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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.
All ages are welcome as participants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The retreat will start at 14:00 on the first day and finish by 14:00 on the last day, with evenings free for you to walk into Montisi for dinner or drinks or explore the Tuscan countryside.
For more information, ask your questions directly to Paint Your Guts Out!, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send inquiry button to send a message.
The price of this retreat includes a visit to a wine cellar, which includes regional wine tasting.
"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.
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.
For an additional cost, you can book a massage therapy.
Explore the region by bike, ask for referrals, or engage a tour guide to take you on a particularly scenic route.
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.
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.
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"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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"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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"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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