A one week intensive flower school experience with Chelsea Fuss
Lisbon and Mafra Portugal
April 21st-28th, 2024

Join Chelsea for an intensive one week

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.

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

Our Itinerary

(subject to change)

The purpose of our itinerary is to help you create or update your portfolio, fine tune your floral photography skills, and help you launch or take your floral business to the next level in an eco-conscious way.

All meals and accommodation are included except where noted. Flower clippers, ceramics, and all tools are provided. You must bring your own camera or phone for the photography portion. 

This flower school experience is open to beginners and advanced floral designers. The concepts and practicals are relevant for anyone who wants or is already practicing floral design.

Day One


Welcome Dinner

Day Two


Compostable Design and Portfolio Photography

Using hand-tieds for compostable design.

Create a tall arrangement





Dinner together

Day Three


Compostable Design and Portfolio Photography

Focal Arrangement


Vase arrangements


Dinner on your own

Day Four


Field trips to flower farms and a market for case studies.


How to incorporate native plants into your floral business.


Day Five


A free style day. On this day you have access to flowers, vases, tools, and supplies to create your own compositions to photograph.


Portfolio reviews.

Dinner on your own

Day Six


How to create a circular business. Create a business plan to build your circular floral business.


On this day we get into the details of your product plan, pricing, and environmental impact.


Day Seven


A final floral installation is created by the group. 




Day Eight

Farewell breakfast

Not Yet available for booking. Send a message to Chelsea to register your interest.

12 spots are available for this floral career intensive.

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

See booking form for terms. We can accommodate dietary restrictions. You must have travel insurance. You will sign a contract and waiver upon booking.

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 one week intensive floral design 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. It is also not right for you if you don't like to travel or be in a group dynamic. 

What is included?

All flowers, tools, supplies, vases (you can take your vases and flowers (can be dried or pressed) home! We donate any excess flowers.

All lodging

Most meals except where noted.

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

What is not included?

Airport transfer.

Transport and meals during free time on your own

Airplane ticket

Can I attend without the housing and meals?

Meals are always included in our workshops and cannot be removed from the package.

If you are a local who wants to attend without accommodation, please contact Chelsea. There are a limited number of spots available for day attendees. Day rates are intended for those who live in Portugal but are open to anyone with the stipulation that we will not provide a consultation or recommendations regarding accommodation and/or trip planning.

Do you offer scholarships?

We have one scholarship spot available per retreat. Anyone who is not able to afford this fee and has a passion and desire to create a floral design business is invited to apply.  Please fill out this form.


It is recommended that you add on 3 days before or after to see more of Lisbon or Portugal so that you can do more sightseeing which is not included in this retreat.

More questions?

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