The Actors Space, near Barcelona
The Actors Space is located in a place of outstanding natural beauty, right in the heart of the Catalan countryside, only one hour from the city of Barcelona and 6km. from the ancient city of Vic. The house (in it’s origins a Roman villa) is named after the well “Fontarnau” – meaning ‘the well of Arnau’. The workshops take place in a 16th century farmhouse, which holds accommodation for up to 18 people. The main barn has been converted into a large studio; this is where most of the workshop sessions happen.
We also often work outdoors. The farm has many acres of woodland and meadows to walk and wonder in. The house is run by a family.
This is the nicest place to learn I’ve ever seen… Gunna Czapla, Germany.
At the Actors Space we provide healthy, good and ethical food catered to the needs of the participants. Considering the physical effort required for the classes, the heat of the Catalan summer and the ethical policy of The Actors Space regarding local food, animal products and organic agriculture, we provide a delicious menu that guarantees energy and a full tummy!
It works like this:
Breakfast. This is presented in a “buffet” style with typical breakfast foods such as cereal, freshly-baked homemade sourdough bread (participants love it, yay!), fresh local goats cheese, homemade jam, peanut butter, butter, honey, yoghurt and fruit as well as a range of teas, coffee, fresh local cow’s milk and vegan alternatives and fruit juice.
Lunch and dinner. The dishes cooked up for lunch and dinner will be fully vegan, except for fresh local eggs on some occasions like tortilla Española or boiled eggs for potato salad. Lunch often looks something like: “Fajita” style wraps with pumpkin soup, quinoa salad and crunchy watermelon, while dinner would go more along the lines of: stuffed aubergine, roasted roots and tubers with peanut sauce and apple crumble. Fresh green salad and bread will always be available for lunch and dinner.
Snacks and beverages. There are yummy homemade snacks and fresh beverages available at all times: energy balls, flapjacks, breadsticks, nuts and fruit; Lemonade, appleade, kombucha, craft beer, wine…
As you see we do not provide much animal produce. If you are a casual meat/fish/dairy eater, we kindly ask you to give the (mostly) vegan food we provide a try during the week, I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised!
*If you think it is not possible for you to go without eating meat during the workshop, you are very welcome to bring your own animal products onsite and if you think it might pose a really big problem for you please do not hesitate in letting us know and we will be happy to work out a way to fulfil your needs while respecting our ethical policies. Overall, we want you to be well 🙂
The location is unbelievably beautiful! It’s been such a pleasure to stay here. The rooms are really comfortable…and the food is delicious! Please thank the chefs! Marie, UK
We also have a swimming pool, which is enjoyed during the breaks on hot days. All our workshops are residential. This creates a special atmosphere, making the group bond very quickly. There are many areas in the house to relax, socialise or rest.
Magic, this is what I felt here. Aina Farras, Catalonia.
Participants that come to train here take the chance to visit the cultural city of Barcelona which is one hour away from the Actors Space. There are many inspiring places to visit in Barcelona and the surroundings here are beautiful. You can visit our FAQ page to find out about nice places to visit
Creative Retreats, Workshops and Rehearsals
At Fontarnau we have a history of running Creative Workshops. Our rustic Farmhouse is a great place for a Creative rural retreat, whether you are a theatre company, a teacher looking for a venue, a school or a university this unique place will inspire you. You will be able to take the time to focus completely on your project, in a supportive and beautiful environment, away from any distractions (apart from the awesome Mediterranean landscape and great food!)
Every year, several groups of artists, theatre companies and individuals come from all over the world to write, paint, rehearse or run their own workshops. We have had yoga retreats, Feldenkrais workshops, flamenco workshops, art holidays and many more!
I always look forward to going to Fontarnau, it is such an inspiring place… my best work is made there because there is such a special energy… Robert Fortgens, Dutch Artist.
For Retreats, workshops or rehearsals, the facilities include:
- The Studio (a very large space of 160 m2).
- Accommodation for up to 18 people.
- A communal kitchen and dinning rooms.
- The chapel.
- Spacious camping area.
- The swimming pool (from July to September).
- The use of many outdoor gardens, woodland and meadows.
If you are looking to get away from a busy lifestyle, take some time for yourself or have a rest, Fontarnau offers a peaceful retreat where time slows down to the rhythm of nature. Enjoy the mountain paths, the stunning views and the tranquillity of this mediterranean mountain.
You can write your script, paint or simply rest in a naturally supportive and inspiring environment. Get in touch to find out more