“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye."
When I mention I am an author and poet, people often share their own desire to write. Or, that they started their book and just never found the right place or right time to finish their it.
If this describes you, why not now? And, why not in an ancient, medieval village where you are emotionally and physically safe in a space that inspires creativity? A place shared with other writers who juggle the same anxieties and concerns as you. A space with the flexibility to create all day, if you want; workshop with other wordsmiths, if you want; or consult with Michele on writing techniques and share professional insight into the world of publishing.
Perhaps you want to polish your book in a village where the retreat leader lives in a refurbished parochial house attached to a Knight's Templar church built in the 1100s!
The first Eat, Pray, Write retreat was held September 2019. It was a high point for twelve inspired and determined women. These women arrived from all walks of life--from as far away as northern Oregon and Utah's Rocky Mountain range, to the beaches of the Tampa Bay Area. Check out their testimonials, I love sharing them!
The Write Place? Arcidosso, which lies in the shadow of Monte Amiata in southern Tuscany and re-known for its 9th century castle (best preserved castle of its time in Europe), and known by those who seek and practice spiritual paths to be a vortex of spirituality. (There is a Tibetan Buddhist Temple , Merigar West, as well as the archeological site, Monte Labro where followers of Davide Lazzeretti once lived.)
The magic in this space encourages writers, like you, with its unique history--where every stone in every building has a story to tell. Isn't it The Write time for you to experience that magic--to taste exquisite wines, olive oil, and culinary perfection? Come enjoy our unequaled Italian hospitality.
The Write Time? April in the rolling hills of Tuscany, where new life in the vineyards have started to stretch tendrils toward the sunny skies, where poppies confetti fields of wheat, and a bevy of flowers bloom. A time before scorching summer heat and throngs of tourists challenge anyone's patience. A time when the villages have completed their traditional Easter celebrations. A time when words flow and nothing shadows your confidence.
Ci Vediamo a Presto! See you soon!
Founder & Host of Eat, Pray, Write
This is Write Place and Write Time to join us in the Tuscan hamlet of Arcidosso.
Our programs are intentionally designed to:
Ensure you experience a balance between structured and free time
Provide a variety of experiences that engage all the senses, as well as your desire for adventure in Tuscany. Some of these include wine and olive oil tastings, excursions to Siena and Florence, and cooking lessons from extraordinary chefs
Include Places to Write that are interesting and inspiring within nature and within ancient walls
Balance Writing alone and/or in small groups
Submerse You In the authentic, Italian lifestyle that only exists in small, rural villages
Be Flexible because we honor your right to empowerment and the choice to write when and where inspiration hits!
I personally guarantee a retreat full of experiences that will expand your creativity and provide the opportunity to make connections with other writers that last a lifetime with:
Access to Historic, Family-Owned locations that have a story of their own
Writing Workshops, organized into small, manageable groups. Your workshop partners will provide respectful feedback that will help you take your writing to the next level
Scheduled Meals that take away the stress of figuring out where and when to find great food, but also allow you the autonomy to explore on your own.
Safe, clean, and inspirational accommodations:
Deserves a once-in-a-lifetime, cultural experience
Is Driven to find the Write Time, Write Place to create—you don’t have to be a professional or previously-published to join us
Appreciates being in a community of like-minded, craft-oriented or craft-curious writers
Seeks an enchanted “Under the Tuscan Sun” adventure while expanding a writing lifestyle through exploration of land, architecture, cuisine, personal spirituality and traditions while connecting with other writers...as well as Michele’s family and friends
Yearns for quiet, reflective time to retreat into creativity.
Is Drawn to adventure. Personal excursions for sailing, cycling, hiking, swimming in the Mediterranean, and more can be customized for you for a small up-charge
Shops 'Til They Drop If you dream of Prada Outlets and jewelry on the Ponta Vecchio. We can help with that!
Benvenuto ad Arcidosso!
Welcome to Arcidosso!
You probably want to know how that is pronounced. Don't worry, it's a question I am asked constantly:
Arc- think starch. That is the "arch" in Arcidosso.
i - ih, as in the word kid
do- "doe" a female deer
This quaint, medieval village of only 4,295 people nested in the mountains of southern Tuscany is renown for its "best-preserved 9th century 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 lies at the base of Monte 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!
Michele adores bringing writers together to share her passion and love for her Italian heritage, family, and heart's home.
The stones of this ancient Knight's Templar village bear witness to hundreds of years of human interaction. To lean against them is to absorb their memory and dignity.
The people of Arcidosso (Arcidossini) are a friendly, welcoming lot who enjoy their visitors. They will bowl you over with their warmth and humor. You'll feel safe here. Comfortably wandering through the gardens or cafe's to find a place to write alone or with new friends.
Michele speaks Italian and is available to translate. She loves to take her guests to the local Tuesday market and introduce them to vendors who are willing to bargain.
Monte Amiata has an energy that has attracted the wise for many generations. Merlin was rumored to have lived in a cave nearby; the grounds of Merigar West, a Buddhist enclave is one of serenity and inspiration; and Davide Lazeratti's story of spiritual leadership and martyrdom can be witnessed at the archeological site of Monte Labbro.
One of our September guests wrote this, "Totally met my overall intentions and so much more. Words cannot express the growth I have experienced in so many aspects of my life."
These are just a few of the reasons to Eat, Pray, Write with us!
We offer accommodations in three, historic, family-owned locations--each only a one-minute walk between 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 safe space with other writers, like yourself, who value their craft, themselves, and the time it takes to get a project started....or finished!
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.)
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 (the bathroom is one level down, so stairs are involved.) 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 Naughty Nunnery for it's small, yet plush and 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 cousin's 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 accomodations, 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 for Eat, Pray, Write's April 2020 Writer's Retreat in Tuscany! We will be accepting between ten and twelve writers for a small, group experience created to inspire your writing!
1. Fill out the International Retreat Application located by linking on the "International Retreat Application" link below. Remember to make a copy for your records.