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 Exploring our Creativity Painting, poetry and enchanting mountain escapades


With Michael Eldridge


September 16 to 21, 2020 at Cittadella, Le Marche, Italy


New dates are September 16 to 21 (virus permitting, see below)
From my little town I glimpse the Sibillini mountains every day and they have enchanted me with their changing moods throughout the winter. Sometimes completely covered with fresh glistening snow and another day with a patchwork of dark thunder clouds. Today they seem as I could reach out and touch them, the sky is so clear and deep blue and they are all still capped with the remnants of the winter's snow on their peaks.

Mid September in the Sibillini mountains is an exquisite time of year. The August heat has left Monte Vettore and her sister peaks, and although autumn starts a little earlier here than along the coastal strip, it is already beginning to announce itself in patches of rich reds and yellows higher up towards the peaks. as if celebrating the very richness of nature and her bountiful gifts, in a background of the crystal clear blue sky above. The mountain eagles are scouring the fields below, still searching for food for their offspring. Butterflies and honey bees abound in the unpolluted air, and we are all entranced by this symphony of life which thrives at this altitude. 



A weekend workshop which focuses on the wonder of nature and her affinity with art and creativity.





Our days. We arise early of a morning before breakfast to stroll down to the pool for Tai Chi or Ci Kung.

Here, it is as if we are floating in the sky, or at least the swallows and house martins might think we are as they swoop down and around us and falcons glide blissfully high up above us.



The beautiful lake Fiastra, high up in the mountain range


Staying at Cittadella, you can't help but become absorbed in Nature, and there are places close by amongst these mountains which are somehow sacred by the waterfalls, the gushing streams and rivers, the ancient pathways. And our walks and adventures hereabouts allow us to shed ourselves for a while of the strains and stresses of our lives and to allow our creativity to flourish. We paint, we write poetry, we photograph, and we share our experiences with one another, forming new and lasting bonds in our lives.

So who would this attract?  I would say, folks who have some experience with art expression; any type at all photography, music, writing, sketching, painting, handicrafts, gardening,

They would have a love of sharing too and probably be less rational and more poetic by nature.


La Gola d'infernaccio (the throat of hell) The gateway to Le Marche along the ancient path from Rome


Our intentions are that you come away refreshed, clear and enthused about the next steps in your own personal artist’s journey…And it's a journey of re-discovery and learning how to keep awake in this restless world, awake to the wonder of nature and the necessity of keeping our creative selves alive



 The pool at Cittadella


And our objective always is to take you back to your original creative self; to immerse you once more in the magic pool of your precious creativity which has been waiting for your attention for so long. Our programme works wonders and you'll love it! And what's more we give you a tool kit to take away with you so you never lose this gift again


Read what the Guardian says about Cittadella


what folks say


Listen to some testimonials too


And if all the above gives you a tingle in your tummy, well, that's a positive sign,.And if you need to chat about the weekend, don't be shy, just call me on whatsapp +39 328 3535358. Or mail Michael on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And you  can find him on Facebook, Linkedin too


                            Tutti i workshop sono presentati in italiano e inglese                                                      

Please contact me (see above) if you would like to come to this workshop, as, at this unsettling time, you will need to be sure, as I shall, that this workshop will go ahead. So I will happily send you weekly updates as the situation unfolds                      


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Duncan Campbell writes:

I came to Michael’s Creative Mind workshop to help find the creativity that I know is inside me but is so often elusive thanks to the conditioning of today’s world. My hopes were high, but nothing in my expectation prepared me for the journey of discovery he launched me on.



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