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Encaustic Explorations 

Burren College of Art

Hosted by Lora Murphy & Alicia Tormey
August 19 - 27, 2023

We are really excited you are joining us for the Encaustic Explorations retreat at the Burren College of Art in Ireland this August!


Below is our schedule along with some additional information to help you prepare for this event. We will continue to update you with more specifics through the Encaustic Explorations

Facebook group page.

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 at the on-site castle 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 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 Excursion to Ballyvaughan village

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 11 AM

We will pick up the group on Saturday, August 19 at 4 PM at the Galway Coach Station and will depart for return to Galway at 11 am on Sunday, August 27.


As we get closer to the retreat we will provide you specifics and a map with the shuttle pick-up location along with our local contact information.


There are two recommended options to get to Galway from Dublin via bus or train:

From the Dublin airport, you can take a bus to the Galway Coach Station OR you can take a taxi or bus from the airport into the city to Heuston Train Station and catch a train to Galway Train Station. The Galway Train Station is adjacent to the Coach station where the shuttle to Burren will pick us up. 

The coach and train station has luggage storage if you arrive in Galway early and want to explore the town before pick-up.


You are welcome to arrange your own transportation to the Burren College of Art, but we do recommend arriving with the group as it is the most straightforward and economical method to get to the venue. If you do choose to make your own way to the College please let us know so you are accounted for. The address for the Burren College of Art is -  Newtown Castle, Newtown, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, H91 H299, Ireland. 



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Things to do and see while in Ireland:

Coming soon...

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