Art is a great opportunity to give courage to people.
Jago, Italian sculptor
Jago, Italian sculptor
28 April - 4 May 2018
Join us on a beautiful adventure to discover Tuscany between the art and history of Florence to the vibrant countryside of Siena! Through a unique journey, from appreciating the sights of Florence to the beautiful rolling hills of Siena, we invite you on a journey of self-discovery, wellness, and
Together, we will experience the glorious and abundant history and culture that Italy has to offer. In Florence, we will walk historic cobblestone pathways, devour delicious gelato, visit the famous Uffizi Gallery, which houses Sandro Botticelli's, "The Birth of Venus" to discover glorious and abundant history. We will discover and get inspired from local artists, history, musicians, and street artists as we find our way over the romantic Arno River.
We will then immerse ourselves into the peaceful beautiful Tuscan country-side of Siena. We will discover culture and connect with nature at its finest as we bike our way through food, art, wine-tastings, to eventually winding down and relaxing in natural hot springs.
In appreciation of the destination, we will also give back by collaborating with our ambassador and talented photographer, Allie Taylor, to the Artemisia Anti Violence Center as she will lead a workshop that encourages self empowerment and discuss the art of believing in oneself.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
JOURNEY TOWARDS HAPPINESS
ACCOMMODATIONS 1 - Florence
We will be spend three nights at Borgo I Vicelli. This charming country inn is conveniently located near the historic center of Florence, in the town of Bagno a Ripoli.Whie still close to the exciting and energetic city, this inn is tucked away in the quiet, relaxing vineyards of the countryside. We will spend time wondering down piazzas, immersing ourself in Florence's unique history as we will learn more about what it means and feels to be drawn into nature, connect with others, and into new cultures. We will tour the city by foot and explore destinations like Fiesole - a hilltop village and perfect place to spend a low-key afternoon. While it lacks the hustle and bustle of Florence, it is packed full of museums, churches, parks, and places that house the authentic flavors of Italy. We will also connect within Florence's heritiage getting a behind the scenes understanding of paper making and learn traditional techniques that took centuries to develop.
ART & HISTORY IN FLORENCE AND BEYOND
While in the historical center of Florence, we will visit key landmarks of the Renaissance and the Medici heritage such as the Duomo, the Battistero, Michelangiolo's David at the Galleria dell'Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery & Galleria Vasariana, as well as the great Boboli Garden in Palazzo Pitti.
MADE IN FLORENCE WORKSHOPS WITH LOCAL ARTISTS
This hands-on workshop will take you on a truly fascinating journey taking you behind the scenes of paper making while learning traditional techniques that has developed over centuries. Your inner kid (self) will thank you! We will explore different arts and crafts that make Florence unique, through visits and workshops with local artisans. Crafts will involve a hands-on workshop where we will use Florentine handcrafted paper to create beautiful masterpieces.
Traditional Tuscan meals will be offered throughout this journey. Some dishes include bruschetta, ribollita (a hearty soup), florentine steak (“bistecca alla fiorentina”), different styles of panini, and focaccia with cheese and charcuterie.
Italy may be known for pizza and pasta, but don't fret your eyes won't be doing all the eating because we can avoid the gluten! Here, in Italy, the list goes on and on of gluten-free options/choices.
ADD HERE ALLIE"S BIO
GIVE BACK - TBD
Alexandra Taylor will lead an hour of presentation about "The Beautiful Art of Believing in Yourself" at the IED - European Institute of Design in Florence. In collaboration with the non-profit Artemisia Anti Violence Center, we will discover self empowerment and creativity through Taylor's photographs. We will also connect with our interactive designer Emilia Pucci and even our very own founder of We Are Creative Adventurers, Giulia Bacci. Together, all of us will share and collaborate to support the women and children who have experienced all forms of violence at the Artemisia Anti Violence Center. We will connect with local women, female artists, painters, and writers discovering their pathways to happiness and how passion can be the key to your own success.
This adventure is simply a celebration of friendship, connection, and the art of believing in yourself. This journey will hopefully not only be an outward journey as it will follow our purpose and passion to live a creative and fulfilling life.All donations will go directly to the women and children.
ACCOMMODATIONS 2 - Siena Countryside
Podere Spedalone is the perfect place to rejuvenate the soul, soften the senses, and reconnect the mind and body. Nestled between the hills of the "crete senesi" and the Val d’Orcia in the Province of Siena. Glimpses of thick stone walls and exquisite gardens, where vineyards fade into burning beautiful sunsets, it will be hard not to eat with your feet in the grass. You can find yourself hiking along the pathways or even amongst the flowers in the grass enjoying the moments of peace and relaxation while watching the magnificent sunsets of Tuscany.
During this trip, we encourage you to focus on connecting with yourself, nature, and culture through art and food, but also to form connections with fellow retreat participants.
This medieval walled city is gorgeous! Siena is well known worldwide for Palio de Diena, a famous horse race, which takes place twice a year. We will visit the heart of Siena, the city's gathering spot, The Piazza del Campo. The Torre del Mangia, a tower of 500 steps to be exact, leads the most extraordinary birds eye of the city. We will discover the paths and history from centuries ago and spend the last few days immersing ourselves within the true natural beauty of Siena.
We will have the opportunity to bicycle through the small villages that surround Siena and finish the tour with a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs of Terme Naturali San Filippo.
One tree is planted for every retreat sign up to help protect our planet and natural resources. At check out, we also offer you the opportunity to give to this aspiring international project. If you are interested, find out more at TREEDOM