Creativity Retreat in Tuscany

Florence Sunrise by Dorothy Fagan

Join me for a Muses of Tuscany Retreat Fall 2017

October 2017


I invite you to join me and Chef Danilo Becattini for a very special retreat. We are here to inspire you ~ with art, heart and creative cooking ~ one-on-one.

Village on the Hill
Village on the Hill is where we’ll stay, a quiet village nestled between Florence and the Val’d Arno River.

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

Tuscan retreat
Meet Danilo Becattini, chef and Dorothy Fagan, muse extraordinaire! He is the ever-ready bunny, wound up and living it!


Meet Danilo Becattini, chef and muse extraordinaire! During my retreat in 2015, the Becattini family adopted me. Their friendship, love, and the beautiful landscape reconnected me heart and soul.

Now Danilo and I are teaming up for a one-of-a-kind creative retreat in the heart of Tuscany in the fall of 2017.

Select from a complete menu from pasta making to painting, watercolor and oil to journaling dreams, exploring, writing, cooking . . .

Tuscany retreat
Plein air painting near Pelagio with a 360 degree panorama is amazing! And imagine a restaurant in the middle of it!

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.

The Perch by Dorothy Fagan
The Perch, detail
  • 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
  • Chianti Regional Wine Tastings
Tuscan retreat
Chef Danilo Becattini teaches Tuscan pasta making with his own gusto. You’ll not go home sad or hungry!


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!

tuscan retreat
Tiramasu with a twist


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.
watercolor journaling
Watercolor journaling is a quick and easy way to capture inspiration while waiting for Chianti to be served!


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.

Villa Rossa by Dorothy Fagan
Villa Rossa, oil painting inspired by The Red House on the hill.

You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy this inspiring retreat.

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Author: Dorothy Fagan

Experimenter, gardener, grandmother ... Dorothy Fagan plays with creativity, dreams, and paint every day.