Archives for April 2018

Welcome to the new Vasari

We continue our musings about our bedrooms and apartment suites named after famous Renaissance artists with a few thoughts about Giorgio Vasari.

I often think that if Vasari hadn’t written his well-known book, he’d be more famous!

This apparent contradiction comes about from the fact that in some quarters at least, Vasari is only known for his book Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, the first book on art history, in which he lauded Michelangelo as the apotheosis of artistic development.

But Vasari, who lived from 1511 to 1574, was also a great Renaissance Man in his own right: painter, architect and street-planner, as well as writer and historian.

He painted (with others) the inside of the dome of Florence cathedral, wonderful frescoes in the palazzo vecchio; he built the uffizi and in particular the loggia of the uffizi, creating a unique Renaissance street with unified architecture, the first regularised streetscape in Europe. Oh, and the Vasari corridor, linking above street level the palazzo vecchio with the Pitti place, so his Grand Duke, Cosimo 1 de’ Medici, wouldn’t have to mix with the hoi polloi on his way home. And he built the Fish Loggia, one of my (many) favourite buildings in Florence.

Originally there was a double row of eight arches (increased to nine by Cosimo III in 1699) on alternating pairs of square and round columns enclosing canopied vaults. And around the outside, there are wonderfully colourful tondi celebrating fish and fishing.

At the Watermill, we’ve just finished renovating the Apartment Suit celebrating Vasari. That’s a shot of the bedroom at the top of this article – and here are the new French widows bringing even more Tuscan light into the sitting room. The Vasari site is ideal for a couple or two people sharing.

Vasari is pretty full on this year’s creative courses, but we have availability for Andrew Geeson’s painting course from Saturday 23 June to Saturday 30 June 2018, for Terry Jarvis’ painting course from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July 2018, for Jo Parfitt’s first Writing your Life Stories week, from Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August 2018 and for our yoga retreat with Amy Rogg and Joanne Brohmer, from Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August 2018.


Andrew plus picAndrew Geeson
Watercolours

23 June to 30 June 2018  

To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


terry plus picTerry Jarvis
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Jo Parfitt
Write Your Life Stories

18 August to 25 August 2018 Four places left

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please visit her Profile Page


Amy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
Nourish – mind, body and soul

25 August to 1 September 2018  Still plenty of places

To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page.

Come and join us!

We are ready for the off!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s a cozy Watermill corner waiting in anticipation for our first guests on this year’s season of creative courses. They’re coming on Paul Talbot-Greaves‘ watercolour painting week and we’re looking forward to meeting them all and Paul and his wife Dawn.

Here’s our new ‘girl Friday’, Chloe Taylor preparing flowers for our guests’ rooms:The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

We have a few places left in this year’s courses and we’d love you to join us and see for yourselves the mill and the wonderful unspoilt area surrounding it.

Painting holiday spaces:


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

9 June 2018  One place left (or two sharing)
To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

9 June to 16 June 2018 Two/three places left 

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Andrew plus picAndrew Geeson
Watercolours

23 June to 30 June 2018  Two/three places left 

To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


terry plus picTerry Jarvis
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

7 July to 14 July 2018 Still plenty of places

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
Pastels

1 September to 8 September 2018 One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page


Knitting holidays:

Sarah Hazell
Knitting and La Bella Vita
5 May to 12 May 2018 One place left (or two sharing) 

To learn more about Sarah and her courses at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


 

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

Lisa Richardson
Knitting and La Bella Vita

29 September to 6 October 2018 One place left

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


Writing course:

Jo Parfitt
Write Your Life Stories

18 August to 25 August 2018 Four places left

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please visit her Profile Page


Yoga retreat:

Amy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
Nourish – mind, body and soul

25 August to 1 September 2018  Still plenty of places

To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page.

We’re ready for you! Come and join us for peace and creativity in beautiful rural Tuscany.

Did perspective affect Uccello’s married life?

Continuing our notes on the early Renaissance artists after whom our Watermill bedrooms are names, today it’s the turn of Paolo Uccello. Recently restored, the Uccello bedroom in the 17th Century mill building looks out over the watermill cascades and the River Rosaro.

Uccello was born in 1397 and was a pioneer of the use of linear perspective, invented (or re-discovered) by my hero Filippo Brunelleschi (Click here to find out more about him and his bedroom). Uccello was so obsessed with perspective that it affected his married life. His wife said that he stayed up all night in his studio making intricate drawings and when she called for him to come to bed, he would cry out: “Oh what a sweet thing this perspective is!”  Mrs Uccello’s comments are not recorded!

Paolo is probably best known for his three paintings of the Battle of San Romano (The Uffizi version is above) and for his fresco of the English condottiere Sir John Hawkwood in Florence Cathedral which again shows his obsessive interest in perspective: the painting looks like an equestrian monument seen from below.

Come and brush up your knowledge of perspective in Uccello’s rooms at the Watermill. He’s pretty booked up this season and only free for one of Sandra Strohschein’s painting courses, from Saturday 9 June to Saturday 16 June. Or, if you’d like to meditate on life’s perspectives, on Amy Rogg and Joanne Brohmer’s yoga retreat, from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September.

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein

Watercolours

9 June to 16 June 2018 Two places left 

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer 

Yoga retreat

25 August to 1 September  Still plenty of places

To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

 

Church bells will keep you on time(ish) during Terry’s course

Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy. It’s fun when we go out to our painting locations in the historic villages and glorious countryside of Lunigiana, to hear the church bells punctuating our day. Of course, they are not synchronised, so as you paint you may well hear the same hours being struck two or three times from different villages in the hills and valleys. They remind us that we are on holiday and that we can relax: time belongs to us, we are not its slaves!

So I thought I’d share with you a couple of lovely bell tower pictures by our effervescent and inspiring painting tutor Terry Jarvis, who will be back with us for another sun-filled, fun-filled week this July.

Italian have an affection for the bells of their own town or city, giving them a sense of pride of place and of belonging. The call it campanilismo, from campanile, a bell tower – and you can share our Posara bells, as well as those of the historic towns and villages we’ll visit during your painting week. Above is Terry’s atmospheric Shadows of Lucca, with an elegant clock tower.

And this is Terry’ painting of the main square in Fivizzano, where we go to paint on market day, with the campanile proudly in the background:Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

And here’s a village in the foothills of the mountains surrounding the Watermill, again with its church tower:Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Come hear the bells and paint the towers with Terry this Summer.

He will be running another inspiring course in watercolours* at The Watermill, from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July 2018*Terry works in oils, pastels and acrylics, as well as watercolours, and is happy to teach in those media too.

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

Here’s what a recent guest said: 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.”Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Terry is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists and a great fan of the watermill and the surrounding area of Lunigiana. He 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.

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.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £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 Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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Let Jo help you write the stories only YOU can write

Only YOU can write YOUR life stories

Neil GaimanIf you’ve ever had the itch to write, there’s no better advice than that of Neil Gaiman, best-selling American author (The Sandman, Stardust etc., etc.), who says: “Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.”

And the best way to begin is with stories from your life, whether it’s for a short blog or  full-blooded memoir. Or just a record for your grandchildren to enjoy and to understand what you did and how it was when you were younger. So come and join us and learn how to write about the real you, as only you can do, with author and mentor Jo Parfitt this Summer. You’ll need motivation and courage, but the rewards will be great. As one student on Jo’s last course here said: “I can honestly say it’s been life changing for me and the setting could not have been more perfect.”

Jo’s first week with us, from 22-29 September, is now completely full, but we still have a few places on her second Write Your Life Stories course, from Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August 2018.

Jo’s Write Your Life Story creative writing courses are designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically. Among other things, you’ll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories, and put this into practice right away.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Jo Parfitt has published 32 books herself, has helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. She’s an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher: her motto is ‘sharing what I know to help others to grow’. Jo says: The course at the watermill will provide a safe haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. It will also help to remove blocks to your writing. Sessions at the mill will empower students to write in a compelling way that makes real experiences come to life.”

Bring your experiences of life to life!

Bring YOUR experiences of life to life!

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

Jo plus pic

Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 Three/four places

22 September to 29 September 2018 Course full

Write Your Life Stories

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

Our new hydrangeas will soon be as beautiful as brides!

Spring has been a little late in Posara this year and we have been hanging fire putting up our window boxes and our large flower pots in the Watermill courtyard. Our talented gardener, Flavio Terenzoni has begun his work, however, and we are confident there’s be plenty of colour for our first course next week. Flavio has just planted up four big terracotta pots of hydrangeas beside the new French windows of the Vasari Suite.

They don’t look much at the moment, as you can see from the picture above. But soon they’ll be as beautifal as brides. At least thats what it says on the packet!

Thoughts of hydrangeas were prompted by the fine picture by our Australian cobber and great painting tutor Terry Jarvis, who painted this wonderful watercolour of hydrangeas at the Watermill on a previous visit.Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.That lot look more bridely blushing, but you can come and see the other resplendent white brides on Terry’s course with us this Summer.  We’ve still a few places left.

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

A flower seller by Terry Jarvis

Yes, Terry will be running another sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring course in watercolours* at The Watermill this Summer. It will run from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July 2018. 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, pasteland acrylics, as well as watercolours, and is happy to teach in those media too.The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Here’s what a recent guest said: “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 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.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £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 Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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

Terry demonstrating in the Watermill garden

 

We’re waiting to welcome Sandra under our Tuscan sun: you can still join us!

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s a fine watercolour of part of the Watermill courtyard by our early Summer ‘artist in residence’ Sandra Strohschein. She calls it Tuscan Sun and we are expecting plenty of that during Sandra’s four weeks with us in May and June.

Some 40 painters, accompanied by eight non-painting partners, are signed up for these weeks, but we do have room for a few more. Please see below.

Sandra says: The Watermill is one of my favourite place to paint and the hospitality is out of this world. “I’ve made so many great friends there over the years and I am looking forward to meeting many of them again as well as making new friends during our painting weeks.

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

Sandra teaching in the Watermill walled garden

We had a wonderful course with Sandra last 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.”

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

Sandra under the roses

Sandra 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. Another 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.”


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

26 May to 2 June 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open
2 June to 9 June 2018 
 One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

9 June to 16 June 2018 Two places left 
16 June to 23 June 2018 
 One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

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

A morning sketch on a Watermill balcony

Make sure you have a steady foundation for your standing yoga pose, says Amy

Before entering any standing pose, says our yoga guru Amy Rogg, it is important to take time grounding your feet and building your lower body foundation, before raising your upper body off the ground.

Amy says: “Too many times I see students rushing to get to a pose without caring for their connection to the ground first. And when they come up, they are more likely to wobble and lose their balance. You wouldn’t build a house without a steady foundation or else the house would not be able to withstand the test of time. The ground is a powerful thing. It is what holds us and supports us. We are always connected to the earth the entirety of our living existence, so we might as well take our time to ground into it.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.“In doing yoga postures, the key is to root down in order to lift up. So next time you’ve placed your foot between your hands from downward dog (no matter what pose you’re coming into) make sure you take time to plant your feet fully, root down, activate your core and legs, and feel your lower body balance before you raise your arms off the ground. Maybe even close your eyes to feel your steadiness for a moment. Then slowly have the experience of raising your arms up while keeping your foundation strong.”

Amy says: “When you arrive in the pose, you will feel much more empowered in your stance, giving the upper body safety to express itself. In all, the more grounding you establish, the more confidence and calm you will feel.”

Amy and her colleague Joanne Brohmer are running a wonderful yoga retreat at the Watermill this Summer. So close your eyes and dream of beautiful Tuscany, amazing food and restorative yoga. With their students using words like ‘joy’ and ‘magical’ about them, Amy and Joanne will help you to awaken and restore your true passion and self-worth. We are sure this is going to be one of our most inspiring retreats –a sun-filled, fun-filled week where we’ll nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne’s week will run from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September 2018. The theme of the retreat will be Connection’ – to yourself, to others and to nature.

Amy Rogg is a yoga teacher and movement facilitator working on transforming the human spirit through holistic arts. She is based in San Francisco, California, USA. Amy helps people to awaken and restore their passion and self-worth, inspiring them to move towards their vulnerability and authenticity. She brings people back into their innate knowledge and wisdom, through a deeper connection to their body, breath, and personal expression.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.As a healer, Joanne Brohmer offers a range of modalities that helps others enter into their own depth and set their anchor deeper, where they can begin to claim and feel what has been hard to reach. She helps bring what has been blocked forward into the safe home of acceptance and embrace. She facilitates bringing others to that soft, open, vulnerable place in a way that feels safe.

Participants on our yoga retreat with Amy and Joanne enjoy SEVEN nights at the Watermill, with full board. Everything is included in the cost of the retreat: workshops, accommodation (including all linen and towels), tours, 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). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! You can see a draft itinerary by clicking here.

Come and practise your yoga and meditation in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany and let us nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still plenty of places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

Yoga girl

 

Watermill creative courses: grab those last few places!

Here’s an April note to keep you up to date on current availability on the world-famous Watermill creative holidays.

As you see, quite a few courses are fully booked (but there are waiting lists if you are keen on a particular tutor and there may be cancellations). We’d love you to join us on one of our sun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring courses, so if you’d like to come, now is the time to reserve your place.

*** Why not bring your non-participating partner as well? There’s a generous £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 Partner’s Activities Page for suggestions.

Painting courses

paul plus picPaul Talbot-Greaves
28 April to 5 May 2018 
Watercolours (and acrylics)

Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Paul, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page.


maggie plus picMaggie Renner Hellmann
19 May to 26 May 2018 
‘Courageous Color Workshop’

One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Maggie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

26 May to 2 June 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open
2 June to 9 June 2018 
One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

9 June to 16 June 2018 Two/three places left 
16 June to 23 June 2018 
 One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Andrew plus picAndrew Geeson
Watercolours

23 June to 30 June 2018  Two/three places left 

To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


terry plus picTerry Jarvis
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

7 July to 14 July 2018 Still plenty of places

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
Pastels

1 September to 8 September 2018 One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page


mike plus picMike Willdridge
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)

8 September to 15 September 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Claire Warner 
Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)
15 September to 22 September 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Claire, her course and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


vicki plus picVicki Norman
Oils en plein air

6 October to 13 October 2018  Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Vicki, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Tim plus picTim Wilmot
Watercolours

13 October to 20 October 2018  Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Tim, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Knitting holidays

aperitivi and laughter

Sarah Hazell
Knitting and La Bella Vita
5 May to 12 May 2018 One place left (or two sharing) 

To learn more about Sarah and her courses at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin – course full, waiting list open
Knitting and La Bella Vita

14 July to 21 July 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Marie and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


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

Lisa Richardson 
Knitting and La Bella Vita

29 September to 6 October 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


Writing course

Jo Parfitt
Write Your Life Stories

18 August to 25 August 2018 Four places left
22 September to 29 September 2018  Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please visit her Profile Page


Italian language course

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

30 June to 7 July 2018 Fully booked, waiting list open

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


Yoga retreat

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

Amy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer 
Nourish – mind, body and soul

25 August to 1 September 2018  Still plenty of places

To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page


Everything’s included in your watermill painting holiday, yoga retreat, creative writing holiday, knitting week or Italian Language course

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

Don’t forget that everything is included in the cost of your week: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport; an excursion by train to visit the ancient walled city of Lucca or the stunning seaside villages of the Cinque Terre). All you have to do is to get to Pisa airport and we do the rest.

Whether you’re travelling alone or with a partner you can be sure of a warm welcome, and that you’ll be well looked after. We have built our reputation on the comfort of the mill and the care we provide.

 

 

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A sinful monk but a sublime painter, the story behind our Lippi Suite

Continuing our tales of the Renaissance artists who have given their names to Watermill bedrooms and apartment suites, today is the turn of Filippo Lippi. Although a monk, Filippo was also a womaniser, a forger and an inveterate liar. He was also one of the great painters of his time.

Georgio Vasari in his Lives of the Artists tells a typical tale: “He was taken into great favour by Cosimo de’ Medici, but being devoted to pleasure, he neglected his work for it. Cosimo therefore, when he was working for him in his house, caused him to be shut in, so that he could not go out and waste his time; but he, cutting up the sheets of the bed with a pair of scissors, made a rope and let himself down by the window. When after many days he returned to his work, Cosimo gave him his liberty, considering the peril he had run, and sought to keep him for the future by many favours, and so he served him more readily, saying that genius is a heavenly being, and not a beast of burden.”

Yes, he was a sublime painter, the teacher of Sandro Botticelli and the father (by a nun!) of the great frescoist Filippino Lippi. One of my favourite paintings is Filippo’s Virgin and childe with two angels in the Uffizi: 

Come and be inspired (artistically) by the Lippis. Our Lippi Suite has two bedrooms (the large, Filippo, the smaller Filippino!), so it is ideal for a couple or two friends sharing  That’s the sitting room above, and here’s the main bedroom — and you won’t need a knotted bed sheet to get out!

The Lippi Suite is still available for Sandra Strohschein’s painting course, from Saturday 9 June to Saturday 16 June and Terry Jarvis’ painting course from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July. It is also free for Jo Parfitt’s Writing your Life’s Stories, from Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August and Amy Rogg and Joanne Brohmer‘s yoga retreat from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September.

 Sandra plus picSandra Strohshein

Watercolours

Places left: 2-9 June AND 9-16 June 2018

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

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.

Jo plus pic

Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 

Write Your Life Stories

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

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still plenty of places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page