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Dear Friend,

paintings by Ruth Korch

We had an amazing season of creative courses at the Watermill this year: 238 guests in total, on 21 courses, almost up to pre-Covid levels. So, a very big thank you to all of you who came on our creative weeks, particularly those whose arrival had been delayed by the pandemic, in some cases by couple of years! Your support is much appreciated.

And a big thank you to the wonderful Watermill staff, who worked tirelessly to make everyone’s stay really special. A round of applause, please, for Kaoutar, Ombretta, Luisa, Marwa, Karsten and Flavio; and also to our drivers Paolo and Luca.

Who knows the future will bring, but bookings for next season currently look very healthy. More than 180 people have already reserved a place on one of our painting, creative writing, knitting or Italian language courses for 2023. That means that there are only 70 or so places left. So, we can say with hand on heart ‘Book now, to avoid disappointment!’ And don’t forget we have an Early Bird offer of £75 (British pounds) off the cost of each of our 2023 creative courses course, if you book before the end of the year. As ever you can find details of all our courses below, with links to the appropriate pages on our website.

When you have decided from the Tutor Profiles on the Watermill’s Website, just go to the Booking Enquiry form and select your tutor. And in the Comment section just write ‘I claim my £75 Early Bird discount’ and we’ll make sure you receive our special offer.

Paintings by Cynthia Armstrong
Two more delightful demos from Watermill travel journal tutor Cynthia Armstrong.
She’ll be back next year. Details below

We are not going to be idle during the winter months. There will be maintenance, renovation and improvement at the mill itself and we’re going to be running another series of Watermill online, interactive painting sessions. There more news about our interactive Zoom! sessions below and we will regularly update the online section of the Watermill website, which you can see by clicking here.

In this month’s newsletter we also have stories on:

  • why we should appoint Randy Hale as our new PR man
  • what is the point of George Seurat’s Sunday in the park
  • lots of fun activities for our non-participating partners
  • by popular demand, another knitting week for Georgia Farrell
  • welcome to our tremendous new painting tutor Fiona Graham-Mackay
  • add Spice to your writing life with Jo Parfitt
  • why our language course is truly suitable for all levels

Happy reading!

The pictures above and below this introductory section were made by Ruth Korch, celebrating her week with us, teaching our guests on her course how to keep an illustrated travel journal.

Paintings by Ruth Korch

Come to the watermill in Tuscany with your partner or friend
“Let’s go to the Watermill
and be looked after
as to the manor born.”

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.

Picture: Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles in The Manor Born. Credit: BBC TV

Join the international community of online painters with the Watermill

Painting by Mike Willdridge

The Watermill’s series of online, interactive painting sessions has been extremely successful in bringing together hundreds of people to paint along at home with our inspiring Watermill tutors. We have participants from all over the world, creating a truly international ‘virtual’ community of like-minded people enjoying an inspiring and relaxing time in each other’s company.

We started up the sessions again this month and we would love you to come and join us. And when you’ve enjoyed your ‘virtual’ paint-alongs, we hope it will encourage you to reserve your place on one of the ‘real things’, a week-long painting course at the Watermill itself.

The next online session is with our friend and Watermill tutor, Mike Willdridge, who would like to invite you for a family walk in the autumn woods.

Painting by Mike willdridge
a demonstration watercolour
by Mike Willdridge
of the lane from the Watermill
to the village of Posara

Have you ever wanted to introduce figures into your landscape painting to bring everything to life? Mike will help you to do just that. You can paint along with him online, introducing enlivening figures into an Autumn landscape scene, just like Mike’s practice watercolour above. Mike’s online session is on Thursday 17 November and it starts at 2:30 pm UK time (GMT). Please check what this means in your own time zone. You can sign up by clicking here.

When you’ve painted with Mike online, why not join him for real at the Watermill next autumn? We would love to welcome you here. You can find more details of Mike’s week-long course, which runs from 9 - 16 September 2023, by clicking here.

Mike is followed by Randy Hale, with whom you will be painting the dramatic picture below, which he calls "Arctic Ice". He says: "This is a great exercise in how to work with cool colors, movement & action, and negative space."

Painting by Randy Hale

Randy’s online session is on Thursday 1 December and it starts at 3:30 pm UK time (GMT). Please check what this means in your own time zone. You can sign up by clicking here. Please note that the start time is different from Mike’s, to allow more of our American friends take part in real time.

For those of you who cannot join in real time (timings are not so good for those of you in Australia), don't worry: all registrants will be sent the link to a video of the session for you to follow at your leisure.

When you’ve painted with Randy online, why not join him for real at the Watermill next Spring? We would love to welcome you here. You can find more details of Randy’s week-long course, which runs from 13 - 20 May 2023, by clicking here. His week is already fully booked but we do sometimes get cancellations so it is worth being on the waiting list.

You can keep up-to-date at all our Watermill online, interactive sessions, by clicking here.

Randy Hale at the Watermill in Tuscany, Italy
Ever helpful.
Randy and a painting guest
in the Watermill studio

Why we should appoint Randy Hale as our new PR man

When we tell you how wonderful the Watermill and what inspirational fun our creative courses are, I’m sure some of you say: ‘Well, they would say that wouldn’t they? They own the place!’ So, we are pleased when other people feel as enthusiastic as we do and share their love of the Watermill in generous ‘thank you’ notes or Tripadvisor reviews.

One such is painting tutor Randy Hale who, when recently asked by someone interested in coming on his course here, took the trouble to compose the detailed reply below, outlining a typical Watermill painting week. And he sent pictures, too! All are paintings of the Watermill and its surroundings, made by Randy during one or other of his courses here.

Here’s Randy’s report:

Painting by Randy Hale

The setting is reminiscent of a beautifully appointed villa or estate. You’ll find The Watermill nestled alongside a rushing millstream and the entire estate is surrounded by a thick bamboo forest...yet we're up in the mountains! Each day right after breakfast we are taken to uniquely different painting locations around this mountainous northern part of Tuscany. We see Italy as a local would - without the intrusion of tourists. Where we are is more remote - so a collection of small towns & villages, convents and castles - quite different from tourist spots like Florence, Rome, Cinque Terre.

When we come back from a day of painting, there’s time to freshen up but then the entire group gathers under the garden’s grape arbour for aperitivi and conversation. 30 minutes later we are heading into the dining room for another amazing dinner. Afterwards we adjourn to the sitting room for limoncello, coffee or tea.

In the sitting room there’s a ‘rogue’s gallery’ of paintings hanging salon-style on all the walls. It’s a collection of work from all their tutors - of demos painted during workshops over the years from painting locations our hosts have scouted out and arranged for their guests.

Where do we go? What we do? paintings by Randy Hale

Usually the first day (because folks have been travelling and may be a bit tired) we paint on the grounds of The Watermill — an abundance of subject matter — buildings, millstones, carboys staged in the courtyard, down by the water’s edge, or views into the bamboo jungle.

The next day our group is taken about 10 minutes above Posara (above the town of Fivizzano) where we tour an untouched Castello della Verrucola and also paint. Lunch is a fuori, served by the family that runs a small cafe there - another incredible meal! (And plenty of crisp cool wine.)

Midweek we are at Market Day in the town square of Fivizzano (5 minutes above Posara). It goes until noon. Afterwards we paint more scenes from Fivizanno.

Halfway thru the week there’s a field trip by train to Vernazza in Cinque Terre (or to the walled city centre of Lucca). Lots of sightseeing, some sketching, and a seaside luncheon under the umbrellas!

Later in the week we’re taken to a nearby monastery — Convento del Carmine with its cloisters.

And we also discover a remote medieval village high up in the clouds with the Apuan Alps, the marble mountains of Carrara, in the background.

Each location includes amazing luncheons prepared by locals wherever we are painting. As they say - there’s no bad food in Italy, but these lunches are simply beyond expectations! And such social affairs...

Painting by Randy Hale
The rear side of the Watermill.
The studio looks over the
gardens and river

There’s also time to touch-up or finish paintings in the Watermill’s art studio when we return each afternoon. It's an airy spacious studio built above the original stone mill. It’s soaring cathedral ceiling is about 25 ft high; both sides of the room include sets of 7 ft windows that open up for mountain breezes to flow thru while we work, allowing the sound of rushing water from the stream below to fill the air.

Each room, suite, or apartment is uniquely appointed. Various rooms can accommodate different size groups such as more extended family, or two individuals traveling together, or spouses. The entire villa has been totally modernized with air conditioning and the latest amenities.

Painting By Brienne Brown
One of our favourite pictures
of the warm and welcoming Watermill courtyard
by tutor Brienne Brown

It’s quite a set-up. Lois and Bill Breckon have been working on this place and improving it every year since they purchased the property over 30 years ago.

The main website is

If you click on PAINTING HOLIDAYS, it takes you to a full description of how these painting visits work, what they do, how they're priced, etc.

And if you click on PROGRAMMES, you'll be introduced to ALL the different tutors Bill and Lois bring to the Watermill each season.

Well, we couldn’t have put it better ourselves. That’s why we think that maybe we should employ Randy as our PR man, as well as a painting tutor! We thank him for his enthusiastic support. Why not come next year and see what all the fuss is about?

What is the point of George’s Sunday in the Park?

Painting by Georges Seurat
Georges Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884,
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Once or twice a month we enjoy passing on fascinating snippets of artistic information from the DailyArt online magazine in our Watermill blogs (you can see a new blog almost every day at Since our blog audience and our newsletter audience are slightly different, we thought we would share this story with you, in case you missed it. This is Bill’s blog article.

The iconic picture above, George Seurat’s Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte, is, I suppose, the prime example of pointillisme, the painting style which attempted systematically to apply optical science to art, making our perception of colour brighter and more powerful.

Small brushstrokes and, later, tiny individual dots of a single colour, are ‘blended’ by the viewer’s own eye and brain into a brighter array of tones than could be achieved in the colour mixed by the artist himself. Seurat preferred to call his technique ‘chromo-luminarism’, alluding to colour and light. While he had a few followers, like Signac and, occasionally, Pissarro, pointillisme soon became an artistic cul-de-sac, but nonetheless it has left quite an impression on the history of art. (To be pedantic the painting is Post-Impressionist, but this is neither the time nor the place for such splitting of hairs.)

It took Seurat two years to paint A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and he made numerous drawings and sketches before he began. As Zuzanna Stańska says in a recent article in the online DailyArt magazine ( “He would alter the grouping of people, the number of people within a group and where each group or individual were positioned until he was satisfied that he had achieved the perfect balance.” Even so, there is a curious rigidity about many of the figures. When the painting was shown at the eighth and final Impressionist exhibition in 1886, one critic unkindly compared them to ‘tin soldiers’, and you can see his point. Most of them are looking in the same direction, and there’s little eye contact between.

Painting by Seurat

This regimented stiffness, and the lack of facial expressions, has led some art historians to suggest that, far from painting a simple scene of Parisians enjoying their day off, Seurat was making a point about fin de siècle French society. Are some of the 48 subjects in the painting not quite what they seem ?

What on earth, for instance, is that woman in the right foreground doing with a monkey on a leash? An unusual pet to take for a walk, so why did Seurat include her? A explanation is that one of the French words for monkey, singesse, is also slang for a prostitute

painting by Seurat

Similarly, what about the woman fishing in the river? The verb ‘to fish' is pêcher, while pécher means ‘to sin.’ Were these covert criticisms of a hypocritical society?

I hope you have enjoyed my musings, but while it is fascinating to speculate on the hidden symbolism of Seurat’s painting, it is important not get bogged down in pedantic conjecture.

Great art should communicate first and foremost on an emotional level and A Sunday Afternoon...does just that. My thanks to Zuzanna for pointing me in the right direction!

Non-Participating Partners have fun too!

Non-Course partners Touring
(Left) Vernazza
(Right) This Lucca square echoes the shape of the old Roman amphitheatre

While his wife Alison was painting with Grahame Booth on his creative week last month, Greg Cokorinos enjoyed a breath-taking walk, taking in three villages of the beautiful Cinque Terre, with magnificent views over the Mediterranean… The day before both of them had gone to the quintessential Italian city of Lucca on the Watermill’s Wednesday excursion...

Monte dei Bianchi
The thousand-year-old vineyard
in the hilltop village of Monte dei Bianchi

A couple of weeks earlier, non-painting partner Bill Durias enjoyed swapping wine-making lore with a local vineyard owner, while the painting group captured the magnificent mountains of the Apuan Alps with their brushes...

Yes, Watermill creative course guests often bring their partners on their week-long courses at the mill. We call them NPPs, Non-Participating Partners, spouses or friends who come with the guests on our creative courses, but do not participate in the painting, writing, knitting or Italian language sessions during the week.

We have plenty of optional alternatives for them, including fishing and tennis, vineyard visits and clifftop excursions, enigmatic statues in the mediaeval castles… you can find out more by clicking here.

NPP's relaxing at the Watermill in Tuscany, Italy
It’s a hard life being an NPP!

But many of our NPP’s prefer simply to go out with their partners to our stunning locations and enjoy the wonderful scenery. Or, perhaps like Sandy, Peter and Steve (below), NPPs on Ali Hargreaves’ painting course last year, soak up some sun in the Watermill’s walled garden, enjoying a good book, before joining their partners for lunch at the Watermill or in a charming local restaurant.

Come and find out for yourself. The sun-lounger cushions await! There’s more about everything on the Watermill website. Just click here.

Watermill in Tuscany's Painting NewsPAINTING NEWS

Welcome to our tremendous new painting tutor, Fiona Graham-Mackay

painting by Fiona Graham-Mackay

We are delighted to welcome Fiona Graham-Mackay to the Watermill team of inspirational painting tutors. As one of her former students said: “Fiona is the best tutor I have ever met. She is so talented, friendly, helpful and generous with her ideas. She adjusts and helps all abilities and all painting mediums. I learnt so much.”

As well as being one of Britain's foremost portrait painters, Fiona is also one of Britain's leading landscape painters, with her work covering idyllic river and wildlife scenes in Britain to edgy landscapes in Pakistan and the Taliban country along the Afghan borders. The picture above is a far more peaceful setting: the Boboli gardens in Florence Italy.

Fiona will be with us from Saturday 1 July to Saturday 8 July, painting en plein air at the glorious locations in peaceful rural Tuscany that surround the Watermill. She will be teaching in a variety of mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolour and pastel: “Each one has a unique quality and I enjoy the flexibility of using a diversity of mediums.”

Paintings by Fiona Graham-Mackay
Fiona’s sketch of a girl being blown off a bridge in Venice
and an oil of the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence

We have just opened up Fiona’s course and we are expecting it to be very popular, so now is the time to get your reservation in. And don’t forget our Early Bird discount offer: if you book before 31 December 2022 there’s a £75 (British pounds) per person discount on this 2023 holiday.

You will be Cool and Green: all our bedrooms and public rooms are air-conditioned, powered by our hidden array of photovoltaic cells, which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

Fiona Graham-Mackay

Fiona Graham-Mackay
1 - 8 July 2023 - still plenty of places
Painting en plein air (oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel)
To learn more about Fiona and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Our inspiring 2023 painting courses

Here’s a list of all our inspiring painting tutors for next year, with current availability of our courses.

You will see that some of our painting weeks are already fully booked, but if you fancy that particular week or that particular tutor, don’t despair: there are often cancellations. Please get in touch via the Watermill Contact Form (by clicking here) and we will put you on a waiting list

Don’t forget our Early Bird offer: if you book before 31 December 2022, there is a £75 (British pounds) discount on every one of our courses.

Harry Westera

Harry Westera
15 - 22 April 2023 - still plenty of places
To learn more about Harry and his course at the mill, please visit his 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Ali Hargreaves

Ali Hargreaves
22 - 29 April 2023 - fully booked, waiting list open
To learn more about Ali and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Randy Hale

Randy Hale
13 - 20 May 2023 - fully booked, waiting list open
To learn more about Randy and his course at the mill, please visit his 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Pamme Turner

Pamme Turner
20 - 27 May 2023 - three or four places available
Watercolour and gouache en plein air
To learn more about Pamme and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

James Willis

James Willis
3 - 10 June 2023 - one or two places available
To learn more about James and his course at the mill, please visit his 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Herman Pekel

Herman Pekel
10 - 17 June 2023 - four places available
To learn more about Herman and his course at the mill, please visit his 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Maggie Renner Hellmann

Maggie Renner Hellmann
24 June – 1 July 2023 - three or four places available
Oil and watercolour (acrylic, pastel)
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Fiona Graham-Mackay

Fiona Graham-Mackay
1 - 8 July 2023 - still plenty of places
Painting en plein air (oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel)
To learn more about Fiona and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Belinda Biggs

Belinda Biggs
8 – 15 July 2023 - still plenty of places
To learn more about Belinda and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Cynthia Armstrong

Cynthia Armstrong
19 - 26 August 2023 - still plenty of places
Watercolours, Travel painting in watercolours and gouache
To learn more about Cynthia and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Mary Padgett

Mary Padgett
26 August - 2 September 2023 - still plenty of places
Pastels (and other portable media) en plein air
To learn more about Mary and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Mike Willdridge

Mike Willdridge
9 - 16 September 2023 - one or two places available
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Brienne M Brown

Brienne M Brown
16 - 23 September 2023 - two places available
To learn more about Brienne and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Charles Sluga

Charles Sluga
23 - 30 September 2023 - four or five places available
Watercolours (acrylics and oils)
To learn more about Charles and his course at the mill, please visit his 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Tim Wilmot

Tim Wilmot
30 September - 7 October 2023 - four places available
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Grahame Booth

Grahame Booth
7 - 14 October 2023 - still plenty of places
To learn more about Grahame and his course at the mill, please visit his 2023 Tutor Profile Page.


Watermill in Italy's Knitting NewsKNITTING NEWS

Good news! Georgia is coming for a second week!

We are delighted to say that, due to popular demand, we have opened up a second week for our knitting tutor Georgia Farrell. Her second week will run from Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2023. If you’re keen to come on Georgia’s new course, now is the time to make your reservation.

Georgia Farrell

Georgia Farrell is a British designer with a passion for creating architecturally inspired design for hand knitting and beyond. She loves to share the stories and concepts behind each of her designs. With a background in textiles, Georgia skilfully translates her passion for architectural details into textured knitted fabrics. From there she crafts and builds collections of accessories, garments and homewares, to be knitted, worn and enjoyed.

Georgia's project at the Watermill in Italy

For each of her weeks at the Watermill, Georgia has created a sampler style project to take you through some of the different techniques and stitches she uses to create her architecturally inspired textured patterns, giving you a real insight into the way she works. You will also spend creative time with architectural inspiration and collage, before translating your creations into knitting, by combining colour and texture. Details and a link below.

Knitting courses at the Watermill in Tuscany, Italy

There are also still places on our unique Watermill knitting retreat next year.

Instead of having a tutor, individual guests will bring their own projects to knit during the week. The rhythm of the week will be much the same as usual, with morning and afternoon sessions on the vine verandah or in the Watermill sitting room, where you will enjoy convivial like-minded company in the peaceful ambience of the Watermill.

And, of course, we will take you on outings to savour the beautiful unspoiled surroundings of the mill in the environmentally protected area of Lunigiana. Will take you to a nearby ancient village with its imposing 13th century castle, to market day in a nearby walled mediaeval town, to a tranquil monastery where you can knit in the shady cloisters or the enchanting gardens, to a 1000-year-old hilltop village with stunning views of the Apuan Alps, the marble mountains of Carrara. And we’ll organise an excursion for you to the beautiful Ligurian fishing villages of the Cinque Terre or to the quintessential walled Italian city of Lucca.

Add to that the wonderful food, both at the Watermill and at typical local Italian restaurants and we think this will be a week to remember. Next year’s Watermill Knitting Retreat will run from Saturday 15 July to Saturday 22 July 2023. (Details and link below) And, since there is no official tutor, we are offering a special blanket discount of £200 per person.

Here’s what knitting weeks we are offering next year so far....

Georgia Farell

Georgia Farell
29 April - 6 May 2023 - just opened, still plenty of places
6 - 13 May 2023
- fully booked, waiting list open
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about Georgia and her course at the mill, please visit our 2023 Tutor Profile Page.

Knitting Retreat at the Watermill in Italy

Watermill Knitting Retreat
15 - 22 July 2023 - still four places (two suites available, each suitable for a couple, or friends sharing)
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about the Watermill Knitting Retreat at the mill, please visit our 2023 Retreat Page.

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 2023 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

Add SPICE to your writing life with Jo Parfitt

Jo's writing course at the Watermill

If you want to add a compelling piquancy when writing the stories of your life, look no further than Jo Parfitt’s renowned WritingYour Life Stories courses at the Watermill. They have helped dozens of people to bring a new vibrancy to their memoir.

This 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 making them leap off the page. You’ll learn how to:

  • Let it flow
  • Write about childhood
  • Write about people
  • Write about places
  • Write on a theme
  • Write humour
  • Write complete stories, with beginnings, middles and ends

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

Writing courses at the Watermill in Tuscany, Italy
Enjoy the convivial company of fellow writers

We have tremendous feedback about the excellence of Jo’s weeks. Here are just a couple of the previous participants: “It was just wonderful. The setting magnificent, food sublime, and our hosts charming. The attention to detail and beauty are a sure recipe for a wonderful stay. This week has been an absolute delight. Your hospitality has known no bounds, and Jo has been an inspirational teacher. I am heading home with a head full of writerly plans.”

“I can honestly say it’s been life changing for me and the setting could not have been more perfect.”

Jo Parfitt will be with us in June next year (details below). Her 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. It’s designed to help both enthusiastic beginners and more experienced writers. Many of her students have gone on to publish full-length books.

Six people have already booked for next year’s course, so come and join them and enhance your writing skills.

Jo Parfitt

Jo Parfitt
17 – 24 June 2023 - five or six places available
Write your life stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2023 Profile Page.



 A language course for everyone, whatever their level of Italian

Watermill YouTube language Video

Yes, the Watermill’s Italian Language week is truly suitable for all levels. The reason is that we use a special method of teaching a foreign language to adults which is focused and fun and enables each individual not only to learn from our teacher, (the wonderful Giulia Balestri), but from each other.

Lois talked to a few of the participants last month’s week-long course, to see what they thought. (video link above)

Alls quite in Florence
Soaking up the language
and the October sun
in the Watermill walled garden

We use the special approach of the Langues Services language school in Florence, who initially developed the workshop for the Watermill. The philosophy and method are inspired Professor Bertrand Schwartz of Paris University, who overturned the concept of teaching to adults, with a method that not only develops theoretical knowledge, but practical know-how as well. Well before the course, we will quiz you about your interests and aspirations and integrate your answers in the week’s tuition.

The aim is to enhance the personal qualities of each student, tailoring the teaching to their needs and ambitions, establishing active and confident relationships, where the student is the true protagonist in the course.

This really is a ‘course with a difference’. Not only are there formal lessons on the vine verandah and walled garden (some 20 hours in the week), but you also make visits, guided tours and excursions to savour the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area around the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speak Italian, and practise what you’ve learned.

As one course participant said: “A super language week: well organised, giving us a taste of the ‘real Italy'. Despite the disparity in ability our tutor managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously.

Don’t forget our special Early Bird offer: if you book or any of our 2023 creative courses now, there’s a £75 (British pounds) discount. The offer runs until 31 December 2022, but to be sure of a place on this popular course you need to get your booking as soon as you can.

Our 2023 Italian Language course

Francesca la SalaGiulia Balestri
14 - 21 October 2023
Learning Italian with the Italians
To learn more about Giulia and her 2023 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.

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