Testimonials

Read more below from our past guests who’ve joined on a retreat!

“Yumi and Adriano have created a haven for aspiring artists seeking the perfect country setting, healthy but mouth-watering food, excellent tuition, and seriously good company.”

— CHRISTINE \ MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

“Great Yoga lessons, great sicilian food, great wines, great visits, superb location. The chef tuned into our needs and made sure that everyone in the group had a great time. Sicily is beautiful.”

— NANCY \ DUBLIN, IRELAND

“Imagine a group of 12 diverse people coming together from all over the world with different backgrounds… It was the best life changing Yoga week in my life!”

— MARIE \ PARIS, FRANCE

“We had a great time and an enjoyable stay  at Villa Salinara in October 2019, as a couple painter/non-painter, attending the pleinair workshop with Keiko Tanabe. Keiko is a worldwide known, highly talented and skilled pleinair painter and a wonderful teacher. I recommend her workshop to anyone in watercolor.
We stayed in the charming 17th century Sicilian farmhouse which provides all necessary comforts. Our hosts, Adriano and Yumi and their team, were welcoming and caring for all our possible needs.  They took us different places to paint every day, fed us wonderful Sicilian food cooked freshly by a signature chef and entertained as needed!
This is a place that you want to come back to, and we certainly will. ”

— LARISSA & TOM \ MOSCOW, RUSSIA

“My participation in Keiko Tanabe’s watercolor workshop at Salinara International Art Farm left me with wonderful new friends, memories and experiences I’ll never forget. The villa of Salinara in the lush, serene Sicilian countryside surrounded by vineyards, the Mediterranean Sea and historic, ancient towns and structures offers infinite and colorful compositional subjects for painting inspiration. Keiko Tanabe’s instruction was hands-on and personalized, giving each workshop participant full immersion into plein air watercolor painting techniques. The amenities, excellent food and wine, and other services provided by the organizers and staff at Salinara made my stay comfortable, delicious and fun! All in all, an excellent experience.
Thank you again for everything, hope to you in the future. Dawna ”

— DAWNA \ CALIFORNIA, USA

“The restoration you have achieved of  the Salinara farm house with its ancient artifacts and inclusion of modern comforts and places to bask in the sun and relax amongst the scent of lemon and orange trees was how we imagined  and hoped Sicily could be.
For me easy transport to lovely places to paint and sketch, with the variety of venues, that also gave Dave an opportunity to investigate and enjoy the whole experience, was very special.
We were very lucky too to be in such a pleasant international group with enough English speakers to make communication easy. The flexibility you showed and the variety of activities you managed to include with wine tasting, pottery visit, castle, fish market and the chance for Martin and I to go to some junk shops added to the painting instruction.
Your staff too were endlessly helpful and friendly , nothing too much for them to provide for our needs.”

— JO \ LONDON, UK

“This post is a bit delayed, but I would be remiss if I didn’t share some photos of Salinara Art Farm, the lovely lodging in Sicily where William and I and the rest of the painters stayed during Lori Putnam’s fantastic workshop. The staff there are gracious and capable, and made our delicious meals and our daily painting trips seem effortless! Here are a few shots of the villa and surrounding grounds. Enjoy!.”

— CHARLENE & WILLIAM \ CALIFORNIA, USA

“Thank you for such a great time. We especially appreciated the outstanding organisation and care that you showed on our painting holiday with Olga. We were exceptionally well fed with the local farm products and the opportunity to sample (and drink) the Marsala wines made it an interesting gastronomic experience .
Your staff too were endlessly helpful and friendly , nothing too much for them to provide for our needs.
We would unreservedly recommend this course but mostly your warmth and friendliness made it a very special and memorable holiday for us both. ”

— MARTIN \ LONDON, UK

“The restoration you have achieved of the Salinara farm house with its ancient artifacts and inclusion of modern comforts and places to bask in the sun and relax amongst the scent of lemon and orange trees was how we imagined and hoped Sicily could be.
For me easy transport to lovely places to paint and sketch, with the variety of venues, that also gave Dave an opportunity to investigate and enjoy the whole experience, was very special.”

— LORI & DAVE \ FLORIDA, USA

“Wonderful experience! I cannot express how absolutely wonderful we were treated, from the accommodations to the wine testing to the retreat and the spectacular Sicilian food prepared by the Chef of the farm.”

— PAT & MARK \ TORONTO, CANADA

“You put together yet another amazing trip to Greece. Everything about it was the best. Adriano & Winnie make such a perfect pair to show us the area & encourage our art. Thank you from the heart.”

— ELLEN \ OREGON, USA

““Coming home there is time for reflection and a beginning of assimilation of the spectacular experience of Sicily and Salinara. Withdrawal is a poignant aspect of the closure and letting go of a beautiful time and place. Thank you…”

— JENNI \ CALIFORNIA, USA

“My time in Greece was unforgettable, I have never felt so happy. The Astipalea workshop was the best gift I ever gave myself.”

— PENNY \ NEW YORK, USA

“Thank you for a wonderful workshop- you are so gifted.
Fun to see everyone stretch themselves and embrace the experience.”

— SUZY \ OREGON, USA

“Your generosity of spirit and warm open hearts make spending time here a huge gift. It is impossible to express our gratitude.”

— MARY LEE & DOUG \ MONTANA, USA

Thanks for reading our testimonials.

SALINARA TEAM