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

Have a lovely weekend!

And don’t forget our Early Bird discount:

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

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

The warm and sunlit Watermill courtyard

 

A thought and a nudge for the first of the month

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

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

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

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

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

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

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

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

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

paul plus pic28 April – 5 May 2018

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Watercolours 

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

maggie plus pic9-16 May 2018 

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

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

Sandra Strohschein 

Watercolours

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

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

Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

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

Andre plus pic23-30 June 2018

Andrew Geeson

Watercolours

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

terry plus pic7-14 July 2018 

Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

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

Nel and Bec plus pic1-8 September 2018 

Rebecca di Mendonça and Nel Whatmore

Pastels

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

mike plus pic8-15 September 2018 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

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

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

Claire Warner

Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

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

vicki plus pic6-13 October 2018 

Vicki Norman

Oils and watercolours

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

Tim plus pic13-20 October 2018 

Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

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

Knitting courses:

Sarah H plus pic5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

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

Marie Wallin 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

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

Lisa Richardson 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

Italian language holiday:

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

Giulia Balestri

Italian language week

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

Creative writing holiday:

Jo plus pic22-29 September 2018 

Jo Parfitt 

Writing your Life Stories

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

Yoga retreat:

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

Claire Murphy

Nourish — mind, body and soul

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

Personal development retreat:

Claire H&S plus midweek gigles cropped

18 August – 25 August 2018

Caroline Carr

Find your Oomph! retreat

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

Don’t forget your partner!

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

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

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

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

 

Jo’s new course on writing the stories of your life evokes fond memories of a life-changing week

Jo group 2012 from Mary Mae LewisThe battered photograph above was sent to me by Mary Mae Lewis who came on Jo Parfitt’s first ‘writing you life stories’ course here five years ago. We’re still in touch with many of the participants and have been following their writing paths. Mary, for example, has just published her first novel, which she began working on when she was here. It’s called Where There’s a Will, There’s a Woman and you can buy it on Amazon.

Someone else who has been rummaging in her box of memories is Kathy Roper, who tells me: Tonight I was looking for something in my files and came across my photographic record of a wonderful week in September 2012 at the Posara Watermill. I didn’t become a writer, but it was probably my first step into something daring and different, and I still feel proud of that. I met some wonderful people and felt truly connected by the end of the week. The company, the learning and sharing, the food, the atmosphere, the laughs, the landscape all added up to an unforgettable experience.

And Terry Anne Wilson, who leads a fascinating ex-pat life and now lives in India, has blossomed as a travel writer and a blogger with a worldwide audience (https://notesonaboardingpass.wordpress.com/) comments: “A borrowed book led me to the writer’s retreat in Tuscany led by Jo Parfitt. Serendipity is not luck, it is the art of placing oneself in new situations which might just bear fruit, revealing something new about yourself. For me that was Tuscany. Was it frightening and challenging…yes! Instructive and inspiring…yes again! Life Changing…absolutely. I had taken a chance, found my voice and the belief that just perhaps, I could share my passions through my writing.

We’re so pleased Jo’s students all those years ago found so much inspiration in her course and we are looking to do the same again this year. Why not take the plunge and join Jo here? It could change your life! We already have eight people booked in (including two of the people who came five years ago) so we’ve room for only four or so more. And don’t forget our Early Bird discounoffer: £GBP 75 off if you book now.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Jo Parfitt has published more than 30 books herself, has helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. She’s an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher: her motto is ‘sharing what I know to help others to grow’.

Jo’s Write Your Life Story creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically. Among other things, you’ll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories, and put this into practice right away. The course will run from 22 to 29 September 2018.

Jo says: “The course at the watermill will provide a safe haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. It will also help to remove blocks to your writing. Sessions at the mill will empower students to write in a compelling way that makes real experiences come to life.”

Jo adds: “The class will include several methods and genre and is perfect for anyone wanting to write about their own lives for an effective journal, memoir or blog. If you would enjoy an injection of inspiration in a safe and supportive environment this course is for you. It is appropriate for students of any level.”

Jo plus picJo Parfitt
22 September to 29 September 2018
Write Your Life Stories

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

Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 writing holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please use our Painting Holiday Enquiry Form by clicking here.

Another, less-battered, picture of the writing 'Class of 2012'

Another, less-battered, picture of the writing ‘Class of 2012’

NOW is the time to start writing your life story says Jo Parfitt

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our skilled and highly experienced writing tutor Jo Parfitt has been sharing a few more secrets about how to write your life stories. Here are some positive tips to get you started.

Write as soon as you can. Jo says: “They say you need to write ‘while you are bleeding’, so if it is at all possible, start writing while you feel the emotions strongly. The more emotional you feel while you write, the more effective your writing will be. You can polish it up later, but please don’t wait until your past is well and truly behind you before putting pen to paper.”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.‘Edit’ in your head before you start. Jo says: “Don’t tell us everything that happened. No, a memoir needs to include only stories that ‘need’ to be included. Sadly, you have to miss out a lot of material.” 

Think about the present tense. Jo says: “You don’t have to write in the past tense because, well, it happened in the past. No, if you read other memoirs you will notice that many authors write in the present tense, which makes the story more immediate and compelling.”

Write right now!

Write right now!

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

Add SPICE to your writing!

You can learn more about these and other tips on Jo’s unique workshop at The Watermill this September, not least the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories — and put them into practice right away. This is the ultimate workshop on how to write the stories of your life, with journalist, teacher, editor and publisher Jo Parfitt. Brilliant teaching and exquisite Italy all wrapped up in one fantastic week!

The Write Your Life Stories creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically. The course will run from 22 to 29 September 2018.

Jo Parfitt has published 31 books herself, has helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. She’s an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher: her motto is ‘sharing what I know to help others to grow’.

Jo says: “The course at the watermill will provide a safe haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. It will also help to remove blocks to your writing. Sessions at the mill will empower students to write in a compelling way that makes real experiences come to life.” 

She adds: The class will include several methods and genre and is perfect for anyone wanting to write about their own lives for an effective journal, memoir or blog. If you would enjoy an injection of inspiration in a safe and supportive environment this course is for you. It is appropriate for students of any level.”

Jo plus picJo Parfitt
22 September to 29 September 2018 
Write Your Life Stories

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

And a tongue-in-cheek writing tip from Mark Twain:

chalkboard_quotes_twain

 

 

 

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

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

The warm and sunlit Watermill courtyard

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

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

Here’s the list. First, painting courses:

paul plus pic28 April – 5 May 2018

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Watercolours 

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

maggie plus pic9-16 May 2018 

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

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

Sandra Strohschein 

Watercolours

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

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

Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

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

terry plus pic7-14 July 2018 

Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

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

Nel and Bec plus pic1-8 September 2018 

Rebecca di Mendonça and Nel Whatmore

Pastels

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

mike plus pic8-15 September 2018 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

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

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

Claire Warner

Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

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

vicki plus pic6-13 October 2018 

Vicki Norman

Oils and watercolours

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

Tim plus pic13-20 October 2018 

Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

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

Knitting courses:

Sarah H plus pic5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell Three or four places left

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

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

Marie Wallin Course full, waiting list

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

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

Lisa Richardson 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

Italian language holiday:

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

Giulia Balestri

Italian language week

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

Creative writing holiday:

Jo plus pic22-29 September 2018 

Jo Parfitt 

Writing your Life Stories

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

Yoga retreat:

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

Claire Murphy

Nourish — mind, body and soul

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

Personal development retreat:

Claire H&S plus midweek gigles cropped

18 August – 25 August 2018

Caroline Carr

Find your Oomph! retreat

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

Don’t forget your partner!

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

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

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

 

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

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

Blog Lara and Bill on Vespa

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

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

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

Flavio scooter painting Jul 17

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

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

Here’s the list. First, painting courses:

paul plus pic28 April – 5 May 2018

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Watercolours 

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

maggie plus pic9-16 May 2018 

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

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

Sandra Strohschein 

Watercolours

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

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

Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

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

terry plus pic7-14 July 2018 

Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

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

Nel and Bec plus pic1-8 September 2018 

Rebecca di Mendonça and Nel Whatmore

Pastels

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

mike plus pic8-15 September 2018 

Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

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

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

Claire Warner

Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

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

vicki plus pic6-13 October 2018 

Vicki Norman

Oils and watercolours

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

Tim plus pic13-20 October 2018 

Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

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

For knitting courses:

Sarah H plus pic5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell Three or four places left

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

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

Marie Wallin Course full, waiting list

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

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

Lisa Richardson 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

For Italian language holiday:

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

Giulia Balestri

Italian language week

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

For creative writing holiday:

Jo plus pic22-29 September 2018 

Jo Parfitt 

Writing your Life Stories

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

For yoga retreat:

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

Claire Murphy

Nourish — mind, body and soul

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

For personal development retreat:

Claire H&S plus midweek gigles cropped

18 August – 25 August 2018

Caroline Carr

Find your Oomph! retreat

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

Don’t forget your partner!

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

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

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

It’s a great offer! Pass it on!

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

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

 

A writing tip (or three) from Jo Parfitt

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Jo Parfitt, who is returning to The Watermill next Autumn to take one of her unique courses on Writing your life stories, has sent us not one but three tips to help you on you writing journey. They are very short (succinctness is next to Godliness!), but you’ll never hear better advice.

Brande book coverJo says: “My favourite writing tip of all time comes from Dorothea Brande, the 1950s author of Becoming a Writer. She believes that if you truly want to be a writer you need to commit to writing at a specific time every day for just ten minutes. If you can’t commit to that then you don’t seriously want to be a writer.”

 Goldberg book coverJo adds: “Natalie Goldberg, in her seminal book on free-writing Writing Down the Bones, writes: ‘Put your pen on the paper and just go.’ That to me, is the most basic of all writing lessons.”

And thirdly; “Writers cannot afford to keep their writing secret. The only way you can find out what works and what doesn’t is to get feedback.” The highlight of any Jo Parfitt workshop is the feedback sessions. At The Watermill in Tuscany this takes place daily on the vine terrace with a glass of the house cocktail. What could be more perfect?”

Jo Parfitt has published 31 books herself, has helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. She’s an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher: her motto is ‘sharing what I know to help others to grow’.

Jo’s Write Your Life Story creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically. Among other things, you’ll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories, and put this into practice right away. The course will run from 22 to 29 September 2018.

Jo says: “The course at the watermill will provide a safe haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. It will also help to remove blocks to your writing. Sessions at the mill will empower students to write in a compelling way that makes real experiences come to life.”

Bring your experiences of life to life!

Bring your experiences of life to life!

Jo adds: “The class will include several methods and genre and is perfect for anyone wanting to write about their own lives for an effective journal, memoir or blog. If you would enjoy an injection of inspiration in a safe and supportive environment this course is for you. It is appropriate for students of any level.”

Jo plus picJo Parfitt
22 September to 29 September 2018 
Write Your Life Stories

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

 

Write the stories from your life, with Jo’s expert guidance

Writing icon Watermill landing pageHave you ever thought about putting some of your life’s experiences on paper? Have your children/grandchildren ever said: Mum/Dad/Grandma/Grandad, you’ve done some fascinating things, been to amazing places: you ought to write it down!”

If so, this is definitely the course for you. It will enable you to write about your own life experience in an effective journal, memoir or blog. You can learn the secrets of writing your life story in our delightful setting in the heart of rural Tuscany – brilliant teaching and exquisite Italy all wrapped up in one fantastic week!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.This is the ultimate workshop on how to write the stories of your life, with journalist, teacher, editor and publisher Jo Parfitt. The Write Your Life Stories creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically. Among other things, you’ll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories, and put this into practice right away. The course will run from 22 to 29 September 2018.

Jo Parfitt has published 31 books herself, has helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. She’s an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher: her motto is sharing what I know to help others to grow’.

Jo says: “The course at the watermill will provide a safe haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. It will also help to remove blocks to your writing. Sessions at the mill will empower students to write in a compelling way that makes real experiences come to life.”

Here’s what one of our guests said about Jo’s last course at The Watermill: “I can honestly say it’s been life changing for me and the setting could not have been more perfect.” Another added:Jo was a quite delightful teacher. I found a happy atmosphere permeating the Watermill, and I particularly liked my room.”

 Jo says: “The class will include several methods and genre and is perfect for anyone wanting to write about their own lives for an effective journal, memoir or blog. If you would enjoy an injection of inspiration in a safe and supportive environment this course is for you. It is appropriate for students of any level.”

 

Jo plus picJo Parfitt
22 September to 29 September 2018 
Write Your Life Stories

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

Bring your experiences of life to life!

More creative writing under the vines May 11 square

The Watermill 2018 website is now live!

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

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

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

Sunset in nearby Massa, by Vicki Norman

Sunset in nearby Massa, by Vicki Norman

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

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

 

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

Write you life stories with Jo Parfitt

 

 

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

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

Enjoy a fantastic Italian language course

Enjoy a fantastic Italian language course

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

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

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

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

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

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

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

Bring your partner or friend!

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

Annabel’s pictures record our early Italian life

Annabel silk 2Guests on our creative courses the mill often ask about the striking, colourful silk pictures in our dining room. They were made by our English artist friend Annabel Collis and the represent various scenes from our Italian life when our children, Lydia and Lara, were very young. They’re painted with ‘barrier lines’ between areas of the silk so the colours don’t run into one section from to another.

The picture above shows in its central panel the family and friends enjoying a picnic in the olive groves above Terenzano, with the peaks of the Alpi Apuane in the background. It’s not a snapshot of one moment in time, but rather a collage of events, so the dramatis personae appear several times, notably the children, who appear from babies to toddlers. The dark-haired young man holding the football and flying the kite is Bill! The background is a typical Fivizzano scene, with Bill’s white MG, drinking in a caffé, and the children enjoying ice creams around one of the distinctive dolphins around the fountain in the Piazza Medicea .

The picture below features a diptych, with the Cinque Terre village of Vernazza on the left of the internal panel and the watermill’ bamboozery on the right, while the background captures the ‘blue Italian weather’ of the Cinque Terre coast.

Annabel silk 3

In the main Tuscan house, you’ll find a third Collis painting. This one captures the essence of the mill, the cascades and the river, the family enjoying the gardens, the bamboozery and surrounding vineyards.

Annabel silk 1Annabel VeniceWe commissioned the pictures after Bill had asked Annabel to make a silk scarf of Venice for one of Lois’ birthdays. Lois liked it so much she refused to wear it and had it framed instead. It hangs in our bedroom at the mill (viewing by request!) Lovely pictures, bringing back warm memories.

Annabel, who lives with her husband, the architect Guy Greenfield, in the West of England, is still an active artist. She also writes and illustrates children’s books and makes quirky greeting cards. You can find out more about Annabel and her work by clicking here.  Her particular passion is elephants! Here are some children with an elephant they decorated with Annabel on a school artistic project.

Annabel elephant children

And of course you can see Annabel’s Italian silk paintings if you come on one of our world-famous creative courses. To find out more, please just click here.

  ***Don’t forget our special Early Bird offer: If you book any of our 2016 sun-filled, fun-filled courses before 31 December 2015, there a £ (GBP) 75 discount.***