Midsummer Creative Soul Retreat
Creative Summer Retreat, Italy
June 13th-16th 2019
Be entranced and nurtured by exploring myths and stories, dancing and art activities in the warmth of Italy and benefit from this transformational and nurturing journey into the myths and archetypes of ancient Rome and Greece and the stories of Women Who Run With The Wolves, woven together as a rich tapestry to support us to discover aspects of ourselves and new possibilities for our life.
We will dance together in the sunshine and garden expressing ourselves freely and moving to the archetypes (with Vital Development® Vital Danza® method).
We will paint and express the imaginations that arise from the movement and creative learning.
A safe place to reax and open to yourself and the group with time to reflect and share on personal themes.
The workshop will be held at a lovely family country farmhouse in Nerola, area of Sabina in the Roman region of Lazio. A unique opportunity to stay in a beautiful location, enjoying the views, warmth, and delicious home food cooked by the Italian family. Set amongst olive trees, vines and fruit trees. Enjoy the abundant cherries from the trees and learn about wine making and cooking.
We will have morning and afternoon workshops with time for a long lazy lunch and dinner together al fresco.
The cost of the workshop is £290 from 2019 with three lunches and three dinners included, starting from Thursday evening early session before dinner together and ending Sunday after lunchtime.
Accommodation would be in local Agriturismo Il Bagolaro (www.ilbagolaro.it or www.farmhouseilbagolaro.com) at a cost of approx £50 per room per night, which has a lovely swimming pool. We can arrange reservation of the guest house and flights would be booked separately.
It is 45mins drive from the town of Tivoli and approx the same from Rome, with direct rail link to Rome airport of approx (1.5hrs).
Book here for Workshop and Meals and Accommodation:
Creative Soul Retreat Practical Information
June 13th – 16th 2019, Italy<\B>
The Retreat we are offering is a nourishing treat for your body and soul for personal growth, creativity and relaxation and enjoyment.
How you can benefit
Be nurtured and refreshed by the beautiful place
Feel your vital creative energies come alive through the course
Enrich all your senses
Express yourself creatively
Discover the world of archetypes
Learn about the wisdom of stories
Move and dance your body
Paint and draw
Relax and feel rejuvenated
Enjoy great tasty food
Immerse yourself in beauty
Swim and lounge around
Enjoy the abundant nature
Experience a heart enriching journey with the theme of Joyous Body, Joyous Life and Transformation of the Butterfly, which will take you on a delightful journey of creativity and rejuvenation. Immersed in the beautiful surrounding nature and its colours to support you, you will be invited to revitalize your senses and relax your body. We will move freely and express various archetypes with the support of VitalDanza method, which needs no experience or ability to dance steps. Out of the movement will be the inspiration to paint the themes and discover new ideas and insights for yourself and your life. Everyone will be encouraged to bring forth new potential and renewed life for yourself. No experience necessary.
There will be two sessions per day; in the morning and early evening, so you can enjoy a lazy rest and relaxation period after lunch back at the guest house by the pool.
I have been inspired to develop and facilitate my own unique courses from the various trainings methods I have researched and experienced over many years, (includes Pinkola Estes, Anna Halprin Tamalpa, Vital Development, Woolger, and Jungian writers).
My belief is that we can benefit most when we access our body wisdom and can bring out hidden aspects of our psyche through embodied imagination and the creative process. The archetypes enable us to have a larger perspective and can act as a guide and an echo for our experiences. Then we can bring to consciousness and reflect on what we see and feel and make meaning that can lead to change and healing. The group members play a supportive, witnessing role to each other. I have seen amazing, authentic wisdom expressed through this approach and an expansion of awareness to self and others.
A Special Place
The retreat is located in a beautiful environment in the countryside just outside of the hilltop village of Nerola, in the beautiful and ancient Sabina Area in the region of Lazio, 35 km to Rome (60 Km from Rome International Airport).
The area is full of ancient history. It is on the route of Via Francigena of San Francesco di Assisi: an ancient road and pilgrim route running from France to Rome. We are not far from historical places such as Tivoli, and Rome and a couple of hours from Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto and Montepulciano.
A warm welcome awaits at the property of the retreat, which is a private family dwelling. It is situated on beautiful fertile land on an estate of 3 hectares and is abundant with olive trees, fruit trees, vines, figs and flowers. It overlooks the valley towards Rome and behind it towards the village of Nerola on the hill.
Nerola is famous for being the location where Neroli essential oil originated in the 17th century when a count wished to win over the lady of the castle and delivered to her a courtyard full of orange blossom flowers. She decided to use them to create an enticing scent, which became coveted throughout the courts of Europe!
The sessions will take place in the lovely garden and there is also an indoor living room should the weather require it.
There will be delicious food the way only Italian know how to make it!
We will be able to enjoy lunch/dinner served al fresco. All the food will be deliciously home cooked with some of the food grown on the premises. You will be able to meet family members and try out your Italian over lunch! And see how the wine is produced. An authentic Italian family endeavour!
Please note dietary requirements need to be ordered in advance (gluten free or vegetarian) and notification of any allergies.
What people say
‘The place, the nature, the food and beauty make it easy to relax and feel nourished here’
‘It is a special place and brings out creativity and joy through its beauty and sunshine’
Participants will stay in an adjacent property a short way away. The name is
Il Bagolaro farmhouse www.farmhouseilbagolaro.com
We will make the reservations on your behalf and you settle payment with us.
It provides comfortable accommodation in colourful, newly refurbished rooms with ensuite facilities. Breakfast is included.
You can enjoy the use of the modern swimming pool and gardens.
Double rooms are £65 per night. Single occupancy is £50.
We will offer free pick up to and from the retreat address nearby (is also walkable, 10/15 minutes).
June offers sunny warm weather without the intense heat of July/August. Some evenings may be a little chilly, a light jacket is advisable. Bring a variety of clothes and clothes to dance in, swimwear and hat.
There is no wifi at the retreat farmhouse but there is mobile signal for personal hotspot.
Il Bagolaro guest house has a working wifi connection.
We will join together on Thursday 13th June at around 6pm for an initial welcome and introduction followed by dinner together.
The programme will be approximately mornings 10-1pm followed by lunch and free time and we will meet again early evening for another session followed by dinner.
On Sunday we shall finish at about 2pm.
£290 2019 price, full payment required to confirm your place.
The workshop tuition sessions
3 lunches and 3 dinners. Thursday dinner, Friday lunch/dinner, Saturday lunch/dinner, Sunday lunch
Nat West Name I Florschutz Ref Italy Retreat
Sort code 536102
or payment in full also possible via website www.iflorschutz.com on paypal.
Send cheques to: I Florschutz, 27 Freshfield Bank, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5HQ
Flights to/from Rome booked by yourself
Train from airport to local station approx. €11 (or alternative travel by car)
Pick up from local station €15 one way €25 go/return)
Accommodation (www.farmhouseilbagolaro.com): Double rooms are £65 per night. Single occupancy is £50.
Taxi transport from airport is pricey approx. €150 for 3 persons sharing. We can explore further.
Getting to us
By air to Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO):
BA, Easyjet,Vueling, from Gatwick
BA,Alitalia from Heathrow
Ryanair from Stansted
Easyjet from Luton
Roma Ciampino (51 km; 50'); Roma Fiumicino Int. (79km; 56’);
By train from airport
Train to Orte, stop is Fara Sabina (1h 25 minutes train journey), the line goes through Rome station Tiburtina on the way. https://www.trenitalia.com/
Fara Sabina station is 10 km; 15 mins from the retreat address, with a bus stop just outside the property, but it only runs only few times a day!
Private Pick up from local station €15 one way €25 go/return)
Can be hired at the airport. Driving on the motorway around Rome is daunting!
We can organise car transfer from the airport at extra charge, which can be reduced with several people travelling together.
To get free medical care, you must have the European Health Insurance Card. For ambulances, hospital residence charges and all kinds of losses you also need travel insurance which is a condition of booking. We are required to advise you of this. Any injury or loss needs to be covered by your own insurance.
Staying in the Area
If you wish to relax for longer and we can liaise with Il Bagolaro for extra nights accommodation.
The retreat address is : Via Provinciale (SP28a) 37 Nerola (Rome)
but is better to use the G maps link as the official address is not reliable
Exploring Tivoli and Rome
If you wish to stay longer to explore we suggest you stay in Rome City Centre for easier access to sites. From Rome there are tours to Tivoli. We can recommend places to go in Rome.
Tivoli (33km; 35’);Rome (35km; 40'); Spoleto (91km; 1h 18’)
Orvieto (108 km; 1h 15') Perugia (158 km; 1h 50’); Assisi (138km; 1h54’); Montepulciano (163km; 1h 52’); Gubbio (180 km; 2h22’); Montalcino (191km; 2h 17’); Siena (218km; 2h 17’);
Terms and Conditions
It is a requirement that you have your own travel insurance.
Full refund until 13th March
75% refund until 13th April
50% 13th May
No refund from 14th May onwards
Cancellations in writing
If for any un orseen reason we need to cancel the retreat you will be given a full refund of the workshop cost and accommodation, flights will not be refunded.
Any health conditions should be disclosed in advance.
The workshop is not therapy, although is therapeutic for personal development. It is not suitable for anyone with acute mental health issues or major physical disabilities. Please discuss with me.
Here goes! We do not accept liability for any costs incurred as a result of any of the following: weather conditions, low bookings, guest house maintenance work or closure or other situations outside our control. We are not travel agents or flight carriers and therefore do not take responsibility for flight arrangements, delays or cancellations.
Cancellations, delays or changes caused by war, threat of war, closure of airports, civil strife, industrial action, natural disaster, technical problems with transport, or other events beyond our control including those mentioned in the preceding paragraph; participants' medical or psychiatric conditions which may develop during or subsequent to the holiday; loss of, or damage to, personal property of participants.