Courses at Casa Berti

We offer courses all year round in our art studio overlooking olive groves and woodland.


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Accomodation

Stay in either our 17th Century manor house or our traditional farmhouse both set on a hilltop spur in fifteen acres of gardens, olives groves and woodland, offering sweeping views to the East and West. Enjoy tranquil evenings watching the sunset over the valley from our terracotta tiled terrace lined with lemon trees and suppers on our wisteria-covered pergola or relax with an evening swim in the pool

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The Studio

This large and light space (11 x 5 metres) is used for courses ranging from sculpture and painting to yoga and Tai Chi. Newly fitted air conditioning units provide heat in the winter and cool in the summer. We provide yoga mats, bolsters, bricks belts and so on for 15 practioners. The studio is also equipped for analogue and digital sound and vision.

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Art

In conjuction with Art Escapes we offer a varied range of courses from Watercolour painting to sculpture. See our current courses for what’s on offer this season.

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Yoga

We offer a range of wellbeing courses from yoga to Tai Chi in our fully air-conditioned studio space with views out over the valley. We provide yoga mats, bolsters, bricks belts and so on for 15 practioners.

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Up & Coming Art Retreats


Catalyst Art Retreat
29 April – 5 May 2018
Live the life of an artist at our immersive artist retreat. Visual artists, illustrators, textile artists, photographers, digital artists, crafters, makers, writers, musicians, and performers are all welcome! Spring in Tuscany is lovely with lots of wildflowers. It’s also the time of year when the Luccese villas are open for garden tours.

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Catalyst Art Retreat
19 – 25 August 2018
Live the life of an artist at our immersive artist retreat in Tuscany. Imagine swimming in marble-bouldered rivers (Seravezza), cooling dips and beers at the Casa Berti pool, and long warm evenings dining beneath a pergola with one of the best views in the world. Visual artists, illustrators, textile artists, photographers, digital artists, crafters, makers, writers, musicians, and performers are all welcome!

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Catalyst Art Retreat
2 – 8 September 2018
Catalyst brings a little bit of Japan to Italy! Shibori means to tie, fold, and bind cloth before dyeing using indigo dyes. We’ll demonstrate how to create an indigo vat using pre-reduced indigo crystals and share several fold, tie, and resist techniques. Participants will create their own dyed cloths. We’ll also introduce complementary techniques like shifu, Japanese thread spinning with a drop spindle. There’s ample time for you to experiment and do your own thing. The week will culminate in an outdoor exhibition of your creations at the beach in Viareggio.

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Animal Sculpture in Wax and Clay
with Dido Crosby | 8 – 15 September 2018
(session 1)

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Portrait and figure sculpture in clay with Jason Arkles | 22 – 29 September 2018
(session 1)

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Plein air
with Lori McNee | 14 – 20 October 2018
(session 2)

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Plein air
with Lori McNee | 7 – 13 October 2018
(session 1)

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Painting Flowers in Acrylics
with Carmelo Blandino | 21 – 27 October 2018
(session 2)

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Previous art retreats


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Portrait & Figure Sculpture in Clay
with Jason Arkles | March 2017
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Painting Under the Tuscan Sun
with Lori McNee | October 2017
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Portrait & Figure Drawing
with Kathryn Engberg | September 2017
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The Inner Portrait
with Henrik Udalen | May 2017
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Every November we invite close friends and family to help Giuliano harvest, cold press and label several hundred bottles of the finest grade olive oil. ‘Extra virgin olive oil’ must ...

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Art in the area

Lucca, Pisa, and Lunigiana


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Lucca

For Lucca’s best views, rent a bike for a couple of hours and cycle the circle of town walls. The castle-museum at Pontrémoli, in the Lunigiana, has one of Tuscany’s oddest collections: so-called statue-stele, odd carved-stone figures that date back many centuries before Christ. Every May Lucca hosts a series of cultural events, including a contemporary art fair. The Loggiato of Palazzo Pretorio in San Michele Square becomes the meeting point for exhibitions and public events.

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