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Tarot, meditation, drumming and painting to free your soul

A joyful and sometimes emotional day with shaman Neuza Sermain and regular art teacher Sandro Santilha. Using two separate and beautiful tarot decks Neuza talked about the history and use of tarot. A guided meditation and drumming session in the gardens, followed group discussion and a chance to explore the meaning and interpretations of the cards. A break for lunch under the trees and overlooking the beautiful valley towards the wooded hill before the afternoon session with Sandro. With his gentle guidance we were encouraged to open ourselves to our inner psyche in a joyous afternoon of artist creation.


Hairdressing, body painting, art… Uschi Kuhn is passionate about it all

Source: algarvedailynews by Jan Hinze

Whilst many people come to the Algarve to retire, local artist and businesswoman Uschi Kuhn has spent the last 15 years working as a hairdresser and body painter at her home in the picturesque hills above Loulé.

Born in Germany, Uschi and her husband Rudi moved with their young family to South Africa in 1966 where they established a hairdressing business.  They returned to Germany in 1976 to start yet another hairdressing business in Leimen.  However, they both missed the climate, vegetation, stars, sea and sky of South Africa so much they couldn’t settle.

After visiting the Algarve on holiday they were reminded so much of all the things they had left behind in South Africa that they moved here in 2002 and started yet another hairdressing business.  Soon Uschi expanded the business to include body painting and permanent make-up.

In 2013 Uschi was suddenly widowed but she continued her business and in 2015 she was appointed the first woman President of the Almancil International Rotary Club. It was whilst carrying out her presidential duties that she met widower Peter Thorne.  The two became friends.  Romance soon blossomed and their partnership was blessed at the beautiful church in São Lourenço in January 2017.

Whilst Uschi enjoyed her business, art has always been her passion.  Her dream was to create an artists retreat at her beautiful home.  “When I confided this to Peter he not only encouraged me to transform my home and gardens, he has worked tirelessly to make my dream come true” said Uschi. Together Uschi and Peter have created an oasis of colour and calm where fellow artists can stay, enjoy the beautiful Algarve and receive expert tuition from local professional artists if they wish.

The extensive gardens certainly reflect Uschi’s quirky character and love of colour.  Whichever way you look there are paintings and sculptures to make you smile.   There are breath-taking views of the valley as well as seating areas to soak up the sun and atmosphere.   Even before the project was finished Uschi was receiving enquiries from people as far away as Australia.  “I won’t be giving up hairdressing” said Uschi.  “I don’t want to disappoint my regular clients but I am very excited about making new friends who enjoy art as much as I do”.

Source: algarvedailynews.com by Jan Hinze


International Women`s Day Lunch

The sun finally came out and we were delighted to welcome 9 ladies to our International Women`s Day event.  We started the day in style with a glass of fizz and a tour of the facilities.  The gardens are looking crisp and beautiful after the rain and Uschi was delighted to have the opportunity to show the new art installations in hidden spots throughout the gardens, tranquil secret seating areas for contemplation, the new treatment room and sauna, the yoga lawn, breakfast terrace and some of the newly renovated accommodation together with the all important Art Room, patio and wooden terrace with its stunning views to the misty hills.

Kerstin Wagner led the morning art session with a communal painting created by all participants.  Vibrant and tactile,  a swirling use of colour and cooperation with the opportunity to cut out your own creation from the whole.

A delicious lunch and the opportunity to chat with new friends followed by Uschi sharing a little of her history with the group.

Aderita Silva led the afternoon session with participants creating beautiful, light and bright acrylic abstracts using a range of techniques.

A great day and our thanks to Kerstin, Aderita and Jan Hinze for her great photos


Algarve Art Retreat is celebrating International Womens Day

Uschi Kuhn will be opening her Algarve Art Retreat Project for a day of empowerment and artistic expression for women.

Day includes:

  • Welcome drinks, lunch with wine and afternoon tea
  • Surprises
  • Tour of Algarve Art Retreat
  • Meet the teachers
  • Sample art classes and chance to explore your inner artistic soul


Hacienda BeYou
Casa Estrela Da Vida
No. 37 Vale Telheiro, Loulé

Tel. +351 913.355.132