Courses and guided tours with Gyelt Tuinstra in Vättis, Switzerland


The links below give access to detailed descriptions in German, but as I do speak English and Dutch also.
Please contact me ( for any questions.

The following courses can be booked:

Stone sculpting (week long course)
As the group will be small (5-8 people), I welcome beginners as well as more experienced stonecarvers. I will pay attention to toolhandling and safety as well as design issues and discussion. We will be working directly in stone without much of a design stage in other materials (taille directe).
By default, a not to hard sandstone block of 40-60kg will be available. If you tell me beforehand I can arrange for other stones.
We work in the open air, perhaps near my house, if possible near Vättis in the forest.
A detailed description in German
Land-art Workshop (min. 1.5 hrs)
In this course, we will discover the interesting sites near Vättis where we can "make our mark", where we can intervene in the natural order of things to create Land-art. This is a course about taking the challenge of doing things, not so much about talking and theorizing.
A detailed description in German
Getting to know stone sculpting (3 x 2.5 hrs)

Dates and prices:

Guided Tours

Stone sculpture path Vättis
The 500 meter long gravel road lies just outside the village and can be visit free of charge all year round (except shortly after heavy snowfall). Twelve sculptors from all over the world each created one stone sculpture using different styles and techniques. The tour costs 85,- CHF for groups up to 20 people. The vanilla tour takes 90 minutes and has background stories or insights to (almost) each sculpture or sculptor. Variations e.g. allowing time for longer discussion or viewing the short video about the creation of the sculpture path can be agreed upon.
The formation of the mountains & geological window around Vättis
For laymen interested in geology: stone layers, their formation and what can be learned from them. The tour takes about 75 minutes including a short walk from the village centre. The last 50 meters lead along a small and somewhat steep trail. Costs: 95,- CHF for groups up to 20 people (in winter the tour may be adapted, depending on snowfall)
Sculpture exhibition and artist workplace
All year round, the exihibition in my garden and in the small gallery can be visited. If you like, also my workarea. A short visit is free of charge and always possible when I'm around. Larger groups or longer visits: please make an appointment. Costs: by arrangment.


Tours can of course be combined with e.g. a workshop stone sculpting or land art. If you please, I'll also organize an open air swiss-style barbeque in the beautiful landscape around Vättis or a complete lunch or diner in one of our hotels in Vättis. Groups up to 100 people won't be a problem.

You can reach me by e-mail