ANNUAL WORKSHOPS

 

THE ART PASTRY, PASTA & PIZZA with Pino and Julia Ficara

LANDSCAPE PAINTING with Gary P. Lissa

THE FORCE OF POETRY with Liz Rees

FOOD STYLING AND FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY with Meeta K. Wolff

CERAMICS INTENSIVE with Eleonora Colletti


Workshops are limited to 8 participants. Contact us to book your place. 

If you're interested in leading your own retreat, get in touch, we'd love to help you design and host your own dream workshop! 


the art of pastry, pasta & Pizza

Culinary week focussed on mastery of the fresh pasta, pizza, and pastry and desserts. 100% artisanal techniques, led by professional chef Pino Ficara and pasta expert, Julia Ficara, owners of Grano & Farina in the heart of Rome.  All levels of experience can benefit from Pino and Julia's professional expertise and approachable style.  You'll leave with new tools, techniques, step-by-step recipes, unforgettable food experiences, and an expanded foodie community.  For passionate cooks and artisanal food lovers, this is an immersive workshop not to be missed. 

Price includes:  4 intensive cooking lessons, 3 local food tours, olive oil lesson with master oil sommelier Johnny Madge, guided wine tasting, private accommodations on our villa property, all food and wine, and local transportation.  

5 nights/6 days. $2,400 USD all inclusive.  2018: June 4-9 / July 9-14 / Sept 3-8 /

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LANDSCAPE PAINTING

Gary P. Lissa 2015

Gary P. Lissa 2015

Gary P. Lissa, painter with more than 30 years of professional experience in Italy, is well-known for his knowledge, skills, and profound talent for teaching.  Gary's retreats can be fundamentally transformative to any creative practice. In this workshop participants explore the landscape of Sabina, visit ancient ruins, a forgotten marble quarry, and spend up to 6 hours a day at the canvas and in conversation about techniques, the history of landscape painting, and developing personal processes. Whether you are a hobbyist beginner or professional looking for development, you will be astonished how much growth happens in a single dedicated week. 

"The landscape of Italy has obsessed the artist for centuries. Following the Renaissance it became a common practice for the art student to make a pilgrimage to Italy, and has since been considered of paramount importance for the artistic development of the student. It is no coincidence that the greatest landscape painters of the past four centuries have all spent much time studying and living in Italy."  - Gary Lissa. 

Price includes:  3 local tours, 30 hours of instruction, accommodation on a villa property, all food and wine, and local transportation.  

 6 nights/7 days. $2,400 USD, not including materials.  2018: Oct 13-19

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the force of poetry

Generate new poems and share your work with other passionate writers in supportive critiques.  Liz Rees guides her students with passion and purpose.  She is a published poet and teacher with 30 years of experience, and has taught at leading institutes such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Howard Universities. The itinerary is designed to help you dive into the 5 senses in ways that will inspire your writing with countryside tours, daily yoga, gourmet meals, and even a fresh pasta making lesson.   

Price Includes:  18 hours of instruction, private accommodation on our villa property, 4 guided tours, all food and wine, daily yoga, and local transportation,    

8 days/7 nights.  All inclusive $2,500 USD*  2018: October 22-29

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*Intermediate-level poetry experience, writing submissions required before reservation accepted. 

Liz Rees is a"poet in the schools" for the Maryland State Arts Council, and has published over 250 poems in journals such as Partisan Review. 

Liz Rees is a"poet in the schools" for the Maryland State Arts Council, and has published over 250 poems in journals such as Partisan Review


food photography & food styling

Meeta K. Wolff - extraordinary food photographer and blogger - brings her passion to Sabina every year and generously shares her knowledge, talent, and drive. Open to all levels. Get inspired by her blog about past workshops.  

2018: Contact us for rates and dates.  

Lifestyle Photoshoot, 2016 workshop. Photo Meeta K. Wolff

Lifestyle Photoshoot, 2016 workshop. Photo Meeta K. Wolff


Earth, water & fire: ceramics intensive

Taught by master ceramicist Eleonora Colletti at her hilltop studio, just minutes from the villa property.  Eleonora has been making ceramics and teaching students for over 30 years, every skill level can benefit from her workshops.  

Price Includes:  30 hours of studio time, 2 local food tours, accommodation on our villa property, all food and wine, local transportation. 

6 nights/5days.  $2,200 USD all inclusive.  2018: Contact us for dates.   

Hand-building techniques at Terrecotte Sabine with Eleonora

Hand-building techniques at Terrecotte Sabine with Eleonora