A ‘fabulous revitalising week’ on a yoga retreat with Claire. Join her next year!

Yoga in the Watermill studio

Yoga in the Watermill studio

We have had some excellent feedback from the yoga retreat with Claire Murphy which finished last week and we’d like to share it with you. Some of our guests were returning for another revitalizing week at The Watermill, while others, like Sylvia, were coming for the first time. As you can see, she’s coming back next year, too.

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

And this is from one of the returnees, Alessandra:

Alessandra feedbackAnd from another returnee:

Anita feedback

Claire will be back next year to nourish your mind, body and soul in another unique seven-day yoga and meditation retreat. It will run from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September 2018.

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and convents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets.

We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind.

And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request

Yoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme, which we’ll update and augment as time goes on.

Claire plus picNourish — mind, body and soul

Claire Murphy

25 August – 1 September 2018

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

 

Join Claire for that Ahh! moment

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

Our lovely yoga and meditatation tutor Claire Murphy wants you to come and join her for her week-long retreat this September, enjoy lots and lots of ‘aah’ moments and put yourself completely at ease. Claire says: “Your comfort during the retreat is of paramount importance to all of us, so when I ask if something feels comfortable and the response is, ‘it’s fine’, then that’s not ok. I’m not looking for fine I’m looking for that ‘ahh’ moment.”

You’ll get plenty of help. Claire adds: “One of the many features of yoga with me is the number of props that are employed to convey a sense of support, comfort and above all else, ease. Last year, our guests at the Watermill were quite amazed at the bolsters, blankets, blocks provided, as well as physio balls and scarves that I brought with me too”.The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We still have two places on Claire’s wonderful yoga and meditation retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, soul, which will run from Saturday 9 September to Saturday 16 September, and we’d love you to join us. (There are links below to more details.)

A comment from one of our guests here with Claire last year: “I was extremely impressed by the beauty of the Watermill itself and of its location. The buildings are beautiful and comfortable and the location is green and luscious. The Watermill itself is surrounded by beautiful grounds and well tended gardens where you can sit or lounge and relax or go for peaceful walks and the only noises you hear are birds, water, and the occasional rutting deer! The yoga studio is airy and peaceful and the yoga tutor was all we could have hoped for. Also, great food and wine. And all, and I mean all, even a meal in a local restaurant and transfers to/from Pisa airport, is included in the price you pay, no hidden costs.”

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_nconvents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here. Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer. In addition, her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody.

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

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

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

with Claire Murphy One or two places left

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

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

Sound Healing Meditation with Claire at an atmospheric convent

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
At Claire Murphy’s yoga and meditation retreat at The Watermill last year, our guests told us that their visit to the Convento del Carmine, was one of the highlights. Claire says: “We were very fortunate to have this beautiful venue to ourselves, to experience its stillness and utter beauty.”

And, of course, we will be returning to the convent this year for another private visit during Claire’s seven-day retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, and soul. There’s a link below for you to find out more details of this unique, joyful yoga and meditation retreat. Nine people have already signed up, so we have room for only two or three more.

Yoga Claire ConventWhen you arrive at the convent during the retreat, says Claire: “I shall take you through a gentle series of movements in the cloisters which are based on Tibetan Healing Exercises.

“Then you will be treated to a sound meditation, as the acoustics are wonderful there. During your stay at the Watermill, you will experience a variety of meditations, whether its mindful walking of a morning, guided practice during our yoga sessions, as well as the optional silent sitting of an evening.”The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Claire says: “Sound is a healing modality as it is based on the vibration created that is not only heard through our ears, but felt at a very subtle level by the cells within our body. I shall once again bring along my Tingshas (pictured above). These are used in many rituals within Tibetan Buddhism, as well as having a more recognised place in yoga and meditation classes. They are made of a sacred 12 metal alloy and are generally used to cleanse space before and after sessions.”

Claire will also be bringing a Tibetan singing bowl, made from consecrated 7 metal alloys that are created skilfully to produce at least five individual yet simultaneous tones. The bowls sounds are said to synchronise brain waves and encourage a therapeutic effect on the body. The seven alloys used and the principles attached to them are: Silver – Moon, time, joy, instinct; Gold – Sun, heart, spirit; Mercury – Mercury, intellect and speech; Tin – Jupiter, insight and wisdom; Lead – Saturn, conscience and discipline; Copper – Venus, love and art; Iron – Mars, action and sexuality. 

Claire says: “All you will need to do is sit (we are fortunate that the cloisters has a very low wall all round, just perfect for sitting on) and allow the sound to come to you. Even more fortunate, we shall be spending longer at the convent this year, and will enjoy a picnic lunch together, giving us longer to soak up the magical atmosphere that it offers.”

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

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

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

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2

Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Two or three places left

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

Come and join us and nourish your mind, body and soul.The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

 

 

Seeking that ‘ahh’ moment on Claire’s yoga retreat

yoga Claire croppedWe already have eight bookings on Claire Murphy’s wonderful yoga and meditation retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, soul, which will run from Saturday 9 September to Saturday 16 September, so we just have room for three or four more people. (There are links below to more details.)

Claire has been sending us a series of yoga and meditation techniques which you can try at home before joining us at The Watermill, but her latest note concerns putting yourself at ease. She says: “One of the many features of yoga with me is the number of props that are employed to convey a sense of support, comfort and above all else, ease. Last year, our guests at the Watermill were quite amazed at the bolsters, blankets, blocks provided, as well as physio balls and scarves that I brought with me too”.The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Claire adds: “Your comfort during the retreat is of paramount importance to all of us, so when I ask if something feels comfortable and the response is, ‘it’s fine’, then that’s not ok. I’m not looking for fine I’m looking for that ‘ahh’ moment.

“Many of the practices that will be shared will be of a restorative nature, enabling your body and mind to feel supported, comfortable, leading to a feeling of deep nurturing and nourishment. The use of cushions and blankets encourages you to understand the internal cues your body gives you. The question we continually ask is, ‘how can this feel better?’ This is the role of a prop. It offers transformation. Making use of cushions or yoga blocks prevents over-extending in a yoga posture, which could lead to injury”.

Want to try it for yourself now? Have a blanket handy, folded in half and half again (depending on size and thickness) and pop it to one side.Claire says: “Begin by lying on the floor semi-supine – this is on your back, with your knees bent and your feet flat to the floor. Make sure your feet are parallel and arms are a little way away from the sides of the body. Take a few moments to ‘check in’ – this means closing your eyes and surveying your body and noticing areas that may instantly alert you to discomfort. Pay particular attention to the backs of the shoulders, lower back and behind the pelvis. 

“After a couple of minutes, make a decision as to where you believe it would benefit you to place a blanket beneath you in the areas mentioned above. Then lay down again, this time with the blanket beneath you, maybe even a slim cushion just under the base of the head.  Notice the difference?

“I’m looking forward to helping you get to grips with this and many more uses of props too – even a shoulder stand using a yoga bolster!”

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

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

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2

Yoga portrait shape 39 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy Three or four places left

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

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

Mindful Walking with Watermill yoga tutor Claire Murphy

Italy- Mindful Walking (004)Our delightful yoga and meditation tutor Claire Murphy is returning to the Watermill this September for a special seven-day retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, and soul. There’s a link below for you to find out more details of this unique, joyful yoga and meditation retreat. Eight people have already signed up, so we have room for only three or four more.

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

This one is Mindful walking.

Claire says: During your stay at the Watermill, it is anticipated that at least on a couple of mornings before breakfast we will engage in some mindful walking. The aim is not having a particular destination in mind; rather, it’s about bringing our attention to the experience and sensation of walking.

“Meditation is often assumed to be a practice that exists solely on a cushion or a chair; however we reap the benefits more when we take it through all our everyday activities. When we usually walk, we are taking our constant chattering mind along with us. It may be thinking about the train that was delayed; feeling miserable that it’s, yet again, raining; worrying about work / home / children; or even fantasising about the weekend ahead (even though it’s only Monday morning). This means we miss out on so much that can enrich our moment-by-moment joy.”

Claire says: “In mindful walking we notice the sensations of our feet as they make contact with the earth, or even the finer details of how one heel lifts up, there’s more pressure in the ball of the opposite foot. In noticing the sensation through the feet, we then move the awareness up to understand how our knees, hips and pelvis are all part of this amazing action of walking.

“As we walk, the focus comes into our breath, then can slowly be expanded to smell – what aromas do I notice? Visually – taking in all that you see, the colours and textures. Not forgetting sounds. Listen to all that is happening around you.  Rather than listening to the voice of your mind.

We may also use the mindful walking of a morning within the mindful writing we shall engage in too. Even more reason to join us before our delicious breakfast is served!”

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

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

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

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

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

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

with Claire Murphy Three or four places left

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

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

 

 

The sun and moon of alternate nostril breath: another yoga tip from Claire

Italy- Alternate Nostril Breath (002)Our delightful yoga and meditation tutor Claire Murphy is returning to the Watermill this September for a special seven-day retreat, called Nourish — mind, body, and soul. There’s a link below for you to find out more details of this unique, joyful yoga and meditation retreat. Seven people have already signed up, so we have room for only four or five more.

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

This one is Alternate Nostril Breath.

“The sun (right nostril) and the moon (left nostril) divide time into day and night”  —Hatha Yoga Pradipika 4.17

Claire says: The foundation of yoga is the breath. It is also an important aspect as a means of support for meditation too. So, throughout your time on retreat at the Watermill, you will hear me mention the breath an awful lot. We often give it very little regard unless we have a heavy cold and therefore blocked sinuses, or we may have asthma or other respiratory conditions.

“Our whole system relies on the nourishment that is provided with each breath that we take; it boosts our energy; improves our ability to focus; can reduce anxiety and bring calmness, plus many other benefits.”

 Claire continues: “Alternate nostril breath helps us to align and balance the energies of the inner body. Most are unaware, until they are experiencing a heavy cold, that one nostril will be more dominant for a couple of hours and then the other. This cycle continues throughout the day, mostly unnoticed, that is until we are congested. (We all know that scenario: we can only breathe through the right side of our nose, and then suddenly we feel the left side clearing, only for the right side to then become bunged-up!) The science of right/left side nostril breathing and how it corresponds to the hemispheres of the brain is quite a lengthy subject, and one best saved for another day.”

Practically, however, says Claire, “You can check right now which channel in your body is more open. Sitting upright, hold the back of your hand beneath one nostril and breathe out, then move your hand so it is beneath the other nostril and do the same. Notice which side is stronger? When repeated a couple of hours later, you may find it has changed – it normally does every 1 ½ to 2 hours.

“Practising alternate nostril breath promotes the balancing of the energies within the body, the masculine and feminine, the hemispheres of the brain and helps to prepare us for meditation.”

Claire adds: “I look forward to seeing you on the cushion in Italy soon where we can explore this and so much more.”

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

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

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

 

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

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

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

with Claire Murphy Four or five places left

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

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

Why the hands are important in yoga and meditation

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.As you know, the Italians use their hands a lot in communication – indeed it has been said that they had to make Italian telephone boxes larger than those in the rest of Europe, otherwise people were unable to communicate properly by waving their arms and hands abou!

But did you know that hand gestures are an important part of yoga and meditation practice, too? I didn’t until our inspirational teacher Claire Murphy sent me another of her fascinating notes about some of the poses and practices she will be teaching on her yoga and meditation retreat here in September. The retreat is called Nourish – mind, body and soul, and there are details of how to find out more below.

Today Claire is telling us about mudras, gestures that are made with the hands – bringing the fingers into different positions that promote the stimulation of the five elements: fire, air, water, earth and sky. She says: “Our yoga postures, breathing and meditation practices promote balancing and normalising of the body/mind energy system and mudras encourage the same.”

Claire tells me: “We have a tremendous amount of energy in our hands and each finger represents one of the five elements: the thumb is fire (agni), the index finger is air (vayu), the middle finger is sky (akash), the ring finger is earth (prithvi) and the little finger is water (jal).” (The words in brackets are the Sanskrit terms for the elements)

Claire will particularly be teaching her students here about Pushan Mudra: “We bring the tips of the thumbs to the two middle fingers. The other two fingers (index and little fingers) are extended. 

“The mudra signifies accepting and receiving with one hand and letting go with the other. It is also said to be stimulating for the brain. Given that the mudra is dedicated to the sun god, it is suggested that it helps with the digestive system, which also corresponds to the element of fire (agni).”

Claire adds: “Unlike yoga postures and breathing practices, which are best understood by working with an experienced teacher, mudras are easy to learn and safe to practice solo.”

So, you can try this at home and prefect your technique during Claire’s week-long retreat at the Watermill this September.
Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreats

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

Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here.

Claire has a wealth of teaching experience in both yoga and meditation, primarily focused on women’s health. Claire currently teaches classes for women through all stages of their life and has even run sessions for women in recovery from cancer.
Her approach is very much from a remedial perspective in which she sees yoga being available to everybody. In addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied Yoga portrait shape 3meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness. Claire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

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

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

with Claire Murphy Four or five places left

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

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

 

Have you heard the Early Bird news?

Blog Early Bird parrots Dec 16Yes, you only have six days left to take advantage the Watermill’s Early Bird offer, which expires at the end of the year.

If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £75 per person discount on each of our fabulous 2017 painting, knitting, yoga, cooking and Italian language holidays. Our courses are filling really quickly (some 145 places already taken), so now is the time to book – and receive the Early Bird bonus.

We’d love to welcome you on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled courses next year. Come and join us. You can find out more about everything by clicking here.

First, here’s the full list of our inspiring 2016 painting tutors, with links to more details about them – and more of their inspiring pictures. And after that, more details of our knitting, yoga, cooking and language courses. We hope to see you soon…

Doranne new head and shouldersPainting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.13-20 May: Watercolours

with Doranne Alden

To learn more about Doranne and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Sandra Strohschein head and shouldersA painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany Italy27 May – 3 June Watercolours

with Sandra Strohschein

To learn more about Sandra and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Sarah S H&S for tutor profilePainting bysarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.3-10 June Oils and drawing mediums

with Sarah Spencer

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

 

Keiko painting en plein air

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.10-17 June Watercolours

with Keiko Tanabe

To learn more about Keiko and The Watermill, please click here

 

RENNER H&SPainting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.17-24 June Oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing mediums

with Maggie Renner Hellmann

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

Lea Nixon head and shouldersPainting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.24 June- 1 July Watercolours

with Lea Nixon

To learn more about Lea and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Terry Jarvis painting cropped morePainting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.1-8 July Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

with Terry Jarvis

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

8 to 15 July 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

To learn more about Tom and The Watermill, please click here.

 

New Sue Ford pic croppedSue Cinque Terre demo15-22 July Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

with Sue Ford

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

Mark Warner H&S croppedPainting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.22 to 29 July 2017 Mark Warner

Acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel.

To learn more about Mark and The Watermill, please click here.

Neiman H&SNeiman Daumazon promenade26 August-2 September Watercolours

with Varvara Neiman

To learn more about Varvara and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Mike new head and shoulders FINALPainting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.2-9 September Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

with Mike Willdridge

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

Nel and Rebecca head shotPainting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.23-30 September Pastels

with Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca andThe Watermill, please click  here.

Charles New photo 2012Sluga Fivizzano belltower demo pic30 September-3 October Watercolours (and acrylics,  oils)

with Charles Sluga

To learn more about Charles and The Watermill, please click here.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhttp://watermill.net/painting-holidays/painting-holidays-tutor-tim-wilmot17.php7-14 October 2017 Watercolours

with Tim Wilmot

To learn more about Tim and h The Watermill, please click here.

 

Here are the knitting weeks:

Lisa Richardson head and shouldersLisa Richardson Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita 

Please click here for more about Lisa and The Watermill.

 

Marie Wallin head and shoulder croppedMarie Wallin

Saturday 20 May to Saturday 27 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here for more about Marie and The Watermill.

Sarah Hatton head and shouldersSarah Hatton

Saturday 16 September to Saturday 23 September 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here for more about Sarah  The Watermill.

The yoga retreat:

Claire Murphy H&SYoga portrait shape 39-16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul

with Claire Murphy

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

Our cookery course:

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

with Lois Breckon, Ingrid Fabbian and The Watermill team

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

And last, but by no means least, our unique Italian language course:

Language FrancescaSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

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

Announcing our 2017 yoga and meditation retreat

Yoga retreat at The Watermill in Tuscany, yoga and meditation retreatsWe are delighted to announce our 2017 yoga and meditation retreat with Claire Murphy.

Following the outstanding success of last year’s course, Claire is returning for a special seven-day retreat, which she has called Nourish — mind, body, and soulIt will run from Saturday 9 September to Saturday 16 September 2017.

There’s an Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on Claire’s unique yoga and meditation retreat.

We’ll nourish your soul on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and14432947_10154449229557557_403500150842892678_n convents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind. And we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course. Private sessions with a local Shiatsu practitioner are also available, at cost, on request.
yoga Claire croppedYoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire Murphy for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them.        Together we’ve created a unique seven-day programme. You can see the itinerary by clicking here.

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

In addition to her yoga capabilities, Claire has studied meditation within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for many years as well as being a qualified mindfulness for stress relief teacher. It’s this presence and focus that she brings to all her teachings and infuses all her sessions with mindful awareness.

Having been a ‘secret writer’ for many years, Claire will also be offering conscious journaling and mindful writing activities within the 2017 retreat. Writing is a way of reconnecting to what’s real for us – making the unspoken manifest and along the way, it brings many insights. Giving voice to the unseen and writing through our bodies is Claire’s way of getting pen to paper. No writing skills are necessary, as the sessions will offer writing prompts and jumping off points to inspire making a mark on the blank page. Claire delights in making all that she offers fun and inviting.

14355042_10154591097083804_1900634091968054361_nClaire’s style of teaching is very eclectic, borne out of studying and training in various traditions over the years across the UK and in many other areas of Europe and extensively in the USA. She brings a sense of humour and imagination to her teaching in order to make it accessible to everyone.

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

And don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on Claire’s unique yoga and meditation retreat.

Claire Murphy H&SYoga portrait shape 39-16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul

with Claire Murphy

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

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

 

Still a very few places left for our remaining 2016 creative weeks

Mill courtyardWe’ll soon be starting the second half of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative course season, with painting, knitting and yoga weeks. We are pretty full, but still have a few places if you’d like to join us. We’d love to welcome you here.

Here’s the current availability of our remaining 2016 courses, painting first:

Mike plus pictureMike Willdridge 27 August to 3 September 2016 

Watercolours, oils and acrylics, drawing, sketching.

Course full: Waiting List. To learn more about Mike and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Sarah S plus pictureSarah Spencer 3 September to 10 September 2016  Oils and acrylics, drawing

Course full: Waiting List To learn more about Sarah  and to see more of her pictures, please click here

 

Trevor plus pictureTrevor Lingard 24 September to 1 October 2016

Watercolours

Two or three places left To learn more about Trevor and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Lea plus pictureLea Nixon 1 October to 8 October 2016 

Watercolours

Three or four places left. To learn more about Lea and to see more of his pictures, please click here

David plus pictureDavid Taylor 8 October to 15 October 2016 

Watercolours

Course full: Waiting List To learn more about David and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Yoga and meditation retreats availability

Yoga Claire pic 1

Nataly courseNataly Kogan and Joanna Benevides 20 August to 27 August 2016 

Nutrition for your Soul

One place left. To learn more about Nataly and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Profiles Page

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2Claire Murphy 19 September to 24 September 2016 – Please Note: this retreat will start on a Monday and end on a Saturday

Unplug and Unwind

Four places left To learn more about Claire and her course, please visit her Profile Page

 

Knitting courses: all full this year, taking bookings for next!

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill's vine verandah

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill’s vine verandah

There is only one knitting course left this year, with Lisa Richardson – and that’s full! But we are already taking bookings for 2017 courses. If you want to book, let us know and we’ll reserve a 2017 place.

Lisa Richardson head and shouldersLisa Richardson Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Seven or eight places left Please email info@watermill.net if you’d like to reserve a place on this course.

Marie Wallin head and shoulder croppedMarie Wallin

Saturday 20 May to Saturday 27 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Course full, waiting list: Please email info@watermill.net if you’d like to be on the waiting list.

Sarah Hatton head and shouldersSarah Hatton

Saturday 16 September to Saturday 23 September 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Five or six places left.  Please email info@watermill.net if you’d like to reserve a place on this course.

Come and join us and enjoy the magic at the millPainting in Monte dei Bianchiill!