Doug Turman and
Mary Lee Larison

A painting, cultural, and culinary adventure on the island of Sicily

November 7 – 14, 2021

Sicily is like a dream, colorful sunsets, olive groves, vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine.
A mixture of history, art, culture, and nature form a unique atmosphere that stimulates creativity. “The Artful Life” workshop is a relaxing way to explore that creativity through watercolor painting and cooking.

Your hosts, oug and Mary Lee, will share their love of Italy and their skills in watercolorpainting, and cooking. The Artful Life itinerary includes several day trips which will take us to beautiful locations rich in history and culture such as the ancient towns of Erice, Marsala, and the Greek temple at Segesta.

For over 16 years Doug and Mary Lee ran a successful contemporary art gallery in Helena, Montana, each year traveling to different parts of Italy to enhance their love of Italian culture and cuisine. Now their passion is to share their love of Italy with friends and students alike and to help others create an Artful Life.

The Artful Life Workshop aims to demonstrate that all of your experiences influence you, an what better influence than a week in Sicily? The circle is completed when you find that the experiences during your time painting and cooking – discovery, overcoming fears, learning, risk taking, freedom – can be expressed in other aspects of your life.

All abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend. Watercolor painting is basicallyverysimple – paint, water & paper. Easy to start, difficult to master. The challenge is part of theenjoyment. You will do fine, even if you are acomplete beginner.For more advanced painters, your issues are almost 80% psychological in my experi-ence.“I want to loosen up” is a common goal. This usually requires looking at some work habits that may over time have become more limiting than productive. The length of the workshop will allow enough time to give these issues the personalattention they require.

Whetheryou prefer a “hands on” experience in the kitchen or would rather observe, you will always be welcome in the kitchen! With the help of Mary Lee, and a few of her Italian cooking friends, we will cre-ate delicious meals to share.Locally sourced ingredi-entspaired with a variety of Sicily’s delicious wines will be a highlight at each meal.

Our ultimate hope with the Artful Life Workshop is that you will come awayrejuvenated with a joyful sense of the pleasures of creativity and good company.


€ 2650
Sharing per person:
€ 2400
Sharing NON painter:
Please ask us

How to Book

Deposit to save your spot € 500.
The balance is due to 1 month before your arrival.

Apply NOW, spots are limited.
Min participants 8
Max participants 10

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About Doug Turman

Doug Turman is an accomplished painter of watercolor, oil, and acrylic. He has exhibited in galleries and museums, and has works on all seven continents. He has taught at the University level and as a workshop instructor. His philosophy of teaching seeks to accommodate students of all levels, helping them find their individual creative strengths and deeper levels of expression through observation and enjoyment of the art of painting.

About Mary Lee Larison

Mary Lee Larison is a passionate cook and culinary explorer, having worked in professional kitchens and as an avid “student” of master chef’s in the US and Italy. To participate in the “culture of the kitchen” is at the core of her culinary philosophy. Her teaching style brings enthusiasm and a desire to share her experience with others.

– Accommodation
– All Sicilian breakfasts, most lunches and all dinners.
– Tuition fees
– Some painting materials (paint & travel palette)
– Wine tasting at the villa with Yumi Iragashi
– Tickets for the Boat Trip to Mozia & Archeological Park
– Tickets to the Archeological Museum of Marsala
– Tickets to Archeological park for the Greek Temple at Segesta
– Wine tour and tasting at Marco de Bartoli Winery or similar location.
– All local transportation to and from day trips
– Pick-up at Palermo airport on the first day. We will organize precise pick-up times to fit in with our guests’ flight arrivals times, arrivals after 6pm for an extra fee.
– Transfer to Palermo airport on the last day, but precise timing will depend on our guests’ flight times

– Airfare
– Travel Insurance
– lunches: one in Erice, Marsala & Segesta
– Any personal expenses
– Painting materials (brushes & paper)

You will stay in our 18th century typical Sicilian villa, surrounded by vineyards and the blu mediterranean sea. The area is known for its olive groves, salt pans and local producers of DOC Marsala wine and many other amazing red and white wines.

Sicilian breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be freshly prepared and served at the villa by our selected local chef. Enjoy the exotic flavors of traditional cuisine accompanied by exquisite local wines.
* Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions.

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Architecture, Food and People.
Everything is carefully planned yet relaxed, giving you the freedom to open up and be creative, all while enjoying Sicily in the company of like-minded people.

The course is conducted in English, with translation into Italian, French, Spanish on demand.


– Spectacular subject matter at the Villa and within walking distance such as Windmills and Salt Pans in a Natural Preserve.

– Historic Center of Marsala and Fish Market.

– Erice Mountain and the medieval village: An utterly panoramic ride with stops for beautiful sea views will take us to the medieval village.

– Visit the salt museum & boat tour to the island of Mozia

– Visit the Marco De Bartoli winery for a wine tour and tasting. (or similar location)

– Visit Archeological Park at Segesta

– Visit Archeological Museum at Marsala

– Shopping trip to Marsala plus a visit to a local artisan ceramist.

– Wine tasting, a passionate sommelier will introduce the history of Marsala wines, accompanied by delicious local aperitif.

– Taste authentic Sicilian cuisine prepared by our local chef at the villa and in our favorite local restaurant.

– Cooking Class with farm chef, Mary Lee and the students.

Please note the itinerary is an example. Visits will depend on location and are subject to change depending on the weather.

We welcome non-painting companions. There are many amenities and activities happening at the Farmhouse, your companions will never get bored! Of course, they will enjoy all of our local excursions, wine tasting and fantastic meals.

Start your adventure in Western Sicily:
– Typical Sicilian cooking class (min.4 pax).
– Visit local wine producers, with wine tasting.
– Walking and visit the surrounding, sea coast with antique salt marshes, windmills and vineyards.
– Visit the beautiful seaside city of Marsala, home of the homonymous wine DOC.
– Visit the unforgettable old city of Trapani where you can stroll, shop and eat in a relaxed setting.
– Bicycling and enjoy splendid views over vineyards, with the magical colours of the Mediterranean Sea.
– Visit the unspoiled Egadi Islands, such as Favignana and Levanzo.
– Experience yoga or kitesurf with professional trainer.

Arrival and Departure Airport: Palermo, Sicily (PMO) – Transfer time to villa is about 1h 20min.
Travel by car and minibus to painting spots.
For those who prefer to arrive earlier or leave later, we offer an optional extended stay.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality.

Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.

— Bathing suit and beach towel
— Sun protection hat
— Raincoat
— Comfortable shoes for walking
— Plug adaptors / converters

Doug Turman and Mary Lee Larison TERM AND CONDITIONS
Cancellations will have the following refunds:From the day of deposit to 30 days at 12:00 pm CET before the start of the workshop: 50% of deposit will be refunded.Past 30 days at 12:00 pm CET to the day of the start of the workshop: 50% of total paid will be refunded.7 days before at 12:00pm CET to the day start of the workshop: no more refunds.


For any questions, please contact:
Phone: (+39) 339 77 57 062

Mary Lee
Phone: 406-431-5866

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