2018 Seminar


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please write an e-mail to Florence Ménard at:





Torri Superiore

Kuba Ambrose

Kuba Ambrose

Vera Atlantia

Vera Atlantia



Come spend 3 weeks
in a 14th century Alpine Village

Studying Painting
in the manner of the Old Masters


the Direct Transmission of

~ OILS ~


Communal Living

~ Organic Food ~
~ Yoga ~
~ Chanting ~


In Torri Superiore
An Eco-Village
In the Foot-Alps
of the Italian Riviera

Torri Superiore

Torri Superiore

Amanda Sage

JoeBob Merritt

JoeBob Merritt

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Torri Superiore is a labyrinthine village of spiralling stairs & narrow passages, built from the local limestone in 1300. In this cosy & creative atmosphere, students will develop two Original Works under the expert guidance of Experienced Artists…

Celebrating its 11th Anniversary, the Seminar offers 3 Weeks of Intensive Teaching. This year, all students will learn the Mischtechnik – a layered approach to painting taught by two teaching couples. Amanda Sage & Joe Bob Merrit will offer a broader version of the Mischtechnik, beginning with underpainting in acrylics and advancing to casein whites glazed over in oils. Vera Atlantia & Kuba Ambrose will teach the egg tempera version of the Mischtechnik, where the layers of white egg tempera are glazed over with oil colours.  Both Amanda Sage and Kuba Ambrose learned the Mischtechnik directly with its founder & greatest practitioner, Prof. Ernst Fuchs, by assisting him in his studios in Monaco and Vienna.

Tuition for the course includes 3 Weeks of Full Accommodation in 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments (a less-expensive tent option is also available…) with 3 full meals per day.

Each Student brings their own Unique Talent to the Seminar. …Yoga, Chanting, Live Music ~ the opportunity for leading or participating in our group activities is endless.

The hill-top eco-village of Torri Superiore is a small community where the inhabitants live in harmony with their environment, practicing Permaculture & Sustainable Living. We will become part of village life ~ sharing in communal meals prepared by the local chef from fresh and mostly organic ingredients grown in the surrounding fields…




Having taught the Mischtechnik around the globe, our two teaching couples will share their experience in guiding you through the creation of two Mischtechnik paintings, using a variety of media  from acrylics and inks to egg tempera, casein and oils.

Through visual presentations, hands-on demonstrations and one-on-one coaching, you will gradually refine your observation from nature while drawing deep from the well of the imagination. You will be encouraged to use art as a tool for expressing what is deeply sacred to your heart, using the creative process as a tool for inner exploration and self-reflection.

The course will empower you to:

* Explore your inner vision through guided meditation
* Implement constructive drawing techniques for rendering figures & objects
* Utilize the fundamental principles of the Mischtechnik to underpaint in white egg tempera / casein and glaze with oil colours
* Create balance through composition and armature
* Learn the principles of line, shape, volume, value & colour harmony
* Experience art as a healing tool for personal transformation

You will be supported in rendering your vision from the drawing stage to the completed painting. To complement your creative process, the workshop will also include meditation, mantras & devotional singing (led by Kuba Ambrose and Vera Atlantia) to bring us together in Oneness. At the same time, Amanda Sage and Joe Bob Merrit will include a selection of exercises & lectures on topics including the enneagram, self observation, and intuitive drawing and writing.

Students with no prior experience ~ have no fear! ~ these techniques are very forgiving, allowing changes & alterations at each layer. We accept students at all levels of experience ~ from beginners to advanced. For artists accustomed to acrylics, the transition to oil & tempera is a rich & rewarding experience, allowing for new explorations in oil’s unique opalescent effects. And oil painters will discover the subtleties & strengths of Acrylics, and how to combine Oil over Acrylics.

Participants should bring their own Paints & Brushes (we will also have a set of oils & acrylics on hand). We will provide the easels, the prepared panels, the ingredients for making the painting mediums, and for washing brushes. A list of recommended colors & brushes is included here: Required Materials.

It is our intention to create a sacred space, which allows all to flourish in their unique expression.

Join us for a fun & creative journey together!






Torri Superiore is unique: a small hilltop village that consists of one labyrinthine building built on five varying levels and containing some 162 different vaulted chambers. The Associazione Culturale Torri Superiore has established its small community through a world-vision based on sustainable agriculture & permacultural design.

Torri Superiore’s Cultural Association is happy to host our painting seminar, providing us with a studio space while offering students full accommodation (a bed plus breakfast, lunch & dinner). Since most participants are struggling artists or students on a tight budget, we have taken great pains to find accommodation that is both interesting & affordable.

Torri Superiore is an Eco ~Village that aims for sustainable living; their prices are reasonable & variable. Since most of the food is grown organically and shared communally, the price of accommodation includes breakfast, lunch & dinner (which will always include a vegetarian option ~ Raw, Vegan or gluten-free diets can also be accommodated).

Accommodation is in Old European-style Apartments or the less expensive option of Tents. Most Apartments contain 2 bedrooms (sleeping 2 people per room) plus a bathroom. These thick-walled, vaulted chambers have plenty of character, and some have balconies overlooking the Ligurian hills. For the cheaper Tent option, Torri Superiore offers a grassy space on terraced slopes shaded by Mimosa trees, with a beautiful view onto the distant Alps. In Torri’s building near by, individual bathrooms (including a shower, sink & toilet) are provided for campers. Participants choosing this option must bring their own tents & sleeping bags.

Since this is a Summer Seminar, we will take full advantage of the beautiful Alpine setting. Students can go swimming in the fresh-water Swimming Grotto or hiking along trails in the mountains. All meals may be enjoyed on the large terrace overlooking the treed hillside…

Students will also have the opportunity to learn and experience Sustainable Living. Permaculture is a form of long-term planning in which an integrated model of life is developed so flora, fauna & humanity may interact harmoniously & holistically. The Associazione Culturale Torri Superiore is a founding member of the Italian Permaculture Academy and belongs to the Global Eco-village Network; it has no religious or political affiliations.




The number of Activities is endless, depending on what you, the student, can bring to the group. Nevertheless, a steady stream of events seems to happen spontaneously and almost effortlessly.

In previous seminars, one student led a Yoga Class, another gave Tai Chi lessons, and a third formed a Chanting Circle. Music was our constant companion, with impromptu collaborations between students, guests & residents. One night a group of musicians from Naples gave a concert of Tarantellas while the seminar students came up with a Live Painting. We’ve had Guided Visualizations, Drumming Circles, Trance Parties, Pizza Nights & Midnight Walks through the Alpine Hills. Torri Superiore is blessed to have a stunningly beautiful Swimming Grotto close by, where students often cool off in the late afternoon and get in touch with Nature’s majesty & grandeur.

Italian Beer is readily available through the ‘trust fridge’ (drop €2 in the box, take a bottle…) and one of Torri’s villagers offers special Cocktail Evenings. Sitting on the large balcony overlooking the beautiful hills, conversation lasted late into the night. Sunsets were spent at the Village Ruins atop the hill, and painting in the studio went on all through the night.

The Students demonstrated how Visionary Art is indeed an international phenomenon. They have hailed from such diverse places as Argentina, India, Brazil, the Sinai desert, Australia, Turkey, Malta, New Zealand, & all quarters of Europe and the U.S.A (from Scandanavia to the Mediterranean; from Long Island to Hawaii!…) Each brought the distinctive taste of their own culture with them, and offered a global perspective on the present transformation of world-consciousness.

At the end, a Farewell Party is always held, including an Exhibition of the students’ works. The friendships forged during the seminar lasted long afterward.

After the Seminar, more activities naturally develop. In the past, groups of students have visited the Damanhur Temples or Ernst Fuchs’ Apocalypse Chapel in Klagenfurt, Austria. Another group toured Europe before going to the Boom Festival in August. After a vision at Torri Superiore, Jimmy Bleyer went on to found The Temple of Visions, a gallery in Los Angeles which exhibited many works from former seminar students.

The possibilities are endless…

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* Due to available studio space, the number of places is limited to approximately 20 places
* Places are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
* Last year’s seminar was entirely booked up by May.
* To reserve your place, you must register with a deposit.

* Deposits are non-refundable (but will be held for the following year)
* Last date for reservations is June 1st, 2018.
* The balance of payment is due by June 1st, 2018.
* Students are responsible for their own transportation.





~ incl. 3 Weeks Full Accommodation ~
July 7th – 29th, 2018

~ Tuition ~ ROOM Accommodation ~ Full Board ~
€ 2500
(approximately $ 2600*)
~ A € 550 Deposit is required ~

~ Tuition ~ TENT Accommodation ~ Full Board ~

€ 2150
(approximately $ 2200*)
~ A € 550 Deposit is required ~

All questions may be directed to Florence Ménard:




* 22 nights of accommodation at Torri Superiore
* Full board: breakfast, lunch & dinner.
* Tuition for the 3 week Seminar (with lessons from all 3 teachers)
* Painting materials (mediums, panels, easels)
* Tuition for the Seminar includes teaching 5 days per week, 7 hours per day
* Classes are held 10:00 – 1:00 and 2:00 – 6:00, Mon – Fri.
* The studio is open on Saturday and Sunday.
* Accommodation at Torri Superiore begins Saturday July 7th and ends the day of Sunday July 29th. Classes begin on Monday July 9th and end on Friday July 27th.
* Room accommodation is in apartments, most with 1 or 2 people per room.
* Tent accommodation is in a shaded grassy area near the main building. Campers must bring their own tents and sleeping bags.
* The choice of sleeping places in the apartments will be decided by the organizers, based on gender considerations (e.g. keeping couples together, separating women from men). Please request if you wish to be paired with someone in particular.
* Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be mostly organic with vegetarian options. Special dietary needs (vegan, gluten-free etc) are accommodated. Please notify us in advance.
* For the painting seminar, we will provide materials like ingredients for the medium, prepared panels, easels and brush cleaners.
* Students must provide their own oil colors, brushes, palettes, bottles and jars. See Required Materials.



* All prices are per person.
* Prices are in Euros.
* For other currencies (dollars, pounds), the current conversion rate will be used at the time of payment. This will be calculated automatically through PayPal or credit card agencies. For bank transfers, we will use the current rate listed at xe.com.
* Payment may be made in Europe through bank transfer and in the rest of the world (incl. the U.S.A) through PayPal.
* The reservation deposit is non-refundable.
* Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the seminar.
* Students are responsible for their own health insurance. Registration for the seminar constitutes a waiver on the participants’ part regarding injuries or illnesses sustained during the seminar.
* In the unlikely event of the seminar’s cancellation, all payments will be refunded, minus 5% of the deposit for administration costs.


Thanks for your Interest in our Seminar!
We hope to spend some great times with you…

~ Kuba, Vera, Amanda & JoeBob ~