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If you want to get creative in your quest for inspiring travel, self-awareness, and deeper connections, Paint Awake™ has the perfect retreat for you. This retreat will provide you with intuitive painting, mindful exercise, meditations, healthy gourmet meals, and gorgeous surroundings to shift you back to a sense of wholeness, where you will relax and and reconnect on your own terms with life.
During this retreat, you will be staying at Il Colombaio di Momo, a restored seventeenth century farmhouse overlooking the Tuscan hills in Montisi, Italy. Set among olives and cypress, it is fully private and only a ten minute walk from Montisi.
Accommodations in the country villa are offered upstairs in the large four bedrooms with three full bathrooms. You will be staying in the south room, a triple bedroom with a shared bathroom. Private and offsite accommodations may be made available upon request.
During this retreat, all movement and yoga sessions are optional. Within the program, mornings, afternoons, and some evenings will include intuitive painting, creativity exercises, restorative movement, wine tasting, a cooking class, hillside walks, and lots of laughter; intensely increasing your connectedness with your inspired selves and each other.
The practice of intuitive art allows you to be intimate and compassionate with yourself, know your deepest needs, and learn to love and treat yourself better. Making art in this way is an amazing tool for discovering your joys, your fears, your wisdom, your self-talk, and your blocks.
What you bring to the canvas highlights what you bring into your life, how you show up in relationship with yourself, how you hinder or shame yourself, how you get stuck in comparison or perfection, and how you can get around these blocks with new paradigms, trust, and practice.
The simplest definition of intuitive painting is “the free, intuitive expression of raw emotion through the medium of paint.” It is you expressing you, in the powerful, innocent way a child expresses her or himself, but with the added depth of a lifetime of experiences. It is not so much about creating something as it is about releasing what blocks you from your ability to express your true self and your natural creativity.
The power and purpose of intuitive painting is simply to bypass emotional and energy blocks in the inner artist and open up the channels of natural creativity and healthy emotional self-expression.
The total price of this retreat includes a visit to a wine cellar and wine tasting.
Geneva Montine Blank
Montine is an artist, certified intuitive painting facilitator, transformational coach, and founder of Paint Awake™. Montine and a team of assistants lead classes, workshops, retreats, and coaching to individuals, private groups, organizations, and companies across the United States and abroad.
This retreat will take place in Montisi, Italy. As an ancient village, Montisi has wildly rich history, full of stories of politics, plunder, and competitive jousting traditions. In the 1970s, the first tourists arrived, attracted by the alternatives from the more frequented tourist hotspots, and the development of a world-class wine industry nearby. Olive oil became a staple of the local economy, and indeed some of Italy's most highly prized oil producers are based in Montisi and the nearby villages.
The abandoned farmhouses and the empty apartments in the centers of small villages, slowly took on a new life, as "foreigners" from other parts of Italy and the rest of the world sought the peace and tranquility of this extraordinary landscape, either as a stimulus for their own creative lives, or as a rest from their activities elsewhere.
Montisi now boasts shops, places to stay, a 100 seat cinema, 70 seat historic live theater, artists' workshops, a music school, quite a few places to eat and drink, and a thriving local economy. The changing face of a village that within living memory had been reduced to just over two hundred inhabitants is now the liveliest spot in the area and a magnet for locals and visitors alike.
The price of this retreat includes three daily Italian gourmet meals prepared by Chef Marco Gualtieri, an authentic Italian chef. In addition to the on site-prepared meals, there are quaint eateries and local food shops within walking distance of the retreat location. Dietary restrictions are honored.
You can drive to Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino in 15 or 20 minutes; to Siena, Cortona or Arezzo in 45 minutes; an hour to Perugia, a bit more to Assisi, and an hour and a half to Florence. All this means you are within easy reach of the greatest art and architecture, classic artisan crafts, and wonderful food and wine.
Explore the region by bike - you can ask for referrals or book a tour guide to take you on a particularly scenic route.
The medieval town of Montisi is a ten minute walk from the house, and there are many agricultural roads that provide easy walking in all directions. Each season paints the landscape in a different palette.
You can enjoy Montisi by horseback riding and experience the beautiful landscapes.
Try riding in a hot air balloon for a memorable experience. Please note that ballooning is season and weather dependent.
Get immersed in the Italian culture and get to know the local wine through wine tours.
Massage therapy is available for bookings for an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), or Pisa International Airport (PSA). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. If you require pick-ups from Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), Paint Awake™ will have set pick-up times at the start day and end day of the retreat. The cost for pick-up from Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR) is 55 EUR each way.
You may also arrive from Siena, there is also a pick-up available from there for 35 EUR each way.
There is a free pick-up available if you arrive at Chiusi train station.
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