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Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy

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Step BaCk in Time...

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!

Michele's house on Via Degli Olmi is attached to the church of St. Andrea.

Benvenuto! Welcome to Michele's Home, Casa della Familglia--the Retreat's Heart Center

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.

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Cugino Mio! My Cousin

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

Tuscany in April: Welcome to Arcidosso !

Program Schedule

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Write or Finish your DAMN Book!
Intentionally designed with attention to detail, a dynamic program schedule is offered to: 

  • Ensure a balance between structured and free time
  • Provide experiential activities that engage the hands, head, heart, and soul
  • Write in interesting and inspiring inside and outside spaces
  • Work alone and in small groups
  • Enjoy the magic and mystery of the "Real Italy" found in Arcidosso!

What's Included?

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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:

  • 6 days/5 nights stay in Arcidosso, a medieval, hilltop village in southern Tuscany
  • Lodging choices in three comfortable locations--only minutes walking distance from one another
  • Choice of room types with single or shared rooms available
  • WE ARE HAPPY, YET SAD TO ANNOUNCE WE ARE SOLD OUT FOR THE SEPTEMBER 2019 RETREAT!  Please check out Costa Rica and Tuscany in 2020!!



Who's Invited?

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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.

Arcidosso, Our Location

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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!

Meet Your Hosts

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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!

Registration

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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)

Go To Photo of House

What We've Included for You!

Eat

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  • Welcome “Benvenuti” Gourmet Dinner on arrival day at Osteria Bastarda Rossa, Michele’s cousin’s acclaimed restaurant 
  • Daily delish, Italian continental breakfast buffet (gluten-free options); coffee & tea 
  • Daily, day’s end gathering for wine and nibbles at Your Soul Café: Conversations that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions (Total 5 gatherings)
  • Celebration “Arrivederci” Gourmet Dinner & Awards before departure day--also at Osteria Bastarda Rossa
  • Two, fun classes about wine tasting and, pasta making
  • Meals included: 5 x breakfasts / 2 x lunches / 3 x dinners

Pray

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"Prayer is talking to God. Meditation is listening to God."  You'll have time for both to simply be.

  • Balanced itinerary allows for sacred space to pray, reflect, meditate—and of course, write
  • Sightseeing excursions to diverse places of interest, views, and worship—both contemporary and medieval sites like the Merigar West Buddhist Temple, Monte Labro; and medieval churches in Arcidosso
  • The Divine Dialogue Writing System encourages writing two, daily gratitude lists; Meister Eckhart beleives, "If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough."
  • Discover the practice of walking meditation through Arcidosso and excursion sites.

Write

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  • Daily group work, solitary writing time, and workshopping... 
  • Seminar & Discussion led by Lore and Michele where empowered feedback for your writing, projects, and skills are discussed. (Total 3 seminars)
  • Local, historical sightseeing excursions designed and led by Michele True; each is planned to inspire, complement, and reinforce your writing experience (Total 2  excursions). 
  • Rich variety of interior and exterior spaces to inspire writing including Michele’s home and garden; the Knights Templar Church connected to her home; the historic village of Arcidosso and; all the excursion sites