2023/2024 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 2022/2023 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.

Rehabilitation Retreat

with Karolina Lenart || 04 March - 10 March, 2023

At Villa Foresta

6 daysAll inclusive
3299Euro
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Full 5 days where you can allow yourself to switch off from all concerns , fears , personal or phisical 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 workshop 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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Discoverthe essence of Cracow with Alex Hillkurtz

with Alex Hillkurtz || 17 March - 22 March, 2023

At Poland

6 daysAll inclusive
2199 Euro

Explore the beauty of Krakow with pen and watercolour. World famous artist and instructor Alex Hillkurtz will show you techniques and methods that help you to create your own lively and atmospheric art. Learn to find your individual style and fill your sketchbook step by step. Inspired by the charm of the unique scenery of Krakow you will be able to capture your travel memories with brush and pen. Polish culture has the place in history, but it is still evolving, combining old traditions with modern sensitivity. If you are interested in art ,culture, architecture we invite You to a 5-day stay in southern Poland where we discover the essences of this beautiful town, together with the opportunity to combine passion for travel with a passion for sketching. Thousand years… The roots of Poland date back to the turn of the first millennium, leaving thousands of years of action, kings and castles to discover. Lovers of the history of World War II are well served. Poland tragically found itself in the midst of this epic struggle, and monuments and museums devoted to its struggles - and the extraordinaryrvival of Poland - can be seen everywhere. Krakow - the former royal capital is a living laboratory of architecture over the centuries. Admired by artists all over the world. The almost perfectly preserved Gothic core proudly bears the outlays of the Renaissance,Baroque and Art Nouveau, a record of flavors that has evolved over the centuries. Food warming the heart If you feel the need to cook well at home, just like your grandmother did, you've come to the right place. Polish food is based largely on local ingredients such as pork, cabbage, mushrooms, beets and onions, combined in a simple and refined to perfection. Regional specialties, such as duck, goose and trout, make things boring. When it comes to sweets, it's hard to imagine a more favorable place. Cakes with cream, apple strudel, pancakes, fruit dumplings and a special ice cream mania can skip the main course and jump straight to the main event. Alex will choose the most suitable and inspiring subjects to paint . Each session will cater for varying standards of ability and confidence, and you will be stimulated throughout the workshops by stories and demo sketches to make the experience more rewarding and stimulating.

  1. Instructions and lessons by Alex
  2. Intensive painting time
  3. History , culture and food experience
  4. 1 day Wroclaw day tour :)
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The Magic of Morocco

with Nancy E.Thompson || 01 April - 10 April, 2023

At Morocco, Marrakesh

10 daysAll inclusive
4799 Euro

Uncover Morocco's colourful culture as you explore ancient medinas, spice-filled souks and dramatic Marrakech architecture. Indulge your senses on this 10-day tour which incorporates the historic sights of Essaouira, breathtaking views of the desert and the palaces, tombs and souks of Marrakech. Join Nancy E.Thompson on this all inclusive trip filled with watercolour classes, sightseeing, cooking, tasting and experiencing local cuisine and culture. The Magic of Morocco is waiting for you!

  1. Discover Moroccan culture and traditions
  2. Learn new skills during many mini workshops (Calligraphy, Ceramics, perfume making)
  3. Learn watercolor techniques with Nancy
  4. Visit Majorelle Garden, the Musée Berbère and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum
  5. Enjoy a day trip to seaside art town of Essaouira
  6. Experience Agafa desert on the back of a camel!
  7. Learn to cook traditional Moroccan dishes
  8. Hammam -spa treatments , rehabilitation sessions
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Discovering Tuscany with Ian Fennelly

with IAN FENNELLY || 22 April - 29 April, 2023

At Lucca

8 daysAll inclusive
3299 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.

  1. instructions by Ian
  2. Most beautiful towns exploration
  3. Beautiful Villa Setting
  4. Special selected activities
  5. Private Chef offering best Tuscan&Italian cuisine
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Rehabilitation Retreat

with Karolina Lenart || 05 May - 12 May, 2023

At Villa Foresta

8 daysAll inclusive
3599 Euro
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Full 7 days where you can allow yourself to switch off from all concerns , fears , personal or phisical 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 workshop 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. Hatha Yoga course
  4. Meditation
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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN WITH FRANK EBER

with Frank Eber || 05 May - 15 May, 2023

At Lucca, Italy

11 daysAll inclusive
3599 Euro

Bring your painting skills to a higher level! Learn how to paint luminous paintings by manipulating tonal values, color and edge. In this class, Frank will share advanced painting techniques to create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Topics will include design and composition, color and lighting, positives and negatives, simplification of shape, and atmospheric effects. The techniques you will learn in Frank’s workshop transcend the watercolor medium. Separate yourself from the watercolor crowd and experience firsthand why his courses are so popular! Small class settings only. Please sign up early!

  1. Intensive painting instruction by Frank
  2. Best Italian food and wine during entire stay
  3. Day trip to Lucca , Livorno, Viareggio, Pietrasanta, Barga
  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 || 16 May - 26 May, 2023

At Lucca, Italy

11 daysAll inclusive
3849Euro
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Course is SOLD OUT !!! 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. Portovenere, San Gimignano, Lucca, Viareggio, Pietrasanta tours
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church
  5. Glamorous Tuscan 5 course dinner
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Discover Provence with Monique Carr

with Monique Carr || 02 June - 11 June, 2023

At Provence

10 daysAll inclusive
4299 Euro
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Experience magical Provence: lavender, vineyards, olive trees, medieval villages, markets, delicious food & wine 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 instructor and artist Monique Carr for a fun and enlightening 10 days that will enhance both your painting skills and your appreciation for this remarkable region of France.

  1. Intensive instruction by Monique
  2. Beautiful accomodation in Villa
  3. Delicious food & wine
  4. Day excrusion to Town of : Avignon and Cassis
  5. Excursions to most beautiful little villages of Provence: Roussillion, Gordes,Lacoste.
  6. French cooking class with private Chef
  7. Wine tasting with local producer
  8. Lavender museum , St.Paul e Mausole , Sénanque Abbey -guide tours.
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Magic of Provence with Suzy Pal Powell

with Suzy Pal Powell || 12 June - 21 June, 2023

At Provence-France

10 daysAll inclusive
4299 Euro

Experience magical Provence: lavender, vineyards, olive trees, medieval villages, markets, delicious food & wine 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 instructor and artist Suzy Pal Powell for a fun and enlightening 10 days that will enhance both your painting skills and your appreciation for this remarkable region of France.

  1. instruction by Suzy
  2. Beautiful accomodation in Villa
  3. Delicious food & wine
  4. Day excrusion to : Avignon , S.Remy
  5. Excursions to most beautiful little villages of Provence: Russillion, Gordes.
  6. French cooking class with private Chef
  7. Wine tasting with local producer
  8. Lavender museum , St.Paul e Mausole , Sénanque Abbey -guide tours.
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Rehabilitation Retreat

with Karolina Lenart || 10 July - 17 July, 2023

At Villa Foresta

8 daysAll inclusive
3599 Euro
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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 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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THE MAGIC OF TUSCANY

with Dori Beth || 17 July - 27 July, 2023

At Lucca, Italy

11 daysAll inclusive
3599Euro
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I am so thrilled and excited for a 10 day get away to Tuscany ! Come paint with me under the magical Tuscan sun. We will stay at a 400 year old villa, where everywhere you look is a painting waiting for you to create! Each day we will dine on original Italian cuisine that inspires anyone’s “palette.” We will have many excursions and adventures to explore the Regional countryside and towns. Visiting the village with the Bay of Poets, a seaside village, a town of towers all to entice creativity. I will teach four , 3 hour sessions, where I do demos and assist each students to help them complete 2 paintings to take home. You will learn a number of techniques working with watercolors. In Lucca there is a wonderful little art store that only an artist can appreciate. Beginners and advance students will be inspired beyond their wildest imagination in the atmosphere of romantic Tuscany. This is an adventure that you will draw upon for the rest of your life!

  1. Watercolor instruction by Dori
  2. Beautiful accommodation in traditional Tuscan Villa on the hills of Lucca
  3. Private English speaking driver
  4. Personal Chef offering best Italian cuisine
  5. Lucca, San Gimignano, Portovenere day trips
  6. Beach day in Viareggio with Seafood & prosecco picnic.
  7. Tuscan cooking lesson with personal Chef
  8. Wine Tasting in local bio dynamic winery
  9. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church with dinner in restaurant
  10. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinner with art gallery
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The Light of Tuscany

with Alex Hillkurtz || 20 August - 30 August, 2023

At Villa Sole , Lucca

11 daysAll inclusive
3899 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 , Viareggio, Carrara , Pietrasanta , 5 terre and San Gimignano
  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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Tuscany with Barbara Hack

with Barbara Hack || 03 September - 13 September, 2023

At Villa Sole, Lucca, Italy

11 daysAll inclusive
3799 €

Barbara Hack for 10 days will explore some of the fundamentals of Portrait painting in oils, working with the live model. What better place to study the classical art of portraiture than Italy, the home of some of the most famous art in the world. During each painting session Barbara will begin with a demo and then assist students with their paintings and provide any advice. She will teach you how to draw the face structure, block in the shadows and add color. You will learn to color mix skin tones and approach your paintings in a variety of aspects, from the initial lines to the final painting. There will be sketching sessions with models as well . No matter what background students have with oil paints, or level painter you are, Barbara Hack will assist you in learning techniques and how to incorporate those techniques in paintings. Plus, as always during Follow your Senses in Tuscany holidays you can expect the best hospitality, food, drinks and excursions.

  1. Painting instruction from Barbara
  2. Best Italian Cuisine & Wine during entire stay
  3. Day excursions Portovenere, Volterra and Lucca
  4. Tuscan cooking lesson with private Chef.
  5. Wine tasting in Bio-dynamic winery.
  6. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church with dinner in restaurant.
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Rehabilitation Retreat

with Karolina Lenart || 14 September - 21 September, 2023

At Villa Foresta

9 daysAll inclusive
3799 Euro
Sold Out!sign up to waiting list

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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THE MAGIC OF TUSCANY Vol.2

with Dori Beth || 22 September - 01 October, 2023

At Lucca, Italy

10 daysAll inclusive
3599Euro

I am so thrilled and excited for a 10 day get away to Tuscany ! Come paint with me under the magical Tuscan sun. We will stay at a 400 year old villa, where everywhere you look is a painting waiting for you to create! Each day we will dine on original Italian cuisine that inspires anyone’s “palette.” We will have many excursions and adventures to explore the Regional countryside and towns. Visiting the village with the Bay of Poets, a seaside village, a town of towers all to entice creativity. I will teach four , 3 hour sessions, where I do demos and assist each students to help them complete 2 paintings to take home. You will learn a number of techniques working with watercolors. In Lucca there is a wonderful little art store that only an artist can appreciate. Beginners and advance students will be inspired beyond their wildest imagination in the atmosphere of romantic Tuscany. This is an adventure that you will draw upon for the rest of your life!

  1. Watercolor instruction by Dori
  2. Beautiful accommodation in traditional Tuscan Villa on the hills of Lucca
  3. Private English speaking driver
  4. Personal Chef offering best Italian cuisine
  5. Lucca , Volterra , Lerici and San Terenzo day trips
  6. Beach day in Viareggio with Seafood & prosecco picnic.
  7. Tuscan cooking lesson with personal Chef
  8. Wine Tasting in local bio dynamic winery
  9. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church with dinner in restaurant
  10. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinner with art gallery
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Tuscany with Nancy Ellen Thompson

with Nancy E.Thompson || 02 October - 12 October, 2023

At Lucca , Tuscany

11 daysAll inclusive
3999Euro

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. Day trip to Cinque Terre , Volterra , Lucca , Montecatini Terme , Florence.
  5. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  6. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinners with local wine selection
  7. Healing massages
  8. 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.
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Discover TUSCANY

with James Richards || 13 October - 23 October, 2023

At Lucca, Italy

11 daysAll inclusive
3849Euro

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. Lucca, San Gimignano, Lerici, Viareggio, Pietrasanta tours
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Puccini Concert in a Romanesque church
  5. Glamorous Tuscan 5 course dinner
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Experience Morocco with Ian Fennelly

with IAN FENNELLY || 26 October - 02 November, 2023

At Morocco, Marrakesh

8 daysAll inclusive
3599 Euro

if you're yet to experience the beating heart of Morocco, it's time to treat yourself to a trip to this magical country. Join us for an week of intense urban sketching holiday (5 hours of sketching per day!) with wonderful instructor and artist Ian Fennelly. You will learnall the techniques from Ian, have a chance to paint , sketch an improve your skills and share your work with fellow artists. You will stay in a beautiful riad in Marrakech- a traditional Moroccan house with a small courtyard complete with water features that provide an oasis of peace in the middle of the hectic city. During your stay, you will also visit the enchanting Majorelle Garden, the Musée Berbère and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Experience the magic of Marrakech with its chaotic bustle, romantic roof terraces, historical palaces, gardens and museums - all with a touch of luxury! What are you waiting for? Pack your supplies and join us to this unforgettable experience! the lively squares , streets and markets of Marrakech with beautiful seaside art town of Essaouira!

  1. Learn masterful techniques with Ian Fennelly
  2. Discover Moroccan culture and traditions
  3. Taste all the local specialities
  4. Experience an explosion of colors everywhere you go
  5. Visit Majorelle Garden, the Musée Berbère and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum
  6. Enjoy a day trip to seaside art town of Essaouira
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