We are an artist's residency, beachfront, listed in international art residency website Transartists. We host regularly many people from Brazil and around the world. Here guests can relax or develop projects. It is not necessary to be an artist, although many artists come, we host weekenders and regular tourists too. The profile photo is our gate :)
Apart from contemporary art, the a house is a place for self development. So we encourage walks, dialog and meditation. We also build small boats at the house: yes boats. We have a small carpentry :)
I am a graduated artist, independent curator, photographer, videomaker, boatbuilder and art consultant. I am married to Maria Rosa (architect) and her two daughters. We live mostly in São Paulo and I got to Itanhaém a lot . I stay around 20% of the time in Itanhaém and 80% in São Paulo. Sometimes we have guests on weekends but during weekdays the house has no guests, then we work more on boatbuilding. We need to take care of the house, garden, guests, cultural programs and business development. Workawayers are expected to help with house painting, cleaning, gardening, welcoming guests, maintenance, carpentry, eventually feeding the bad dog (he stays is a separated area, we rescued him from the streets and he is not very friendly with strangers, but we have a safe place for him and there is no danger).
Itanhaém is very nice and modest city, it is a beach for the local people, it is not an international touristic destination. There are other beaches incredibly beautiful in Brazil, so don´t expect to find a deserted beach, it is a pleasant city beach by the coast, with very good infraestructure, mostly visited by local brazilian people and residents from São Paulo in weekends. There are many summer houses where we are.
Itanhaém is an important destination for local surfers, and we have surf tournaments regularly. Our beach is called Praia dos Pescadores, (Fishermen Beach). The city offers some historical buildings, as it is one of the oldest in Brazil (more than 480 years old), there are some good restaurants, surf shops (one of the best brazilian shapers), surf classes, nice walks, very nice river, some hiking options, cinema (in portuguese), some nightlife and our engaged artist´s residents :) You could use Itanhaém also as a base, to explore other towns, or even the great São Paulo city, with huge museums and cultural options! We are just 100 km from São Paulo, a bus takes one hour and 45 minutes in normal traffic conditions.
Apart from my experience in art and boatbuilding we can talk about buddhism since I converterd myself two years ago :)
Feel free to contact me for more info.
Have a nice trip! Thanks!!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Travellers can enjoy our great location right in front of a nice beach, and we can talk abaout art career strategies, art concepts, learn about house maintenance, gardening and boat building.
We are looking for friendly people to collaborate on our residency business and activities development.
Portuguese and English
You will have a shared bedroom, in a house right in front of the beach.
Many people surf at our local beach, there are nice walks, restaurants, river tour and nightlife to enjoy. We also have studio space for art making.
At the moment we can only offer breakfast, all other food is under the visitors expenses. We provide also towel, bed linens, wifi internet and a nice house to chill out in front of the beach. Work is light, at the moment. Let me know when would you like to go.
I used to provide food for lunch, but the problem is that I cannot afford food for more than one volunteer. Provinding only breakfast was an idea of the current workawayer here. This way now I can have more volunteers at the same time and they meet more people and have more fun.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week