Art retreat and help around the home in Westmeath, ireland

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  • Last activity: 31 Jan 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    I am a visual artist living alone in a quiet picturesque rural area in the midlands Westmeath. It is 100km from Dublin and the closest village is about 14km away (Castlepollard).

    I grew up in an art and craft based family and have always worked with art . This included traveling in Europe as a street drawer in my twenties , mural work and community based projects whilst raising my family. I returned to study in 2013 for a Masters in Art Therapy. All these strands have interwoven in my development as an artist .
    I am interested in the creative process within the arts in general and believe that artists need time and space to nurture themselves and their work.

    My project is to welcome artists (painters, poets, writers,musicians) , and offer a creative environment.
    One of sheds in the yard is my Studio, and I have other sheds which I hope to develop into art studios with your help. You can then use it for your own practice !

    My home is off the tourist trail, yet, nestled in between Ireland's Heart and Ireland's Ancient East. Sites of interest nearby include celtic archeology at the Hill of Uisneach and Loughcrew, Fore Abbey, Tullynally Castle, and Mullaghmeen Forest are also very pleasant to see. Its is off the tourist trail and so you would experience a sense of the real everyday Ireland.

    There is little to no public transport to the door, but I have a car and I travel to nearby towns regularly for work, so transport can be arranged!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will find a quiet, reflective space to create art. A place where ideas, techniques, and influences can be exchanged.
    It can also be a place to improve your English through conversation, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the countryside.

  • Help


    The work would quite simply consist of taking care of the house and surroundings on a day to day basis.

    Sheds in the yard need a bit of work on, such as tidying and painting, and then organising.
    There is a small vegetable garden to weed, a lawn to mow and then normal household tasks like cleaning the house, cooking, etc..

    The workawayer(s) would work about 4 hours a day, sometimes less, 5 days a week or so and stay for 1 week.

    Food will be available and helper will have use of kitchen. We can split the cooking between us, but you may be required to cook for yourself occasionally, when I'm not available.

    The helper(s) would have to be quite self sufficient, able for physical work and happy to stay far from a town.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Irish: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    A bedroom in the house to yourself, and shared other livings spaces.
    There is no T.V, and limited Wifi.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 536698647216

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