Meet Your Hosts & Instuctors

Michele True

A published poet, Michele is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.A. in creative writing and a minor in Italian. She is now writing her first historical fiction novel and translating a book of poetry by Alda Merini from Italian to English.

As for writing sisters, Michele and Lore share the roles of writing and creativity teachers.

In Italy, Michele  takes on the key role of hostess and tour guide. As an experienced editor, Michele retired from a career with the Billboard Magazine Group to write. Her passionate and intimate knowledge of Italy is infectious. She speaks Italian and French. 

Friends describe her as “fearless, vivacious, and a word-geek.” Most of all, it’s Michele’s heart connection to her ancestral home that makes the Eat, Pray, Write retreats in Italy indeed…unique.  

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* Facebook: Eat, Pray, Write



Lore (like "story") Raymond

Amazon #1 Bestselling Co-author I Speaker I Writing & Creativity Catalyst

In 2008 a Peruvian shaman bestowed a sacred condor feather and the title of "chacaruna"--a bridge keeper--while co-leading a trip together. He challenged Lore to help people express their authentic power and messages which she now loves doing through writing!

Lore is an instructor for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL.  For 13 consecutive years, she's served as host and teacher for her Women's Divine Dialogue Writing Circle. This is a creative writing community meeting monthly in Tampa Bay, FL; it's also where she and Michele first met. Students and clients describe Lore as “wise, charismatic, and generous.”

Her first non-fiction book, a pocket guide to the Divine Dialogue Writing System: Where Heaven and Earth Intersect, arrives December 2019. 

Writing Medicine: The Must-Have Guide for Your Hero's Journey to Inner Healing is a trilogy with three release dates in 2020. The Writing Medicine topic was chosen from 1,700 proposals for a featured panel discussion with Lore as moderator and presenter (along with Michele) at North America’s largest literary event—the Annual Conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Portland, Oregon, this spring. (See photo.)

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* To see her eight(8) books, visit  Amazon Author Page

* Facebook: Eat, Pray, Write; Writer's VisionQuest ( free group for women); 

Lore Raymond, Author I Speaker I Writing & Creatiivty Coach and;  Women as Visionaries with Lore Raymond  


Our Shared Vision

"If  you build it, they will come." ~ Field of Dreams

The retreat's idea really began in 2017 when Michele signed up for one of Lore’s Divine Dialogue Writing Workshops. Inspired, she's attended every workshop possible since then because of the creative way Lore balances her teaching with structure, compassion, and ritual.

When Michele and her husband, Herb, recently purchased her cousin’s home in Arcidosso, Italy, the two friends and writing sisters arrived at inspiration simultaneously. It was the perfect, sacred space to bring writing sisters from all walks of life together in a unique fashion.  

The seeds were planted. Now the harvest is ready to share with you. 

The intention is providing an atmosphere infused with positive energy where women can unplug from the world to tap into their individual, white-hot cores of intimate space where all voices are honored...a writing experience where words  flow onto every page. 

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Michele & Lore

Eat, Pray, Write

St. Petersburg, FL

(727) 565-5936