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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?

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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 women.  

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. 

 

Throughout the week, Claire, our very own art historian, will give delightful introductions to what we'll be seeing. 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 villa also has wifi, a washing machine, air-conditioning and a private chef.

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! 

Originally from New Orleans, Claire left the coastal South in her teens for boarding school in England and has traveled extensively throughout Europe ever since. Currently based in New York, she previously lived in the UK for many years as well as in Italy, Switzerland, and New Zealand. Claire has a background in the luxury travel industry, a Master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from Christie’s (London), and a Ph.D. 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). Claire is passionate about travel, art history, and wellness and tries to combine them as often as possible, preferably in Italy.

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. 

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WHY WE CREATED THIS RETREAT

Creating this retreat is our response to everything we lost in the last year during the pandemic. Like everyone else, we’ve spent a lot of the last year scrolling through old photos, 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. After over a year, we're determined to return to a place we love, and spend quality time in the company of kindred spirits. 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

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

  • ART HISTORY TALKS  

  • TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM ORGANIZED EXCURSIONS

For a supplement, we can arrange a photography workshop, landscape painting class, massage therapy, manicures, pedicures, additional wine tastings and/or additional touring. 

 

ACCOMMODATION

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

€4400 - SOLD

 

SINGLE QUEEN WITH PRIVATE BATH (NOT EN SUITE)

 €4300 - SOLD

 

SINGLE QUEEN WITH EN SUITE BATH & DRESSING ROOM 

€4500 - SOLD

SINGLE QUEEN WITH EN SUITE BATH & VALLEY VIEW 

€4500 - SOLD 

SINGLE QUEEN WITH PRIVATE BATH (NOT EN SUITE)

 €4300 - SOLD

SINGLE QUEEN LOFT WITH EN SUITE BATH 

 €4300 - SOLD

SINGLE QUEEN WITH SHARED BATH (SHARING WITH 2 OTHER GUESTS)

& VALLEY VIEW

€4200 - SOLD

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY WITH SHARED BATH (SHARING WITH 1 OTHER GUEST) & VALLEY VIEW

€3950 - SOLD

 If this retreat resonates with you and you'd like to secure your place, a €2100 deposit is required. Deposits are refundable until January 1, 2022. Final nonrefundable payment due January 15, 2022.

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

“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