Set in the stunning Italian countryside The Retreat offers creative holidays in beautiful surroundings for lovers of all things Italian. Our painting courses and art workshops include a wide range of all inclusive programs with accommodation, meals, professional tuition, excursions, and all materials. The Retreat, is a beautifully restored guesthouse with large studio nestled in the heart of the Italian countryside. It’s uninterrupted views across rolingl-hills and ancient hill-top towns provide the perfect backdrop for your unique painting holiday experience.

Our tailor-made art courses are designed to inspire and build confidence across a range of media, styles and techniques. My name is John, I am a professional landscape painter and experienced tutor.  We work in small groups only and I will take care of your personal artistic needs. Together, we will undertake excursions and painting trips where I will give you an insight into the history and culture of our beautiful surroundings. Jana looks after your every needs and hospitality.

   Current Special offers

Our New 2015 Course Program is out now!

Click here for the full course list: 2015 Courses

New in 2015: 22-29th September Stone Carving with Australian Sculptor Janet Cameron

Group bookings 1-in-8-goes free.*

Art holidays include 7 and 10-day courses at ‘ The Retreat’, our artist studio and guesthouse. All courses are carefully designed to provide a perfect blend of a relaxing creative experience and cultural exploration of this beautiful part of Italy.

Enjoy a fantastic creative holiday with a truly personal touch! As a family-run retreat we will welcome you into a friendly and homely environment. Here,  you can relax, create and explore in the company of like-minded people and simply enjoy the fresh food and wine in idyllic countryside overlooking vast uninterrupted views. As a professional landscape painter, I have many years of experience paiinting in Italy’s most stunning locations and you can see samples of my work here: www.JohnSkelcher.com

The Retreat also offers group stays with or without tuition for art groups coming together. Our holiday apartments and B&B rooms with access to studio facilities and art materials provide an ideal set up for individual artists, photographers and other creative spirits wanting to work on their own. (Available outside advertised course dates only!)

Recent paintings of your experienced tutor and landscape painter John Skelcher are on show in Italy throughout this autum.

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What our Guests say:

“The Retreat is truly an inspiring place to be. Immediately, you are confronted by a tremendous panoramic view which sweeps from the snow-capped Sibillini Mountains on the left across a large selection of charming hill topped villages through to the glittering Adriatic on the right. Marvellous. It is most definitely a unique and very beautiful place to be. The food is excellent, the company stimulating and … John is an excellent and inspirational painting and drawing tutor, so leave space in your luggage to enable you to carry your work home!

You’ll love it – highly recommended!” M. Chatfield 2009

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* 1-in-8-goes free offer applies to minimum 8 painting participants and doesn’t include non-painting companions