Our inspiring 2021 painting tutors
Here is the complete list of our painting tutors remaining for this year. You can find out more about each of them by clicking on their Profile page link in their entries below.
4 – 11 September 2021 - four or five places left
Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2021 Profile Page.
Brienne M Brown
18 - 25 September 2021 - four or five places left
To learn more about Brienne and her course at the mill, please visit her 2021 Profile Page.
2 – 9 October 2021 - five or six places left
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2021 Profile Page.
9 - 16 October 2021 - one place left
To learn more about Ali and her course at the mill, please visit her 2021 Profile Page.
23 - 30 October 2021 - five or six places left
To learn more about Grahame and his course at the mill, please visit his 2021 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.
“After my plane crash, when I broke my back...”
A Tiger Moth of the type in which Philip crashed
The words above were a conversation-starter (and stopper!) from one of our Watermill painting course guests, Philip Cook, over dinner recently. It certainly grabbed everyone’s attention and we were all agog as Philip explained how the Tiger Moth which he was flying many years ago crashed, causing multiple injuries, including a broken back. He survived, however, and looks very fit and well.
But it made me think of our Writing Your Life Stories courses here, where our guests learn the secrets of writing about the memorable incidents in their lives in an audience-grabbing way.
As a young journalist, Bill remembers being told by his News Editor: “Always put your best strawberry at the top of the punnet.” In other words, always start stories with the best fact you can muster. Philip certainly did that at dinner, but he confessed that he is struggling a little as he tries to write his memoirs, to tell his children and grandchildren about his life. So we recommended that he come on Jo Parfitt’s Writing Your Life Stories course next year, and he signed up right away!
Sharing your thoughts on the vine verandah
Jo’s course is the perfect first step for any writer wanting to develop the skills and confidence necessary to move into writing memoir, non-fiction, articles or blogs.
We have had amazing feedback over the years on the value of Jo’s course, and we are glad to say it remains as popular as ever. The course is designed to help both enthusiastic beginners and more experienced writers. It will help you to produce your best work, to find your true writer's 'voice' and to write authentically.
Jo’s course runs from Saturday 18 June to Saturday 25 June 2022. We already have eight people booked in, including Philip, so if you’d like to join them, now is the time to sign up. You can find out more by going to our 2022 courses preview page, by clicking here.
18 – 25 June 2022
Write your life stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.
Accipicchia! You’ll be wowed by our Italian language course
Annie Spratt/Unsplash/Nicholas Raymond
We are, as ever, grateful to The Local, the online English-language newspaper, which always provides an Italian word of the day. One that caught our eye recently was accipicchia, which the newspaper described as “a handy word that you can use in eye-opening situations - good or bad. Put simply, it means “wow!” or “gosh!”... it’s the kind of inoffensive euphemism that you might use in front of children.
“It comes from accidenti, which means something like “damn!” and is itself pretty mild by today’s standards. But accipicchia has stuck around, maybe because it’s such fun to say. (Ah-chee-pick-ya, with a very slight stress on the third syllable.)
Other dictionary definitions include “blimey”, “crikey,” “shoot” and “jeepers”. The Local says: “And like these words,accipicchia sounds very mild, even twee." But we think it’s charming, and it can definitely come in useful.
Whether you’re delighted, frightened or just mildly bewildered, this is an exclamation you can use without fear of causing offence.
- Accipicchia! Mi ha spaventato
– Jeez! You really scared me
- Accipicchia, che cosa cavolo è?
– Gosh, what on earth (literally ‘what the cabbage’) is that?
- Accipicchia! Guardate che traffico!
– Yikes, look at this traffic!
Learning Italian under the dappled shade
of the vine verandah
For our week-long Italian Language course, from Saturday 16 October to Saturday 23 October 2021 we’ve teamed up again with wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives. There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.
We already have eight people on Francesca’s course, so now is the time to reserve your place.
Francesca la Sala
16 - 23 October 2021 - three places left
Learning Italian with the Italians
To learn more about Francesca and her
2021 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 Patron of The Watermill at Posara
Visit our Watermill Patrons website (Link below). Just follow the instructions to subscribe and enjoy special privileges. By becoming a Patron you’ll enjoy many exclusive benefits, including practical and inspiring tips from our international painting and creative writing tutors, recipes from the watermill’s mouth-watering menus, and podcasts on Italian life. And there are also exclusive offers at the higher tiers for our courses and holidays.
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