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art and yoga adventures in Tuscany

Friday, January 20th, 2012

I had the great fortune of being able to take two trips to Tuscany in the past year – one to ride bikes through the countryside and one to be more still, spending the days painting and practicing yoga.  Both trips had a very strong impact on me and helped re-focus my work in a way that I had not expected.  It’s quite amazing what can happen when one is able to break free from the daily routine and breathe fresh air in a place rich with history, inspiration and pure, unequaled beauty.






I was invited to return to Tuscany in June to assist with the Toscana Creativa Art and Yoga Retreat.  I’m still pinching myself!  I will be preparing lessons that incorporate teachings on drawing, perspective and color theory, plus some art and architectural history, and musings on food and culture.  All my favorite things!  My dear friend, painter and yoga instructor Julia Ingersoll leads the retreat, which is presented by Women’s Quest.  We have room for several more participants, so please share the

idea of Toscana Creativa with the women in your life!  I can say with absolute certainty that this is an adventure of a lifetime and an experience to treasure.


Celebrate the art of living while exploring the most beautiful region of Tuscany during our week-long art and yoga retreat!  Ignite your creative spark through joyful art-making: outdoor landscape painting in oil and watercolor, sketching and journaling for all levels of experience (beginners welcome!).  Revitalize your body and soothe your soul with heart-opening yoga.  Explore Medieval villages and Renaissance masterpieces, experience Gregorian chant in an ancient abbey, delight in luscious Tuscan food and wine, take part in a spirited cooking class and indulge all of your senses while staying in a beautiful villa in this captivating land where art is a way of life…and life is a work of art.  Return with a map of your imagination, a bundle of paintings, new insight into your heart’s desire and an experience to treasure.  Retreat cost is $3,500 (airfare not included).

What’s included:

  • daily expert instruction in painting, sketching and journaling
  • daily morning yoga
  • art and architecture history, on site, everywhere we go
  • a guided tour of the magnificent town of Siena
  • a soak in the ancient Roman spa pool of Bagno Vignoni
  • a private cooking class featuring local specialties
  • 7 nights accommodation at a beautiful, four-star villa-estate
  • daily breakfasts and all dinners, plus 3 lunches

Please contact me with questions or visit the Women’s Quest website for additional information.

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