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
…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: the recognition of your own brilliance; a better understanding of how to integrate all parts of yourself into your life’s journey; and the gratification that comes from doing your part toward making our planet a kinder place. 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.
You will stay in your own private room with ensuite bath in a beautifully curated boutique palazzo boasting it’s own secret garden oasis perfect for relaxing. You will live like a local, nestled in one of the trendy artisan neighborhoods of the “Oltrarno” and only steps away from some of the best sights in the city. You’ll be enchanted by the Florentine hospitality and the roots of the Italian renaissance atmosphere. This is an ancient family palazzo and each room is decorated with a mix of luxury vintage and modern furnishings and all the rooms vary in size and amenities. Please kindly note there is no elevator.
In the mornings, complimentary coffee and tea are available in the salon beginning at 9am. Other amenities include free access to Wi-Fi and internet, air conditioning, iron and ironing board, courtesy toiletries, extra pillows and covers. Keep in mind, this is palazzo apartment living…there is no room service or 24 hour concierge. You are living like a local to have an authentic Florentine experience.
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What past participants are saying about Alchemy in Florence...
"Whenever I look at my little gold ring I am reminded of not only the lovely week I had in Florence, but also my inner gold. I was amazed at how much I learned about myself in such a short period of time! The transformational nature of the Alchemy workshop not only was life changing for me but gave me tools for continued spiritual growth. Thanks so much Patricia and Monica!”
“I learned so much, a big piece of a puzzle in my life was solved. There was a lot to absorb and when it all came together it was ... awesome!”
“I totally loved our experience, I wouldn’t change a thing. Totally worth it!”
7 nights accommodations in a boutique palazzo in the artisan area of Florence
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
Pizza making class
Transfers to or from hotel from airport or train station (but can be arranged for you)
Lunches and dinners not indicated as included
Independent meals and sightseeing