If you’re a Country Girl who is looking for serenity, open-spaces, and a boutique retreat experience, join us in Buonconvento, Tuscany
There is something that stirs the soul and makes you feel even more alive when you awaken in Tuscany.
It could be the sound of church bells from the duomo in the distance, or maybe the scents of lavender and rosemary from the garden — or maybe it’s that first sight when you look out the wood-framed window of your charming villa and see rolling hills, olive trees, and chianti vineyards all around.
Or maybe it’s just that ineffable quality that you can’t explain but you feel it and you know that you — and your life — will never be the same because you’ve encountered this sacred space.
My Beautiful Friends…
This is how I felt on my first trip to Italy. I felt alive, engaged, connected to who I am and my dreams again. Even though I spend my life as a writer and communicator, truthfully, the place that Italy touched in me was beyond words.
It was a soul-level experience.
As soon as I came back, the women who had followed my trip on social media started asking, “When can we go? Will you take me with you?”
And then, someone asked the magical question, “Would you ever consider leading a retreat to Italy? If you did, I would come!”
I sat with that for a few weeks and then, I went and took my family to live for a few months in the Tuscan region. After sharing it with them and seeing the joy on their faces and the healing in their hearts, I knew I had taken the seeds of my joy and planted it in them.
I spent the next several months in a LOT of transition with a moldy apartment, moving twice in 3 months, and writing my new book: An Unconventional Life: Where Messes and Magic Collide.
Sure why not. Why not just write a book about all the craziness and what you got out of it…
That’s when I started journaling about the Italian retreats I would lead. The places we would go. The food we would eat. The women who would come.
Women just like you.
Women with big hearts and big dreams.
Women who want to feel more in touch with who they are.
Women who want to share beautiful experiences with other beautiful souls.
Women who want to live the next part of their life as the best part of their life.
These are the women who inspired me to share the Italian experience with them.
Yoga in the morning. Beautiful, fresh foods. Art. Music. Private tours. Healing. Soulful conversations.
Oh The Food...
Being someone who is always gluten-free, sometimes grain-free and sometimes dairy-free, I wondered, “What the heck am I going to eat in Italy? Air?”
In the land of pasta and cream, I was concerned. But the first time I went…
I knew I was at home.
Italy has 4.2 million people with Celiac disease. Because they honor this condition as well as people truly enjoying their food, they make the most delicious gluten-free dishes you can imagine.
I could have gelato on a gluten-free cone AND they would go to the back to scoop my flavors from a fresh container so no gluten touched it.
They would sometimes have designated kitchens to prepare my gluten-free tagliatelle with wild boar sauce.
We had an entire 6 course meal at a Saffron farm that was entirely gluten-free!
And the pizza — oh my. You’ve never had gluten-free pizza like this.
The pizza is worth the trip alone.
So, please know that your gluten-free needs will be well taken care of on this trip — both at the villa with our meals by a personal chef — or in the restaurants when we venture out.
One thing you will be able to count on: It will be delicioso!
Coming Back To You
I love that my guests have one pursuit that they share in common:
It’s so easy back at home to get into a routine that seems to put us on the bottom of the list.
Taking care of others
Helping family members heal through crisis
The health condition that seems to demand a lot of us
Those are all so important but sometimes we forget to add us to the list. We forget how important our renewal and our joy are to us.
We forget how much more creative and inspired, happy and free we live when we feel refreshed and recharged.
We forget that that is important.
In Italy, we remember.
As we do our daily journaling and walks.
As we breathe in our yoga and meditations, and create beautiful art.
As we eat food that someone else has prepared and we get to enjoy without getting up and down a hundred times to help someone else.
As we get to practice the art of trusting that while we’re away, everyone else is still in good hands.
It allows us to remember and reconnect with who we are.
The Divine in us.
And the Sacred in each other.
We get our cup filled with laughter and friendship. Food and adventure.
We get the deep rest we need and the practice of surrendering being “large and in charge” of everything.
It’s really important. Because when we remember and reconnect, we return home differently…
Everyone in our life benefits from us going to Italy.
So, basically, when you go to Italy to take care of YOU
You’re giving a gift to EVERYONE you love.
What do you think about that?
So Come Along, Risk Adventure
Because once we push past that veil of fear and take a step onto new soil, we seem to have an easier time knowing and embracing ourselves and living from that beautiful, powerful heartspace again.
Life transforms dramatically when we risk adventure.
Do you want to travel to Italy? I would LOVE to travel with you, too!
Airport transfer to/from Rome
Gluten-free cooking class
Shopping, wine, and honey in Montalcino
Day trip to gorgeous Tuscany
Yoga & Meditation
Delicious gluten-free food
(Day trips locations may be subject to change depending on weather or what would be most fabulous for us)
Not included: Your flights to and from the retreat, travel insurance, any missed transports, your gelato addiction.
$5,995 large single occupancy with private bath
$5,595 small single occupancy with private bath
$5,195 for double occupancy
(Space is very limited)
($1,500 non-refundable deposit secures your space)
Payment plans available
A transformational, healing, bonding time with amazing women in a gorgeous setting.
An Unconventional Life: Where Messes And Magic Collide
If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall to someone’s off-the-beaten path experiences, you get to do that with Stacey Robbins and her family in An Unconventional Life: Where Messes and Magic Collide. These true-to-life stories about Cellulite and Ninjas, traveling across the globe, and unbelievable encounters in unexpected places, will engage and inspire you — make you laugh and make you think… about how brave we can be to create our dreams or to find the lessons and sweetness, hiding in the not-so-dreamy times. You don’t need to be rich or famous to do it — you just need to be willing to be true to your heart to live An Unconventional Life.