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in­ner Cézanne. Tu­tored by Jacque­line Wil­liams, a mem­ber of the New Eng­lish Art Club, guests go walk­ing in the moun­tains and paint­ing en plein air. There are also trips to the lo­cal Bal­néa Spa, drinks in front of the fire and four-course din­ners with wine.

• From €999pp half-board for a week in­clud­ing art ma­te­ri­als, cour­ses start 31 Au­gust and 7 Sep­tem­ber, an­ci­en­neposteava­jan.com

Song­writ­ing Cas­cais, Por­tu­gal

Bud­ding song­writ­ers can find their voice on a re­treat in Charneca do Guin­cho, a small vil­lage near the coast west of Lis­bon. Three tu­tors – two singer-song­writ­ers and a pro­ducer – give work­shops on writ­ing, ar­rang­ing and per­form­ing, and the re­treat con­cludes with an evening per­for­mance for an in­vited au­di­ence. Morn­ing yoga ses­sions are in­cluded; free time can be spent walk­ing, surf­ing or horse-rid­ing; and guests can join an op­tional visit to Cas­cais town or Sin­tra. The re­treat is based at Guin­cho Wayra House, an arty hos­tel sleep­ing 14 in two pri­vate rooms and two shared rooms, a 15-minute walk from the beach.

• From €385 for four nights in a shared room, 6-10 Fe­bru­ary, with break­fast, lunch and two din­ners, livesound­trav­els.com

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