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.

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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 andpainting 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. As a professional landscape painter, I have many years of experience painting in Italy’s most stunning locations and you can see samples of my work here: 


Exhibition of your tutor’s John Skelcher recent landscape paintings: 5th-May-5th June 2016, Florence, via di Mezzo 6r

New: B&B and Self-catering eeks for experienced artists and photographers 4th-26th August (min. stay 3 nights). Studio facilities, easels, parasols, etc. supplied. For more information click here: 4th-26th August artists guesthouse stays

Special offers:

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

10% discount for returning guests

10% discount on your second course week

Art holidays include 7 day courses at ‘ The Retreat’, our artist’s 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. We work in small groups of max 8 painters only allowing each painter to get the maximum benefit of the personalised tuition we provide. 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!)

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