Here and Now Again

with Marí Emily Bohley & Laurie Doctor & Birgit Nass & Massimo Polello

Free spots!

Make a book with four different teachers in Tuscany
Because we love working together so much in this spectacular venue in Tuscany, we decided to offer our course again, with unpredictable improvisational changes. We have a pool, amazing food, a lot of room to work in different spaces, a half-day off to explore, and we are hoping to have another fantastic group of students. The result of this course will be a book you make with the four international teachers. The theme of the book will be “Here and Now Again”. We will be learning to be aware of place and time and how to translate that into words, sketches, calligraphy and drawings. Laurie will explore principles of landscape (scale, distance, pattern, repetition, time, movement…) and translate these experiments into text and color. Massimo will work with writing, beginning with our personal handwriting and exploring the transition from verbal content to more abstract and expressive forms. With Birgit you will develop a thread throughout the book using design principles. Marí will be providing the book structures to bring it all together.

We will bring all the basic materials and tools for making the book. Please bring only your personal writing tools.

Accommodation must be booked directly with the house at
There are 28 double or single rooms with different rates available:
Single rooms (breakfast included): from 82 Euro to 139 Euro
Single rooms (breakfast & dinner included): from 108 Euro to 165 Euro
Double rooms (breakfast included): from 104 Euro to 152 Euro
Double rooms (breakfast & dinner included): from 156 Euro to 204 Euro

The earlier you book, the more choices you will have. Please check with Villa Palagione the options and current prices when you book your room. Your registration for the course can only be secured once you book a room and pay your deposit with Villa Palagione.

Because there so many choices, everybody has to book the accommodation directly with the team at the Villa Palagione:

Workshop venue
The Villa Palagione is located seven kilometres east of the 3000 year-old cultural centre of Volterra, on the southern slope of its historical mountain „Monte Voltraio“. The villa has numerous large rooms and halls. The „Lords and Ladies“ lived on the central floor, or „Bel-Etage“, where today you can still find the most beautiful murals and frescoes. It offers accommodation for up to 65 guests, seminar and conference rooms, as well as beautiful gardens and a pool for recreation and relaxation. The in-house Tuscan cuisine varies according to the seasons and includes a breakfast buffet, and a midday or evening meal (a set meal with several courses) featuring regional specialties. For more information visit

How to get there
Please check the website of Villa Palagione:

Laurie Doctor Calligrapher, painter and lives as a freelance artist in Kentucky, USA.
Birgit Nass Graphic designer, lives as a freelance artist in Brietlingen, Germany.
Massimo Polello Graphic Designer works in Turin, Italy.

Date: 14 to 20 September 2024
Time: Saturday evening to Friday lunch time
Place: Villa Palagione, Centro Interculturale, Loc. Palagione
I-56048 Volterra / Pisa, Italy
Fees: 720 Euro (course fee incl. basic material) to be paid before the course Accommodation must be booked directly with the house see above.
Students: Max. 32 (The students will be divided into groups of eight and the teachers rotate and they will teach all groups the same amount of time.)
Registration: info(at)