Travels with Wisdom & Courage
June 4-11, 2022 (Sat-Sat)
A week-long retreat for women of a certain age
Villa Pipistrelli at Montestigliano, Italy
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Join me for a wonderful Women’s Wisdom Retreat at Villa Pipistrelli
Summer of 2022 seems a long way off, but it’s just the right amount of time to prepare yourself for this adventure. In the coming months I’ll be sending out information and resources to enrich your journey, whether you attend in person, or in your dreams.
We’ll gather: I will schedule in-person and/or virtual meetings that will allow us to get to know each other prior to the retreat, including an Italian dinner at La Grolla in St Paul. (http://www.lagrollastpaul.com/)
Early Registration will begin June 2021
Stay tuned for more information
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When: June 4-11, 2022
Where: Villa Pipistrelli at Montestigliano, Italy
Who: Wise women like you!
Retreat Details & Cost
Location: Villa Pipistrelli at Montestigliano*
Montestigliano is located about 12 miles South of Siena
Link to the Villa: www.villapipistrelli.com
Link to Montestigliano: www.montestigliano.com
A fully equipped kitchen
A total of 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms will accommodate up to 14 guests.
Indoor and outdoor dining areas
Laundry facilities available for our use
We will prepare most meals in the villa kitchen
Guests can sign up for meal preparation or clean-up duties
Recipes and ingredients will be provided
One group dinner at a local restaurant on Tuesday evening
Optional Friday dinner to meet all the guests from the entire property (other apartments & villas)
Free time each day after lunch and after dinner
One entire free day on Wednesday for guests to explore Siena, Florence, take a winery tour or cooking class, or just relax by the pool
Travel (flights and ground transport)
You are responsible for your own flight and ground transport arrangements.
Guests flying from the Twin Cities to Rome may choose to travel together and share ground transport costs.
Arrive Rome on the morning of June 4th
Rent a car at the airport OR take the bus from Rome to Siena (2.5 hr.), then take a taxi to Montestigliano (timewise, the bus is about the same as driving. The bus is generally faster and more scenic than the train, and about $30 each way)
Attendees in the past have added days before or after the retreat to further explore Italy
Return to Rome on June 11th for your return flight (or stay one+ nights in Rome before flying home)
Cost* Estimates (as of May 1, 2021)
Workshop $ 700
Lodging and meals $ 1295
TOTAL $ 1995
(*Installment payments available)
*Montestigliano is an Agriturismo; a working farm and tourist accommodation. It’s a charming hamlet of self-contained 18th century Italian villas, located on a hilltop. All of the villas have been carefully restored, tastefully furnished and each has its own unique charm and character, maintaining many of the original features common to Tuscan architecture. Each unit is independent, Wi-Fi -enabled and fully equipped with its own kitchen, living room, bedrooms & bathrooms.
*Villa Pipistrelli: This magnificent Tuscan farmhouse is situated in the beautiful woodlands of the Siena hills, high on the crest of the estate of Montestigliano. It boasts an extensive private garden, swimming pool and courtyard with traditional pizza oven for rustic dinners under the stars. The villa complex, including the adjoining annex, La Capanna, sleeps up to 14 guests with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.