Take 5 to watch a wonderful Sarah Yeoman watercolour emerge…

Sarah Y video 3I’ve just been looking at one of those time-elapsed videos that speed the process of creating a painting from a blank piece of paper to a finished masterpiece in the twinkling of an eye, or rather five minutes or so. It came from the blog of our wonderful watercolour tutor Sarah Yeoman, who will be joining us next year for more of her inspiring workshops.

So why not make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and Take Five to enjoy the speeded-up process of creativity? While you put the kettle on, here’s the paper, with a few lines sketched in, ready for the off:

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

Ready? Just relax and click here. 

Wasn’t that good? Here’s another shot of the final product:

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We hope you were inspired by Sarah’s work.Even better, we’d love you to join her for one of her sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring painting weeks at The Watermill next year. And learn some of the secrets of producing compelling, atmospheric watercolours.

Like this one, of the River Rosaro as it flows past the Watermill, painted by Sarah during one of her earlier watercolour tuition weeks here.

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

And here are some of Sarah’s students, watching and learning, before embarking on their own quests to capture our beautiful scenery on paper.

Painting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We have many fond memories of our previous  painting weeks with Sarah, 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.)

This is Sarah’s famous picture of the Watermill courtyard, which hangs in pride of place in our sitting room.

Painting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, 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.”

Sarah Yeoman AWS 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 use our  painting enquiry form by clicking here.

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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!

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

Sarah’s watercolour study of a view from the Watermill studio

 

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Bring your partner on a Watermill creative week and enjoy a ‘Posara Holiday’ scooter ride!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.I used the still above, from the famous film Roman Holiday to urge people coming on our Watermill creative holidays to bring their partner with them. And it reminded me of one of the happy pictures we took this Summer of my daughter Lara and I posing on one of the old Vespas collected by our gardener Flavio Terenzoni:

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I am no Gregory Peck, but I reckon Lara can give Audrey Hepburn a run for her money in the good-looking stakes!

We also had fun with Flavio’s vintage scooters during a Summer painting week with our Australian cobber Terry Jarvis. Here’s one of our guests, Geraldine Larkins, getting ready for a spin.. Behind is Terry himself, holding up a sketch of the scooter, which he made as a present for Flavio.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s the sketch:

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If you fancy a spin through the village yourself next year, I am sure we can persuade Flavio to take you. Whether you come with your partner or not…

Now it’s November you’ve only two more months to take advantage of our Early Bird offer, of £GBP 75 off any creative course, which expires at the end of the year. So why not scoot to our website (just click here) and choose which course suits you best. Next year’s courses are filling fast, so a quick scoot is advised!

Here’s the list. First, painting courses:

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Paul Talbot-Greaves

Watercolours 

To learn more about Paul and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

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Maggie Renner Hellmann

Oils, acrylics, pastels watercolours

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

Sandra plus pic26 May – 2 June 2018 AND 2-9 June 2018

Sandra Strohschein 

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra and her courses at The Watermill, please click here

Sarah Y plus pic9-16 June 2018 AND 16-23 June 2018

Sarah Yeoman

Watercolours

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

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Terry Jarvis

Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

To learn more about Terry and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

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Rebecca di Mendonça and Nel Whatmore

Pastels

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

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Mike Willdridge

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Mike and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.15-22 September 2018 

Claire Warner

Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)

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

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Vicki Norman

Oils and watercolours

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

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Tim Wilmot

Watercolours

 To learn more about Tim and his course at The Watermill, please click here.

For knitting courses:

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Sarah Hazell Three or four places left

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.14-21 July 2018

Marie Wallin Course full, waiting list

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.29 September – 6 October 2018 

Lisa Richardson 

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

For Italian language holiday:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.30 June to 7 July 2018

Giulia Balestri

Italian language week

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

For creative writing holiday:

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Jo Parfitt 

Writing your Life Stories

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

For yoga retreat:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.25 August – 1 September 2018

Claire Murphy

Nourish — mind, body and soul

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here

For personal development retreat:

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18 August – 25 August 2018

Caroline Carr

Find your Oomph! retreat

To learn more about Caroline and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here.

Don’t forget your partner!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Why not bring your friend or partner? 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. For more details, please click here.  They also receive a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

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It’s a great offer! Pass it on!

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.

 

Life after Tuscany and why I can’t wait to go back! A note from knitting tutor Sarah Hazell

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

Sarah and her pupils in concentration mode. Picture Phil Wright

We had a delightful knitting week with our new tutor Sarah Hazell this year and we’re looking forward to seeing her for another fun-filled inspiring course next year. Sarah’s relishing her return, too. In a recent blog post she wrote: “Life has been extremely busy since I returned from Tuscany in September. When I received an email from Bill last week, it made me stop and reflect on the glorious week I had spent at the Watermill and how much I am looking forward to returning next May.”

 Sarah adds: “A knitting holiday at The Watermill offers so much – splendid location, delicious food and opportunities to explore some of the local region. There is also a real sense of community, with Bill and Lois employing and supporting lots of local people. And then there is the knitting of course!

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

The Watermill sitting room, an ideal place to knit and chat. Picture: Phil Wright.

Sarah says: “You will have lots of opportunities to work on two different projects throughout the week. Workshop sessions tend to start with a technique focus linked to the projects and then a chance to work at your own pace with me on hand to offer support or advice if you need it. I am always happy to help with any other projects that you might bring with you.”

Sarah’s projects for her week here are both inspired by the Watermill location. Sarah says: The first is a cabled scarf/cowl reflecting all the twist and turns that you will encounter during your stay – from the winding landscape through to the vines at the Watermill.

Sarah cropped sweater close up“The second project will be a more experimental piece, inspired by the roof tiles on the buildings. We will combine colour work and sequence knitting to evoke colour and texture as a starting point, leaving you free to decide on the final form of this piece, e.g., a bag/cushion or framed sample.”

 

 

 

Sarah will be joining us again for another Knitting and La Bella Vita week next year, from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018. And don’t forget there’s an Early Bird booking discount. (See below.) Eight knitters are already booked in, so we have room for just three or four more.

Here’s what one of our guests had to say about this year’s course: Thank you for the invigorating knitting experience last week. The weather cooperated beautifully and the food at the Watermill and the other locations was excellent and varied. It is a plus for you that Sarah will return next May. She is prepared and organized; flexible and patient with attendees of all capabilities with a good sense of humour.”

Sarah Hazell is a designer in knit and crochet, and author of several books. She says, “I have a passion for beautiful yarn and textiles and am endlessly fascinated by colour, pattern and texture. She loves to teach new techniques and inspire confidence in others. Sarah’s workshop at the mill will show you to elevate your knits from homemade to handmade.

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 click here.

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5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell

Knitting and La Bella Vita

To find out more about Sarah and her course, please click here.

Come and join us!

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

Knitting under the shade of the vines in the Watermill garden

 

 

 

Daily demos from Tim at stunning locations

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

I just made a slide show on the Watermill’s Facebook page of some of the great demonstration paintings made by our brilliant watercolour tutor Tim Wilmot. But I couldn’t use them all, so here are a couple of them from the Facebook show and a few more for you to enjoy. This year Tim made a couple of demos every day, as well as making sure all his students were well looked after with help and advice.

Above is a study of the Apuan Alps, the marble mountains of Carrara, from the grounds of the gourmet restaurant, where we go to paint — and eat! — during your painting week. And this is a study of the steps to the loggia of the great Malaspina castle at nearby Verrucola:

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This is Tim’s impression of the back of the Watermill and the plunge pool:

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And below, the belltower in Fivizzano on market day:

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

Finally, a colourful impression of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre, one of our excursion venues:

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We had a wonderful week with Tim and we are looking forward to welcoming him, and his wife Sheila, back for another inspiring week next year. As well as an exciting artist, Tim is also an inspiring teacher and on his course, suitable for all levels, he’ll help you to improve your drawing skills, loosen up your style, learn how to incorporate figures in a landscape as well as nurturing you own artistic ambitions. As one student of Tim’s says: I can’t help being inspired by the careful and wonderfully measured strokes of a genius.”

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with Tim Wilmot

To learn more about Tim and his course at The Watermill, please click here. 

And don’t forget our Early Bird discount:

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. Here’s another atmospheric demonstration painting by Tim to whet your appetite:

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Sensational oil paintings from Vicki from our part of Tuscany. Come and join her next year!

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Above is a beautifully evocative study in oils of the Alpi Apuane mountains near The Watermill, made by our new tutor Vicki Norman on a previous painting expedition to this beautiful area. Vicki says: “I got up very early one morning to make a study of the colours as I looked across the valley … I wanted to record the colours of the hills as they receded.”

In her paintings Vicki seeks to capture the essence of the day and the sense of place through the colour and play of the light and she’s certainly done so here. She says: “The bright yellow of the ginestra at the front contrasted beautifully with the lilac of the marble- capped mountains behind. I knew if I could capture the colours of the moment, I could use them for subsequent studio paintings at home.

You, too, will be painting those sensational mountains on Vicki’s course. The week-long course is primarily in oils but Vicki is happy to teach in other mediums, too. It will run from Saturday 6 October to Saturday 13 October 2018. Come and join us and share the magic. We already have seven people booked in for Vicki’s course, so now is the time to reserve your place and take advantage of our Early Bird booking discount (see below.)

Below is another great oil painting, called  Massa sunset. (Massa is the capital of the province in which The Watermill is located).

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

Vicki says: “Looking south from the coast below Fivizzano, it is possible to see the marble docks at Massa. This is where they took Michelangelo’s marble from the mountains and prepared it for transport sculptures, what an amazing place! And it’s still working now, I liked the sense of history and the colours of the industrial machinery against the sky at sunset was irresistible. The soft colours blended in the sky and I found repeating spots of orange and red along the beach that allowed me to play with mark making and small accents of colour. I’m very fond of this painting, it sums up so many things I love about Tuscany!”

Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.As well as a great painter, Vicki is also a great teacher. She’s been teaching professionally for more than 20 years and offers plenty of help and individual attention. As one previous student said: Vicki has a way of explaining complex ideas that makes them simple enough for a beginner to grasp easily, yet she can stretch the advanced painters in the group too.”

Vicki specialises in teaching en plein air and we have many great locations for you in the unspoilt countryside of Lunigiana surrounding The Watermill. Vicki will teach primarily in oils and watercolours, but she’s happy to help with other mediums, too.

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!

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6-13 October 2018 

Vicki Norman

Oils (and other mediums)

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

Early Bird discount:

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. Here’s another atmospheric Vicki Norman painting to whet your appetite:

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

Wonderful,’ ‘heavenly,’ ’perfection.’ Just some of the praise for Lisa’s knitting week this year

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

We had a fantastic feedback from the participants on Lisa Richardson’s knitting course here this year. Our guests enjoyed themselves so much that no fewer than seven of them immediately booked for next year! Now the bookings have risen to 10 (nine knitters and one non-knitting partner), so we have room for only two more knitters and an nkp or two. Time to grab those last places!

Here are some comments from our guests on Lisa’s course this year: Had the most wonderful knitting holiday at the Watermill in Posara! Really everything was taken care of by our perfect hosts Lois and Bill as well as by the rest of the great staff. Having Lisa Richardson as our knitting tutor was a delight and great inspiration! A huge thank you all.”

“A simply heavenly knitting retreat at the Watermill with the lovely Lisa Richardson.” Many thanks to Lois and Bill for being the perfect hosts.”

“Such perfection, I am spoiled for anywhere else! A wonderful relaxing holiday with knitting. Everything was superb, and I was particularly touched by the warm friendly reception from Bill and Lois. The knitting was led by the talented and delightful Lisa Richardson, a calm presence who worked miracles with those of us who struggled from time to time. Our finished work is something we shall all treasure.”

“Knitting for a week. Sounds strange? Couldn’t have been better. Bill and Lois the most welcoming and generous hosts for whom nothing was too much trouble. Lisa Richardson a patient and experienced tutor. Our outings were all perfectly chosen. Our food divine. My room very special with gorgeous views. Lovely gardens and flowers everywhere. The sound of the river flowing by and the church bells ringing. Lovely group of people to spend time with. Perfect peace at The Watermill.”

’s name is instantly associated with the Rowan pattern house. In addition to her designer role, she manages the pattern editing process and mentors newer members of the design team. She says, “My biggest drive is to people create something that they will cherish for years to come”. Lisa is an enthusiastic, sympathetic and inspirational tutor and, as you can see, wins much praise from her workshop participants.

Lisa project 2For her week-long course at the mill next year she has devised two specially designed projects for you to knit: one that fully justifies her label as ‘slip stitch queen’ (left), the other demonstrates filet crochet (but with a knitted option for those that prefer to knit) (Picture at top of page).

Lisa says: “On my last visit to the Watermill I was inspired by the filet crochet which was on sale at the local market, which is used for beautiful table cloths and window dressings.

In addition, Lisa will be demonstrating the art of embellishment for those knitters who are happiest knitting in stocking stitch but want to add colour and pattern to their project with embroidery.

 

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.29 September – 6 October 2018 

Lisa Richardson Two places left

Knitting and La Bella Vita

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

If you’d like to fill one of those remaining spaces and, perhaps, bring your nkp, we’d love to welcome you here.

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

The Watermill sitting room, an ideal place to knit and chat. Picture: Phil Wright.

A writing tip (or three) from Jo Parfitt

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Jo Parfitt, who is returning to The Watermill next Autumn to take one of her unique courses on Writing your life stories, has sent us not one but three tips to help you on you writing journey. They are very short (succinctness is next to Godliness!), but you’ll never hear better advice.

Brande book coverJo says: “My favourite writing tip of all time comes from Dorothea Brande, the 1950s author of Becoming a Writer. She believes that if you truly want to be a writer you need to commit to writing at a specific time every day for just ten minutes. If you can’t commit to that then you don’t seriously want to be a writer.”

 Goldberg book coverJo adds: “Natalie Goldberg, in her seminal book on free-writing Writing Down the Bones, writes: ‘Put your pen on the paper and just go.’ That to me, is the most basic of all writing lessons.”

And thirdly; “Writers cannot afford to keep their writing secret. The only way you can find out what works and what doesn’t is to get feedback.” The highlight of any Jo Parfitt workshop is the feedback sessions. At The Watermill in Tuscany this takes place daily on the vine terrace with a glass of the house cocktail. What could be more perfect?”

Jo Parfitt has published 31 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’s Write Your Life Story creative writing course is 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 course will run from 22 to 29 September 2018.

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.”

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22 September to 29 September 2018 
Write Your Life Stories

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

 

Mike’s Scilly sketches capture the essence of the islands in a few strokes

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our friend and Watermill watercolour painting tutor Mike Willdridge and his delightful wife Sue have recently returned from a week on St Martin’s in the Isles of Scilly. Mike has sent me a couple of watercolours (with black ink) of part of St Agnes, the smallest and least inhabited island of the five main islands and the southernmost settlement in England.

Mike says: “I’ve tried to capture something of the ruggedness and isolation of this island using as few marks as possible and working quickly into my sketchbook.”

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Mike will be back at The Watermill 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. Mike will teach primarily in watercolours, but he is skilled in, and happy to teach in, gouache and acrylics too.

Mike is particularly keen on all forms of drawing as a way of recording and responding to everyday events. As you seem, he constantly uses a sketchbook and will encourage you to do the same, gathering speedy impressions and building up a visual record of your time at the Watermill and among the mountains, castles, walled towns and hilltop villages of this unspoiled region of Tuscany. Below are a couple of his ‘Posara’ sketches, which were demonstrations made when out ‘on location’.Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

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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.

A comment from a guest on one of Mike’s previous courses at The Watermill: 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!

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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.

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

Mike’s picture of the millstream rushing beneath gardener Flavio’s famous bridge

Claire’s yoga retreat is inspired by the elements and the purity and beauty of our surroundings

 

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Claire Murphy: elemental themes

After what one of our guests called a fabulously revitalising week, on her yoga retreat this year, Claire Murphy has been working hard on an even more inspiring itinerary for next year. She tells us: “The title of the retreat is Nourish Your Elemental Self and it will include yoga, meditation, creative writing & art journalling.”

Inspired by the elements, Claire has been allotting themes for each day:

Sunday: Earth
Monday: Water
Tuesday: Fire
Thursday: Air
Friday: Ether

… all part of our aim to nourish your mind, body and soul.

We’ll nourish your soul and spirit on rural walks and visits to ancient walled towns and hilltop villages, castles and convents. You’ll also savour the relaxed atmosphere of la bella vita italiana in local cafes, shops, restaurants and markets. The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

We’ll venture a little journal writing and painting in The Watermill studio overlooking the river or under the shade of the vine verandah to nourish your mind and creativity.

Nourish creativityAnd we’ll nourish your body with fresh, home-cooked, nutritionally balanced meals lovingly prepared by the Watermill cooks, with many of the ingredients freshly picked from The Watermill’s own gardens. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, of course.

Nourish body

Claire’s unique retreat will run from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September 2018. You can find out more by clicking here.

Here’s a comment from one of this year’s guests: The yoga retreat was the perfect mix of physical postures, meditation and thoughtful contemplation in glorious mountain surroundings. I particularly appreciated how you created a gentle space for all attendees no matter where they were on their yoga journey or what physical issues they were dealing with. The journalling and art prompts offered the opportunity for creative experimentation and expansion. All in all, a fabulously revitalising week.”

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

Just relax! We’ll take care of you.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.25 August – 1 September 2018

Claire Murphy

Nourish — mind, body and soul

To learn more about Claire and her retreat at The Watermill, please click here.