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...
7 nights accommodations in a 14th century frescoed 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
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