This retreat is for you to fall back and rediscover the creative you...the wordsmith you...the wise you...and the happy you--all in a sacred envelope of time that combines the ancient past with the present moment.
Best of all, you'll be surrounded by like-minded writing sisters on the same journey to Write-Or-Finish-Your-Damn-Book!
As you can see, the two-and-a-half story home is attached to the Chiesa San Andrea, an ancient Knights Templar Chapel (far left).
You're invited to enter this ancient sanctuary to write, reflect and even pray. The campanella (bell) of the church still perches upon the roof of the home--a now-silent witness to hundreds of years of life and love in Arcidosso.
A mere one-minute walk from Michele's home is her cousins' Bed & Breakfast (Thalassa Locanda) where rooms are available. You'll be warmly greeted by Valeria and Mario who are thrilled that our group is coming.
You'll feast over two gourmet dinners at the Welcome "Benvenuti" and Farewell "Arrivederci " celebrations--both at the Osteria, La Bastarda Rossa, the B & B's acclaimed restaurant. The physical address is Via Talassese 94, Arcidosso
Write or Finish your DAMN Book!
Intentionally designed with attention to detail, a dynamic program schedule is offered to:
Our personal guarantee that this retreat offers experiences of the “Real Italy” for personal and professional transformation.
Historic, Family-Owned Accommodations, Writing Workshops, Excursions and Meals to Include:
Any woman who…
--Deserves a once-in-a-lifetime, cultural experience that creatively combines the hands, head, heart and soul ;
--Enjoys writing, journaling, blogging—you don’t have to be a professional or published to join us;
--Appreciates being in a community of like-minded, soul-full writing sisters;
--Seeks a creative “Under the Tuscan Sun” adventure to enliven your writing practice by exploring the landscape, architecture, and traditions while connecting with writing sisters...and Michele’s family and friends!
--Yearns for quiet, reflective "me" time to unplug to plug in;
Photo: Some of the writing sisters headed to Tuscany in September, 2019.
Benvenuto ad Arcidosso!
Welcome to Arcidosso!
(Prounounced Arch (like parch)-ih-doe-so)
This quaint medieval village of only 4,295 in southern Tuscany is renown for the best-preserved medieval castle in Europe. It's also close to where Merlin is said to have lived in a cave--perhaps he'll revisit as a muse while you write.
Arcidosso is nestled at the base of Mount Amiata, the tallest mountain peak in Tuscany; get ready for spectacular vistas sure to inspire your writing!
This stunning jewel is located between Siena and Rome and two hours to Florence. In one day, you can both ski Mount Amiata and enjoy the beach in the Maremma di Grosseto for dinner.
Tuscany's rich history, architecture, countryside, and vistas are sure to inspire your writing, creativity, and transformation!
In 2017 Michele met Lore in one of her Divine Dialogue Writing Circles in Florida. After writing together through a year's focus using Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic, they became inspired to co-create a retreat solely reserved for feminine energy.
They envisioned that a select number of women would gather as a creative community of writing sisters to access their individual white-hot core of creativity... and bond over tasty Italian fare and wine in Michele's ancestral home. These are a few of the reasons that make the Eat, Pray, Write: Women's Tuscan Writing Retreat a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Early Bird Pricing is Over Now...But!
For those who reserved their sacred space first, there are beds available in the house pictured above. (See the picture of Michele's Home above--that building under the church bell? That's one of our locations!) ... Casa della Famiglia, and our retreat headquarters. Next, there are a few shared or private rooms offsite at Michele's cousin's B&B, Thalassa--only a one-minute stroll to and from MIchele's home.
Finally, there's one room available in the house where Michele's great-grandparents ran the Trattoria La Stella--also a few minutes walk to the retreat's home base. (SOLD--no longer available)
"Prayer is talking to God. Meditation is listening to God." You'll have time for both to simply be.