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6 Day Retreat for the Senses: Writing and Yoga Holiday in Tuscany, Province of Siena

Agriturismo Fattoria Voltrona, Località San Donato, San Gimignano, Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Wide Open Writing and Yoga Holiday Italy

Immerse yourselves in all that the Italian countryside has to offer. Enjoy daily morning yoga, workshops, writing prompts, and one on one sessions where you can write and nurture your creative selves. In this retreat, connect with your senses and transform your writing.

Meet the instructors

Nancy & Dulcie
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Highlights

  • One-on-one sessions
  • Daily morning yoga sessions
  • Workshops and writing prompts
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals with wine
  • Airport transfers

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Over the last thirty years, a father and son team have transformed what used to be a working agricultural farm into a stunning holiday retreat, the kind of place that pulls you back. Travelers tend to return year after year, forever attached to the setting and the staff.

Rooms are spacious, comfortable, simple and some open out to stunning views of the countryside. Each room has air-conditioning, a desk for writing and its own ensuite bathroom. The Wi-Fi is patchy which allows for a true escape. Nonetheless, on a good day it can be found near the reception.

Program

Daily morning yoga, workshops, writing prompts, one on one sessions. For six days and five nights you will be writing and nurturing your creative selves. Immersing yourselves in all that the Italian countryside has to offer, Wide Open Writing will make space and opportunity to break away from the routines that form ‘regular’ life, giving you the chance to connect with your senses and transform your writing.

As with all Wide Open Writing retreats, you don’t need to bring a fully thought out novel plot or an exact idea of what you want to be working on. You will be working with prompts designed to help you find your or a story.

And if you do have a project in mind you want to be working on, our daily writing and feedback sessions will give you the opportunity to enrich the components of your writing. In either case, you’ll be moving toward where the power and the passion of your writing is.

The late Italian summer days are long and warm and the schedule allows plenty of time for playing, hiking, exploring, finding some shade to hide out with a book and of course, writing. Nights are cool and September just so happens to be the season of shooting stars.

Instructors

Nancy Coleman

Dulcie Witman

Retreat location

Tuscany is where it all began for Wide Open Writing. This family-owned farmhouse tucked away in the Tuscan hills is the location of the first retreat they ever hosted. And even though wonderful retreats in other countries have been added to their resume, going back to Tuscany for the past seven years has kept on being a real treat.

Doing your morning yoga with the idyllic view of the mountains surrounding the farmhouse will help yoga sink into your bodies in a way that no other place can. You won't be able to get enough of the olive oil, honey, and Chianti wine that’s produced on this ‘agriturismo’ farm.

All these home-grown products are part of the meals that are served ‘al fresco’ under the shade of a veranda with a 180 degree view, an image that will remain with you long after you leave.

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner including wine are included in your package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Hiking trails pass through the farm’s vineyards and olive groves. If you’re looking for a more relaxed way to explore the area, try horseback riding on one of the long-maned Icelandic horses that live on the farm. San Gimignano, known as the 'Medieval Manhattan' for its thirteen noble towers, visible from the farm, is a glorious hour's hike or a ten minute taxi ride away. A pond and two pools dot the property, perfect places to drink in the surrounding.

What's included

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • All workshop fees
  • Transportation by private coach to and from Florence Airport
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner including wine
  • Daily morning yoga session

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (FLR). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Open Wide Writing will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
6 days / 5 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Sunday September 6, 2020
Departure: Friday September 11, 2020

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