Allow yourself to enjoy and explore the experience of capturing the essence of a new place in your painting or journal.

This playshop is for all levels including those with no experience. This is a fun, non- intimidating exploration intended to engage the free spirit in you that wants to come out and play with no pressure.

DATES: September 15 – 21, 2019

PRICE:  $3495 USD

THEME: Express your visions on traditional small watercolor paper or simply make a small watercolor journal. Melissa will help you to create lively visual memories of your time in Orvieto.

Meet Melissa

Melissa is an internationally published artist and author. Her work has been featured on her own 2011 solo calendar Anything is Possible, published by Trends International as well as her Goddess on the Go affirmation card deck her Anything is Possible divination card deck. She has also owned and operated her own publishing company featuring her artwork since 1990. Melissa is well known for different series of work, such as land and seascapes, expressive portraits, and huge paintings of butterflies.

Melissa two fine art degrees in Painting and received a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study Painting in Paris which whet her appetite for documenting her travels in paint wherever she journeys. She has painted the arches of Morocco, the temples of Bali, the Goddess temples in Malta, sacred sites throughout the UK, pyramids in Mexico, coastlines of Costa Rica, Croatia and Hawaii and numerous locations throughout the US.

Melissa has been teaching art classes since 1991 when she was invited to teach at the New York Open Center in New York City. She has also taught at the Omega Institute, the Barrett Art Center, Adventures in Italy, Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch, Ireland, and various other retreat centers that correspond with her travels. She has maintained a loyal following of private students, some since 1990. She offers a unique combination of technique with a strong intuitive ability to tune into what each student needs in order to help them find their own individual style of expression.

Her favorite way to spend any vacation is by painting wherever she goes. She works in both oil and watercolor in her studio but in watercolor only when she is on the road. In her books “Painting Outside the Lines” and “Keys to a Creative Life” Melissa answers questions that folks ask her about style, technique, inspiration and more.

Your time with Melissa includes:

Melissa is excited to return to the colorful, quaint, town of Orvieto to offer you this watercolor painting/journaling retreat. Inspiration abounds everywhere you look. The old cobbled streets full of centuries old stone arches and architecture and intimate alleyways lead to dramatic views of the rolling hills down below the town. Not only will you be creatively inspired, your palate will enjoy numerous experiences of Italian culinary delights; the cooking class, the vineyard visit and the scrumptious locally sourced food.

You will have studio time practicing technique, spending a bit of time in meditation, or having fun with some plein air painting.

You will come away with:
Basic watercolor technique- composition, texture, shadows and light
An experience of how meditation can enhance your creations
Ability to transfer your impressions of a place into your journal or watercolor
A small community of like minded souls
A visual travelogue, your inner and outer experience of Orvieto

Tour Details

Mornings will be spent in creative exploration, either in the studio or out around Orvieto. In the afternoon you will experience the culture of Italy. It might be a tour into the Etruscan caves, a cooking class, or a vineyard visit. There will also be plenty of free time to explore Orvieto on your own. You will receive a more detailed itinerary for the week in your final information packet sent before you travel.

A traditional continental breakfast is served each morning in the B&B. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. Recommendations are offered and no one eats alone!


  • Workshop instruction
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Six nights double occupancy lodging – Sunday to Saturday
  • Six Continental breakfasts
  • Cooking class including lunch
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Wine and olive oil tasting including dinner
  • Two additional dinners
  • Three additional lunches
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio chapel


  • Travel costs
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable
  • Transfers to and from the airports
  • Meals, except where indicated in itinerary
  • Personal items such as individual journaling and art supplies, wines, liquors, valet/laundry charges, and other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Optional activities, if any
  • Supplement for single room
  • Additional nights lodging


Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Travel costs are not included.

The balance including single room supplement of $150 USD and optional activities, if any, is due as indicated on the registration form, which is approximately 90 days prior to trip commencement. Payment installments can be arranged directly with Adventures in Italy Inc. Methods of payment accepted are email transfer (, Check, Visa and Mastercard.

A $500 USD deposit secures your spot today!  You will be contacted by Adventures in Italy to arrange additional payment.

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