A Tuscan Obsession: Art with Yoga June 21 - 28 2019

Themes and Variations with Mixed Media

Andrea, Paul and Jenni will be returning in 2019!  See testimonials from previous courses


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The Art:

This workshop will allow both passionate beginners and inspired artists to discover possibilities and explore a variety of methods to respond to and interpret the surrounding landscape of Tuscany. Learn how to expand upon themes in your work through traditional and alternative drawing and painting techniques. In this workshop, we will use a medley of mixed media techniques with new processes to create a diverse yet cohesive body of work. Working both from observation and on-site sketches we will use materials such as ink, pastel, water-based paints and collage methods. We will focus on formal issues of drawing and composition, design, formatting, and more intuitive approaches to art making. Students can discover a more personal voice by interpreting the classically seductive landscape of Casole d’Elsa and it’s environs.

The Yoga:

Enjoy spirited Yoga and self-exploration in an atmosphere of supportive connection, with group size small enough to allow individual attention. With a combined 40+ years of teaching, Jenni & Paul offer you joyful and heartfelt yoga inspired by Anusara, Iyengar, Restorative, Zen Buddhism, and their own playfully serious self-discovery and meditative journey. Morning class will be a dynamic blend of wake up poses, afternoon meditation and restorative as schedule allows. 

The Setting:

This course will be held at the Verrocchio Arts Centre in Tuscany. Casole d'Elsa is a charming medieval hilltop town situated in the wonderful countryside around Siena. It is situated 44 miles from Florence and 22 miles from the town of Siena. Verrocchio Art Centre has been offering one and two week classes for 25 years. The “Centro” is owned and run by the British sculptor, Nigel Konstam, and offers specialty workshops, art studios and accommodations and meals for up to 15 students.

The centre also houses painting and sculpture studios, an art library, and a slide lecture room.
Course fee: $995
Materials Fee: $40


Jenni and Paul have practiced and taught yoga, movement and mindfulness for a combination of over 40 years. With the help of elite trainer Brad Bartenen they continue to study athleticism and healthy function for everyday life. They were inspired by the Anusara system for ten years, the Iyengar system for eighteen, they are also trained in the Relax and Renew™ Restorative Yoga system and have completed many therapy trainings and advanced teacher studies. They are also long-time students of Cheri Huber and Zen Buddhism. Jenni has completed the advanced studies program of Hakomi, a method of mindfulness-based and body-focused psychology. Their focus is on heartfelt alignment with nature and experiencing yoga as a transformative tool to joyfully expand all of life. They own NamaStay Retreat in the Santa Cruz area. Last year they celebrated their twenty second year offering worldwide retreats through NamaStay Adventures.

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Andrea Borsuk is a painter whose work explores notions of time and destiny. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from UC Santa Cruz. She is an Art Instructor at Cabrillo College and a Visiting Lecturer at The Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. She is the 2010/2011 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Her solo and group exhibitions include: The Riverside Museum of Art, The Nevada Museum of Art, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Monterey Peninsula Community College Art Gallery, The Sanchez Art Center, and the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art. Her work is in numerous private collections.

website:  andreaborsuk.com

Program Overview
  • Arrive 16.00 21th June
  • 5 days art instruction with Andrea Borsuk
  • 5 days yoga instruction + Inner Journey/Meditation
  • On site landscape painting
  • Group and Individual Critique
  • Art Studio Access equipped with drawing boards, easels, art supplies (with materials fee)
  • Breakfast each morning, evening meal on all but one evening when the group eats out in a restaurant of your choice in the village.
  • Day Trips to neighboring Siena and San Gimignano (optional) 24/25 June or free day to relax/paint at the centre
  • Departure about 9.30am 28 June
*Onsite package:

7 nights accommodation, breakfast, dinner and wine. To see available rooms click here.  Prices are shown in GB£.  To reserve a room please contact Andrea or Paul and Jenni by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Download thebooking form with full instructions of how to pay for the

accommodation and useful infor about travel plans etc.


Tuition Fee:   995 US$

Tuition Fee (payable to Andrea or Paul and Jenni) Includes:

  • Art tuition on 5 days both individual tuition and group demonstations and evening slide shows
  • Yoga tuition twice daily on 5 days

Materials Fee:  $40


Accommodation for 7 nights at the Verrocchio Art Centre: 

Single Room: 

Double Room per person when sharing: 

Double Room per person when single occupancy.  Please note single occupancy is only available if no couples/sharers apply: 

Price includes:

  • Breakfast each morning
  • Evening meal - three courses with wine on 6 nights
  • Hot drinks available all day
  • Use of the facilities, library and studios etc.

Costs not included

  • lunches (lots of options for all budgets in the village)
  • evening meal on one night when group eats in the village.
  • optional trip to San Gimignano or Siena (usually about €25)

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