Still a few places left on our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses

A colourful corner of the walled garden

A colourful Summer corner of the walled garden

Happy Easter to everone. We are celebrating at the Watermill with family and friends and we hop you are having a lovely time, too. If you have a moment, now is the time to grab a place on one of our famous creative courses. We already have a record 220+ bookings for this season and some of our courses are fully booked (there’s a waiting list in case of unforeseen cancellations), but we still have some lovely rooms on other courses. We’d be delighted to welcome you here

Here’s the latest ‘availability snapshot’. First, painting courses.


Doranne plus picDoranne Alden Two places left
13 May to 20 May 2017 
Watercolours
To learn more about Doranne, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein Fully booked, waiting list open
27 May to 3 June 2017 
Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


Tom and picture

Tom J Byrne Four or five places left
3 June to 10 June 2017  
Oils and Watercolours
To learn more about Tom, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


Keiko plus picKeiko Tanabe Fully booked, waiting list open
10 June to 17 June 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


mmaggie plus picMaggie Renner Hellmann One or two places left
17 June to 24 June 2017
‘Courageous Color Workshop’
To learn more about Maggie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


lea plus picLea Nixon Two or three places left
24 June to 1 July 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


terry plus picTerry Jarvis Fully booked, waiting list open
1 July to 8 July 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


sue plus picSue Ford Two or three places left
15 July to 22 July 2017
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic
To learn more about Sue, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


mark plus picMark Warner Two or three places left
22 July to 29 July 2017
Acrylics/Watercolours incorporating conte/pastel
To learn more about Mark, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


varvara plus pixVarvara Neiman Fully booked, waiting list open
26 August to 2 September 2017
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolour
To learn more about Varvara, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


mike plus picMike Willdridge Fully booked, waiting list open
2 September to 9 September 2017
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


Nel plus picNel Whatmore & Rebecca de Mendonça
Fully booked, waiting list open
23 September to 30 September 2017
Pastels
To learn more about Nel & Rebecca, their course and to see more of their pictures, please click here.

 


charles plus picCharles Sluga Fully booked, waiting list open
30 September to 7 October 2017
Watercolours (and acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Charles, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


Tim plus picTim Wilmot Three or four places left
7 October to 14 October 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


And here’s the ‘availability snapshot’ for our knitting weeks

Lisa knit6 May to 13 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Lisa Richardson One or two places left

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please click here


Marie knit

20 May to 27 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita with Marie Wallin One place left

Marie knitAND 8 July to 15 July 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Marie Wallin Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Marie and her courses at the mill, please click here


Sarah knit

16 September to 23 September 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Sarah Hatton Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill, please visit click here.


And for our Italian language week:

francesca plus picSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017 Italian Language course

with Langues Services Two or three places left 

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.


And for our yoga and meditation retreat:

Claire plus pic9 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Two or three places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here


Make an Easter resolution and grab yourself a place!

A picture of the millstream taken by Lois last week.

Tired of trying to avoid oblivious smartphone pedestrians? Here’s an idea from Philadelphia

smartphoneOne of the difficulties of daily life in Florence, as I am sure it is elsewhere in the world, is smartphone users who surge towards you head down, thumbs active, and who only swerve out of the way when they almost bump into you.

Well, a few years ago, a former mayor of Philadelphia, Pa, USA, Mike Nutter came up with a great solution: dedicated ‘e-lanes’ for distracted walkers. Here are some pedestrians walking down them on John F. Kennedy Boulevard near City Hall.

E lanes for texting

Problem is the date: April 2, 2012. It was the mayor’s April Fool’s Day fun to have City officials paint those lines and oblivious stick-figure pictures. Pity really. We could do with those lanes in Florence – and also some protection from tourists with selfie sticks!

No such problems on our Watermill millstream walks – one false move and you’re rather damp!Lois millstream 1 Mar 17 reduced and cropped

Grab a place on our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.It’s April, the grass is growing, the birds are singing. We’ve renovated  the 17th Century mill and completed two new bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. We’ve also made two more new bathrooms, so now all our bedrooms and apartment suites have bathrooms en suite. All the major work is done (hooray), so we are now busy putting up new beds, mirrors, pictures and so on. The rooms are gong to look lovely and as soon as we’ve completed the work (in the next couple of weeks) we’ll share pictures with you.

This years creative courses bookings are already a record 220+ and some of our courses are fully booked (there’s a waiting list in case of unforeseen cancellations), but we still have some lovely rooms on other courses. We’d be delighted to welcome you here

Here’s the April ‘availability snapshot’. First, painting courses.


Doranne plus picDoranne Alden Two or three places left
13 May to 20 May 2017 
Watercolours
To learn more about Doranne, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein Fully booked, waiting list open
27 May to 3 June 2017 
Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page.

 


Tom and picture

Tom J Byrne Four or five places left
3 June to 10 June 2017  
Oils and Watercolours
To learn more about Tom, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


Keiko plus picKeiko Tanabe  One place left
10 June to 17 June 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


mmaggie plus picMaggie Renner Hellmann One or two places left
17 June to 24 June 2017
‘Courageous Color Workshop’
To learn more about Maggie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


lea plus picLea Nixon Two or three places left
24 June to 1 July 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


terry plus picTerry Jarvis Fully booked, waiting list open
1 July to 8 July 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


sue plus picSue Ford Three or four places left
15 July to 22 July 2017
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic
To learn more about Sue, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


mark plus picMark Warner Two or three places left
22 July to 29 July 2017
Acrylics/Watercolours incorporating conte/pastel
To learn more about Mark, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


varvara plus pixVarvara Neiman Fully booked, waiting list open
26 August to 2 September 2017
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolour
To learn more about Varvara, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


mike plus picMike Willdridge Fully booked, waiting list open
2 September to 9 September 2017
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


Nel plus picNel Whatmore & Rebecca de Mendonça
One or two places left
23 September to 30 September 2017
Pastels
To learn more about Nel & Rebecca, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page

 


charles plus picCharles Sluga Fully booked, waiting list open
30 September to 7 October 2017
Watercolours (and acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Charles, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


Tim plus picTim Wilmot Five or six places left
7 October to 14 October 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


And here’s the ‘availability snapshot’ for our knitting weeks

Lisa knit6 May to 13 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Lisa Richardson One or two places left

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please click here


Marie knit

20 May to 27 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita with Marie Wallin Fully booked, waiting list open

Marie knitAND 8 July to 15 July 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Marie Wallin One place left

To learn more about Marie and her courses at the mill, please click here


Sarah knit

16 September to 23 September 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Sarah Hatton Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill, please visit click here.


And for our Italian language week:

francesca plus picSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017 Italian Language course

with Langues Services Two or three places left 

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.


For our cookery course:

Lois plus pic19-26 August – L’arte di mangiar bene 

with Lois Breckon, Ingrid Fabbian and The Watermill team Five or six places left

To learn more about this delicious cookery course, please click here


And for our yoga and meditation retreat:

Claire plus pic9 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Four or five places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here


So Spring into action and grab yourself a place!

A picture of the millstream taken by Lois last week.

Good morning. Here is the news…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.The Watermill April newsletter is out, with a report on this year’s excellent spaghetti harvest, news about our wonderful painting, Italian language, knitting, cooking and yoga tutors and courses – and of an exclusive offer for Watermill friends. You can see it all by clicking here.

We look forward to meeting all out guests soon — and hearing your news.

A masterclass in collage from Sue Ford

Painting by Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Sue Ford, our delightful and talented painting tutor from England, loves painting in any medium, but is particularly fond of collage. She just written an article about it for the May issue of Paint! Magazine (which, such are the peculiarities of magazine publishing, should be out just about now!)

Here’s a sneak preview of some of Sue’s thoughts and comments. She says: I started working in collage when looking for a technique that could utilise my drawing skills, allow for working with lots of colour and provide a modern look.”

Sue provides a step-by-step guide to making wonderful collages, like the one above of the village of Staithes in North Yorkshire. First, here’s the photo reference.Sue Blog Mar 17 original picture

The next stage is to prepare the canvas with a light orange acrylic wash and, once this is dry, to draw the picture with a black felt tip pen.

Sue Blog Mar 17 drawing

Next, start selecting suitable colours from the magazines- Sue says: “I also use specialist paper. I’ve collected from craft/paper suppliers and tissue paper and even saved sweet wrappers.” You can cut out shapes, but Sue reckons it’s far better to tear. Then build up the picture gradually, bearing in mind tonal values and balance. The picture below shows the ‘sticking’ part, ready for the drawing back in the picture with black and white felt tip pens.Sue first application (002)

And this shows detail after the pen work

Painting by Sue Ford, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

The picture is then finished using acrylic paints, unify some parts of the picture, glazing and softening edges. Sue says: “I always like to stand back from my picture to see if the balance of the painting is working. Sometimes I use acrylic to alter colour. It all depend, some collage pictures have very little paint. For this picture I painted in the sky with Naples yellow and white, and for the beck, turquoise blue and white.”

She adds: “If you find creating the whole picture in collage too much, I suggest partial collage within your acrylic paintings.”

You can learn more when Sue returns to the Watermill this Summer. She says This is one of my favourite venues. My last course here, in 2015 was a great success: a lovely group of people and Bill and Lois made us very welcome. The authentic local food and the accommodation were beautiful — and we enjoyed fabulous days our paining on location.”

Her students enjoyed their Watermill week with Sue, too: One said: I had a wonderful time. Everything was superb – the accommodation, the trips out and the food! Utterly wonderful. It was an experience that I will treasure. Sue Ford is an exceptional tutor with a lovely manner and treats all with respect and kindness.”

Sue with studentsSue’s inspiring week-long painting course is in watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic will run from Saturday 15 July to Saturday 22 July. More details below. Sue says: “I just love creating pictures in any medium – and I love passing on what I’ve learned to other people and to help them release their creativity.”

sue plus pic15-22 July Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

with Sue Ford  Three or four places left

To learn more about Sue and her course at The Watermill, please click here.

Our March newsletter is out – at last!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy

 We’ve been so busy with the builders at the mill that we completely forgot about the March newsletter – until now!

Everything is beginning to look stunning again, from the roof renovated with antique terracotta tiles, to the marble sink filled with flowers on the new riverside terrace.

We’re looking forward to sharing it all with you but, in the meantime, click here to read the newsletter for a quick catch-up.

The Watermill courtyard from the walled garden

The Watermill courtyard from the walled garden

Thank you friends!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.The Watermill Facebook page (click here to see it) now has more than 4,000 friends.

Our sincere thanks to you all for your continuing support. You can see all about the Watermill and its activities by clicking here – and, of course, we’d be delighted if you would like to join us on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses. Come and see what all the fuss is about – and, if you are, thank you again for being a Friend.

Mill courtyard

Spring into action to grab a place on a Watermill creative course

Lois primroses 1 Mar 17 reduced and croppedSpring is certainly beginning to Spring in Italy, as you can see from Lois’ picture above of primroses (and a plucky dandelion) blooming beside the millstream. We’re just back in Florence (our Winter quarters!) from a quick visit to the Watermill and we’re happy to report the new building work is going very well. The new bedrooms overlooking the river are going to be splendid. And bookings for our 2017 creative courses are also looking splendid, with more than 210 people already signed in. We’d love you to join us. Several courses are already full, but We still have plenty of lovely bedrooms (all with en suite bathrooms) and apartment suites to offer you. First, here’s the late painting courses ‘availability snapshot’


Doranne plus picDoranne Alden – four or five places left
13 May to 20 May 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Doranne, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein – fully booked, waiting list open
27 May to 3 June 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page.

 


Tom and picture

Tom J Byrne
3 June to 10 June 2017– new course, plenty of spaces
Oils and Watercolours
To learn more about Tom, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


Keiko plus picKeiko Tanabe – one place left
10 June to 17 June 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


mmaggie plus picMaggie Renner Hellmann – one or two places left
17 June to 24 June 2017
‘Courageous Color Workshop’
To learn more about Maggie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


lea plus picLea Nixon – four or five places left
24 June to 1 July 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


terry plus picTerry Jarvis – fully booked, waiting list open
1 July to 8 July 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


sue plus picSue Ford – three or four places left
15 July to 22 July 2017
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic
To learn more about Sue, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


mark plus picMark Warner – three or four places left
22 July to 29 July 2017
Acrylics/Watercolours incorporating conte/pastel
To learn more about Mark, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


varvara plus pixVarvara Neiman – fully booked, waiting list open
26 August to 2 September 2017
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolour
To learn more about Varvara, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 


mike plus picMike Willdridge – fully booked, waiting list open
2 September to 9 September 2017
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Nel plus picNel Whatmore & Rebecca de Mendonça
– one or two places left
23 September to 30 September 2017
Pastels
To learn more about Nel & Rebecca, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page

 


charles plus picCharles Sluga – fully booked, waiting list open
30 September to 7 October 2017
Watercolours (and acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Charles, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 


Tim plus picTim Wilmot – five or six places left
7 October to 14 October 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

 


And here’s the ‘availability snapshot’ for our knitting weeks

Lisa knit6 May to 13 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Lisa Richardson — One place left

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please click here 

 


Marie knit

20 May to 27 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita with Marie Wallin — Fully booked, waiting list open

 

Marie knitAND 8 July to 15 July 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Marie Wallin – Two places left

To learn more about Marie and her courses at the mill, please click here 


Sarah knit

16 September to 23 September 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

With Sarah Hatton Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill, please visit click here.  


And for our Italian language week:

francesca plus picSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017 Italian Language course

With Langues Services — three or four places left 

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

 


For our cookery course:

Lois plus pic19-26 August – L’arte di mangiar bene 

with Lois Breckon, Ingrid Fabbian and The Watermill team — five or six places left

To learn more about this delicious cookery course, please click here

 


And for our yoga and meditation retreat:

Claire plus pic9 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Four or five places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here


So Spring into action and grab yourself a place!

A picture of the millstream taken by Lois last week.

A picture of the millstream taken by Lois last week.

 

 

Why Tuscan roast pork is all Greek to me – but we cook it deliciously at the Watermill

arista_1Continuing my wanderings along the delightful byways of Pellegrino Artusi’s famous classical Italian cook book, L’arte di mangiar bene, I came upon a solution as to why the Italian’s call their wonderful Tuscan-style roast pork dish arista.  It would seem to make more sense to call it arrosto (r0ast) or even arrostito (roasted).

Artusi H&SBut Pellegrino tells us: “During the Council of 1430, convened in Florence to resolve some difference between the Roman and Greek churches, this dish, known by another name at the time, was served up to the [Greek] bishops and their entourage. When they found it was to their liking they began to cry ‘arista, arista’ (good, good).”

Actually, if the Byzantine bishops were speaking Greek, they would have said aristos, which means excellent or optimal (from which we get aristocracy, ‘the rule of the best.’)  No matter, the Italians, thinking the Greeks were describing the dish itself, heard it as arista and continue to call it so to this day.  There are those who question this story and say the Florentines called the dish arista well before the ecumenical council, but I like Pellegrino’s story better.

The Watermill’s Tuscan cook Mirella Musetti uses tender pork loin for this delicious dish and we serve it every week on our creative courses and we’ll also produce it – and tell you the secrets of its preparation — during our unique cookery week at the Watermill this Summer, called L’arte di mangiar bene, after Pellegrino’s famous cookbook.arista_tuscan_roasted_pork-1024x682

L’arte di mangiar bene, the art of eating well, lies at the heart of the Italian lifestyle — and that’s just what you’ll enjoy on The Watermill’s first-ever cookery week. ITINERARY page Mirella in kitchen croppedYou’ll learn the secrets of healthy eating from Lois and The Watermill team, among them an Italian grandmother (Mirella, to the right), an organic farmer and our gardener’s wife! You’ll choose freshest local ingredients (we’ll pick many of them ourselves each day) and prepare them deliciously for the table.

We’ll visit markets, vegetable gardens, olive groves and vineyards. The Italians are the healthiest people in Europe and this is due not just the quality of the food, but to la bella vita italiana, the relaxed lifestyle which means taking Panzanella 1time to talk to friends and to enjoy their company, not least in convivial meals around the dining table. You’ll be savouring all that, too.

Over the years Lois Breckon and The Watermill team have built a reputation for theThe Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy. quality of their food and we’re keen to share our secrets with you, from antipasti to dolci – and dozens of mouth-watering, freshly prepared, health-promoting dishes in between.

 

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italypanzanella19-26 August – L’arte di mangiar bene 

with Lois Breckon, Ingrid Fabbian and The Watermill team

To learn more about this delicious cookery course, please click here

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

 

Steadiness, focus and flexibility: you’ll learn the secrets on Claire’s yoga retreat

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our delightful yoga and meditation tutor Claire Murphy is returning to the Watermill this September for a special seven-day retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, and soul. There’s a link below for you to find out more details of this unique, joyful yoga and meditation retreat. Seven people have already signed up, so we have room for only four or five more.

And to whet your appetite and get you into the right mode — mind. body and soul — Claire has prepared a series of relaxing yet invigorating exercises for the week, which you can enjoy NOW, even before you come (or even if you don’t!)

This one is the Tree Pose

Claire says: Vrkasana in Sanskrit expresses the need for steadiness, focus and the ability to have flexibility. We root down through our supporting foot and leg in order to create a firm foundation – so already we can see the similarities to what happens in nature.

CLF - Olmstead ParksOf all that we know about trees, we readily associate with them having a trunk and a crown. Moving up from the stability of our roots and the foundation we create through our feet, our legs and torso is representative of the trunk. Finally, once balanced, our arms reach above our heads to emulate the crowning glory of the tree.

“Whilst in a balance posture, we also need to recognise what happens in nature. Trees move. With this in mind, we let go of any judgement of our finding it difficult to remain steady without movement. Trees have subtle movement – they sway – so too do we until we achieve a little more strength and stability.

 “In addition to this being a yoga posture, it is also a meditative one. Our outward reflection of the posture is often said to be an inner reflection of our minds. Being able to calm and steady the mind corresponds to a body that can readily achieve the same (though not exclusively). 

Claire says:“We shall be blessed to be able to take our yoga outside during our retreat week at the Watermill. I look forward to encouraging you to find alignment and steadiness in the beautiful surroundings of Italy soon.”Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_nconvents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here.

Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer. In addition, her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody.

Itali 4 jpgIn addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness. Claire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

The sessions at The Watermill will be friendly and welcoming and no prior experience of yoga or meditation is necessary: all levels from beginner to intermediate will be catered for and we’ll also tailor our sessions to your particular needs. The classes are secular (non-denominational).

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Four or five places left

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.