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6 Day Creative Wellness and Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Il Colombaio di Momo, Montisi, San Giovanni d'Asso, Siena, Italy

Overview

Creative Wellness and Yoga Retreat Tuscany

If you want to get creative in your quest for inspiring travel, self-awareness and deeper connections, this all-inclusive international retreat include 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.

Escape the mundane and experience an amazing journey. Gift yourself the chance to reconnect mindfully with courage and compassion. Feed your inner fire, let go, find your bliss, and reclaim your radiance.

Paint Awake™ retreats bring a liberating style of art-making, that is truly experiential and personally profound - even if you have never painted before. The process invites pure creative freedom and authentic expression with abundant, bold colors on life-sized easels where you are asked to "Paint as if you will Burn It!" Most of them truly enjoy side-stepping their inner critic and letting the colors fly. It can get messy, it can get wild, and it always gets rich.

Highlights

  • Yoga classes
  • Morning meditation sessions
  • On-site Tuscan cooking class
  • Daily intuitive painting workshops
  • 3 daily Italian gourmet meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Train station transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

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.

Day 1

  • 16:00 Arrive, 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 price of this retreat includes a visit to a wine cellar, which includes regional wine tasting.

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"My personal journey with this approach to painting has been an incredible gift. Expressing freely with images and colors, I have reawakened the artist I left behind in childhood, decoded mysteries from dream-like imagery, and developed a thirst for openness and wholeness in my life," says Montine, an artist, certified intuitive painting facilitator and transformational coach. 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.

To prepare for this work, Montine earned a degree in human and organizational development from the Vanderbilt University, a master in international business from The Moore School of Business, and completed a two-year transformational process painting certification program thirteen years ago. Since then, she has continued her studies applying the teachings of "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron, Art is a Way of Knowing by Pat Allen, "Life, Paint and Passion" co-authored by Michele Cassou and Stewart Cubley, and "Point Zero" by Michele Cassou.

Montine has led executive training with Accenture, built four successful businesses of her own, executed a global social media launch for a publicist group client, and delivered entrepreneurial coaching via Ladies Who Launch Southeast Regional Leader for several years.

She also provides transformational coaching, having studied both with the Life Coaching Institute and Immunity to Change Harvard courses with the authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey.

This retreat will take place in 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 10-minute walk from Montisi.

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
Activities
  • Art classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Studio
Services
  • 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 their home-prepared meals, there are quaint eateries and local food shops within walking distance of the retreat location. Dietary restrictions are honored.

Biking tours

Explore the region by bike, ask for referrals, or engage a tour guide to take you on a particularly scenic route.

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.

Hiking

The medieval town of Montisi is a 10-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

  • Enjoy Montisi by horseback riding and experience the beautiful landscapes.

Hot air balloon rides

  • Ballooning is season and weather dependent.

Wine tours

  • Get immersed in the Italian culture and get to know the local wine.

For an additional cost, you can book a massage therapy.

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

Arrival by airplane

There are three options to arrive: Rome Leonardo Da Vinci International Aiport (FCO), Florence-Peretola Airport (FLR), and Pisa International Airport (PSA). If you require pick-up ,Paint Awake can arrange to pick you up from these airports with the following prices: Siena (35 EUR each way) and Florence (55 EUR each way). As well, you can proceed to take a train from any of the airports to the Chiusi railway station. They will have set pick up times the start day and end day of the retreat.

Arrival by train

Please plan your trip to arrive at Chiusi railway station. Paint Awake will pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is included in the price, however, a pre-arrangement is required since it is a 45-minute drive to Chiusi.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Paint Awake an inquiry.
  • Review by M.S. from Malibu, California

    "Another amazing find that I want to keep all to myself, but that wouldn't be fair! I was looking for an artistic experience to help me set my creative side free. Montine's Source 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 recommended!"

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  • Review by Julie C. from West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

    "I just loved this studio. I was looking for an adult water color class, and was instead lead to the vision board class. It was such a pleasant surprise. Montine is an excellent facilitator for these classes; her sweetness and warmth make everyone feel comfortable, and I learned a lot about myself during our short three visit sessions. Long story even longer, I highly recommend this studio to anyone who is looking to make their life a little richer. Lots of love for this studio! Go!"

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  • Review by Ashley H. from Los Angeles, California

    "I just completed the Dream Mapping course with Montine and four other amazing women, and it has been so empowering. I loved this course, and Montine is amazing in creating a wonderful and open environment to explore our dreams. This was such a great space, and I love that she is so incredibly talented as a guide as well as an artist. Just looking at her work made me feel like I could explore my inner painter. This course is definitely worth taking!"

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Paint Awake has been offering a variety of art-based workshops and retreats since 2001.

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Friday May 12, 2017
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