Good morning from a sunny Posara!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Yes, it’s sunny at last. And above is a picture to prove it! Watermill guests Biddy and Clem Danin sitting in the warm Watermill courtyard, waiting to go out painting on location in the glorious Tuscan countryside. And here’s’s a picture of the newly renovated South facing watermill façade, basking in the early morning sun.The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Once the scaffolding had come down were amazed how large an area the façade is. It is the last but one major piece of restoration that we will undertake here. Next year we moved to the frantoio, the old olive press (below, suitably in the shade in the early morning when I took this photo), where Lois has wonderful plants to create a new sitting room with a terrace overlooking the millstream as it gushes down to the river.

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

Meanwhile, in the picture of the façade, you may just be able to spot the new photovoltaic cells which we have installed on the roofs of the restored 19th century mill and on the studio. Here’s a close-up of some of them. We’ll be using the sunny days to produce our own electricity.

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.You will notice that we been able to save all the old tiles and replace them on the rebuilt roof. Now we are waiting for the Italian electricity company to connect our photovoltaic system to the National Grid. Once we are up and running, we think we’re going to be more than self-sufficient in electricity and hopefully, as well as saving the planet, will also have no electricity bills. We’ll wait and see whether that plan becomes reality: we have monitoring systems to assess just how much electricity we are making. As we get the photovoltaic system underway, will also be slowly extending our air conditioning system, which provides warmth as well is coolth. We have units in the studio, which proved useful in the unseasonably chilly weather in May, and in the dining room where, last night we needed to cool down! And we are keeping the cooks cool and calm in the kitchen! There are also units already in The Lippi Suite and in the Brunelleschi and Donatello bedrooms. It will be disruptive to try and do more during this season, but from next October onwards will move to putting air conditioning in all of the bedrooms. In the meantime, we will keep you cool as necessary with our highly efficient, good-looking, retro-design fans.

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

We’d love you to come and see everything for yourself, joining us in our idyllic setting in unspoiled rural Tuscany: Secluded gardens, sun-drenched terraces, a cool vine verandah, a gurgling river, beautifully restored historic buildings … bright airy bedrooms with new en suite bathrooms, and lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains … delicious food prepared from fresh local ingredients…

Just some of the delights of the Watermill. We specialise in relaxing, inspiring and fun-filled painting, creative writing and Italian language weeks, with internationally renowned tutors. “The most wonderful week, in a most beautiful and unique setting. One of the best holidays I have experienced.”

To learn more, please click here.

ere’s the latest list of what’s available. It’s followed by details and links of the other courses that are currently fully booked. But there are invariably cancellations, so if there’s a tutor or a date in whom/which you are particularly interested, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll put you on the waiting list. And why not bring your non-participating partners well? Not only is there a generous £250 reduction for them (sharing a room with you), but we have plenty of activities for them. Find out more about that by clicking here.

What’s available: Painting courses

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.We’ve listed the painting courses where we still have availability first, the others that are full, but for which there is a waiting list, follow these.

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Two or three places left
24 – 31 August 2019 
One or two places left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

The painting courses below are currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come on one of them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019 
Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

What’s available: Knitting courses

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

The knitting weeks below are currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come , please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Debbie Abrahams
25 May – 1 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin
6 – 13 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Marie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page

 

What’s available: Writing courses

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

Some of our guests on Jo’s 2018 creative writing course at the village of Verrucola

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019 One place left
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Four or five places left
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

 

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

Jumping for joy on a Watermill painting course!

 

 

 

Good morning from the Watermill and a bunch of fascinating figures: 8, 70, 250, 25

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

Evening shadows on the vine verandah, a painting by Keiko Tanabe.

After a wet and rainy couple of days, we have at last been able to get outside to paint and to enjoy our aperitivi under the vine verandah, serenaded by a couple of young local musicians as we sipped our Watermill cocktails and gins and tonics. Hooray!

Undaunted by the weather

As I surveyed the group, I noted that this is our most international gathering yet. We had no fewer than 8 different nationalities gathered for Keiko Tanabe’s painting course: Japanese, Portuguese, Israeli, American, Canadian, Swiss, Italian and British. Our reputation is spreading! A few years ago, we calculated that people from 70 different countries had visited the mill. We haven’t done a count recently, but it must be many more by now.

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

Sunny, at last!

Another tremendous figure yesterday was that our bookings for 2019 have reached a record 250, beating the previous total of 232. So, our heartfelt thanks to everybody for supporting the Watermill. We enjoy your company and would like to meet many more of you in the future.

Which brings us to our final fascinating figure today, 25. That’s the number of people who have already booked for our 2020 courses. That’s not least because of the wonderful tutors who are coming next year but also because we have a special offer: if you book one of our 2020 creative courses before this September, you can enjoy it at 2019 prices. For a preview of next year’s courses and the link for you to reserve your place, please click here.

In the meantime, we still have a few places left on our painting and writing courses in 2019. There are details and links below. We’d love you to join us in our idyllic setting in unspoiled rural Tuscany: Secluded gardens, sun-drenched terraces, a cool vine verandah, a gurgling river, beautifully restored historic buildings … bright airy bedrooms with new en suite bathrooms, and lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains … delicious food prepared from fresh local ingredients…

Just some of the delights of the Watermill. We specialise in relaxing, inspiring and fun-filled painting, creative writing and Italian language weeks, with internationally renowned tutors. The most wonderful week, in a most beautiful and unique setting. One of the best holidays I have experienced.” To learn more, please click here.

Here’s the latest list of what’s available. It’s followed by details and links of the other courses that are currently fully booked. But there are invariably cancellations, so if there’s a tutor or a date in whom/which you are particularly interested, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll put you on the waiting list. And why not bring your non-participating partners well? Not only is there a generous £250 reduction for them (sharing a room with you), but we have plenty of activities for them. Find out more about that by clicking here.

What’s available: Painting courses

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.We’ve listed the painting courses where we still have availability first, the others that are full, but for which there is a waiting list, follow these.

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Two or three places left
24 – 31 August 2019 
One or two places left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

The painting courses below are currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come on one of them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019 
Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

What’s available: Knitting courses

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

The knitting weeks below are currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come , please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Debbie Abrahams
25 May – 1 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin
6 – 13 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Marie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page

 

What’s available: Writing courses

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

Some of our guests on Jo’s 2018 creative writing course at the village of Verrucola

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019 One place left
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Four or five places left
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

 

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

Jumping for joy on a Watermill painting course!

 

 

Good morning from the Watermill and from Lorenzo Ghiberti

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

Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Lorenzo Ghiberti’s baptistery doors are rightly hailed as one of the great Renaissance creations. The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.The enormous bronze doors on the eastern side of Florence’s baptistery were described by Michelangelo as the Gates of Paradise and their 10 relief panels are recognised as masterpieces Renaissance sculpture. Ghiberti was the great rival of my hero Filippo Brunelleschi, but I must reluctantly admit his baptistery doors are pretty good! That’s Lorenzo’s bronze self-portrait to the left.

We have celebrated Lorenzo Ghiberti by naming a bedroom after him at the Watermill, just recently redecorated in a fresh light green, and a flowing flowery frieze painted by Lois and our friend Vivienne White.

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

Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

We’d love you to come and see Ghiberti for yourself, joining us in our idyllic setting in unspoiled rural Tuscany: Secluded gardens, sun-drenched terraces, a cool vine verandah, a gurgling river, beautifully restored historic buildings … bright airy bedrooms with new en suite bathrooms, and lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains … delicious food prepared from fresh local ingredients…

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

Just some of the delights of the Watermill. We specialise in relaxing, inspiring and fun-filled painting, creative writing and Italian language weeks, with internationally renowned tutors. “The most wonderful week, in a most beautiful and unique setting. One of the best holidays I have experienced.”

To learn more, please click here.

Current availability:

This is the current availability on our painting courses:

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Three or four places left
24 – 31 August 2019 
One or two places left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

And on our writing courses:

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Four or five places left
Scriptwriting

To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

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

Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Another celebration of the Watermill’s history

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Our painting guest Robert Christopher has sent us another charming ink and watercolour sketch, this time, prompted by recent blog, of the various artefacts we are collecting towards creating a mini-museum of Watermill history. Thank you very much for sending us that, Robert. We are looking forward to meeting you again later in the year for another caring, companionable and creative Watermill week.

Here is another of Robert’s atmospheric sketches, of the cascades in the 17th century mill tumbling into the river:
Painting by Robert Christopher, at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

We still have a few places left on our 2019 painting and creative writing courses. Details below.

And we are already taking bookings for our 2020 creative courses. You can find a preview of all these courses by clicking here. And if you book now you can enjoy one of our 2020 courses at 2019 prices. More than 20 people have already booked in for next year, so if there is a tutor or a date the particularly attract you, now is the time to click here and reserve your place.

Current availability:

This is the current availability on our painting courses:

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Three or four places left
24 – 31 August 2019 
One or two places left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

And on our writing courses:

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Four or five places left
Scriptwriting

To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.
The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Caring, companionable, creative: come and join us for a wonderful Watermill week

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

Enjoy companionable evenings in the Watermill sitting room. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci.

We still have a few places left on our 2019 painting and creative writing courses. Details below. And if you want to know what you’re missing if you haven’t already booked up, here is a lovely comment from one of our recent guests, Sue Holden, who came with her husband Chris on Paul Talbot-Greaves’ painting course a week or so ago: Our accommodation was great and very palatial. The hospitality was wonderful. The itinerary was perfect for us and we really appreciated Bill’s knowledge of Italian culture and traditions. Chris also was grateful for the advice Bill gave him on the local walks which he took and he thoroughly enjoyed himself as a non-participant member of the group.

“I enjoyed painting with Paul again and as usual learnt new techniques to improve my work. He is such a talented artist and so good at pitching his tuition to the needs of his students. “The locations we visited were so traditional and interesting and I have many images to refer to for future projects.

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

Time for a convivial lunch

“We loved the local Italian food, so different from other food we have had in other areas of Italy. Thanks for the yummy chocolate cake recipe. I shall definitely be making one when the family come round. 

“What a great group of people, I know I shall be keeping in touch with several. A wonderful holiday! Thanks to you both and your staff, especially Karsten and Anastasia for looking after us so well.”

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

The Watermill communal kitchen: always open to feed the inner woman (and man)!

Why not join us and and enjoy the creative, companionable and caring atmosphere of the Watermill.

Current availability:

This is the current availability on our painting courses:

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Three or four places left
24 – 31 August 2019 
One or two places left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

And on our writing courses:

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Four or five places left
Scriptwriting

To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

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

Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Good morning from Posara: Artemisia is looking bright and beautiful

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

Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Here’s another picture of one of our recently renovated and redecorated bedrooms, taken by the renowned Italian photographer Francesco Lastrucci. All our other bedrooms are named after famous Italian artists, all of them men, so at Lois’ insistence we call this one the Gentileschi bedroom, after the female artist Artemisia Gentileschi.

I’m not a great fan of Gentileschi, even though she’s become an icon for feminists seeking to celebrate women artists. I find her rather sub-Caravaggio. Mind you I’m one of those old fogeys who think that great painting stopped somewhere in the middle of the 1400s and that Michelangelo is a trumped-up Mannerist!

Be that as it may, our Gentileschi is looking very sprightly in a soft greenish-blue, with golden dandelion heads painted by Lois and our friend Vivienne White.

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

We’d love you to come and see Artemisia for yourself, joining us in our idyllic setting in unspoiled rural Tuscany: Secluded gardens, sun-drenched terraces, a cool vine verandah, a gurgling river, beautifully restored historic buildings … bright airy bedrooms with new en suite bathrooms, and lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains … delicious food prepared from fresh local ingredients…

Just some of the delights of the Watermill. We specialise in relaxing, inspiring and fun-filled painting, creative writing and Italian language weeks, with internationally renowned tutors. The most wonderful week, in a most beautiful and unique setting. One of the best holidays I have experienced.”

To learn more, please click here.

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

Entrance to the Watermill. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

What’s available: Painting courses

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Two or three places left
24 – 31 August 2019 
One or two places left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

The painting courses below are currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come on one of them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019 
Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

What’s available: Knitting courses

The knitting weeks below are currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come , please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Debbie Abrahams
25 May – 1 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin
6 – 13 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Marie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page

 

What’s available: Writing courses

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019 One place left
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Four or five places left
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

Good morning from the Watermill at Posara

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

Photo Francesco Lastrucci.

It looks a bit of a jumble at the moment, but it’s the beginnings of a Watermill museum!

These are some of the historical artefacts that we have gathered from our old mills. Now we have completed the restoration of the roof of Mill 2, we are going to create a tiny museum around the two millstones there.  Our mill manager and all-round handyman Karsten Müller is in the process of repairing the hoppers above these two millstones and renovating the associated metalwork. When he’s done that, we will move these artefacts into our new mini-museum.  Just adding another dimension to the Watermill ambience.

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

This is going to be museum corner. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

We’d love you to come and see more for yourself, joining us in this idyllic setting in unspoiled rural Tuscany: Secluded gardens, sun-drenched terraces, a cool vine verandah, a gurgling river, beautifully restored historic buildings … bright airy bedrooms with new en suite bathrooms, and lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains … delicious food prepared from fresh local ingredients…

Just some of the delights of the Watermill. We specialise in relaxing, inspiring and fun-filled painting, creative writing and Italian language weeks, with internationally renowned tutors. “The most wonderful week, in a most beautiful and unique setting. One of the best holidays I have experienced.”

To learn more, please click here.

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

Entrance to the Watermill. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

What’s available: Painting courses

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 Two or three places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Two or three places left
24 – 31 August 2019 
One or two places left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

The painting courses below are currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come on one of them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019 
Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

What’s available: Knitting courses

The knitting weeks below are currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come , please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Debbie Abrahams
25 May – 1 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin
6 – 13 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Dolce Vita
To learn more about Marie and her knitting week at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page

 

What’s available: Writing courses

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019 One place left
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Four or five places left
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.

Good morning from the Watermill at Posara

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

Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Today’s photograph from the renowned Italian photographer Francesco Lastrucci is of an iris blooming along the millstream.

We’d love you to come and see more for yourself in this idyllic setting in unspoiled rural Tuscany: Secluded gardens, sun-drenched terraces, a cool vine verandah, a gurgling river, beautifully restored historic buildings … bright airy bedrooms with new en suite bathrooms, and lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains … delicious food prepared from fresh local ingredients…

Those are just some of the delights of The Watermill at Posara in Tuscany, Italy. We specialise in relaxing, inspiring and fun-filled painting, creative writing and Italian language weeks, with internationally renowned tutors.

“The most wonderful week, in a most beautiful and unique setting. One of the best holidays I have experienced.”

Current availability:

This is the current availability on our painting courses:

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Three or four places left
24 – 31 August 2019 
One or two places left

Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

And on our writing courses:

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Four or five places left
Scriptwriting
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.
The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Emily jumped at the chance of returning to the Watermill for a painting holiday: so can you!

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

Picture: Robert Christopher

Here’s Emily Muhlberger jumping for joy on a Watermill painting course last year. She enjoyed herself so much that she has just bagged the last place on Sandra Strohschein’s painting week this June.

We still have a few more places left on our 2019 creative courses and we would like to suggest that you, too, should jump at the chance and come and join us and see what all the fuss is about.

This is the current availability on our painting courses:

Sue Ford
13 – 20 July 2019 One or two places left
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylics
To learn more about Sue and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Jude Scott
17 – 24 August 2019 Three or four places left
24 – 31 August 2019 
One or two places left
Watercolours (plus acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Jude and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 Due to cancellation, three or four places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

The painting courses below are currently fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come on one of them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space.

Keiko Tanabe
18 – 25 May 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Sandra Strohschein
1 – 8 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
8 – 15 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Vicki Norman
22 – 29 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Oils en plein air
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please see our 2019 Courses Preview page.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Mike Willdridge
29 June – 6 July 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Claire Warner
14 – 21 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, oils and acrylics
To learn more about Claire and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Varvara Neiman
31 August – 7 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Maggie Renner Hellmann
21 – 28 September 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolors
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Charles Sluga
28 September – 5 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours, acrylics and oils
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

Tim Wilmot
5 – 12 October 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

And on our writing courses:

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

We’ve listed the creative writing course where we still have availability first, the other is fully booked, but there is a waiting list.

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
7 – 14 September 2019 Four or five places left
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and to register an interest in their course at the mill, please visit their 2019 Profile Page.
The creative writing week below is currently fully booked fully booked, BUT there are always cancellations. If you’d like to come , please don’t hesitate to get in touch: we will put you on a waiting list and let you know as soon as there is a space

Jo Parfitt
15 – 22 June 2019 Fully booked, waiting list open
Write Your Life Stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2019 Profile Page.

 

Why not jump at the chance and come and join us!

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

So that’s how it’s done!

 

Come and paint with one of the watercolour greats

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

The wonderful secenery surrounding the Watermill

Due to cancellations we now have three or four places available on our painting course with the great David Taylor this October. David is a wonderful watercolourist as well as being a warm and sympathetic teacher, and we have enjoyed many inspiring weeks with him at the Watermill in the past.

Our Fra Angelico and Uccello bedroom are now available for David’s week , as well as The Vasari Suite, ideal for couples (you could bring your non-painting partner.) David’s course runs from Saturday 12 October to Saturday 19 October. We would be delighted to welcome you here.You can find details by clicking here

David has received international recognition for his services to painting and teaching and is an expert in colour and composition. He says: “It is of high importance for me to say more with less…to discard the inessential…to be simple and poetic not only in the treatment of the subject but in the technical manner of the painting.” David is a truly inspiring teacher. Here are some comments from guests on his previous courses at the watermill: “David Taylor is in a class all of his own when it comes to teaching others his techniques.” “What a week we all had! Quite fantastic! I congratulate you on creating, certainly for an artist, a paradise. The course was so well organised, David was exceptional, the staff worked tirelessly on our behalf, the food and the wine were mouth-watering and the trips out were to delightful venues.”

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

A masterly watercolour by David of the market in nearby Fivizzano, where we go to paint on Tuesdays

 

David Taylor
12 – 19 October 2019 Three or four places left
Watercolours
To learn more about David and his course at the mill, please visit his 2019 Profile Page.

 

A pathway by the walls in nearby Fivizzano: another David Taylor watercolour masterpiece.