ArtFoodCulture in collaboration with ErinHillSketching is hosting a Winter Escape Retreat for 10 days in Hoi An, Vietnam July 25th to August 3rd 2018. Your host is Anna Barnes (long term traveller to Hoi An, chef and artist) has built a network of contacts over the years who delight in giving our groups special attention. They take us off the tourist trail to experience locations and restaurants that only a local can.

You will be staying by the river, walking distance to the UNESCO Heritage town of Hoi An in a modern guest house with pool. Early Mornings are spent cycling to the beach, enjoying yoga and having breakfast in the market (fresh fruit smoothies, delicious coconut, pho and Vietnamese coffee). Otherwise, enjoy your complimentary hotel breakfast before we meet for an Erin Hill Travel Sketch Class, especially tailored to capture the stunning historical town of Hoi An, its people, lifestyle and the food. Your experienced EHS tutor Anna Barnes has chosen sketching locations that will capture the essence of Hoi An. From emerald rice paddies, to blooming lotus fields, farmers at work, water buffalos, ducks, bustling markets, historic assembly halls, Buddhist pagodas, quaint Vietnamese coffee houses, the famous Japanese Bridge, Marble Mountain and the ancient Cham ruins, Mi Son. One of the many highlights will be visiting Anna's good friend Linh in her family home. She is a mother and wonderful cook and her husband runs an eco fish and herb farm on the property. You will have a hands on cooking class with her at her eco farm. We will be accompanied by our Vietnamese english speaking guide for all our outings, so rest assured, you will have wonderful interactions with the locals!

Your afternoons are free (its going to be hot and humid). I expect most of you will stay by the pool, sketch and relax, or catch up on your spa treatments, visits to the tailor and shopping.

Evenings, a balmy walk along the river side enjoying the beautiful lanterns and night markets Hoi An has become famous for. Anna has chosen comfortable restaurants that serve delicious local cuisine. She will help with ordering food, conversing with restaurant staff and can answer your foodie questions. This is where we will sketch night scenes, food and people. Discussions about the art, food and culture of the region will be encouraged. You will be escorted back to your hotel, or if you wish to find a bar or dancing venue recommendations are included in your comfort pack.


25th July 2018-3rd August 2018.


$3500 (land content)


Small group size. Minimum 5, maximum 10.

No single supplement.

10 nights accomodation in 3 star guesthouse with pool.

9 breakfasts

8 lunches

2 dinners (welcome and farewell dinner) 

Erin Hill Travel Sketch Course (8 sessions x 4 hours each plus optional evening sketching)

Comfort pack on arrival- It will include ethically sourced organic lemongrass soap, cinnamon room spray, local map, sim card for local data, a conical hat, a cotton shopping bag (to reduce plastic bag use), shopping guide, spa, bar and nightlife guide, food guide (so you can order meals with confidence), activities for free time, recommended reading, films, Youtube channels, and instagram accounts. (subject to change with similar valued items if necessary)

Entry ticket to The Ancient Town and 3 days of sketching the historical buildings of Hoi An with Vietnamese English speaking guide.

Private bus trip to the historic Cham ruins, Mi Son with local guide.

Private bus trip to Marble Mountain with local guide.

Cooking Class and Basket Boat day out at a private Eco Fish and Herb Farm

Rice Paper making, Farm excursion and Seafood Lunch at the Organic Herb Gardens.

Market Tours.

8 yoga classes (optional).

Bicycle hire.

Not included:

International airfares


Travel insurance

Dinners (except where stated)

Beverages- alcohol and imported soft drinks. 

Anything not mentioned in the Included list.


For the full itinerary or questions please email Anna Barnes at

Bookings and more Information Here

Previous retreats by ArtFoodCulture Here

More Erin Hill Sketch Holidays Here



As this is a last minute addition to our retreat schedule, booking deadline is June 15th, 2018. 50% deposit of $1750 is due at time of booking and the balance of $1750 is due 27th June. Please email Anna for the best way to split payment. Otherwise full payment can be made immediately by clicking the Bookings link below. The retreat is guaranteed to go ahead if minimum numbers are reached by 15th June. Once minimum numbers have been reached we will contact you to proceed with booking your air travel and organising your visa and insurance. Do not proceed until you have been notified.

We can recommend a Sydney based Vietnam specialist Travel Agent to take care of your airfares, visa and travel insurance. Let us know if you would like details. Travel insurance is mandatory and a copy must be supplied before commencement.

For Extra nights, add ons to your itinerary within Vietnam, VIP Airport service, private transfers to your hotel, and tours to neighbouring countries please contact our trusted South East Asian Specialists Khiri Travel at