Drawing Breath: Drawing and Mindfulness
In April 2019, Professor of Drawing Tania Kovats and Jane Sassienie are running a week-long retreat combining these two life-enhancing practices to generate focus, wellbeing and creativity. Come and explore drawing and breathing in the company of like-minded others, in a non-judgemental atmosphere. This restorative and stimulating week builds creative practices for life, making precious time for yourself. Find out more at http://www.drawingbreath.me/.
Running in May, the popular Guitar Breaks is a bespoke guitar holiday adventure for guitar players and enthusiasts. Indulge your passion in the beautiful surroundings of Villa Pia in Umbria, with a roster of special guest instructors. For 2018, Guitar Breaks welcomed Canadian guitarist Ariel Posen, of award-winning group The Bros Landreth. Book for the 2019 Guitar Breaks retreat now running from May 12 to 19 at http://www.guitar-breaks.com/.
Little Forest Folk Holiday
Award-winning outdoor nursery group, Little Forest Folk hosts a June holiday retreat at Villa Pia. This holiday is exclusively for Little Forest Folk families and educators from their nurseries. Come for one week of delicious food, diverse activities, and a relaxing experience in the medieval town of Lippiano. The first Little Forest Folk Holiday ran from June 9th to 16th, 2018 (7 nights) and more details can be found at http://www.littleforestfolk.com/little-forest-folk-holidays/
Wild Flowers & Garden Design
Spend a week in early Summer identifying orchids and other wild flowers, while trying your hand at garden design. Your tutor will be gardening expert Rosie Yeomans (frequently appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time). There will be daily strolls to discover the local horticulture, including trips to Florence for the annual Iris festival. To find out more and to book your spot on this retreat, visit the Wild Flowers & Garden Design page.
Finding your Solo Voice: Singing Course in Tuscany
Do you sing in choirs? Have you ever wanted to explore your solo voice? Join classically trained singer Jane Haughton (Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne) and professional pianist Howard Beach in the beautiful Tuscan countryside for a week of workshops, solo classes and individual coaching in a relaxed and nurturing environment. Let us bring out your hidden talent. The course runs from September 14-21, 2019 at Villa Pia. Max number: 12 places. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. See more information on flyer.
In late September to October, Villa Pia plays host to the acclaimed Ways with Words writing workshops and discussion groups led by Kay Dunbar and Stephen Bristow. These are informal courses for beginners and more advanced students of writing and literature, featuring instruction by well-known writers, as well as day trips to local cultural centres. Find out more at the Ways with Words website.
BLAND Badger Creative Retreat
Join Charlotte Bland and Ros Badger in our gorgeous Tuscan setting for a creative retreat to refresh and recharge. Try everything from lifestyle photography, to making lip balms, to hand-stitching your own leather-bound book. You’ll enjoy local tours to Arezzo flea market, visit an Apothecary museum and eat, and photograph at an eccentric Olive farm. Start each day with yoga led by Meredith Gunderson, and wind down every evening with a delicious four-course meal, cooked on site. The retreat takes place from October 5 to 12, 2019 and runs concurrently with Escape Painting Holidays (see below). For bookings and further information, visit blandbadger.com.
Escape Painting Holidays
Acclaimed contemporary artists Rachael Reeves and Gareth Edwards lead this charming holiday retreat, dedicated to helping artists uncover their potential. Suitable for couples and solo travellers, each student will be gently encouraged to express themselves with the materials and environment provided and to develop their own painting language. Enjoy daily talks and tutoring, along with free time to swim, siesta, or just be inspired by the beautiful landscape. Upcoming dates: October 5 to 12, 2019. Find out more and book your spot at escapepaintingholidays.com.
The Idler Retreat at Villa Pia
In October 2018, join hosts Tom Hodgkinson and Victoria Hull of renowned magazine and online academy, The Idler, for another week of ‘lounging and learning’ at Villa Pia. Tutors will be novelist Tim Lott and art historian Tim Richardson, and activities include foraging in Umbrian hills and optional yoga. Over the week, you can also delve into medieval and ancient philosophy, make day trips to local churches, and explore the stunning surroundings with your notebook. For more details and to make a booking, please visit https://idler.co.uk/product/the-idler-retreat-in-umbria-with-tom-hodgkinson-tim-lott-and-tim-richardson/
Yoga Meditation & More: Boutique Family Retreat
German site Yoga Meditation & More is hosting their first family friendly retreat at Villa Pia in the summer of 2019. Book for a week of yoga and meditation in the sunshine, in the company of great people, with amazing views, delicious healthy food and lots of activities planned for all ages. A wonderful opportunity to detox, relax and recharge in the beautiful Italian countryside. For bookings and enquiries, please visit https://ymum.de/de/product/boutique-family-retreat
The villa is available throughout the year, and as the weather changes our surroundings can be even more stunning during the winter months. Take advantage of our off-season prices during the period mid-November to mid-March and enjoy this gorgeous setting without the usual summer bustle and heat. Please refer to our Pricing page for winter break prices.