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: 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.

Accommodations

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.

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.

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!”

 
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 boutique 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

Pizza making class

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.