Join us in Tuscany, Italy, in 2022

Join Weeping Willow Books Publisher Marcia Meier and watercolorist Helena Hill when they return to Tuscany in spring 2022.


We had an extraordinary writing and watercolor painting retreat in April 2019! We took eleven women to Casa Fiori, a 400-year-old villa outside the charming town of Lucca in Tuscany. 


Some of the highlights of our time together included a visit to the town of Lucca for the best cappuccino in Italy, cultural tour, and a Puccini concert in a Romanesque church built over Roman ruins; a day trip to Portovenere near Cinque Terre, one of the small villages clinging to steep cliffs above the Mediterranean; a visit to an artist’s refurbished old barn where we created our own souvenir plates; making homemade limoncello; an excursion to the medieval town of San Gimignano; a cooking class with the estate’s chef; and plenty of time for painting, writing, hiking or strolling around the gardens, olive groves, and vineyards, lounging in hammocks, and absorbing the quiet and spectacular views.


Want to go with us in 2022?  Send us your email address and we'll put you on our retreat mailing list.

Our bios: 

Marcia Meier, MFA, is an award-winning journalist, publisher, and author of five books, including, most recently, Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty. (See her bio here.) Marcia is also an editor and writing coach who has taught writing for more than twenty years. Her most recent passion is her publishing company, Weeping Willow Books. She is an adventurous spirit who loves to travel and inspire and encourage other writers.

Helena Hill is a writer, watercolorist, and world traveler who lived with her family in Peru during her childhood. (See her bio here.) She has returned to Peru four times to rediscover her childhood home while writing her memoir. As a Spanish teacher, she led groups of students to Mexico, and most recently has led groups to Peru and Italy for watercolor and writing retreats. She has traveled extensively in Italy, and has studied and painted the landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria. Helena's passion is teaching and inspiring beginning watercolorists. She speaks fluent Spanish, is a student of Italian, and is an exceptional guide and teacher.

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