Drawing Breath: Drawing and Mindfulness
Coming May 2-May 9, 2020, Professor of Drawing Tania Kovats and Jane Sassienie are running another 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. In past years, Guitar Breaks welcomed Canadian guitarist Ariel Posen, of award-winning group The Bros Landreth. Find out about the 2020 Guitar Breaks retreat 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 upcoming Little Forest Folk Holiday runs from June 6th to 13th, 2020 (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. The next retreat runs April 25-May 2, 2020. To find out more and to book your spot on this retreat, visit the Wild Flowers & Garden Design page.
Choir Course & Finding your Solo Voice: Singing Courses 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 group workshops or solo classes and individual coaching in a relaxed and nurturing environment. Let us bring out your hidden talent. The Choir Course runs Sep 19-26, 2020, prices £840.00 plus £25 supplement for those who are flying in and out of Bologna both ways (£740 for non-participants). Finding Your Solo Voice runs Sep 26-Oct 3, 2020, prices £1110.00 to and from Bologna (non-participants £850). Max number: 12 places. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. See more information on flyer.
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 next retreat takes place from October 3 to 10, 2020. 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: April 18, 2020 and September 26, 2020. Find out more and book your spot at escapepaintingholidays.com.
The Idler La Dolce Vita Retreat at Villa Pia
Spend a week living La Dolce Vita and learning about Italian literature with author and editor Henry Eliot (Penguin Classics), author/journalist and olive farmer Kamin Mohammadi (Bella Figura) and Idler Academy director Victoria Hull as your host. Explore the greatest books of Italian literature with Henry’s vibrant talks, alongside Kamin’s philosophy of slow living and quality ingredients, with olive oil tasting and yoga sessions throughout the week. Visit Sansepolcro, the birthplace of Piero della Francesca, and Anghiari, one of Italy’s most beautiful hill villages. Other tours include a local olive press, the museum famous for Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Battle of Anghiari’, Monterchi to see Piero della Francesca’s Madonna Del Parti, and the Busatti linen shop. Go rambling through the Umbrian countryside with a local expert and pick wild local food, berries and herbs. Enjoy daytime trips, classes and exploring Villa Pia’s gorgeous location and amenities, and evenings are for feasting! Upcoming dates: Sep 12-19, from £1,199 per person including all food, drink and classes. Secure your place now with a £500 deposit. For more details and to make a booking, please visit https://www.idler.co.uk/product/la-dolce-vita-retreat-with-kamin-mohammadi-and-henry-eliot/
The Idler Eastern Philosophy Retreat at Villa Pia
Immerse yourself in Eastern philosophy, while idling in the gorgeous Umbrian countryside. Discover Umbria’s famed Renaissance art, visit ancient churches, feast on local produce, go on a foraging walk in the Umbrian hills, take part in yoga sessions, as well as a trip to Cortona. Idler Academy director Victoria Hull will be your host and tutors will be author, broadcaster and philosopher Mark Vernon, Idler editor and author Tom Hodgkinson and art historian Tim Richardson. Upcoming dates: Oct 10-17, 2020. Prices from £1,199 per person including all food, drink and classes – £500 deposit to secure your place before spots run out. For more details and to make a booking, please visit https://www.idler.co.uk/product/the-idler-eastern-philosophy-retreat-with-tom-hodgkinson-mark-vernon-and-tim-richardson-october-2020/
Yoga Meditation & More: Boutique Family Retreat
German site Yoga Meditation & More hosted 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 details of their next retreat, 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.