Tuscany Creativity Retreat

Tuscany estate villa

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Enjoy a Creativity Retreat in
Restored 19th Century Villa

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Sant’ Antonio sits atop a hill in a stunning family-owned estate with unspoiled views, producing olive oil, wine, arable crops and cured meats. The restored villa retains many of its many original traditional features like terracotta floors, vaulted brick ceilings, stone walls, a large fireplace and wooden beams.

The house with huge, fully equipped kitchen and 6 bedrooms with 6 newly renovated private bathrooms is surrounded by terraces and gardens with several outdoor seating and eating areas, and a large private swimming pool with vistas of the stunning landscape. Perfect for plein air painting, sketching, watercolor, poetry writing, journaling, hiking, wine tasting, relaxing, and nurturing your Creative Spirit. 

September 29 ~ October 7, 2018
$1800 – $2800 / person

tuscan villa
Relax in newly renovated drawing room.

“The villa is in a magical setting with the most spectacular views over the surrounding hills . . . an enchanting place!”

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Select from a complete menu from Italian cooking to painting, watercolor and oil to journaling dreams, exploring, visiting artisan shops, writing, cooking, eating, napping, and enjoying the good company of creative souls.

Nearby tennis, golf, riding, polo, sailing, wine tasting, spas and miles of sandy and rocky beaches and Tuscany’s tallest mountain. Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza or Montalcino, archaeological sites such as Roselle and Tarquinia (and even Rome), and ancient sulphur baths like Saturnia are all within a short drive.

Additional activities include cycling, equestrian events, golf, hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, mountaineering, sailing, scuba diving or snorkeling, snorkeling, swimming, tennis, wind-surfing, autumn foliage, bay/sound, churches, forests, museums, restaurants, ruins, waterfalls, winery tours, horseback riding, outlet shopping, scenic drives, sightseeing, and walking.

FALL 2018
September 29 ~ October 7, 2018

All bedrooms have private bathroom
$2800 per person King, +$2400 Spouse
$2400 per person Twin Bed private
$1800 per person Twin Beds, semi-private

Deposit $800.

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  • 8 Days & Nights with Continental Breakfasts
  • Mountain Top Tuscan Villa
  • Private Creativity Sessions in Painting, Cooking, and/or Dream Journaling
  • Daily Demonstrations in Plein Air Oil,  Watercolor Journaling & Italian Cooking
  • Plein Air Oil Painting Lessons
  • Watercolor Journaling Lessons
  • Drawing & Sketching Lessons
  • Artistic Photography Lesson
  • Tuscan Cooking Lesson
  • Festive Tuscan Dinner Parties
  • Hiking & Walking on local trails
  • Nearby Golf, Tennis, Horseback Riding, Polo, Sailing
  • Nearby Beaches & Rocky Coastline, Archaeological Sites, Hot Springs & Spas
  • Wireless, TV, DVD, Apple TV and Sky
  • Efficient hot water system
  • Washing machine • Dryer
  • Dishwasher • Microwave

ENTERTAINMENT  Books, DVD Player, Games, Ping Pong Table, Satellite / Cable, Stereo, TV, Video Library

OUTSIDE  Deck / Patio, Golf, Lawn / Garden, Outdoor Grill, Porch / Veranda, Tennis, Water Sports Gear

ONSITE SERVICES  Car Available $, Chauffeur $, Concierge, Private Chef $, Staff

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FALL 2018
September 29 ~ October 7, 2018

$2400 – $3200
Deposit $800.
King, Queen, Full, Twin
Villa or Cottage

Fly to Rome. Rent a car. 2-hour drive to estate. Or High Speed Train to Grosetto. Pick up available in Grosetto, however, you will want your own car to explore nearby villages! 

Request accommodations availability by telling Dorothy about yourself and who is traveling with you. She will recommend what is available to best meet your needs.

Dates Available: Sept 29 – Oct 7, 2018 

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“We hosted a yoga retreat at the beautiful Sant ‘Antonio villa on the Monteverdi Estate and it was fabulous from beginning to end. The drive approaching the villa is through breathtaking scenery and the views from the house itself are absolutely stunning. Each morning after our yoga practice we ate breakfast in the sunshine on the terrace and basked in the surrounding beauty. The house is well appointed and comfortable with areas to be sociable as well as plenty of quiet spots for peace with a book.”

The terrace is perfect for morning yoga, breakfast, or evening wine.

“A beautifully restored farm house in the most idyllic of Tuscan settings. We have been coming here for many years and love returning to the tranquility of the setting. The house is very comfortable with stunning views on all sides. The outside terraces are ideal for dining – offering a different setting for every meal. The pool is perfectly set into the hill side and is suitably large. Couldn’t recommend Sant’ Antonio enough.”

Tuscan kitchen
Well equipped kitchen with vaulted ceiling, tile floors, farmhouse tables, and al fresco dining.

“I have stayed in this house several times in the last 10 years and it makes for an amazing holiday! The house is beautiful and the view is even more breathtaking. Every time we go we don’t want to leave between the candlelit dinners outside, to the beautiful afternoons at the pool swimming or playing ping pong and backgammon, to the evening walks through the beautiful property, Sant’ Antonio is one of my favorite places to spend a relaxing and fun week. The location is great too because you can go to the beach for the day, or Siena for an evening stroll and dinner or even wine tasting for an afternoon. It is very central and there’s lots of fun things to do around the area.”

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 3 reviews
by Sally Honenberger on Dorothy Fagan Creativity Retreat
Magical (and I learned a lot)
Tuscany Creativity Retreat: 2017 in Poggio Alla Croce

Every day was better and better; amazing views, inspirational conversation, fun cooking classes, hillside hiking, and a patient and creative teacher and mentor to build confidence and find my own creative energy. I would go back in a heartbeat!Sarah Collins Honenberger, author of Catcher, Caught

Sally, I SO enjoyed having you with us in Tuscany! Loved the journal you created with all those wonderful sketches, recipes, and WATERCOLORS!!! Now you are a writer who paints too! I hope you'll join us again, fondly, Dorothy

Once in a Lifetime Journey to the Heart and Soul of Tuscany
Tuscany Creativity Retreat: 2017 Retreat in Poggio Alla Croce

I really can't use enough superlatives to describe my experience on this retreat. The very special and authentic partnership when Dorothy and Danilo have created is at the heart of this Tuscan journey. Their combined expertise and commitment to the participants produce a stimulating, enjoyable and truly educational experience.With Dorothy's gentle but clear guidance and encouragement, I was able to achieve my goal of beginning to paint and genuinely have fun. Danilo and his wonderful family provided much more than first hand Tuscan cuisine. They welcomed us with open arms and reminded us in the most poignant way how important love and family are every day.This retreat truly opened my heart and guided me to a new dimension of my creative self. I absolutely feel as though I experienced a once in a lifetime journey to the heart and soul of Tuscany.Phil McLean, retired psychotherapist

Dear Phil,
I so enjoyed "teaching" you how to draw! I put teaching in quotes because our one-on-one discussions were more like walking hand in hand, and opening doors for each other along the way. The joy expressed in your very first sketches touched me deeply. It was my privilege to make suggestions and introduce you to an artist's way of seeing the world. God Bless! Dorothy

by Loucinda McLean, Psychotherapist on Dorothy Fagan Creativity Retreat
Under the Tuscan Sun...
Tuscany Creativity Retreat: 2017 Retreat in Poggio Alla Croce

I thoroughly enjoyed my time on retreat in Tuscany. I'm not a visual artist, but Dorothy created a safe, comfortable space where I opened my heart and explored my surroundings through the new medium of oil pastels... It was a blast!Throughout the week, I found myself eager to return to my art supplies and paint. Dorothy provided both talks, demonstrations, and individual meetings... she did a wonderful job of meeting me right where I was. I even got up at dawn to paint the sunrise!In addition to the art, our host, Danillo, gave wonderful and entertaining cooking demonstrations! Enough free time was scheduled for my husband and me to explore the fabulous Tuscan countryside and hilltop towns.

Dear Loucinda, You and Phil inspired me to host another retreat next year! Your enthusiasm, receptivity, and playful nature were a gift to everyone in our little group. I'm excited about your children's book idea ~ can't wait to see more of "mama bird!" Do send me a picture for our retreat book! Fondly, Dorothy

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