Friday

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 DAY ONE  September 13 

(Friday, the Lucky 13!)

ARRIVIAMO! 

Arrive in Rome's Fiumicino international Airport (also known as Leonardo DaVincii) where you'll be picked up and shuttled by your hosts to Arcidosso, Tuscany. (For earlybird registrations only.)


MORNING 

Explore historic Arcidosso or take quiet writing and reflecting time in the Chapel of Sant’ Andrea, the 900 year-old Knights Templar Chapel attached to Michele’s home and easily accessed from her delightful garden. 


AFTERNOON  

Please arrive before 2:00 pm to check-in. Take time to find your room and start renewing your body and creative soul. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and survey the paradise that is Tuscany.

Nap. Unpack. Practice self-care.


EVENING

 For Introductions & Orientation, gather for Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions over wine and nibbles.


Stroll to the Welcome “Bienvenuti” Dinner at the Osteria Bastardo Rossa.


MEALS INCLUDED TODAY

Lunch, gourmet dinner

Saturday

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DAY TWO September 14 (Saturday) 

Full Harvest Moon

MORNING

Espresso & tea ready for the Coffee Mug Swap; followed by an Italian-style buffet breakfast: Brioche, gluten-free crostada, fruit, yogurt, granola, boiled eggs. 


WRITING WORKSHOP #1, Gather for the first Divine Dialogue Writing™ Circle; start learning and practicing the three steps of this transformational writing system using creative prompts. (90 minutes)

SEMINAR & DISCUSSION  #1: Empowered Feedback for your writing, ideas, and skills. (90 minutes)

To unplug to plug in, try making this a social media/cell phone-free time until lunch.


AFTERNOON

Lunch on your own in the charming village. Free time for individual writing and doing whatever your intuition whispers!


EVENING

Gather for Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions. Enjoy pizza at Michele’s home. 

Then, in the garden celebrate the Full Harvest Moon with a releasing ceremony, symbol sharing, and storytelling.


MEALS INCLUDED TODAY

Breakfast, dinner

Sunday

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DAY THREE September 15 (Sunday)

MORNING

Espresso & tea ready followed by an Italian-style buffet breakfast: Brioche, gluten-free crostada, fruit, yogurt, granola, boiled eggs. 


Create and complete our retreat’s “writing altar” with symbols/tokens from last night’s Full Harvest Moon Celebration.


Depart and walk to San Leonardo, Catholic Church--the bell tower “campanella”-- is part of Michele’s home. 


Next, depart by van for Merigar West-Buddhist Temple; enjoy a picnic-style lunch on the grounds or a walking meditation. The temple is a point of inspiration for more spectacular vistas as Merigar means “place of the fire mountain.” 


AFTERNOON

Unplug to plug in for recharging and writing.


EVENING

Reconnect during Your Soul Cafe: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions. Then, gather with Writing Sisters for dinner on your own at one of Arcidosso’s many charming restaurants; take a book for the Book Swap & Share


MEALS INCLUDED TODAY 

Breakfast, lunch

Monday

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DAY FOUR September 16 (Monday) 

Archangel Gabriel’s Day, Writer’s Muse

MORNING

Espresso & tea ready followed by an Italian-style buffet breakfast


WRITING WORKSHOP #2, Gather for your Divine Dialogue Writing™ Circle (90 minutes) and;

SEMINAR & DISCUSSION #2: Empowered Feedback for your writing, ideas, and skills. (90 minutes)

To unplug to plug in, make this a social media/cell phone-free time until lunch.


AFTERNOON

Depart in van for Monte Labro, a stunning site with a fascinating story of Davide Lazzeretti. Experience a 365-degree vista that stretches from the Apennine Mountains to the island of Corsica. Soak in the mountain air with your picnic-style lunch.


EVENING

Share your adventures at Your Soul Café over wine and nibbles; learn from a local vineyard expert with a special Wine Tasting & Class. Dinner on your own with Writing Sisters. 


MEALS INCLUDED TODAY

Breakfast, lunch

Tuesday

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DAY FIVE September 17 (Tuesday) 

MORNING

Espresso & tea ready followed by an Italian-style buffet breakfast: Brioche, gluten-free crostada, fruit, yogurt, granola, boiled eggs. 


WRITING WORKSHOP #3, Gather for your Divine Dialogue Writing™ Circle (90 minutes) and; SEMINAR & DISCUSSION #3: Empowered feedback for your writing, ideas, and skills. (90 minutes)

To unplug to plug in, make this a social media/cell phone-free time until lunch


AFTERNOON

Lunch on your own for last minute shopping or sightseeing--plus packing, writing, resting and reflecting.  Get dressed in your newly purchased Italian fashion or LBD--Little Black Dress--for the evening’s festivities.


EVENING

At this final Your Soul Cafe, the evening’s program features YOU--From Page to Stage: Sharing a Favorite Retreat Writing.

Then its our Celebration “Arrivederci” Awards Dinner once again at the Osteria Bastardo Rossa!


MEALS INCLUDED TODAY

Breakfast, gourmet dinner

Wednesday

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DAY SIX September 18 (Wednesday)

MORNING

Special Farewell Early Brunch with Closing Gratitude Circle and Time Capsule Ceremony


Van departs for Rome's Fuimicino Airport.


Everyone departs by noon unless staying an extra night for an additional cost; meals on your own; bagged lunch provided for all travelers


MEALS INCLUDED TODAY

Special breakfast, lunch


Thank you for joining us!

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Follow Your Bliss

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.

~Joseph Campbell, the Hero's Journey