Learn how to carve your own stone block from scratch under a professional sculptor's guidance, enjoy tasty authentic Umbrian meals, stay in a charming country-house surrounded by nature and wilderness, and explore the stunning Perugia region.
Your tutor, sculptor Wolfgang Sandt, will guide you throughout the week to help you thrive on patience and determination and boost your endurance and precision. He will counsel you to choose your desired project or adjust it to approachable ideas, as well as assure that you receive the encouragement and support you need to finish your project.
This sculpting vacation is designed to enrich you with the cultural tradition and gastronomy of Umbria. You will enjoy authentic Umbrian meals and take a full day trip to archaeological sites and a museum, right in the heart of the Etruscan culture that lingers in the area.
For the duration of the sculpting vacation, you will stay in a peaceful oasis, 'Villa La Rogaia' — set at the crossing point of serenity and nature's wilderness. Far away from civilization and recklessness, you will befriend the surrounding area's wildlife and perhaps get to know the two semi-domesticated foxes that patronize the property alongside the 'Villa La Rogaia' cats.
In between the sculpting sessions, spend time wandering in the olive groves, woodlands and gardens of 'Villa La Rogaia' decorated with flower paths, blooming shrubs, and Wolfgang Sandt's marble sculptures. Relax by the property' pool, sunbathe on your private terrace with tranquil views of the Umbrian hills, and take a refreshing massage to disconnect.
You will stay at the agroturismo 'Villa La Rogaia', an Umbrian hilled country house hidden at the end of a meandering gravel road. The closest village is Castel Rigone, 4 kilometers / 2.5 miles away.
This sculpting vacation gives you the opportunity to enjoy local fresh products and explore Umbrian culinary secrets, with three daily meals. Delicious old family recipes are among Mamma Ornellas' homemade specialties that you will serve throughout your stay at 'Villa La Rogaia'. Besides a rustic barbecue dinner, you will enjoy dinners at mindfully selected authentic Umbrian restaurants, among your instructor's favorites.
Villa La Rogaia is located 4 km / 2.5 miles away from the closest village, the rustic Castel Rigone Passignano sul Trasimeno, in the picturesque region of the Province of Perugia. The closest public road is 2.5 km / 1.5 miles away.
How to get there:
Please book your flights to arrive at Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi - Umbria International Airport (PEG). The airport is approximately a 50-minute car drive from 'Villa La Rogaia'. Any other airport in Italy that has a direct train link to Passignano sul Trasimeno is an option to consider.
If you want to visit places of interest in Umbria and Tuscany that are not included in the itinerary, please consider bringing your car or renting one. Public transportation is not available. The access road is not suitable for very long or wide mobile homes or vans and for motorcycles (except for enduro or cross motorcycles).
Your sculpting instructor throughout the vacation will be Wolfgang Sandt, master stonemason, sculptor and painter. With over 20 years of experience as an artist and art tutor, having participated in many international exhibitions, there aren’t any mysteries that marble, limestone or other stones can hide from him. Wolfgang Sandt's masterpieces might be abstract or artistic objects for daily use, but either way, they impress with lively and airy textures. Wolfgang Sandt will walk you through a stimulating sculpting journey. He will provide individual guidance during all sculpting sessions and by the end of the vacation you will be able to asses your progress, regardless of your previous sculpting experience or lack thereof.
Are the sculpting classes available to all levels?
Absolutely, no prior sculpting experience is required. All levels of knowledge and ability are more than welcome.
How many people are to be expected in the sculpting sessions?
There are eight maximum spots available on this vacation.
When is the vacation available?
The sculpting vacation is available for July 6-13, 2019. Please get in touch to check availability.
What language is used during the sculpting classes and other activities?
The entire experience is available in English.
I am vegetarian / pescatarian / vegan / gluten-free / lactose-free. Can I still book this vacation?
Vegetarian requests can be fulfilled upon previous notification. Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.
Are there any age restrictions?
No restrictions whatsoever. Children are welcome. Please keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age to travel independently.
What’s the weather like in Perugia?
The weather in Perugia during July is mild, with average temperatures of 86°F (30°C) during the day and 60°F (16°C) during the night.
Is WiFi available?
WiFi is available and free of charge. However, please be aware that 'Villa La Rogaia' has deliberately renounced offering TV sets, stereo and telephones in the apartments in order to provide their guests the luxury of silence and retreat.
Where should I land?
Please book your flights to arrive at Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi - Umbria International Airport (PEG). The airport is approximately a 50-minute car drive from 'Villa La Rogaia'. Any other airport in Italy that has a direct train link to Passignano sul Trasimeno, Terontola or Perugia railway stations is an option to consider. Transfers from and to Perugia Airport or the Passignano sul Trasimeno, Terontola or Perugia railway stations are included. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
How do I get to 'Villa La Rogaia' in Perugia?
On your arrival and departure dates, private transportation can be arranged between Perugia Airport or railway stations and your accommodation.
Are pets allowed?
Yes, pets are welcome.
What should I bring?
Please make sure you pack casual and loose clothes, a hat, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
How far in advance should I book?
Please book as far in advance as possible to secure your spot.
"As a nearly 74-year-old woman, I was not sure if I was up to learning how to sculpt marble. However, it had been a bucket list item for years. I was very pleased I selected 'La Rogaia' for my class experience. The accommodation was very comfortable with few distractions from learning this art form. Wolfgang is to be commended for his patience and skill with teaching beginners how to learn the basics and more during the short week we had. Most classes of this type elsewhere are 2 weeks in length. We did have full days of work in order to complete our projects. All we needed was available on this beautiful property in Umbria. I reached my goal of learning the tools and techniques thanks to Wolfgang..."
"Arrival at La Rogaia: After breathtaking views over the lake and the surrounding hills on the way. A really nice place. One recognizes immediately: Here live art-loving people. Sculptures on the whole area, carefully landscaped plantings, aesthetic interior design… (and just as a side note, even the physical well-being is cared for excellently). The next morning we meet under the sunscreen of the sculptor's workplace. The view into the landscape, the surroundings are inspiring. We are only a small group – pleasant. Wolfgang has put every stone on a working bench made to our specifications (he had also asked our heights because of the correct working height), tells us of his career as a sculptor, and about sculpture… Then it starts! No, not with the stone! With the tools! Everyone got their own set in a wooden box marked with their name and, although brand new, the irons* have to be sharpened. Wolfgang demonstrates first how to do it, then we do it, under his guidance. Wolfgang is always there, explains, demonstrates... and you can feel: for him it is fun to convey his knowledge! So he is always present in all those days... and on some days when we arrive in the morning or return from our lunch break, he has already spent quite a while on the workplace, thinking about the individual works and sharing his suggestions with us."
"The days with you were beautiful and carefree for us. We have brought many beautiful memories into our everyday life."
"I still like to think back to the days, it was a nice piece of work and not only did we have fun with good and persistent instructions, but we also did a lot of training: the close look, the deep breath and the tireless removal until you get to the actual shape..."
"Dear Annette and Wolfgang, greetings from Canada. We enjoyed our stay at La Rogaia and meeting Wolfgang and your staff as well as other guests. The stay was very restful and we found the accommodations tasteful and simple. Thank you for the welcome gifts... We are still finishing the apricot marmalade, which is delicious!"