Preparation for Our Time Together in the province of Chianti, just outside of Florence in Tuscany, Italy!
Hello and Warm Welcome,
It is an absolute joy to share the upcoming Paint Awake™ retreat in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy with each of you!
In addition to our time spent meandering through majestic scenery, enjoying gourmet meals, and tasting wonderful wines, we will each escape into the world of Intuition Painting™ and discover our colorful inner landscapes. The experience will deepen our connections to ourselves, to our creativity, and to each other.
As you prepare for your trip, please know you can reach out at any point to ask questions or seek advice. Simply call (US: 505 695 1375 or Italy: +39 347 687 7062) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as you prefer.
There are quite of few things to consider for your journey. Please read this document carefully and complete the form at the end. Your answers will help us make your stay all the more pleasant. This guide to getting the most out of a Paint Awake™ and is based on my 19 years of experience, leading both individuals and groups through the process.
The notes included here will ensure the best possible comfort, safety, and outcome for each of you as well as and the group.
TRAIN STATION PICK UP:
Pickups from the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station the start day and again on the end day of the retreat are included in your retreat fees. Pick up times are as follow:
UPDATED INFO ABOUT THE PICKUP:
Florence Main Train Station (Santa Maria Novella), 14:30 (2:30 PM)
Meet IN FRONT OF THE PHARMACY in the train station on the left side (if you are facing away from the trains). The driver will be holding a sign that says “Montine Blank, Paint Awake”.
Please NOTE: Please email me a photo of yourself that I can give to the driver.
If you wish to drive or hire a car, Greve-in-Chianti is a short distance from Florence, and can be easily access from Rome or Pisa as well:+ Florence: 40 minutes away
+ Rome: 3 hours away
+ Siena: 1 hour, 15 minutes away
ALTERNATE PICK UPS:
If you require alternate location pickup from Rome, Florence, or Pisa, please let us know at your earliest convenience and we can try to assist you.
The medieval structure has 7 apartments with 12 bedrooms and private and common areas (see accommodations), each with separate entrances opening onto the garden, the bourg, and/or overlooking the pool and wide views of the soft hills.
There is a fabulously large, airy cantina (pictured on the right) which we will use for painting indoors. Of course we can take our easels outdoors as we wish as well.
The living areas have a high-efficiency wood stoves, and radiator heat in cool evenings. When days are warm and the interiors will remain cooled by the wide stone walls.
Onsite you will have access to limited wifi, a washing machine and line dry, and a phone for local calls. There is limited cell service in the countryside, so please let your loved ones know calls will likely be infrequent.
Rooms are assigned according to registration preferences.
You are invited to think of this retreat as an inner vision quest and a timeout from your everyday life. Please consider the following:
Being in your natural state as you paint enhances your experience and allows you to go deeper. Limiting substances such as caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, and/or nicotine in advance of and during the workshop can benefit your experience.
Be mindful of what’s coming up for you before the workshop - - you may begin to feel excited, have interesting dreams, or even feel a little nervous in the weeks prior. Take note of your feelings and expectations about the retreat.
If you do start to feel any anxiety or resistance, please know that this is normal. Allow yourself to experiment with meditation or exercise to help quiet your mind.
Take care of all of business, home, family, childcare, pet care before you arriving. Subject to reality, prepare to turn off your cell phone. Advise loved ones they will not hear from you during our retreat. This one eally pays off for your experience.
Be sure no one is expecting you to come home with a painting to share. You may decide to burn it ceremoniously after all - - or it may become more personal than you wish to share. Either way, it is important to be free of any performance expectations.
Bring comfy clothes and/or smock to paint in. Don’t wear anything that you would not want to get paint on. Some people stay in their old sweats during the retreat.
Bring any meaningful object, photo, or item to place in our painting circle.
All art materials are supplied, but occasionally people like to bring their own paintbrushes. If so, bring round watercolor brushes that come to a point and put an identifying mark on your brushes.
Be mindful that you do not wear perfumes, scented lotions, aftershave, etc., as some people are allergic.
Intuitive Process Painting is designed to facilitate the personal, creative, and spiritual growth of people who are physically, mentally, and emotionally well. It is not intended to serve as a treatment for any type of physical or mental illness. Paint Awake™ is not a substitute for counseling, psychological therapy, or a drug and alcohol treatment program.
1-hour or 2-hour massage sessions will be available for booking with highly recommended massage therapist Chiara. Her work is rooted in Ayurvedic-Yoga and integrates deep relaxation with subtle work on emotional and energetic levels.
Fees are 1 hour: 50 Euros or 2 hours: 80 Euros, and can be paid in cash during session.
Rules & Requests:
Safety must be our highest priority during the retreat. Please let the facilitator, a staff member, or an assistant know if you need any assistance or support.
Quiet hours are from 11:00PM-7:00AM. Please respect the experience of others.
The retreat farmhouse is a drug-free environment. Please do not over-drink.
Please do not play music or media in the common areas when others are already present without asking permission of others.
Please do not expect to create business connections, gain clientele, or have networking goals for this experience. Coming with an agenda can sully the experience for others, limit your own authentic journey, and lead to less trust among the group.
People who are not participating in the retreat or assisting the retreat are not allowed to be on the grounds unless otherwise agreed previously.
Please complete reading the primer before the retreat begins so that you and all the other participants are starting from the basis of understanding. It can also help with any "art-making jitters" that may arise : ) Find the Paint Awake™ primer here:
A copy of our daily schedule - of course these times subject to change as the group finds its preferred rhythm:
Packing for the Retreat:
Items already onsite:
washing machine (line dry only)
food including: water, coffee, tea, snacks, all meals
layers for variable weather:
a rain/wind jacket
short and long sleeves
short and long pants or skirt
other clothing items:
clothes for stretching or yoga poses
comfy clothes for painting
walking/hiking shoes (comfortable tennis shoes are fine)
a celebratory outfit for wine tasting/dinner night
a journal for your thoughts
a special pen or pencil to write with (optional)
a token of meaning from home (a photo, a locket, a reminder of a goal or loved one) to put in our circle
allergy medications (if sensitive)
What You Won't Need:
super dressy outfits
stress or worries
Final payments are due as listed on the billing page before the retreat start date and may be made by credit card or by using Chase Pay. You may remit your payment as you prefer and you will receive an invoice with your personal total due and payment instructions.
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