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You will be amazed at what a week at the Watermill can do for your superpowers

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in Lois and Clark). Pictures: ABC Photo Archive Via Getty Images

Supercharge your creativity on an inspiring Watermill week-long course. And bring a partner to double the experience.

We have now launched our 2021 programme of inspiring creative weeks at the Watermill: painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language. Please click here to learn all about our renowned, inspiring and sympathetic tutors.

And as well as recommending that you get your booking in fast (both to avoid disappointment and to vanquish the coronavirus blues with the winter of eager anticipation), we are also suggesting that you might like to bring a partner too.

There is plenty for them to do. They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and, whenever they want, to come out with you to our beautiful locations. We also offer a range of alternative activities for partners on all our courses, as well as a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you. You can find out more by clicking here.

Come fly with us!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
 Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in Lois and Clark. Pictures: ABC Photo Archive Via Getty Images

Don’t look back! Read our August newsletter and look forward to 2021 with eager anticipation.

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

The Watermill August 2020 newsletter is just out with the first announcement of our full programme of enticing creative courses for 2021.

We would be delighted if you could join us here and banish the coronavirus blues. Whether you are interested in painting, creative writing, knitting for the Italian language, the Watermill is the place to be. Find out more in our newsletter by clicking here.

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

There are also stories this month on

  • Fivizzano keeps the flags flying
  • Coronavirus sanity? Lost in translation!
  • An illusion of reality
  • Feroze hangs out the washing, again
  • Just to remind you we are Cool and Green
  • Our free, interactive, online painting sessions go from strength to strength
  • Our two remaining painting courses in 2020
The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

For that link again, please just click here: Book your place and enjoy the thrill of anticipation…

Beat the coronavirus blues: book a creative holiday week at the Watermill for 2021 and enjoy months of pleasant anticipation!

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

We are proud to present our 2021 Holiday Programmes for Painting, Italian Language, Knitting and our Creative Writing courses. Please click here to see what’s on offer; book yourself a place for a week (or two) and spend the winter months dreaming of Posara…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
The Watermill courtyard and gardens: waiting to welcome you.

Secluded gardens, sunny terraces, a shady vine verandah for evening aperitivi, riverside and millstream walks… just some of the charms of The Watermill at Posara in Tuscany, Italy.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Dappled sunlight along the Millstream. Picture: Lois Breckon

We specialise in relaxing, inspiring, fun-filled painting holidays, creative writing workshops, knitting holidays and Italian language courses. Our tutors come from all over the world and are not only talented artists/designers/writers/linguists in their own right, but also sensitive and sympathetic teachers. Your creativity will be re-ignited and you will also enjoy the convivial company of like-minded people.

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

The Watermill is surrounded by two environmentally protected areas: the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the ‘backbone’ of Italy, and the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps, home of the marble mountains of Carrara. Because of this protected status the air and the water are pure and unpolluted and the area abounds in wildlife.

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

The buildings, dating from the 17th Century, have been sensitively restored to incorporate modern facilities while preserving their historic character. All the bedrooms and apartment suites enjoy lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains. All have modern en suite bathrooms. There are original artworks and quirky artefacts everywhere.

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

The Watermill is also Cool and Green. All the bedrooms and public rooms have air conditioning, provided by the sun’s energy! Our solar-powered photovoltaic panels make us self-sufficient in electricity generation.

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

Our delicious food is made with fresh ingredients locally sourced wherever possible and prepared by Lois and our skilled Italian cooks.

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We would be delighted if you could join us and banish the coronavirus blues. Click here for link again: Book your place and enjoy the thrill of anticipation…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
A book, an aperitivo, the sound of the river…