring the beautiful fishing villages along the Cilento Coast

  • Wednesday, October 18 - Cooking class with Chef Mario Stellato and a fancy dress-up dinner at Michelin starred Le Trabe

  • Thursday, October 19 - Sketching in the historic center of Salerno on the Amalfi Coast

  • Friday, October 20 - A visit to the mountains to explore an abandoned village

  • Saturday, October 21 - optional visit to Approdo Spa, or relax and work on your art

  • Sunday, October 22, - after breakfast, depart for Naples

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Junior Suite - 

$3,300 per person based on double occupancy. $350 single supplement. These large rooms also offer a queen bed, terrace, and full sea view. 


Superior Suite - 

$3,000 per person. $300 single supplement. These rooms have a double bed, terrace, and partial sea view.

Price includes:

  • Breakfast daily

  • All meals except for 2 lunches

  • All ground transportation via private coach

  • All entrance fees, tours and local guides

  • Transfers from Borgo La Pietraia and Naples train station



  • International airfare

  • Mini-fridge charges or room service

  • Trip insurance

  • Gratuities for tours guides and drivers


The tour begins and ends in Naples at noon.

$500 reservation fee to secure your seat (non-refundable). (We will send you an invoice after we receive your reservation request.)


Balance due 90 days before departure.

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