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6 Days Painting and Meditation Retreat in Italy

  • Il Colombaio di Momo, Podere Colombaio 3, Montisi, Tuscany, 53020 Siena, Italy


Creative Wellness Meditation Retreat Italy

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.


  • Morning meditation sessions
  • Daily intuitive painting workshop
  • Optional yoga and movement classes
  • Daily Tuscan gourmet meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Train station transfer
  • Wine tasting tour

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Intuitive painting

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.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 16:00 Arrival. Get settled and enjoy some light snacks
  • 16:30 Workshop overview, intuitive process painting orientation, and setting up of stations
  • 19:00 Gourmet light dinner (al fresco)
  • 20:30 Free time

Day 2

  • 08:30 Five Tibetans and meditative stretching
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast
  • 09:30 Intuitive process painting
  • 12:30 Gourmet lunch
  • 13:00 Free time
  • 15:30 Connection and painting
  • 17:30 Free time
  • 19:00 Gourmet light dinner
  • 20:00 Free time (painting optional)

Day 3

  • 08:30 Five Tibetans and meditative stretching
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast
  • 09:30 Connection and intuitive process painting
  • 12:30 Gourmet lunch
  • 13:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Connection and painting
  • 17:00 Cooking class
  • 19:00 Gourmet light dinner
  • 20:00 Free time (painting optional)

Day 4

  • 08:30 Five Tibetans and meditative stretching
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast
  • 09:30 Check in and intuitive process painting
  • 12:30 Gourmet lunch
  • 13:15 Free time
  • 15:30 Connection and painting
  • 17:30 Hike
  • 19:15 Gourmet light dinner
  • 20:00 Free time (painting optional)

Day 5

  • 08:30 Meditative stretching
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast
  • 09:30 Check in and intuitive process painting
  • 12:30 Gourmet lunch
  • 13:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Connection and painting
  • 18:00 Wine cellar visit and regional wine tasting
  • 20:00 Celebratory dinner
  • 21:00 Free time (painting optional)

Day 6

  • 08:30 Meditative stretching
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast
  • 09:45 Intuitive process painting closing and group and painting photos
  • 12:15 Farewell lunch
  • 14:00 Check out

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.

Nearby places

  • Florence - 1.5 hours
  • Montalcino - 20 minutes
  • Montepulciano - 20 minutes
  • Rome - 2 hours
  • Siena - 45 minutes
  • Art classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Tour assistance

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.

Day tours to Florence, Rome, and Sienna

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.

Go for a biking tour

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.

Horseback riding

You can enjoy Montisi by horseback riding and experience the beautiful landscapes.

Hot air balloon rides

Try riding in a hot air balloon for a memorable experience. Please note that ballooning is season and weather dependent.

Take wine tours

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.

  • 3 daily Italian gourmet meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All art materials
  • All day accessible painting studio
  • Daily intuitive painting workshops
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Light fare and snacks
  • Morning meditation sessions
  • Spontaneous movement, dance, and play sessions
  • Train station transfers
  • Wine tasting
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Massage appointments
  • Meals outside retreat premises
  • Transportation beyond pick-up in Chiusi

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by train

There is a free pick-up available if you arrive at Chiusi train station.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Paint Awake™ an inquiry.
  • Review by a traveler

    "I just love Montine. She is that rare gift of honoring, listening, seeing, knowing, and engaging us to grow at our own pace however we need. With her, the scariness in looking at our darker places is all OK and becomes something we grow to look forward to. Gentle, wise, and fiery, amazing healing alchemy is Montine."

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  • Review by Jay A.

    "Thanks for opening up your welcoming and safe environment. I was looking for a way to disengage my logical self and rediscover the joy of creating with colors and paint. I got that - but I actually ended up with so much more. You’ve triggered a renewed desire to tap into my intuition and I’ve reconnected now. I’d strayed off the path and you’ve shone the light to get me back on track."

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  • Review by Liz Stubbs

    "What I got out of the retreat was more than I even desired. I realized I could ask my own inner source the questions I want guidance and insight on. Montine share a tool I could take with me to use when I feel lost. I feel like I have oomph in my soul and can step in to my full self - full of zest without hiding my voice."

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  • Review by Rebeccah F.

    "Paint Awake™ is like the yoga of art-making!"

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  • Review by Lisa K.

    "Thanks so much! Class was awesome!"

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  • Review by August M.

    "Loved it! Thanks for your inspiration!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Malibu, California, US

    "I was looking for an artistic experience to help me set my creative side free. Montine's Intuitive Process Painting Workshop has truly been a gift. Through the process, I've been able to better understand my "edges" and face them with direct action. With Montine as the watchful guide, the experience has been nothing less than transformative. Montine is a rare find. She is smart, intuitive, caring, compassionate, inspiring. She provides a safe and inviting atmosphere where one can safely push their boundaries. Highly recommend!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the class, the other participants, the lovely instructor, and the environment. There were more than adequate supplies and just enough instruction. I would most definitely take another class. "

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Arrival: Sunday May 7, 2017
Departure: Friday May 12, 2017

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