Painterly evocations of the Watermill’s history
If you enjoy watching a talented painter creating a stunning picture, look no further than Tim Wilmot’s latest YouTube posting. Tim is demonstrating how to paint indoors, often regarded as rather difficult, by creating a picture of the interior of the 19th century Watermill here in Posara.
As you can see on the right, the end result is a great picture, and it’s fascinating to watch the whole process of how it’s built up. So, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, put your feet up and click here to enjoy the creation of a mini-masterpiece.
And why not join Tim and paint in and around the Watermill yourself? He will be back with us for another of his inspiring watercolour courses, from Saturday 3 October to Saturday 10 October. We would love to welcome you here.
Tim’s painting inspired one of last year’s painting guests, Catherine Robbin, to send us her own vibrant picture of the same scene. That’s it above. Thank you, Catherine, for sharing your lovely painting,
We really enjoy seeing paintings by our guests, as they continue to enjoy their time at the Watermill by reliving it through painting some of the scenes they have captured during the weeks with us, through sketches or photographs. A week of pleasure at the Watermill provides many weeks of extra pleasure later on.
Why don’t you join us and create your own ‘double memories’ of a Watermill painting holiday? We would love to welcome you here.
Talking of painting from photographs...
To demonstrate just how effective painting pictures from photographs can be, here’s a painting of the Watermill walled garden, with the mill buildings in the background, made by another of our tutors, Randy Hale.
Randy is a great advocate of painting en plein air, but in this case, we know he can’t have done that, since he hasn’t even been here yet! He’s joining us for the first time this June, when, no doubt, he will be capturing the Watermill and its gardens and grounds, as well as the glorious scenery surrounding us, at first hand. Randy’s course, in watercolours, runs from 13-20 June. You can find out more by clicking here and there are details on availability below.
Our sympathetic, caring, inspiring 2020 painting tutors
We have exciting new tutors, as well as old friends, for our 2020 painting courses. Choose a tutor, a medium or a date that suits you best – but hurry, places are filling fast.
18 - 25 April 2020 - three or four places remaining
Drawing and watercolours en plein air
To learn more about Carl and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.
25 April - 2 May 2020 - two or three places remaining
To learn more about Grahame and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.
Brienne M Brown - fully booked, waiting list open
16 - 23 May 2020
To learn more about Brienne and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.
30 May - 6 June 2020 - one place remaining
6 - 13 June 2020 - two or three places remaining
To learn more about Sandra and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.
13 - 20 June 2020 - two or three places remaining
To learn more about Randy and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.
20 - 27 June 2020 - one or two places remaining
Oils and watercolours (and other mediums)
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.
11 - 18 July 2020 - still places
Colourful Acrylics, Drawing, Pen & Wash
To learn more about Mark and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.
29 August – 5 September 2020 - three or four places remaining
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.
Rebecca de Mendonça
5 - 12 September 2020 - one or two places remaining
Pastels and Mixed media
To learn more about Rebecca and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.
Maggie Renner Hellmann
12 - 19 September 2020 - still plenty of places
19 - 26 September 2020 - still plenty of places
Courageous Color Workshop’ in oils, acrylics, watercolours and pastels
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.
26 September - 3 October 2020 - one place remaining
Pastels (and other portable media) en plein air
To learn more about Mary and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.
3 - 10 October 2020 - two places remaining
To learn more about Milind and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.
10 – 17 October 2020 - fully booked, waiting list open
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.
Come and join us and enjoy the magic at the mill!
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 Page for suggestions.
We’ll use locally produced yarns on Renée’s knitting week - and you will meet the producers!
Stefania and Giulia:
locally produced yarns:
bred, spun and hand-dyed in Italy
Our new knitting tutor Renée Callahan has been talking to two Italian yarn producers,Stefania and Giulia, who run a company called Lanivendole, based in Genova, Liguria. The result is that not only will they be providing yarn for Renée’s week, they will also come to visit us to talk about their work and their passions for locally produced yarns. You can find out more about these enthusiastic Italian entrepreneurs, by clicking here.
We are delighted to welcome Renée to the Watermill knitting tutors' team. She is a prolific knitwear designer, living in London in England, who combines texture and colour to create handknit knitting patterns that are not only enjoyable to knit but also remain wearable for years to come. Renée has always loved textiles and the technical challenge of knitting: she finds a real joy in producing something both useful and beautiful.
Lanivendole yarns and Giulia’s Kashmir goats
Renée is preparing special projects for our guests to try during her weeks, including a lovely brioche hat . She will be with us for another of our famous Knitting and la Bella Vita weeks, from Saturday 15 August to Saturday 22 August 2020.
23 - 30 May 2020 - fully booked, waiting list open
27 June - 4 July 2020 - still places
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about Louisa and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.
4 - 11 July 2020 - two places remaining
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about this retreat, please visit our 2020 Retreat Overview Page.
15 - 22 August 2020 - still places
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about Renée and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.
Don't forget your partner!
And don’t forget that your friend or partner doesn’t need to participate in the creative course, whether it’s painting, language or writing.
We offer them a range of Alternative activities for partners on all our 2020 courses, as well as a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.
Goosebumps are a sign of good writing, says Jo Parfitt
“When I get goosebumps, it’s a sign of great writing.” So says Jo Parfitt, the inspiring tutor for our Write Your Life Stories weeks at the Watermill.
Jo says: “Now and again my students write something that upsets them and moves those who hear it during the feedback sessions. Of course, it can make us cry to remember painful events that we are now reliving by writing them down. But I think that is good.”
That is where those goosebumps come in: when we re-live those painful events, emotions often bubble up and scare us, even make us cry. Jo says: “Our tears make us doubt whether our words are appropriate, whether they are that bit too real, too authentic, too revealing. When this happens, it can lead us to censor our words, hold back and protect ourselves. I know, it happens to me too. Only I welcome those moments.”
After more than 20 years as a writer and teacher of writing, Jo knows that authentic, painful and real recording of past events produces writing that resonates with other people. That’s why she encourages her students to write from the heart: “To write material that makes them sad, allowing them to feel the pain all over again as they write it, again when they recite it in class and again every time they dare to share it... Not only is emotion cathartic but writing material that is raw and natural has a much better chance of touching the listener or the reader.”
Jo adds: “Next time you baulk at the thought of exposing yourself and writing stuff that is too deep or too strong, ignore that inner critic and do it anyway. I think you will find you just wrote your best work.”
Jo Parfitt is an author, journalist, teacher, blogger, conference speaker and poet. She has published 32 books herself, has helped more than 100 authors into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. Jo's a compassionate, inspiring, and encouraging teacher: her motto is 'sharing what I know to help others to grow'.
The workshop will include several methods and genres 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 Parfitt’s Write Your Life Stories course will run from Saturday 9 May to Saturday 16 May 2020. Jo’s course is already fully booked, but there may be cancellations, so if you’re interested please get in touch with us and we will put you on a waiting list.
And don’t forget our other creative writing course next year: Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, described by the British Comedy Society as ‘living legends,’ are the inspiring tutors for our Scriptwriting course at the Watermill this spring and if you aspire to scriptwriting success in television, radio and stage, you will find their week crucial to your writing journey. They will be with us from Saturday 2 May to Saturday 9 May 2020. There is currently one writing place left on this course.
Our enriching 2020 writing courses
Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
2 – 9 May 2020 - one place remaining
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and their course at the mill, please visit their 2020 Profile Page.
2 – 9 May 2020 - fully booked, waiting list open
Write the stories of your life
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.
Che figata. It’s cool to learn Italian at the Watermill
We are looking forward to another Italian language course this Summer, again soaking up knowledge in the dappled sunlight under the vine verandah and making forays into the towns and villages surrounding us, to learn Italian from the Italians. We'll even find you some ripe figs in the garden and in the local market. And talking of cool, let’s remind you again, the Watermill rooms are fully air-conditioned, powered by our hidden photovoltaic panels, which make us self-sufficient in electricity. Che figata, indeed!
We have teamed up again with the Florence language school Langues Services and our old friend Francesca la Sala to bring you a unique course which is both fun and illuminating. I have made one of those fun, 30-second slideshows on Facebook, which you can see by clicking here.) We already have 10 bookings for this course, so we only have room for one or two more people.
Langues Services and Francesca la Sala
22 - 29 August 2020 - one or two places remaining
Learning Italian with the Italians
To learn more about Francesca and her
2020 course at the mill, please click here.
Everything's included in your watermill painting holiday, creative writing holiday, knitting week or Italian Language course
Don’t forget that everything is included in the cost of a painting holiday, writing, knitting, or language holiday: 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.
Become a Friend of The Watermill at Posara
Visit our Friends Website (Link below). Just follow the instructions to Register as a Friend and then Log In to enjoy special privileges. If you become a ‘Friend’ (it will cost you nothing) you’ll enjoy many exclusive benefits, including dozens of practical and inspiring tips from our international painting and creative writing tutors and recipes from the watermill’s mouth-watering menus. And there will be exclusive offers for Friends to make our courses and holidays even more attractive.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to the mill and, for those of you who have already tasted the many delights at The Watermill at Posara, we look forward to welcoming you back.
With very best wishes a tutti
Lois and Bill Breckon