Sacred Arts Sojourn in Tuscany!
Early bird discount: $300 off now through Sept. 15 – details below
Radiant Jane Retreats presents
A magical week in Tuscany with Briana Saussy September 21-27, 2020!
Briana Saussy is a writer, teacher, and spiritual counselor, and is part of a growing community of soulful seekers. Briana’s work speaks to anyone who is looking for range and comprehensiveness of vision, which is required for a genuinely pragmatic approach to spirituality. She is well-grounded in the world’s great religious and intellectual traditions, as well as western psychological practices. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Eastern and Western classics, philosophy, mathematics and science from St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe), and is a student of Ancient Greek and Sanskrit.
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 lush bloom of May. Tuscany is a place that once visited, engages the heart, and calls it back again and again. Fattoria Del Colle is our retreat location. You’ll appreciate the gorgeous regional food from the in-house chef of an award winning restaurant, local wine and warm hospitality. 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. Fattoria Del Colle is home to the only all-female owned winery in Italy, where they produce the memorable Brunello wines.
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.
Shadow, Light, and Sustenance ~ A Sacred Arts Sojourn in Tuscany
“In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the way was lost.” – beginning lines of the Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Each Equinox holds the promise of bringing day and night, shadow and light into right relationship once more. This is sacred work that can be done anywhere but in the Autumn of 2020 you are all invited to this deep journey in the ancient hills of Tuscany – birthplace of some of the oldest magic and sacred arts practices found in Europe.
For one week we will immerse ourselves in the magic-drenched land of the Tuscan countryside while we explore the sacred arts through making and working with magical tools, honing our divination skills, cleansing and blessing ourselves and one another, tending our dreams and night visions, creating ceremonies, and making magic and alchemy come alive. Our guiding story will be the Divine Comedy by beloved Tuscan hero, Dante Alighieri. We will discover our places of shadow and light and recover the magic inherent in sustenance and nourishment by working with the incredible food that is prepared fresh for us daily by the award winning chef at our gorgeous retreat center.
We will begin as Dante does, considering our own dark woods and lost ways. We will engage in work that asks us to see, recognize, and name our specific shadows and create a one of a kind magical tool that helps us do this in a safe and supportive manner. We will discover what bedevils us and learn potent and effective ways for banishing and releasing what is no longer working and calling in what is now needed and desired. We will also find the places where we feel frozen – be they in our creative, romantic, sexual, professional, or mystical lives – and we will engage with ancient and deep medicine to thaw out and heat up these old wounds.
As we do the work of wound recovery we will explore the various modalities of the Sacred Arts and the ways that they can promote healing, wholeness, and a return to your own wild and fierce holiness. We will find the windows and apertures where light seeps into our lives as well as the fundamental sources of illumination at work for each of us. Active imagination meditations and engagement with the land and holy helpers will give this work daily, practical, touchstones making it accessible and relevant to all participants.
Through our journey we are going to return again and again to the mystical and magical properties of the local food traditions and customs – from the cultivation and preparation of the food to the ways that we engage with it and enjoy it. Food magic is some of the most ancient magic in the world and it is alive and well in Tuscany. We will learn about specific properties of the land, elements, and ingredients that go into making food here and from that point journey into broader understanding and consideration about what truly sustains and nourishes each one of us – what sustenance is required for right relationship between our shadows and our light.
We will begin our time together with a traditional ritual honoring the Autumn Equinox and the changes it brings within and without. We will conclude our time with a second ritual preparing to take us deeply into our own magical lineages as we enter into the season of remembering our Ancestors.
On retreat Jane Reeves will offer 1-1 private sessions that are uniquely tailored for each guest. She helps people to listen to their heart’s desires and to embody the path they are on in the present moment.
Jane teaches how to remember that our souls already hold the wisdom, joy, connection and love we are seeking. That our minds, bodies, and emotions, our being in the world are all on an evolutionary journey. Whether you want to deepen your existing practice or turn over a whole new leaf, this guided inner work is the perfect spiritual jumpstart.
You are welcome here…
If you have been yearning to connect deeply to a land that is steeped in meaning and magic, to sharpen your own mystical skills and develop practical, working knowledge of all of the Sacred Arts, and to commune and create ceremony with like-minded people in the most gorgeous setting ever then it is time to take the journey, to encounter your own shadow and light, and to discover what magics and medicines truly sustain you. We’ll meet you there in the mountains, under the Tuscan sky.
About the Teachers
Briana Saussy is a writer, teacher, and spiritual counselor, and is part of a growing community of soulful seekers.
Briana Saussy’s scholarly and practical work in counseling and teaching aims to piece together the fragments, clear away the sedimentation, and show how the seven Sacred Arts can be put to effective use for soulful seekers in the 21st century. Her work is dedicated to introducing the life-changing power of the Sacred Arts to a mainstream modern world without compromising the integrity and excellence of those practices. More about Briana here.
Jane Reeves is an international retreat leader, author, and teacher of loving kindness. Over the past three decades, she has been seeking authentic ways to share a practice that brings more light, love, and joy into the world.
Jane is founder of Radiant Jane Retreats and has led over 70 retreats in 26 years, in the US and internationally. She and her team lead retreats to Italy where guests experience rich restoration through the culture of Italy, Tuscany, art, history, cuisine, loving kindness, connection, and meditation while being surrounded by beauty. More about Jane here.
Danielle Cohen is a professional photographer, educator, and healer with a unique talent for helping others see and celebrate themselves.
Spanning over two decades, her career has included work as a doula, teacher, business consultant, publisher, and art director. Photography has been her constant — weaving worlds together and reflecting the profound beauty she sees through her lens. Known for her keen insights, potent intuition, and her unique approach to photography, Danielle’s work shines a light on the undeniable power and beauty we are each made of and inspires us all to take up our full and rightful space so that we can share our unique medicine with the world.
As part of the Sacred Arts Sojourn, Danielle Cohen will be guiding us through a variety of processes and practices that will bring us into deeper relationship with how we see ourselves both in shadow and light. She will also take us on a sacred photo walk and create opportunities for meaningful self and other portrait making.
YOUR RETREAT PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- • Daily Sacred Arts Intensive lessons
- • Guided Meditations
- • 6 nights lodging*
- • Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- • Vegetarian Options
- • Group transport to the retreat on Sept. 21, 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 for $3,500. For shared lodging, 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.
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 and 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, focused on 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!
We will send you an info sheet and FAQ when you make your reservation. Additionally, Radiant Jane Retreats can provide further travel assistance via phone and email at $35 per hour which you can reserve as needed. Travel plans must be made to match the group transfers. No exceptions. Group transfer leaves Rome Fiumicino at 2 pm Sept. 21. (Allow 90 minutes to get through customs.) Group transfer departs Fattoria at 9 am Sept. 27 for Rome. Please schedule departure accordingly. Radiant Jane Retreats will provide a suggested packing list. Bringing a meditation mat is encouraged.
First, click below to make a $1500 deposit in the Radiant Jane Retreats Shop. Next, purchase travel insurance. Radiant Jane Retreats will reach out to you and send:
• FAQ and information sheet
• Liability Waiver to sign
• Cancellation policy to sign
RETREAT CANCELLATIONS It is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation. Naturally, no one books with the intention of cancelling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things do happen, so please purchase travel cancellation insurance once you have made your reservation.
Please do take a moment to review the Retreat Cancellation Policy
Click below to secure your spot with a $1500 deposit. Radiant Jane Retreats will invoice you the remainder at a later date.
Remember – if you sign up between August 21 and September 15, 2019 you get the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: take $300 off your retreat and pay as little as $3,200!