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Welcome to our schedule! Please note that the events, classes and experiences we have planned for you are locked in. Specific days and times are still flexible and will be locked in by Mid-March. Grazie!
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!
To reserve your experience of a lifetime:
1. Fill out the International Retreat Application located by linking on the "Apply Here" link below. Remember to make a copy for your records.
2. PayPal your deposit of $250.00 (net) to paypal.me/EatPrayWrite
Flights to and from any airport are not included and must be booked individually. (Please plan to arrive Rome on April 22nd and spend the night at one of our recommended hotels in Fiumicino. If arrival on the 22nd is not possible, please arrive before 10 a.m. April 23, 2021 for complimentary arrival and departure transfers.)
To and from Rome's Fuimicino airport on any dates other than the 23th and 30th of April, 2021. Any local transportation needs in Arcidosso, other than scheduled group excursions. Please feel free to rent a car and meet us in Arcidosso if you would like to have a wide range of mobility during your free time.
such as laundry, telephone calls, tips, gifts, souvenirs and/or additional internet services
Michele & Herb's Medieval Home
This is a small, intimate room on the main level of Michele's home. Decorated in luxurious velvet, tapestries and crystal, this room is perfect for pampering.. One single bed and small chest comes with with a private bathroom that boasts a rare soaking tub! Of course the obligatory bidet, toilet, sink and room for toiletries is provided. BONUS: A desk area and living room adjoin the this naughty nunney, and provides a comfortable writing space and inspiration. $2,300.00
An oversized room with two comfortable twin beds awaits you on the second floor of Michele's ancient home. If you are attending with friends, this is a great option! This room comes with a designated bathroom for privacy--only four steps away. $2,500.00 per person.
Pricing includes all tuition, excursions, and transfers to and from Fiumicino. Price excludes airfare.
Room for two! One downy-soft, queen bed and one twin bed (equally downy-soft) are wait for you in the loft of Michele's home, just under the Templar Church Bell! Perfect for sharing with a friend! Please note that the bathroom is down one flight of stairs and is a shared facility with house guests and hosts. $2,800.00 for the Queen bed and $2,600.00 for the twin bed. Both prices include tuition, excursions and transfers to and from Fuimicino,
A stand alone apartment, once the Trattoria La Stella, owned by generations of Michele's grandfathers.
Within this small house is the immaculate Ione room, named after Michele's grandmother. This accommodation comes with a queen-size bed, wardrobe, beautiful view and privacy. The kitchen, living room and bathroom is shared with one other attendee. Planning on coming with a friend? This is the perfect retreat within a retreat. On sale now for $3,300.00 This price includes transfers to and from Fuimicino, all excursions, cooking lesson, wine-tasting, olive oil tasting and more! (Excludes airfare.)
Welcome to the Giselda room, named after Michele's great-grandmother. This lovely room provides a plethora of personal storage space, a comfortable bed, a fantastic view, and tranquility. You'll love the delightful sounds of sparrows and church bells ringing across the valley. On sale now for only $3,000.00! This price includes transfers to and from Fuimicino, all excursions, cooking lesson, wine-tasting, olive oil tasting and more! (Excludes airfare.)
A view of the shared living room, kitchen area of the Casetta Ione, once the dining room of the Trattoria La Stella run by the Tassi family for generations. The tables and chairs pictured here are original from the Trattoria La Stella and family heirlooms. You'll find modern conveniences of a washing machine in the bathroom, blow dryer, fully functioning kitchen for immediate access to coffee, tea, snacks or lunch at your convenience, and cable television.
Mario & Valeria, Michele's Cousins, run this boutique beauty steps away from Michele's house.
Two twin beds in this shared space with plenty of room and a shared bathroom and a desk for writing. Price per person in this shared room is only $2,900.00 and includes transfers to and from Fuimicino, all excursions, cooking lesson, wine-tasting, olive oil tasting and more! (Excludes airfare.)
Can be booked as a private room with private bath for $3,300.00.
This private room with double bed and private bath will delight you and cradle you in a creative inspiration. Price per person in if shared room is only $2,900.00 and includes transfers to and from Fiumicino, all excursions, cooking lesson, wine-tasting, olive oil tasting and more! (Excludes airfare.)
Can be booked as a private room with private bath for $3,300.00.
CURRENTLY RESERVED for A! Benvenuto!
A large, spacious room with Queen bed, desk and huge bathroom with Jacuzzi tub. The Alda Merini en Suite has been dubbed the center of creativity by our recent retreat sunflower, Linda G! This room is a rare treat at only $3,700.00. This price includes transfers to and from Fuimicino, all excursions, cooking lesson, wine-tasting, olive oil tasting and more! (Excludes airfare.)
Option to Share: $2,500 per person
Price per person in this deluxe suite with terrace facing the Chiesa della Madonna is as follows:
One Person: Double bed $4,000.00
Two People: Two twin beds, shared foyer and bathroom $3,400.00
Three People: Three twin beds, third bed in foyer and is a walk-through area ato get to private room and private bath. $2,500.00
Mario & Valeria have created a magical space in the oldest part of medieval Arcidosso. Via Talasesse, the street Michele's grandmother was raised, is home now to the next generation of hospitality and warmth.
Welcome and grazie for your interest in attending our Eat, Pray, Write Retreats in Tuscany!
How to register:
1. Fill out the application below.
2. Paypal your $250 (net) deposit to firstname.lastname@example.org as a friend.
3. Michele will email you as soon as your application is received to answer your questions and help you decide which lodging options will make your experience the best!
4. Feel free to email or call Michele directly with any questions. (Please leave a voicemail, as Michele rarely takes calls from unknown numbers). 208-317-4065 or email @ email@example.com.