“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye."
How long have you been telling everyone that you were going to write a book-- or that you’d finished your manuscript? Be honest.
So, what a thrilling relief to finally tell friends and family what you're doing for the New Year. Imagine saying,
"I'm going to Tuscany this spring to write my book in a medieval village where one of our retreat leaders lives in a refurbished parochial house that is attached to a Knight's Templar church built in the 1100's!”
Congratulations for deciding to start or finish that damn book that you’ve been talking about forever.
We’ve chosen the perfect place: Arcidosso, in the shadow of Monte Amiata in southern Tuscany. It is re-known for its best preserved 9th century castle in all of Europe, and known by spiritualists everywhere to be a center of spirituality. (There is a Tibetan Buddhist Temple here as well as an old commune site for the followers of Davide Lazzarati.) This magical place inspires writers like you with its unique history, where every stone in every building has a story to tell; don't forget the amazing wines, food, and Italian hospitality that is unequaled in the world.
Your book will be as magical and unique as the village that helped you Start or Finish Your Damn Book!
Ci Vediamo a Presto! See you soon!
Michele True and Lore Raymond
Writing Sisters & Co-founders, Eat, Pray, Write
Start 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, and Meals to Include:
Any woman who…
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 start or finish your damn book!
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: Start or Finish Your Damn Book! a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Early Bird pricing now through November 13, 2019 to get a $800 discount and round trip transportation from Grosseto FREE. That's a package totaling over $800 in discounts!
For those who commit to starting or finishing their damn book, we offer accommodations in three, historic family owned locations--each within one-minute walking distance of each other:
This retreat will take you back in through time via ancient surroundings. It is designed to allow you to unplug from whatever is hectic in your daily routine and plug into your white-hot center of creativity. Isn't it time you gave yourself the gift of time? Best of all, you'll be in a sacred, safe space with other women, like you, who value their craft, themselves, and the time it takes to Start or Finish Your Damn Book in 2020!
As you can see, Michele's two-and-a-half story home is attached to the Chiesa San Andrea, an ancient Knights Templar Chapel. (San Andrea is to the far left.)
You are 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.
Michele has a loft (Michaelangelo's Loft) that is a very large, open space with one full-size bed and one twin bed. On the second level, the Sunflower Room is bright and airy, and has two twin size beds (if you want to share a space, this is a great space to share), and on the main level, there is a tiny, yet lovely room Michele has dubbed the Nunnery for it's sparse, yet enlightening accommodations. All three spaces have desks available for writing.
Although everyone in Casa della Famiglia shares a bathroom, there are three large facilities, and the sharing has never posed a problem yet.
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.
At the B &B, Mario and Valeria offer rooms to accomodate your sleeping arrangements, from the two bedroom, two bath with living room and verandah Liz Gilbert suite, to the Deluxe Alda Merini room with an enormous jacuzzi tub.
The giardino (garden) and terrazzo (terrace) at Mario and Valeria's is lovely, and they look forward to making sure each writingsistre is able to enjoy their outdoor space.
We are thrilled to invite you to register and join us to Start or Finish Your Damn Book in Tuscany! We will be accepting between twelve and fourteen writing sisters for a small-group experience created to inspire your productivity and provide a safe space for like-minded wordsmiths to lift each other to new heights. Your steps for application are:
1. Fill out the International Retreat Application. Make a copy for yourelf.
2. We will then send you an invoice via email. Pay your $250 non-refundable deposit within 24 hours of receiving the invoice to guarantee your sacred space.
3. Instructions will follow once you've made your deposit of how to send a writing sample of between 500 and 5,000 words. This sample does NOT have to be from your book and can be if you choose.
4. Click on the link right below to begin!