Sintra, Portugal

October 7th-October 10th, 2022

Join Chelsea for an intensive 3 day 

Create a floral business rooted in the natural world.

Get in-person guidance on naturalistic bouquets, vase arrangements, foraging, styling, large-scale arrangements  installations, and floral photography in the magical village that inspired Field, Flower, Vase.

Create floral designs and a business inspired by and rooted in the natural world.

6 hours of instruction per day with personalized feedback

Our Itinerary

(subject to change)

We will stay in a private family estate near the palaces of Sintra. Here in this former monastery, we will have plenty of space to create, compose, learn, and be inspired.

The setting of Sintra, and this private estate in particular with a 500 year old church on the grounds, is the perfect setting to craft your naturalistic floral business, inspired by nature, earth-friendly techniques, and sustainable business practices both for yourself and for the earth.

The classes include guides, done-for-you outlines, and reference sheets. All photos you take can be used in your floral portfolio. This retreat is 3 days of intensive hands-on floral learning. We will include all meals and a transport to Sintra.

Day One

Your Circular Business

Learn the principles and values of creating an environmentally friendly floral business.




Hands-on flower growing workshop

Portfolio Reviews


Day Two

Composition and Mechanics

Composing arrangements from nature.

A foraging walk


Vase Arrangements small to large

Compostable mechanics

Portfolio Reviews


Day Three

Styling and Installations

Environmental Installations

Table Styling

Floral Photography

Photo Shoot

Portfolio Reviews


Day Four

A Day in Sintra

Farewell Breakfast

Transport to Sintra to enjoy the village on your own with guidance from a customized travel guide. 

More Details

Below, you can view the details of some of the specific locations we will be visiting and staying.

Quinta Sao Bento

Eco-friendly floral design

Quinta Sao Bento

Quinta Sao Bento


Foraging trail in Sintra

Book Your Spot Here!

7 spots are available for this intimate workshop in Sintra.

If you have questions before booking, reach out to Chelsea at!

See booking form for terms. We can accommodate dietary restrictions. Upon booking you will receive some information and a quiz about what you are looking for from this retreat and with this we will cusomize the itinerary to meet the needs of the group. A signed travel waiver upon booking will be required. We will be following all COVID guidelines for ultimate safety.

More Questions?

Why travel with me?

Hello! I am Chelsea! A floral designer (for 20 years!), a prop stylist (I´ve styled shoots for Williams-Sonoma, Bon Appetit, New Balance, Kinfolk, and more!), photographer, writer, social media maven of all things floral, a flower arranging author, and an American abroad. After traveling solo for 10 months with a very small backpack, I re-located to Lisbon, Portugal and it is where I´ve made my home for six years. I am the author of Field, Flower, Vase: Arranging and Crafting with Seasonal and Wild Blooms and I am a floristry instructor.

Is this retreat right for you?

This retreat is right for you if you are a florist or want to be a florist. This will be a 3 day intensive floral course. The bulk of our time will be spent on learning floral design, developing our portfolios, and learning how to create a sustainable floral business.

This retreat is probably not for you, if you are not super passionate about floral design and are not planning on working as a floral stylist or designer.

What is included?

All flowers, tools, supplies, vases (you can take your vases and flowers (can be dried or pressed) home!

Transfers to Sintra, to the garden and most local transportation except during your free time.

All lodging

Most meals except for your day in Sintra.

All workshops, tours, lessons, guided walks and coaching.

A special travel guide with my recommendations for your down time.

What is not included?

Airport transfer.

Transport and meals during free time on your own

Airplane ticket

More questions?

Shoot me an email!

7 spot available

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