An acquaintance of mine once said, “to be a good painter, you must be a good cook.” If this is true, could there be a more perfect Retreat for painting?
Join me for an enchanting eight-day getaway at Casale Alessandri, a Medieval hamlet in the heart of Umbria, to paint still-lifes of eggs, vegetables and cooking ware (think some of the details in the Bodegones by Velázquez or pick a Chardin). But the kitchen theme doesn’t end there: once you’ve put down your brushes, you’ll put on an apron and learn to cook fine Italian cuisine with Chef Alessandri. Unlike other Retreats, this Retreat is designed for those passionate about cooking and painting.
Time not painting and cooking is dedicated to special activities enjoyed by all painters/cooks and accompanying family/companions: wine tasting, an excursion to the local town of Todi, a visit to a local winery, swimming in the glorious ‘infinity pool’, and strolling through the surrounding garden and grove of olive trees.
Chef Federico Alessandri is a qualified chef who has studied under several Michelin Star chefs (at ”A Tavola con Lo Chef” cooking school- 3 Diplomas and 4 master courses) and he has worked in several different restaurants in Rome. This culminated in him becoming a personal chef and having the pleasure to cook for the rich and famous. He has traveled around the world teaching Italian cuisine.
For more about Chef Alessandri, visit his website, Chef in a Day.
Casale Alessandri is located in Umbria, about 45 minutes South of Perugia and about 30 minutes from the spectacular Cascate delle Marmore.
Sign Up for the Next Retreat
The next Renaissance Retreat at Casale Alessandri will be:
Sunday, July 3rd to Sunday, July 10th, 2022
The maximum number of Painting Participants is 8 per retreat.
The maximum number of Cooking Participants is 14 per retreat.
The maximum number total–Painting Participants + Non-Painting Companions–is 22 per retreat.
Should none of the above dates work for you and your group, Custom Retreats are possible. Please contact me using the Questions form for details.
For any and all questions that you don’t find an answer to on this web page, please use the Questions form to contact me or send a message via WhatsApp: +39 347 263 1033.
—Timothy Joseph Allen
Your Painting Teacher and Renaissance Retreat Organizer