2024/2025 Courses

Our main goal is to offer all-inclusive, high quality rehabilitation / art therapy / art / wellbeing retreats in a beautiful and inspiring environment. We believe that you should come away from our retreats and workshops feeling refreshed, inspired and with many new friends from around the world!

Drawing, sculpting, painting, etc. are great ways to lower your overall stress levels and make you feel much better mentally. Tuscany is so picturesque it could bring out the artist in you! Research studies have discovered that viewing beautiful art can also be good for your mental health improving thinking and empathy, and even releasing dopamine into the brain, a chemical related to feelings of love and pleasure. Our doctors , teachers and our therapists are here to ensure you have what you need in every aspect of your stay and are as inspired and productive as you wish to be. Our 2024/2025 are available for You!

Booking: Before booking, please contact Karolina: FollowYourSensesInTuscany@gmail.com to confirm that space is available for the required course.

If the space is available, please e-mail the completed booking form. To reserve your spot the $1000/€1000 deposit its obligated.

,,MEET ME IN MOROCCO,, WITH SANDRA DURAN WILSON

with Sandra Duran Wilson || 10 March - 20 March, 2024

At Morocco , Marrakesh -Riad Dar Sara

11 daysAll inclusive
4800$
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Morocco has been appearing in my dreams since I was a child. I grew up with pictures of Spanish Moorish architecture and my dad gave me a beautiful hand made leather tote from Morocco. The markets, the spices, music, dances and landscapes have called me ever since. Now we are going! The Italian team of Karolina and David have put together an itinerary for us to explore, create and eat our way across the dunes. I have worked with them for years and they always pamper us. We have a busy schedule of experiences and creating a travel journal is the best way to really see the land the people and culture. We will learn calligraphy, make a ceramic souvenir, create your own perfume, have a cooking class, ride a camel, wrap a turban, have a spa day and eat! I love to use watercolor pencils, acrylic inks, paint markers and collage to create the book. A timeless treasure you will return to again and again. You may incorporate text, fabrics, recipes and stories into your book. We can decorate the cover using local fabrics or other finds from the markets. Let the colors of Morocco wash over you as you open your heart to the wonder of this magical place. Any or no art experience is needed. Your book will be a gift to yourself for awakening your creativity along with the awe of travel.

  1. • Learn masterful art techniques from Sandra
  2. Discover the culture and traditions of Morocco
  3. • Experience Marrakesh town, Agafay desert, historic ighrem of ksar Ait Benhaddou, Atlas mountains and Stunning costal town of Essaouira.
  4. Taste all the best Moroccan cuisine
  5. Experience specially selected activities as: -Cooking class -Caligraphy session -Cermic workshop -Ride on the camel -Visit Majorelle Gardens and much more...
  6. Accomodation in beautiful and intimate riad in the heart of Medina
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Rehabilitation Retreat

with Karolina Lenart || 08 April - 14 April, 2024

At Lucca , Tuscany- Villa Vistosa

7 daysAll inclusive
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Full 7 days where you can allow yourself to switch off from all concerns , fears , personal problems with nobody and nothing to disturb you. A week where you receive guidance and support to develop and nurture inner peace, relaxation, and wholeness in your life. A week where you hit the reset button to return to physical and mental health. Your Tuscan Experience Our course its held at the beautiful VillaVistosa , on the idyllic hill overlooking the city of Lucca. Tuscany is one of Italy’s best-loved regions. Its beautiful countryside is reminiscent of calming landscapes As well as rolling hills and vineyards, it also offers a rich relaxation possibilities– not forgetting premium wines and Mediterranean food.

  1. Rehabilitation sessions
  2. Healing massages
  3. Meditation
  4. Private therapeutic session
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Discovering Tuscany with Ian Fennelly

with IAN FENNELLY || 15 April - 22 April, 2024

At Lucca , Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

8 daysAll inclusive
3399 Euro
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Join exceptional UK artist for unforgetable one week sketching experience in heart of Tuscany. Come with me on a journey of looking as together we sketch and discover the beautiful landscapes and cities in Tuscany. Each day I will deliver an Urban Sketching Workshop in pen and watercolour, which will enable you to tell your story, what you notice and experience, and to express your feelings about being in such a visually rich environment. My workshops are divided into clearly structured steps; from outlining the big shapes, to introducing colour and emotion, and finally going deeper into the subject to record detail, texture and pattern. They are suitable for artist of all abilities. Sometimes we pass through this world without allowing our senses a chance to really take notice of the things that surround, and what really matters. This magical adventure of creativity will fix you in the moment, and help you to appreciate through drawing and painting, how beautiful out world is. As a Bonus every participant will get Ian newest book - ,,Finding Your Inspiration,, with Ian personalized autograph!!! Check the book here : https://www.ianfennelly.co.uk/urban-sketching-books/

  1. Itensive classes and instructions by Ian
  2. Most beautiful Tuscan towns exploration
  3. Beautiful Villa Setting
  4. Special selected activities
  5. Private Chef offering best Tuscan & Italian cuisine
  6. Private transportation
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Discover TUSCANY

with James Richards || 01 May - 10 May, 2024

At Lucca , Italy - Villa Vistosa

10 daysAll inclusive
4299 Euro

1 SPOT AVAILABLE! CONTUCT US NOW! Join me for an unforgettable 10 days in one of the worlds most inspirational places! I’ve been sketching and painting in Tuscany for years, and I can’t wait to share my favorite artistic and cultural immersion experience with you. Our workshops are a celebration of the transformational experience of travel, and the added richness, exuberance and creative rush that on-location sketching brings to it. You'll learn to use sketching as a tool for exploration and a doorway to discovery in some of Tuscany’s most beloved hill towns, landscapes, and coastal villages. Along the way, we’ll enjoy gourmet regional cuisine by our personal chef, the region’s finest wines, winery visits and tastings, a cooking class—even a Puccini opera performance! The goal of this workshop is not for you to draw like anyone else. My goal is to equip you with eye-opening lessons, techniques, shortcuts and inspiration from my own decades of experience and travel that can help you develop your own style, provide sketching breakthroughs and shave years off your learning curve. Our workshop guests often say we've "given them permission" to be themselves and to enjoy every day of the process. You’ll depart with a newfound sense of freedom and confidence that's the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment and continued growth.

  1. Sketching instruction by James
  2. Lucca, San Gimignano, Lerici &San Terenzo, Viareggio, Pietrasanta tours
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church
  5. Glamorous Tuscan food & wine
  6. Pizza feast
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Tuscany with Monique Carr

with Monique Carr || 11 May - 20 May, 2024

At Lucca ,Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

10 daysAll inclusive
4099 Euro
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Join Monique in this spectacular holiday in Tuscany. You will get a joy-filled workshop that will help you embrace freedom in both art and life! From your private villa accommodations, prepare to be immersed in a once-in-a-lifetime art adventure while enjoying gourmet meals (made with love by your private Chef), splendid wine, exquisite landscapes and spectacular seascape. You will get to experience the magic of Tuscany:Cypress, vineyards, olive trees, medieval villages, markets. It will be a journey you will never forget.

  1. Instructions by Monique
  2. beautiful Tuscan villa accomodation
  3. Lucca,Volterra,Lerici day trips
  4. Gourmet food & Wine
  5. Wine tasting introducing Lucca bio-dynamic concept.
  6. Pizza festival with private ,,Pizzaiolo,,
  7. Puccini classical concert in 13th Century church
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Rehabilitation Retreat

with Karolina Lenart || 21 May - 29 May, 2024

At Lucca , Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

9 daysAll inclusive
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Full 8 days where you can allow yourself to switch off from all concerns , fears , personal problems with nobody and nothing to disturb you. A week where you receive guidance and support to develop and nurture inner peace, relaxation, and wholeness in your life. A week where you hit the reset button to return to physical and mental health. Your Tuscan Experience Our course its held at the beautiful Villa Foresta , on the idyllic hill overlooking the city of Lucca. Tuscany is one of Italy’s best-loved regions. Its beautiful countryside is reminiscent of calming landscapes As well as rolling hills and vineyards, it also offers a rich relaxation possibilities– not forgetting premium wines and Mediterranean food.

  1. Rehabilitation sessions
  2. Healing massages
  3. Meditation
  4. Private therapeutic session
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Immerse Your Senses in Tuscany

with Sandra Duran Wilson || 15 June - 25 June, 2024

At Lucca , Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

11 daysAll inclusive
4099$

Painting in Italy is a dream come true for plein air landscape painters, but why should they have all the fun! We are the exception. You will explore interpreting your surroundings with color, context, shapes and emotions; no need to portray your story realistically. You will explore: Dynamic Color mixing and palettes to create successful compositions. Limited time painting studies to loosen your style and paint more impressionistically. Learn the value of your initial marks, follow your intuition, and tell your own unique story. Develop compositions that will visually tell your story and express your emotions. Italy is filled with beauty in the landscape, the history, food, the people, the songs, architecture, and the art. We will have access to all of this, be pampered with your own chef, your own driver, guides, and art instruction. This is my third to Tuscany and it fills my soul and nourishes my body. I know you will find such beauty here and you will have memories for a lifetime. And we get to paint. Your Tuscan experience dances between time to create time to nurture yourself, to eat, to drink, to travel and discover the treasures of Tuscany.

  1. Painting tution by Sandra
  2. Beautiful accomodation
  3. Best Italian cuisine & wine during all stay
  4. Day tours to : Lucca , Florence , Viareggio & Pietrasanta , Portovenere
  5. Specialy selected cultural activities as : Puccini classical concert, bio-dynamic wine tour ,Cooking class with private Chef , Pizza making class , visit in marble sculpture art school
  6. Your private & luxury transportation
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Shades of Scotland

with Alex Hillkurtz || 05 July - 15 July, 2024

At Scotland, UK

11 daysAll inclusive
£4699
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Wonderful opportunity to sharpen your urban sketching skills with Alex in magical Scotland. Learn how to quickly capture the world around you in ink and watercolor. Alex will guide you around some of the most beautiful sketching spots, picking out details in architecture and nature that will help describe the techniques he has picked up over a decade of sketching around the world. Scotland is waiting for you , join us!

  1. Visit small towns, castles and wonderful scenery known from the movies.
  2. Learn how to quickly capture the world around you in ink and watercolour.
  3. cooking classes with Masterchef finalist
  4. visit Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Stirling, Glen Coe
  5. Distillery visit and Whisky testing
  6. Local beer and cheese tasting
  7. Wellbeing workshops - yoga , cyanotype masterclass by Dominika from Sorores Aromatherapy
  8. Best British food and drinks during your stay
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Scotland in watercolor painting with Dori Beth

with Dori Beth || 17 July - 27 July, 2024

At Scotland, UK

11 daysAll inclusive
£4699

ONLY 1 SPOT AVAILABLE! A different way to discover Scotland – book a summer art course in Scotland. You will have many opportunities to exchange your experience with like-minded creative people and learn how to paint and improve your skills with wonderful Dori. Develop your art skills in Scotland’s dramatic landscapes, in the company of like-hearted creative travelers. Learn about Scotland rich history, explore the Highlands and the sea coast Let them all inspire your art!

  1. Watercolor instruction by Dori
  2. Stunning accomodation in 17th century Scottish Estate
  3. Experience the unpredictable weather
  4. Visit Edinburgh, Stirling, Luss, Glen Coe, Glasgow.. Discover castles, monuments and historcal signs
  5. Taste the famous Scotch from the smallest and best distilleries
  6. Learn about Scottish food and customs from a Masterchef finalist
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DISCOVER THE ESSENCE OF CRACOW

with IAN FENNELLY || 12 August - 17 August, 2024

At CRACOW-POLAND

6 daysAll inclusive
2299 Euro

Explore the beauty of Cracow with a pen and watercolour. Professional urban sketcher Ian Fennelly will show you techniques and methods that help you to create your own lively and atmospheric sketches. Learn to find your individual style and fill your sketchbook step by step. Intensive course of 5-6 h a day.Inspired by the charm of the unique Cracow scenery you will be able to capture your favourite travel memories with brush and pen.

  1. Intestive learning course by Ian
  2. beautiful accomodation in heart of Cracow
  3. The best Polish food during stay
  4. Airport and local transportation
  5. Guided tours of Old town , Wawel castle and Jewish Quarter
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The Light of Tuscany

with Alex Hillkurtz || 31 August - 10 September, 2024

At Lucca , Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

11 daysAll inclusive
4399 Euro

In this workshop I will teach you techniques to enhance the story you want to tell with your painting: composition, perspective, lighting, detail (or lack of detail). We will work in watercolour sketchbooks, and larger sheets, and the media will be pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour. I will show how I choose a composition designed to draw your eye into a piece. Using a quick pencil sketch to jot down spontaneous ideas, then moving to ink for rough details, and finally watercolour, I will show you how I “see” the subject on the page, and how to avoid common mistakes. I will share insights about the importance of light and shadow to define shapes, perspective to add depth, and colour to tell a story. Most of all we will have fun! You’ll come away with a sketchbook you can be proud of, full of your unique paintings and colorful memories of this beautiful part of the world.

  1. Instructions and lesson by Alex
  2. Day trips to : Lucca , Carrara , Pietrasanta , Lerici & San Terenzo , Volterra
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Classical concert in a Romanesque church
  5. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinner, Pizza Party and best Italian Food and Wine during entire stay
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THE ART OF POSITIVE PERSONAL CHANGE

with NIALL KELLY || 12 September - 20 September, 2024

At Lucca - Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

9 daysAll inclusive
€ 3600

Revitalise you journey by joining Niall Kelly, expert in personal change, by embarking on a transformative 8-day workshop in THE ART OF POSITIVE PERSONAL CHANGE. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to pause, reflect, and design conscious responses to the unrelenting demands of an increasingly chaotic world. We now live in a world brimming with challenges ranging from climate change to technology overload which are triggering an unconscious and chronic low-level Freeze response. This response creates tiredness, muscle pain, lack of focus and an unfathomable sense of anxiety. Discover how to address these effects by seizing this unique opportunity to explore the limitations unrelenting change imposes on you. Design conscious responses that minimise or eliminate the effects unconscious responses to the ever evolving world around you. You will be expertly guided in practical activities through group and one-to-one hands-on sessions and massage designed to allow you to: • cultivate self-awareness, presence and practical mindfulness • gain insight into your responses to change • restore natural breath, alignment and confident posture in all situations • create conscious responses to change that lead to empowerment • build confidence and resilience This is not just a workshop, it is a personal retreat - a time to unplug, recalibrate, and plan your reset. Join us for a transformative experience designed to amplify your energy and focus as you design conscious plans to navigate the intricate tapestry of your life successfully. Spaces are strictly limited to ensure maximum learning so early booking is advised.

  1. Reenergise - learn to focus - build Your confidence
  2. Intensive teaching by Niall Kelly
  3. Beautiful and peaceful villa setting
  4. Delicious and organic Mediterranean diet meals with Biodynamic wines
  5. Special selected activities and day tours
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Finding Individual Expression with Frank Eber

with Frank Eber || 22 September - 02 October, 2024

At Lucca, Italy - Villa Vistosa

11 daysAll inclusive
4299 Euro

This workshop is about the finding your personal style while negotiating the challenges of painting en Plein air. Personal artistic expression should be the goal for any serious painters. Technique is important of course, but it is only the first step. The most important thing to bring to your art is yourself. Frank’s work is emotionally based, painted with a ‘limited palette’, softly expressive and suggestive. He was trained by an Italian master painter in the early 90’s. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank's workshops reach beyond technique, observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting. 

Frank stresses a solid foundation in the basics, “…so that our focus is on creating timeless art. An emotional link is necessary in our work, as well as the connection to the vibrancy of everything we paint.” All levels are welcome as long as you come with an open heart and mind :) watercolor/oil

  1. Intensive instruction by Frank
  2. Best Italian food and wine during entire stay
  3. Day trip to Lucca , Lerici, Viareggio, Pietrasanta,Carrara
  4. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  5. Classical concert in a Romanesque church
  6. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinner
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Discover TUSCANY

with James Richards || 04 October - 14 October, 2024

At Lucca , Italy - Villa Vistosa

11 daysAll inclusive
4299 Euro
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Join me for an unforgettable 10 days in one of the worlds most inspirational places! I’ve been sketching and painting in Tuscany for years, and I can’t wait to share my favorite artistic and cultural immersion experience with you. Our workshops are a celebration of the transformational experience of travel, and the added richness, exuberance and creative rush that on-location sketching brings to it. You'll learn to use sketching as a tool for exploration and a doorway to discovery in some of Tuscany’s most beloved hill towns, landscapes, and coastal villages. Along the way, we’ll enjoy gourmet regional cuisine by our personal chef, the region’s finest wines, winery visits and tastings, a cooking class—even a Puccini opera performance! The goal of this workshop is not for you to draw like anyone else. My goal is to equip you with eye-opening lessons, techniques, shortcuts and inspiration from my own decades of experience and travel that can help you develop your own style, provide sketching breakthroughs and shave years off your learning curve. Our workshop guests often say we've "given them permission" to be themselves and to enjoy every day of the process. You’ll depart with a newfound sense of freedom and confidence that's the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment and continued growth.

  1. Sketching instruction by James
  2. Lucca, San Gimignano, Lerici & San Terenzo, Viareggio, Pietrasanta tours
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church
  5. Glamorous Tuscan food & wine
  6. Pizza feast
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Tuscany with Nancy Ellen Thompson

with Nancy E.Thompson || 15 October - 25 October, 2024

At Lucca , Tuscany -Villa Vistosa

11 daysAll inclusive
4499 Euro

Teaching art is a way of life for Nancy also a best therapy in this imprevedibile times. She believe that anyone who wants to learn can do it. She teach all levels...beginner classes to master class. Teaching accomplished artists is particularly exciting because it allows help to help others find ways to keep their work fresh and evolving.

  1. Wine Tasting in local bio-dynamic winery
  2. Puccini concert in a Romanesque church followed by 5 course dinner in Restaurant
  3. Day trip to Lucca , Volterra , Lerici , Pietrasanta ,Florence.
  4. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  5. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinners with local wine selection
  6. Healing massages
  7. The ancient technique of applying gold leaf to artwork is brought to life at Vino & Vinci with this short, inter-active workshop. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of prosecco and pastries as we introduce the history of the gold leaf process.
  8. Pizza festival-learn how to do Italian pizza.
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The Fearless Sketchbook- How to Sketch with No Consequences

with Iain Stewart || 27 October - 06 November, 2024

At Lucca ,Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

11 daysAll inclusive
4199 Euro
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Simply sitting down with my sketchbook and recording the world around me is perhaps the most enjoyable and rewarding thing I can think of when traveling. My cares drift away and I am in the moment observing. There is no pressure to perform or to allow my sketches to become precious. Sketches are simply a record of my day and where it has taken me. We all have something unique to say and my goal is to show you how to listen for that inner voice that only you own. I have designed a simple process to help you let go of the desire of accuracy in favor of interpretation and your impression of place. There is an honesty in a sketch that is hard to replicate emotionally or visually. Join me as we explore the riches of one of the worlds most beautiful and historically rich destinations. As an architectural illustrator and Professor of design drawing and presentation I will show you how to move past representation and embrace gesture and the suggested.

  1. Instructions by Iain
  2. Day excursion to Lucca , San Gimignano , Portovenere , Pietrasanta .
  3. Beautiful accomodation
  4. Delicous Italian food & wine during the course
  5. Cultural activities :Cooking class , Puccini classical concert, Wine tasting, Pizza making class.
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Express your urban sketching technique with Pat Southern-Pearce

with Pat Southern-Pearce || 21 April - 30 April, 2025

At Lucca, Tuscany

10 daysAll inclusive
4299Euro

For so long I’ve yearned to drink in the feel, the heart, the essence of Tuscany and at last its finally happening! I cant wait to be here, with like- minded others, capturing it all, teaching every day in sun and dappled shade, wandering the villa’s gorgeous gardens and sketching, exploring Lucca town (oh my!), a day in Florence, a Puccini Concert..a town filled with inspirational towers. ..and it goes on. There is such a warm, welcoming history here and an energy, a relaxation that glows and calms. I will teach skills every morning, with demos and a new focus. And each afternoon we’ll pick up on these skills and deveop them, sketching, with help and more demos, wherever we go: around the villa or further afield. On day 1, exciting!..we’ll prepare a collection of different textural backgrounds that we can slip in our sketchbooks and carry with us, to choose from at will. Some will be coloured inks and water plus maybe a little gouache and acrylic. Some will be collaged.Some will be mixed media. We’ll have fun! Each day will bring new learning, new looking, new experiences. And each new day will build on the one before. We definitely wont be drawing a whole picture in ink or pencil, then colouring it in. Nor will we just be making marks on paper. The most important thing to me when Im sketching, is the sense of place: the feeling a place gives me, the light, the softness, the blueness of shadows, the unexpected patterns and textures, the shapes against the sky, the sky itself: ever changing. Places speak to me and bring me joy as I sketch and I lose myself and the dance begins. I trained as a painter. I love sensitivity of line and the punctuation of darks, freedom and energy balanced by precision. And all of this I want to share with you.I want you to know this joy too, wherever we go, lost in the zone but with me by your side. What a gift this long luscious course here, will be, to me and to you: with time to linger long, learn and grow, one day at a time..with your hearts and mine singing. Do join us. Pat

  1. SKETCHING LESSONS WITH PAT
  2. PRIVATE CHEEF, BEST FOOD AND DRINKS THROUGHOUT YOUR STAY
  3. DAY TRIP TO LUCCA, FLORENCE, PORTOVENERE, SAN GIMIGNANO
  4. PIZZA PARTY WITH PRIVATE PIZZA CHEF
  5. COOKING LESSON, WINE TESTING AND LIMONCELLO MAKING CLASS
  6. ALL INCLUSIVE VILLA WITH SWIMMING POOL
  7. PUCCINI CONCERT IN A ROMANESQUE CHURCH
  8. PRIVATE VAN TRANSPORTATION
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Discovering Tuscany with Ian Fennelly

with IAN FENNELLY || 01 May - 08 May, 2025

At Lucca , Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

8 daysAll inclusive
3599 Euro

Join exceptional UK artist for unforgetable one week sketching experience in heart of Tuscany. Come with me on a journey of looking as together we sketch and discover the beautiful landscapes and cities in Tuscany. Each day I will deliver an Urban Sketching Workshop in pen and watercolour, which will enable you to tell your story, what you notice and experience, and to express your feelings about being in such a visually rich environment. My workshops are divided into clearly structured steps; from outlining the big shapes, to introducing colour and emotion, and finally going deeper into the subject to record detail, texture and pattern. They are suitable for artist of all abilities. Sometimes we pass through this world without allowing our senses a chance to really take notice of the things that surround, and what really matters. This magical adventure of creativity will fix you in the moment, and help you to appreciate through drawing and painting, how beautiful out world is. As a Bonus every participant will get Ian newest book - ,,Finding Your Inspiration,, with Ian personalized autograph!!! Check the book here : https://www.ianfennelly.co.uk/urban-sketching-books/

  1. Itensive classes and instructions by Ian
  2. Most beautiful Tuscan towns exploration
  3. Beautiful Villa Setting
  4. Special selected activities
  5. Private Chef offering best Tuscan & Italian cuisine
  6. Private transportation
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Discover TUSCANY

with James Richards || 09 May - 19 May, 2025

At Lucca , Italy - Villa Vistosa

11 daysAll inclusive
4499 Euro

Join me for an unforgettable 10 days in one of the worlds most inspirational places! I’ve been sketching and painting in Tuscany for years, and I can’t wait to share my favorite artistic and cultural immersion experience with you. Our workshops are a celebration of the transformational experience of travel, and the added richness, exuberance and creative rush that on-location sketching brings to it. You'll learn to use sketching as a tool for exploration and a doorway to discovery in some of Tuscany’s most beloved hill towns, landscapes, and coastal villages. Along the way, we’ll enjoy gourmet regional cuisine by our personal chef, the region’s finest wines, winery visits and tastings, a cooking class—even a Puccini opera performance! The goal of this workshop is not for you to draw like anyone else. My goal is to equip you with eye-opening lessons, techniques, shortcuts and inspiration from my own decades of experience and travel that can help you develop your own style, provide sketching breakthroughs and shave years off your learning curve. Our workshop guests often say we've "given them permission" to be themselves and to enjoy every day of the process. You’ll depart with a newfound sense of freedom and confidence that's the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment and continued growth.

  1. Sketching instruction by James
  2. Lucca, San Gimignano, Lerici & San Terenzo, Viareggio, Pietrasanta tours
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church
  5. Glamorous Tuscan food & wine
  6. Pizza feast
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The Light of Tuscany

with Alex Hillkurtz || 20 May - 30 May, 2025

At Lucca , Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

11 daysAll inclusive
4549 Euro

In this workshop I will teach you techniques to enhance the story you want to tell with your painting: composition, perspective, lighting, detail (or lack of detail). We will work in watercolour sketchbooks, and larger sheets, and the media will be pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour. I will show how I choose a composition designed to draw your eye into a piece. Using a quick pencil sketch to jot down spontaneous ideas, then moving to ink for rough details, and finally watercolour, I will show you how I “see” the subject on the page, and how to avoid common mistakes. I will share insights about the importance of light and shadow to define shapes, perspective to add depth, and colour to tell a story. Most of all we will have fun! You’ll come away with a sketchbook you can be proud of, full of your unique paintings and colorful memories of this beautiful part of the world.

  1. Instructions and lesson by Alex
  2. Day trips to : Lucca , Carrara , Pietrasanta , Lerici & San Terenzo , Volterra
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Classical concert in a Romanesque church
  5. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinner, Pizza Party and best Italian Food and Wine during entire stay
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Restore Your Soul In Beautiful Tuscany with Mindset Coach Alicia Michelle

with Alicia Michelle || 12 September - 22 September, 2025

At Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

10 daysAll inclusive
4499 Euro

Ready to refresh your mind, body and spirit as you explore one of the worlds most beloved regions? Join ICF-Certified Christian Mindset Coach, author and award-winning podcaster Alicia Michelle for an unforgettable 10 days of rejuvenation, exploration and fun in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! Imagine being able to fully escape the pressures of daily life as you immerse all your senses in the Italian culture-the incredible scenery, historical monuments, dynamic cultural experiences, and amazing food-while also connecting deeply with Christ and other Christian women through intentional coaching exercises, Bible study, prayer, journaling and more. Together we will restore our focus on God and rediscover His direction for our lives as we honor past struggles, discover current opportunities and dream big about what could be. In addition, we will release stress and refresh our minds as we explore some of Tuscany's most beloved hill towns, coastal villages and old-world city centers (such as the amazing towns of Florence, Lucca, Volterra and Portovenere)! Along the way we will enjoy gourmet regional cuisine by our personal chef, the regions finest wines and cultural experiences, two cooking classes, yoga, massage, shopping, and so much more. And our accommodations? We will stay at a spacious, breathtaking Italian villa surrounded by lovely gardens that overlooks the Tuscan countryside! Discover a renewed sense of freedom and confidence in Christ as you enjoy a full 10 days to hit the reset button and switch off from all concerns and worries to focus on wholeness in God, relaxation and fun. There is truly nothing else like this experience-a life-changing gift of spiritual, mental and physical restoration that you will always remember!

  1. Science-and-scripture based mindset teaching from a trained coach that’s worked with hundreds of women
  2. Private tours and transportation to idyllic Tuscany destinations, including Florence, Lucca, Volterra and even Portovenere (the Italian Riviera)
  3. Beautiful villa setting filled with quiet places to calm your spirit and connect with God Cooking classes, massages, yoga and other creative experiences
  4. Mouth-watering Italian cuisine prepared by personal chefs, including an outdoor pizza feast, four-course gourmet meals, bio-dynamic wines from local wineries, and dessert at every lunch and dinner at the villa
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Tuscany with Monique Carr

with Monique Carr || 05 October - 14 October, 2025

At Lucca ,Tuscany - Villa Vistosa

10 daysAll inclusive
4399 Euro

Join Monique in this spectacular holiday in Tuscany. You will get a joy-filled workshop that will help you embrace freedom in both art and life! From your private villa accommodations, prepare to be immersed in a once-in-a-lifetime art adventure while enjoying gourmet meals (made with love by your private Chef), splendid wine, exquisite landscapes and spectacular seascape. You will get to experience the magic of Tuscany:Cypress, vineyards, olive trees, medieval villages, markets. It will be a journey you will never forget.

  1. Instructions by Monique
  2. beautiful Tuscan villa accomodation
  3. Lucca,Volterra,Lerici day trips
  4. Gourmet food & Wine
  5. Wine tasting introducing Lucca bio-dynamic concept.
  6. Pizza festival with private ,,Pizzaiolo,,
  7. Puccini classical concert in 13th Century church
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Discover TUSCANY

with James Richards || 17 October - 27 October, 2025

At Lucca , Italy - Villa Vistosa

11 daysAll inclusive
4499 Euro

Join me for an unforgettable 10 days in one of the worlds most inspirational places! I’ve been sketching and painting in Tuscany for years, and I can’t wait to share my favorite artistic and cultural immersion experience with you. Our workshops are a celebration of the transformational experience of travel, and the added richness, exuberance and creative rush that on-location sketching brings to it. You'll learn to use sketching as a tool for exploration and a doorway to discovery in some of Tuscany’s most beloved hill towns, landscapes, and coastal villages. Along the way, we’ll enjoy gourmet regional cuisine by our personal chef, the region’s finest wines, winery visits and tastings, a cooking class—even a Puccini opera performance! The goal of this workshop is not for you to draw like anyone else. My goal is to equip you with eye-opening lessons, techniques, shortcuts and inspiration from my own decades of experience and travel that can help you develop your own style, provide sketching breakthroughs and shave years off your learning curve. Our workshop guests often say we've "given them permission" to be themselves and to enjoy every day of the process. You’ll depart with a newfound sense of freedom and confidence that's the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment and continued growth.

  1. Sketching instruction by James
  2. Lucca, San Gimignano, Lerici & San Terenzo, Viareggio, Pietrasanta tours
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church
  5. Glamorous Tuscan food & wine
  6. Pizza feast
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