I am in the process of planning a writing retreat to the south of Spain, at an estate near Granada, in fall 2020. And Helena and I plan to take a group back to Tuscany in 2021. If you are interested in either trip, send me your email address and I’ll put you on our retreat mailing list.
Photos from Our Just completed Tuscan retreat
April 23-May 3, 2019 at Casa Fiori, Lucca, Italy
We had an amazing writing and painting retreat in Tuscany! I’m so grateful for my colleague and friend, Helena Hill, who taught watercoloring and encouraged even those of us who have never painted to try it. I learned so much! Helena and I took eleven women to Casa Fiori, a 400-year-old villa outside the charming town of Lucca in Tuscany. This beautiful setting was our home for ten days—we found inspiration in the gardens, olive groves, vineyards, rustic barns, old mills, and more.
Some of the highlights of our time together included: a visit to the town of Lucca for the best cappuccino in Italy, cultural tour, and a Puccini concert in a Romanesque church built over Roman ruins; a day trip to Portovenere near Cinque Terre, one of the small villages clinging to steep cliffs above the Mediterranean; a visit to an artist’s refurbished old barn where we created our own souvenir plates; making homemade limoncello; an excursion to the medieval town of San Gimignano; a cooking class with the estate’s chef; and plenty of time for painting, writing, hiking or strolling around the gardens, olive groves, and vineyards, lounging in hammocks, and absorbing the quiet and spectacular views.