Art is a great opportunity to give courage to people.
Jago, Italian sculptor
Jago, Italian sculptor
24-30 September 2017
Join us on a creative adventure where we will immerse ourselves on a journey exploring the Florentine and Tuscan way of living. Tuscans are masters in gracefully balancing all aspects of life as an opportunity for artistic expression; from food and wine to paper making and all types of craftsmanship in between. We will breathe Florence’s glorious history while discovering contemporary artists, craftsmen and talents flourishing in the area. During our time together we will eat fresh, homemade food inspired by traditional Tuscan cuisine, and learn how to live life as a work of art like the Tuscans.
A key to a healthy life lies in being able to balance indulgence with taking care of ourselves, on both a physical and emotional level. For Tuscans, friendship is based on the connections made over sharing beautiful experiences, whether it’s enjoying art, a walk in the countryside or eating delicious food; even a simple dinner can easily become a full fledged celebration, fueled by the collective desire to make the best out of life. We will engage in this exact style of connection when we sit down to prepare and enjoy our meals together.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
JOURNEY TOWARDS HAPPINESS
The week will be harmoniously spent between the countryside and historical city settings. We will be staying at the Capezzana estate which is nestled on the rolling hills of Carmignano, just north of the center of Florence, and nearby the small town of Carmignano. It is surrounded by quiet, relaxing vineyards but close enough to the upbeat energy of city life.
WINEMAKING TOURS & TASTINGS
Capezzana Wine Estate - We will explore its' wine cellars, learn about the history of the vineyard and the wine making process, discover the local wines and learn to pair them with meats and cheeses, handpick fruits from the estate’s organic garden, and taste homemade breads such as biscotti and focaccia.
Antinori Bargino Wine Estate - For over 20 generations, the Antinori family has been producing wine in their unique Bargino cellars constructed with the utmost respect for the environment and the Tuscan landscape. Our visit to the estate will contrast with the traditional wine tour experience, showing how tradition and innovation can co-exist.
ART & HISTORY IN FLORENCE AND BEYOND
While in the historical center of Florence, we will be walking (and biking) to key landmarks of the Renaissance and the Medici heritage such as the Duomo, the Battistero, David from Michelangiolo at the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery & Galleria Vasariana, and the great Boboli Garden in Palazzo Pitti.
MADE IN FLORENCE WORKSHOPS WITH LOCAL ARTISTS
We will explore different arts and crafts that make Florence unique, through visits and workshops with local artisans. Crafts will involve Florentine handcrafted paper, tasting Tuscan cuisine, mixology and more.
We will be enjoying traditional Tuscan meals prepared with fresh ingredients such as seasonal fruits and vegetables. This includes both vegetarian and meat options. Some dishes include bruschetta, ribollita (a hearty soup), florentine steak (“bistecca alla fiorentina”), different styles of panini, and focaccia with cheese and charcuterie.
The Fattoria (farmhouse) houses a comfortable countryside apartment and stands at the heart of the Capezzana estate. The apartment, tastefully decorated in a rustic Tuscan style, provides a large terrace to relax in the September breeze. You are also granted access to the swimming pool and tennis court, which are just a few steps away from your room.
The farmhouse is the perfect location to create positive energy for a group of adventurous, energetic people like us! There is plenty of room outside to wander as well as common areas inside to connect with fellow retreat goers and relax.
During this trip, we encourage you to focus on connecting with yourself, nature, culture through art and food, and forming connections with fellow retreat participants. We will be sharing rooms, some of which are unique yet all are equally welcoming. Bring company or come alone; the experience will be extraordinary nonetheless!
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
Treedom was created in Naples in the municipality of Scampia Chiaiano, a piece of land confiscated by the Italian mafia. The area is affected both by the phenomenon of Eco-mafias and the historic presence of the Camorra organized crime group. Here, unemployment is high because of a large percentage of high school drop outs and a lack of social services. In this context of social, cultural and economic poverty, the project is a step towards job opportunities and social growth for the entire area. The agroforestry project supports a renewed relationship between young people and the territory.
Hope to see you there!