Mosaic at Sea: Creative holidays in Italy 2017

Creative mosaic holidays under the Sardinian sun

16.9.–23.9. and 23.9.–30.9.2017

You want to live your mosaic passion even on holiday?
You want to get out of the studio, make mosaic under the open sky and find your material in nature?

You would like to learn mosaic making as a creative technique in an informal setting?
Then Mosaic at Sea is just the thing for you!

With Mosaic at Sea you spend a mosaic-creative holiday on the Italian island Sardinia. To switch off, meditate, get new inspiration, and get to know the country and the people.

Stay in the unspoilt eastern part of the island of Sardinia, the Golfo di Orosei, with its steep coasts and tiny bathing bays, to make mosaic together and relax!

In the shadow of the workshop porch, we create mosaics made from natural findings. In order to feel the special characteristics of the material with our own hands, we will work mainly without tools, embedding the pieces in a mixture of cement and sand. We let ourselves be driven by the sound of the sea, while working on a plane thinset, or on an object made from wire and paper mache. (Size of work approx. 40 x 40 cm.)


Hotel San Francisco

In the family-run 3*** Hotel San Francisco you will stay in cozy rooms just 30 meters from the beautiful sandy beach of Cala Gonone. The friendly owners Franca and Franco, beside the breakfast that is included in the accomodation, offer you dinner in their popular restaurant. More information about the hotel can be found at Check out the reviews on tripadvisor.

Hotel San Francisco

Own accommodation

You prefer to live in another hotel or apartment? You are welcome to find your own accommodation and to book your mosaic workshop and other services individually. Just choose your options in the contact form at the end of this page.


After your arrival on the spot, you can take your time to discover the place and make yourself comfortable in your room. In the evening, we meet for a dinner to get to know each other. On the second day, we go out to the beach to get inspired by the natural materials and afterwards we start with the mosaic.

On all workshop days, you can work on your mosaic in the morning (of course, after a buon cafè) from 10am – 1pm and / or in the afternoon from 4pm – 7pm. You choose your workshop times with the booking.

With workshop schedules being flexible, everyone can plan the holidays that fit leaving the time you want for sunbathing, trekking or a siesta at the beach. A day of excursions with many surprises can be booked on the spot. On the last holiday evening we find together again for another dinner in a special location.

During the workshop-free times, you can gather in groups or spend time on your own, just as you prefer. In the surrounding area, there are many possibilities for recreation. Whether a boat trip to a beautiful bay, wine tasting or sea urchin dinners: nature lovers and gourmets will find a wide range of activities. We are always pleased to give tips for excursions in the region.

Take the time to forget your everyday life. Relax. With Mosaic at Sea, at the picturesque Golfo di Orosei.

Workshop and tour management

Miriam Bastisch

During her Studies of Cultural sciences and Media in Naples in 2006, Miriam fell in love with the ancient mosaics of Pompei. After six years in communication, she left her job to enroll in the professional mosaic training at Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy.
In her mosaics, she likes to combine traditional with unusual materials such as wood, seeds and recycled plastic. Since 2014, she teaches mosaic techniques in her workshops. As a half-Italian, Miriam speaks Italian fluently, which makes the communication on the spot naturally easy.

Eloise Baro

In 2013, after mosaic lessons with Enzo Tinarelli and having obtained her degree as a tiler with Les Compagnons du Tour de France de Toulouse, Eloise Baro joined the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy. She is the winner of Premio Gian Domenico Facchina 2014 and acquired her degree as Maestra Mosaicista in 2016. Eloise draws her inspiration from nature and science. She allows herself to be carried by the materials she finds during her travels and walks, always having an eye on the ground in search of small treasures to integrate in her works.

Stefania Scalas

Stefania was born and lives in Sardinia and knows the beauty of the region, secret places and traditional events. During her Tourism Studies she spent a year in Germany. Today, she organizes exceptional excursions for tourists in Sardinia, always aiming to provide knowledge about the cultural heritage of her island as well as informations about evolving artists, treasures and other interesting discoveries
Stefania will give us advice on where to eat tipical food and places to visit and will surely have some surprises to make our stay unforgettable.

Trip arrangement

Depending on your own gusto, you can arrange your own trip.

  • Accommodation: 7 or 14 nights + breakfast in a double room at Hotel San Francisco
  • Mosaic workshop: 5 or 10 days in the morning and / or in the afternoon with small snacks
  • Transfer from / to the airport (50 Euros per route additional costs)
  • Excursion (booking on the spot)

2 dinners per week are included in the price for all participants.

Want to travel +1?
Take a companion!

You want to book a place for yourself, and also take someone who does not want to participate in the workshop? No problem, then simply stay together in a double room. The prices in the table below are marked with 2nd person is holiday companion. Please choose this option in the contact form at the end of this page to let us know you want to book that option.


* 1 workshop = 15 hours
Workshop times: 5 x 10 am–1pm and 5 x 4 pm–7 pm per holiday week of 8 days.
A maximum of 2 workshops of 15 hours each can be booked per holiday week.

holiday companion = accompanying person without participation in the workshop

Tips for organizing your journey

The sooner you book your flight, the cheaper it usually is.

Nearest airports at the hotel: Olbia (106 km), Alghero (189 km), Cagliari (219 km)
Flight Search Engines:,
Ferry stations: G. Aranci (near Olbia) or Porto Torres (near Alghero)
Transfer from / to the airport: on request, 50 € per person and route

Please pack / pay attention

Personal tools like tweezers and nippers can be braught.
Please remember during the flight booking that the mosaic must be transported on the return flight.

Terms and conditions

Please find our terms and conditions here.

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first week (16.9. – 23.9.2017)second week (23.9. – 30.9.2017)first + second week (16.9. – 30.9.2017)7 nights + breakfast double room (use as single room)7 nights + breakfast double room (second person is holiday companion)14 nights + breakfast double room (use as single room)14 nights + breakfast double room (second person is holiday companion)workshop morning (10am–1pm)workshop afternoon (4pm–7pm)workshop morning + afternoon (10am–1pm + 4pm–7pm)