Archives for September 2017

Flowers are not propellers, says Charles Sluga

Painting by Charles Sluga, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our inspiring Australian watercol0ur tutor Charles Sluga passed on this flower-painting tip, which will be useful for those tackling the myriad of flowery subjects at The Watermill. Charles says: “The biggest hint I can give you when painting flowers like daisies, sunflowers etc (you know – the flowers with lots of radial petals), is to paint the big shapes and not the individual petals.

“Painting each individual petal just makes the painting look amateurish and childlike (which can be a problem, unless that is the look you are after). However, I imagine you would like your work to be more sophisticated.”

Charles adds: So look at an individual flower (in this case daisies, as above). Squint and look at the big shape. It is a bit like a fried egg. Use the background (negative space) to ‘cut in’ to your daisies, but be careful you don’t define each petal. Suggest them, rather than painting each one.

“Also, remember that the flowers have shape and hence will have shadow and light-struck areas.

“Finally, make sure that you have overlapping flowers and some lost or soft edges. Not everything has to be clear. Just bring out one or two flowers and the mind will do the rest.”

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Plenty of flowers to enjoy at The Watermill

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These look delicious, too!

“Patience and a sense of fun!” Claire’s formula for inspiring painting tuition

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We are delighted to welcome an inspiring English painting tutor Claire Warner to the Watermill team. She will be with us from Saturday 15 September to Saturday 22 September 2018 for a special week-long painting course in watercolours (and oils and acrylics).

But you’ll have to hurry! We have only two places left on Claire’s 2018 course. Details of how to bag them, and take advantage of our Early Bird discount offer can be found below.

Claire H&SAs well as being a talented artist, Claire is also an experienced tutor, having taught all age groups and abilities for more than 20 years.  She will teach primarily in watercolours, but is also happy to help with oil and acrylics, too. All levels of artists can benefit from her teaching, and she offers plenty of help and individual attention. Claire says: My aim is to teach and encourage each student gradually to build up knowledge and the confidence to create their own style. I’ll demonstrate step by step with explanations, and offers plenty of individual attention when and where needed. I like to tease out their full potential with patience and a sense of fun.”

Claire’s watercolour above is called Early Morning, Ullswater. She says: “The still calm waters of the early morning, create fascinating reflections. The silence is broken only by perhaps birds marking their daily territory.”

This watercolour below is of a café in Provence, in the South of France. Claire says: “Always a fascination, cafés offer so much interest with the shapes of tables and chairs, parasols and clothes. Observing people, in discussion, in thought, in action. So much to reproduce into a painting.” 

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

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

Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

Claire Warner

15-22 September 2018

To learn more about Claire 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 painting holiday.

Come and join us a savour the magic of The Watermill!

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Find your Oomph! A new, inspiring Watermill week to re-energise your life.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.We are delighted to announce a new personal development retreat at The Watermill with life coach Caroline Carr. We think it is going to be rather special. And don’t forget our Early Bird Discount offer (see below).

The Find your Oomph! Retreat is a unique opportunity to reconnect with your true self, the real you – the one who feels free to run barefoot through the grass, or dance like no-body’s watching, or to sing from the top of a mountain! To laugh and play imaginatively and have fun. It’s GREAT to get back to that place inside yourself again, and to witness its transformative effect.

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Caroline Carr‘s life-changing week, which will run from Saturday 18 to Saturday 25 August 2018, will inspire you to connect with your own inner freedom and find peace, strength, vitality and joy. Inspiring teaching and exquisite Italy all wrapped up in one!

If the words empowered, strong, fun, joy, delight, shine, sparkle, authentic, loving, warm, appreciative, enthusiastic, playful and sincere appeal to you (these are all Oomph! qualities by the way), then you’ll love this.

 

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Caroline Carr has been a successful hypnotherapist and life coach for many years. She uses a variety of transformative practices to embody joy and inner freedom into your everyday life. As well as facilitated discussions and group coaching, she works with energy states, movement, voice and posture, Laughter Yoga, and deep healing relaxation – using various techniques.

You’ll leave with more true confidence, clarity, positivity, energy, enthusiasm and inner strength than you may have experienced in the past. You’ll make new friends who, having shared this experience together are likely to foster a strong and supportive bond. You’ll enjoy a lightness of spirit, and the bliss of becoming a soul well-nourished, supported by cheerful elderly manpractical techniques and resources to continue to use after the retreat ends. You’ll find yourself again. It’ll be like coming home to yourself – the real you.

Please click here to learn more about the Find your Oomph! retreat at The Watermill.

As always, everything is included in the cost of your week at The Watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

Early Bird discount: book now: If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 personal development retreat.

To enquire about availability or to reserve your place, please click here and follow the links

Come and release your oomph! with us…

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Re-energise your life

Six stars for Terry’s Watermill painting course

Terry rose demo 1We had a lovely painting course this year with our good friend the Australian watercolourist Terry Jarvis. It was a full, fun-filled course and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  Here’s what one guest had to say: “I wanted to thank you for a most wonderful stay at The Watermill.  Your treatment of us was terrific.  Six stars doesn’t come close!  I enjoyed every minute. Terry’s course was great.  He is an excellent teacher – very encouraging and knows how to bring out the best in his students.  He has a great personality.”

Terry will be returning here in 2018 with a special week-long painting course in watercolours (& oils, pastels and acrylics) from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July 2018. Why not come too and enjoy the six-star treatment?

Don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a generous £GBP 75 per person discount on any of our fabulous 2017 painting holidays.

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

Terry’s lovely watercolour of market day in nearby Fivizzano, where we go on location during our painting week

Terry Jarvis is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists. The son of a goldminer, he was inspired at an early age to draw and paint the landscape, as well as people and animals Terry also works in oils, pastels and acrylics and is happy to teach in those media too. He loves drawing and helping his students to develop their drawing skills.

Here’s what another guest on one of Terry’s Watermill courses 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.”Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

 

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.

Come and join us and enjoy a sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring week!Terry rose demo POV

 

A sketch a day brightens your painting week with Mike

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, ItalyWe have just enjoyed a lovely painting week with our old friend Mike Willdridge and his wife Sue. Here’s a comment that arrived this morning from one of our guests on that week: “Thank you so much, Mike, for your wonderful, encouraging tuition during our week at the Watermill.   What a precious place it is to be immersed in art. You gave us a great week striking the balance between demonstration and encouragement and helping us to get going.  My paintings are set out on my kitchen table and they bring back great memories of the places we painted……  those dramatic mountains were so inspiring and quite took your breath away.  I learnt much during the week. Thank you for a wonderfully happy and informative week.”  

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, ItalyMike always encourages the use of sketchbooks and demonstrate their use during the course of his teaching week. Here are a few of his sketches, all of which were demonstrations made when out ‘on location’ – one for each day and each painted rapidly.

Mike will be back with us next year, from Saturday 8 September to Saturday 15 September 2018, and we’d love you to join us for his fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring week. There are more details below. And don’t forget our Early Bird offer: £GBP 75 off if you book your painting holiday now!

Here are Mike’s sketches. The one above was made in and around the mill on the first Sunday of the course, while the sketch to the left, in watercolour and Indian ink, was made on Monday, when the group goes out to paint at the castle and village of Verrucola.

Mike 2017 sketch Fivizzano market day wcolour and Ind inkOn Tuesdays we go to the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano to enjoy the sights and sounds of the weekly market there. To the right is Mike’s rapid sketch.

 

Below is  sketch in the tranquil monastery of the Convento del Carmine, where we go on Thursdays:

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

And here is a striking sketch, in watercolour and Indian ink, of olive trees beside the hilltop village of Monte dei Bianchi, where we paint before enjoy lunch in  gourmet restaurant.

Mike 2017 sketch Monte olives watecrolour and Indian ink

Mike Willdridge works and in a wide range of media and is an enthusiastic and energetic tutor, often encouraging his students to be bold and to take chances. His classes are always light-hearted and fun, with the ‘teaching’ tailored to individual needs. He will concentrate on watercolours, but is also happy to help with gouache and acrylics too.

More comments from previous guests: A wonderful holiday. You were such generous and friendly hosts and Mike was an excellent painting tutor.”  Another said: “The food was exceptional and the mill itself is great, in such a beautiful setting. A truly wonderful week in every respect.”

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

mike plus pic

8-15 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

Early Bird discount: book now!

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

Sarah is coming back for two wonderful watercolour weeks next year!

Painting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.We have many fond memories of our previous  painting weeks with our lovely American watercolour tutor Sarah Yeoman, so we are doubly delighted that she is coming for two weeks next year, from Saturday 9 June to Saturday 16 June 2018 and from Saturday 16 June to Saturday 23 June 2018. We’d be delighted to welcome you here, too, for one – or both – of Sarah’s sun-filled, in-filled, inspiring weeks. And don’t forget the Early Bird discount (see below.)

That’s Sarah’s famous picture of the Watermill, which hangs in pride of place in our sitting room. And here’s an atmospheric watercolour of the river running by the mill:

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

As well as being an award-winning artist, Sarah is also a very talented teacher, who brings out the best in her students, recognising their unique talents. One commented: “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.”

Another said of one of Sarah’s previous painting courses at The Watermill: Our week’s tuition with Sarah was awe-inspiring. Her attitude to taking on a subject and her encouragement and enthusiasm made everyone improve their painting during the week.” Another guest added:I had a fabulous time and enjoyed everything – the scenery, meeting new people, the lovely ambience of the Watermill and of course, the painting and Sarah.”

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

Sarah and her students painting by the riverside.

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. She is known for her command of light and the strong narrative of her pictures.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount (about $100) on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability or reserve your place, please email info@watermill.net or call us on (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

New Sarah Y H&S EditedPainting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

9-16 June 2018 AND 16-23 June 2018

 

Please click here to learn more about Sarah’s painting holidays at The Watermill. 

Come and share the magic of The Watermill!

Lois millstream 1 Mar 17 reduced and cropped

A doubly warm welcome back for Watermill watercolour tutor Sandra Strohschein

A painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany ItalyWe’re delighted to welcome back our delightful American watercolour tutor Sandra Strochshein, who is returning to The Watermill next year for not one, but two inspiring weeks. Her paintings above, of a rainy market day in the nearby walled town of Fivizzano, was made on location during a recent visit to The Watermill.

We had a wonderful week with Sandra earlier this year and our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A couple of their comments:

“Sandra was full of enthusiasm and talent and made every day a joy.  To have two chances most days to paint was utter heaven and in such wonderful surroundings. I didn’t paint a masterpiece but thoroughly enjoyed my week.  I hope to remember some of the tricks Sandy taught us and use them in the future.”

 “Many thanks to you both for a fabulous week. Your forethought, hard work and professionalism are very much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble and nothing was at fault. You have created a gem. Please pass on our sincere gratitude to all your lovely people.”

Sandra will be back for two weeks: 26 May to 2 June and 2-9 June 2018, so why not join her for one, or even both of them? You’ll have to hurry, though, we already have five booking on her first course next year, and three on her second!

Painting by Sandra Strohshein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.

A painting of the Watermill from the riverside by Sandra

Sandra Strohschein head and shouldersSandra Strohschein from Michigan, USA, has achieved an extraordinary mastery of her medium, transparent watercolours. She works in a fast loose impressionistic style, but above all, she produces passionate, emotionally charged paintings, full of energy.

As for her teaching, people frequently tell her about how much fun they have on her workshops and how nobody ever wants them to end. Anohter painting guest on her course at the mill said: “Watching your demonstrations was such an education and your kind and patient individual help was invaluable.”  

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

 Sandra plus picSandra Strohsheine

Waterolours

26 May to 2 June AND 2-9 June 2018

Please click here to learn more about Sandra’s painting holidays at The Watermill. 

 Early Bird discount: book now!

 If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please email info@watermill.net or call (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

Come and join us and savour the magic of The Watermill!

Sandra under the roses in the walled garden

Sandra under the roses in the walled garden

A warm welcome back to knitting guru Sarah Hazell

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We are delighted to say that Sarah Hazell, who will be leading her first knitting course here in a week or so’s time, had agreed to join us again for another Knitting and La Bella Vita week next year. Her knitting holiday will run from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Heres’ some praise from previous students One said: Sarah Hazell is an inspiration. She has a mountain of knowledge that she shares generously and passionately. She has a lovely friendly, calm approach and takes the necessary time to demonstrate the techniques involved. Her colour choices are sensational with knowledge of how to use the best yarn to show the stitches used. She gives all students something from the newest of knitters to the more advanced. It is a pleasure to spend time with her, sharing the love of her craft.”

Another said: “Sarah has a lovely open friendly personality with a sunshiny disposition. I really enjoyed learning from her on the Knit for Peace holiday. I feel it has been a privilege to work with her and, as a memory from that holiday, I have a beautiful item of my own, that she designed and helped me to create.”

Sarah’s workshop at the mill will show you to elevate your knits from homemade to handmade, in particular with cable stitch and sequence knitting

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Creative Cables – this will be a cushion project and include beaded cables, cables in two colours, different textured cables and cables that require using two cable needles.

Sequence Knitting – this will a shawl project: introduction to the concept of sequence knitting worked flat and in the round, there will be a project as well as the opportunity to design your own scarf or cowl.

Sarah is also more than happy for participants to bring along their own projects and offer advice/assistance with those. You are encouraged to bring along garments you would like to try and recreate (handknit or store bought), patterns you would like to amend etc. And If you have yarn in your stash that you are keen to make a simple garment from, but no pattern, now is your chance!

Come and join us and enjoy the magic of The Watermill.

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

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 knitting course.  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.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Kimmeridge edited5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s back for another colo(u)rful painting week next year

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, ItalyWe are delighted to welcome back Maggie Renner Hellmann for another great painting week at the Watermill next year. She’ll be with us for another ‘Courageous Color Workshop’ in May. And how ever you spell colour/color, you can be assured of a splendid, fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring week. Her painting above is of reflections in the Cinque Terre, from her last course at The Watermill. Below is a quick acrylic demonstration of a hilltop village and the mountains, made on location near here.

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here are some comments from guests on Maggie’s course this year. One said: Thank you for giving me one of the best vacations I have had.” Another added: Thank you for everything…an art workshop in a place like the Watermill can’t get better than that.   Only the best!”  And a third said: “I had a wonderful week at the Watermill. I just had a fabulous time and met some wonderful people.”

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Maggie’s group settle in to paint the mountains

Maggie’sCourageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolor will run from Saturday 19 May to Saturday 26 May 2018.

Above is a lovely quick acrylic demonstration painting by Maggie of the view from the ancient village of Monte dei Bianchi, where we go to paint on Fridays.

Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Maggie Renner Hellmann is a contemporary California artist who paints with love, passion and energy. Her work is characterized by a unique blend of loose, energetic brushwork and strong compositions of exuberant colour. She says: “I love the joy of color and the poetry of brushwork.”

Maggie is also an enthusiastic tutor who has been teaching for more than 15 years – and loves it! Her workshop will cover oils, acrylics, pastels and watercolour. She will encourage the beginner and challenge the more advanced painter. Maggie says: “In this plein air, we will paint in various spectacular Tuscan locations. You’ll learn about, and practise, the core elements of successful paintings – color, composition, focal point, light source, values, positive & negative shapes, volumes, edges, brushwork & perspective, as well as how to use contrasts to give excitement and drama to your paintings and much more!”

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

Painting in the Watermill riverside garden

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

*** If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 painting holiday.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please click here.

maggie plus pic

9-16 May 2018 

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

Be an Early Bird and spend the Winter dreaming of your Watermill holiday!

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

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