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The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.…with reports on how to save garage space with a sketchbook, how a laugh a day keeps the doctor at bay, on why Andrew is fast and loose and how Early Birds’ days are numbered. Intrigued? Find out more by clicking here.

Have a lovely weekend!

And don’t forget our Early Bird discount:

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on all our fabulous creative holidays.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

The warm and sunlit Watermill courtyard

 

A thought and a nudge for the first of the month

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Two Early Birds discuss which course they’d like to go on.

December 1!  Before you get bogged down in all your Christmas  arrangements, I thought I’d just remind you that the Watermill’s Early Bird Discount offer ends at the end of this month.

In fact, why don’t you give yourself and/or your loved one an early Christmas present by booking now on one of our world-famous, sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring courses? And then spend the Winter thinking of superb tuition, Tuscan sunshine and Italian food!

Our Early Bird offer: if you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person (about $US 100, $CAN 120, AUD 120) discount on all our 2018 creative courses. 

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

Booking are continuing to flow in for next year’s courses, many from people who have been with us before and want to come again. We already have more than 150 firm bookings for 2018, so if you’ve a favourite tutor, a particular week, or a special bedroom that you like, please get in touch as soon as you can, and we’ll set aside a place for you. To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please click here, select the type of course you want (painting, knitting, writing, Oomph!, yoga and or language), find out more about the course and the tutor, then go to the Booking Enquiry form. Fill it in and send it to us. Or  simply call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

And why not bring your friend or partner? They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and, whenever they want, to come out with you to our beautiful locations. We also offer a range of activities for non-participating partners. Please click here to find out more. There’s a generous £GBP 250 discount for them if they share a room with you.

Here’s the 2018 list of courses. First, painting courses:

paul plus pic28 April – 5 May 2018

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Watercolours 

To learn more about Paul and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

maggie plus pic9-16 May 2018 

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

Sandra plus pic26 May – 2 June 2018 AND 2-9 June 2018

Sandra Strohschein 

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra and her courses at The Watermill, please click here

Sarah Y plus pic9-16 June 2018 AND 16-23 June 2018

Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

To learn more about Sarah and her courses at The Watermill, please click here.

Andre plus pic23-30 June 2018

Andrew Geeson

Watercolours

To learn more about Andrew and his courses at The Watermill, please click here.

terry plus pic7-14 July 2018 

Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

To learn more about Terry and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Nel and Bec plus pic1-8 September 2018 

Rebecca di Mendonça and Nel Whatmore

Pastels

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca and their course at The Watermill, please click here 

mike plus pic8-15 September 2018 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Mike and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.15-22 September 2018 

Claire Warner

Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

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

vicki plus pic6-13 October 2018 

Vicki Norman

Oils and watercolours

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

Tim plus pic13-20 October 2018 

Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

 To learn more about Tim and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Knitting courses:

Sarah H plus pic5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.14-21 July 2018

Marie Wallin 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.29 September – 6 October 2018 

Lisa Richardson 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

Italian language holiday:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.30 June to 7 July 2018

Giulia Balestri

Italian language week

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

Creative writing holiday:

Jo plus pic22-29 September 2018 

Jo Parfitt 

Writing your Life Stories

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

Yoga retreat:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.25 August – 1 September 2018

Claire Murphy

Nourish — mind, body and soul

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

Personal development retreat:

Claire H&S plus midweek gigles cropped

18 August – 25 August 2018

Caroline Carr

Find your Oomph! retreat

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

Don’t forget your partner!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Why not bring your friend or partner? They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and, whenever they want, to come out with you to our beautiful locations. For more details, please click here.  They also receive a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

New early BirdsIf you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on all our 2018 creative courses.

To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please click here, select the type of course you are interested in (painting, knitting, writing, Oomph!, yoga and or language), find out more about your tutor, then go to the Booking Enquiry form, fill in as appropriate and send it to us. Or  simply call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

 

Plan your Summer’s creative course in Tuscany before the Christmas rush!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

The warm and sunlit Watermill courtyard

How time flies! You’ve you’ve only seven more weeks to take advantage of our Early Bird offer, of £GBP 75 off any creative course, which expires at the end of the year. So why not plan some Summer relaxation and inspiration before the Christmas rush? Just click here and choose which course suits you best. Next year’s courses are filling fast, so get booked in before you’re overwhelmed with Christmas!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Here’s the list. First, painting courses:

paul plus pic28 April – 5 May 2018

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Watercolours 

To learn more about Paul and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

maggie plus pic9-16 May 2018 

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

Sandra plus pic26 May – 2 June 2018 AND 2-9 June 2018

Sandra Strohschein 

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra and her courses at The Watermill, please click here

Sarah Y plus pic9-16 June 2018 AND 16-23 June 2018

Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

To learn more about Sarah and her courses at The Watermill, please click here.

terry plus pic7-14 July 2018 

Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

To learn more about Terry and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Nel and Bec plus pic1-8 September 2018 

Rebecca di Mendonça and Nel Whatmore

Pastels

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca and their course at The Watermill, please click here 

mike plus pic8-15 September 2018 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Mike and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.15-22 September 2018 

Claire Warner

Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

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

vicki plus pic6-13 October 2018 

Vicki Norman

Oils and watercolours

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

Tim plus pic13-20 October 2018 

Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

 To learn more about Tim and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Knitting courses:

Sarah H plus pic5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell Three or four places left

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.14-21 July 2018

Marie Wallin Course full, waiting list

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.29 September – 6 October 2018 

Lisa Richardson 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

Italian language holiday:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.30 June to 7 July 2018

Giulia Balestri

Italian language week

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

Creative writing holiday:

Jo plus pic22-29 September 2018 

Jo Parfitt 

Writing your Life Stories

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

Yoga retreat:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.25 August – 1 September 2018

Claire Murphy

Nourish — mind, body and soul

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

Personal development retreat:

Claire H&S plus midweek gigles cropped

18 August – 25 August 2018

Caroline Carr

Find your Oomph! retreat

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

Don’t forget your partner!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Why not bring your friend or partner? They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and, whenever they want, to come out with you to our beautiful locations. For more details, please click here.  They also receive a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

New early BirdsIf you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on all our 2018 creative courses.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please go to www.watermill.net, select your course and bedroom, then click on Booking Enquiry.  Or, if you prefer, email us on info@watermill.net or call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

 

Bring your partner on a Watermill creative week and enjoy a ‘Posara Holiday’ scooter ride!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.I used the still above, from the famous film Roman Holiday to urge people coming on our Watermill creative holidays to bring their partner with them. And it reminded me of one of the happy pictures we took this Summer of my daughter Lara and I posing on one of the old Vespas collected by our gardener Flavio Terenzoni:

Blog Lara and Bill on Vespa

I am no Gregory Peck, but I reckon Lara can give Audrey Hepburn a run for her money in the good-looking stakes!

We also had fun with Flavio’s vintage scooters during a Summer painting week with our Australian cobber Terry Jarvis. Here’s one of our guests, Geraldine Larkins, getting ready for a spin.. Behind is Terry himself, holding up a sketch of the scooter, which he made as a present for Flavio.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s the sketch:

Flavio scooter painting Jul 17

If you fancy a spin through the village yourself next year, I am sure we can persuade Flavio to take you. Whether you come with your partner or not…

Now it’s November you’ve only two more months to take advantage of our Early Bird offer, of £GBP 75 off any creative course, which expires at the end of the year. So why not scoot to our website (just click here) and choose which course suits you best. Next year’s courses are filling fast, so a quick scoot is advised!

Here’s the list. First, painting courses:

paul plus pic28 April – 5 May 2018

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Watercolours 

To learn more about Paul and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

maggie plus pic9-16 May 2018 

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

Sandra plus pic26 May – 2 June 2018 AND 2-9 June 2018

Sandra Strohschein 

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra and her courses at The Watermill, please click here

Sarah Y plus pic9-16 June 2018 AND 16-23 June 2018

Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

To learn more about Sarah and her courses at The Watermill, please click here.

terry plus pic7-14 July 2018 

Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

To learn more about Terry and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Nel and Bec plus pic1-8 September 2018 

Rebecca di Mendonça and Nel Whatmore

Pastels

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca and their course at The Watermill, please click here.  

mike plus pic8-15 September 2018 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Mike and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.15-22 September 2018 

Claire Warner

Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

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

vicki plus pic6-13 October 2018 

Vicki Norman

Oils and watercolours

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

Tim plus pic13-20 October 2018 

Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

 To learn more about Tim and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

For knitting courses:

Sarah H plus pic5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell Three or four places left

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.14-21 July 2018

Marie Wallin Course full, waiting list

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.29 September – 6 October 2018 

Lisa Richardson 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

For Italian language holiday:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.30 June to 7 July 2018

Giulia Balestri

Italian language week

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

For creative writing holiday:

Jo plus pic22-29 September 2018 

Jo Parfitt 

Writing your Life Stories

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

For yoga retreat:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.25 August – 1 September 2018

Claire Murphy

Nourish — mind, body and soul

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

For personal development retreat:

Claire H&S plus midweek gigles cropped

18 August – 25 August 2018

Caroline Carr

Find your Oomph! retreat

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

Don’t forget your partner!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Why not bring your friend or partner? They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and, whenever they want, to come out with you to our beautiful locations. For more details, please click here.  They also receive a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

It’s a great offer! Pass it on!

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on all our 2018 creative courses.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please go to www.watermill.net, select your course and bedroom, then click on Booking Enquiry.

Or, if you prefer, email us on info@watermill.net or call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

 

Life after Tuscany and why I can’t wait to go back! A note from knitting tutor Sarah Hazell

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Sarah and her pupils in concentration mode. Picture Phil Wright

We had a delightful knitting week with our new tutor Sarah Hazell this year and we’re looking forward to seeing her for another fun-filled inspiring course next year. Sarah’s relishing her return, too. In a recent blog post she wrote: “Life has been extremely busy since I returned from Tuscany in September. When I received an email from Bill last week, it made me stop and reflect on the glorious week I had spent at the Watermill and how much I am looking forward to returning next May.”

 Sarah adds: “A knitting holiday at The Watermill offers so much – splendid location, delicious food and opportunities to explore some of the local region. There is also a real sense of community, with Bill and Lois employing and supporting lots of local people. And then there is the knitting of course!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

The Watermill sitting room, an ideal place to knit and chat. Picture: Phil Wright.

Sarah says: “You will have lots of opportunities to work on two different projects throughout the week. Workshop sessions tend to start with a technique focus linked to the projects and then a chance to work at your own pace with me on hand to offer support or advice if you need it. I am always happy to help with any other projects that you might bring with you.”

Sarah’s projects for her week here are both inspired by the Watermill location. Sarah says: The first is a cabled scarf/cowl reflecting all the twist and turns that you will encounter during your stay – from the winding landscape through to the vines at the Watermill.

Sarah cropped sweater close up“The second project will be a more experimental piece, inspired by the roof tiles on the buildings. We will combine colour work and sequence knitting to evoke colour and texture as a starting point, leaving you free to decide on the final form of this piece, e.g., a bag/cushion or framed sample.”

 

 

 

Sarah will be joining us again for another Knitting and La Bella Vita week next year, from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018. And don’t forget there’s an Early Bird booking discount. (See below.) Eight knitters are already booked in, so we have room for just three or four more.

Here’s what one of our guests had to say about this year’s course: Thank you for the invigorating knitting experience last week. The weather cooperated beautifully and the food at the Watermill and the other locations was excellent and varied. It is a plus for you that Sarah will return next May. She is prepared and organized; flexible and patient with attendees of all capabilities with a good sense of humour.”

Sarah Hazell is a designer in knit and crochet, and author of several books. She says, “I have a passion for beautiful yarn and textiles and am endlessly fascinated by colour, pattern and texture. She loves to teach new techniques and inspire confidence in others. Sarah’s workshop at the mill will show you to elevate your knits from homemade to handmade.

Our Early Bird offer: If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 knitting course.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please click here.

Sarah H plus pic

5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell

Knitting and La Bella Vita

To find out more about Sarah and her course, please click here.

Come and join us!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Knitting under the shade of the vines in the Watermill garden

 

 

 

Wonderful,’ ‘heavenly,’ ’perfection.’ Just some of the praise for Lisa’s knitting week this year

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

We had a fantastic feedback from the participants on Lisa Richardson’s knitting course here this year. Our guests enjoyed themselves so much that no fewer than seven of them immediately booked for next year! Now the bookings have risen to 10 (nine knitters and one non-knitting partner), so we have room for only two more knitters and an nkp or two. Time to grab those last places!

Here are some comments from our guests on Lisa’s course this year: Had the most wonderful knitting holiday at the Watermill in Posara! Really everything was taken care of by our perfect hosts Lois and Bill as well as by the rest of the great staff. Having Lisa Richardson as our knitting tutor was a delight and great inspiration! A huge thank you all.”

“A simply heavenly knitting retreat at the Watermill with the lovely Lisa Richardson.” Many thanks to Lois and Bill for being the perfect hosts.”

“Such perfection, I am spoiled for anywhere else! A wonderful relaxing holiday with knitting. Everything was superb, and I was particularly touched by the warm friendly reception from Bill and Lois. The knitting was led by the talented and delightful Lisa Richardson, a calm presence who worked miracles with those of us who struggled from time to time. Our finished work is something we shall all treasure.”

“Knitting for a week. Sounds strange? Couldn’t have been better. Bill and Lois the most welcoming and generous hosts for whom nothing was too much trouble. Lisa Richardson a patient and experienced tutor. Our outings were all perfectly chosen. Our food divine. My room very special with gorgeous views. Lovely gardens and flowers everywhere. The sound of the river flowing by and the church bells ringing. Lovely group of people to spend time with. Perfect peace at The Watermill.”

’s name is instantly associated with the Rowan pattern house. In addition to her designer role, she manages the pattern editing process and mentors newer members of the design team. She says, “My biggest drive is to people create something that they will cherish for years to come”. Lisa is an enthusiastic, sympathetic and inspirational tutor and, as you can see, wins much praise from her workshop participants.

Lisa project 2For her week-long course at the mill next year she has devised two specially designed projects for you to knit: one that fully justifies her label as ‘slip stitch queen’ (left), the other demonstrates filet crochet (but with a knitted option for those that prefer to knit) (Picture at top of page).

Lisa says: “On my last visit to the Watermill I was inspired by the filet crochet which was on sale at the local market, which is used for beautiful table cloths and window dressings.

In addition, Lisa will be demonstrating the art of embellishment for those knitters who are happiest knitting in stocking stitch but want to add colour and pattern to their project with embroidery.

 

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.29 September – 6 October 2018 

Lisa Richardson Two places left

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

If you’d like to fill one of those remaining spaces and, perhaps, bring your nkp, we’d love to welcome you here.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

The Watermill sitting room, an ideal place to knit and chat. Picture: Phil Wright.

Knitting and La Dolce Vita with with Sarah Hazell: only a few places left

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Knitting in the Watermill sitting room, surrounded by original art

We enjoyed a very happy knitting week with our new tutor Sarah Hazell in the middle of September, with some marvellous moments captured by one of our ‘non-knitting partner’ guest Phil Wright. Our many thanks to Phil for generously sharing these great photographs with us.  (Incidentally, we always welcome ‘nkps’ and there is plenty for them to do. So far, all our nkps have been men, coming with women knitters: wouldn’t it be nice to have a male knitter and a female nkp!)

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Knitting under the shade of the vines in the Watermill garden

Sarah will be joining us again for another Knitting and La Bella Vita week next year, from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018. And don’t forget there’s an Early Bird booking discount. (See below.) Eight knitters are already booked in, so we have room for just three or four more (and for your nkp!)

Here’s what one of our guests had to say about this year’s course: “Thank you for the invigorating knitting experience last week. The weather cooperated beautifully and the food at the Watermill and the other locations was excellent and varied. It is a plus for you that Sarah will return next May. She is prepared and organized; flexible and patient with attendees of all capabilities with a good sense of humour.”

And as Sarah herself commented: “You have created something truly unique in the Tuscan countryside! The perfect location to relax, reflect and inspire creativity.”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Sarah shows how it’s done!

Sarah Hazell is a designer in knit and crochet, and author of several books. She says, I have a passion for beautiful yarn and textiles and am endlessly fascinated by colour, pattern and texture. She loves to teach new techniques and inspire confidence in others. Sarah’s workshop at the mill will show you to elevate your knits from homemade to handmade, in particular with cable stitch and sequence knitting:

Creative Cables – this will be a cushion project and include beaded cables, cables in two colours, different textured cables and cables that require using two cable needles.

Sequence Knitting – this will a shawl project: introduction to the concept of sequence knitting worked flat and in the round, there will be a project as well as the opportunity to design your own scarf or cowl.

Sarah is also more than happy for participants to bring along their own projects and offer advice/assistance with those. You are encouraged to bring along garments you would like to try and recreate (handknit or store bought), patterns you would like to amend etc. And If you have yarn in your stash that you are keen to make a simple garment from, but no pattern, now is your chance!

knitting in sitting room good 2Come and join us and enjoy the magic of The Watermill.

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer: If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 knitting course.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please go to www.watermill.net, select your course and bedroom, then click on Booking Enquiry. Or, if you prefer, email us on info@watermill.net or call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

 

Sarah H plus pic5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell

Knitting and La Bella Vita

To find out more about Sarah and her course, please click here

A warm welcome back to knitting guru Sarah Hazell

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We are delighted to say that Sarah Hazell, who will be leading her first knitting course here in a week or so’s time, had agreed to join us again for another Knitting and La Bella Vita week next year. Her knitting holiday will run from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Heres’ some praise from previous students One said: Sarah Hazell is an inspiration. She has a mountain of knowledge that she shares generously and passionately. She has a lovely friendly, calm approach and takes the necessary time to demonstrate the techniques involved. Her colour choices are sensational with knowledge of how to use the best yarn to show the stitches used. She gives all students something from the newest of knitters to the more advanced. It is a pleasure to spend time with her, sharing the love of her craft.”

Another said: “Sarah has a lovely open friendly personality with a sunshiny disposition. I really enjoyed learning from her on the Knit for Peace holiday. I feel it has been a privilege to work with her and, as a memory from that holiday, I have a beautiful item of my own, that she designed and helped me to create.”

Sarah’s workshop at the mill will show you to elevate your knits from homemade to handmade, in particular with cable stitch and sequence knitting

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Creative Cables – this will be a cushion project and include beaded cables, cables in two colours, different textured cables and cables that require using two cable needles.

Sequence Knitting – this will a shawl project: introduction to the concept of sequence knitting worked flat and in the round, there will be a project as well as the opportunity to design your own scarf or cowl.

Sarah is also more than happy for participants to bring along their own projects and offer advice/assistance with those. You are encouraged to bring along garments you would like to try and recreate (handknit or store bought), patterns you would like to amend etc. And If you have yarn in your stash that you are keen to make a simple garment from, but no pattern, now is your chance!

Come and join us and enjoy the magic of The Watermill.

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

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 knitting course.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please go to www.watermill.net, select your course and bedroom, then click on Booking Enquiry.

Or, if you prefer, email us on info@watermill.net or call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Kimmeridge edited5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell

Knitting and La Bella Vita

To learn more about Sarah and her week at The Watermill, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Watermill 2018 website is now live!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

…with details about exciting with new painting, writing and yoga tutors who are joining our ever-popular established Watermill tutors to bring you a wide choice of creative courses. And there’s an attractive Early Bird offer on all our 2018 courses, if you book now!

It’s going to be another glorious season at The Watermill, nestled in the heart of Lunigiana, the unspoilt paradise in deepest rural Tuscany.

Sunset in nearby Massa, by Vicki Norman

Sunset in nearby Massa, by Vicki Norman

We are delighted to welcome new painting tutors Paul Talbot-Greaves, Claire Warner and Vicki Norman. They’ll be joined by the regular and popular members of the ‘Watermill painting team’, Maggie Renner Hellman, Sandra Strohschein, Sarah Yeoman, Terry Jarvis, Rebecca Mendonça, Mike Willdridge and Tim Wilmot. There will be one more painting course, in May, but we haven’t yet finalised the details. You can see more about all our painting tutors by clicking here.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We’ll also be running three of our world-famous knitting courses in 2018, with inspiring knitwear designers and tutors Sarah Hazell, Marie Wallin and Lisa Richardson. You can see more about all our knitting tutors by clicking here.  

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Write you life stories with Jo Parfitt

 

 

And we are also delighted to announce the return of Jo Parfitt, journalist, teacher, editor and publisher, with her stimulating week-long residential creative writing course How to write your life story. You can see more about Jo’s course by clicking here.

Then there are two yoga and meditation retreats next year, with newcomer Dina Sheldon and old friend Claire Murphy. You can see more about our yoga tutors by clicking here.

Enjoy a fantastic Italian language course

Enjoy a fantastic Italian language course

And last, but by no means least, another of our unique Italian language weeks, with Giulia Balestri from the prestigious Langues Services language school in Florence. You can see more about Giulia and the language course by clicking here.

And why not join the Early Birds and spend the Autumn, Winter and Spring dreaming of your Watermill holiday! Our Early Bird offer:

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on all our 2018 creative courses.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please go to www.watermill.net, select your course and bedroom, then click on Booking Enquiry.

Or, if you prefer, email us on info@watermill.net

or call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

We already have some 90 booking for our 2018 courses, so now’s the time to make your booking and be assured of a place with a special tutor, your favourite bedroom, or a particular week. We’d love to welcome you here.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

Bring your partner or friend!

Why not bring your non-participating partner or friend as well? There’s a generous £GBP 250 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our suggestions by clicking here to visit our Partners’ Actvities page

Knitting courses – the bad news and the GOOD news

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

Free yarn from Rowan at the start of Marie’s course

We’ve just finished a lovely knitting week with, internationally renowned designer Marie Wallin, following an earlier fun-filled week with Lisa Richardson.

The bad news is that the next two booking courses for this year are fully booked.

The GOOD news is that we are already taking bookings for 2018 – and if you make a booking now, you can enjoy one of our 2018 knitting weeks at 2017 prices.  Just email us at info@watermill.net  to reserve your place

We’ve had wonderful feedback form out first two knitting holidays. For example, for Lisa Richardson’s knitting holiday one guest said: “Had the most wonderful knitting holiday at the Watermill in Posara! Really everything was taken care of by our perfect hosts Lois and Bill as well as by the rest of the great staff. Having Lisa Richardson as our knitting tutor was a delight and great inspiration! A huge thank you to all.” Another said: “A simply heavenly knitting retreat at the Watermill with the lovely Lisa Richardson. Many thanks to Lois and Bill for being the perfect hosts.”  And a third added: Such perfection, I am spoiled for anywhere else!”

Marie Wallin 2And for Marie’s course: Thank you so much for your wonderful Watermill hospitality last week. It was a brilliant week which could not have been bettered. Utterly brilliant! Perfect hosts, fabulous food…” And another comment:Thank you and Bill so much for making my holiday in Tuscany perfect.  I had a wonderful time and have so many happy memories; wonderful company, weather, food and trips out, not to mention all the knitting time and help from Marie and Gwyneth. I am already looking forward to coming to The Watermill again next July. Thank you once again for a fabulous holiday.”

As I said, we are already taking bookings for 2018 – and if you make a booking now, you can enjoy one of our 2018 knitting weeks at 2017 prices.  Just email us at info@watermill.net to reserve your place.

 

2018 knitting course dates:

Sarah plus picKnitting and La Bella Vita with Sarah Hatton

Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018 AND

Saturday 12 May to Saturday 19 May 2018

Details of our 2018 courses will not be on our website until September 2017. To learn more about Sarah and her 2017 course at the mill, please click here. If you would like to reserve a place, please email us at info@watermill.net.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin Knitting and La Bella Vita

Saturday 14 July to Saturday 21 July 2018.

Details of our 2018 courses will not be on our website until September 2017. To learn more about Marie and her 2017 courses at the mill, please click here.  If you would like to reserve a place, please email us at info@watermill.net

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Lisa Richardson Knitting and La Bella Vita
Saturday 29 September to Saturday 6 October 2018.
Details of our 2018 courses will not be on our website until September 2017. To learn more about Lisa and her 2017 course at the mill, please click here. If you would like to reserve a place, please email us at info@watermill.net

Come and join in the fun!

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill's vine verandah

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill’s vine verandah