Draw out your energy with yoga breathing, says Amy

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, yoga holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our enlivening yoga teacher Amy Rogg concentrates on breathing in this tip, to help you in relaxation and restoration.

Amy says: “When we experience stress, our systems, including the breath, contract. Our breathing can become shortened, shallow or chaotic, losing homeostatic rhythm and depth. This also causes a decrease of oxygen in the bloodstream which robs our cells of essential nutrients.”

There are many breath regulation practices in yoga, known as Pranayama. Prana means “’life energy’ and Ayama means ‘to draw out’. Here are three breath practices from Amy, which you can incorporate into your everyday routine “to help promote the relaxation response and create restorative balance in your system as a whole.

1) Alternate Nostril Breathing:

Use right hand. Place your pointer and middle finger on the space between your brows. Lay ring finger lightly on top of left nostril. Lay thumb lightly on top of right nostril. Plug left nostril and breathe in through the right. Hold breath. Plug right nostril and breathe out of the left. Inhale left, hold and plug. Exhale right. Inhale right, hold and plug. Exhale left. Repeat for 3-5 minutes.

2) Increase O2 Breathing:

Take a two part breath in. Hold the breath at the top for 3 seconds. Exhale through the teeth (marking a hissing sound) and slowly let the breath drain out. Hold breath at the bottom for 3 seconds. Repeat.

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

3) Two-chamber Breathing:

Place one hand on belly and one hand on chest. Inhale slowly filling the belly first then the chest. The exhale everything out. Repeat. You can add counts to this breathing method…breathing in for 6 seconds, breathing out for 8. Or 4:6, 5:7 etc. Pick the breath ratio that works for you at this time.

Amy and her colleague Joanne Brohmer are running a wonderful yoga retreat at the Watermill this Summer. So take a deep breath and think of beautiful Tuscany, amazing food and restorative yoga. With their students using words like ‘joy’ and ‘magical’ about them, Amy and Joanne will help you to awaken and restore your true passion and self-worth. We are sure this is going to be one of our most inspiring retreats –a sun-filled, fun-filled week where we’ll nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne’s week will run from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September 2018. The theme of the retreat will be ‘Connection’ – to yourself, to others and to nature.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Amy Rogg is a yoga teacher and movement facilitator working on transforming the human spirit through holistic arts. She is based in San Francisco, California, USA. Amy helps people to awaken and restore their passion and self-worth, inspiring them to move towards their vulnerability and authenticity. She brings people back into their innate knowledge and wisdom, through a deeper connection to their body, breath, and personal expression.

As a healer, Joanne Brohmer offers a range of modalities that helps others enter into their own depth and set their anchor deeper, where they can begin to claim and feel what has been hard to reach. She helps bring what has been blocked forward into the safe home of acceptance and embrace. She facilitates bringing others to that soft, open, vulnerable place in a way that feels safe.

Participants on our yoga retreat with Amy and Joanne enjoy SEVEN nights at the Watermill, with full board. Everything is included in the cost of the retreat: workshops, accommodation (including all linen and towels), tours, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! You can see a draft itinerary by clicking here.

Come and practise your yoga and meditation in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany and let us nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

Yoga girl

 

 

Restful, creative and invigorating: a writer’s view on a Watermill yoga retreat

We’ve just had a lovely note from a previous guest May Delory“Several years’ ago I travelled from Canada for a week’s stay at Watermill on a writer’s retreat. My stay could not have been any more restful, creative, and invigorating!

“The food served at the Watermill was high quality produce, prepared with thought and talent. A great and welcoming group of people in staff and in the writers group.

 “At the age of seventy, I have just recently returned to yoga. I first began when I was twenty and could do a head stand and just about every position. This yoga retreat at Watermill doubtless will be invaluable to any who is fortunate to attend. Om.”

 Thank you May for your kind words and support. Why not take May’s advice and join us? Amy Rogg and her colleague Joanne Brohmer, two yoga teachers from Californiaare running a wonderful yoga retreat at the Watermill this Summer.

Close your eyes and dream of beautiful Tuscany, amazing food, good company and restorative yoga. With their students using words like ‘joy’ and ‘magical’ about them, Amy and Joanne will help you to awaken and restore your true passion and self-worth. We are sure this is going to be one of our most inspiring retreats –a sun-filled, fun-filled week where we’ll nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne’s week will run from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September 2018. The theme of the retreat will be ‘Connection’ – to yourself, to others and to nature.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Amy Rogg is a yoga teacher and movement facilitator working on transforming the human spirit through holistic arts. She is based in San Francisco, California, USA. Amy helps people to awaken and restore their passion and self-worth, inspiring them to move towards their vulnerability and authenticity. She brings people back into their innate knowledge and wisdom, through a deeper connection to their body, breath, and personal expression.

As a healer, Joanne Brohmer offers a range of modalities that helps others enter into their own depth and set their anchor deeper, where they can begin to claim and feel what has been hard to reach. She helps bring what has been blocked forward into the safe home of acceptance and embrace. She facilitates bringing others to that soft, open, vulnerable place in a way that feels safe.

Participants on our yoga retreat with Amy and Joanne enjoy SEVEN nights at the Watermill, with full board. Everything is included in the cost of the retreat: workshops, accommodation (including all linen and towels), tours, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! You can see a draft itinerary by clicking here.

Come and practise your yoga and meditation in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany and let us nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

How to keep bad backs at bay, by Amy

Bad backs are the bane of Western living, caused often by our sedentary lifestyles Our lovely yoga guru Amy Rogg, who is mentoring a course in Bali at the moment, has just sent me this well-focussed yoga tip on ways to loosen your spine

She says: “Spinal opening and flexibility are essential to feeling good and pain free. The most important nerve connections are in the spine so here are some ways to prevent stagnation and compression and maintain fluidity and malleability.”

Here are the exercises:

1) Cat/cow (see top): find a table top position on your hands and knees. As you inhale, drop your belly and ribs towards the floor, looking up and flaring your tailbone. As you exhale round the spine and push into the palms to press out of your shoulders. Repeat this spinal undulation for 1-2 minutes, aligning breath and movement.

2) Anahata kriya (left): scross-legged and hold your knees with your hands.

Start moving the torso in a circular motion, taking the heart around in a circle in one direction.  Do this for one minute. Then switch directions for another minute.

3) Downward/plank (above): start in downward dog. Lift into the toes and round the spine like a wave towards plank pose. From plank, bend your knees and scoop your hips back to downward dog. Repeat these wave undulations 6-8 times.

Amy and her colleague Joanne Brohmer are running a wonderful yoga retreat at the Watermill this Summer. So close your eyes and dream of beautiful Tuscany, amazing food and restorative yoga. With their students using words like ‘joy’ and ‘magical’ about them, Amy and Joanne will help you to awaken and restore your true passion and self-worth. We are sure this is going to be one of our most inspiring retreats –a sun-filled, fun-filled week where we’ll nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne’s week will run from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September 2018. The theme of the retreat will be Connection’ – to yourself, to others and to nature.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Amy Rogg is a yoga teacher and movement facilitator working on transforming the human spirit through holistic arts. She is based in San Francisco, California, USA. Amy helps people to awaken and restore their passion and self-worth, inspiring them to move towards their vulnerability and authenticity. She brings people back into their innate knowledge and wisdom, through a deeper connection to their body, breath, and personal expression.

As a healer, Joanne Brohmer offers a range of modalities that helps others enter into their own depth and set their anchor deeper, where they can begin to claim and feel what has been hard to reach. She helps bring what has been blocked forward into the safe home of acceptance and embrace. She facilitates bringing others to that soft, open, vulnerable place in a way that feels safe.

Participants on our yoga retreat with Amy and Joanne enjoy SEVEN nights at the Watermill, with full board. Everything is included in the cost of the retreat: workshops, accommodation (including all linen and towels), tours, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! You can see a draft itinerary by clicking here.

Come and practise your yoga and meditation in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany and let us nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

Yoga girl

 

Yoga tips from Joanne to reset your digestion — and enhance your mood

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Our bubbly yoga mentor Joanne Brohmer sends us these Maytime tips. She says: “I don’t know about you, but here in California as the weather starts warming up and we move from the deep internal waters of the cold to a new spring, new energy, my body’s needs totally change. I am ready to shake off any old energies and clean my palette on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels.”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Joanne says: “My digestion, in particular, needs a good reset and is a direct link to my mood. Lightening up my diet certainly helps but since our gut has really been proven to be so connected to our emotional state, I like to nurture it with my yoga practice too. There are lots of poses that will help wring out all the old stagnant energy from our digestion and help cleanse and massage out our major digestive organs. Whether you are looking to cleanse or tonify your digestion, these poses will certainly create an organic flow.”

Joanne recommends starting your practice with the simple ‘cat and cow, pictured at the top: “This lengthens and compresses the intestines and helps bring fresh blood to the epithelial cells which aid in healthy digestion.”

Then move on to sitting twists, which help wring out anything in the internal organs that doesn’t need to be there and stimulate your digestion:

Finally: Wind-relieving posture is great if you have sluggish digestion or trapped gas. You can use your leg and knee as you pull in to compress on your lower organs, as you release new blood will rush to these areas and help cleanse.” 

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

Joanne is running a fantastic yoga retreat at the Watermill this Summer with her colleague Amy Rogg. We are delighted to welcome Joanne and Amy, two amazing young American yoga teachers. With their students using words like ‘joy’ and ‘magical’ about them, Amy and Joanne will help you to awaken and restore your true passion and self-worth. We are sure this is going to be one of our most inspiring retreats –a sun-filled, fun-filled week where we’ll nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne’s week will run from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September 2018. The theme of the retreat will be Connection’ – to yourself, to others and to nature.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Amy Rogg is a yoga teacher and movement facilitator working on transforming the human spirit through holistic arts. She is based in San Francisco, California, USA.

Amy helps people to awaken and restore their passion and self-worth, inspiring them to move towards their vulnerability and authenticity. She brings people back into their innate knowledge and wisdom, through a deeper connection to their body, breath, and personal expression.

 

As a healer, Joanne Brohmer offers a range of modalities that helps others enter into their own depth and set their anchor deeper, where they can begin to claim and feel what has been hard to reach. She helps bring what has been blocked forward into the safe home of acceptance and embrace. She facilitates bringing others to that soft, open, vulnerable place in a way that feels safe.

Participants on our yoga retreat with Amy and Joanne enjoy SEVEN nights at the Watermill, with full board. Everything is included in the cost of the retreat: workshops, accommodation (including all linen and towels), tours, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! You can see a draft itinerary by clicking here.

Come and practise your yoga and meditation in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany and let us nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer 
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

 

 

Welcome to the new Vasari

We continue our musings about our bedrooms and apartment suites named after famous Renaissance artists with a few thoughts about Giorgio Vasari.

I often think that if Vasari hadn’t written his well-known book, he’d be more famous!

This apparent contradiction comes about from the fact that in some quarters at least, Vasari is only known for his book Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, the first book on art history, in which he lauded Michelangelo as the apotheosis of artistic development.

But Vasari, who lived from 1511 to 1574, was also a great Renaissance Man in his own right: painter, architect and street-planner, as well as writer and historian.

He painted (with others) the inside of the dome of Florence cathedral, wonderful frescoes in the palazzo vecchio; he built the uffizi and in particular the loggia of the uffizi, creating a unique Renaissance street with unified architecture, the first regularised streetscape in Europe. Oh, and the Vasari corridor, linking above street level the palazzo vecchio with the Pitti place, so his Grand Duke, Cosimo 1 de’ Medici, wouldn’t have to mix with the hoi polloi on his way home. And he built the Fish Loggia, one of my (many) favourite buildings in Florence.

Originally there was a double row of eight arches (increased to nine by Cosimo III in 1699) on alternating pairs of square and round columns enclosing canopied vaults. And around the outside, there are wonderfully colourful tondi celebrating fish and fishing.

At the Watermill, we’ve just finished renovating the Apartment Suit celebrating Vasari. That’s a shot of the bedroom at the top of this article – and here are the new French widows bringing even more Tuscan light into the sitting room. The Vasari site is ideal for a couple or two people sharing.

Vasari is pretty full on this year’s creative courses, but we have availability for Andrew Geeson’s painting course from Saturday 23 June to Saturday 30 June 2018, for Terry Jarvis’ painting course from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July 2018, for Jo Parfitt’s first Writing your Life Stories week, from Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August 2018 and for our yoga retreat with Amy Rogg and Joanne Brohmer, from Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August 2018.


Andrew plus picAndrew Geeson
Watercolours

23 June to 30 June 2018  

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 places

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


Jo Parfitt
Write Your Life Stories

18 August to 25 August 2018 Four places left

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


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.

Come and join us!

Did perspective affect Uccello’s married life?

Continuing our notes on the early Renaissance artists after whom our Watermill bedrooms are names, today it’s the turn of Paolo Uccello. Recently restored, the Uccello bedroom in the 17th Century mill building looks out over the watermill cascades and the River Rosaro.

Uccello was born in 1397 and was a pioneer of the use of linear perspective, invented (or re-discovered) by my hero Filippo Brunelleschi (Click here to find out more about him and his bedroom). Uccello was so obsessed with perspective that it affected his married life. His wife said that he stayed up all night in his studio making intricate drawings and when she called for him to come to bed, he would cry out: “Oh what a sweet thing this perspective is!”  Mrs Uccello’s comments are not recorded!

Paolo is probably best known for his three paintings of the Battle of San Romano (The Uffizi version is above) and for his fresco of the English condottiere Sir John Hawkwood in Florence Cathedral which again shows his obsessive interest in perspective: the painting looks like an equestrian monument seen from below.

Come and brush up your knowledge of perspective in Uccello’s rooms at the Watermill. He’s pretty booked up this season and only free for one of Sandra Strohschein’s painting courses, from Saturday 9 June to Saturday 16 June. Or, if you’d like to meditate on life’s perspectives, on Amy Rogg and Joanne Brohmer’s yoga retreat, from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September.

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein

Watercolours

9 June to 16 June 2018 Two places left 

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

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer 

Yoga retreat

25 August to 1 September  Still plenty of places

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

 

Make sure you have a steady foundation for your standing yoga pose, says Amy

Before entering any standing pose, says our yoga guru Amy Rogg, it is important to take time grounding your feet and building your lower body foundation, before raising your upper body off the ground.

Amy says: “Too many times I see students rushing to get to a pose without caring for their connection to the ground first. And when they come up, they are more likely to wobble and lose their balance. You wouldn’t build a house without a steady foundation or else the house would not be able to withstand the test of time. The ground is a powerful thing. It is what holds us and supports us. We are always connected to the earth the entirety of our living existence, so we might as well take our time to ground into it.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.“In doing yoga postures, the key is to root down in order to lift up. So next time you’ve placed your foot between your hands from downward dog (no matter what pose you’re coming into) make sure you take time to plant your feet fully, root down, activate your core and legs, and feel your lower body balance before you raise your arms off the ground. Maybe even close your eyes to feel your steadiness for a moment. Then slowly have the experience of raising your arms up while keeping your foundation strong.”

Amy says: “When you arrive in the pose, you will feel much more empowered in your stance, giving the upper body safety to express itself. In all, the more grounding you establish, the more confidence and calm you will feel.”

Amy and her colleague Joanne Brohmer are running a wonderful yoga retreat at the Watermill this Summer. So close your eyes and dream of beautiful Tuscany, amazing food and restorative yoga. With their students using words like ‘joy’ and ‘magical’ about them, Amy and Joanne will help you to awaken and restore your true passion and self-worth. We are sure this is going to be one of our most inspiring retreats –a sun-filled, fun-filled week where we’ll nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne’s week will run from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September 2018. The theme of the retreat will be Connection’ – to yourself, to others and to nature.

Amy Rogg is a yoga teacher and movement facilitator working on transforming the human spirit through holistic arts. She is based in San Francisco, California, USA. Amy helps people to awaken and restore their passion and self-worth, inspiring them to move towards their vulnerability and authenticity. She brings people back into their innate knowledge and wisdom, through a deeper connection to their body, breath, and personal expression.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.As a healer, Joanne Brohmer offers a range of modalities that helps others enter into their own depth and set their anchor deeper, where they can begin to claim and feel what has been hard to reach. She helps bring what has been blocked forward into the safe home of acceptance and embrace. She facilitates bringing others to that soft, open, vulnerable place in a way that feels safe.

Participants on our yoga retreat with Amy and Joanne enjoy SEVEN nights at the Watermill, with full board. Everything is included in the cost of the retreat: workshops, accommodation (including all linen and towels), tours, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! You can see a draft itinerary by clicking here.

Come and practise your yoga and meditation in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany and let us nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still plenty of places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

Yoga girl

 

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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Be inspired by the towering genius of the Renaissance in the Brunelleschi bedroom

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Continuing our notes of the Renaissance artists whose names grace the Watermill bedrooms and apartment suites, today we come to my great hero, Filippo Brunelleschi, to my mind the towering genius of the early Renaissance.

As well as designing and supervising the construction of the incomparable dome of Florence cathedral (above), Filippo invented linear perspective, designed the first new-classical building since Roman times, the Ospedale degli Innocenti and created the sublime space of the Pazzi chapel in the cloisters of Santa Croce. With his one-time apprentice Donatello (who re-created classical sculpture) and his patron Cosimo (Medici) the Elder (who led the re-discovery of Greek and Roman texts and promoted Humanism), Brunelleschi can truly be regarded as the father of the Renaissance. He’s the presiding genius of my detective novel A Matter of Perspective set in 15th Century Florence. You can see more about that by clicking here (UK)  or here (Worldwide).

The bedroom at the Watermill which bears his name is a superior double room, also available for single occupancy, with an en suite shower room. It enjoys a large roof terrace overlooking the courtyard and gardens and with amazing views of the mountains. Like all the bedrooms for our 2019 creative courses, Brunelleschi is pretty full this year, but he’s free for Sandra Strohschein’s painting week from Saturday 2 June to Saturday 9 June, for Terry Jarvis’ painting week from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July and for Amy Rogg and Joanne Brohmer’s yoga retreat from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September.

Join us and Filippo and be inspired!

 Sandra plus picSandra Strohshein

Watercolours

Places left: 2-9 June AND 19-16 June 2018

Please click here to learn more about Sandra’s painting holidays at The Watermill. 

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.

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still plenty of places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

 *** Why not bring your non-painting 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 suggestions by clicking here.

 

The rare and perfect talent of Fra Angelico to inspire your creative week at the Watermill

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.I had such fun yesterday writing about Lorenzo Ghiberti and his eponymous bedroom at the Watermill that today I thought I’d introduce you to Fra Angelico, whose bedroom is one floor below in the 19th Century Tuscan House in the main courtyard.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Fra Angelico is one of the great early Renaissance artists (my favourite period), perhaps best known for his amazing frescoes in the Monastery of San Marco in Florence. He also had/has a sackful of names!

He started life as (in 1395) as Guido di Pietro, but was known to contemporaries as Fra Giovanni da Fiesole (Brother John from Fiesole) and, later, Fra Giovanni Angelico (Angelic Brother John). A devout man, he was/is known in Italian as il beato Angelico (the blessed Angelic One) and in 1982, Pope John Paul II made if official by beatifying him. The English usage Fra Angelico means Angelic Friar. To the left is Giuseppe Simonelli’s posthumous portrait of him in a fresco in Orvieto cathedral.

He had “rare and perfect talent,” according to Georgio Vasari in his Lives of the Artists, who added: “It is impossible to bestow too much praise on this holy father, who was so humble and modest in all that he did and said and whose pictures were painted with such facility and piety.” 

This is Fra Angelico’s Annunciation in Florence’s San Marco, in all its simplicity, harmony and purity. And don’t you just love the Archangel Gabriel‘s wings?

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

We hope the angelic friar and the other Renaissance masters after whom we have named our bedrooms inspire your painting while you are with us (and your knitting, writing, yoga and Italian language speaking, too, come to that.) But if you want to bond particularly with Fra Angelico, his bedroom is having a busy season too. In fact, his bedroom is only still available for three weeks all season. He’s fully occupied the rest of the time!

You can stay in Fra Angelico on Terry Jarvis’ painting course from 7-14 July, Jo Parfitt’s first Writing your Life Stories course, from 18-25 August and on Amy and Joanne’s yoga retreat week, from 25 August to 1 September.

Come and join us!

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.

Jo plus pic

Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 

Write Your Life Stories

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

 Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer

25 August to 1 September 2018 

Yoga retreat

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