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TUSCANY - songs of springtime

3rd-9th April 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

"Happiness?  The color of it must be spring green, impossible to describe until I see a just-hatched lizard sunning on a stone.  That color, the glowing green lizard skin, repeats in every new leaf.   ...  The regenerative power of nature explodes in every weed, stalk, branch.  Working in the mild sun, I feel the green fuse of my body, too. Surges of energy, kaleidoscopic sunlight through the leaves, the soft breeze that makes me want to say the word "zephyr" - this mindless simplicity can be called happiness."
-  Frances, Mayes, Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy, 1999 


April is the month when there Italians come out of hibernation and celebrate the arrival of the longer days and warmer weather. Flower festivals take place in April and the rolling hills burst into bloom with a riot of joyful exuberance. By mid-April the poppies should be flourishing between the vines and the Marguerite daisies starting to appear.

Val d’Orica and Chianti are of course very well known and visited by the masses. And rightly so. Cliches are cliches for a reason - they offer great beauty and everything we fondly associate with Tuscany. We intend to  travel a  little further afield, trying to tease out the lesser-known nooks and crannies of this most beguiling of landscapes. There will still be plenty of opportunity to photograph the gently sculpted hills and lone trees for which the area is so famous.

Of course, we will still be surrounded by breathtaking Tuscan hills, olive groves and vineyards. And we will spend much time ambling around the  winding cobbled alleyways of rustic hilltop villages with their red tiled roofs and golden ochre stone, bleached so beautifully by the sun.  However, in doing so, we will be searching for a personal view of this wonderful place - trying to capture its idyllic charm with our own fresh eyes.

We certainly won’t be hard-pressed to find inspiration, but if creative juices do run  dry,  then perhaps a taste of one of the Super Tuscans will restore our equilibrium. We will visit an internationally acclaimed winery   offering us a tour of the ancient cellars and Medieval castle. Following this we will enjoy  a four course meal. Simple, authentic Tuscan dishes with many of the ingredients coming straight from the estate’s kitchen garden. Not so much a restaurant  - more a kitchen with a winery attached - we are very lucky to be able to enjoy authentic Italian hospitality.

We are very excited to be visiting this area and to have the opportunity to engage on a very personal level with the people living and working here. We very much hope you can join us.






This is the first of a series of workshops  we are launching where the objective is focussed on ideas and development.

We have never been interested in simply chasing tripod hole locations and our current approach reflects that. However we also have an interest in helping people move beyond simply learning creative techniques. Those techniques - like the camera - while important to understand, are not the key to becoming an artist.  That lies in expressing what is inside us in our own very personal way .

So it is our goal that these new ‘Creative Growth’ workshops will have a more intense focus on artistic  development. We want to help you open your mind, to think with greater freedom, develop your own style, forge your own path. It is our hope that they will facilitate your progress as an artist and you will come away creatively invigorated and inspired.

‘Creative Growth’ tours will be a little different to our other workshops. Going out with the camera every day will still be at the heart of our initiative, but we will also set aside a part of each day to deliver presentations designed to stimulate your thinking. We will host group discussions dedicated to pushing creative boundaries and finding ways to progress as an artist. Positive, honest, group critique sessions of your work will feature as will processing demonstrations which will be recorded for you to download later. Some locations will include visits to art collections where we can discuss composition, light, colour and techniques, learning from the art of others.

To facilitate everything we want you to achieve on these tours, we will be selecting very special hotels, preferably those with some connection to the visual arts We will choose properties that can offer us a stimulating environment with an atmosphere conducive to learning, with our own room for the teaching sessions and in locations rich with inspiration.

We hope these tours will excite and creatively invigorate you. As always, we will endeavour to give our all to try and help you achieve your creative goals.



Because the structure of this workshop is slightly different we wanted to ensure we had an artistically inspiring base where we can spend time discussing creative objectives in a comfortable and stimulating environment.

We are extremely excited to be staying at the extraordinarily beautiful Villa Mangiacane.

Designed by none other than Michelangelo and built by the Machiavelli family it is steeped in history and creativity.

The villa is five star luxury - make no mistake - and includes 16th century frescoes, wine cellar, statue garden, olive groves and sweeping views of the Tuscan landscape. It is not too much of an exaggeration to suggest we could easily fill our time at this property and not run out of ideas.

Villa Mangiacane showcases over 220 pieces of original Shona sculpture throughout the property which is currently one of the largest Shona Art collections in Europe. Shona sculpture is widely accepted as the most important art movement to emerge from Africa in the Twentieth Century.

Some images of the villa are appended below - we would urge you to visit their website and see for yourself how much it has to offer.

There are two grades of accommodation - Deluxe and Classic.


3rd - 9th April 2019

PRICING: Our tours are capped at 10 people and so our pricing reflects the smaller group size. Included in the price is a wine tasting at an acclaimed winery, a tour of their grounds and the opportunity to shoot around the castle, which dates back to medieval times. This is followed by a four course traditional Tuscan meal with wine.

The hotel is ideally suited for people wishing to bring non-photographing partners. Please contact us for the supplement for a shared room. From £370 (depending on room grade and excursions taken).

Classic room £2,495.00 (sorry, all sold)

Deluxe room £2,950.00 -  (sorry all sold) 


Bed and breakfast, single accommodation at Villa Mangiacane for six nights.

One three course evening meal with wine and coffee at Villa Mangiane the night we arrive.

Photographic tour of a Tuscan winery situated in a Medieval castle. Wine tasting. A chance to photograph the sweeping views and around the estate at sunset followed by 4 course dinner with wines.

We are also very excited to be visiting another leading Chianti estate with an incredible ongoing art project. We can tour the grounds of the estate and see installations from leading artists such as Anish Kapoor and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Also included is another wine tasting.

All transport including transfers from Bologna airport for flights arriving to coincide with ours.

Max, 10 clients.

Tuition from Valda and Doug.

Presentations on extending creative thinking.



Flights, insurance,

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.

Average temperature 19C

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