Emma Levie about her experience as an artist in residence.

If I had one sentence to describe what my residency at Moinhos do Dão has brought me it would be this one: ‘Moinhos do Dão has awakened my senses’

Fortunately I have a few more.

After two years of being graduated from art school, I was searching for some rest and peace, in the restless career I chose for. When at home (Amsterdam) I always feel like I’m running and doing nothing at the same time. I felt I needed some time away from my beloved people and city, that bring me a whole bunch of joy and distraction.

While here I created a daily routine for myself, it went like this:

practicing Portuguese

(I occasionally took a shower, checked my e-mail and did the dishes too.)

What became most clear to me during my weeks at the Moinhos, is that I feel healthier when there are less decisions to make, that beauty is always around, and that nothing is ever the same. I walked the same path to the village every day, and every day, there would be something new to see, to smell, or feel.
Every day something else would attract me to its beauty. One day it would be a leaf, the other day a plastic bottle with a bright yellow top in front of a concrete wall, and another day it would be a smiling woman with crooked teeth. 

 Being here has showed me again that beauty is always around, and that it’s easier to find it when there is not too much distraction. I think that as an artist it is very important to remind myself, that in moments I don’t find inspiration, all I have to do is change my focus, take a closer look, or widen my view.


Vrouwen Power Week – Female Power Week 2016

Moinhos do Dão October 30th 2016.
Still full of the power, love, generosity, humor, insights, honesty, adventure and courage that was shared and experienced during the ‘Vrouwen Power Week’ (Womans Power Week) here at Moinhos do Dão between September 21st and 28th.
How lucky we are to have guests that become friends that become collaborators! Thank you Mara and Janneke for making this special week happen and share the power and inspiration to do more!
The weeks program was totally built with what the various participants wanted to share and do during the week. We had: amazing food, introductions to ‘Human Dynamics’ and The Artist Way, Yoga in the morning, Emerging in Nature moments, massages, running sessions to the 12th century monastery nearby, a moderated conversation about what it takes to have guts and hikes among other things.
There will be more editions I am sure!

From left to right: Helga, Beatrijs, Mara, Iris, Janneke, Selma, Freya, Maaike & Mariette.

From left to right: Helga, Beatrijs, Mara, Iris, Janneke, Selma, Freya, Maaike & Mariette.