Sketch Retreat Vietnam with Rob Sketcherman Nov/Dec 2019:

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Rob Sketcherman is your iPad Sketch tutor for an 11 day Retreat in Da lat Vietnam, November 25th - December 5th 2019. Your host Anna Barnes of ArtFoodCulture (long term traveller to Vietnam, 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 Da Lat city hotel for the first 5 nights, easy walking distance to the Da Lat famous night markets, a Lak Lake countryside glamping style bungalow near Ethnic Minority Villages, and your final 3 nights will be in the luxury historic Dalat Palace Hotel.

Each morning Rob will give an iPad Sketch Class, especially tailored to capture the stunning region of Da Lat, its people and culture. Rob will build lessons around the historic architecture, street scenes, the market, the lake and the crowds of people there.

He has developed a workshop program especially for this Retreat for all levels, from absolute beginners to those familiar with iPad sketching. Rob starts with an indoor session so everyone’s familiar with the interface and tools of Procreate then we head out for a leisurely location sketch in one of Da Lat’s fascinating locations.


We have chosen sketching locations that will encompass and showcase Da lat. K’ho Lat Minority village, Domain de Marie church, Linh Phuoc Pagoda, Crazy House and the Old railway station. One of the many highlights will be visiting Dak lak Province where we will stay in a tented camp for some serious glamping that honours cultural preservation and environmental protection. We vist Yangtao village, located on the foot of Chu Yang Sin National Park, and trek to the hidden waterfall, enjoy the jungle canopy, and swim at the fresh natural pool whilst savouring a healthy picnic lunch.

Rob will guide you with your iPad 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 markets, to the loveliest of Vietnamese restaurants. You will experience many different styles of Vietnamese cuisine.

Plenty of time will also be spent enjoying the hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. Da lat is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate, it was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain.

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 Da Lat throughout the tour.


About Rob Sketcherman:

...and nice guy + gadget geek, some might add. Well, those are some of the better things Rob has been called. Making art on location on his iPad Pro, also known as urban sketching, is what he is most known for, and is what he loves doing whenever possible. There's nothing like the alchemy of being in one spot, absorbing the details of what's happening around him, then capturing the essence of what he sees and feels on his (digital) canvas. 

More about Rob Here

Rob’s Instagram Here

Anna has asked Rob to be the principle sketch tutor for this trip because of his incredible skills using the iPad. With the release of the new iPad in 2018, and the increasing popularity of iPad Urban Sketching, Anna believes that there can not be a better person more suited to be a tutor on one of her Retreats.

His abilities in both sketching and teaching, along with his long term experience as an iPad workshop facilitator mean that guests on this Retreat will experience great satisfaction. He is a lover of good food too, and will show us how to iPad sketch it! Anna looks forward to him sharing his passion with her Retreat Guests.

See Rob Sketchermans Blog Here

Your Sketching Tutor Rob Sketcherman,  on location.


November 25th- December 5th 2019.


$4900 per person. (Single supplement extra $400). All prices AUD.


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

10 nights accommodation (total). A city hotel in Da lat next to the famous night markets (5 nights), an Eco lodge in Dak Lak (2 nights). A 5 star historic French Colonial hotel (3 nights)

10 breakfasts

9 lunches

10 dinners (from the best Street Food to Fine Dining)

8 x 3 hr iPad sketch tuition sessions with Rob Sketcherman

Private bus trip to the K’ho Lat ethnic minority village with guide

Domain de Marie church

Linh Phuoc Pagoda

2 nights Lak Lake Eco Village

Old railway station

Botanical walk and picnic in Chu Yang Sin National Park

Crazy House visit & sketch

Guided village tour to explore M’Nong ethnic villages (Nau, M’Lieng) around Lak

Retreat begins and ends in Da Lat, Vietnam. Airport code is DLI

Transfer from airport to hotel.


Not included:



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 to secure your reservation. The final payment balance of $4400 is due 120 days prior to departure date. ($400 extra if paying single supplement). All prices AUD.

You will need your own iPad, Apple pencil and Procreate (app) for this trip. Please ask for details.

phone: (+61) 490345782

Bookings close July 25th 2019. 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

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

phone: (+61) 490345782


Anna Barnes founder of Art Food Culture is a long time traveller to Vietnam. She has a Masters in Design Science, specialising in 3D Animation from The University of Sydney (being awarded the Dean's Honour Award) and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Social Anthropology, specialising in South East Asian Studies. Anna was the Executive Chef of Sydneys "Best Specialty Restaurant" winner and has worked over 25 years in Sydney restaurants, working with specialty cuisines, and creating authentic cultural menus. She was the owner of "Fiasco and Debacle", Sydneys largest artisan cafe cake manufacturer for 8 years. She has implemented and delivered cooking classes, held workshops, been a cooking demonstrator, facilitated "Artist Way" groups, and has worked for Team Building companies. She currently leads Creative Retreats in Vietnam and teaches Travel Sketching and Nature Journalling in The Blue Mountains. Her passion is to help people connect, transform, recover and thrive through art, food and culture. She is an artist, a mother, traveller and a naturalist and lives in The Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia with her family. 

Your Host Anna Barnes, on location.