ArtFoodCulture is hosting a Womens Vegetarian Winter Escape Retreat for 10 days in Hoi An, Vietnam July 7-17th 2019. Your host Anna Barnes (founder of ArtFoodCulture, long term traveller to Hoi An, chef and artist) has built a network of contacts over the years that delight in giving our Retreat guests special attention. They take us off the tourist trail to experience locations, activities and food 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 through rice fields, enjoying yoga on the beach and having breakfast in the locals market (fresh fruit smoothies, delicious local coconut, noodles and Vietnamese coffee). We meet for a Creative Workshop in the mornings, especially tailored to capture the stunning historical town of Hoi An, its people, lifestyle and the food. Your experienced tutor Anna Barnes has chosen artisans and locations that will capture the essence of Hoi An. Lets meet the local artisans and learn some new skills. Bring your favourite creative tools for this experience. Your sketchbook, your watercolours, pencils, journal, camera, notebook, drone, iPad or GoPro. What do you prefer use to capture and tell stories?

We slow travel through the emerald Rice Paddies, to blooming Lotus Fields, farmers at work, water buffalos, ducks, bustling Markets, historic Assembly Halls, Buddhist Pagodas, quaint Vietnamese Coffee Houses, Organic Herb Gardens, the famous Japanese Bridge, Tam Thanh Mural Village 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 she runs an eco herb farm on the property. You will have a hands on vegetarian cooking class with her. Another highlight will be visiting the home of specialty tofu makers and learning how the Vietnamese make tofu in a village home for sale at the markets. Please ask for the itinerary for the specific workshop schedule that is planned. We will be accompanied by our Vietnamese english speaking guide (and Annas good friend) for all our outings, so rest assured, you will have wonderful interactions with the locals!

Your afternoons are free to explore your special interests. I expect some of you will stay by the pool, sketch, read and relax, or catch up on your spa treatments, visits to the tailor and shopping. Others will use your google map Anna has created just for this retreat to explore key locations in outlying rural regions of Hoi An by bicycle, or spend extra time in the Ancient Town’s Historic buildings, Museums and Ateliers.

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 vegetarian cuisine. She will help with ordering food, conversing with restaurant staff and can answer your foodie questions. This is where we will enjoy night scenes, food and people. Discussions about the art, food and culture of the region will be encouraged. Book lists and movie recommendations will be given well before departure, and these will be discussed too. 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.

Hoi An is a safe, vibrant and fascinating town in Central Vietnam. It has become tourist friendly over the years, and all your travelling needs can be easily met, yet the town still retains an original authentic cultural atmosphere. It has attracted more and more artists, artisans and craftspeople from all over Vietnam. Anna looks forward to participating in the unique learning experiences with you that the wonderful residents of Hoi An offer.

The retreat will have a strong emphasis on taking care of our tourist footprint. Stainless Steel water bottles, bamboo straws and re usable ethically made cotton bags will be used, to reduce the use of single use plastic. Anna will also point out other ways we can take responsibility for our impact on the environment and the beautiful gentle people of Hoi An throughout the tour.


7-17th July 2019.


$3500 (land content)


Small group size. Women only. Minimum 5, maximum 10.

No extra is charged if you prefer a room to yourself.

10 nights accomodation in 3 star guesthouse with pool.

9 breakfasts

8 lunches

9 dinners (vegetarian street food, markets vendors and restaurants ) 

Creative Workshops (8 sessions x 3 hours each facilitated by Anna Barnes and local artisans)

Comfort eco pack on arrival (organic soap, room spray, cotton shopping bag, bamboo straws etc)

Entry ticket to The Ancient Town and 3 days of Creative Workshops in 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 Tam Thanh Mural Village with local guide.

Cooking Class and Basket Boat day at Linh’s Eco Herb Farm.

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

Sunset Photography Workshop with renowned Hoi An Photographer Etienne Bossot of Pics of Asia.

Embroidery and Stitching Workshop with Local Vietnamese artisan.

Bamboo Workshop in traditional countryside setting.

Market Sketching workshop with Anna Barnes of @artfoodculture instagram

Market Tours.

8 yoga classes.

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, bookings or questions please email Anna Barnes at

Previous retreats by ArtFoodCulture Here


Extra Information:

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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