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Art, Yoga, and Cooking Wellness Retreat in Italy

Awaken your inner knowing and inspire yourself through spontaneous creativity! Discover how to use art to release the past and set powerful intentions for your future. Intuition Painting® will awaken your inner muse and set your creative heart on fire. If you want to get creative in your quest for inspiring travel, self-awareness, and discovery, join their all-inclusive Tuscan retreat set in an enchanting Italian borgo, overlooking the gorgeous countryside surrounded by olive groves, where you can relax, revitalize, and reconnect.

Meet the instructors

G. Montine, Tina, & Chiara
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Highlights

  • Intuition Painting® on all days, all art supplies included
  • Daily yoga with wonderful teachers
  • Foraging and cooking classes with a local chef
  • Meditation, authentic movement, writing
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Seasonal, gourmet Italian meals and wine with dinners
  • 2 Aperitivos and a celebration dinner
  • Scheduled pick-up and drop-off shuttle service from Florence

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:30
Check-out Time:
13:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

The Agritourismo is a renovated 16th-century, enchanting private borgo. Set high above Chianti, the meandering stone compound is predominantly forested with chestnut, cherry, and oak trees, and is home to a producing olive grove with more than 1600 trees.

The property boasts a large swimming pool and spacious wine cantina built in 1624, which they will use for their painting studio. Each private apartment has its own entrance and outdoor sitting area.

Seasonally, the owners produce their own olive oil, amazing jams with local fruits (blackberries, figs, or cherries), and with a little luck, find good mushrooms and truffles, used to prepare delicious sauces.

Program

Join them for a 5-night / 6-day retreat at a private Medieval Borgo in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. This all-inclusive creative wellness event offers nurturing, healing, and self-care through Intuition Painting®, yoga, sensational gourmet meals, meditation, authentic movement, and more.

People join this retreat in order to slow down, relax, release that which is not serving them, and reconnect to intuitive flow, joyfulness, and self-compassion.

If you want to get creative in your quest for inspiring travel, self-awareness, and discovery, join their all-inclusive Tuscan retreat set in an enchanting Italian borgo, overlooking the gorgeous countryside surrounded by olive groves, where you can relax, revitalize, and reconnect.

Dive into a world where creativity meets personal awakening. Eat.Paint.Love! provides a sanctuary where art, wellness, cooking, and yoga converge to illuminate your path to heightened self-awareness and profound connectivity.

Their retreat is a celebration of the senses, offering delectable gourmet meals crafted by local chefs with fresh ingredients, mindful meditation sessions, a foraging and cooking class, and authentic movement all tailored to guide you towards joyfulness, self-compassion, and the freeing of your creative spirit.

You will be led by Master Intuition Painting® facilitator Montine Blank, and all meals, movement, massage, Reiki, and yoga are provided by their awesome exceptional local team: Chiara, Giulia, Tina, Angela, and Iga. Come see why one of their regular guests calls this retreat her “annual soul exfoliation.”

Art for Your Soul: Grow, heal, and reveal

Intuition Painting® is personal journey that leads you to intuitive wisdom through the joy of creativity. It’s not just art; it's a deep-dive into self-discovery, serving as a bridge to your unconscious in a profound way. Intuition Painting® delivers profound personal and artistic breakthroughs by connecting with your unconscious self and allowing your inner world to be expressed.

This unique practice quiets the chatter of the inner critic, allowing your intuition to communicate vividly through forms and figures. Vibrant, yet hidden facets of your being come to light, such as your muse, intuitive voice, inner child, and shadow-self. Through intuitive creativity, you reawaken a sense of wholeness, connection, and empowerment, reviving the true essence of who you truly are.

Using a methodology that combines guided meditation, creativity coaching, mantras, personal inquiry, and reflective movement, you stay focused solely on the process, without any preconceived ideas or concerns for the resulting product.

The approach side steps your inner judge and connects you with your intuitive creative flow, so that unplanned forms and figures from the unconscious can appear. The resulting paintings become visual diaries, offering insights about your inner world and giving guidance to help you know, grow, and heal yourself.

You are welcome here

This creative and dynamic well-being retreat is for adults with any level of art or yoga skill - including those with none. Participants report feeling a powerful release, a rich sense of rebirth, and deep realignment to what is important and sustaining in life.

You’re giving back

For every person who joins a Life is an Art retreat, there's a scholarship offered for a free online Intuition Painting® course from our pool of applicants.

What is Intuition Painting®?

Intuition Painting® focuses on the process, not the product, and so moves you past the fear of doing it wrong, beyond any "art scars" from childhood, and into a free-flowing state of authentic expression. Using mindfulness, meditation, and creativity coaching, you’ll learn to:

  • Give up control and perfection
  • Amplify your intuition
  • Trust the process
  • Honor what shows up

This fun, inspiring, and transformative retreat is for adults with any level of art or yoga experience, including those with none. Work with Master Intuition Painting Facilitator and Trainer Montine Blank, so that you can meet your inner muse and learn to paint spontaneously on a large easel. Discover the amazing benefits of art for healing and growth, including:

  • Release anxiety and stress
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Process emotions
  • Become unstuck
  • Return to peace and calm
  • Rediscover inspiration and passion

Intuition Painting® delivers profound personal and artistic breakthroughs by connecting with your dreaming self and allowing your inner world to be expressed.

The movement

Let the daily yoga and movement sessions help support your journey by easing your body and mind back into a relaxed flow. Let yourself explore movement and spontaneous writing with the Authentic Movement sessions.

Sample daily activities

Each retreat weaves in a unique, optional event in collaboration with a local artisan, farmer, or chef from the area so that the weeks can offer both familiarities as well as a novelty for their repeat retreaters.

  • Morning coffee
  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Intuition Painting®
  • Lunch al fresco
  • Free time / pool time / countryside walks
  • Intuition Painting®
  • Dinner
  • Free time / games / singing / dancing

Included excursions

  • A half-day foraging and cooking class is included
  • A trip into a local village or similar excursion may be included

Instructors

G. Montine Blank

Tina

Chiara

Location

Experience a dreamy week in Tuscany, set in a gorgeous, sprawling Italian Borgo, overlooking rolling hills and olive groves with Florence glittering in the distance and the lower Alpine mountains as a backdrop in the distance.

This retreat takes place in the Chianti wine district of Tuscany, Italy. The agritourism is a short distance from Florence, Pisa, Siena, and surrounding towns.

Distances

  • Florence - 45 minutes
  • Pisa - 1.5 hours
  • Rome - 3 hours

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Massage
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot

Food

Culinary delights await where each meal is a testament to the richness of Tuscan cuisine, prepared with love by chefs who champion nutrition and the art of healthy living.

From the welcoming embrace of a traditional aperitivo to the multi-course dinners complemented by local wines and heavenly desserts, your palate will embark on a journey as rejuvenating as the retreat itself.

With thoughtful consideration given to every dietary need, their feast ensures that every moment is infused with pleasure and mindfulness. Snacks, coffee, and teas are available throughout the day.

Enjoy mouth-watering meals prepared by experienced, health-conscious cooks using local and organic ingredients. You will be welcomed with a traditional aperitivo on day one, and enjoy delicious Tuscan and Northern Italian fare, with seasonal, fresh ingredients.

The dinners include local wines, various dishes to satisfy various diets, and out-of-this-world desserts. Light snacks and naturally infused waters will also be available.

Dietary restrictions are honored. Most special dietary requests can be easily accommodated, kindly inform the organizer in advance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Additional activities offered vary based on the season and availability. You will have the option to add one or more of the following types of activities for an extra charge:

  • Ayurvedic massage with Chiara
  • Reiki and/or Craniosacral sessions with Angela

Ayurvedic Massage, Reiki, and Cranial-sacral sessions will be available for booking for an additional cost with the extremely talented and highly popular therapists Chiara and Angela.

What's included

  • 6 days activities and meals
  • Intuition Painting®
  • Daily yoga
  • Artisan foraging and cooking class
  • Authentic movement and writing
  • Reflection and sharing
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Sumptuous and healthy gourmet meals
  • Welcome and farewell aperitivo
  • Wine with dinners
  • Florence transfer to and from the retreat

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Visa and travel insurance
  • Massage sessions
  • Meals outside retreat premises

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by car

By car, the retreat location is 45 minutes south of Florence.

Arrival by airplane

You may book your flight to arrive at Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (FLR), where you will transfer the SMN train station, in order to take their private shuttle service to the retreat at set times on the first and last days.

It is also quite convenient to fly into Pisa International Airport (PSA), or Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), and take a short train ride into the Florence SMN train station, in order to take their private shuttle service to the retreat at set times on the first and last days.

Many people plan to arrive in Florence a day or two early, in order to take in this beautiful, safe, walking city, and adjust to the time zones before the retreat starts. Others add a couple of days at the end, in order to process and integrate all they gain from the experience.

Arrival by bus

By bus from Florence to a nearby town is 5 USD.

Arrival by shuttle

The private shuttle scheduled pick-up and departure times are included in the retreat fees. Pick-up at SMN Florence Train Station is at 2:30 p.m. on day 1 and drop-off is at 2:30 p.m. on day 6.

Arrival by taxi

You can also take a taxi from Florence, which costs about 90 USD - 150 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 19% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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6 days / 5 nights
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Early bird discount

There is an early bird discount available of 15% per person if you book or reserve 90 days before your chosen arrival date.

Friday May 23, 2025
(6 days / 5 nights)

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