Courses at Casa Berti

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


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Yoga and painting with Abrar Bashowair
March 23-30th

We are delighted to welcome back Abrar from Saudia Arabia She will combine her skills as a yoga master and painter to lead a 6 day wellness retreat that promises to be both relaxing and vivacious. Healthy food, interesting excursions and stimulating company are guaranteed. The focus will be on participation, cooperation and creativity with the aim of spreading joy and happiness within the group and then beyond.

For more info: www.adventures-hobbies.com

contact: Abrar@Bashowair.com

Tel: 050 3626200

Jeddah Saudi Arabia

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Cooking with Reza Mahammad
April 13-20th

Celebrity Chef Reza promises to challenge gastronomic boundaries with audacious combinations of classic Indian flavours and fresh Mediterranean ingredients. Hone your culinary skills, eat great food all week and work it off with a walk in our woods or a stroll round beautiful Lucca. There will be a competitive element, too as our ‘best dish’ winner will be chosen by some discerning Italian guests at our final feast. Couples and singles welcome.

For more info contact Ben Gooder at benhamgooder@hotmail.com or +44 (0)7973 393 682

Links:
Reza on twitter
Reza at home

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Wellness with Ariadne Los
Pilates retreat
May 7th – 14th

Your Pilates retreat is held at Casa Berti, a private hill-top estate with expansive views over the Tuscan hills, just north of Lucca in Tuscany. This stunning location consists of villa Casa Berti and farmhouse Casa Rosina, a Pilates studio, gardens, olive groves, vineyards and woodland. There is a large pool with sun lounge space, various seating areas in the gardens and an al fresco dining area. The Lucchese style bedrooms are beautifully appointed with original features and all have privacy and en-suite bathrooms. The Estate is set in sixteen acres of olive terraces, gardens and woodland, cultivated by Etruscans, Romans and now locals. It offers extensive walks, badminton, boules, archery and croquet. A natural spring produces mineral-rich water all year round. This is the perfect place to relax, practise Pilates, boost your wellbeing and explore medieval Lucca and its surroundings.

Mornings Start the day with an energising Pilates class in the studio or by the poolside, followed by brunch under the pergola.

Daytime Enjoy the cultural delights in the area, scenic walking trails and the local vineyards and olive groves.

Evenings After an unwinding Pilates session, enjoy 2-course dinner with wine al fresco at Casa Berti. All meals are prepared with fresh produce and ethically treated meat, to nourish you holistically a – body, mind and spirit. Some evenings we will be out, one in Lucca.

For more info: send us an email at info@avventurapilates.com or call us on +44(0)7540 293183.
Links: avventurapilates.com

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Landscape Painting with Amy Florence Moseley
May 18th – 25th

We welcome back the brilliant Amy Florence Mosely for a Landscape Painting Workshop at Casa Berti. Painting will take place on the grounds of the estate and surrounding countryside. Amy will demonstrate and critique daily, and has experience teaching students of all levels. Students will work on two paintings in oil per day – a morning painting, and an afternoon painting, on wooden panel. Each day will focus on a different aspect of landscape painting, including how to start, designing and framing the landscape, mixing greens, painting trees and clouds, perspective and distance, and assessing values.

Spaces are limited and are filled on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Below you will find further information regarding the estate and the painting schedule for the week.

Fee – 2500 euro*

*includes painting instruction, a double room with en suite, full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and wine), transfer to and from Lucca train station, the day trip to Carrara. Contact us for accommodation options and pricing

Schedule
Saturday 18th – Students arrive, transfer available from Lucca train station. Welcome dinner at the main Villa.

Sunday 19th – 8am Breakfast. 9.30am – 12.30 Painting. 1pm Lunch. 2pm – 5pm painting. 6.30 aperitivo, dinner at 7.30pm.

Monday 20th – 8am Breakfast. 9.30am – 12.30 Painting. 1pm Lunch. 2pm – 5pm painting. 6.30 aperitivo, dinner at 7.30pm.

Tuesday 21st – 8am Breakfast. 9.30am – 12.30 Painting. 1pm Lunch. 2pm – 5pm painting. 6.30 aperitivo, dinner at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 22nd – Optional day trip to the Carrara marble quarry and Pietrasanta.

Thursday 23rd – 8am Breakfast. 9.30am – 12.30 Painting. 1pm Lunch. 2pm – 5pm painting. 6.30 aperitivo, dinner at 7.30pm.

Friday 24th – 8am Breakfast. 9.30am – 12.30 Painting. 1pm Lunch. 2pm – 5pm painting. 6.30 aperitivo, dinner party at 7.30pm.

Saturday 25th – Leaving day, transfers available on request.

Accommodation
Double, single and twin rooms are available.  It is also possible to bring a non painting partner. Please contact us for accommodation options and pricing.

We will have exclusive use of the estate during the week, and students are welcome to use the swimming pool, games room, communal living areas, artists’ studio and grounds during their stay. The meals are home cooked by our hosts, using fresh local produce. Please inform us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Materials
Students may purchase a full materials pack for 170 euro. There will be easels available to use during your stay.

10x painting panels, 30 x 40cm (I make mine with two layers of shellac, you can buy them directly from me)

Palette

Palette cups

Turpentine

Medium – zecchi old master medium, or sunthickened linseed oil

Brushes – a good selection of hog hair brushes

Extended Palette Colours –

Lead White or Titanium White

Cadmium Yellow light

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Red light

Alizarin

Mars Brown

Cerulean Blue or Manganese Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue

Links: Landscape painting newsletter
amyflorenceart on instagram
www.amyflorence.art

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Yoga and painting with Abrar Bashowair
March 23-30th

We are delighted to welcome back Abrar from Saudia Arabia She will combine her skills as a yoga master and painter to lead a 6 day wellness retreat that promises to be both relaxing and vivacious. Healthy food, interesting excursions and stimulating company are guaranteed. The focus will be on participation, cooperation and creativity with the aim of spreading joy and happiness within the group and then beyond.

For more info: www.adventures-hobbies.com

contact: Abrar@Bashowair.com

Tel: 050 3626200

Jeddah Saudi Arabia

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Animal sculpture (in wax and clay)
With Dido Crosby
June 1st-8th

Link: www.didocrosby.com

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Photography with Prof. Janice Mehlman
‘Discovering the Light of Tuscany’
June 15th-22nd 2019

Part Vacation and Part intense Photographic Image Making. Whether you want to photograph the Tuscan landscape, the architecture, its people or food, this is the perfect workshop for you. Prof. Janice Mehlman will teach you how to make magical photographs using light and shadow, color, and composition, while capturing the decisive moment to encapsulate the beauty of Tuscany.

The week will consist of photographing in and around the city and hills of Lucca, the town and beaches of Pietrasanta, as well as the famous Marble Quarries above Carrara. There will be production sessions where your photographs will be critiqued, edited, retouched and printed onto fine art paper.

This six-day workshop is designed to let you enjoy your photography, while also enjoying one of the most beautiful private Villas in the hills above Lucca. “Casa Berti” provides delicious food and luxurious accommodations, including a large artist/photo studio, and a pool to relax by after a long day behind the camera.

Our goal is for you to have a world class experience, get a genuine flavor of this part of Tuscany, and come away with a Professional and stunning body of images.

Digital Photography experience is necessary, but all levels are welcome!

Prof. Janice Mehlman has been exhibiting her photographs in Art Galleries and Museums throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Her work is featured in International Museum and Corporate collections, as well as in major books on the History of Photography.

Janice is a Professor of Art in the City University of New York where she teaches classes and directs the Photography program.

She is most known for her abstract, architectural images of Italy, where she manipulates shadow and light. Dealing with mystery, and illusion, Mehlman’s unique vision, contributes to the transformation of real spaces into abstractions of philosophical dimension.

The artist divides her creative time between her studios in Brooklyn, NY, and Pietrasanta, Italy.

 

June 15th-22nd 2019 costs

  • $2,800 Participating workshop student
  • $2,000 for non-participating partners;
  • $2,450 per person per session for shared room (2 artists)
  • Early Bird Special $2,500 before March 1st

Cost includes:

  • 6 day photography workshop with Janice Mehlman
  • luxurious room and board
  • transfers from Lucca
  • transport to photo locations
  • local taxes

Cost excludes:

  • travel to Lucca and cost of printing
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Wellness with Ariadne Los
Sep 8th-15th

Your Pilates retreat is held at Casa Berti, a private hill-top estate with expansive views over the Tuscan hills, just north of Lucca in Tuscany. This stunning location consists of villa Casa Berti and farmhouse Casa Rosina, a Pilates studio, gardens, olive groves, vineyards and woodland. There is a large pool with sun lounge space, various seating areas in the gardens and an al fresco dining area. The Lucchese style bedrooms are beautifully appointed with original features and all have privacy and en-suite bathrooms. The Estate is set in sixteen acres of olive terraces, gardens and woodland, cultivated by Etruscans, Romans and now locals. It offers extensive walks, badminton, boules, archery and croquet. A natural spring produces mineral-rich water all year round. This is the perfect place to relax, practise Pilates, boost your wellbeing and explore medieval Lucca and its surroundings.

Mornings Start the day with an energising Pilates class in the studio or by the poolside, followed by brunch under the pergola. Daytime Enjoy the cultural delights in the area, scenic walking trails and the local vineyards and olive groves. Evenings After an unwinding Pilates session, enjoy 2-course dinner with wine al fresco at Casa Berti. All meals are prepared with fresh produce and ethically treated meat, to nourish you holistically a – body, mind and spirit. Some evenings we will be out, one in Lucca.

For more info: send us an email or call us on +44(0)7540 293183.

Links: www.avventurapilates.com

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Painting with Chris Brandley
Session 1: Sep 28th – Oct 5th
Session 2: Oct 5th – 12th
Session 3: Oct 12th – 19th

Have you ever dreamed of painting under the Tuscan Sun? Your dreams will come true on this artist’s retreat! We will stay at Casa Berti, a 17th century Italian Villa that’s been exquisitely renovated with today’s modern conveniences. Casa Berti is located in the beautiful Tuscan countryside above Lucca, Italy.

  • Session A: September 28 – October 5, 2019 (ONLY 1 room left!)
  • Session B: October 5-12, 2019 (ONLY 2 rooms left!)
  • Session C: October 12-19, 2019 (ONLY 2 rooms left!)

Come for one session, come for two, or all three! (discount if you sign up for more than one session!)

This will be a small group with limited space, so don’t delay!

Rooms will be assigned 1st come 1st serve.

Spend 7 nights, and 6 full days painting, exploring, relaxing, and eating delicious, authentic Italian food. The surroundings at Casa Berti are picture perfect for painting; with mountains, mature gardens, olive groves, lemon trees, vineyards and villas.  There is plenty to do (besides painting!) including swimming, badminton, boules, a pool table, dart board, and croquet.

The grand art studio is absolutely stunning. The large picture window and sky light fill the space with natural lighting as it overlooks the Tuscan landscape. French easels are available on site, but you are welcome to bring your own portable plein air easel.

Our host, Benham Gooder, will be offering a couple of excursions per session to some nearby areas. Possibilities include (but are not limited to) painting at  vineyards with wine tasting;  Lucca (For the music lover, this is also where Giacomo Puccini, one of Italy’s greatest opera composers, was born); Barga (Barga has received several awards, including “One of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”) ; Pietrasanta(where Michelangelo got his marble)and/or Cinque Terre, (literally translated as “5 lands”. Cinque Terre consists of 5 quaint hillside towns along the Italian Riviera, where you can easily hop on a train and ride 5 minutes to each of the 5 towns. I was in Cinque Terre in 2016 and it was one of my all time favorites! On the excursions you can choose to bring your easel and paint in oils, acrylics,  sketch in your watercolor journal, or take photos to paint later. You can even just take the time to shop if you’d rather do that! 

Chris Brandley website

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Paint in Tuscany With Lori McNee
Oct 20-27th

we are delighted welcome back by popular demand for the third year running the talented and vivacious Lori McNee from Sun Valley, Idaho.

“Lori’s Tuscany workshop was one of the best decisions of my life. Everthing about it was incredible. Lori is a great teacher and givesevery studentindividual attention. She’s so good at bringing out each painters personal style. I highly advise signing upearly because her past students might fill up nest years workshop before anyone else has a chance.!” Romona Youngquist

Links: www.lorimcnee.com

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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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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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