Eat. Paint. Love!

Preparation for our Tuscany, Italy Retreat:

There are quite of few things to consider for your journey. 

Please read this document carefully in preparation for our time together in Tuscany, Italy. Kindly SEND YOUR PHOTO and COMPLETE THE FORM at the end.

Your responses will help us make your stay all the more pleasant.


Hello and Warm Welcome,

It is an absolute joy to share the upcoming EAT. PAINT. LOVE! retreat in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy with each of you!

In addition to our time spent walking in majestic scenery, practicing yoga daily, and enjoying gourmet meals, we will each escape into the world of Intuition Painting® and discover our colorful inner worlds. The experience will deepen our connections to ourselves, to our creative side, and to each other. 

As you prepare for your trip, please know you can reach out at any point to ask questions or seek advice. Simply call (US: 505 695 1375, WhatsApp +1 646 400 9086) or email (montine@themoreyou.com) as you prefer.


 

The Location:

The retreat takes place in a family-owned medieval village in Strada in Chianti, in the province of Chianti.

via Mezzano -36
50027, Strada in Chianti
Firenze, ITALIA


Getting Here: 

SCHEDULED SHUTTLE SERVICE:
Pickups from the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station the start day and again on the end day of the retreat are available for a reasonable fee.  Information and actions required are listed here:

  1. Where to Meet:
    Florence Main Train Station (Santa Maria Novella), 14:30 (2:30 PM)
    Meet IN FRONT OF THE PHARMACY in the train station on the left side (if you are facing away from the trains). 

  2. Look For:
    The driver will be holding a sign that says “Montine Blank, EAT. PAINT. LOVE!”.

  3. Action Requested:
    Please email me a PHOTO OF YOURSELF that I can give to the driver.

 

CAR HIRE/DRIVING:
If you wish to drive or hire a car, Strada-in-Chianti is a short distance from Florence, and can be easily access from Rome or Pisa as well. Taxis are about $115 one way from Florence to the retreat location.
+ Florence: 40 minutes away
+ Rome: 3 hours away
+ Siena: 1 hour, 15 minutes away


ALTERNATE PICK UPS:
If you require alternate location pickups from Rome, Florence, or Pisa, please let us know and we can try to guide you.


Accommodations:

The medieval structure has 7 apartments with 12 bedrooms and private and common areas (see accommodations), each with separate entrances opening onto the garden, the bourg, and/or overlooking the pool and wide views of the soft hills.

There is a fabulously large, airy cantina which we will use for painting indoors; of course we can take our easels outdoors as we wish as well.

The living areas have a high-efficiency wood stoves, and radiator heat in cool evenings.  When days are warm and the interiors will remain cooled by the wide stone walls.

Onsite you will have access to limited WIFI, a washing machine and line dry, and a phone for local calls.  There is limited cell service in the countryside, so please let your loved ones know calls will likely be infrequent.

Rooms are assigned according to registration preferences.


Preparation:

You are invited to think of this retreat as an inner vision quest and a timeout from your everyday life.  Please consider the following:

  1. Being in your natural state as you paint enhances your experience and allows you to go deeper. Limiting substances such as caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, and/or nicotine in advance of and during the workshop can benefit your experience.

  2. Be mindful of what’s coming up for you before the workshop - - you may begin to feel excited, have interesting dreams, or even feel a little nervous in the weeks prior. Take note of your feelings and expectations about the retreat.

  3. If you do start to feel any anxiety or resistance, please know that this is normal. Allow yourself to experiment with meditation or exercise to help quiet your mind.

  4. Take care of all of business, home, family, childcare, pet care before you arriving. Subject to reality, prepare to turn off your cell phone. Advise loved ones they will not hear from you often if at all during the retreat. This one really pays off for your experience - it will free up time truly for you.

  5. Be sure no one is expecting you to come home with a painting to share. You may decide to burn it ceremoniously after all - - or it may become more personal than you wish to share. Either way, it is important to be free of any performance expectations.

  6. Bring comfy clothes and/or smock to paint in. Don’t wear anything that you would not want to get paint on. Some people stay in their old sweats during the retreat.

  7. Bring any meaningful object, photo, or item to place in our painting circle.

  8. All art materials are supplied, but occasionally people like to bring their own paintbrushes. If so, bring round watercolor brushes that come to a point and put an identifying mark on your brushes.

  9. Be mindful that you do not wear perfumes, scented lotions, aftershave, etc., as some people are allergic.

  10. Intuition Painting® is designed to facilitate the personal, creative, and spiritual growth of people who are physically, mentally, and emotionally well. It is not intended to serve as a treatment for any type of physical or mental illness. Intuition Painting® is not a substitute for counseling, psychological therapy, or a drug and alcohol treatment program.


Massage Option:

1-hour or 2-hour massage sessions will be available for booking with highly recommended massage therapist Chiara. Her work is rooted in Ayurvedic-Yoga and integrates deep relaxation with subtle work on emotional and energetic levels. Past participants RAVE about Chiara :)

Fees are 1 hour: 50 Eu 1/2 hour massage for 65 Euros, and can be paid in cash during sessions.


Rules & Requests:

  • Please let the facilitator, a staff member, or an assistant know if you need any assistance or support.

  • Quiet hours are from 11:00PM-7:00AM. Please respect the experience of others.

  • The retreat farmhouse is a drug-free environment. Please do not over-drink.

  • Quiet time is from 11:00PM-6:00AM.

  • Please do not play loud music or media in the common areas when others are already present without asking permission.

  • Please do not expect to create business connections, gain clientele, or have networking goals for this experience. Coming with an agenda can sully the experience for others, limit your own authentic journey, and lead to less trust among the group.

  • People who are not participating in the retreat or assisting the retreat are not allowed to be on the grounds unless otherwise agreed previously.


Reading:

Please complete reading the primer before the retreat begins so that you and all the other participants are starting from the basis of understanding. Find the Paint Awake™ primer here:

Intuition Painting Primer: Paint Awake™


Our Schedule

A copy of our daily schedule - of course these times subject to change as the group finds its preferred rhythm: 

6-day Schedule


Packing for the Retreat:

Items available onsite:

  • hairdryers

  • washing machine (line dry only)

  • yoga mats

  • towels

  • linens

  • reading lights

  • flashlights

  • healthy snacks

  • food including: water, coffee, tea, snacks, all meals

Consider bringing:

  • Layers for variable weather:

    • a rain/wind jacket

    • sweater

    • scarf

    • hat

    • sunglasses

    • short and long sleeves

    • short and long pants or skirt

  • Other clothing items:

    • clothes for stretching or yoga poses

    • comfy clothes for painting

    • walking/hiking shoes (comfortable tennis shoes are fine)

    • flip flops

    • sun hat

    • small umbrella

    • a celebratory outfit for wine tasting/dinner night

  • Special items:

    • a journal for your thoughts

    • a special pen or pencil to write with (optional)

    • a token of meaning from home (a photo, a locket, a reminder of a goal or loved one) to put in our circle

  • Self-care:

    • allergy medications (if sensitive)

    • ear plugs

    • eye mask


What You Won't Need:

  • Dressy outfits

  • High heels

  • Scented body lotions or perfumes

  • Stress or worries


Finalizing Payment:

Final payments are due two months before the retreat start date.  You will receive an invoice with your personal total due and payment instructions.


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