CREATIVITY AND ART: THE NEW LUXURYTuscany, Italy
14 – 19 July, 2021
About the retreat
The second edition of a project we are really enthusiastic about: blending interior design and consciousness. This retreat has been created for everyone who is interested in interior design and style, is keen on learning about authentic, traditional artisan techniques and products. This retreat is designed to be a deep immersion in Tuscan history & culture, with a strong focus on design and artisan trends, that can be implemented in our daily lives.
Italy is a fantastic country with a very long history or art and architecture.
On this creativity and art retreat we will visit unique buildings, wineries and palazzos that are not open to the public! We will also learn about and practice ancient artesan techniques, visit workshops and taste some amazing food.
We would like to invite you to this unique journey, where you will see and learn colours and patterns and the beauty of ancient architecture. The retreat is both suitable for professionals of design and / or architecture and amateurs who are design enthusiasts.
The retreat will be held at the stunning organic farm Ebbio, a simple, yet stylish house in the middle of the Tuscan countryside. Your host will be Sibilla, stylist and the owner of the farm.
You will be led through the program by Andrea Forizs, founder of Breathspiration, designer & travel enthusiast. There will expert guides showing us the hidden secrets of towns and palazzos, gastronomic find and excellent wines.
If you are looking for an experience that you haven’t lived before, a retreat in Tuscany that is very different to all the others on the market, please get in touch and book your spot!
- Full board catering by our local chef (brunch and dinner every day, snacks during the afternoon)
- 5 nights accommodation in our stunning farmhouse by Monteriggioni
- Group airport transfer from/to Florence
- Guided tour in Florence after arrival
- History and Art tour in Ebbio Organic Farm
- Bimini (basket weaving workshop – make your own basket)
- Visit to Villa di Geggiano, 14th century villa, winery in the Chianti region and famous filming location
- Sustainable agriculture: olive day. The history of olive trees, olive tree workshop (from tree to furniture)
- Walking and shopping tour in Siena
- Dinner in Siena
- Bike tour through Tuscan hills: electric bikes to Bindi Sergardi Winery, tasting
- Visit to medieval town of San Gimigiano
- Visit of Castello di Ama, a stunning winery with a contemporary art collection
- 2.445 € shared double room
- 2.845 € single room
Deposit: 550 €
Outstanding payment: 4 weeks before start
In case of cancellation the payment is fully transferrable to a future retreat.
If you would like to book, please fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the page and we will get in touch with you within 48 hours!
Andrea is the founder of Breathspiration and your host in Mallorca. She will share her knowledge about the past and present of the island and make your stay smooth and enjoyable.
Details of program (9 - 14 April, 2021)
Florence guided tour
Transfer to Ebbio
History and Art at Ebbio – guided tour by Sibilla
Bimini (basket weaving) workshop – make your own basket
Visit to Villa di Geggiano
Sustainability day: the history and use of an olive tree – workshop
Guided tour and shopping in Siena
Dinner in Siena
Biking trip through the rolling hills of Tuscany to the historic winery Bindi Sergardi
Visiting San Gimigiano
Visiting Castello di Ama
Group airport transfer
Original rural complex from the 12th century, converted into a charming agriturismo, welcoming you in its 10 spacious rooms full of fascinating history. We try to keep the feeling of the old Italian country ways of living. Silence, earthy colors and fragrances are still prominent. The house is surrounded by an evergreen forestembracing the heart of an extinguished volcano, sacred to Etruscans. Between Siena and Florence, just 1.8 km away from the medieval borgo of Monteriggioni. We are a certified organic farm of 7 hectares. We cultivate olive trees, vineyards, officinal plants, fruits, and vegetables, used in the preparation of the vegetarian meals we offer during your stay. It is a perfect location to host yoga retreats and workshops, corporate events. Above all, because of the strategic position and the indoor and outdoor spaces, peace and tranquility. You will find a spectacular scenery, history and flavors that make Tuscany a unique vacation experience.
Ground floor: yoga room with bathroom, massage room and small bedroom.
First floor: large living room area with huge chimney and space for dining and lounging. There are 9 spacious rooms located on the same floor.
100 m2 indoor activity studio with wooden floor, an outdoor
patio for sunrise and sunset sessions.
Connected bathroom with 2 showers, 2 toilets, and 2 sinks.
Professional kitchen on the ground floor, overlooking outside dining/gathering area.
Wood burning oven to make bread and pizza.
Monteriggioni is a commune in the province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany. It borders on the communes of Casole d’Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Poggibonsi, Siena, and Sovicille. The town is architecturally and culturally significant; it hosts several piazzas, and is referenced in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.
It is a great starting point to discover the area.
Things to do
Ancient Walking Trail: Via Francigena
The Via Francigena is the ancient route that in medieval times connected Canterbury to Rome. Nowadays it remains a path of pilgrimage, as the way of Santiago di Compostela but also represents a different way to discover Tuscany. Take a journey through time in close contact with the environment and locals.
City of Art
In Tuscany, there are 7 sites protected by Unesco and some of them are very close by. Monteriggioni is within walking distance (1.8km) and once in the village, you can take a visual tour of the towers of the Tuscan countryside. Siena (15km) and Florence (45km) considered being open-air museums. Pisa with its pendant
tower (100km), San Gimignano (25km) and Volterra (40km) with their competing medieval towers are within reach. Valdorcia (38km) and it’s surreal Tuscan landscapes, Pienza (85km), San Galgano (39km), famous for the prophecy of the sword in the stone and Arezzo (85km) where you can find beautiful alfresco from Piero della Francesca. Colle val d’elsa is just 10 km away and has a stunning old town still out of main tourist circuits.
Wine Routes and Panoramic Drives
Chianti is another entertaining itinerary that is quite close. The main sites to visit are Castellina in Chianti (15km) Radda in Chianti (25km) and Greve in Chianti (34km). Just the drive through the wine cultivated hills justify the excursion.
Other destinations rich in history, combining a panoramic drive with a degustation experience are Montalcino (55km) with his Brunello wine. Montepulciano (75km) known for the Nobile di Montepulciano wine and Bolgheri, famous for its cypress-lined road and the prestigious Sassicaia wine.
Relaxation / Thermal
For a tour with a restorative soak, visit Bagni Vignone, (40km) a medieval village built around a pool of natural thermal hot spring water. Rapolano Terme (45Km), Bagni San Filippo (80km).
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