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3 Of The Best Creative Courses Abroad

From food photography in Sicily to painting in Nepal

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Slowing down and a change of scenery can help get creative juices flowing. Book your spot on one of these creative escapes…

Food and Photography in Sicily

Marte Marie Forsberg

Join photographer, visual storyteller and author Marte Marie Forsberg for a full immersion experience in the land of lemons, where you’ll learn to cook Sicilian specialities, plus the ins and outs of camerawork, food styling and photo-editing. A week in the idyllic surroundings of Rocca delle Tre Contrade, a villa perched on Sicily’s east coast with views of Mount Etna and the sparkling Ionian, will spark creativity aplenty for budding photographers and keen gastronomes – as will talks from author Helena Attlee (The Land Where Lemons Grow), limoncello-making workshops, wine tasting tours and curated excursions.

BOOK IT: 1-8 February 2020. From €5,200 pp, including all meals, accommodation and transfers. 020 7377 8518;

Painting in Nepal

Phewa Tal, Pokhara

Artists both experienced and new can expect to find endless inspiration on this small group tour of some of the most beautiful towns, villages and ancient cities of Nepal. Led by accomplished artist Susanna Bailey, renowned for her landscapes in watercolour, the group will spend just under two weeks immersing themselves in the country’s striking scenery and painting in its wonderful surroundings.

BOOK IT: 3-15 November 2019. prices From £2,675 pp;

Writing in Lesbos


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You might have writer’s block at home, but a quiet stint on the magical island of Lesbos can do wonders for the soul – and your work. Skala Eressos, the spiritual home of the writer’s muse Sappho, provides the perfect backdrop for this annual writing residency run by two enigmatic South African authors. Ideal for writers who have a work in progress or just need dedicated time to totally immerse in a creative environment.

BOOK IT: 18-28 June 2020. From €2,800 single occupancy;