Monica Branstrom Studio

Alchemy in Florence

OCTOBER 13-20, 2019

"There is a life force within your soul, seek that life.  There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. 
Traveler, if you are in search of that, don't look outside...look inside yourself and seek that." -Rumi

Alchemy is the ancient art of transforming lead into gold. Throughout this weeklong retreat, Patricia Masters-licensed marriage and family therapist- will guide you through a series of contemplative exercises and guided meditations to begin taking the steps to transform the "leaden" areas of your life into your inner gold. You will come away from this retreat with a better understanding of how to intergrate all parts of yourself into your life's journey.  At the same time, you will have a hands-on metalsmithing experience creating your own 18k gold ring as a physical symbol of your inner journey. No metalsmithing experience necessary.

Our home away from home will be a beautifully restored 14th century frescoed palazzo (palace) located in the heart of the artisan "Oltrarno" district of Florence. Each shared room is an apartment style accommodation with kitchenettes and dining areas, allowing you the option to eat in if you so choose.  The palazzo is situated within easy walking distance of the studio where the ring making will take place. In this neighborhood neighborhood of Florence you can still find the local artisans carrying on old traditions of Italian craft. Amazing restaurants, boutique shops, and the best gelato in the city are found here.

also featured during the week...

  Taste the Yummiest of Wines...   ...during our  privately guided wine tasting tour  as we venture to two wineries in the Chianti region of Tuscany...sampling the best of what Italy is known for!

Taste the Yummiest of Wines...

...during our privately guided wine tasting tour as we venture to two wineries in the Chianti region of Tuscany...sampling the best of what Italy is known for!

  Create Your Own Gold Ring...   ...as a symbol of your inner journey...no experience necessary.   

Create Your Own Gold Ring...

...as a symbol of your inner journey...no experience necessary.

 

  Enjoy a Peaceful Escape ...   ...from the rigors of travel with a  relaxing spa massage  to reinvigorate body, mind, and soul.   

Enjoy a Peaceful Escape ...

...from the rigors of travel with a relaxing spa massage to reinvigorate body, mind, and soul.

 

  Explore the wonders...   ...of Florence's famous Duomo during a  privately guided tour of the Opera del Duomo museum , with it's history and art that influenced a whole era of time.

Explore the wonders...

...of Florence's famous Duomo during a privately guided tour of the Opera del Duomo museum, with it's history and art that influenced a whole era of time.

PRICE: $3300

Includes:

7 nights accommodations in a 14th century frescoed palazzo in the artisan area of Florence

3 dinners

5 lunches

Private wine tasting tour to the Chianti region of Tuscany

Private museum tour to the Opera del Duomo museum

Private metalsmithing experience creating your own 18k gold keepsake ring

Spa massage

Not included:

Airfare

Transfers to or from hotel from airport or train station (but can be arranged for you)

Breakfast

Lunches and dinners not indicated as included

Independent meals and sightseeing

 

Who We Are

  Monica Branstrom / Owner of Monica Branstrom Studio:   I'm a southern Californian by way of Florida. A bit irreverent, artistic, and willing to jump a fence to find a new adventure. One of my many passions is sharing my love for the city and people of Florence, Italy where I host and coordinate several types of week long experiences. I am a metalsmith, artist, and a continuous student of the Italian language. My role for this Alchemy in Florence Retreat is to facilitate logistics, guide you in your metalsmithing experience, and to help you live an authentic, local Italian lifestyle during your stay...giving you a deeper experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.

Monica Branstrom / Owner of Monica Branstrom Studio:

I'm a southern Californian by way of Florida. A bit irreverent, artistic, and willing to jump a fence to find a new adventure. One of my many passions is sharing my love for the city and people of Florence, Italy where I host and coordinate several types of week long experiences. I am a metalsmith, artist, and a continuous student of the Italian language. My role for this Alchemy in Florence Retreat is to facilitate logistics, guide you in your metalsmithing experience, and to help you live an authentic, local Italian lifestyle during your stay...giving you a deeper experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.

  Patricia Masters / Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist   I have been seeking authenticity, unity, and my life's purpose on this planet for the greater portion of my life. As a therapist, I have studied the human psyche and have had the great privilege of assisting others in removing painful obstacles to realize their true selves with the goal of leading more balanced and rewarding lives. Through my individual study of ancient and modern day mystics and my ongoing personal alchemic journey, I have mapped out a  process to engage others in exploring and integrating all aspects of themselves so that their treasure, their "true gold" may emerge.  I can think of no better place than Italy to be introduced to the ancient art of Alchemy.

Patricia Masters / Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I have been seeking authenticity, unity, and my life's purpose on this planet for the greater portion of my life. As a therapist, I have studied the human psyche and have had the great privilege of assisting others in removing painful obstacles to realize their true selves with the goal of leading more balanced and rewarding lives. Through my individual study of ancient and modern day mystics and my ongoing personal alchemic journey, I have mapped out a  process to engage others in exploring and integrating all aspects of themselves so that their treasure, their "true gold" may emerge.  I can think of no better place than Italy to be introduced to the ancient art of Alchemy.