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NEWSLETTER ISSUE 121 / July 2020

Dear Friend,

Mike's watermill online painting course

As far as Italy is concerned, we think we can say that it’s just about all over!

Yes, life has more or less returned to normal here. True, we still keep our social distance and wear our masks when out and about, but even those reminders of the extraordinary last few months are disappearing fast. As indeed are the cases of coronavirus in this country, with the majority north of the Apennines. In the region of Tuscany (larger than Wales), where we live, there are hardly any new cases at all.

So, now that summer is properly upon us, the Italians are doing what they do best: enjoying their beautiful countryside and seaside, relaxing in cafés and restaurants, watching the passing scene whilst sipping an aperitivo or tucking into some of the best cooking in the world.

At the Watermill, we have worked tirelessly for the last few months to ensure the setting is as beautiful as ever and that everything will be ready when our guests, at last, return. Caring for you has always been our primary concern and we will continue to provide the warmest hospitality and most inspiring teaching, with great food and wine and convivial company thrown in! In view of the coronavirus situation, we have also introduced additional safety measures, over and above the highest standards of hygiene that we have always practiced. These will be introduced as necessary, given the situation at the time. Please see the story Keeping You Even Safer, below.

We plan to begin our truncated 2020 creative courses season in August, with Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s renowned Scriptwriting course. Those two masters of comedy and drama have already bought their tickets and can’t wait to join us here. After that we are ready for our unique Italian Language course, followed by some more of our world-famous painting courses with renowned international tutors. We still have a few places on these courses and would be delighted if you would like to celebrate your freedom, too, and once again enjoy the delights of la bella vita Italiana. Details, as usual, below.

Mike Willdridge's Watermill online painting courses

Our greatest success story in the last month has been Mike Willdridge’s free, online, interactive painting sessions, hosted by Lois, in which hundreds of our guests have brushed up their skills by painting along live with Mike. We are running these internet sessions as a service to our guests in these difficult times (and to remind them of ‘the real thing’ at the Watermill). There are more in the pipeline. Our heartfelt thanks to Mike for his enthusiastic and inspiring teaching. There are details about the next sessions later in this newsletter, while above and below this introductory section you can see some pictures from our international, interactive, internet guests who have been painting along with Mike. As you can see, the first four sessions involved washing on the line, a gaggle of geese in front of an old barn, a sunlit door and a couple of lemons!

Waiting for you
Waiting for you

Vera Lynn
In tribute to the late Dame Vera Lynn,
who always brought us together
in difficult times

So, we are ready when you are: buildings renovated, walls painted, furniture restored, window boxes filled, courtyards and gardens full of flowers: we just need your company to make it all perfect. And don’t you just deserve a relaxing and inspiring break away from it all?
Come and join us! We’d love to 'meet again'.

And, please rest assured that if travel restrictions in your own country mean that the course cannot run on the dates below or that appropriate flights are not available, we will transfer your booking to a new course with the same tutor next year.

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

  • Keeping You Even Safer
  • Inspirational, interactive, free and fun: paint along with Mike
  • The Watermill’s sun-driven mini-power station
  • Which Milind watercolour do you prefer?
  • More charming watercolours from Robert
  • Another stunning watercolour from Tim
  • Our sympathetic, caring, inspiring 2020 painting tutors
  • Be in the vogue! Come knitting with Norah
  • ‘Virtual’ writing is great. The real thing is even better.
  • We can’t wait to welcome you on our language course

Happy reading....

The watermill in Tuscany's online painting courses

Come to the watermill in Tuscany with your partner or friend
Beatrice: “Come Benedick,
let’s make much ado about something
at the Watermill.”
Thompson and Branagh
in Much Ado about Nothing

Bring a partner: there's 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.

 


Keeping you even safer

At the Watermill at Posara our aim is to look after you. And that doesn’t mean just providing inspiring tuition, warm hospitality, delicious food and wine, but making sure that you are safe well. As well as the extremely high standards of hygiene normally practised by the Watermill, we will also be taking additional precautionary measures.

Our ‘ultimate hygiene’ program includes:

  • doorknobs and drawer handles etc, in the public spaces, will be sanitised every morning and evening
  • all cleaning and catering staff will wear protective gloves during their work
  • all crockery and cutlery will be sterilised after every meal, also our mugs and glasses after every cup of tea or drink
  • dispensers supplying sanitising gel will be available in the communal kitchen, and outside the guests’ dining room. Sanitising gel will also be available in your rooms
  • disposable gloves will be provided whenever you need them
  • there will be certification from an independent analyst, including microbial testing, that our safety precautions in the kitchen more than meet stringent guidelines on how to prevent infection by the coronavirus.

Vecchio Tino
Plenty of space for all at a local hilltop restaurant

We will make sure that, if it is still necessary, you will be able to observe social distancing. If this is still required:

  • our minibuses will only take four passengers at a time, instead of the usual eight
  • in the studio you will be able to sit at least 1.8m away from every other person.
  • we will modify our itinerary so that you can eat safely at every meal. For meals at the Watermill, you will spread out to eat at tables in the dining room, the vine verandah, and the courtyard, or there will be two sittings. We will only visit local restaurants where there is adequate space for social distancing.

Inspirational, interactive, free and fun

painting by Mike Willdridge

We have had a wonderful feedback from participants in Mike Willdridge‘s free, interactive, online sessions. We have run four of them already and there are more to come. In the last one before this newsletter went to press more than 120 people joined the Zoom session (hosted by Lois) and painted ‘washing on the line’ along with Mike. This is Mike’s demonstration picture (right) of the subject.

Some comments from guests on previous sessions:

“The perfect approach with or without the dreaded lockdown. I find both watching the ‘parts’ of the sessions AND painting alongside Mike really helpful. You get more of a sense how it's ok to be freer. It gives you the confidence to be a bit chaotic and less prone to overpainting - always my problem. Interestingly, with no distractions I found it easy to concentrate and repeat what you were doing on zoom. Being set up beforehand, ready-to-go, and the concentrated session was just great. Thank you so much.”

“What a fabulous way to bring the whole world together and coming, doing something happy.”

Bill has made one of those short, fun Facebook slideshows of some of the paintings made by some of our 120+ guests during the session, which you can see by clicking here.

Some paintings from Mike's recent online course
Some paintings by guests on our latest session

You can see the video Mike made during his interactive session on YouTube, by clicking here .You will be able to see videos from our other interactive sessions with Mike as they become available, by subscribing to our YouTube channel, WatermillatPosara.

We have now organised more sessions, each designed to help you brush up your painting skills. All are completely free, though many of our guests have generously sent us donations, for which many thanks. If you would like to donate (it is purely voluntary), Lois will tell you how to do so when you sign up for one or more of the sessions. (Details below.)

Mike’s next session is on Thursday 2 July at 2.30pm. The theme is a busy market in Le Marche. The following session is on Thursday 9 July at 2.30pm, when the theme will be Moorish architecture.

Alls quite in Florence
photographs of the subjects for the next two interactive sessions with Mike

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please get in touch with Lois by using the Watermill contact form, which you can find by clicking here. Mark the topic as ‘Mike’s free interactive sessions'.

Unlike many online painting programmes, Mike’s will not expect you to ‘look over his shoulder’ for a long demonstration, and perhaps be allowed to ask the odd question or two. No, you will be painting along at more or less the same time, trying out the watercolour techniques that Mike has shown you, step-by-step. He will demonstrate some basic techniques for only a few minutes before you start painting the same subject at home. Then, after you have had your turn, Mike will move onto the next part of the process. The session will last a couple of hours. Before each session Mike supplies a photograph of what is going to be painted, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette. We will send these beforehand to all the participants in the session. After the session we will send you a link that will enable to you revisit Mike’s step-by-step teaching. And when you’ve enjoyed working with Mike online, why not join him for real, on his Watermill course this autumn?

Alls quite in Florence
Mike’s last painting group at the Watermill,
being less than serious

Mike Willdridge’s course, in watercolours and drawing (and gouache and acrylics) will run from Saturday 29 August to Saturday 5 September. Details and link below. Why not give yourself something to look forward to and join Mike here? We are sure that everything will be back to normal by then, but don’t forget the Watermill’s coronavirus promise:

  • Rest assured that if travel restrictions in your own country or in Italy mean that the course cannot run on these dates, or that appropriate flights are not available, we will postpone your course until 2021.
  • If a workshop is cancelled, rather than just being postponed, we will refund any payment in full.
  • If a workshop is postponed and you cannot make the new dates for the tutor you have chosen, we will offer you alternative courses with other inspiring tutors.

The Watermill’s sun-driven mini-power station

Watermill Photovoltic
Keep being cool and green with us!

In the middle of June, our new photovoltaic electricity-producing system was one year old. When we commissioned it on 12 June 2019, we set ourselves a target of making 14,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from the sun in our first year. The picture above, from our handy little monitoring app, shows that we reached our target last month, with a few days to spare! What’s more, we have now also saved more than 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide production.

Alls quite in Florence
Solar power to keep you cool.
Some of our panels embedded in the roof
of the 19th century Mill Two

Our arrays of photovoltaic panels, hidden away on our south-facing roofs overlooking the river make us totally self-sufficient in electricity generation, even powering the new air-conditioning units in all our bedrooms and public rooms.

Now, whatever the weather, you will be Cool and Green with us. Trouble is that at the moment we have no guests at the Watermill to enjoy the fruits of our photovoltaic labours. Still, we are putting the bulk of our production back into the electricity grid, giving us plenty of credit for when we are able to keep you cool. Probably next month!


Which Milind watercolour do you prefer?

Compare Milind Lucca Paintings

We had an amazing response when we published the pictures above on our Watermill Facebook page. They are watercolours of the same scene by our tutor Milind Mulick and we asked: ‘Which one do you like better?’ Around 100 people told us which one they preferred, left or right (We make a post almost every day, on all sorts of interesting topics, so if you’d like to join our Facebook family, please click here and Like the page.)

painting by Milind Mulick
Another Milind Italian masterpiece:
an atmospheric and vibrant picture
of washing on the line

So what’s your verdict? We like them both, but find the ‘abstract’ elements in the picture on the left quite alluring. We are not quite sure where this Italian square is, but it looks very much to us like Lucca, which is one of our Wednesday excursion venues during a Watermill painting week.

We will be able to find out from the maestro himself when he takes his painting course here this October. And you will be able to express your preferences to him personally, not only on the paintings above but on your own efforts to capture the wonderful Italian architecture and stunning scenery for yourselves.

We are delighted to welcome Milind, a watercolour artist from Pune in India, to the international team of Watermill painting tutors. He has gained a remarkable reputation in his own country and, increasingly worldwide, for his atmospheric paintings. Milind has been painting in watercolours for more than 30 years, his artistic journey beginning in childhood, following his father, also a painter.

As well as being influenced by the great British watercolourists like Edward Wesson and Edward Siego, Milind has absorbed the styles of Indian artists too. He has won many awards and written a dozen books on watercolour painting.

paintings by Milind Mulick

Milind has also been teaching for many years: “Teaching gives me great pleasure: I love meeting new people and helping them realise their artistic potential.” As a previous student says:“Milind pours his heart and soul into his paintings and believes in spreading his knowledge.”

Milind will be with us for his course, which he calls Colourful Watercolours, from Saturday 3 October to Saturday 10 October. We have eight people booked in, so we still have a few places free.

You can find out more about Milind and his course at the Watermill by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation.

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!


More charming watercolours from Robert Christopher

Paintings by Robert Christopher

Many of our Watermill painting guests continue to enjoy the Watermill long after their week with us! They do so by painting pictures of the mill and its surroundings, based on photographs or sketches they made during their stay.

One such is Robert Christopher, who has been with us for a couple of painting courses and who, from time to time, sends us some of his charming watercolours. Two more arrived last month and we are delighted to share them with you.

The one (above) on the left is of the Porta di Sotto, the lower gate of the nearby walled mediaeval town of Fivizzano, where we go to paint and enjoy the market on Mondays.

painting by Robert Christopher
One of our favourite Robert Christopher watercolours,
of people in the square on market day

And (above) on the right you can see a corner of the 19th century mill in the Watermill complex, with two of the old millstones, and the wooden hoppers above them into which the grain was poured.

Thank you very much again, Robert, for sharing those memories with us.

Now that the coronavirus crisis is nearly over, why not give yourself a treat and come and see yourself the delights of the mill and the surrounding beautiful scenery of rural Tuscany?

Come and join us and create some fond memories of 2020!


Another stunning watercolour from Tim

Painting by Tim Wilmot

Our friend and Watermill painting tutor Tim Wilmot recently sent this lovely watercolour of an ancient vineyard in the hilltop village of Monte dei Bianchi, where we go on to paint on Fridays during our courses, before enjoying a gourmet lunch in a restaurant nearby, under the towering Apuan Alps.

We are looking forward to doing it again when Tim joins us for another of his fun-filled sun-filled inspiring watercolour courses this October. Ten people are already booked into the course, so we have a couple of places available. The dates are Saturday 10 October to Saturday 17 October and there is a link below for details.

Tim Wilmot

Tim is from Bristol in the South-west of the UK, specialising in vibrant watercolours, using tone and light to bring out the best in the medium. He paints in a loose, impressionistic style.

As well as an exciting artist, Tim is also an inspiring teacher. He demonstrates regularly in England and has more than 15,000 followers of his demonstrations on YouTube. He loves personal interaction with his students: “There are all sorts of reasons for coming on a painting holiday — it might be to improve your drawing skills, loosen up your style, learn how to incorporate figures in a landscape — and it’s my job to try to find what your personal objectives are and help you achieve them. Oh, and have fun with like-minded people on the way.”

painting by Tim Wilmot
Tim's watercolour
of a vineyard and the Apuan Alps
near the Watermill

Comments from some of Tim’s previous students: “I’m quite impressed with how you transform a dull image into an impressionistic and beautiful study of light and shadow. You’re a great tutor!” “I really like your loose style.” “Like most, I struggle with too much detail. This will help me to “loosen up”. “I can’t help being inspired by the careful and wonderfully measured strokes of a genius”

We already have ten people booked into Tim’s course, including one non-painting partner. So, we have room for a couple more painters (and their partners if they would like to join them).


Watermill in Tuscany's Painting NewsPAINTING NEWS

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. If you like the look of a course that is fully booked, don’t worry, let us know and we will put you on a waiting list. There are often cancellations and we will tell you immediately a place becomes available.


Mike Willdridge

Mike Willdridge
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

Rebecca de Mendonça
5 - 12 September 2020 - four places remaining
Pastels and Mixed media
To learn more about Rebecca and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.


Milind Mulick

Milind Mulick
3 - 10 October 2020 - two or three places remaining
Colourful watercolours
To learn more about Milind and his course at the mill, please visit his 2020 Profile Page.


Tim Wilmot

Tim Wilmot
10 – 17 October 2020 - two or three places remaining
Watercolours
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.


Watermill in Italy's Knitting NewsKNITTING NEWS

Be in vogue! Come knitting with Norah

Norah Gaughan

Many congratulations to 2021 Watermill knitting tutor Norah Gaughan, who has just been appointed editor-in-chief of Vogue Knitting, the premier knitting publication in America.

As Art Joinnides, President of the company which publishes Vogue Knitting, says: “Norah needs no introduction—she is the best of the best. An editor, merchandiser, and designer, she has a passion for and true understanding of today’s knitter.”

For our part, the Watermill team is looking forward very much to welcoming Norah here for her course next Spring. It is called Knitting and La Bella Vita and will run from Saturday 24 April to Saturday 1 May 2021.

Norah's knitting projrcts at the watermill in Tuscany

Norah is an independent knitting designer working out of her studio in historic Harrisville, New Hampshire, USA. She has spent her life immersed in knitting, including stints as design director at JCA and Berroco.

She says: “I'm inspired by nature and science, while at the same time keeping an eye what's happening in the fashion world. My teaching style is rather relaxed. After I’ve explained the basics, students dig in and start knitting. I'll give pertinent information as we go along, and questions will spur on more advice. My goal is to have the class be fun and interesting.”

Norah will bring two special projects for guests to knit with her during her week, based on her new book, Twisted Stitches, which will be out in 2021.

And as ever, your knitting week at the Watermill will combine expert tuition, like-minded company, wonderful food and the delightful ambience of the Watermill, it's gardens and riverside walks, and outings into the surrounding unspoiled countryside of Lunigiana in Tuscany Italy.

Full details of all our 2021 sun-filled, fun-filled creative holidays will not be up on our website until September 2020, but you CAN book this 2021 week now, at 2020 prices, by going to our 2021 Preview page, simply by clicking here.

Watermill knitting group
Knitting under the shade of the vines in the Watermill garden.
Photo: Phil Wright

All our 2020 knitting courses have fallen victim to the coronavirus epidemic, but our popular tutors will be returning here in 2021. Already many places are reserved, by people who have switched to next year’s courses. Here’s a sneak preview:


Norah Gaughan

Norah Gaughan
24 april - 1 May 2021 - still plenty of places
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about Norah and her course at the mill, please visit our 2021 Profile Page.
*Book now to come on this 2021 course at 2020 prices.


Louisa Harding

Louisa Harding
29 May - 5 June 2021 - fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about Louisa and her course at the mill, please visit our 2021 Profile Page.
*Book now to come on this 2021 course at 2020 prices.


Knitting Retreat

Knitting retreat
17 - 24 July 2021 - three or four places
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about our knitting retreat week at the mill, please visit our 2021 Profile Page.
*Book now to come on this 2021 course at 2020 prices.


Knitting group at the watermill in Italy

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.


Creative writing News at the watermill in ItalyCREATIVE WRITING NEWS

‘Virtual’ writing is great. The real thing is even better

Jo and her Story Jar

Last month we ran highly successful free online ‘writing your life story’ session with our renowned writing tutor Jo Parfitt. Using her concept of the Life Story Jar, Jo led some 20 participants through the fundamentals of writing about your life in a way that really has impact. Jo and the Watermill offered this free session to our friends as part of our contribution to help people get through the difficult ‘lockdown’ times.

Our participants were inspired: “A great session; Jo’s tutorial was excellent,” said one of them. Another added: “How clearly Jo manages to put across her ideas.” And a third said: “It was wonderful to be with a group of enthusiasts once more and be prompted to pick up that lazy pen...” Our warmest thanks to Jo, for helping us to provide that extra watermill service for those forced to write at home.

But as life gets back to normal, you will know that however helpful ‘virtual events’ are, they can’t beat the real thing, a week-long creative writing course with Jo at the Watermill. We had to postpone Jo’s Writing Your Life Stories course this year, but it will be running again next summer. It will run from Saturday 14 August to Saturday 21 August 2021, and for more details, please click here. Many of this year’s participants have already transferred to Jo’s 2021 course, but we still have a few places.

Alls quite in Florence
A montage of animated conversations
during Jo’s course with us last year,
compiled by Sue Reed

Jo Parfitt’s Writing Your Life Stories courses at the Watermill have provided some of the most inspiring and creative weeks in our calendar, with dozens of people learning new writing skills to help them capture the stories of their lives.

This creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically.

Jo says: “You will be empowered to write in a compelling way, bringing your experiences to life.”

As one of our previous guests said: “It is a very special and beautiful place and everything was organised so perfectly. Jo is a great tutor and we all had an amazing time.”Another said: “It was a great week: Beautiful setting, perfect weather, delicious food and some super outings, who could ask for anything more — and I did quite a bit of writing!” A third participant added: “My life feels so much richer for having met and shared stories with these wonderful people.”

Jo's writing girls at the watermill in Italy

So, come and learn the secrets of compelling writing, when Jo returns next year. To recap, her Write Your Life Stories course will run from Saturday 14 August to Saturday 21 August 2021. We already have seven people booked into Jo’s course, so we only have room for four or five more. For more details, please click here.

Another recap! The Watermill is renowned for its inspiring teaching, its beautiful setting, its delicious food and wine, and its warm and welcoming hospitality. But don’t forget, we are also Cool and Green! All the bedrooms and public rooms have air conditioning, powered by our hidden array of photovoltaic panels, harnessing the sun’s energy to makes us self-sufficient in electricity generation.

Jo Parfit

Jo 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.

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!

As we said earlier, we are confident that we will be able to run our world-renowned Scriptwriting course with those ‘living legends’ of comedy and drama Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. It is scheduled to start on 8 August and we think all will be hunky-dory, as the regulations and advice about international travel are changing at a rapid pace. We are keeping a weather eye on everything, of course, and we will let you know as things develop.


Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
8 – 15 August 2020 - three or four places remaining
Scriptwriting
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and their course at the mill, please visit their 2020 Profile Page.


 

ITALIAN LANGUAGE NEWS

We can’t wait to welcome you to our Italian language week

Alls quite in Florence
Illustration: thelocal.it.

It’s a funny expression but we like it very much: Non vedo l’ora. Being strictly translated it means ‘I can’t see the time.’ But what it really means is ‘I can’t wait,’ or ‘I’m looking forward to it.’

Our friends at the English-language online newspaper, thelocal.it, have been thinking more deeply about it and tell us that it also implies excitement about the future event, so that we can’t even ‘see’ or imagine the time coming.

So, to put the verb into the plural here is what we at the Watermill would like to say to you all: Non vediamo l’ora di darvi il benvenuto in Posara.We can’t wait to welcome you to Posara.

Alls quite in Florence
Picture credit: The Huffington Post

And we would particularly like to welcome you on our Italian language week, with our good friend and enthusiastic teacher Francesca la Sala, 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.

As they say, Che figata!, How cool!

We’ll even try to find you some ripe figs in the garden and in the local market.

And talking of cool, don’t forget the mill is fully air-conditioned, powered by our hidden photovoltaic panels, which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

Che figata, indeed!


Francesca la SalaLangues Services and Francesca la Sala
22 - 29 August 2020 - two or three places remaining
Learning Italian with the Italians
To learn more about Francesca and her
2020 course at the mill, please click here.


The watermill in Italy's newsletter specialsNEWSLETTER SPECIALS

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.


Thank you for reading the watermill in Italy's newsletterTHANK YOU

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.

Your hosts at the watermill, Italy

With very best wishes a tutti

Your hosts at the watermill in Tuscany

Lois and Bill Breckon