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 Write with me in the south of Spain in fall 2020!

Join me Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2020, for a week of intensive writing, critiquing and exploration at beautiful Casa Ana in the south of Spain, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and an hour from the Andalusian city of Granada. We’ll spend most mornings writing and afternoons in intensive critique. Bring your memoir, novel, nonfiction work of any kind. We’ll focus on generating new work and considering how it fits into your overall work. On two of the days we’ll hike the beautiful Sierra Nevada and explore Granada with a local guide. Casa Ana is a warm and inviting villa with private en suite rooms, enticing meals, and every amenity you can imagine. Lodging, instruction, meals and transportation to and from Granada are included in the $3,600 cost. The only additional expense you are responsible for is your travel to and from Spain. A $500 deposit holds your spot. The balance of the fees is due in equal amounts on January 1, 2020 ($1,550), and July 1, 2020 ($1,550). Limited to nine students.

 Interested? Send me an email! marcia@marciameier.com.

my colleague Helena Hill and I plan to take a group back to Tuscany in October 2021.

If you are interested in either trip, send me your email address and I’ll put you on our retreat mailing list. 

Here are some Photos from Our Spring 2019 Tuscan retreat

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. 

From left, me, Helena and Gina Chalmers

From left, me, Helena and Gina Chalmers

Afternoon spritzers after a successful shopping expedition

Afternoon spritzers after a successful shopping expedition

Painting our plates

Painting our plates

Shopping in Lucca

Shopping in Lucca

Enjoying fresh croissants and rich Italian coffee!

Enjoying fresh croissants and rich Italian coffee!

Making limoncello with Chef Karolina

Making limoncello with Chef Karolina

Lunch together

Lunch together

With ceramicist and painter Katinka Kiestra, second from right

With ceramicist and painter Katinka Kiestra, second from right

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Sharing our writing and painting on our last evening together.

Sharing our writing and painting on our last evening together.