I have dubbed this retreat the Coming Back Home. This is not only true because for me, born and raised in Italy, is an actual coming back home, but because the work that inspired this retreat is the work of bringing you 'back home" to the root of your innate wisdom to activate your inner healing powers.
This retreat is going to be a transformational one: re-defining your relationship with food, re-shaping the view of yourself, and re-framing a life path of balance, fulfillment and joy.
Imagine EAT. PRAY. LOVE all in one place!! And if there is a place where this can be accomplished it is Italy.
IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY
A MAGICAL PLACE
TO RECONNECT AND FIND BALANCE
Dante Alighieri when looking at the Berignone forest which faces the village,
called it the “dark forest” in which one could get lost only to find himself enriched
by an inspirational and enchanting journey.
This retreat promises to take you into a soul journey to assess "What's Next For You?" In these extended 5 days together we will draw from each other and this enchanted location, to reframe what a balanced, healthy and authentic life looks like.
You will have the opportunity to learn first hand what makes Italy one of the healthiest places on Earth, the wisdom of the Blue Zones, and you will
leave with a blue print of how to move forward in your life.
My goal with this retreat is to create an experience that will leave you feeling motivated, inspired, and excited for the future.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscany, this ancient borgo (a rural village) dates back to the early 1600, but its name refers to an ancient Roman origin. It is said that in the fourth century A. D. Santa Attinia was born here, one of the saints highly venerated in the whole region.
It has been recently renovated, maintaining traditional architecture and materials.
The village offers 13 apartments each with 2 private bedrooms (single or double), 1 or 2 bathrooms, as well as a small kitchen.
Also in the village dedicated to the guests, there is a restaurant, a library (the only area with high speed internet wi-fi), a meeting/yoga room, as well as two typical elements of the great rural communities of an earlier time: an exquisite rustic chapel and a large wood-burning oven in perfect working order.
With daily yoga, meditation, walks in nature, cooking classes and daily workshops this retreat is your opportunity to disconnect from stress, unhealthy habits, limiting beliefs, EMFs, chemicals, let go, let others take care of you for once and find a renewed sense of self.
The village strategic location makes it the ideal base to visit the major Tuscan cities such as Siena (45 km/28 miles), Volterra (20 km/12 miles), San Gimignano (22 Km/ 14 miles), Florence (70 km/ 43 miles) Pisa (80 Km/50 miles) or excursions to visit the ‘unspoiled’ countryside.
The village borders one of the most beautiful and prized areas of the region called the Val di Cecina. The area, in fact, has three nature reserves known as “SCI” (Sites of Community Interest): Montenero, Monterufoli-Caselli and Dante's Berignone forest.
The ‘forest of touch’, with its particular vegetation is also very close to the village.
A Golf Course located just 30 minutes from the village and the Mediterranean sea is only about 45 minutes away.
Are there payment plans?
Yes, payment plans are available. Payments can be divided into 2 or 3 parts, equally divided by month, with the first payment due upon registration. To request a payment plan please email email@example.com
Please not that there will be a 5% fee for deferred payments. Please note payment plans are non-refundable and can only be used as credits for future retreats.
Do I need a visa? How about immunization shots?
Most tourists can travel for up to 90 days without any special permissions or Visas. You do need a valid passport that is more than 90 days away from expiration.
No immunization shots are required.
How do I get there?
We will make available a shuttle that will pick up guests at Florence central train station Santa Maria Novella on April 17th at a set time. You can reach Florence by air or train. The shuttle will also take the guests back to Florence on April 22nd. If you are driving instead you will be given directions to the retreat location.
If I travel alone can I be matched with someone in a double room?
You can make the request to be matched and we will do our best to accommodate, however we can't guarantee it until a few days before the retreat.
What kind of food will be served?
In line with the mediterranean diet there will be an abundance of fruit and vegetables as well as daily juices and smoothies. We will however explore the local home-made healthy cuisine and will try to accommodate any specific dietary restrictions.
Do I need a travel insurance?
We strongly advice to protect your purchase by purchasing a travel insurance shortly after booking. You can get a quote here
Will I have free time to explore the nearby areas?
We will organize field trips to nearby cities however if you have never been to Tuscany or Italy in general and would like to extend your stay go for it, it will be worth it! However you won't be able to stay at the retreat location, and will need to organize the rest of your trip independently.