Radiant Jane Retreats Presents
Meditation as a Path to Love
A Meditation and Enneagram Retreat in Tuscany with
September 21-27, 2020
Join New York Time’s bestselling author, founder of The Open Heart Project, and skillful meditation teacher Susan Piver for a week of meditation, joy, and rejuvenation in Italy.
Susan Piver, author of Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation, The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships, and internationally famous meditation teacher will be your guide on this 6 day adventure in the Tuscan countryside.
About the Retreat
Susan will teach meditation in the Buddhist tradition with an emphasis on bringing mindfulness into the various aspects of your life. Rather than working to be “good” at meditation, we will focus on how meditation supports you to open your heart at home, at work, and in relationships. In addition to sitting for longer periods during the retreat, she will also teach a short daily practice that you can take home with you.
In the afternoons, Susan will teach the Enneagram, a system that describes 9 ways of being. Understanding your way (and the ways of others) allows us to work with the heart opening to create more compassion, first for yourself, and then for others.
By the end of the retreat you will have greater self-compassion, more love to give, and a way to start every day with courage and kindness.
Fattoria Del Colle, where we’ll be staying, is situated on ancient Etruscan land in the countryside, and the retreat will include a full tour of the estate where you’ll learn about its fascinating history. It is also home to the only all-women owned winery in Italy. The energy here, paired with a view of the Tuscan hillsides as far as the eye can see, makes it perfect for a meditation retreat!
*We’ll also take a break mid-week to refresh our systems and enjoy a visit to Montepulciano for a day out on the town. You can use your free time here to wander through the old streets, visit historic landmarks, go shopping, or simply sip a cappuccino, write postcards, and watch the street life.
Our daily schedule includes…
8 am – Tuscan style breakfast and Italian coffee made to order
9 am – Daily movement such as yoga, a nature hike or a dip in the pool.
10 am – Meditation with Susan Piver
12 noon – Colorful, healthy lunch prepared lovingly by Fattoria Del Colle’s own personal chef, with vegan and vegetarian options.
1 pm to 4 pm – Free time to rest, pause, nap, read, write, wander, explore, and just be…
4 pm – Enneagram teachings with Susan Piver.
7 pm – Luscious, award winning dinner paired with Fattoria Del Colle’s own local, organic wine selection
8:30 pm – Group gathering for setting intentions and recapping each day
*One day will include an excursion to the hill town of Montepulciano!
We’re going to Bella Italia! To Tuscany. The land of olive groves and vineyards. Tuscany embraces its visitors like long-lost friends. You’re invited to sit at the table like family, while you are nourished mind, body and soul. Prepare for enchanted moments in the warm air of September. Tuscany is a place that once visited, engages the heart, and calls it back again and again. Enjoy the bella luna and enlightenment under the waxing moon! Fattoria Del Colle is our retreat location. It is a tranquil oasis that lies in an untouched corner of the countryside, in the south of Chianti. The estate is a small hamlet miraculously unspoiled through the course of the centuries. At the heart of the hamlet stand the 16th century villa and chapel including the old sharecroppers dwellings which have been lovingly renovated into rooms of the agriturismo. Included on the property are an award winning restaurant, Osteria di Donatella, a wellness space and a cooking school. The ancient land, villas, and chapel are infused with Old World charm, a dose of mystery and an invitation to unfetter your senses.
The wellness center at Fattoria del Colle offers a breathtaking view of the Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi – Tuscany. In the wellness centre there is a Turkish bath, sauna, relaxation room, sensorial shower, foot bath and Jacuzzi. The massage room and the vinotherapy cave with its juniper wood tub, are known for their detoxifying qualities and magical elixirs. The Casato Prime Donne wines are used for bathing in and for cosmetics such as grape dust, saline wine face scrub, massage wine serum, all of which contain rejuvenating essences. All contain healing energy from the ancient land that surrounds the estate.
The Wine and Food
Fattoria Del Colle is the family estate of Donatella Cinelli Colombini, who is a celebrity in Tuscany and the award winning entrepreneur of the only all-female owned winery in Italy, where they produce the memorable Brunello wine. Donatella’s ancestors first owned land in the Montalcino area in the 16th century, and recent generations have passed property down the female line. When Cinelli Colombini inherited the estate from her mother in the late 1990s, she went in search of a female staff at Siena’s oenology school. The vintners are all women, as is the winemaker, a unique situation in Italy, a flagship for women in the wine business. The winery, Il Casato Prime Donne makes their wine on and around the estate of Fattoria Del Colle, and retreat guests will not only get to walk among the vineyards, but take a wine tour, and drink these wines with each meal. The distinctive element of the wine is its elegance: red harmonies able to last in time.
As you sit at the white linen lined tables and sip your organic local wine, you’ll indulge and appreciate the gorgeous regional, organic food from the in-house chef of an award winning restaurant. You’ll feel cherished by the warm hospitality of the wait staff as they serve exquisite, lavish, and healthful Italian meals for lunch and dinner.
About Susan Piver
Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including The Hard Questions, the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, and Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. Her newest book is The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships.
Susan has an international reputation for being an exceptionally skillful meditation teacher. She teaches workshops and speaks on mindfulness, innovation, communication, relationships, and creativity. She has been a student of Buddhism since 1995, graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004 and was authorized to teach meditation in 2005. In 2012, she founded The Open Heart Project, the world’s largest online-only meditation center.
Known for her insight, clarity, and humor, Susan is as comfortable giving a 60-minute keynote to an audience of thousands as she is leading a day-long offsite for a small group. Whether in talks at Procter & Gamble, Google London, Google Paris, the Harvard Medical School Mindfulness and Psychotherapy conference or in interviews with Oprah, Ann Curry, Katie Couric, the New York Times, O Magazine, Redbook, and others, Susan’s mission is to teach everyone how to open up, give deeply, and create a life of wisdom, compassion, and courage.
SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2020
YOUR $3,500 RETREAT PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- °Instruction with acclaimed meditation teacher Susan Piver
- °Gentle Yoga and Guided Meditations
- °6 nights lodging**
- °Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- °Vegan and Vegetarian Options
- °Group transport to the retreat on Sept. 21, 2020, 2pm from the Rome airport (Fiumicino)
- °Group transport back to the Rome airport on the morning of Sept. 27
- °Excursion to Montepulciano
- °Wine tasting
- °Tour of Fattoria grounds and ancient chapel
- °Pici pasta making class
- °Wellness spa access
- °Beautiful classroom studio
- °Bicycles to use
- °Concierge office staff
- °On-site laundry
- ***Airfare not included***
**Guest rooms are a private bedroom within a 2 or 3 bedroom shared apartment and bathroom. We’ll pair you with a like minded roommate, or bring a friend!
(Upon request, we may be able to provide a completely private bedroom w/ensuite bath for $3,800.)
*Register by February 10th, and receive $250 off the total cost of the retreat.
View the estate and rooms here.
Fattoria Del Colle is an Agriturismo, translated to “farm holiday.” It’s traditional Tuscan country style. The rooms are clean but rustic. We’re in nature. There is incredible food provided, but if you like certain snacks or treats, remember to bring your own. There are no vending machines at this glorious oasis!
Guests are encouraged to travel to other areas in Italy before or after the retreat, so that the retreat itself can be a time for replenishment, focus on meditation, and centering into the experience at Fattoria del Colle. If you would appreciate a few insider tips about travel plans before or after retreat, ideal ways to be in Tuscany, and some of the bigger cities such as Rome, Florence, Naples and Venice, just ask. We are happy to help you make the most of your trip to Italy!
Jane Reeves is the founder of Radiant Jane Retreats, has led over 70 retreats worldwide, and is an author and master teacher of Loving Kindness. On this retreat, Jane will be on site to assist Susan with the retreat and will also lead gentle yoga. Her book A Heart of Gold is a welcome tool into the practice of meditation and Loving Kindness.
Radiant Jane Retreats will send you an FAQ when you make your reservation and will provide information to help with initial logistics and travel plans. Beyond that, Radiant Jane Retreats offers travel assistance at $35 per hour which you can purchase as needed. Travel plans must be made to match the group transfers. No exceptions. Group transfer leaves Rome Fiumicino at 2 pm September 21, 2020. (Plan to arrive in the morning and allow 90 minutes to get through customs.) Group transfer departs Fattoria at 9 am September 27 for Rome. Please schedule departure accordingly. Radiant Jane Retreats will provide a suggested packing list. Susan Piver will provide books and teaching materials. You should bring your own pen and notebook. Bringing a meditation mat is encouraged.
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• Payment and Cancellation policy to sign
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