Previous Retreats


Since 1994, Buller has led retreats in the rolling Tuscan hills. The
location, in a private villa just outside the town of Montopoli, halfway
between Florence and Pisa, in the Val D'Arno, has allowed access to many extraordinary settings. Students have explored; both internally through painting practice and externally through day trips to surrounding towns and cities, wandering through works of art and architecture archetypal to western culture.

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Artist Group Artist group Artists at work Artists
at work
Painting with Philip Painting 
with Philip
Demo Demo
Artist group in town Artist group 
in town
Artists at work Artists 
at work


Buller has led four retreats to Greece from 1999 through 2002. Their
location on the edge of the Mediterranean ocean, on the island of Andros, allowed participants the possibility of experiencing the ancient beauty of the blue and white Greek islands in the strong light of the present. Students lived in a whitewashed hotel at the end of the coastal road from the town of Batsi, Andros is a two-hour ferry ride from the mainland port of Rafina near Athens. 

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Hotel from the beach Our hotel 
from the beach
Our hotel Our hotel
Class discussion Class discussion - we often meet in our dining area which overlooks
the beach
Fountain in Batsi Fountain in Batsi - a favorite painting spot
People at the beach Our beach - people sometimes come from 
the village 
of Batsi on 
the weekend
Students at dinner Students 
at dinner
Group of students painting Group of students painting 
in town
Marina view
Marina view
Portrait painting class Portrait painting 
Yanni, the current proprietor, and his father who built the taverna
Batsi Harbor Batsi Harbor A little boathouse in Aghia Marina A little boathouse in Aghia Marina

California, USA

Buller has offered retreats at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center from 2000 through 2003. Green Gulch Farm Zen Center is located in Marin county, just north of San Francisco in a valley that opens out onto the Pacific Ocean. In addition to ongoing programs of meditation and study, it includes an organic farm and garden, as well as Lindisfarne Guest House, exquisitely crafted by Japanese woodworkers, where participants stay. The delicious vegetarian meals are wholesome and beautifully prepared. Painting is practiced in the lush tended gardens and at the ocean. To compliment the painting practice students have engaged in meditation instruction and practice as well.


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