Archives for May 2017

The 17th Century mill restored; Come and enjoy the tranquility of the Watermill

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

Here are the first pictures of the wonderful restoration work on the 17th Century mill in the Watermill complex, undertaken by Paolo Zamboni and his team.

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

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

We also created a new courtyard overlooking the river, with an old marble sink in one corner.The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

So now much of the mill is restored, re-invigorated, brought back to life, all here for you to enjoy. Now we will move on to the 1824 turbine watermill, while Lois has plans for a benessere (wellbeing) centre in the old olive press!

We’ve already run our first four courses this year and had some wonderful feedback from our guests. Among the comments:

Language course: As hosts, you made us feel most welcome; and the combination of language lessons, food and excursions was excellently balanced. We were unaware of the Apuan mountain region – it is spectacularly beautiful. Altogether a unique and delightful experience.”

Knitting with Lisa Richardson: “Everything was perfect. You and Bill, as well as Tam (we all loved him), Karsten, Rosaria, Mirella and our drivers did their utmost to make us feel at home.  What a lovely time we had thanks to you all.  And Lisa was just fantastic for us knitters and such a nice person. Robert [non-knitting partner] had a good time too he told me and was happy he came along.”

“Knitting for a week. Sounds strange? Couldn’t have been better. Bill and Lois the most welcoming and generous hosts for whom nothing was too much trouble. Lisa Richardson a patient and experienced tutor. Our outings were all perfectly chosen. Our food divine. My room very special with gorgeous views. Lovely gardens and flowers everywhere.The sound of the river flowing by and the church bells ringing. Lovely group of people to spend time with. Perfect peace at The Watermill.”

Painting with Doranne Alden: “I would have no hesitation in recommending the Watermill painting holidays to anyone interested in this delightful way of taking a break in beautiful surroundings with charming hosts and excellent tutors. An A* experience.”

Knitting with Marie Wallin: “Utterly brilliant! Perfect hosts, fabulous food…”

Many of this year’s creative courses are already full, but we still have one or two places left. Painting holidays are our core activity, with our wonderful, inspiring international tutors and the stunning locations in and around the mill and in the surrounding unspoilt Tuscan countryside of Lunigiana. We still also have some places on our knitting and yoga weeks. There are details below. We’d love to welcome you here for one of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses.


Keiko plus picKeiko Tanabe Fully booked, waiting list open
10 June to 17 June 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Keiko, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


mmaggie plus picMaggie Renner Hellmann One place left
17 June to 24 June 2017
‘Courageous Color Workshop’
To learn more about Maggie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


lea plus picLea Nixon One or two places left
24 June to 1 July 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


terry plus picTerry Jarvis Fully booked, waiting list open
1 July to 8 July 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


sue plus picSue Ford Two or three places left
15 July to 22 July 2017
Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic
To learn more about Sue, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


mark plus picMark Warner Two or three places left
22 July to 29 July 2017
Acrylics/Watercolours incorporating conte/pastel
To learn more about Mark, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


varvara plus pixVarvara Neiman Fully booked, waiting list open
26 August to 2 September 2017
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolour
To learn more about Varvara, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

 


mike plus picMike Willdridge Fully booked, waiting list open
2 September to 9 September 2017
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


Nel plus picNel Whatmore & Rebecca de Mendonça
Fully booked, waiting list open
23 September to 30 September 2017
Pastels
To learn more about Nel & Rebecca, their course and to see more of their pictures, please click here.

 


charles plus picCharles Sluga Fully booked, waiting list open
30 September to 7 October 2017
Watercolours (and acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Charles, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


Tim plus picTim Wilmot Three or four places left
7 October to 14 October 2017
Watercolours
To learn more about Tim, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here.

 


And here’s the ‘availability snapshot’ for our knitting weeks


Marie knit

8 July to 15 July 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Marie Wallin Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Marie and her courses at the mill, please click here


Sarah knit

16 September to 23 September 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Sarah Hatton Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill, please visit click here.


And for our yoga and meditation retreat:

Claire plus pic9 -16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul 

with Claire Murphy One or two places left

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


Don’t miss out: grab yourself one of those last few places!

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

A wonderful picture by Watermill guest Ron Ploeg