Less than a week to go on our tempting creative courses offer

Enjoying painting tuition in the Watermill’s walled garden

It’s a simple as this: If you book a 2019 creative course at the Watermill (painting, writing, knitting, Italian language) before 1 September 2018 you can have a place in 2019 at 2018 prices.

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Find a quiet spot to write your life’s stories

Bookings are already flowing in fast for next year’s creative courses at the Watermill . We’ve already taken more than 120 bookings for 2019, out of a potential total of 240 or so places.

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Work with leading knitting designers.

If you want to be sure of a particular tutor or a particular bedroom next year, NOW the time to secure your place, especially with that tempting offer.

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Learn Italian under the shade of the vine verandah

You can see a preview of all our 2019 painting, writing, knitting and Italian language courses by clicking here. We’d be delighted to welcome you here. Come and join in the fun!

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

 

A creative week: a writing group, plus painting and now music!

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Picture: Karsten Mueller

I told you yesterday of the generous gift of a painting Peter Robson gave to Ewa Lawresh, a fellow student on Jo Parfitt’s Write the Stories of your Life week here. Last night we added a further cultural medium to the mix when some of us went to a concert in nearby Fivizzano. It was given by young musicians attending Masterclass workshops in the town and featured classical music from composers including Handel, Telemann, Bruni and Brahms, but ending (of course) with a wonderfully vivacious Vivaldi concerto. Stirring stuff.

All part of the additional serendipitous events that tend to occur during our Watermill weeks. You can savour something similar here next year. And, if you book now, you’ll save money, too! But you’ll need to get you skates on!

Bookings are already flowing in fast for all our creative courses at the Watermill next year. We’ve already taken 120 bookings for 2019, out of a potential total of 240 or so.

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

Impromptu Tai Chi on a Watermill roof terrace

So, if you want to be sure of a particular tutor or a particular bedroom next year, NOW the time to secure your place, especially with our tempting offer: if you book a 2019 course before 1 September 2018 (only a week to go), you can have a place in 2019 at 2018 prices.

You can see a preview of all our 2019 painting, writing, knitting and Italian language courses by clicking here.  If you would like to join us, NOW is the time to reserve your place. We’d be delighted to welcome you here. Come and enjoy some serendipity! Maybe meet a Medieval signore in a local cafe!

Or be kissed by the tutor’s husband!

Magical!

A picture for a writer from a painter!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.This photograph shows Ewa Lawresh, one of our guests on Jo Parfitt’s Write the Stories of your Life week here. It inspired fellow writing student Peter Robson, who is also a painter (and a great fan of the Watermill: this is his fourth visit), to paint this lovely watercolour.The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

And with great generosity of spirit, he’s given it to Ewa as a gift. It’s all part of the wonderful ‘giving’ atmosphere of this week.

You can savour a similar atmosphere on Jo’s week here next year. She’ll be with us again for another Write the Stories of your Life course, from 15-22 June 2019.

If you reserve your place now (before 1 September) you can enjoy this 2019 creative writing course at 2018 prices – and four people are already booked in!  We won’t have details of Jo’s 2019 course on our website for a week or so, but you can see what she is doing this year by clicking here. https://watermill.net/writing-holidays/index.php. Please note Jo’s September 2018 course is fully booked.

The time of your life in stories

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.We’re having a wonderful Write the Stories of your Life week here with Jo Parfitt with a delightful group not only learning the secrets of successful writing but also enjoying some of the sights – and tastes – of Lunigiana, the unspoilt region of Tuscany that surrounds the Watermill.

Above are some of the group on the steps of the castle at nearby Verrucola, after a short walk around the village, and a visit to a local artist’s house. Now they are ready for to delicious lunch in a proper Italian trattoria.

They’re working hard on their writing, too, with morning teach-ins with Jo, afternoon writing homework and evening feedback sessions under the shade of the vine verandah.

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Jo Parfitt

We’ve just arranged with Jo that she’s going to come back for another Write the Stories of your Life next year. It will run from 15-22 June 2019.

If you reserve your place now (before 1 September) you can enjoy this 2019 creative writing course at 2018 prices – and three people are already booked in!  We won’t have details of Jo’s 2019 course on our website for a week or so, but you can see what she is doing this year by clicking here. Please note Jo’s September 2018 course is fully booked.

 

Less than two weeks to go for our tempting 2019 Watermill creative courses offer

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Bookings are already flowing in fast for our creative courses at the Watermill next year. We’ve already taken more than 110 bookings for 2019, out of a potential total of 240 or so.

So, if you want to be sure of a particular tutor or a particular bedroom next year, NOW the time to secure your place, especially with our tempting offer: if you book a 2019 course before 1 September 2018 (less than two weeks to go), you can have a place in 2019 at 2018 prices.

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

You can see a preview of all our 2019 painting, writing, knitting and Italian language courses by clicking here. So if you would like to join us, NOW is the time to reserve your place. We’d be delighted to welcome you here. Come and join in the fun!

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The Watermill August 2018 newsletter is just out…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.This month’s newsletter tells you the good news (for us, at least!) that at this moment, all our 2018 creative courses are fully booked!  There will probably be one or two cancellations, however (there usually are a few), so if you’d like to come on any course, we’ll put you on a waiting list and let you know immediately a place becomes available.

As for NEXT year, bookings are already flowing in. We’ve already taken more than 100 bookings for 2019, out of a potential total of 240 or so: if you want to be sure of a particular tutor or a particular bedroom next year, NOW the time to secure your place, especially with our tempting offer: if you book a 2019 course before 1 September 2018 (less than a month to go), you can have a place in 2019 at 2018 prices.

In this month’s newsletter there are also stories on:

  • Is the Watermill wildlife becoming bolder?
  • A reminder of the Watermill photographic competition
  • The Watermill war on plastic
  • Looking at life from another angle
  • A well worked knitting week
  • A preview and a tempting offer on our 2019 creative courses

Intrigued? Read all about it by clicking here.

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We’re happy to tell you we’ve still a tempting 2019 Watermill 2019 offer!

First, we are happy to tell you that all our 2018 creative courses – painting, writing and knitting – are now fully booked!  There will probably be one or two cancellations, however (there usually are a few), so if you’d like to come on any course, we’ll put you on a waiting list and let you know immediately a place becomes available.  Please click here for details of the remaining 2018 creative weeks.

Meanwhile we are also happy to tell you that you still have a month left to take advantage of our enticing 2019 offer: if you book a 2019 course before 1 September 2018, you can have a place in 2019 at 2018 prices.We’ve already taken nearly 100 bookings for 2019, out of a potential total of 240 or so. If you want to be sure of a particular tutor or a particular bedroom next year, NOW the time to secure your place. Please click here to see the preview of all our 2019 creative courses.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.It would make us very happy to welcome you here:The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Friendly conversation in the Watermill Walled Garden. Picture: Sandra Strohchein

The Watermill through the trees

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.On a recent ‘constitutional’ walk up the steep panoramic road towards Angino, we took this picture of the Watermill through the trees. Doesn’t it look peaceful? We are enjoying our Summer break here, with British, French and Italian friends, before heading off for a few days in London and Paris.

We are delighted to say that all our creative courses for the rest of 2018 are fully booked — although we have just had a cancellation for Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça’s outstanding pastel course this September, so there’s room for one more:

Nel and Bec plus pic

Pastels

Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça

1-8 September 2018 One place available

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca and their course at The Watermill, please click here.

Bookings are now flowing in for our 2019 courses: nearly 100 people have already reserved their place. You have just over a month to take advantage of our tempting ‘2019 courses at 2018 prices’ , which ends at the end of August. More about all our fun-filled, sun-filled, inspiring creative courses can be found in our 2019 preview by clicking here.

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

Nel captures the magical morning light on a Watermill terrace.

The Watermill’s war on plastic

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We’ve become increasing embarrassed at the Watermill by the amount of plastic waste we’ve been generating. We have a big green Eurobin in our carpark dedicated solely to plastic waste for recycling and every week it has been stuffed to the gunnels.

Every time we see a picture like the one below, we feel an accusatory finger pointing our way!

Our chief culprits are plastic water bottles. We’ve been providing bottled water free to our guests, conscious that in the warm weather everyone needs to be properly hydrated. In particular, our painting guests take water bottles out on location and they’ve been getting though a least a bottle a day. Creative writing, knitting and Italian language guests swig a fair number too – and so they should.

Cost is not an issue: we get special ‘loss leader’ offers from our local supermarket, so six litres of water costs us a mere one Euro. No, it’s that overflowing plastics bin that made us feel we were contributing to global environmental pollution.

So, we’ve come up with a solution to look after our guests and keep them happy waterwise. That’s Lois above demonstrating the solution in action.  We have purchased a couple of dozen robust stainless steel vacuum flasks and we’ve marked each one with a number. We loan a flask to each of our guests for their creative week. They fill them with water at the tap from our mains supply and can even cool their water with ice from our new ice-making machine. Each week the flasks are sterilised in our dishwasher, for re-use by the incoming guests.

It’s just a bit more of a faff than plucking a plastic bottle from the fridge. But we reckon it’s worth it – and our guests on last week’s knitting course, the first to try the new experiment, all thought it a great idea and worth the (slight) effort. We hope you agree!

We are becoming even more environmentally friendly here.

The Watermill is surrounded by two environmentally protected areas: the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps. The air and the water are pure and unpolluted, and the area abounds in wildlife.

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A swallowtail butterfly at the Watermill. Picture: Lara Breckon

We have undertaken sensitive restoration, seeking where possible to incorporate modern energy-saving construction methods in the upgrading process, from insulated roofs to double-glazed windows. We source all our food locally wherever possible, growing some of our own and using local suppliers and producers.

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Tomatoes fresh from the Watermill garden.

In our next phase of development, we plan not only to restore the roofs and walls of the water-powered turbine mill (Mill 2), but also to incorporate photovoltaic panels in the restored roof structures, to generate ‘green’ electricity.

 

 

And there are (sorry!) no plastic ducks in our bathrooms…

Too many of us get lost at sea!

 

A week’s work well done. Knitting with Marie at the Watermill

We’ve just completed a lovely knitting week with Marie Wallin and here are two of the participants, Andrea Gostic and Janet Woods, holding up some examples of the finished work on one of Marie’s projects, a fairisle Tam.

Everyone seemed to have a fun time and the sun shone every day. As another guest, June McBain, said: “Thank you both for making a brilliant week of knitting even better.  As usual, the Watermill was amazing with wonderful food, great room and wall-to-wall sunshine.”

We have tremendous interest in Marie’s knitting courses, so much so that her 2019 course is already fully booked! But there’s a waiting list if you’d like to join it.

And we still have spaces with our other inspiring knitting courses with Sarah Hazell and Debbie Abrahams. Please click here to see a 2019 preview.

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Knitting concentration on Sarah’s course, by guest Phil Wright