Tuscany Creativity Retreat

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Join US for a Muses of Tuscany Creativity Retreat

You Don’t Have to be a Painter to Let the Colors of Tuscany Seep into your Life

One-of-a-Kind Creativity Retreat

Join Artist Dorothy Fagan and Chef Danilo Beccattini in their tiny hilltop village for 8 Days of heart & mind inspiration.

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


REGISTRATION
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SEPTEMBER CREATIVITY RETREAT
Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 23, 2018  

OCTOBER PAINTING RETREAT
Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, October 7, 2018

$2400 per person 

Deposit $1000

ACCOMMODATIONS ARE 2-BEDROOM APARTMENTS WITH FULL KITCHEN.

Small group limited to 8 persons.

TO REGISTER
EMAIL OR CALL DOROTHY
for availability and details.
804-366-0990

PRINTABLE BROCHURE

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Joy’s Garden, the village on the hill where our retreat takes place

A TUSCANY RETREAT LIKE NO OTHER
I invite you to join me and Chef Danilo Becattini for a very special retreat. We are here to inspire you ~ with zest and creative cooking ~ one-on-one.

Adopt the Heart and Soul of Tuscany
on this One-of-a-Kind Creative Retreat.

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Meet Danilo Becattini, chef and muse extraordinaire! He is the Energizer bunny, wound up and living it!

 

MEET THE MUSES
Meet Danilo Becattini, chef and muse extraordinaire! During my retreat in 2015, the Becattini family adopted me. Their friendship, love, and the beautiful landscape surrounding their hilltop village reconnected me heart and soul with my own Creative Spirit.

Whether your creativity lies in the kitchen, the wine cellar, the paint brush, or in your dreams; I know your creative spirit will enjoy our small group sessions, ala carte, in your own unique pairings.

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

  • 8 Days & Nights
  • Mountain Top Tuscan Village
  • 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
  • Tuscan Pasta Making Lesson
  • Festive Tuscan Dinner Parties


This short clip shows me painting in the nearby village of Loro Cuifenna. We were very taken with it’s vermilion clock tower and it’s wonderful labyrinth of streets, alleys, doorways, bridges.

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Village VII, oil, 10 x 10

A RELAXED PACE
Hide out in the tiny hill village of Poggio Alla Croce. Each morning join the group in the Becattini’s private restaurant for breakfast or fix your own in the fully-equipped kitchen in your apartment. After breakfast, enjoy my morning painting demonstration as the mist lifts from the Arno Valley. or head out on your own adventure.

Paint with me in the village or on your own in any of the inspiring nearby villages. Use oils or acrylics to paint, watercolors, pencil, pen or charcoal to journal. Design your own creativity with my one-on-one sessions.

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Olive Becattini, oil, 8 x 10

Share your inspirations from the day. See what others have created. Rejoin the group in Poggio Alla Croce for a Tuscan dinner party, or enjoy dinner at a nearby monastery, winery or restaurant. Watch the sun set over the vineyard. Paint the sparkling Florence  lights twinkling on the horizon.

Venture to the crest of the ridge to see the village namesake, Cross on the Hill. Or watch olives ripen in the orchard. Savor the sweet taste of Becattini Vin Santo lingering on your palette long after you return home ~ and discover your Creative Spirit lingering ever so sweetly!

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Our balcony in Poggio Alla Croce overlooks the landscape west to Florence. Painting this view repeatedly, each experience different colors and atmosphere.

PLEIN AIR PAINTING
Poggio Alla Croce is so paintable! Views of Florence and the Arno Valley will make your mouth water.  Set your easel up on one of the balconies or just down the quiet street  of rustic rooftops, doorways cascading with roses.

Within an hour’s drive, paint panoramic views of vineyards, olive groves, and Tuscan villages of Volterra, Cortona, Panzano, Loro Cuifenna, Volpaia, and Siena. The list is endless and after 9 weeks there, I have them all mapped out for you with directions. Explore ’til your heart’s content, no schedule, no class restraints. Come back each evening and share.

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Chef Danilo Becattini prepares Florentine Raviloi
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Chef Danilo Becattini teaches Tuscan pasta making with his own gusto. You’ll not go home sad or hungry!

 

ITALIAN COOKING LESSONS
Everyone is an artist in Danilo’s Italian kitchen. Danilo teaches Tuscan Pasta and Pizza making in small groups of three or four. Everyone is invited to share in their culinary creations.  I even learned to make Tiramasu, Yum!

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Tiramasu with a twist
WALKING & TOURING
If you enjoy walking, there are trails to a nearby vineyard. Take the train to Florence for the afternoon. Or drive to a nearby monastery or vineyard. Assisi and Cinque Terre are also day trip distance and well worth the effort.
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Watercolor journaling is a quick and easy way to capture inspiration while waiting for Chianti to be served!

 

 

ONE-ON-ONE SESSIONS
With no one looking over your shoulder, try watercolor journaling or get expertise on plein air color mixing. Set your own direction, pace, and interests.

I will be hanging out in Poggio for one-on-one sessions all week long.  If you want to learn watercolors, we’ll focus on that. If you’re up for oil painting with an in-depth color focus, we’ll do that. If you’re more interested in dreams or journaling, we’ll focus on that.

 Muses of Tuscany Retreats
Fall 2018

tuscany1REGISTRATION

SEPTEMBER CREATIVITY RETREAT
Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 23, 2018  

OCTOBER PAINTING RETREAT
Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, October 7, 2018

$2400 per person 

Deposit $1000.

ACCOMMODATIONS ARE 2-BEDROOM APARTMENTS WITH FULL KITCHEN

Small Group Limited to 8 persons.

TO REGISTER
EMAIL OR CALL DOROTHY
for availability and details.
804-366-0990

PRINTABLE BROCHURE

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Fully equipped kitchen, dishes, utensils, oven, range, fridge, coffee maker
INCLUDED
  • 8 days & nights in Poggio Alla Croce
  • 5 Painting Demonstrations (at least!)
  • Private Painting/Journaling/Creativity Sessions
  • Tuscan Cooking Class with Chef Danilo Becattini
  • 2 Cooking Demonstrations
  • 2 Tuscan Dinner Parties
  • 5 Breakfasts
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    Bedrooms have balcony overlooking vineyards and Florence

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  • Modern Bathroom with shower and laundry
  • Free parking, WIFI, full kitchen
  • Linens, dishes, and utensils provided
  • Plenty of free time to explore, paint, nap, eat, write, and relax!

TRANSPORTATION NOT INCLUDED
Fly to Florence. Rent a car at Hertz. You will want your own car to explore nearby villages! Drive to Poggio Alla Croce (less than 1 hour)

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Full tiled modern bathrooms with stall shower and washing machine.

 

 

TO REGISTER
EMAIL OR CALL DOROTHY
for availability and details.
804-366-0990

Danilo takes us on a tour of his olive grove, showing us how he climbs each tree to shake the olives from their branches. They are collected in nets on the ground and taken in buckets to the olive press in the next village. All of the olive oil in Danilo’s restaurant is grown in this orchard.

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