OCTOBER 11-17, 2020

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return 
to yourself

 

A Cultural & Creative Retreat in the Heart of Tuscany

VAL D'ORCIA, TUSCANY
October 16-21, 2022

Nature, architecture, art, history, culture, cuisine. Needless to say, Italy has it all and oh how we've missed it! This retreat is a post-pandemic celebration, a reclaiming and a return, a reinitiation of our lives. What better a place to remember how to begin again than the birthplace of the Renaissance?

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THE RETREAT

For five days and nights we'll savour, sip, steep, relish and devour every last bit of what bellissima Toscana has to offer. We'll embrace slow travel, engaging in authentic ways with the region's art, history, cuisine and landscapes. Designed to be a soul-nourishing, sensory week for the self, on this retreat you will let go of the demands of your days and be taken care of while enjoying the company of other like-minded people.  

THE ITINERARY

Each day we will incorporate something for the senses, satisfying the mind, body and spirit. There will be yoga and meditation in the mornings, and plenty of time for indulging a variety of cultural and creative activities. When we aren't at the villa, we'll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Val d'Orcia, an off-the-beaten-path part of Tuscany that's featured in movies like "Gladiator," "The English Patient," and Franco Zefferelli's "Romeo and Juliet," and the recent Netflix series, "Medici." We'll visit hidden gems like nearby Romanesque abbeys, tour a prestigious Montalcino winery, and enjoy the most charming, medieval and Renaissance-era towns of Tuscany. Our intention is to create an itinerary that balances your need for space and time with just the right amount of culture and community.  

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ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in a private villa which is part of a larger, family-owned estate. An hour and a half from Florence, and fifteen minutes from Montalcino (renowned for its rich Brunello wine) the villa is nestled amid some of the world's most inspiring landscapes. Surrounded by the family's olive groves and 600 hectares of vineyards, with a pool and several panoramic sitting areas, the grounds are perfect for plenty of peace and quiet...a great place to dance like nobody's watching.

The main villa is comprised of seven large bedrooms, two kitchens and three shared living spaces. There's a spacious porch where meals will be served as well as several outdoor sitting areas, perfect for sitting back with a drink and taking in the view of the surrounding area.  

There's also a cottage on the property which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a private living area and kitchen. A newly renovated yoga studio faces squarely onto the stunning landscape, making for a peaceful practice. 

ABOUT YOUR GUIDE

Regina Tingle, MFA

Regina's passion is to curate life-changing experiences for people. A resident of Italy for thirteen years, Regina has a deep connection with Italy's food, culture, language and people. Her career of taking people on journeys around the world has lent her a keen sense for what's enjoyable and fun when traveling as well as what isn't -- Regina will ensure your journey is soul-satisfying, fulfilling, fun, stress-free and far from touristy.

 

Originally from Texas, Regina has lived in New Zealand, Italy and now calls England home. Regina's retreats have been featured in The Write Life, Project Calm Magazine, Yoga Magazine and Writing Magazine. 

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“There’s only one very good life, and that’s the life that you know you want, and you make it yourself.”

- Diana Vreeland

COST & INCLUSIONS

Prices are per person and include:

 

  • ROUNDTRIP PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM FLORENCE TO VILLA

  • FIVE NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION

  • ALL MEALS EXCEPT ONE LUNCH & ONE DINNER

  • PRIVATE WINE TASTING OF BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

  • PRIVATE ORGANIC FARM TOUR WITH PECORINO CHEESE TASTING

  • YOGA

  • CREATIVE WRITING SESSIONS

  • GUIDED HIKE

  • TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM ORGANIZED EXCURSIONS

 

ACCOMMODATION

MAIN HOUSE

SINGLE QUEEN WITH EN SUITE BATH & VALLEY VIEW 

SINGLE QUEEN WITH EN SUITE BATH & DRESSING ROOM 

SINGLE QUEEN WITH PRIVATE BATH (NOT EN SUITE) & VALLEY VIEW

 

SINGLE QUEEN WITH PRIVATE BATH (NOT EN SUITE)

SINGLE QUEEN WITH PRIVATE BATH (NOT EN SUITE)

SINGLE QUEEN WITH SHARED BATH (SHARING WITH 1 OTHER GUEST)

& VALLEY VIEW

SINGLE QUEEN WITH SHARED BATH (SHARING WITH 1 OTHER GUEST) & VALLEY VIEW

PRIVATE COTTAGE

SINGLE QUEEN LOFT WITH LOFT EN SUITE BATHROOM  

SINGLE QUEEN WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM

Shared rooming options available upon request

For inquiries, availability and pricing please contact regina@duenderetreats.com

 If this retreat resonates with you and you'd like to secure your place, a €2100 deposit is required. Deposits are refundable until April 1, 2022. Final nonrefundable payment due May 1, 2022.

Please note that if for any reason this retreat does not run or is cancelled you will be refunded in full.