Light up your creative life

A Painting Retreat in Ancient Malta
with Artist Róisín O’Farrell

October 6th – 13th 2024

You are invited to

A hybrid between a painting workshop, a cultural getaway and a nurturing retreat

A nurturing blend of painting without expectation,

Breathing life into your creativity,

Eating and drinking well,

Swaying to the music and

Allowing yourself to be looked after, for a change!

"I needed to get back to Ró’s process and positive thinking again. I like how she thinks about life and the world so I knew I would enjoy it. I loved the adventure and camaraderie with creatives. "

Marita McGeady


A completely new painting experience with me

I love to teach painters how to paint with confidence and ease. I demystify the painting process and classic techniques into simple steps so you can grow as an artist without the luxury of a lot of time. In my painting retreats, I take the same approach, breaking down painting cityscapes into easy stages and giving ways to paint the places you visit without standing under the hot for hours at a time.

When it’s too challenging to take the time and space to paint at home or to start something new, this painting retreat can ignite your creative fire. And with art materials included, it’s a great way to test the waters without the costly investment of getting the whole set-up at home. Whether you prefer painting outdoors or in our dedicated studio with AC, the choice is yours.

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learn how to create great paintings from your own less than professional photos

sketching for reference, value and features

six easy to follow steps to painting alla prima

colour mapping to record the sense of the place

use dynamic design - to bring drama to your paintings

atmospheric perspective - to create a sense of depth

amplify your focal point - using leading lines, sharpness and diverse line

What You Can Expect:

Painting tuition and creative development sessions daily with Ró.

Painting materials supplied & dedicated painting station in our own studio with AC.

7 nights accommodation in Boutique hotels in 15th-century buildings with AC and every modern luxury.

Healthy, delicious Mediterranean cuisine in our own private hotels and in Ró's favourite local waterfront restaurants. 5 evening meals included.

Easy 15-minute taxi to/from Malta International Airport.

Free time to rest, develop friendships, take in the stunning surroundings and enjoy the warmth of the sea.

Life-healing daily gatherings with Ró to get to know each other, laugh, listen & grow.

A creative pilgrimage/guided walk with Ró, through castle walls, Grand harbour vistas, ancient alleyways and boatyards.

An unforgettable evening with a private performance from one of Ireland's best-loved women singer-songwriters. tbc.

Reference gathering excursion to the ancient citadel of Mdina with our own guide.

Private guided tour of St. John's Co-Cathedral.

A special culinary evening at one of Malta’s most famous restaurants in the stunning sub-drenched alleyways of the ancient city of Birgu.

"The readings, the blessings, the eye contact, the genuine intention. The lessons, the mentoring, the mothering, the friending, ... a gift, all of it !
That is the real stand out when it came to this retreat. all of the other things are incredibly done, but this is what makes it more special than all the other retreats I've ever attended, so needed, so healing for all of us.
Everybody was shining in their own special way and that's because of Ró"

Ginger Harding Wilson

A reference gathering expedition in the silent city – Worth €100

Guided day trip to the ‘Ancient City’ of Mdina

Wander the sleepy, narrow passages of the cloistered, fortified city of Mdina. The ancient capital citadel of Malta inspires feelings of awe and eeriness in equal measure. Its beautiful, delicately preserved, medieval-like setting is sublimely atmospheric and a visual storyteller’s dream. We will be guided by one of the few residents and have time to breathe it in, and to due preliminary sketches and gather references to paint.

This special day is included in your fee!

An invitation to take a step toward a bigger life, wild and precious, deeply creative and fit to carry you forward into your next chapter.

Focus on deepening and nurturing your creative well-being.  Designed for people who have a need to rejuvenate their creative well and dig deeper to bring their work to the next level.

Come stroll the alleyways with me of the Three Cities, soak in the sun-drenched ancient buildings and roofscapes of Valletta. Stone alleyways, boatyards, traditional houses with Juliette balconies, rooftop skylines, and views of the Grand Harbour under dramatic skies. beautiful compositions ready to paint and to give you a year of paintings later.

An art history adventure – Worth €100

Guided tour of St. John’s Co-Cathedral

We’ll be making a special visit, with our own private guide, to St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta. A short boat (Dghajsa) trip, in the heart of Valletta. Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral is home to two masterpieces by Caravaggio and unique marble floors and gilt walls. St John’s Co-Cathedral is a gem of Baroque art and architecture.

This day trip is included in your fee!

A special culinary evening – Worth €80

Guided tour of St. John’s Co-Cathedral

A private dining experience at one of Malta’s most famous restaurants in the stunning sun-drenched alleyways of the old city of Birgu. Traditional Maltese food has some of the best flavors in the Mediterranean.

“The Maltese restaurant Tal-Petut was a very special experience, that evening was a high-light for me” Vivienne

In total five evening meals are included in your fee. 


Sunday 6th

Day 1


  • Arrival at your accommodation
  • Relax & settle in
  • Evening gathering
  • Relaxed welcome dinner at by the water

Monday 7th

Day 2

  • Morning gathering
  • Studio session – Six-Step gathering process & guide to reference gathering
  • Free time to rest & for Lunch
  • Creative Pilgrimage – Guided walk & reference gathering
  • Dinner at one of Ró’s favourite restaurants
  • Evening gathering

Tuesday 8th

Day 3

  • Morning gathering
  • Studio session – Painting in studio or outside
  • Free time to rest & for Lunch
  • Dghajsa boat trip to St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valleta
  • Wander Valletta & gathjering reference materials 
  • Free evening to explore Valletta   

Wednesday 9th

Day 4

  • Morning gathering
  • Studio session – Painting in studio or outside
  • Creative Pilgrimage – Guided walk & reference gathering
  • Free time to rest & for Lunch
  • Free afternoon to paint, chill, swim, or rest
  • Relaxed welcome dinner at by the water

Thursday 10th

Day 5

  • Morning gathering
  • Studio session – Process & Practice
  • Painting in studio or outside
  • Free time to rest & for Lunch
  • Reference agthering excursion to Mdina
  • Free evening to dine locally

Friday 11th

Day 6

  • Morning gathering
  • Studio session – Painting in studio or outside
  • Free time to rest & for Lunch
  • Free afternoon to paint, chill, swim, or rest 
  • Special evening experience at Tal Petuit in Bigu old city.

Saturday 12th

Day 7

  • Morning gathering
  • Studio session – Painting in studio or outside
  • Free time to rest & for Lunch
  • Closing up the studio
  • Final gathering session
  • Dinner by the water
  • Final evening event (Tbc)

Sunday 13th

Day 8

  • Breakfast 
  • Last wander 
  • Checkout

Join me in Malta!

Bonus One – Worth €1000

Love to Paint | Learn to Paint Course

Enjoy the benefit of a painting retreat and improve your skill as an artist.

I have decided to offer you this very exciting FREE BONUS. Get the best of my years of experience teaching women how to paint AND the benefit of working with me in person.

Get the best of all worlds.

Learn online with me for 6 weeks before joining me in person, then enjoy another 6 weeks online when you return home.

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Bonus Two – Worth €70

Artists retreat Roisin O'farrell

Art Materials

Travelling with art supplies is hard, so I’m making it easy with a painting station in the studio, to include

  • a table, chair and table easel,
  • full set of Winton Oil Paints,
  • one colour Acrylic for underpainting,
  • solvent and the basics of what you need to paint, water for acrylic, cups for solvent/water, palette paper, a cleaning station for brushes, etc.

Not Included: Sketching kit, canvas boards, brushes/knives, wipes, outdoor easel/kit. If you would like to paint en plein air (outdoors), please bring a kit for this purpose.


Done For You

All you need to do is get to Malat. I will look after everything from start to finish from there.

  • Easy 15 min taxi ride from the airport
  • Daily tuition, inner critic work, with Ró
  • Nourishing meals prepared for you,
  • Adventures and excursions organised with transport
  • Extra bonuses are included, and all done for you
  • All surrounded by women who support you

What would that feel like? To just relax, knowing that everything is done for you and you can just breathe and concentrate on you.

It’s time to let go of your mind and let inspiration take over.

This retreat is an investment in you, in your dreams for you, and honestly, you frickin deserve it!

Pre-Retreat Travel & Bonding Session

Get to know each other before the retreat and put names to faces so that you will be comfortable when you arrive.

Ask questions, and find out what to expect.

Private Space


We offer private rooms (a small number of shared rooms available) where you can rest and relax away from the fun whenever you need to. You are also free to opt out of any activity if you need a little quiet time for yourself.

Constant Contact When You Need It

Join our retreat WhatsApp group before you travel so you will always be in contact, while travelling, at the event and afterwards with the team and everyone in the group.

This is for you

If you love to paint
If you love to laugh and grow your creative heart
If you like to eat and drink and sway to the music
If you love to be touched by poetry and shout into the wind

Fees and Room Options

Cancellation Policy


If YOU have to cancel: Refunds are not available unless we can rebook your place. Please note that the closer we get to the event, the less likely we will be able to find someone to replace you.

If WE have to cancel: We will refund everything you have paid minus your non-refundable deposit of €750.

Proof of travel insurance to include Covid, which covers your costs including the retreat, is required.

Attendance Policy

Rooms are from budget to deluxe hotel standard to suits all pockets and vary in size, location and bathroom facilities. 

This retreat is requires you to have a moderate level of mobility. Malta is full of steps, indoors and out. There is no getting away from this. The hotel has a lift. 

It is your responsibility to make sure you have any necessary documentation to enter the country.

Maximum and Minimum number apply for this retreat. This is worth considering before booking flights. 

Róisín is not just an artist. She has a special gift for caring and encouraging creative women and has decades of experience in giving workshops and teaching.

Committed and passionate about teaching, sharing, and living creativity, Róisin’s retreats are a down-to-earth, inclusive experience for creative women of all abilities, many of whom return year after year.

"It was an absolutely incredible experience that I shall treasure for ever. Everything Ró said on the can and much much more!! I had the most amazing adventures with total strangers who have become beautiful friends. If you have the opportunity to go on one of Roisin O’Farrells Art Retreats take it. They are life-changing!!"

Jane Aston

"I can honestly say that Róisín’s teaching has completely changed the direction of my life. She has given me the confidence I needed to just simply go for it. I am proud to now call myself an artist and I still can't quite believe how well things are going. The time she takes with people, her generosity to share, and her guidance. There are not many things I can say that have so clearly changed my life but her teaching and definitely have."

Andrea Mosey

"I personally had lost all my creative confidence and had so much fear and anxiety to get through. I can’t really begin to tell you how much it means for me to physically, emotionally and intellectually enjoy and engage in the creative process once again and finally be able to call myself an artist again. Love and gratitude."


The laundry can wait – you can’t

You’ll be thanking yourself if you do and kicking yourself if you don’t.

Are you ready for a life-changing celebration of your creative soul?

A feast for the mind, body, and spirit during an all-inclusive, idyllic week in one of the most beautiful places on the planet?

And all within the company of an intimate group of other amazing women just like you who are up for the same? 

Join me in Malta!

I will carry these memories in my heart forever, treasure them and tend to them so that they remain forefront in my sense of knowing, that women from all over can come together and nurture and uplift each other, personally and creatively. And laugh a lot. My heart is full, and my world is larger today

Tammy Goodrich

Very special memories I will carry with me forever!! It was such a magical experience, a new challenge that took me out of my comfort zone but oh how marvellous it was!!! I treasure the friendships, the love and the laughter that we shared! Thanks to all that helped me with the travels. Grainne was fabulous! Ro, thank you for feeding our souls with poems, history, and words, nurturing us to be more creative in our works of art as well as our lives!


I would just like to say, no words can express the gratitude I have in my heart for you to have been placed in my path, bringing me by the hand down a road of brightness, leaving my darkness behind me, I’m in awe of how much you’ve generously shared with us as an artist, as a poet, as a teacher and as a friend who cares, .. keep painting, definitely keep teaching ( and saving more lost souls in the world).. I will never, never forget what you have done for me and my family ... they are so glad to see me smiling again, even if it means I’ve forgotten to cook some days ☺️

Eileen Collins

Roisin’s ability to communicate and get on the level of each of her students was amazing to me. Roisin came prepared to give and that she did, she knew everyone's name and something personal about each one of her students which made her easy to be with and she put me at ease from the minute I walked in.

Yvonne Snead

At this stage in life I feel differently about myself than I did 10 years ago…even 1 year ago! The questions you asked in your retreat and your intuitive insights gave me lots to think about who I want to be going forward.
I loved every minute of the retreat!

Vicki Mann

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