This Tour is Fully Booked. To have your name placed in order on the waiting list please email Anna here

Sketch Retreat Vietnam with James Richards-March 2019:

James Richards is your Sketch tutor for a 10 day retreat in Hoi An, Vietnam March 18th -27th 2019. Your host Anna Barnes of ArtFoodCulture (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 that only a local can.

You will be staying in a locally run guest house, a short distance to the UNESCO Heritage town of Hoi An. Each morning James will give a Sketch Class, especially tailored to capture the stunning historical town of Hoi An, its people and culture. James will build lessons around the historic architecture, street scenes, the market, the river, and the crowds of people there, as well as teach his more typical subjects such as a 5-step process for building urban sketches, creating a sense of depth, etc.

We have chosen sketching locations that will encompass Hoi An. Emerald rice paddies and farmers at work, blooming lotus fields, bustling markets, historic Chinese Assembly Halls, Buddhist Pagodas, Vietnamese coffee houses, the famous Japanese Bridge, Marble Mountain and the ancient Cham ruins, Mi Son are all on offer. One of the many highlights will be visiting Linh’s family home. She is a long time friend of Anna’s, a mother and wonderful cook. She and her husband run an Eco herb and fish farm on the property. You will have a hands on cooking class with her and spend the afternoon sketching and relaxing amongst the water coconut palms. Another highlight will be visiting one of the 54 Ethic minority groups of Vietnam, the Co Tu people. Two days and one night in a traditional homestay with these people will give you plenty of time to explore this precious culture. James will guide you with your sketching and is looking forward to teaching in such a fascinating environment. Meals are included, and Anna will be taking you to her favourite places from the busiest of streetfood vendors where only the locals go, to the loveliest of Vietnamese restaurants in the Ancient town. You will experience many different styles of Vietnamese cuisine. Plenty of time will also be spent enjoying the lantern lit streets and the balmy evenings by the river.

About James Richards:

James is a former professor of landscape architecture and urban design.  His interests and workshop teaching environments are public spaces, street life, architecture, town and landscape character—basically the physical environment that expresses the culture and that which shapes people’s daily lives.  For this upcoming Vietnam retreat he has designed an amazing recreational learning experience that uses those types of subject matter to take the participants’ sketching skills to the next level.  We will have a lot of fun at the same time.

More about James Here

Anna has asked James to be the principle sketch tutor for this trip because of his love and understanding of  Vietnam. See James Richards Vietnam Overview Here

Your Sketching Tutor James Richards,  on location.


March 18 -27th 2019.


Small group maximum 10 sketchers. This will ensure you will receive plenty of personal tuition during the sessions.

9 nights accomodation in a locally run family style guesthouse.

9 breakfasts

8 lunches

9 dinners

8 x 3 hr sketch tuition sessions with James Richards

Entry ticket to The Ancient Town

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

Private bus trip to Marble Mountain with local guide.

2 day/1 night tour to the village of the Co Tu people in the district of Tay Giang in Quang nam province, exploring the village, eating and sleeping in a traditional homestay.

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

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


Not included:

International airfares


Travel insurance

Beverages- alcohol and imported soft drinks. 

Anything not mentioned in the Included list.

Please note:

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 per person is required in order to secure your reservation. The final payment balance of $3400 is due 120 days prior to departure date. ($3800 due if you are paying single supplement)

Bookings close November 18th 2018. Full Balance due.

If you have paid your deposit, then your reservation will be assured. The retreat is guaranteed to go ahead if minimum numbers are reached by the booking deadline. For guests who have a reservation assured, DO NOT proceed with booking your air travel and organising your visa and insurance until we have contacted you. (In the rare case that minimum numbers are not reached, and a retreat is cancelled, then your deposit will be returned in full).

We can recommend a Sydney based Vietnam specialist Travel Agent to take care of your airfares, visa and travel insurance if you are departing from Australia. Let us know if you would like details.

Travel insurance is mandatory and a copy must be supplied to us before commencement.

For Extra nights, add ons to your itinerary within Vietnam, VIP Airport service, private transfers to your hotel, and tours to other parts of Vietnam or neighbouring countries please contact our trusted South East Asian Specialists Khiri Travel at sales.vietnam@khiri.com

For the full itinerary or questions please email Anna Barnes at ArtFoodCulture.


phone: (+61) 490345782


$3900 per person. (Single supplement extra $400)

More Information and Bookings Here

Your Host Anna Barnes, on location.