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from 350.00

£1100 Inclusive 7-day price

£350 Hold deposit due at sign-up

This is a course aimed at anyone who would like to take a few days to focus on botanical painting. You can come with an idea of what you might like to paint, or you can come simply wanting to have a go, even for the very first time.




This art retreat takes place in the picturesque Italian countryside, at our lovely farmhouse along the border of Tuscany and Umbria. The house stands on its own small hill ringed with trees; olives, walnuts, and stately pines. Behind it a verdant wood, and all around golden, rolling fields and distant mountains, perfect countryside for a classic Tuscan painting.

The estate is a hillside paradise for nature and peace. This wonderful setting gives you a rare opportunity to explore a stunning wooded and pastoral landscape, home to a wide variety of birds and animals including deer, porcupine and, more than the occasional, wild boar. White roads and tracks criss-cross this ancient estate giving you the chance to walk or cycle and breath the air of a natural reserve, surrounded by beautiful hundred-year-old pines, cypress trees and extraordinary views across the valleys of Tuscany and Umbria.

If that isn’t tempting enough there is also a swimming pool (open seasonally) to help you relax after a hard day at the easel. Wander through a hillside olive grove, walk between the shadows cast by majestic umbrella pines and cypress trees or simply be inspired by the landscape. Enjoy a glass of cold Prosecco or the sublime Brunello di Montalcino on one of our terraces whilst watching the sun set over the beautiful Tuscan town of Chiusi and the distant Montepulciano. In this environment you will paint and draw under the same mellow light that inspired the great Renaissance artists.

The guest accommodation is the restored ground floor cantinas and stables which have been transformed into apartments that are your Italian home for the week. One can immediately see the careful attention that went into restoring, decorating, and preparing these rooms.


The food is simple, delicious and Italian, using fresh ingredients from the local market in Chiusi, much of which is organically grown; pumpkin risotto, pasta al forno, slow roasted fennel with red onions, salads with wild rocket, prosciutto and fresh figs… Selection is seasonal and always changing, and you can be guaranteed to enjoy and appreciate each bite.

We enjoy good local wine, from the vineyards between Chiusi and the famous wine region of Montepulciano. This type of wine is called 'vino sfuso' or 'loose wine', and is natural and free of chemicals. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are enjoyed together as a group in the studio. The course fee includes all food and wine with your meals (excluding any meals taken on trip days). Some lunches may be served outside on one of the terraces or taken on location.


Guests will not only enjoy the house and encompassing estate, but also the richness of the Italian cities in nearby regions. Day trips will allow students to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience. Trips may include visits to small villages, larger towns, and outdoor activities. See smaller villages that few tourists get to enjoy, and get a true education and taste of Italy with stops at some amazing cafes and "trattorias".


Our courses are carefully designed for complete beginners with no previous experience, intermediate artists who would like to improve their skills/techniques, and practicing artists looking for a new challenge. Julian, the host and instructor, has over 25 years experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, and always strives to create a friendly and relaxed studio. Read more about his story on the ABOUT page. We offer a variety of custom-made art courses in order to build confidence and inspire you across a range of themes and disciplines. These unique courses also reflect the culture and history of the area and are interwoven with art-history excursions, providing inspiration, variety and interest throughout the week. Above all, this is a real opportunity for developing artists to work in small groups alongside an experienced teacher.


This is a course aimed at anyone who would like to spend five days really focusing on botanical painting. It is a studio based course with a variety of trips out too, and the aim is that you leave with one or two paintings which you are proud of. We will concentrate on technique as well as expression in the work, and for inspiration visit one of Europe’s largest and most famous garden centers just nearby. From the smallest of succulents to the grandest of oaks, you can come with an idea of what you might like to paint, or you can come simply wanting to have a go, even for the very first time. Half way through the week, following a lunch out in the world renowned Val d’Orcia of Tuscany, we will also take a guided tour to one of the most beautiful private gardens in this part of Italy, the Villa at Le Foce. As with all our courses, all the basic materials you might need are provided and, although they are 'student quality' they are fine. Feel free to bring any of your own materials, maybe a higher quality paint or brush, but don't worry as all you'll need is here for you in the studio.

* Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat. All levels welcome!



  • 5 days / 4 nights

  • Inclusive Retreat Price = £995 (shared room*), +£200 (single room supplement, only 3 available), +£350 (double room used for single occupancy)

  • Non-painting partner price £750

  • Deposit to hold space = £300

  • Max # Guests = 8
    * Guests traveling alone can choose the shared room and we match up based on guest profile. Rooms are spacious with separate beds and private bathrooms.
    * Final balance due 45 days before retreat start date.
    Read full cancellation policy in our
    Terms & Conditions.


Daily breakfast
Select lunches on day-trips or onsite
Dinners onsite
Wine during onsite meals
Transfers from Chiusi train station to house
Transportation to/from day trips
Daily art classes
Use of estate premises - hiking trails, pool (seasonal), art room, etc.
Day out to local village for day trip
Use of art supplies
Tips & taxes

* airfare not included, selected meals during daytrips not included


Countryside on border of Tuscany and Umbria
Nearest town: Chiusi, Tuscany
Nearest major airports: Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO - Rome), Galileo Galilei Airpot (PSA - Pisa)
Nearest local airports: Sant'Egidio Airport (PEG - Perugia), Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR - Florence)
Nearest train station: Chiusi-Chianciano Terme
Transfers between Villa and train station can be arranged at no charge on first and last day of retreat. Single and group airport transfers are possible and pricing discussed upon request. Train transfer from all airports is quite easy, and we can help guide you on the directions.


Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.

ART SUPPLIES ARE PROVIDED but feel free to bring any personal supplies you prefer
Comfortable shoes (walking tours)
Bathing suit (seasonal pool, possible thermal spa daytrip)
Plug adaptors / converters (standard EU plug)
PROVIDED AT HOUSE: hair dryers, linens, toiletries (shampoo/soap), paid laundry service, wifi



    1:00 - Check in

    1:30 - Lunch

    2:30 - STUDIO

4:30 - Visit to Vivaio Margheriti

    6:00 - Evening break

    7:00 - Aperitivo

    7:30 - Dinner



    8:30 - Breakfast

    9:30 -Studio session

    1:30 - Lunch

    2:30 - Studio session

    6:00 - Evening break

    7:30 - Dinner



    8:30 - Breakfast

    9:30 - STUDIO

    1:00 - Break

    1:30 - Lunch in the Val d’Orcia

    4:00 - Guided tour of the gardens of La Foce

    7:30 - Dinner



    8:30 - Breakfast

    9:30 - Studio session

    1:30 - Lunch in Chiusi

    3.00 - Studio session

7:30 - Dinner


    8:30 - Breakfast

    9:30 - Studio session

    12:30 - Lunch

   2:00 - Departure

* all activities and day trips are weather permitting