Alumni Comments

Il Chiostro`s original home in Tuscany, Italy
Scene of Il Chiostro`s original - and existing
home in Tuscany, Italy
photo by Linda Mironti

"I dream about walking around and around those narrow little streets in Siena, and Florence. I imagine all those people who have walked the paths and corridors of [the houses on the property in Tuscany] in thought and dream, now I feel I`m one of them. Thank you for sharing with me one of the best experiences in one of the best places I`ve ever been to, and for passing on your talents, inspired visual insights, fabulous cuisine Italiano, and array of "colorful" personalities."

- OH, California

I`ll have seconds - hell, thirds of everything!

Jeanne, CA

"I just can`t seem to find the words of appreciation and value for the friends and lessons I have found through the course of these workshops... they`ve completely changed my life, my photography, and my values. I wouldn`t be where I am today without that influence, experience, and friendships that I have acquired. I thank you guys - for making it all possible, and for changing lives!".

DR, Illinois

Thank you for making time stand still…

Nina, NY

I laughed, I cried, I screamed for more. Run - don`t walk to see this place!

Eric, CA

"My many thanks are sent to you for your generosity and care during my stay in Tuscany! It was an incredibly moving and challenging week for me, and it’s one that I’ll never forget. The raw beauty of Vagliagli and the surrounding areas was beyond anything I could imagine – and I have a pretty keen imagination! I’m not articulate enough to really give it it’s full due – but it was a very special time for me and one that I hope can last within me for a long, long time. You’re fabulous hosts, and I was honored to have the opportunity of experiencing Italy for the first time through your influence."

JB, New York

"Thank you again for hosting us with such genuine kindness, delightfulness and surprise. Our every need was met, the dining experience way beyond our expectation for fabulous food and entertaining conversations and the setting was pure Italian. We loved our week with you all."

BY, Minnesota

"I came home feeling truly enriched as an artist. I feel so honored to have gotten the chance to spend time with so many talented people in such a beautiful place. I am not blessed with the gift of word, but I’ll just say, it was an awesome experience."

AW, Colorado

Thank you for one of the most wonderful weeks I can think of…this is a magical place and I can completely understand your passion.

Pernille, NY

I`m so sorry to leave. I`ve been thrilled by so many things here…I have feelings that I`m not able to describe or discuss - they are a part of me now.

Justine, NY

To my family! I believe that somehow we were all meant to come together here among the cypress trees.

David, FL

Il Chiostro is heaven on earth. You have touched my heart.

Laura, NY

A stupendous setting for painting!!!

Joe, PA

I`ll remember the smells, tastes, sights and most of all the way my throat hurt every night from laughing so hard!!

Lauri, PA

Italy is an inspiration…this workshop has been the most profound writing experience of my life!

Beverly, NY

My whole being is more alive…and I leave behind a piece of my heart.

Bernadette, SC

The beauty and serenity of Il Chiostro will always be in my heart. Thank you for this wonderful retreat from the insanity of the world.

Mindi, NY

Summer camp was never this good. I had a lot of learning experiences, and not just in painting.

Carol, NY

Thank you for an experience that fulfilled all the senses.

Pat, NY

I just wanted to write and tell you how much I learned from Pam`s class. I knew she was going to be a good teacher, but I didn`t expect the level of passion and individual attention she gave to each student.


I am so happy to have discovered Il Chiostro. Being here has been just like part of a family - only better.

Betty, NY

This week couldn`t have been more perfect in so many ways. It was just what my soul needed.

Claudia, TN

I`m sure many a tear has been shed on the eve of parting from this wonderful place. This is certainly the case here. I will never forget how my soul was filled with peace and love from everyone and the beautiful surroundings. I have grown so much this past week - evident to everyone including myself. I will never be the same. My eyes have been opened. My heart has been touched and now my spirit can fly. What is experienced here can never be captured by mere words or photographs. We who have had the opportunity know its magic. Thank you both for fulfilling your dream and sharing it with us.

Eli, NJ


Betsy, NY

I came here to work with words, but there are none I can find to express what I found.

Gordon, CA

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