Archives for November 2015

Are you able to cable? Sarah will show you how!

Hatton cable projectHave you always wanted to tackle the classic Aran sweater but were terrified to start? Fear no more! Come and knit with Sarah Hatton at the Watermill and she’ll help you to ease your way into working cables.

It’s one of two special projects that Sarah has designed for her Knitting and la bella vita week at the Watermill year. In fact her first week proved so popular (it’s completely booked up)  that we’ve opened up a second week for her, from Saturday 28 May to Saturday 4 June 2016.

Yes, you’ll you’ll enjoy both knitting and La Bella Vita, ‘The Beautiful Life’, at The Watermill and its stunning Tuscan surroundings on our wonderfully relaxing and inspiring week-long knitting holiday. You’ll work at The Watermill on two special projects designed by Sarah (the other one is a lace project) and you’ll also be knitting at a privately owned ex-monastery and in the grounds of a fabulous hill-top restaurant.Hatton lace projectYou’ll be treated to an all-day excursion to the beautiful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre and enjoy a morning’s ramblings through the market at the nearby walled medieval town of Fivizzano. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning new knitting techniques and tips from our tutors… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine: truly La Bella Vita Italiana.Macfie Vecchio Tino

Sarah Hatton is a designer for the Rowan Yarns and also teaches knitting classes worldwide. She learnt to knit as a child and has always been passionate about fashion. After gaining a degree in fashion design she began working in the handknit industry and has done so for over 15 years. Sarah is also an enthusiastic, sympathetic and inspirational tutor. As well as the cable and lace projects Sarah has specially designed for you, she will also pass on professional tips and techniques to take your knits from ‘homemade’ to ‘handmade’. Note: – All the yarn for these projects will be provided free of charge.  You just bring your knitting needles:  4.5mm, 5mm and 6mm, and 6mm cable needle.

Sarah Hatton head and shoulders28 May to 4 June 2016

Sarah Hatton

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here to learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill.

Come and join us and you’ll be truly able to cable!

 

Early Bird discount: book now! 

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

*** Why not bring your non-knitting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

Mill courtyard

Claire’s Yoga & Meditation Tips: Crescent Lunge

Claire Murphy, who is running our first-ever yoga and meditation retreat here next September, has sent us a few simple and straightforward tips and techniques, which you can incorporate as part of your everyday life. These contain elements of what Claire will be teaching during her five-day retreat here. We hope you find them helpful. This one is called Crescent Lunge:

Blog yoga Crescent Lunge

Begin by standing with the feet parallel, take a breath and step your left leg back behind you (toes remain tucked under) and release into the right thigh by bending the right knee gently

This is something of a balance, so if you find yourself a little unsteady, you can bring the left knee down to the floor slowly

Inhale, raise your arms up and enjoy the extension and opening you create through the front of the body

A great strengthening and stimulating posture!

Remember to change sides.

Why don’t you join us to learn more on our relaxing and inspiring Unplug and Unwind yoga and meditation retreat at The Watermill next September?  Bookings are already coming in from people seeking spiritual refreshment with us in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany. So come and unplug, unwind and lunge to your heart’s content in the walled garden or down by the river.Tom riverside photo Jun 13We think that Claire Murphy and The Watermill are the perfect combination for a yoga and meditation retreat where you can not only ‘unplug and unwind’, but also savour the true Italian lifestyle in Lunigiana, the unspoilt region of Tuscany surrounding the mill.

Yoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique five-day programme, with fresh and inspirational yoga and meditation sessions, plus inspiring visits to local historic and scenic attractions – and beautiful home-cooked Italian food and wines!

Claire says: “My aim is to offer classes that are fresh and inspirational, always being informed by the latest developments in yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices.”

*Please Note: this retreat will start on a Monday and end on a Saturday.

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 219 September to 24 September 2016

Claire Murphy Unplug and Unwind

Please click here to learn more about Claire and her course at The Watermill.

 

How to book a 2016 yoga and meditation retreat or find out more.

If you’d like to book or find out more, please visit our Yoga retreats website for more information, by clicking here, or use our secure Yoga Enquiry Form by clicking here. Or email us on info@watermill.net

 

Join us on the Watermill language course for a rocambolesco time!

Blog language words MERIGGIARE-570A few days ago we introduced you to fun Italian words that feature in an article in The Huffington Post about phrases that don’t have a match in English. Here are some more which, we hope will inspire you to visit us next year to savour la bella vita italia, especially on our sun-filled, fun-filled Italian language course next May.

It’s a good time of year, as we shiver in the Northern Hemisphere, to remember the warmth of an Italian Spring and Summer -and lunch under the shade of the vine verandah at The Watermill. It’s great place for meriggiare, which is best translated as ‘to escape the heat of the midday sun by resting in the shade.’ As The Huffington Post says: “It’s the answer to all of our leisure wishes. Book optional, relaxation required.”

There’ll be plenty of time for relaxation, as well as learning and absorbing Italian, on our week-long Italian language course at the Watermill – and, of course, savouring la bella vita italiana.

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

Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine. Language pic 1This year’s first-ever Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests:

“A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. “The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

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.

*** Don’t forget the Watermill’s great Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our inspiring 2016 Italian language course.

Of course, some of you may say magari:Blog language words MAGARI-570But we say you deserve it  and it will be a rocambolesco experience. The Huffington Post tells us: “If you’re a fan of the French language then you might already know the story behind the Italian rocambolesco, which roughly translates to “fantastic” and “incredible” (as in fantastical adventures). In the 19th century, French writer Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail dreamed up the character Rocambole — a swashbuckling adventurer who inspired the French word rocambolesque and, by extension, the Italian rocambolesco.

“Equal parts epic, exciting and gripping, rocambolesco experiences are the kind you’ll tell your grandkids about one day.”Blog language words-ROCAMBOLESOC-570Sounds like a Watermill of Posara creative holiday to me. For all our courses: painting, writing, knitting, yoga and meditation, please click here. You’ll have a rocambolesco time.

A warm welcome to an acclaimed English watercolour tutor: Keith Hornblower

Painting by Keith Hornblower, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.We are delighted to welcome the celebrated English watercolourist Keith Hornblower to the Watermill team. Keith will be joining us for a week-long course from Saturday 13 August to Saturday 20 August 2016 and we are looking forward to a fun-filled and inspiring course.

Keith painting picKeith is an acclaimed English painter in watercolour, teaching and demonstrating to art societies and universities in the UK with enthusiasm and great humour. His approach is dynamic and spontaneous, dispelling the fear of white paper and encouraging people to let go and have fun. He stresses the importance of capturing the light and observation of tonal values, often using a very limited palette of colours to make things easier for his students. That’s his painting of a Willow Tree, above. Keith says: “The tree was much beloved by my Father who could see it from his house. This was painted furiously fast, throwing, splashing and smudging the paint, scratching out and finally adding some opaque touches. I like my paintings to cover the whole tonal range from the brightest white to the darkest darks – it’s the only way to achieve drama.”

And on an Italian theme:KeithHornblower_Venice-GrandCanalFromTheRialto28x38cmThe Grand Canal in Venice, of course, seen from the Rialto Bridge.

Some comments from some of Keith’s previous students: A magician with paint, your paintings always have the most wonderful light.” “Brilliant! This is what watercolour is all about for me — so free and fresh. What fun for you and your very lucky audience.” “A great tutor and so very helpful with techniques and tips.”

You can find more details about Keith’s exciting 2016 course by clicking here. And if you would like to enquire about availability and/or reserve a place, please use our Secure Enquiry Form, by clicking here.

Early Bird discount: book now! 

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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An English village green, by Keith Hornblower

 

Conosciamo i nostri polli! Come and learn Italian with us and savour la bella vita

Blog italan words CONOSCO-I-MIEI-POLLIA few days ago we introduced you to fun Italian words that feature in an article in The Huffington Post about phrases that don’t have a match in English. Like Conosco i miei polli above.

The Huffington Post article says: “It should come as no surprise by now that yes, chickens, too, have their place in Italian expressions. Conosco i miei polli, or literally “I know my chickens,” actually means “I know who I’m dealing with” or “I know what I’m talking about.” No doubt uttered countless times over the years by Italians who had absolutely mastered the art of cooking poultry and resented those who questioned them, this expression has long since evolved to apply to topics both in and outside of the kitchen. So the next time someone asks you if you really know what “offside” means in football, if you’re really quoting Proust correctly or if you truly know the person you’re dealing with, gently (or not-so-gently) remind your inquisitor that you know your chickens.”

Well we certainly know our chickens (Conosciamo i nostri polli in the plural) when it comes to helping you to learn this beautiful language on our week-long Italian language course at the Watermill – and, of course, joinng with you in savouring la bella vita italiana.

There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.

Putting theory into practice: This year's language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Putting theory into practice: This year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

We’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives.

Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

This year’s first-ever Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests:

“A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. “The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

And talking of food: here’s another fun Italian word

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Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

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.

*** Don’t forget the Watermill’s great Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our inspiring 2016 Italian language course.

Fresh paintings from Watermill tutor Terry Jarvis capture the atmosphere of our area

Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Our friend Terry Jarvis is returning to The Watermill next Summer for a week-long painting course in watercolours*  It will run from Saturday 2 July to Saturday 9 July 2016. Terry is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists and a great fan of the watermill and the surrounding area of Lunigiana. *Terry works in oils, pastels and acrylics, as well as watercolours, and is happy to teach in those media too.

He’s just sent us some more pictures that he painted following his last visit to the mill and the surrounding area – and we’d love to share them with you. That’s Terry’s Morning Light in Lucca, above. and below, an atmosphereic painting of an Italian façade.

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

And the marble mountains near Carrara:

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

Terry says: “The villages cling to the ridges of the mountains, frozen in time for centuries. You must get out the paints and lift a brush!

Here’s Terry demonstrating under the Watermill’s rose pergola.Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Terry rose demo POVThe son of a goldminer, Terry was inspired at an early age to draw and paint the landscape, as well as people and animals. He now exhibits widely and is a popular tutor at workshops around the world. He loves drawing and helping his students to develop their drawing skills. Here’s what one guest on Terry’s previous course at the watermill had to say: Terry Jarvis was superb with people, very positive and very relaxed. I’ve been on painting holidays before and learned nothing but Terry was great. When you got stuck he’d come along with a smile – and a brush – and bring your picture to life. He wasn’t afraid to criticise your work, but he had a really positive attitude, which helped you to improve.”

And finally, here’s Terry’s picture of Market Day in our nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano He says: “A captivating part of the week during a watermill painting holiday, when you meet the locals in the square by an incredible 16th Century Fountain. Just straight out of the movies! While I am there I love to buy a big bunch of flowers for the watermill.”

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

Terry Jarvis painting cropped more2 July to 9 July 2016

Terry Jarvis Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

Please click here to learn more about Terry and his course at the mill.

 

Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

 

 

Claire’s Yoga & Meditation Tips: Tea / Coffee Meditation

Our lovely tutor, Claire Murphy, who is running our first-ever yoga and meditation retreat here next September, has sent us a few simple  and straightforward tips and techniques, which you can incorporate as part of your everyday life. These contain elements of what Claire will be teaching during her five-day retreat here. We hope you find them helpful.

And the first tip couldn’t be simpler – here’s something to try next time you stop for a tea or coffee break:

Blog yoga Tea-Coffee Meditation

Tea / Coffee Meditation

Listen to the sound of water as you fill the kettle

Take a moment to smell the tea / coffee before you place it in your cup

Notice the thoughts / feelings you have as you anticipate the taste of your drink

Pouring the hot water – listen to the sounds of the spoon as you stir in milk or sugar

Enjoy the warmth of your cup as you lift it and take a moment to savour the smell before taking a sip

If you can, try and enjoy your drink without any distractions (e.g.: looking at your phone).

Why don’t you join us to learn more on our relaxing and inspiring  Unplug and Unwind yoga and meditation retreat at The Watermill next September?  Bookings are already coming in from people seeking spiritual refreshment with us in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany.

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Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2We think that Claire Murphy and The Watermill are the perfect combination for a yoga and meditation retreat where you can not only ‘unplug and unwind’, but also savour the true Italian lifestyle in Lunigiana, the unspoilt region of Tuscany surrounding the mill.

Yoga, meditation and massage have been a way of life for Claire for more than 25 years and she’s passionate about teaching them. Together we’ve created a unique five-day programme, with fresh and inspirational yoga and meditation sessions, plus inspiring visits to local historic and scenic attractions – and beautiful home-cooked Italian food and wines!

Claire says: “My aim is to offer classes that are fresh and inspirational, always being informed by the latest developments in yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices.” She adds: “I am not aligned with any particular yoga school / tradition or teacher, as this allows me the freedom to be able to practise and teach the yoga that is respectful of who I am, which in turn, allows me to be respectful of the needs of my students.”

*Please Note: this retreat will start on a Monday and end on a Saturday.

Yoga Unplug and unwind19 September to 24 September 2016

Claire Murphy Unplug and Unwind

Please click here to learn more about Claire and her course at The Watermill.

 

How to book a 2016 yoga and meditation retreat or find out more

If you’d like to book or find out more, please visit our Yoga retreats website for more information, by clicking here, or use our secure Yoga Enquiry Form by clicking here. Or email us on info@watermill.net or call us on (UK number)  +44 (0)207 193 6246.

 

 

Learning Italian with us is a fig and we’ll try to make holes in all our doughnuts!

Blog italian-CHE-FIGATA-570I am grateful to the Huffington Post for a recent fun article on Italian words and phrases we don’t have in English. It says: Italy is indisputably a land of beautiful things: beautiful landscapes, cities, cuisine, fashion and people. It’s also home to a beautiful language — a language after our own heart that celebrates adventure, the art of treating yourself and, of course, mind-blowingly delicious food. Italian is full of words and phrases that don’t have a match in English, but oh, don’t we wish they did.”

Like che figata above, and the philosophical comment on holes in doughnuts below.

Blog Italin doughnuts

Why don’t you come and join us for our Language Holiday week at the Watermill next May, to lean more of this beautiful language from the Italians themselves and to savour la bella vita italiana?

There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.

Putting theory into practice: This year's language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Putting theory into practice: This year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

We’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives.

Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

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.

This year’s first-ever Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests: “A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously.” 

“The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

Taking the train for a Cinque Terre adventure

Taking the train for a Cinque Terre adventure

*** Don’t forget the Watermill’s great Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our inspiring 2016 Italian language course. Che figata and we’ll try to make sure there are holes in all you doughnuts!

Atmospheric watercolours from Watermill tutor Sarah Yeoman

Sarah Y Adirondack 8Our good friend and Watermill painting tutor Sarah Yeoman spent some of her Summer in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, USA: “I live and paint in an off the grid cabin that was built by my great grand uncle Buster Lewis in 1918.”  And here are some of the results. Aren’t they marvellous?

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

Sarah Yeoman is an award-wining American watercolour artist whose mastery of reflections, unique surface layers, and unusual perspective sets her apart from the crowd. Sarah is also a very talented teacher, who brings out the best in her students, recognising their unique talents.

Sarah will be with us for two glorious weeks and you can come on either or both. But hurry, we already have 11 booking for Sarah’s first week and five for the second, so now is the time to reserve your place.

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

A Watercolour by Sarah Yeoman of the river Rosaro, which flows beside the Watermill

Some comments from a guest last year: Many artists are successful in producing paintings, but not all are true teachers. Sarah has the ability to demonstrate confidently, withholding none of her ‘secrets’, to encourage students and gently give suggestions for improvement.” And another said:  “Don’t think I have ever been ‘spoiled’ so much! Your Retreat at the Watermill is Paradise, AND then there is the FOOD and wine, and then there are the OUTINGS, and then there is the Tutorship of Sarah, and THEN the helpfulness of you all….WOW!”

Sarah Yeoman head and shouldersJune to 11 June 2016 AND 11 June to 18 June 2016

Sarah Yeoman Watercolours

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her courses at the mill and to see more of her pictures. To enquire about current availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

 

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

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

Has watermill painting tutor Mike captured something of the places he’s visited? A fun quiz: last answer

Here’s the last answer to the simple quiz devised by our friend and Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge who tries to capture that certain ‘something’ which reflects the places he’s visited.

Yesterday we showed you this picture:

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

Did you guess where it was? The answer is Wales. It’s an oil of the Brecon Beacons.  How might you have been able to tell?  Mike says: “Looks chilly (and it is, speaking as an ex soldier who’s spent time on those hills!), snow still on the ground, overcast sky, foliage, probably late afternoon etc.

And a final question: do you know where this is? (Actually, the caption gives it away!)

Mike Willdridge demonstrating by the River Rosaro which flows past the mill

Mike Willdridge demonstrating by the River Rosaro which flows past the mill

Come and join Mike and capture the sense of place at The Watermill and the glorious surrounding countryside.

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

Mike new head and shoulders FINALMike Willdridge will be with us again from Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 September 2016. He will concentrate on watercolour and drawing, but is also happy also to teach in gouache and acrylics.

Mike especially values drawing as a way of recording/responding to everyday events and makes constant use of a sketchbook. He’ll encourage you to do the same and to take a sketchbook on location, building up a journal of memories of your time at the watermill and in the unspoilt countryside of Lunigiana.

Some comments from our guests on his previous courses at The Watermill, many of whom were returning for another inspiring week at the watermill:  Thank-you so much for a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed it very much. You were such generous and friendly hosts and Mike was an excellent painting tutor. The food was exceptional and, of course, the mill itself is great and in such a beautiful setting.”  “Thank you for yet another delightful holiday. So many special aspects to enjoy.  I just loved it.” 

Early Bird discount: book now! 

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday. To find out more about Mike and his course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here. And to find out about all our exciting watermill painting tutors in 2016, please click here.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.