2021/2022 Courses

Our main goal is to offer all-inclusive, high quality art / cooking / 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 art teachers are here to ensure you have what you need to create, and are as inspired and productive as you wish to be. Our 2021/2022 are coming soon!

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

If the space is available, please e-mail the completed booking form. To reserve your spot the $500 deposit its obligated.

ONE DAY COOKING CLASS

with Chef Karolina || Various Dates Available

At Villa Selva

1 dayAll inclusive
Price on request
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This one day cooking class is perfect for a group of friends, family or couples looking to experience authentic italian food in a beautiful, relaxed and fun setting. If you love Italian food and want to discover new and delicious recipes in stunning Tuscan surroundings - this is the cooking class for you! The One Day Cooking Classes in Villa Selva begins with selecting the freshest of ingredients from the beautiful garden followed by a three hour cooking workshop with our amazing English-speaking chef Karolina who will walk you through making a classic Italian dinner with a primo (pasta dish), a secondo (main course), a contorno (side dish) and a delectable dolce, (sweet course). This is followed by a wonderful meal and selection of local wines tasted during the lesson. If there is something in particular you would like to cook, you are welcome to specify with the chef beforehand. Classes are taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and you'll each have a go at making your own pasta and get a real feel for authentic italian cooking experience. Please know that we are taking extra precautions to keep our customers safe, we only offer private classes to guarantee an exclusive, unique hands-on lesson.

  1. English-speaking private chef (Karolina also speaks Polish and Italian)
  2. Prosecco welcome reception
  3. Villa Selva's Garden tour (to pick your own herbs and veg)
  4. All ingredients and equipment
  5. 5 course meal with wine at the end of the course (LUNCH or DINER)
  6. Follow Your Senses in Tuscany Apron
  7. All Recipes emailed as PDFs
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COVID - 19 RAT (antigen) test

with Karolina Lenart || 19 August - 31 December, 2022

At Villa Selva, Lucca

1 daysAll inclusive
32€

Your health, comfort and peace of mind is our priority number one. Under our safety protocol, Villa Selva offers guests organised Covid- 19 tests for our guests directly at the Villa. If you want to be tested contact us (email) and we will arrange a test for you. Our friendly, qualify nurse travels to Villa and carry on a quick RAT (antigen) test for 32€. Test result will be available in English and ready in 15min.

  1. - Safe and quick
  2. - Test result will be available in English and ready in 15min.
  3. - Tests are valid on every international flight
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Rehabilitation Retreat

with best therapists,instructors and masseuse || 02 October - 09 October, 2021

At Villa Selva

9 daysAll inclusive
3200$

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 8-day course its held at the beautiful Villa Selva , 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. Hatha Yoga course
  4. Meditation
  5. Private therapeutic session
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Healing Retreat

with best therapists,instructors and masseuse || 05 October - 11 October, 2021

At Villa Selva

9 daysAll inclusive
3200$

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 8-day course its held at the beautiful Villa Selva , 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. Hatha Yoga course
  4. Meditation
  5. Private therapeutic session
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Tuscany with Joaquin Gonzalez Dorao

with Joaquin Gonzalez Dorao || 27 October - 03 November, 2021

At Villa Selva - Lucca

8 daysAll inclusive
2199€

ALL THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE FULLY VACCINATED , WE FOLLOW ALL THE COVID MEASURES , THE VILLA IS ON THE COUNTRY SIDE ,ALL THE ACTIVITIES WILL BE PLEIN AIR,THE MEALS WILL KEEP THE SOCIAL DISTANCE. Do your own travel sketchbook about your Tuscany experience! Capture the whole adventure of your trip to Tuscany in your own sketchbook. Not only painting quick simple watercolor sketches, but also adding lettering, maps, icons, texts… and even sticked tickets or flowers! Your sketchbook shouldn’t be just a “photo album”, your travel is a collage of experiences, and so should you personal diary be. Make it unique with the advice of an experienced traveller who has published more than 30 books on his journeys around the world. Tuscany is the perfect scenario to do that travel sketchbook that will be an everlasting memory of this workshop. And sketching on place is the best way to enjoy it, slowly, paying attention to small details that you wouldn’t notice in a photo. Feel the place, taste it and lock it up in your diary, but above all, follow your senses in Tuscany! Joaquin is a native spanish he speak english and french .

  1. intensive sketching lesson by Jo
  2. Exploring : Lucca Pisa San Gimignano Pietrasanta Viareggio Portovenere
  3. Beautiful Accomodation in 400 Years old Villa on the hills of Lucca
  4. Traditional and delicious food
  5. All inclusive deal
  6. Specialy selected activities
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Tuscan dream with Monique Carr

with Monique Carr || 29 April - 07 May, 2022

At Lucca /Tuscany

9 daysAll inclusive
3599$

Mamma Mia! Let’s Paint Tuscany! Join instructor Monique Carr in Tuscany, Italy for an exciting 8-day art therapy adventure! In addition of breathtaking vistas, experience the best Italian food, wine, music, and immerse yourself in the gorgeous Tuscan culture. Discover authentic towns, villages, and countryside. During Monique’s instruction, she will share her technique in acrylic and oil. Learn skills to paint loose and express yourself. Capture your surroundings by sketching, quick study paintings, and journaling. Build successful designs and compositions. Simplify a scene when painting outdoors (en plein air). Finish your work during studio time. All levels are welcome, as the instruction will catered to each participant’s needs. Also, plenty to do for non-artist companion. This is the perfect artist retreat to incite your inspiration, energy, and creativity, in one of the world’s greatest cultural destinations, Tuscany!

  1. Painting Instructions by Monique
  2. Best Italian Food and Wine During Entire Stay
  3. Day Trip to Portovenere, San Gimignano, Lucca.
  4. Classical Concert in Romanesque Church
  5. Delightful Cooking Lesson with Personal Chef
  6. Glamorous Tuscan Farewell Dinner
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Discover Tuscany with a urban sketching master

with James Richards || 08 May - 18 May, 2022

At Villa Selva - Lucca

11 daysAll inclusive
$3749
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Discover the authentic essence of the towns, villages and countryside of Tuscany, one of the world’s great cultural destinations, through the joy of on location sketching. Few regions in the world offer such a rich travel experience, and capturing your journey in sketchbooks through pencil, ink and watercolor takes that experience to new heights. Through sketching, we will go beyond simply capturing a likeness of a place, to capturing your personal interpretation of its life, energy and authenticity. Through sketching, we see more clearly and connect more deeply; you will make the lessons of Tuscany’s history, culture, architecture and landscape your own. You will also experience the best of Tuscany’s food, wine, and cultural riches. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the world’s great places. Join artist, world traveler and urban design professor James Richards for a fun and enlightening 10 days that will enhance both your on location sketching skills and your appreciation for this remarkable region that holds such a very special place in the hearts of the world.

  1. Sketching instruction by James
  2. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  3. Wine Tasting
  4. Best Italian Food & Wine during entire stay
  5. Portovenere, San Gimignano, Barga, Lucca, Viareggio, Pietrasanta tours
  6. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church with Glamorous Tuscan dinner
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Discovering undiscovered Tuscany with Ian Fennelly

with IAN FENNELLY || 20 May - 27 May, 2022

At Lucca

8 daysAll inclusive
3249$

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.

  1. instructions by Ian
  2. Most beautiful towns exploration
  3. Beautiful Villa Setting
  4. Special selected activities
  5. best food &wine during entire stay
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Essence of Tuscany with Barbara Hack

with Barbara Hack || 02 June - 12 June, 2022

At Villa Selva - Lucca

11 daysAll inclusive
3799$

I am so thrilled to have this incredible opportunity to paint with you in the culturally rich area of Tuscany! We will not only capture the feeling of this gorgeous environment in paint, but also experience the food, wine and history of this region. Join me for 10 amazing days in Beautiful Tuscany , we will explore some of the fundamentals of painting in oils, working with landscapes, the figure, and still lifes. What better way to capture the true essence of Italy than bringing people into our experience. During each painting session, I will begin with a demo and then assist students with their paintings and provide advice. So many different subjects will allow us to approach our paintings from many aspects, from the initial strokes to the final painting. No matter what background you have with oil paints, I will assist in teaching you at your comfort level. What better place to capture memories than painting in Tuscany! We will truly make memories together!!! Workshop Information: For 10 days, we will explore some of the fundamentals of painting in oils, working with landscapes, the figure, and still lifes. During each painting session, I will begin with a demo and then assist students with their paintings and provide advice. A variety of subjects will allow us to approach our paintings from a variety of aspects, from the initial lines to the final painting. No matter what background students have with oil paints, I will assist them in learning techniques and how to incorporate those techniques in paintings.

  1. Instruction by Barbara
  2. Excusion to most beautiful corners of Tuscany
  3. Specialy selected activities
  4. Accomodation in Villa Selva
  5. Private Villa Chef
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Rehabilitation Retreat

with best therapists,instructors and masseuse || 03 June - 10 June, 2022

At Villa Selva

9 daysAll inclusive
3200$

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 8-day course its held at the beautiful Villa Selva , 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. Hatha Yoga course
  4. Meditation
  5. Private therapeutic session
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Folow Your Senses to Provence with Nancy E.Thompson

with Nancy E.Thompson || 14 June - 24 June, 2022

At Villa Oliviers - Provance / South of France

11 daysAll inclusive
$3995

Experience magical Provence: lavender, vineyards, olive trees, best food, wine, medieval villages, markets and sun-filled landscapes. You will discover why the region has been an inspiration and healing place for artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet. It will be a journey you will never forget! Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the world’s great places. Join Nancy Ellen Thompson for a fun and enlightening 10 days that will enhance both your on location sketching skills and your appreciation for this remarkable region of France.

  1. Painting and sketching sessions
  2. French Cooking class with private Chef
  3. wine and cheese tastings
  4. Day trip to Avignon and St Remy
  5. The essence of French lifestyle in a beautiful, traditional villa
  6. The half day excrusions to most beautiful little villages of Provence
  7. Balanced itinerary with time to sketch explore and relax as our motto says:Eat,create,travel!
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Discover Tuscany’s Best :One week cooking workshop with Chef Angelo Prosperi – Porta

with Angelo Prosperi-Porta || 25 June - 02 July, 2022

At Villa Selva, Lucca

8 daysAll inclusive
$ 2,990

There is no better place than Italy for a cooking holiday! Join world famous Chef Angelo Prosperi-Porta for a truly unforgettable experience!

  1. One week All-inclusive stay in beautiful Villa Selva
  2. 4 intensive cooking days with Chef Angelo
  3. 3 day culinary excursion
  4. Cookbook and apron + a Superb Tuscan wines during dinner.
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Discover Scotland with Nancy Ellen Thompson

with Nancy E.Thompson || 08 July - 18 July, 2022

At Scotland

11 daysAll inclusive
5,499$

Your 10 days experience : Welcome to Scotland. The land of virgin landscapes, wild nature, beautiful islands, castles, best seafood in the world and… whisky! Stand with your feet among the glens and lochs that inspired artists such as Alexander Naysmith. Embarking on your own all inclusive trip to Scotland armed with a sketchbook and a camera. It is a lifetime opportunity to get to know Scotland closer with all the most beautiful corners of this magical country. Scotland has a varied and beautiful landscape.We paint with different daily views; majestic lochs, historic villages, farmlands and the Scottish coastline with endearing fishing villages. About the teacher : Teaching art is a way of life for Nancy. She believe that anyone who wants to learn to paint, can do it. She teach all levels...beginner classes to master class. Nancy love introducing sketching and painting to new artists because it is a pleasure to see how surprised they are by their own talent. Teaching accomplished artists is particularly exciting because it allows help to help others find ways to keep their work fresh and evolving.

  1. Instructions by Nancy
  2. Discover the Culture and traditions
  3. Visit Isle of Arran also known as “Scotland Miniature”
  4. Experience the unpredictable weather
  5. Visit places we know only from stories and movies- Edinburgh, Stirling, Loch Lomand, Glen Coe
  6. Taste the famous Scotch from the smallest and best distilleries
  7. Enjoy the Gin tasting
  8. Life music concert
  9. Cooking class with private Chef
  10. Afternoon Wellbeing session with Dominika (from Sorores Aromatherapy)
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Rehabilitation Retreat

with best therapists,instructors and masseuse || 21 July - 28 July, 2022

At Villa Selva

9 daysAll inclusive
3200$

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 8-day course its held at the beautiful Villa Selva , 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. Hatha Yoga course
  4. Meditation
  5. Private therapeutic session
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Tuscany Spirit with Beverly Boren

with Beverly Boren || 06 August - 16 August, 2022

At Villa Selva - Lucca

11 daysAll inclusive
$3649

In this workshop I will focus on simplification, which is the best means of planning and transforming what you see in a paining. The overall objective is to show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor and to put emotion and conviction into painting by exploring, experimenting and developing the creativity of the individual. Painting on location has benefited me in many different ways throughout my career. Although it has its challenges, it is most rewarding. It will help you to simplify shapes, understand value, and develop brushstrokes that are full of energy. We will push to try new techniques, and then develop them into techniques you can call your own. Also in this workshop, I will show you a few pieces to the puzzle that will help you see drawing as part of the painting rather than a hurdle you need to over come before you put brush to paper. As we spend our time sketching/painting, I'll push you to think of how you can create your subject with as few lines and shapes as possible. There is one rule that I have learned to be especially true: "If you want to learn to paint, learn to draw."

  1. Sketching instruction by Beverly
  2. Best Italian Food & Wine during entire stay
  3. Portovenere, San Gimignano, , Lucca, Viareggio, Pietrasanta tours
  4. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef o Wine Tasting
  5. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church with dinner in restaurant
  6. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinner
  7. Session with Dominika Allan -one day artist guest spot :creating bath salts and learning cyanotype technique
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The Light of Tuscany

with Alex Hillkurtz || 18 August - 28 August, 2022

At Villa Selva, Lucca

11 daysAll inclusive
$3849

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, Viareggio, Pietrasanta, Portovenere and San Gimignano
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Classical concert in a Romanesque church
  5. Artist guest spot with Dominika Allan - Aromatherapy and wellbeing in your garden: Cyanothype technique (sun print) and ritual bath salts
  6. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinner, Pizza Party and best Italian Food and Wine during entire stay
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Tuscany with Nancy Ellen Thompson

with Nancy E.Thompson || 02 September - 12 September, 2022

At Villa Selva - Lucca

11 daysAll inclusive
$3749

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. Pizza Festival with private Pizzaiolo
  2. Wine Tasting in local bio-dynamic winery
  3. Puccini concert in a Romanesque church followed by 5 course dinner in Restaurant
  4. Artist guest spot day with Dominika Allan from Sorores Aromatherapy : Cyanotype
  5. Day trip to Portovenere ,San Gimignano ,Lucca
  6. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  7. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinners with local wine selection
  8. Healing massages
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Creating history and Mystery in Tuscany with Sandra D.Wilson

with Sandra Duran Wilson || 26 September - 06 October, 2022

At Villa Selva - Lucca

11 daysAll inclusive
3699$

Creating History and Mystery is more than a painting technique, it is a way of seeing through the layers. We begin our journey exploring the hills of Lucca and our beautiful restored farmhouse. Absorb the surroundings and let their history mingle with yours. The painting classes will proceed with developing concepts for your paintings. Shapes will define the composition, your interaction with your surroundings will influence your colors and the textures will be incorporated into your paintings. We will paint using acrylic paints and mediums. I will share with you my formulas and techniques for creating textures, building layers to create history and veiling to add mystery. We will also incorporate local materials into our mixed media piece and we will add a transfer or two. When we begin with intention, our painting will join us in the adventure. I like to think of this way of painting as intentional spontaneity. As we work, we dialogue and listen to what the painting is calling for. The layers are added and then we intuitively veil and add shapes to create mystery. You will learn new painting techniques, but more importantly you will learn innovative ways to see. Please join us for this lifetime experience to open your eyes and paint the mystery from within. Your Tuscan Experience Our 10-day courses its held at the beautiful Villa Selva on the idyllic Pieve Santo Stefano hill overlooking the city of Lucca. Tuscany is one of Italy’s best-loved regions. Its beautiful countryside is reminiscent of the landscapes of Renaissance masterpieces. As well as rolling hills and vineyards, it also offers a rich artistic heritage including exquisite art and architecture – not forgetting premium wines and delicious cuisine. Set down between the blue-green Apennine Mountains and the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea, Tuscany is the heart and soul of Italy. Known and loved for its splendid landscapes, charming low hills, olive groves, vineyards, and beautiful old farmhouses, Tuscany is the ideal location for any artist. The weather in Autumn is wonderful, with warm days and cooler nights. The air is clearer than in the hot summer months, making for excellent views and great painting weather. Your days will be divided between painting at home with Sandra and day time excursions to local points of interest. As an immersive cultural experience, we also offer activities including a classical Puccini concert, cooking class with our Chef specialized in Tuscan Cuisine , vine tasting in Our favourite local vineyards, artist guest spot by Dominika Allan creating Cyanotype.

  1. Instructions by Sandra
  2. Beautiful vila setting
  3. Best Italian food served by Your own private chef
  4. Lots of activities besides of painting selected by Your art instructor
  5. One day Excrusions to Lucca, San Gimignano,Portovenere
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Discover Tuscany with a urban sketching master

with James Richards || 08 October - 18 October, 2022

At Villa Selva - Lucca

11 daysAll inclusive
$3749

Discover the authentic essence of the towns, villages and countryside of Tuscany, one of the world’s great cultural destinations, through the joy of on location sketching. Few regions in the world offer such a rich travel experience, and capturing your journey in sketchbooks through pencil, ink and watercolor takes that experience to new heights. Through sketching, we will go beyond simply capturing a likeness of a place, to capturing your personal interpretation of its life, energy and authenticity. Through sketching, we see more clearly and connect more deeply; you will make the lessons of Tuscany’s history, culture, architecture and landscape your own. You will also experience the best of Tuscany’s food, wine, and cultural riches. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the world’s great places. Join artist, world traveler and urban design professor James Richards for a fun and enlightening 10 days that will enhance both your on location sketching skills and your appreciation for this remarkable region that holds such a very special place in the hearts of the world.

  1. Sketching instruction by James
  2. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  3. Bio Dynamic wine tasting
  4. Best Italian Food & Wine during entire stay
  5. Portovenere, San Gimignano, Barga, Lucca, Viareggio, Pietrasanta tours
  6. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church with Glamorous Tuscan dinner
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