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
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About the Property
Agriturismo Mezzano di Chianti is a renovated 17th century family-held medieval property that overlooks rolling hills of Tuscany, just outside of Florence. Set high above the city of Chianti in Greve, the meandering stone compound is predominantly forested with chestnut, cherry and oak trees, and home to a producing olive grove with more than 1600 trees. On eight of the thirty hectares are three olive tree varieties, including frantoiano, leccino and coreggiolo, the oldest of which which were planted about 100 years ago, and the youngest planted in 2001.
Within the simplicity of a historical farmhouse, the owners have created a warm and welcoming environment. Each spacious suite and all living spaces are uniquely furnished with family antiques passed from one generation to the next. Each has its own outdoor area with a sitting ares.
The property boasts a large swimming pool and spacious wine cellar, a beautiful private space where we will be painting. The barbecue and wood-burning oven as well as the laundry room are available for to all use.
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. Seasonally the owners produce amazing jams with local fruits (blackberries, figs or cherries) and with a little luck, find good mushrooms and truffles, used prepare delicious sauces. 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
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