Exploring our Creativity


With Michael Eldridge June 11 to 16, 2020


Painting, Poetry and Photography in The Mountains of La Sibilla



'Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean'

John Muir


Creativity thrives in all sorts of ways but one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is simply the time and space to allow your creativity out to play and explore your life and this beautiful planet you live in, in this wonderful mountain retreat


What better place to do it than Cittadella, amidst wondrous countryside and with like-minded people. Actually, the point is you can make time and space to be creative wherever you are, and this weekend retreat helps you reconnect, recharge and refocus your energies,so that you can get right into the heart and soul of what really makes you tick as a creative being

Michael brings his painterly, poetic and photographic sensibilities to this inspiring weekend and sets you off on a series of mini-adventures, some looking inwards and others looking outwards to this beautiful countryside and in the wonder of Cittadella itself. Engaging you with the challenges and joys of simply paying attention, increasing your awareness and tuning in, working with photography, poetry, painting; that golden triangle of creativity. 





Once you get started, these creative adventures tend to take on a momentum of their own, carrying you along with them. and Michael’s intentions are that you come away refreshed, clear and enthused about the next steps in your own creative journey…

A typical day starts early with an 8,30 breakfast after which we do Ci Kung or Tai Chi around the pool followed by some mind/ body preparations for the day ahead, which will be both studio based and as often in the surrounding countryside within the Sibillini National Park




Accommodation at Cittadella  for this four day workshop costs from E70 per day according to size of apartment, shared or single, inclusive of all meals inc wine, or E55 half board


Cittdella is situated in the Sibillini Mountains some 15km from Comunanza. It is the perfect venue for workshops such as ours with its open spaces, pinewoods and mountain peaks, far away from the sounds and bustle of the modern world with sweeping views of the Marche countryside below.

 Cittadella's Chef prepares delicious Italian dishes and mealtimes become an intrinsic part of the weekend; in other words in the true Italian way.

Apart from the creativity part it is also a relaxing and fun break, where you will meet some facinating new friends. Talking, laughing, sharing

And then there's the gorgeous Italian food, the health benefits, the time to relax and play.


 Michael Eldridge, painter, photographer, creativity coach

ex Director of Phtography at AUB, UK        


 For further details and to contact us directly:


Michael Eldridge: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  tel/whatsapp +39 3283535358 (Italy)



To book a place on this workshop, a tuition deposit of E50 is required; details about how to pay from Michael, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to bookings page

The full tuition fee for the weekend is E180, plus a materials fee


 Ryanair flights from London Stansted to Ancona are reasonable at this time, and you might want stay at Cittadella for an extra day either side of Workshop dates. Some folks are arriving on the 12th and returning on the 18th, and you can of course stay longer if you feel like it. Why not relax and make a mini holiday out of it? 

Flights also to Pescara, train from there to Pedaso, where we can pick you up.

We attempt to synchronise arrivals and departures to keep our transport trips to a minimum, so a good arrival date would be the 12th and departure 18th, or later if you wish


Workshop times; We start 5pm on the evening of arrival, Thurs evening, and finish 6pm Monday allowing  departure Tuesday morning, after a relaxing breakfast together, even perhaps an early swim.


            This workshop is limited to twelve people, so early booking is advised.


                          There is an E30 materials fee payable when here


            And the requirements? A love of light and colour, of space and sharing.


                              Read what the Guardian says about Cittadella


          It really is a piece of heaven, which you cannot afford to miss out on.






































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