Creative weekends away from the everyday…
Each year I run a 3-day retreat in Italy with the fabulous Michael Eldridge – painter, photographer and wonderful person to spend time with – trust me, his creativity is infectious.
This year it’s in the Sibillini Mountains where you’ll get to wonder, wander and tap into your own creative flow. It’s on a beautiful Italian farm with simple but lovely accommodation, gardens with a pool and views of the mountains, and home-cooked Italian food (with vegetarian etc. options).
People come back every year, so we must be doing something right! That’s Mauro from Florence, resting after a particularly satisfying painting session.
14 – 17 June 2019 at Cittadella
A short break away from the everyday in the beautiful Italian region of Marche – developing your own creativity through painting, sketching, poetry and exploring in the local landscape. This is a course for artists and non-artists alike – anyone who is curious about their own creativity and what that might unfold.
'The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable' ......Robert Henri
You don’t need any previous talent, experience or anything – just an open mind and a will to explore your own creativity. We create and hold the space, setting you challenges each day to stretch and play and get absorbed completely in something special. As Michael says:
“Each day begins with movement, getting us in flow, connecting with ourselves. Then time spent exploring aspects of creativity, process, approach and mindset. We’ll be engaging you with the challenges and joys of simply paying attention, increasing your awareness and tuning in – unwinding.
Our challenges over the course of these precious few days use walking, photography, drawing, painting, poetry to help immerse everyone in the simple pleasures of creating beyond ourselves
Once you get started, these creative adventures tend to take on a momentum of their own, carrying you along with them. Our intentions are that you come away refreshed, clear and enthused about the next steps in your own personal artist’s journey… And it’s a journey of re-awakening and learning how to keep awake in this restless world, awake to the wonder of nature and the necessity of keeping our creative selves alive.
All our workshops/retreats are practical in nature and involve word and image and often dance and music too. Doing, making and producing endless quantities of work, and, above all, loosening the tyranny our rational minds for a while by painting, haiku, fun mind games and wellbeing exercises
Our objective always is to take you back to your original creative self; to immerse you once more in the magic pool of your precious creativity which has been waiting for your attention for so long. Our programme works wonders and you’ll love it! And what’s more, we give you a toolkit to take away with you so you never lose this gift again.”
It’s called the Tango of Creativity because it’s like a dance – we all bring our own personality and style and self – and we weave something amazing in the moment. Mauro, who comes to most of our retreats as a participant, is also a Tango teacher, so there may well be actual dancing if you’d like to too.
- Click here to BOOK your workshop place with a deposit of 100 euros, (total cost 210 euros, balance due by 1 June 2019) – this link takes you to Michael’s site, StarStone – please don’t be alarmed!!
- and then once you’ve received confirmation, book your accommodation direct the wonderful Cittadella. This way, you can choose exactly when and how you’d like to stay there. These rates include use of pool.
- Full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) at Cittadella is from E70 per day for shared room (two sharing);.
- Half board is 55 euros,
- B&B only, there are now three new mini apartments: Single 50 euro per night, Two sharing 70 euro per night, Three sharing 80 euro per night