“An incredibly relaxing way to paint and experience the beauty of Italy’s countryside!
Ashley H, I stayed at the Retreat for a week in late July for one of their plein air painting holidays. The...
Amazing experience !!
Jess V. I have just returned from a fabulous week at The Retreat !! Apart from John being the perfect host and...
Florence Watercolour course
D. Oliver,I came on Easter week. There were just two of us: me from London, and Myrna from Houston. We had...
M. Yarney, I loved my week of study with John. It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed the stay at the Convent...
The Retreat is a small art school in the heart of Italy’s beautiful Le Marche Region specialising in exclusive painting holidays with a truly personal touch.
Small groups and a ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere let any aspiring and experienced artist relax, indulge and create to their heart’s content.
See For Yourself
The location for the The Retreat was inspired by an Italian artist friend’s recommandation to visit „Italy’s best kept secret – Le Marche“. It was love at first sight. Here, you find all regions of Italy combinded into one – the rolling hill-sides of Tuscany, the mountains of the north and coastal scenes and beaches of the south all in one panoramic view. It truly is ‘tutto Italia in una regione – all of Italy in one region’ as the Italian’s call it. What better place to pitch your easel.