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The Retreat

Via San Taddeo 12, 63086 Force, Italy
+39 334 903 4401
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Water color painting (and some cooking classes)

Wonderful week at Force, in a beautiful corner of Italy, with John Skelcher as a very inspiring... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Annika_in_Bxl
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Brussels, Belgium
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Painting Holiday

Just returned from Le Marche Retreat where John Skelcher teaches landscape painting in the... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2018
deesal2014
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New York City, New York
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The Retreat is an open artist studio offering relaxing and creative residential painting holidays in Italy's finest region of Le Marche. Courses include workshops and visits to scenic location with tuition on water-colour, oil, pastel and acrylic techniques, etc. The program is designed to suit all levels from beginner to advanced. Accommodation and full board, travel to locations is included in the price.
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Via San Taddeo 12, 63086 Force, Italy
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+39 334 903 4401
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wonderful week at Force, in a beautiful corner of Italy, with John Skelcher as a very inspiring demonstrator / teacher (see photos) which worked well for both the not so skilled as the more creative... Good food / cooking just added to the experience.

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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Just returned from Le Marche Retreat where John Skelcher teaches landscape painting in the beautiful area of Force. Lessons where held on the grounds of the retreat where John did step by step demonstrations. Afternoons were spent in the studio learning about color theory, doing...More

1  Thank deesal2014
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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Such a fabulous week painting in watercolour with professional artist John Skelcher. He is very easy to talk to and gave me just the right amount of advice and many useful tips. He was made sure that I was always comfortable. The art equipment was...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2017

I took the plein air painting class in July with 2 other students. It was one of the best times I've ever had! John, the instructor, gave detailed and continual tutalage. He was very patient and encouraging. He also continues to learn from master painters...More

1  Thank Lily T
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

I just returned from a one week painting course at the Retreat in Le Marche. Words can not adequately describe the experience, but I will try. Upon arrival at the Retreat, we were met by our hostess Jana and our host John, and treated to...More

2  Thank Mirilyn S
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

John is an excellent teacher and a truly nice person, with patience, compassion, integrity and humour. He structured the week perfectly, taking us each day from one stunning Florence view to another, expertly gauging the various skills and needs of the group, and creating a...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

My sisters, niece and I came to The Retreat in Force to celebrate our mom's 80th birthday. This was an experience of a lifetime! John is a gifted artist and teacher and Jana is an excellent chef (we requested vegetarian and meals were colorful, satisfying,...More

3  Thank JKWpaints
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

I loved my week of study with John. It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed the stay at the Convent and the restaurant where we had our meals. He added in a Evening walking tour and a visit to the Uffiz Museum. He is a...More

2  Thank my1018
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

I came on Easter week. There were just two of us: me from London, and Myrna from Houston. We had the best time! The Oblate convent was a great, simple central location. The watercolour course was inspiring. I had painted before, but John Skelcher was...More

1  Thank DMOliver
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

I have just returned from a fabulous week at The Retreat !! Apart from John being the perfect host and exceptionally talented, his method of teaching and organisation of our week was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and I was amazed at how much...More

1  Thank Jesvar2
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541susan
13 October 2015|
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Response from Skelcher | Property representative |
Hi Susan, As Andy and Fionnula suggested, you can fly Stansted to Ancona, and the flight times differ according to season and day of the week. Another option from Stansted is to fly to Pescara hich is at equal distance to us... More
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Diamante015
4 September 2015|
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Response from Skelcher | Property representative |
Hi Anita, we have a painting course from 1st-8th October running which you can join. Here is some information on the course: During the week we are painting and drawing in nearby scenic locations and hill-top towns as well... More
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Melissa G
1 March 2015|
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Response from Skelcher | Property representative |
Hi Melissa, I hope to have answered all your questions in my emails to you. We are delighted to be welcoming you at The Retreat in July this summer.
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