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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Are you starstruck?

I guess this is what it must feel like; bright and sparky sort of thing.
Maria's Star Guest Retreats at Starstone are just exactly like that, bright and sparky.
They are floating weekends where nothing in particular is planned but where lots goes on.
Where you float in and enjoy the very presence of Maria's Special Guest.
Where the weekend creates itself.
A very Italian weekend.
Wonderful food.
Fine Wines.

Monday, August 27, 2012

You can't write poetry!

You can't!
Yes you can!

This is Colin Pink
My favourite living poet.
Colin and Michael run the word and image retreat at Starstone. Done loads together we have and they're fun.
Haiku, Waiku and all sorts.
He does the word part and Michael the images which derive from and in turn inform the poetry.
Get it?
Of course you don't but once you are here it all clicks smoothly into place and you awaken to the beauty of knowing you are all artists and poets whenever you choose to be. site up this week

Sunday, August 26, 2012


SACRED VOICE; Jules Heavens
This is Jules, she runs our Voice workshop at Starstone. I attended one of these in France last year. Now, to 'sing' your own name is quite something, believe me and to have this sound resonate throughout your body is an unforgetable feeling and experience.

New site goes up this week

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Italian Cooking

Italian Cooking.

Don't you wish you could?
And yes we have Italian Cooking weekends too during 2013.
What with Poetry, Painting, Photography, Energetics, Voice and our famous Creativity Retreats throughout the year.
Busy aren't we?
So, if the World is going to end, it'll have to wait a year. You need to know how to cook alla Italiana

Friday, August 24, 2012

StarStone Painting Retreats

Wild Painting Weekend

Mad Painting retreat (Can't paint? Oh yes you can)

Michael teams up with his painting buddy from the Red and Blue Art Factory, Lorenzi Viscidi (have a peep at www,
Here we will whisk away all the 'can'ts' from your aching soul and make you realise
how accessing your intuitive creativity is as easy as slipping into a Turkish Bath but not in Istanbul.
We play, we laugh, make a mess, but we never make mistakes, simply because they don't exist, do they? No they don't.
And you will come away from this retreat with something magical and which will last.
That you can, and will, paint.
And you will discover your natural style.
A bargain I reckon

New site up next week

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Sibillini Mountains

This painting is one in a series, painted as a homage to the ten years I spent in these mountains.

Amongst these magical mountains we are running our first photographic retreat. It's a wild place and inhabited by wolves, bear, wild boar, mountain eagles and all sorts of other wondrous creatures.
And on its alluvial plain, autumn and springtime there are a wonder of mountain flowers and fantastic colours.
Dates are October, 4th to 7th.
Photography is a way to bring life into yourself, it enhances your soul, it changes you.
New Starstone website up very soon, honest

Monday, August 13, 2012

Wild and wilder

Yes, I know, it's Ferragosto, that time of National collective coma in Italy. And I'm using this as an excuse to tell you I'm still behind in getting new website up. Problem is..Mauro, our designer is on holiday in Puglia. In Puglia? In this heat? With 15 and a half million cars on the road?
Hmm! But things are looking cooking good for our Wild Photography Weekend in October. The Sibillinis are like a string of pearls after the first snow and there is the first delicious sting of ice waiting for us on our wild mountain photographic quest. Cooling words for Mauro.