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Encaustic Explorations

Artist Retreat In Ireland

Master encaustic painters,

Alicia Tormey Lora Murphy

team up to bring you this exclusive 

Encaustic Artist Retreat

August 19 - 27, 2023

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This retreat is nearly full... but there are still a few spaces left in the Refine & Define Your Creative Voice Retreat in Mulranny, Co Mayo, Ireland.

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Join us in the land of poets, dreamers... and legends for a week of wax and wonder in the Emerald Isle. we embark on an adventure with two of the encaustic world's leading artists and instructors.

Get ready for creative transformation...

Encaustic Explorations Workshop with
Lora Murphy:


Painting in the Land of Heart's Desire 

with Lora Murphy:

Inspired by the exquisite work of Harry Clark, Ireland’s most beloved stained glass Artist and Jim Fitzpatrick, Painter and illustrator, best known for his elaborately detailed Celtic work, we will draw on the spirit of Art Noveau to create amazing and complex figurative works in this brand new class.

Whether you are an experienced painter or this is your first foray into encaustic and figure, you will love this class.We are going to spend three days in our light filled workshop at the Burren College of Art, collaging, painting and creating. 

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We begin with building luscious backgrounds using unique ephemera from antique bookshops, old book covers, maps and letters plus scrapbook and tissue paper prints of your own work or inspiration and monoprints of gorgeous  local botanicals and celtic knots


You will learn the beauty of transparent glazes and rich opaque swathes of colour that make your artwork sing! Stamping, found objects, collaging and painting, we will add 3 D elements and encaustic paint  to build a story of ancient Ireland!

We will continue mark making,  carving and scratching into the surface  with tools and knives creating wonderful dimension and texture. After that we move on to colour, creating luminous beeswax and paint layers. Scraping back previous layers allows the beauty of the underpainting to peek through. Fusing with a torch allows a play of wax and colours that results in gorgeous swathes and swirls that would be impossible to create any other way.

Encaustic Explorations Workshop with
Alicia Tormey:


Breaking New Ground

with Alicia Tormey:

Get ready for a new approach to your art making. This workshop is designed to open you up to fresh ideas and elevate your encaustic painting process. 

We'll work with encaustic and mixed media to discover new ways to express your creative voice.


Using shellac, encaustic, mixed media and creative mark making techniques... we will experiment and push the boundaries of our materials to discover alternative ways to work with encaustic and create unique works of art

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In addition to playful experimentation...

we will also dive into the more technical aspects of encaustic as we cover ways to make repairs to your work, methods to improve composition and tips for working with color.

We will have several days together in the studio providing us with plenty of time for individual guidance.


  • Workshop Fees

  • Class Materials

  • 8 Nights Accommodation
    (double occupancy w/ ensuite bath)

  • Daily Meals 

  • Group Excursions

  • Ground


Our Retreat  Location:

Encaustic Explorations Retreat

takes place on the campus of the

Burren College of Art, 

a small, independent art school situated on the Wild Atlantic Way on the northwest coast of County Clare in Ireland. 

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Campus Cafe

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On Site Accomodations

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The Lodge

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Spaces To Gather


Spaces To Learn


Places To Discover

Retreat Schedule
August 19 - 27, 2023
Tentative Schedule subject to change

Day 1:

August 19th

Arrival Day / Welcome Dinner

We will greet you at the Galway Coach Station at 4 PM and deliver you to the Burren College of Art campus. You will have some time to get settled in before we all gather for a little bubbly and welcome dinner

Day 4:

August 22nd

Workshops /

Session "A" concludes

Workshop Studio Day

Group Dinner

Special Evening Entertainment

Day 7:

August 25th

Workshops /

Session "B" continues

Workshop / studio day

Group Dinner 

Evening Entertainment

Day 2:

August 20th

Workshops /

Session "A" Begins

Students will gather in the studio with their assigned instructor, either Lora or Alicia, for the start of Session “A”.

Workshops are conducted from 9:30am to 4pm with a mid-day break for lunch in the campus cafe.

Group dinner followed by a quiet evening to reflect

Day 5:

August 23nd

Day Trip / Excursion 

We'll spend the day gathering inspiration on a group excursion to regional sites including the Cliffs of Moher and historical ruins.

Group Dinner back at the Burren followed by a

Quiet evening to relax

Day 8:

August 26th

Workshops /

Session "B" Concludes

Workshop / studio day

We will celebrate our final evening together with a BBQ Dinner on the patio,

Live local musicians and a

Student Gallery Show & Tell

Day 3:

August 21st

Workshops /

Session "A" continues

Workshop Day

Group Dinner

Evening Entertainment

Day 6:

August 24th

Workshops /

Session "B" Begins

Students will gather in the studio with their alternate instructor, either Lora or Alicia, for the start of Session “B” workshops

Group Dinner 

Evening Entertainment

Day 9:

August 27th

Departure Day

Farewell Breakfast

Ground transport to Galway leaving Burren College of art at 9 AM

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Meet your instructors:
Lora Murphy & Alicia Tormey 

Lora Murphy

Lora Murphy was born in Ireland and educated in the US, Italy and Ireland. Trained as an oil painter, she now works primarily in Encaustic and Mixed Media. Lora teaches Contemporary Portraiture in Encaustic workshops throughout the world. 

"I would characterize my work as representational but drawing on the complexity of feelings emotions and memories evoked by my celtic heritage."

Alicia Tormey  is an internationally recognized encaustic artist best known for her unique approach to encaustic painting and her shellac burn techniques. She has been conducting classes and encaustic workshops since 2006 and currently maintains a studio in Sun Valley, Idaho.

"My work is fluid and organic. Inspired by nature, my work bridges the boundaries between abstraction and representational imagery."

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