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 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. 

YOUR GUIDES

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Niccolo' & Alexandra 

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Regina Tingle

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Niccolo' & Regina 

Ciao, I’m Regina. I'm originally from Texas (born in Houston, raised in Dallas) but Italy is my adopted home -- I lived there for over a decade. (It's a long story -- yes, it involved an Italian and yes, we can talk about it over wine!) While there I was lucky enough to travel all over the boot-shaped peninsula, taking groups around to the country's most memorable places. During my travels I fell in love with so many places and made deep connections with the people, many of whom have become like beloved family. It's an absolute joy for me to show people around who will enjoy it as much as I have.

 

I work with an amazing husband and wife team from the area, Niccolo' and Alexandra, who help make our week in Tuscany smooth, seamless and magical. They are incredible hosts -- proud of where they're from and eager to share their beautiful homeland. Like me, you too will fall in love with their fun, friendly and warm hospitality.

 

Whether it's your first time or your umpteenth time in Italy, the intention is to offer you an experience that resonates on a soulful level, giving you a burst of inspiration that you can take back to your regular life. Whether you're flying solo or in group of gal pals, this trip is assured to bring you merriment, joy and connection -- both with yourself and with others. Can't wait to see you in bellissima Italia!

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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 in GBP (click here for exchange rates) and include:

 

  • ROUNDTRIP PRIVATE TRANSFER FROM FLORENCE TO VILLA

  • FIVE NIGHTS' ACCOMMODATION

  • ALL MEALS EXCEPT ONE LUNCH 

  • 3 PRIVATE WINE TASTINGS 

  • PRIVATE ORGANIC FARM TOUR WITH PECORINO CHEESE TASTING

  • GUIDED HIKE

  • GUIDED TOUR OF SIENA

  • TOUR OF ANCIENT ABBEY

  • COOKING CLASS

  • TRUFFLE HUNTING 

  • TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM ORGANIZED EXCURSIONS

 

ACCOMMODATION

SINGLE QUEEN WITH EN SUITE BATH & VALLEY VIEW

£3900 

 

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

£3800

SINGLE QUEEN WITH SHARED BATH (NOT EN SUITE - SHARING WITH 2 OTHER GUESTS) & VALLEY VIEW

£3600

VALLEY VIEW DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOM WITH TWO SINGLE BEDS & SHARED BATH (NOT EN SUITE - SHARED WITH ONE OTHER GUEST) 

£2600 

SINGLE QUEEN WITH PRIVATE BATH (NOT EN SUITE)

£3700

SINGLE QUEEN WITH PRIVATE BATH (NOT EN SUITE)

£3700

SINGLE QUEEN WITH EN SUITE SHARED BATH (WITH TWO OTHER GUESTS)

£3600

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOM WITH TWO SINGLE BEDS WITH SHARED EN SUITE BATH (SHARED WITH ONE OTHER GUEST)

£2600

 If this retreat resonates with you and you'd like to secure your place, a £1500 nonrefundable deposit is required.

Final nonrefundable payment due July 30, 2022.

Please note that if for any reason this retreat does not run or is cancelled you will be refunded in full. For further details, see Terms & Conditions.