Join artist Debbie Mackinnon in Umbria for a 7-day art adventure in the  Umbrian countryside, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and quaint Medieval villages. (October 4 - 10, 2019)


Umbria is an Italian region bordering Tuscany, often called the country's green heart, known for its medieval hill towns, dense forests and local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wines.

The charm of Umbria derives from its fusion of art, nature, peace and calm, the inspirations behind its various localities that comprise Renaissance masterpieces and small Medieval towns embedded in the hills.


Situated in south-western Umbria, Montecchio is a medieval hamlet set on the slopes of Monte Croce di Serra. The hamlet, fortified by the Normans during the struggle against Spoleto, developed in the 12th century. The discovery of an extensive rock necropolis is testimony to an important Ancient Umbrian and Etruscan settlement.

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Debbie Mackinnon is a contemporary artist based in Sydney and the Central Coast of NSW. Her paintings are an exploration of the connection between the natural and constructed worlds. Creating artworks is her passion and she draws and paints every day on location and in her Sydney studio. Debbie has a passion for coastal landscapes but she loves the thrill of travel and exploring new places, sketchbook always firmly in hand……

Debbie trained as an illustrator and followed a profession as an art director for London publishers Dorling Kindersley and Frances Lincoln and then as an author/designer of a series of award winning children’s books. Moving to Australia 24 years ago, she was inspired by the light, texture and colour of our rugged coastlines to take up her easel and paints once more.

Debbie lectured at Billy Blue College of Design for 15 years and now paints full time. She founded ME Artspace, an artist run initiative in North Sydney, where she works and exhibits. She has been selected as a finalist in many prestigious art prizes, including NSW parliamnt Plein Air Painting Prize, Mosman Art Prize and many more. Debbie’s work is in private collections around the world. Two of her paintings were recently acquired by North Sydney Council for their public collection. She also exhibits at Rochfort Gallery.


Artist Debbie Mackinnon’s love of travel is recorded in her beautifully executed travel sketchbooks. While travelling, she sketches and paints every day.  Whether it’s sitting in a café sipping on her morning coffee, exploring a new city or enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day, Debbie captures her travel experiences with the immediacy of her artwork. She collects memorabilia in the form of gallery or theatre tickets, drinks coasters and an image torn from a magazine. All are incorporated in her fascinating and eclectic artworks. “Looking back at your travel sketchbooks unleashes a flood of memories that a photo will never do!”

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Join her for a sketching and painting adventure in the idyllic Umbrian countryside. Wake up to misty Autumnal mornings, stunning views of olive groves and vineyards and the promise of a day exploring the countryside, quaint medieval villages and ancient catacombs. The adventure doesn’t stop there. Experience the delicious traditional cuisine of the region, an al fresco lunch in an olive grove and a wine, olive oil and pizza tasting evening and much more.


A peaceful oasis in the heart of the green province of Umbria, Poggio della Volara is surrounded by 50 hectares of vineyards, olive groves, truffles, large meadows and forest. It is only 15km from the town of Orvieto and close to many other quaint, medieval villages, castles, archaeological sites and other

jewels of Italian culture. Poggio della Volara’s produce includes extra-virgin biological olive oil, Orvieto Classico wines, homemade marmalade, honey and products typical of the various seasons. The bedrooms in the farmhouse are all beautifully furnished with antique furniture and have ensuite bathrooms.

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