Announcing the 2nd artists-in-residence oil Painting workshop

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Oil Painting WORKSHOP
NOVEMBER 2-9, 2018
With award-winning artists and teachers


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Experience La Dolce Vita, Charm, Inspiration



Genius Loci Country Inn

A 5-star lovingly restored 1850s farmhouse-villa

enjoy a warm welcome in the Reception area

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begin each day at breakfast with this blissful view

gaze out at the vineyards and gently rolling hills
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luxuriate in your accommodations…

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let the guest rooms embrace you and your dreams

and soothe your soul.

Be inspired by the ragingly riotous beauty of the fall foliage season

Let the



enchant, beckon and beguile you with its incredible kaleidoscope
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of fiery, vibrant and bold colors.


Be stunned, awed and overwhelmed

by the reds and golds

that set the landscape afire

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and by the intriguing geometric patterns.


Feel the peace and serenity of Genius Loci


and experience the reassuring traditions of Umbria.

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Gratified by the success of the 2017 Kelli Folsom Artist-in-Residence Workshop, by popular request, we are so excited to host a 2nd Oil Painting Workshop to be led by both Kelli and Monte

and to be held during the most spectacularly beautiful and magical time of year when the olive harvest is in full swing and the Open Olive Mills’ Festival is underway with the mills abuzz and humming 18 hours a day with feverish activity as they cold press the 2018 olives for extra-virgin olive oil.

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pure, just-pressed extra-virgin olive oil liquid gold

It will be an unrushed, friendly gathering of painters and art lovers to allow for a unique experience during a

very special season.
Within an all-inclusive formula, we have planned a few special and fascinating activities (see below) which focus on the very essence of Umbria!
However, you will have plenty of personal time to spend the way YOU prefer: to curl up in a comfy chair with a book; visit/paint the charming hill towns;

Bevagna and Assisi


Civita Bagnoregio




cobblestoned lane of Montefalco



admire world-class art in Assisi, (Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti,) Spello (Pinturicchio) and Montefalco (Perugino and Benozzo Gozzoli);


Giotto in Assisi

Pinturicchio in Spello

Benozzo Gozzoli in Montefalco

or to stroll aimlessly with a gelato in hand; take a nap; bicycle through the vineyards….It’s up to YOU how YOU choose to spend YOUR ample free time.

We are now taking your bookings for November 2018 . The program, to be a “go” , requires a minimum of 6 Workshop participants and a maximum of 12 people (significant others, spouses and friends are welcome) – space is limited so don’t delay in reserving your spot.
All-inclusive 2018 Rates per person for 7 nights
in DOUBLE occupancy:

  • €2250 for Workshop participants

  • €1590 for accompanying NON-Workshop participants

in double room SINGLE USE (limited availability):

  • €2690 for Workshop participants OR

  • €1990 for non-painters (if available)

What’s included?

  • your exclusive use of Genius Loci

  • 7 nights luxury accommodations with 7 Buffet Breakfasts

  • 7 in-house lunches – including Genius Loci house wines

  • 5 morning workshops taught by Kelli and Monte with demonstrations and critiques followed by free afternoons




  • an accompanied Sunday afternoon visit to the fun Frantoi Aperti - Open Olive Oil Mills’ Festival (please scroll down for photos)

  • one totally free day

  • 1 home-cooked in-house dinner - including wine


  • all soft drinks, cappuccinos, coffee, tea and mineral water at the Inn

  • an accompanied afternoon visit to the near-by ceramic capital of central Italy, Deruta, for a fascinating tour of the entire production process of the centuries-old, hand-painted majolica tradition…and if interested, with time for shopping at factory prices.




ceramic showroom in Deruta


  • daily housekeeping

  • free WiFi access

  • individually controlled heating

  • a surprise farewell gift


The laughs, fun, magic moments, friendships, happy memories, and your friendly, art-loving hosts: Michael, Mary and Maurizio


mouth-watering food at Genius Loci and at the area’s wonderful restaurants

Mary’s Umbrian sausage/bean zuppa

Mary’s vellutata


homemade pappardelle

Castelluccio lentils and zampone

chestnut and ricotta filled ravioli
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roasted local bell peppers
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our very own Genius Loci estate wines and extra-virgin olive oil

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rarefied morning light as seen from Genius Loci – what a sight!

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amazing sunrises
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Old World charm
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unique painting inspiration



a late-blooming oleander

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photo courtesy of Trish Robinson


  • A fun-hands-on afternoon cooking class in the Genius Loci kitchen with Mary and Maurizio, including dinner with wine, (minimum 2 participants at €160 per person – maximum 4 at €140 per person). Non-cooking class participants are welcome to join us for dinner at €60 per person (wine included).

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* Massages and/or beauty treatments at a beautiful Montefalco spa (rates upon request)

  • Bike rentals with delivery to the Inn (rates upon request)

  • Truffle hunting (rates upon request)

What’s not included?
*Air travel to and from Italy
*Transportation during the Workshop Week
*Meals except those specified
*Bar consumptions, incidentals (if any) except those specified


Enjoy the fun and food with us at the Open Olive Mills’ Festival


wood-burning-oven freshly baked bread


drizzled with just-pressed extra virgin olive oil on crusty grilled bread


grilling bruschetta at the Festival


bruschetta tasting with new oil at the olive mills


We hope you will join us for the fun of this magnificent experience!
Contact information
Kelli Folsom
Monte Thompson
Mary at Genius Loci

Cell: +39 335 6890023
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The payment schedule will be sent upon receiving your booking intention. Due to the nature of the Workshop, payments are non-refundable. We strongly advise protecting your trip with insurance and booking your November air tickets early on in order to take full advantage of the low November air fares.

view from Genius Loci


Michael, the full-time manager
Thank you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Hoping to see you in November 2018,
Michael, Mary and Maurizio
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