A space and time to do creative work together
August 31 - September 9, 2016

Artist Residency

A community of artists

MakersCollective bring you an 8 day retreat in rural Portugal for a small group of artists and musicians. We will live, eat, work, and laugh together as we spend the week creating new work, learning from one another through skill shares, exploring the village and relaxing in nature. This is a chance for us to create an experience that goes beyond a vacation; a chance to re-balance, check in with what’s important, and reconnect to our source of creativity.






play, workshop, explore – develop a solo project – skill share – create new work together

– Mindfulness and yoga

– walks in nature – alone and together time – healthy food – disconnect from devices

– lots of healthy laughter!

spend quality time with friends and family – cook, eat and drink communally –

get to know the village –

share our passions and our stories –


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We have spaces for 10-12 participants. Please get in touch to register your interest and we’ll let you know if there are spaces remaining.

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Early morning – exercise (if you’re into that) jogging, yoga, meditation etc.

Morning – Breakfast

9:45am – check in: discuss day’s plan, any updates carrying over from day before

10am to 1pm (with a coffee break) – skill share/workshop: each of us can have a morning to teach a skill or try out a workshop idea 


1pm – lunch


3pm to 6pm (with another coffee break) – Afternoon collaborative group work: write music, create a play, make an installation, whatever it is we want to create as a group

6pm – Break

7pm – 9pm Dinner

10pm – Evening activity 



Go for walks in the surrounding countryside, swim in the river, and get plenty of Vitamin D.


Work on a personal project, collaborate on a group piece, try out new ideas.


Deepen your friendships, share meaningful experiences,

meet the locals, become part of the village.


Learn from each other, share your knowledge and passions.



The total cost for the residency is £230.


This includes:

  • 9 nights, 8 days lodging in individual or shared rooms (August 31st arrival, September 9th departure)

  • All food except for one day off

  • Transportation from the Coimbra train station

  • Administration fee

  • Access to work studios, auditorium, equipment

  • Support from Raizvanguarda staff


Deposit deadline: July 15th £80

Deadline for remaining fee: August 20th £150



MakersCollective is formed by friends who met via the Masters in Leadership program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. We have a shared passion for creating opportunities to learn, travel, share and make music.

Rodrigo Viterbo


Portuguese didgeridoo player, teacher and crafter

Kate Smith


American singer and producer

Filipe Sousa


Portuguese pianist, composer and workshop leader



At the moment there are flights from London Stansted to Porto at around £80. There are flights to Lisbon as well, but generally Porto is cheaper and slightly closer. We advise you arrive to Porto on the morning of August 31st so that you can get to us by that evening, and to fly out on September 9th. If you leave Gois at 7am the earliest flight you can catch is the 12pm from Porto. Including all travel, it takes about 4 hours to get from the Porto airport to Gois and vice versa. If you would like to extend your trip, we can give you advice on where to go and what to do.

Traveling to Gois by Train

From either Porto or Lisbon, you can catch a train to Coimbra B, where we will pick everyone up together and drive to Gois.

  • Intercidades or Alfa Pendular Train from Porto-Campanhã or Lisboa Santa Apolónia/Lisboa Oriente to Coimbra-B (about EU24 return)

  • Pick up from Coimbra on August 31st evening in time for welcome dinner

  • Drop off at Coimbra early morning September 9th


Casa do Artista, Gois

We will be working in partnership with Raizvanguarda, a non profit arts cultural organization based in Gois, Portugal, a beautiful mountainside village. They will be putting us up at Casa do Artista in the centre of town and 200 metres away from two river beaches. We’ll have access to work spaces and staff support at Casa da Cultura do Gois, a 280 px capacity theatre-style auditorium five minutes walk from home. More info about Casa do Artista, & Gois.


We’ll be staying in either individual or shared rooms with access to cooking area, common area, work spaces etc. Breakfast will be simple help-yourself setup. Lunch will be catered. Dinner will generally be cooked together except for our welcome dinner and celebration dinner after the final performance.


There is a possibility of borrowing instruments from local orchestras. If you will need an instrument, please let us know ASAP and we will try to get one for you. It will depend on availability, but will be easier to attain if you get in touch sooner!