Archives for January 2016

Be ‘treated like royalty’ on a Watermill painting course.

Jan tutor in gardenWe have just had this lovely Facebook post from one of our guests on a painting course last year. She says: “It is an idyllic place and a perfect place to stay! They treat everyone like royalty. Fantastic accommodations, kind hosts, fabulous food and a singing daughter! Who could ask for more?”

We’re blushing, of course, but it is very pleasant to receive from time to time such unsolicited praise from our guests. We really do try to meet your every need from the moment we pick you up at Pisa airport to the moment we drop you back there at the end of a sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring week.

Dinner at the watermill..Great tastes, good company.

Dinner at the Watermill. Great tastes, good company.

We’d love you to join us. Here’s the latest availability for this year’s painting courses: as you see, we’re filling fast. So if you’d like to be treated like royalty come and paint with us!

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Janie Pirie Painting plants with coloured pencils.

14 May to 21 May 2016 Four or five places left

Please click here to learn more about Janie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Sarah lisianthusSarah Yeoman Watercolours

4 June to 11 June 2016 One/two places left AND 11 June to 18 June 2016 One/two places left

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy. Sandra Strohschein Watercolours

18 June to 25 June 2016 Course full, waiting list

Please click here to learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Lea Nixon Watercolours

25 June to 2 July 2016 One place left

Please click here to learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

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

2 July to 9 July 2016 Six/seven places left

Please click here to learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Painting by Amanda Brett, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Amanda Brett Watercolours

9 July to 16 July 2016 Six/seven places left

Please click here to learn more about Amanda, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Keith Weston woods close upKeith Hornblower Watercolours

13 August to 20 August 2016 New course: still plenty of places left

Please click here to learn more about Keith, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Mike Willdridge Watercolours, oils and acrylics, drawing, sketching

27 August to 3 September 2016 Five/six places left

Please click here to learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Sarah S Gubbio reducedSarah Spencer Oils and acrylics, drawing

3 September to 10 September 2016 Four/five places left

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Painting by Lisa Fu, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Lisa Fu Watercolours

24 September to 1 October 2016 Still plenty of places left

Please click here to learn more about Lisa, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Lea Nixon Watercolours

1 October to 8 October 2016 New course: still plenty of places left

Please click here to learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

David Pognano Vista - reducedDavid Taylor Watercolours

8 October to 15 October 2016 Three/four places left

Please click here to learn more about David, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

*** 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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Claire’s Yoga & Meditation Tips: Hakini Mudra

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. Today’s topic is an exercise called Hakini Mudra, which helps to balance both hemispheres of the brain and create a sense of calm.

Blog yoga Hakini Mudra

Bring the tips of each of the fingers together and press lightly 

Close the eyes and focus on the breath for a few moments.

Ideal at the end of a practice.

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 balance you hemispheres with us!

panorame of mill gardens, FabioWe 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.

Latest course availability (filling fast!) in the January Watermill newsletter

newsletter Jan 16It’s only early January but already we’re looking forward to welcoming you to the mill this year! Everyone seems to agree that Posara is a special corner of paradise and we are so pleased that many of you want to return. We are adding a yoga retreat to the line-up of painting, knitting and Italian-language weeks – just click into this month’s newsletter (click here) to check what’s available, and when, and to sneak a preview of the mouth-watering dishes you’ll enjoy from the watermill kitchen.

And you can find out more about all our courses simply by clicking here

Knit on a Times Best Italian holiday!

Blog knit Times Jan 16 3Apropos our earlier blog (below) the prestigious UK newspaper The Times today rates our Watermill knitting courses among the 50 Best 50 holidays in Italy this year.

The Times says: “Knitting has had a renaissance in recent years and this new holiday at the Watermill in Posara offers the chance to upgrade your skills, including knitted lace, in the Italian tradition, and cable stitch aran-knitwear. The weeks run on May 21 and 28 and September 10, with classes led by designers for the Rowan brand. Alongside workshops and masterclasses there are excursions to the nearby villages of the Cinque Terre and the town of Fivizzano on market day. Details A week’s full board is from £1,345pp, with tuition and excursions, but not flights to Pisa (watermill.net)”

Our original blog today:

Time to book for a knitting Bella Vita!

Poised to knit!

Poised to knit!

In the two years since we inaugurated our Knitting and La Bella Vita Italiana courses at The Watermill, they have gone on from strength to strength. So far more than 50 people, from all over the world, have enjoyed our knitting weeks – and another 20 or so have already signed up for this year’s sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring weeks. As we only have room for about 30/32 guests in total of this year’s three knitting weeks, you can see that we only have 10 or so places left. So, yes, now really is the time to book and make sure of YOUR place,

Our lovely tutors are Sarah Hatton and Lisa Richardson, both of whom produce great designs for Rowan Yarns– and, of course, as ever, you’ll enjoy both knitting and La Bella Vita Italiana at The Watermill and its stunning Tuscan surroundings.

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill's vine verandah

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill’s vine verandah

As you know, La Bella Vita means ‘The Good Life’ in Italian and that’s just what you’ll be savouring when you take one of our wonderfully relaxing and inspiring week-long knitting holidays in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. You’ll work at The Watermill on projects from top designers and you’ll also be knitting at a privately owned ex-monastery and in the grounds of a fabulous hill-top restaurant.

The stunning view from one of your lunchtime restaurants

The stunning view from one of your lunchtime restaurants

You’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.

The Watermill courtyard from the walled garden

The Watermill courtyard from the walled garden

Your inspiring 2016 knitting tutors

Sarah Hatton head and shouldersSarah 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 and for her week-long course at the mill she has devised two specially-designed projects for you to knit: a lace scarf and a cable classic Aran project. She will also pass on professional tips and techniques to take your knits from ‘homemade’ to ‘handmade’.

Lisa Richardson head and shouldersLisa Richardson’s name is instantly associated with the Rowan pattern house. In addition to her designer role, she manages the pattern editing process and mentors newer members of the design team. She says, “My biggest drive is to people create something that they will cherish for years to come.”

Lisa is an enthusiastic, sympathetic and inspirational tutor, winning much praise from her workshop participants. For her week-long course at the mill she has devised two specially designed projects for you to knit: one inspired by Italian lace work; and the other that fully justifies her label as ‘slip stitch queen’.

How to find out more

Hatton cable projectSarah Hatton  Knitting and La Bella Vita

21 May to 28 May 2016 Course full, waiting list

AND 28 May to 4 June 2016 New course: five/six places

 

Please click here to learn more about Sarah and her courses at the mill.Lisa Richardson bagLisa Richardson Knitting and La Bella Vita

10 September to 17 September 2016 Five/six places

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

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

Treat yourself to Knitting and La Bella Vita Italiana!

Knit Pandora and Claudia -reduced

How Lunigiana came by its name

A view of part of our inspiring landscape by Ciao Lunigiana

A view of part of our inspiring landscape by Ciao Lunigiana

The Watermill lies in the unspoilt Tuscan area of Lunigiana, which is just as far as you can go in Northern Tuscany and still be in Tuscany. In fact, this is border country, with the regions of Liguria and Emilia-Romagna on our doorstep. The scenery is magnificent, because Lunigiana is bounded by two great mountain chains: The Appennines, the backbone of Italy, and the Apuan Alps, which include the marble mountains of Carrara.

Snow on the Apuan Alps. Photo by Andrea Pellini

Snow on the Apuan Alps. Photo by Andrea Pellini

But why is it called Lunigiana? The answer lies in Luni. No, not that we are all loony, although there is an etymological link with lunatics and the moon, but because of the ancient town of Luni, founded by the Romans in 177 BC at the mouth of the river Magra, linked to Rome by the famous Aurelian Way.

Artist's impression of roman Luni

Artist’s impression of Roman Luni

Originally a military outpost to keep the rebellious Liguri tribes under control, it soon flourished as the export harbour for the white marble from the Imperial quarries in Carrara. As the Emperor Augustus said of his Rome: “Urbem latericium invenit, marmorae reliquit.” He found a city of brick and left a city of marble.

Greek Selene became roman Luna

Greek Selene became Roman Luna

Why was the town called Luni? Well, long before the Romans, the ancient Greeks frequented the port and it was dedicated to Selene, goddess of the moon, known to the Romans as Luna, who kept her as protector of the city and gave it her name. Only later did it change to Luni. It was a thriving colonia, with a busy harbour, well-planned streets and an imposing elliptical amphitheatre.

The town was still important in the 5th Century AD, when it became the episcopal see of the Bishop of Luni, but began to decline from then on. Captured successively by the Goths, the Byzantines and the Lombards, its importance declined, hastened by the silting up of the harbour. (Today its remains are some distance from the sea across the alluvial plain.) These disasters were compounded by the surrounding malarial marshes and a wholesale sacking by the Moors from Andalusia in 1015. So, in 1058 most of the population moved to nearby Sarzana, while others formed new settlements in Ortonovo and Nicola.

As Petrarch said in the 14th Century, Luni was “once famous and powerful and now only a naked and useless name.” In fact it was only in 1442 that the visible remains were again identified with Luni and the local Cardinal and the Pope sought to protect it from the depredations of local builders, with only limited success: , a considerable amount of the stone in the Palazzo del Commune in Sarzana, built in 1471, came from Luni.

blog luni anfiteatroLuni’s remains were excavated in the 1970s and while you can visit the site and the museum, it is a little disappointing, although the amphitheatre (when it is open) remains impressive. We, however, remember the days in the 1990s before the latter was fenced off and you could scramble freely over the ruins and hear in your imagination echoes of the Roman crowds roaring as they enjoyed the spectacle. Sic transit gloria mundi.

Nonetheless Luni’s ‘naked and useless’ name lives on in glorious Lunigiana, a wonderful, unspoilt area of Tuscany, a gem for you to enjoy on your painting, knitting, language holidays and yoga retreats.

lunigiana sunset

 

Cinque Terre umbrellas remind us of Summer sun with Sarah Yeoman

Painting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Here’s a lovely reminder of Summer from our wonderful watercolour tutor Sarah Yeoman, who will be back this Summer for two more of her week-long painting courses at The Watermill. This painting, called appropriately Summer Shade, is of umbrellas in the village of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre, one of the excursion options during our painting weeks.

Painting with Sarah by the river that flows beside the Watermill

Painting with Sarah by the river that flows beside the Watermill

Sarah Yeoman is an award-winning 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. 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, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.Sarah Yeoman Watercolours

4 June to 11 June 2016 One/two places left

AND 11 June to 18 June 2016 Two or three places left

 

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

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

The Watermill courtyard, by Sarah Yeoman

Watermill painting tutor Keith Hornblower stresses the value of values

Weston woodsWe are looking forward to welcoming the acclaimed English watercolourist Keith Hornblower to The Watermill this Summer and to watch him and his students capture the wonderful scenery surrounding us here in unspoilt rural Tuscany.

Keith has kindly provided us with this illuminating painting tip which, no doubt we’ll be putting into practice during his inspiring week.

Keith says: “When I’m running my workshops or doing demonstrations, I always stress the importance of tonal values to bring a painting to life. It’s all too easy to be distracted by the colours in front of you and in trying to duplicate the exact shade of green for that grass or those overhanging leaves that it’s easy to forget that the intensity of the tonal values, i.e. the lightness or darkness, is actually more important.

“Here’s a case in point – a small sketch I did in the local woods [above]. It was late Spring/ early Summer and the greens in the leaves were absolutely strident, so, as a challenge to myself, I decided to paint it using the dullest colours I could muster, avoiding green altogether. The pigments I chose were Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red and…. Black! This is a variation on the primary triad of colours; the yellow and red are obvious and for blue I used the black, so the only green in the painting is, in fact, a mix of Yellow Ochre and black.”Keith Weston woods close up

“The brightness in the painting is due purely to the delicate, pale tonal values contrasted with deep darks; brightness has nothing to do with colour and it’s unfortunate that the same term – bright – is also used in relation to intensity of chroma, e.g. a bright red dress. No wonder we get confused! So next time you want to paint a bright blue sky, instead of giving it three hefty coats of pure Cobalt Blue, try killing the colour a little with just a touch of orange in the mix and paint a very pale wash. The rest of the painting will then come to life – promise!”

Keith will be joining us for a week-long watercolour course from Saturday 13 August to Saturday 20 August 2016 and we look forward to creating some memorable paintings. Why not join him and do the same?

Keith painting picKeith Hornblower 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.

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.

*** 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

Posara painting courses are for partners too!

blog partners sofiaEver thought of bringing your non-painting ‘other half’ on a famous Watermill painting course? Worried what he or she might find to do while you are being inspired by your tutor, by the mill and its surroundings and the stunning Lunigiana countryside?Lunigiana panoramaWill they be bored? Will they be searching for something to do? Certainly not! We’ve been working away on a new Activities for Partners programme: a list of suggested activities (by no means obligatory!) for partners to enjoy. It includes underground caverns and sulphurous spas; Bronze Age statues; pilgrims’ routes; the marble quarries of Carrara; a local vineyard, the quintessential walled Italian city of Lucca and the unforgettable seaside village of the Cinque Terre.Equi term grotto

(Of course they may prefer just to come out with you to our lovely painting locations, or simply relax, reading a book in the riverside gardens, holding down the sun-loungers in the walled garden, dipping their toes in the ‘plunge pool’ of the old olive press reservoir (the water, fresh from the mountains, is very cold) or watching the figs & tomatoes ripen, and the zucchini sprout!)

A lovely photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens. Lots of greens!

A lovely photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

You can see our suggestions on the watermill website, by clicking here.

(Talking of partners, that’s one of the great partnerships of Italian cinema, Marcello Mastroianni and Sofia Loren, above.)

And we’ve a Special Offer for partners too! As well as our usual generous £(GBP) 200 discount for all non-participating partners sharing a room, we’ll take you for a free vineyard visit– and there’ll no doubt we a little wine-tasting on offer, too!

Come with your very own Marcello or Sofia and enjoy the sun-filled, fun-filled, inspirational atmosphere of a Watermill painting course. Here’s the list and current availability:

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Janie Pirie Painting plants with coloured pencils.

14 May to 21 May 2016 Four or five places left

Please click here to learn more about Janie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

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

4 June to 11 June 2016 One/two places left AND 11 June to 18 June 2016 Two or three places left

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

 A painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany ItalySandra Strohschein Watercolours

18 June to 25 June 2016 One/two places left

Please click here to learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

 Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Lea Nixon Watercolours

25 June to 2 July 2016 One place left

Please click here to learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

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

2 July to 9 July 2016 Six/seven places left

Please click here to learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Painting by Amanda Brett, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Amanda Brett Watercolours

9 July to 16 July 2016 Six/seven places left

Please click here to learn more about Amanda, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Painting by Keith Hornblower, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Keith Hornblower Watercolours

13 August to 20 August 2016 New course: still plenty of places left

Please click here to learn more about Keith, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Mike Willdridge Watercolours, oils and acrylics, drawing, sketching

27 August to 3 September 2016 Five/six places left

Please click here to learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Sarah S Gubbio reducedSarah Spencer Oils and acrylics, drawing

3 September to 10 September 2016 Four/five places left

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Painting by Lisa Fu, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Lisa Fu Watercolours

24 September to 1 October 2016 Still plenty of places left

Please click here to learn more about Lisa, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Lea Nixon Watercolours

1 October to 8 October 2016 New course: still plenty of places left

Please click here to learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

David Lucca anfiteatroDavid Taylor Watercolours

8 October to 15 October 2016 Four/five places left

Please click here to learn more about David, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

 

 

A new painting from Terry Jarvis. Thanks cobber – see you soon

ainting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Our Australian mate and Watermill painting tutor Terry Jarvis has just sent me the lovely, atmospheric watercolour of this old doorway in the village of Monte dei Bianchi, where we go on location during our painting weeks. Thanks cobber – and we are looking forward to meeting up for your watercolour course here next July. Here’s Terry demonstrating under the Watermill’s rose pergola the last time he was here:Terry rose demo 1Terry 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.

Here’s another of Terry’s pictures, of another great painting location: Market Day in the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano. Terry 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 rose demo POV2 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.

The 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.”

Fancy painting with Terry at these – and other – great locations? Come and join us in sun-filled, fun-filled, inspirational Posara!Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

*** 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: Mindful Eating

panzanellaClaire 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. Today’s topic is Mindful eating.

Really tasting our food is an art and it can be a meditation too!

Make sure there are no distractions, so you’re not eating whilst watching TV or scrolling through your mobile phone

Sit somewhere quiet and take a moment to really look at the food on the plate in front of you

Notice the colours, textures and the aromas. As you do so, be aware of how your body is responding before you’ve taken a bite!

Enjoy the flavours / textures as you keep your focus on each bite you take.

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. And we’ll enjoy some fabulous fresh, locally produced, home-cooked Italian food and wine, too. So come and unplug, unwind and savour delicious eating with us!Dinner at mill squareWe 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  Four or five places left

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.