An Italian Art Retreat the Italian Way

With Mary Garrish

12th – 19th September 2025


What does that mean?


Mary Garrish has taught numerous times in Italy and knows that as artist we all have different needs ,especially abroad. As a retreat you will have flexibility to paint as much as you wish or tour the beautiful surrounding villages.


There will be painting excursions that are optional so there is no pressure if you are bringing a spouse or friend.


Of course there will be time for a leisurely Italian lunch followed by painting or time at leisure. Prior to dinner in the evening artist, and anyone interested in art, may join Mary for a critique, art discussions or a demo.


Mary will also be available for mentoring during the week.







Included in the price is:


  • all tuition fees
  • 7 nights accommodation in luxury air-conditioned, en-suite rooms with: – see our rooms here
       – luxury bedding
       – high quality, 100% natural, Italian toiletries: shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and hand gel
       – daily servicing of the rooms
       – mid-week linen and towel change
       – 100% cotton waffle robes & slippers
  • All meals including breakfast, buffet lunch and a choice of up to 4 courses from our daily changing gourmet evening menu
  • A ‘pizza-giro’ evening at a local trattoria within a few minutes walk of the hotel
  • Delicious local wine with lunch and evening meal
  • Private group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)
  • 4 days painting tuition including demonstrations and one-to-one advice and guidance
  • 2 days’ excursions to specially selected stunning locations
  • Private transfers to and from painting locations
  • Full day Eco-printing workshop at the farm of a family of weavers nestled in a small village in the Sibillini Mountains
  • hands-on pasta making masterclass with three generation of the same family – Nonna, her son and her granddaughter – who will all teach you how to make tagliatelle and ravioli from scratch
  • Taste of Le Marche” full day experience visiting three local, family-run artisans food & wine producers with a tour and tasting at each
  • Unlimited use of air-conditioned studio
  • full-time staff on-site including concierge service


Prices start from €2799 per person based on two people sharing a room. 


To find out more fill out the form at the VERY bottom of the page.


Bring along Partner or Friend


If you’d like to bring along a non-participating partner they too can experience our hospitality enjoying all the meals and excursions.  If you’re wondering what else there is for them to do then find out just some of the options here.




About Mary


Mary Garrish was an ENT physician until 2005, when she started a new career as a full time artist. She specializes in landscapes-especially skies and water-as her home base is Florida.  She has frequently taught overseas in Italy and France, and has produced two videos “Six Elements of Design,” and “Tonalism.”   This coming year she will also be an instructor at PACE 2024.

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