Retreats

 SoulCollage® & Yoga Retreat, Guatemala — March 27 – April 3, 2016 

 Sacred Tenderness — A SoulCollage® Retreat in Tuscany — September 12–21, 2015 


Sacred Tenderness
A SoulCollage® Retreat in Tuscany
September 12 — 21, 2015

Combine a memorable holiday with a profound inner journey.

The land, history, food, and art of Italy provide an atmosphere beyond compare for the creative and transformative process of SoulCollage®.

Our base for this retreat will be in Sovana, a small town in a little known corner of southwest Tuscany, with a beautiful charm and spirit. This is a hidden and untainted territory rich in beauty and an historic and artistic heritage that stretches back 3,000 years. The land here is covered in farms, Etruscan archaeological sites, and wondrous medieval villages perched on hilltops. And the area is well-known for its gastronomic traditions and a thousand-year-old wine culture.

Click here for the Photo Gallery from previous retreats in Tuscany.

Our days will be spent travelling both inwardly through the SoulCollage®, process and outwardly as we explore this delightful region of Italy. Our excursions, which will give us insights into the history and culture of our surroundings, will include visits to medieval hilltop villages, walking on ancient Etruscan roads, and exploring the natural beauty of the Maremma mountains. This ten-day retreat is carefully designed to provide a nurturing blend of relaxation, transformative creative experience, and cultural exploration.

It is our nature to be creative — and to express that creativity spontaneously. Moreover, we each have the ability to wake up to who we already know ourselves to be.

This retreat allows the creativity and the wisdom that resides within us to have a voice. Everyone has a story to tell, and stories reside as much in the body as in the mind. So we begin with gentle yoga (appropriate for anyone) to open up the body. We open the voice by sharing our lives and our stories. We meditate to still the mind, and we create art to free the spirit and express what is in our hearts. This journey, into the sacred tenderness of our inner lives, leads to giving voice and physicality to the private characters, inner realities, and wisdom that live in the subconscious mind and the cells of our bodies.

Our ten days in Tuscany will be like dreaming while you're fully awake, dreaming yourself into a deeper expression of your true nature. Expect to surprise yourself, to encounter yourself in new ways, and to become more playful and at ease in your skin. You might even find that the healing and sense of well-being achieved during the retreat not only expands your creative abilities, but also enhances your experience of daily life.

"This retreat to Tuscany was life changing for me. The village of Sovana and its duomo were key elements of the experience. We all felt that we were held by the hospitality of the people and by the loving embrace of the ancient stones. I would come again in a heart beat!"

~ J. Thompson, Executive Coach

About Sovana

Our home for the retreat will be the Sovana Hotel and Resort, which sits on 5 acres of tranquil parkland with a labyrinth and olive groves, and is walking distance from the town. It is a relaxed and reflective environment wholly conducive to the inner work of the SoulCollage® process. Check out their website at www.hotelsovana.com.


Sovana is located in the southwestern corner of Tuscany, in a region called La Maremma. The wildest part of Tuscany is here in its southern heart. And it?s here that you get a sense of what the region looked like before Tuscany became a must-see on the grand tour. The landscape alternates between rolling hills and tufa cliffs; hill towns abound, linked by narrow, winding roads.

Cost

$3,300 double occupancy (does not include airfare)
Single occupancy available for a $350 surcharge

"There was such a strong sense of belonging for me on this retreat; belonging in the group and belonging to this land and this culture. Laura has a great ability to facilitate us deeper into our experience, give us personal attention when needed and is always aware of our group needs.
I had a great time and learned so much! I will do this trip again next year."

~ L. Lee, Craniosacial Therapist



SoulCollage® is a creative and intuitive process of creating a personal deck of unique, collaged cards that express the multi-faceted aspects of ourselves. SoulCollage® draws from both Jungian psychology and Native American shamanic wisdom and fosters creative renewal, self discovery, self acceptance, and soul-tending. SoulCollage® is both a fun, simple form of creative play and a profound transformational process. To learn more about SoulCollage®, click here.

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How do I register?

Email us by clicking here to register and send a $500 deposit.

Flight Information and Transportation from Rome to Retreat Center

If you decide to go, to get the best airfares, you will want to book your flights as soon as possible. Please plan to fly into Rome (Fiumicino airport) and to arrive no later than the morning of September 12. We will arrange for a van to pick everyone up at the Rome airport at 2pm on September 12 for transportation to our retreat location in Tuscany. The van will be returning to the airport in Rome in the late morning on September 21. So, please make your plane reservations accordingly.

You may want to arrive in Italy earlier than September 12th or stay after the retreat ends on September 21st. Please be aware that it is about a three hour drive from Rome to the retreat location and we have arranged transportation to and from the airport only on the dates listed above. This transportation is included in the cost of your retreat. If you choose to travel to or from the retreat at different times, you will be responsible for those transportation costs.

Refund policy

Your deposit of $500 is fully refundable until June 15, if we can fill your space with someone else. If we are not able to fill your space then your deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is nonrefundable after June 15. The balance is due June 15 and is non-refundable unless we are able to fill your space. If we are able to fill your space, then the balance is fully refundable.

Payments

Your payment may be made either by check or by PayPal. If paying with Paypal, please note that there is a 3% surcharge, this will be added onto your invoice. If you would like to pay by PayPal, please email me and I will email you an invoice with a link to PayPal.

"After having looked for a long time for a trip that would feed my art and soul- I found it with Laura. The experiences of learning new art techniques, practicing yoga, bonding with extraordinary women, interacting with a new culture full of color and spirit - my dream was fulfilled. It has been the one trip that helped to change me and is traveling within me still."

~ D. Dunbar, Elementary Teacher

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