Archives for June 2018

Only half a dozen places left on our 2018 creative courses

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, yoga holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Off to the mountinas this morning to paint the Apuan Alps at Monte dei Bianchi, then a gourmet lunch at the Al Vecchio Tino restuarant — another day in Lunigiana paradise!

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

If you’d like to join us for one of our famous creative courses — painting, writing your memoir, knitting — we’ve a (very) few places left this year, and we’re also taking bookings for 2019: there’s a link below, too.

Painting:

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
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
7 July to 14 July 2018 Two or three places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

On our Writing your Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 Two or three places
Write Your Life Stories

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

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

** We are already taking bookings for our 2019 creative courses, with a special offer of any 2019 creative week at 2018 prices. Please go to our 2019 courses preview section, by clicking here.

Time to think of painting with Sandra in 2019

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

A welcoming smile from Sandra on location at Verrucola this week

We are having a wonderful time with Sandra Strohschein’s third group of painters, this week. Despite the rainy weather yesterday, the group enjoyed an excursion to the quintessential Italian city of Lucca. Today we are all off to the Convento del Carmine for a tranquil day and a tasty picnic. Here’s the painting Sandra made of dappled sunlight in the convent grounds last week.

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

And here’s a painting guest, Penny Cwynasrski, enjoying the scenery and the sunshine:

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

We’re pretty full for Sandra’s fourth and final week this year, from June 16 to 23, but if you are keen to make a last minute booking, we’ve a double bedroom left, so there’s room for one more guest, or two sharing.

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

And we are already taking bookings for Sandra’s courses in 2019. She’ll be here for two weeks next year, from Saturday 1 June to Saturday 8 June 2019 and from Saturday 8 June to Saturday 15 June 2019. But even for 2019, it looks like you’ll have to get your skates on to be sure of a place: we already have eight bookers and one enquirer for the first week and three people have just expressed an interest in the second. So, as they say, ‘book now to avoid disappointment’, especially as there’s a 2019 courses at 2018 prices offer until September this year. You can find out more about Sandra’s sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring weeks and all our other creative courses in 2019, by clicking here.

Come and join us!

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

Picture: Sandra Strohchein

 

Come and write you life’s stories with Jo, suggests the Sunday Times

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

Thank you to the UK Sunday Times for a mention of out Writing your Life Stories courses with Jo Parfitt. The report mentions two weeks, but Jo’s September week is now completely booked up, though we still have two or three places left on her week in October. We’d be delighted to welcome you here.

One of the best way to begin writing is with stories from your own 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. 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.”

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

Jo Parfitt

Jo  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 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 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.”

 

As I said, Jo’s first week with us, from 22-29 September, is now completely full, but we still have a few places on her second week:

Jo plus pic

Write Your Life Stories
Jo Parfitt

18 August to 25 August 2018 Still two or three places

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

 

Sunrise at Posara: Sandra Strohschein captures the moment

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Watermill painter in residence Sandra Strohschein created this lovely watercolour as the early sun caught the church tower at Posara. And here’s Approaching storm inspired by a walk in the nearby countryside.

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

We have another delightful group of students for Sandra’s third week with us this Summer and we’re looking forward today to paint the ancient castle and village of Verrucola before an authentic Italian trattoria lunch at the Locanda al castello.

Here are some of the group painting yesterday in the Watermill’s Walled Garden:The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

If you’d like to join us, we’ve one bedroom left on Sandra’s fourth week, starting next Saturday, and a (very) few other places on creative course this year. We’re taking bookings for 2019, too: details below.

Painting:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

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

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
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
7 July to 14 July 2018 Two or three places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

On our Writing your Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 Two or three places
Write Your Life Stories

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

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

** We are already taking bookings for our 2019 creative courses, with a special offer of any 2019 creative week at 2018 prices. Please go to our 2019 courses preview section, by clicking here.

Fivizzano by night: the start of another inspiring and colourful painting week with Sandra

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.This is the square in the nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano, taken by our artist in residence Sandra Strohschein last night as we welcomed another enthusiastic group to a painting week.  We were enjoying a ‘taste of Tuscany’ dinner with our new guests as Sandra took the picture.

We were also impressed by one of our guest’s stripy socks. She told us she has many more. We are in for a colourful week! (The confetti, incidentally, is from a wedding earlier in the day.)

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

Come and add colour to your life! We still have a few places left this season and we are already booking up for next year, too.

Here’s the list of the few places left on our creative courses this year.

Painting:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

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

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
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
7 July to 14 July 2018 Two or three places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 Two or three places
Write Your Life Stories

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

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

** We are already taking bookings for our 2019 creative courses, with a special offer of any 2019 creative week at 2018 prices. Please go to our 2019 courses preview section, by clicking here.

Sweet offerings from the Watermill

Being English, we call them puddings, however light they may be! Since the Italians call them dolci, we’re prepared to admit to ‘sweets’, but never dessert: we think that is what soldiers do when they leave the army without permission.

But to sweeten your weekend, we thought we’d just show you some of the puddings on offer, all homemade by our wonderful Watermill cooks Mirella Musetti, Arianna Merlini and Lois Breckon. Above, Lois’ pears braised in red wine, with a touch of mascarpone.he Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

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

Chocolate torte from a Capri recipe, using ground almonds insteard of flour

Come and taste these and more delicious dishes for yourselves and enjoy a week’s painting, writing, knitting or Italian language learning with some of the best tutors in the world. Nurturing nutrition for body and mind.

Here’s the list of the few places left on our creative courses this year.

Painting:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

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

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
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
7 July to 14 July 2018 A few places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
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 visit his Profile Page

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 2/3 places
Write Your Life Stories

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

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

** We are already taking bookings for our 2019 creative courses, with a special offer of any 2019 creative week at 2018 prices. Please go to our 2019 courses preview section, by clicking here.

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

Delicious food, caring hosts, inspiring tutors, sparkling guests

Dappled sunlight in ancient tranquillity

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Yesterday everyone in Sandra Strohschein’s enthusiastic group went painting in the tranquil surroundings of the Convento del Carmine, a 16th Century monastery set in beautiful grounds near the Watermill. It’s a relaxing day after the excitements of excursions to the Cinque Terre or Lucca on Wednesday. Our guests enjoy the exclusive use of the convent and grounds. Sandra has been before, of course, so this year she chose to paint the dappled sunlight in the convent grounds (above).

Our painting guest Penny Cwynarski enjoying a shady spot in the convent grounds

Here’s the list of the few places left on our creative courses this year.

Painting:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

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

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
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
7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
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 visit his Profile Page

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 2/3 places
Write Your Life Stories

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

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

** We are already taking bookings for our 2019 creative courses, with a special offer of any 2019 creative week at 2018 prices. Please go to our 2019 courses preview section, by clicking here.

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

And a river runs by… Sandra captures the atmosphere of our Tuscan torrente

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Today’s picture by Sandra Strohschein, our early Summer artist in residence, is of the River Rosaro, which gurgles past the Watermill. Technically a torrente, in the sense that it is a torrent in the Winter and after the Spring snow melt in the high Apennines, but lower and more sedate in the Summer, the Rosaro is so named because wild roses grow at its source a dozen or so miles from here.

It provides a pleasant backdrop to the Watermill and the ‘white noise’ the water makes as it tumbles over the rocks provides a soothing continuo to the polyphony of birdsong.

Come and see – and hear – for yourselves. We’ve a couple places left on Sandra’s painting courses next week and the week after:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

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
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

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

 

And a few places left on later printing courses:

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
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
7 July to 14 July 2018 A few places left
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

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

The Rosaro, by tutor Mike Willdridge

 

Imagine a rainy day… it’s an illusion!

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Above is a dynamic watercolour demonstration painting by our ‘ tutor in residence’, Sandra Strohschein. It’s of the consequences of a sudden rain squall as our painting guests worked to capture the sights of the imposing castle of Verrucola and the village nestling around its 13th Century walls.

Sandra is very proud of this dramatic watercolour, and so she should be. But one small meteorelogical point: it didn’t rain at all during that morning painting session! Despite squally forecasts, the rain held off until lunchtime, but Sandra really wanted to show her students the techniques of capturing the effects of wind and rain on the landscape, so she made it up!

All great art is an illusion and what a fine example we have in Sandra’s demonstration picture.

It did rain later in the day, but undaunted, or guests carried on painting in the light and airy Watermill studio. Here are guests Christine Booton and Doreen Smith doing just that.

Come rain or shine, you’ll have a wonderful time at the Watermill. Why not join us? We still have a few places left this year and plenty for 2019. Details below:

Ths year’s remaining places:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

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
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

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

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
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
7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

On our Writing your Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 2/3 places
Write Your Life Stories

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

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

** We are already taking bookings for our 2019 creative courses, with a special offer of any 2019 creative week at 2018 prices. Please go to our 2019 courses preview section, by clicking here.

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

Sandra’s painting of a red house in the square in nearby Fivizzano on market day. It DID rain that day!

He’s in there somewhere! Painting the River Rosaro as it flows past the Watermill

The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Watermill painting guest Peter Readman seen yesterday seeking out the best spot to paint beside the River Rosaro as it gurgles past the Mill. Peter’s part of an enthusiastic group of talented painters on Sandra Strohschein’s second week here. We are looking forward to seeing all their work in the end of the week exhibition on Friday.

Meanwhile, here’s a colourful moment photographed by Sandra of the flower vases we fill with blooms from the garden two welcome our guests every Saturday.

And here are some of our guests looking suitably interested as Bill explains the finer points of the workings of the 17th Century mill during their Saturday afternoon tour of mill, river and millstream.

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

Picture: Sandra Strohshein

And here’s an unexpected guest.

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

Picture: Chloe Taylor

He’s Aurora and with his companion Alba (and a couple of humans), he’s just completed a trek to Gothenburg and back. They’re nearly home near La Spezia now after their epic adventure and called in to say hello and nibble a few leaves from our ancient mulberry trees.

There’s always something happening on a Watermill holiday. Come and join us and see for yourselves.

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 2/3 places
Watercolours

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
16 June to 23 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing
Watercolours

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

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 1 place or 2 sharing

Watercolours
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
7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
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 visit his Profile Page

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

 Jo Parfitt
18 August to 25 August 2018 2/3 places
Write Your Life Stories

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

On a knitting course:

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

Lisa Richardson
9 September to 6 October 2018 One place
Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

** We are already taking bookings for our 2019 creative courses, with a special offer of any 2019 creative week at 2018 prices. Please go to our 2019 courses preview section, by clicking here.

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