Writing Tuscany Retreat
OCTOBER 11-17, 2020
A Cultural & Creative Retreat in the Heart of Tuscany
VAL D'ORCIA, TUSCANY
MAY 15-20, 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?
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 women.
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.
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 interests. 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." We'll visit hidden gems like nearby Romanesque abbeys, tour a prestigious Montalcino winery, enjoying the most charming, Medieval and Renaissance-era towns of Tuscany.
Prior to each outing, Claire, our very own art historian, will give us a delightful introduction about what we're about to see and why it's important. Our intention is to create an itinerary that balances your need for space and time with just the right amount of culture and community.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDES
Claire Yearwood Munn, PhD
Regina Tingle, MFA
What do you get when you connect an art historian with a writer who used to live in Italy?
A fabulous retreat in Tuscany, of course!
Claire is passionate about travel, art history, wellness, and community and loves combining them as often as possible. Originally from New Orleans, Claire left the coastal South in her teens for boarding school in England and has been traveling extensively throughout Europe ever since. In addition to nine years in the UK, she has also lived in Italy, Switzerland, and New Zealand (where she met her future husband, thereby ensuring she returns often). Claire has a background in the luxury travel industry as well as a Master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from Christie’s (London) and a PhD in Art History from the University of York. She has given art history talks and academic lectures in various places including The National Gallery, London and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She lives in New York with her Kiwi husband and son. As a mother, she strongly believes in women carving restorative time out for themselves away from parental responsibilities to recharge and reconnect with who they are.
Regina has made a career around travel and writing, and like Claire, she loves combining her passions any chance she gets. After having lived in Italy for thirteen years, she has a deep connection with Italy's food, culture, language and people. Her passion is curating life-changing experiences for people during their travels abroad. Whether that's through a new writing or walking practice, daily meditation, yoga or even just a few simple new recipes, Regina loves showing how you can gather up ideas from other cultures and sprinkle it into your regular day to day to add joy. Originally from Texas, Regina has lived in New Zealand, Italy and now calls England home. Regina's been running retreats for a decade. Her retreats have been featured in The Write Life, Project Calm Magazine, Yoga Magazine and Writing Magazine.
WHY WE CREATED THIS RETREAT
Regina became a first-time mom during the pandemic, far away from family during a national lockdown. Claire endured Covid in New York City with her husband and five-year-old son. Like everyone else, we’ve spent a lot of the last year moping around the house, scrolling through old photos and longing to get on a plane. Now that vaccines have brought our lives back to a somewhat tolerable level of near-normality, we are thinking hard about where we want to go and what we want to do when we get there. The stakes and circumstances around travel suddenly feel more consequential than ever. We know we’re not alone when we say we don’t want to go back to pre-Covid travel.
Creating this retreat is our response to everything we lost in the last year, everything we didn't do, couldn't have and can't get back. After a year of stagnation, isolation and deprivation, we're determined to spend some quality time in the company of kindred spirits. We're out to get our fill of exhilaration and abundance. We'd love for you to join us.
“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
King bed with private ensuite bathroom
Shared double room with ensuite bathroom
Prices are per person and includes five nights' accommodation, all meals except where noted; wine tasting, creative writing and other class sessions, art history talks, all guides and daily excursions including transportation as well as transfers to and from Florence's train station by private coach. Airfare not included. If this retreat resonates with you and you'd like to secure your place, a €2100 deposit is required. Limited spaces available.
Deposits are refundable until January 1, 2022.
Partial refunds available until March 1, 2022.
Please note that if for any reason this retreat does not run or is cancelled you will be refunded in full.
If you have any questions regarding this retreat, or would like more information please contact
“And how astonishing to feel this sheer bliss, for here she was, not doing and not going to do a single unselfish thing, not going to do a thing she didn't want to do."
- Elizabeth von Arnim, The Enchanted April