Le Dolce Fonte
Retreat in Umbria, September 9-16
Join Amalia and Laara for a week of rest, recalibration and restoration in the Umbrian hills of Italy. With this ancient and fertile land underfoot, we will access the infinite energy of source with ease and grace, nourishing our innate creative and healing capacities. We will come together in daily practice of yoga, laughter, breathwork, creativity, communal meals, pleasure and deep relaxation. Seasonal and local foods will be prepared with intention, and an itinerary of well curated, authentic experiences will be on offer. In the spirit of co-creation, this is a week with purposeful room to evolve based on the needs of the group. Space is limited as we are keeping the size small and intimate.
Laara and Amalia will be holding space for our week together, opening channels for nourishment and joy. We have taken care of the details so you can relax and just be. In ancient times, each day was connected to a deity or planet, whose characteristics it embodied. In this tradition, our practices and activities are inspired by and aligned with these daily energies. Within this container, all activities are optional and there is room for each participant to have their own individual experience.
Our home for the week will be L’Antica Vetreria, once an ancient glass factory, founded in 1292 by artisans from Venice. Renovated with love 20 years ago, the villa boasts original stone walls, a pool overlooking glorious green rolling hills, comfortable king sized beds and private bathrooms. The communal kitchen, dining room and living room have all the amenities, including oversized pillows and throw blankets for lounging, extensive kitchenware and long tables for new friends. The experience of the villa itself will be unforgettable.
Dolce far niente
"Dolce far niente" is the Italian concept of the essence of doing nothing and enjoying it. No stress, no pressure, just absorbing the sweetness of now. The verdant Umbrian landscape invite us into this energy. Lounge by our travertine tiled pool and watch the light change over the green hills as the scent of rosemary and lavender surrounds you. By clearing away the expectation of "doing", we give permission for savouring life's essential sweetness. This is a place that nourishes all senses.
Connection through food
Umbria is a fertile region where there are always fresh, delicious, local ingredients available.With over 20 years of experience in the area as well as training in nutrition, Laara and Amalia will provide meals that nourish and heal. Breakfasts of local fruits, honey, cheese, breads and eggs will start each day, while lunch or dinners will be at hand-picked local eateries or prepared fresh in the Villa. You will also have the opportunity to shop at the local farmers markets. The property and surrounding hills offer fresh herbs, wild greens and edible flowers.
Yoga, breath and creative flow
There will be daily yoga and breathwork practices led by Amalia, who leads in an inclusive, non-judgemental way, inviting each participant to soften into and respect their own unique relationship to their inner landscape. Modifications are encouraged and individual expressions are welcome. Laara will offer daily creative prompts and guidance for tapping into sources of flow. She will share mind mapping techniques and art supplies will be on hand for those that feel inspired.
Our small, medieval village of Piegaro was once a healing haven for wounded soldiers of the Punic wars, and has been a retreat for deep regeneration ever since. Located on the border of Tuscany, Piegaro is an ideal base for exploring the region. On the famous Orvieto wine trail, Piegaro is close to numerous idyllic villages, each boasting their own artisanal crafts and gastronomy as well as many nearby vineyards. Lake Trasimeno and Marmore falls are nearby, as well as ancient sulphur hot springs.
Woven through our week will be three day-trips. All are within an hour of the property and we will have a private driver at our service. We have chosen these experiences as they connect with the energies of the days they take place.
Practicalities and Prices
Arrival and departure
Guests are responsible for transport to the property. Piegaro is located 2 hours North of Rome, 1 hour south of Florence and 30 minutes from Perugia. The nearest train station is Chiusi-Chianciano where you can take a taxi 20 minutes to the property. You can also rent a car or we can help arrange for a private airport pickup. You are welcome to arrive after 1pm on the 9th and depart by 10am on the 16th.
Shared room with ensuite bath:
Earlybird before July 15: 2100 Euros
Private King room with ensuite bath:
Earlybird before July 15: 2500 Euros
Payment plans available
What's included: 7 nights accommodation, yoga, breathwork, cooking and creativity classes, daily breakfast buffet plus either lunch or dinner at restaurants or the Villa depending on the day's itinerary. Local group excursions including transportation with a private driver.
What's not included: Transport to the property, alcohol at restaurants
Amalia and Laara have been friends and co-conspirators for over 30 years. Sharing a love for the Mediterranean land, ceremony, and pleasure, L' Antica Vetreria has been a second home for them and they are so happy to welcome you!
Images by Marte Garmann, Ina Winter and Laara Matsen
Via Cavour, 24a, 06066 Piegaro PG, Italy