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Experience a Creative Wellness Retreat

If you want to get creative in your quest for inspiring travel, self-awareness and deeper connections, our all-inclusive international retreats include intuitive painting, mindful exercise, meditations, healthy gourmet meals, and gorgeous surroundings to shift you back to a sense of wholeness where you will relax and and reconnect on your own terms with life.

Escape the mundane and experience an amazing journey. Gift yourself the chance to reconnect mindfully with courage and compassion. Feed your inner fire, let go, find your bliss, and reclaim your radiance.

Creative Wellness retreats bring a liberating style of art-making, that is truly experiential and personally profound - even if you have never painted before. The process invites pure creative freedom and authentic expression with abundant, bold colors on life-sized easels where you are asked to "Paint as if you will Burn It!"  Most of us truly enjoy side-stepping our inner critic and letting the colors fly.  It can get messy, it can get wild, and it always gets rich!

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What do participants enjoy most?

+ Delicious, healthy gourmet Italian meals
+ Total sense of relaxation and "get-away" vacation
+ Creative Liberation
+ Rejuvenation, empowerment, and aliveness
+ Joyful connection to ourselves and others
+ Painting outside surrounded by a Tuscan landscape
+ Plenty of downtime and beautiful surroundings

 

2015 & 2016 Tuscany Retreat Videos:

Paint Awake™ 2016 Spring Retreat in Tuscany

Paint Awake™ 2016 Spring Retreat in Tuscany


About the Property

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Il Colombaio is a renovated 17th century stone farmhouse that overlooks the rolling hills of Southern Tuscany. Set among olives, with lovely stands of cypress, it is both totally private and only a ten-minute walk from Montisi, a warm and welcoming quaint village. The old Podere was a working farm lived in by generations of contadini up to not many years before the current owners bought it in 1972. Within the simplicity of a historical farmhouse, the current family created a warm and welcoming environment, filled with Moroccan rugs, books to be read, and ample living spaces.

Olive groves and fruit trees surround the house and sprawling yard, where there is a large aia, a flat open space once used for beating grain but now space for open-air dinners. Outside the arched doors that run the length of the front of the house are pots of geraniums. Lemons line the terrace wall, lavender and roses are spotted about, and sweet smelling jasmine climbs the walls. Since 1972, the owners have lovingly cared for this house and continue to make olive oil from its bountiful grove.


Meals + Wine Tasting + Cooking Class

In our destination retreats, gourmet meals are prepared fresh for us on site by an Italian-born chef and will include health-conscious options. Most special dietary accommodations can be easily accommodated. Please contact us directly should you need more information. In addition to our home-prepared meals, there are phenomenal eateries and local food shops within walking distance of the retreat location.

Most of the Tuscany retreats offer wine-tasting events, brought to us by regional wine experts (with options for shipping home, of course!) and tailored cooking classes where together we can practice making hand-made pastas under the careful watch of a talented chef. 


About the Local Village of Montisi

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Montisi is located about half way between Rome and Florence, in southern Tuscany. Siena lies to the north while the wine towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino are about 10 miles away to the south and to the west. The nearest railway station is Sinalunga, and the autostrada A1 passes to the east with an exit at Valdichiana, on the way to Perugia. The village itself is sited on the ridge of hills separating the broad Val di Chiana and the Crete Senesi, a unique landscape of rolling downland.

An ancient village, Montisi has a wildly rich history, full of stories of politics, plunder, and competitive jousting traditions.  In the 1970s, the first tourists arrived, attracted by the alternatives from the more frequented tourist hotspots, and the development of a world-class wine industry nearby. Olive oil became a staple of the local economy, and indeed some of Italy's most highly prized oil producers are based in Montisi and the nearby villages. The abandoned farmhouses, and the empty apartments in the centres of small villages, slowly took on a new life, as "foreigners" from other parts of Italy and the rest of the world sought the peace and tranquility of this extraordinary landscape, either as a stimulus for their own creative lives, or as a rest from their activities elsewhere. Montisi now boasts shops, places to stay, a 100 seat cinema, 70 seat historic live theater, artists' workshops, a music school, quite a few places to eat and drink, and a thriving local economy. The changing face of a village that within living memory had been reduced to just over two hundred inhabitants is now the liveliest spot in the area and a magnet for locals and visitors alike.

 Learn more at http://montisi.com