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Let’s take a journey to a magical land…

Hello creative friends! I’m so excited to invite you to join me for an incredible adventure to the west coast of Ireland. To the Emerald Isle, where magic, mystery and myth enchant the very soil! This 7 night/8 day all inclusive creative journey will be hosted by The Essence of Mulranny Studio, run and operated by artists, Lora Murphy & Cheryl Cobern Browne and located in the quaint coastal village of Mulranny! A place full of rugged beauty, fascinating history and endless inspiration! Come create with me in Ireland!

June 28- July 5, 2019

Only 1 spot left!

From our hosts - Lora & cHeryl

We invite you to imagine standing on the panoramic hillside of our studio, taking in the spectacular views of Clew bay and Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s holy mountain).

Open your heart to the profoundly moving drama of constantly shifting Atlantic skies, reflecting a ever changing light show on the bay. The wildness and drama of this spectacular area belie the peace and connection you will feel to Ireland and to this very special place.

Lay on a blanket in the heather and watch the stars emerge on a clear night or walk along the rocky shores, to gather shells, driftwood and memories. Find yourself letting go of the stress of everyday life, feel the mystery and beauty of this land, awakening your senses.

This unspoiled place provide a safe place of inspiration and experimentation to stretch your skills in whatever medium you are working on.

You are warmly invited to stay awhile.


Join Us In Mulranny, Ireland


Explore The History

Dream about the history of past times, evident in every field with old stone walls, every stoic castle and each abandoned cottage.


Local Villages

Meet the local people, warm, friendly and always happy to chat and share a story or a cup of tea. Shop in our local village of Westport and pop into a local pub or two!


Connect with Nature

Finding something to inspire you is not hard with the richness of the various eco systems surrounding Mulranny - from marine to mountain landscapes, with grasslands, bog and heather hills - this enchanted land casts a spell on any artist.


Enriching Excursions

Visit historic sites, Learn about the infamous Irish Pirate Queen and visit one of her many castles. Hear the story of our Stone Age ancestors and experience the myths and magic of Irelands spiritual roots while standing in one of the ancient stone circles. This is indeed a land of legends!


Find Your inspiration

Bring your camera , your sketchbooks and prepare to lose your heart in it all, your mind full of inspiration.


The edge of Europe

Being in Mulranny is all about being on the edge, on the edge of Europe, on the edge of land and the great ocean seas and the edge of yourself. Edges lead to new boundaries when invited to expand.


Orvieto, Italy Retreat

Your Time With Ivy:

Your 8 days will be a beautiful blend of studio time, delightful excursions, cultural experiences and of course, plenty of free time to rest and explore! You can arrive, unpack your suitcase (and your art supplies) and truly relax, since the entire group will make it’s home at the gorgeous Essence of Mulanny compound, run and operated by artist, Lora Murphy.

Ivy will guide you through many projects ranging from portrait making, expressive collage, art journaling, sketching on location and of course, mixed media encaustic! We will be visiting enchanting villages, strolling along the beautiful coastline, touring ancient castles and ruins, picnicking in the heather fields and creating all along the way! The creative inspiration will be all around you!

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
— Irish Blessing

DATES: June 28- July 5, 2019



$4150 USD for a private bedroom & bathroom

Only 1 spot left!

{ Essense of Mulranny Studios will handle all payments securely and assist with all booking details. }

Italy Painting

At this retreat YOU WILL:

  • Learn how to create charcoal AND mixed media portraits

  • Learn how to be more expressive in your work

  • Learn how to create layered, beautiful Encaustic Wax pieces

  • Learn how to use collage and mixed media to create evocative portraits

  • Learn more about color and paint application

  • Infuse your art with old world beauty and character by drawing inspiration from historical images

  • Heighten your sense of observation, sense of color, form and aesthetics

  • Learn tips on how to sketch and paint on location

  • Fill your art journal with memorable pieces from our trip

  • Create beautiful and soulful art that you will treasure for years to come

  • Experience the beauty and culture of this magical land

  • Visit many historical sites and locations

  • Shop at quaint Irish villages

  • Enjoy healthy, nourishing chef prepared meals

  • Meet and connect with artists from around the world

  • and so MUCH MORE….

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Croagh patrick

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Clew bay

westport village


Achill island

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Keem bay


Grainne o’malley’s castle


Céide Fields


and more…

DATES: June 28-July 5, 2019



$4150 USD for a private bedroom & bathroom

Only 1 spot left!

{ Essense of Mulranny Studios will handle all payments securely and assist with all booking details. }

Your home for the week

This beautiful learning center is complete with well equipped mixed media/encaustic art studio, private bedrooms, a cozy gathering room with fireplace and group kitchen for those midnight snacks! All meals will be included and prepared by an on-site private chef and will focus on delicious, healthy cuisine.

View from the Studio

View from the Studio

One of the main houses on property

One of the main houses on property

Views of the sea from your bedside

Views of the sea from your bedside

Comfortable private bedrooms

Comfortable private bedrooms

Fully equipped Encaustic/Mixed Media studio

Fully equipped Encaustic/Mixed Media studio


Included in your retreat

  • Workshop instruction

  • Some supplies (we be specified closer to trip)

  • 8 nights nights lodging

  • Transportation from Galway to the Studio (it is recommended to fly into Shannon or Dublin airport and get a bus to Galway where we will meet in a pub! ;)

  • All meals except - 2 lunches & 1 dinner

  • All tour & excursion fees

  • All wine and beverages



  • Travel costs / Airfare

  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable

  • Additional nights lodging

Take A Tour of mulranny and surrounding regions…


DATES: June 28-July 5, 2019



$4150 USD for a private bedroom & bathroom

Only 1 spot left!

{ Essense of Mulranny Studios will handle all payments securely and assist with all booking details. }