Less than two weeks to go for our tempting 2019 Watermill creative courses offer

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Bookings are already flowing in fast for our creative courses at the Watermill next year. We’ve already taken more than 110 bookings for 2019, out of a potential total of 240 or so.

So, if you want to be sure of a particular tutor or a particular bedroom next year, NOW the time to secure your place, especially with our tempting offer: if you book a 2019 course before 1 September 2018 (less than two weeks to go), you can have a place in 2019 at 2018 prices.

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

You can see a preview of all our 2019 painting, writing, knitting and Italian language courses by clicking here. So if you would like to join us, NOW is the time to reserve your place. We’d be delighted to welcome you here. Come and join in the fun!

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

Immerse youself in Italian language and history

Thank you to Sharon Safrin for the picture.

Yesterday we took our guests on our Italian Language week to the delightful small Lunigiana town of Pontremoli for a look around the town centre and tiny cathedral and then a private visit to the Villa Dosi.

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

Pictures: Farfalle in Cammina

The villa, built in the late 17th Century, is a Baroque masterpiece set in a fine Italian garden. Our thanks our friends at the responsible tourism company Farfalle in Cammino for showing us round and in particular to the guide Francesco who impressed everyone with his enthusiasm and clear explanations (in Italian), which allowed our group to improve their understanding of the language.

The stunning view from the Vecchio Tino restaurant

Today the group is off to the foothills of the Apuan Alps, for a visit to the ancient village of Monte dei Bianchi and a local vineyard, then lunch in the gourmet restaurant of Al Vecchio Tino.  Not a bad way to learn the language!

We’re running another inspiring Italian language course here next year, from Saturday 11 May to Saturday 18 May 2019 and we’d be delighted if you could come and join us. But you’ll have to hurry to make sure of a place: we already have five people booked in for next year. You can see more by clicking here  — and don’t forget our tempting offer of joining this 2019 course at 2018 prices if you book before 1 September. We’d be delighted to welcome you here.

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

Learning the language under the shade of the vine verandah. Picture: Giulia Balestri

Learning Italian and savouring la dolce vita

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Here are some of our Italian Language group hard at work under the shade of the Vine Verandah, untangling the mysteries of Italian grammar and vocabulary. (Have you noticed everything you like doing is an irregular verb!)

We are having a sun-filled, fun filled week under the expert tutelage of Giulia Balestri, who took the picture.  Today we’re off to the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano to converse with the natives on market day, then enjoy a panino and a scoop of two of gelato artiginale. La vita e bella!

 We’d love you to join us here next year for another of our exciting language courses. They are suitable for all levels of ability, because of the special approach of the Langues Services language school in Florence. Its philosophy and method are inspired by the work of Professor Bertrand Schwartz of Paris University, the educationalist who overturned the concept of teaching to adults, proposing an approach that develops not only theoretical knowledge but practical know-how as well.

Next year’s course runs from 11-18 May 2019 and there’s a unique offer of ‘next year’s course at this year’s prices’, if you book now. Five people are already booked in for our 2019 course, so if you fancy brushing up your Italian and savouring la dolce vita, now is the time to secure your place under the vines. For more details, please visit our 2019 coures preview page, by clicking here. It’s rocambolesco.

Picture credit: The Huffington Post

Watermill creative courses: grab those last few places!

Here’s an April note to keep you up to date on current availability on the world-famous Watermill creative holidays.

As you see, quite a few courses are fully booked (but there are waiting lists if you are keen on a particular tutor and there may be cancellations). We’d love you to join us on one of our sun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring courses, so if you’d like to come, now is the time to reserve your place.

*** Why not bring your non-participating partner as well? There’s a generous £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 Partner’s Activities Page for suggestions.

Painting courses

paul plus picPaul Talbot-Greaves
28 April to 5 May 2018 
Watercolours (and acrylics)

Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Paul, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page.


maggie plus picMaggie Renner Hellmann
19 May to 26 May 2018 
‘Courageous Color Workshop’

One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Maggie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

26 May to 2 June 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open
2 June to 9 June 2018 
One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

9 June to 16 June 2018 Two/three places left 
16 June to 23 June 2018 
 One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Andrew plus picAndrew Geeson
Watercolours

23 June to 30 June 2018  Two/three places left 

To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


terry plus picTerry Jarvis
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

7 July to 14 July 2018 Still plenty of places

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
Pastels

1 September to 8 September 2018 One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page


mike plus picMike Willdridge
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)

8 September to 15 September 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Claire Warner 
Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)
15 September to 22 September 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Claire, her course and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


vicki plus picVicki Norman
Oils en plein air

6 October to 13 October 2018  Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Vicki, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Tim plus picTim Wilmot
Watercolours

13 October to 20 October 2018  Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Tim, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Knitting holidays

aperitivi and laughter

Sarah Hazell
Knitting and La Bella Vita
5 May to 12 May 2018 One place left (or two sharing) 

To learn more about Sarah and her courses at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin – course full, waiting list open
Knitting and La Bella Vita

14 July to 21 July 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Marie and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


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

Lisa Richardson 
Knitting and La Bella Vita

29 September to 6 October 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


Writing course

Jo Parfitt
Write Your Life Stories

18 August to 25 August 2018 Four places left
22 September to 29 September 2018  Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please visit her Profile Page


Italian language course

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

30 June to 7 July 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

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


Yoga retreat

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

Amy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer 
Nourish – mind, body and soul

25 August to 1 September 2018  Still plenty of places

To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page


Everything’s included in your watermill painting holiday, yoga retreat, creative writing holiday, knitting week or Italian Language course

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

Don’t forget that everything is included in the cost of your week: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport; an excursion by train to visit the ancient walled city of Lucca or the stunning seaside villages of the Cinque Terre). All you have to do is to get to Pisa airport and we do the rest.

Whether you’re travelling alone or with a partner you can be sure of a warm welcome, and that you’ll be well looked after. We have built our reputation on the comfort of the mill and the care we provide.

 

 

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Why Italian hotels don’t have a Room 17 (or a 17th floor). Mere heptadecaphobia!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Have you ever noticed that Italian hotels never have a 17th floor? (Yes, we know, most of them don’t go that high, but when they do, they don’t, if you see what we mean.)

Apparently, Italians dislike the number so much that in some tall hotels the floors go from 16 to 18. And you’ll be pushed to find a Room 17 in many hotels, too. You might call it heptadecaphobia!

The Italian airline Alitalia doesn’t have a row 17 in its planes.

And Friday 17th is the Italian equivalent our Friday 13th: Here’s a picture of sign on a shop door: Oggi Venerdi 17. Chiuso per scaramanzia. ‘Today is Friday 17. Closed for Good Luck.’

There seems to be a number of explanations. First, the number 1, written with that conspicuous continental tick, resembles a hanged man, while 7 looks like a gallows. Then, if you re-arrange 17’s Roman numerals you get VIXI, often engraved on gravestones and meaning ‘My life is over’. So, you’re tempting Death to pay you a visit. (Stick with VIVIT, ‘He’s alive’, which sounds like a fine acronym for living well in Italy.)

While 17 sends shivers down Italian spines, they rather like 13. It’s associated with the old pagan mother goddess Cybele and with lunar cycles and fertility: it will bring you life and prosperity. The Italians think that’s good news, even though 13 sat down to the Last Supper.

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

Ghirlandaio’s last supper in the Ognissanti refectory in Florence

Learn more about life in Italy on our Italian language course this Summer:

Language GiuliaWe’ve teamed up again with the prestigious Florence language school, Langues Services, and tutor Giulia Balestri to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what you’ve learned.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.A couple of comments from last year’s language course: “We would like you to know how much we appreciated our stay with you at Posara. As hosts, you made us feel most welcome; and the combination of language lessons, food and excursions was excellently balanced. We were unaware of the Apuan mountain region – it is spectacularly beautiful. Altogether a unique and delightful experience. With fond memories of your lovely home and very personal hospitality.”

“What an amazing week. Thank you, Bill, Lois and your excellent team. Giulia was great, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. Can’t wait to do it all again….”

We’ve 12 people booked in for the week, one a non-participating partner, so we have room for two or three more people. Come and join us!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Giulia Balestri
30 June to 7 July 2018
Italian language week
To learn more about Giulia and her course at The Watermill, please click here.

The Watermill March newsletter is just out…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.…with stories on:

  • A new chef and new mouth-watering recipes for our creative course guests

And on:

  • happiness
  • postcards and bookmarks
  • dirty hands
  • pencils and prayers
  • singing mouthwash
  • feet and sleep

Intrigued? Read on by clicking here.

And you can subscribe to our newsletter (it’s free) by clicking here.

Hope you like my soprano and mouthwash story! I’ll make a blog about it at the weekend!

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The Watermill February newsletter is out today

Feb 18 newsletter— a cheery newsletter to combat the February blues. Find out about our 2018 photography competition; a new yoga week with Reiki; and, by popular demand, another ‘How to write your life stories’ during the school holidays…….

You can learn more more by clicking here

 

The Watermill January newsletter is just out…

Blog Jan 18 newsletter…with reports on

  • why The Week online thinks our painting courses are among the best in the world
  • our first-ever ‘painter in residence’, Sandra Strohschein
  • why you should WRITE when you paint, by Terry Jarvis
  • why you should dress like an onion in the wintry weather
  • how a yoga week with Claire Murphy can revitalise your life.

Intrigued? Find out more by clicking here.

We’d like you to be our friend! It’s inspiring and tasty

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

Play with you colours before you paint

I’ve just been posting some intriguing and inspiring painting and writing tips on the Watermill Friends page, like Vicki Norman’s advice on how to have fun colour-mixing (please click here to see it) and Jo Parfitt’s checklist to ensure your writing doesn’t become narcissistic (please click here).

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

Caravaggio’s Narcissus contemplates perfection

I all prompted me to invite you, if you haven’t already, to become a Friend of The Watermill. You’ll enjoy practical and inspiring tips and helpful advice from our watermill tutors on

  • Painting and drawing
  • Creative writing
  • yoga and meditation

plus

  • mouth-watering recipes from The Watermill’s menus. (who can resist Lois Breckon’s gorgonzola soufflés : click here!)
Twice-baked gorgonzola soufflés, just one of the Watermill's culinary delight

Twice-baked gorgonzola soufflés, just one of the Watermill’s culinary delight

To find out more, please go to http://watermill.net/watermill-friends/index.html. Just follow the simple instructions to Register  (it’s free) and then Log In to enjoy a special relationship with us! And nourish mind and body with our creative tips and mouth-watering recipes.

 

Only a few more days to be a Watermill Early Bird

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.

We hope you had a very happy Christmas and we would like to wish you a healthy, creative and inspiring New Year.

And thinking of  inspiration, why not join us on one of the Watermill’s famous week-long creative course next year? We’d love to welcome you here on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled weeks. And if you book your place in the next few days, there is still time to take advantage of the Watermill’s generous  Early Bird Discount offer, which ends at the end of this month:  if you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person (about $US 100, $CAN 120, AUD 120discount on all our 2018 creative courses. 

So why not reserve YOUR place and then spend the Winter thinking of superb tuition, Tuscan sunshine and Italian food!

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 have more than 165 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,  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 

Course full, waiting list open

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

maggie plus pic19-26 May 2018 

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

Three or four places left

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

Sandra plus pic26 May-2 June, 2-9 June, 9-16 June AND 16-23 June  2018

Sandra Strohschein 

Watercolours

First two weeks fully booked, places still for 9-16 June and 16-23 June

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

Andrew plus pic

23-30 June 2018

Andrew Geeson

Watercolours

Five or six places left

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)

Still plenty of spaces

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

Two or three places left

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,drawing (gouache and acrylics)

Two or three places left

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)

Course full, waiting list open

 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

Four or five places left

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

Tim plus pic13-20 October 2018 

Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

Four or five places left

 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

Two or three places left

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

Course full, waiting list open

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

Two or three places left

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 and Langues Services

Italian language week

Three or four places left

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

Three or four places left

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

Still plenty of spaces

To learn more about Claire 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 that 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, 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.

See you soon, we hope!

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