Luxury Tuscan Writing Retreat - 18-24 March, 2024

Tuscan Villa

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6 nights luxury accommodation at Podere Macchione, Monteroni D’Arbia, Tuscany from Monday 18 March 2024 - Sunday 24 March 2024.

This writing retreat is for writers of all genres and levels of experience, from those who have always wanted to write but never found the time, to others who have a project they’ve started and want to take to the next level.

Whether writing a novel, creative non-fiction, memoir or short stories, writers will benefit from Lisa’s expert advice on all aspects of the creative process. There will be ample time for your own writing and one-on-one consultations with Lisa are encouraged.

For five days, in the luxury of the villa, you will write, read, listen, learn and discuss all aspects of creative writing. This could be discovering your story and harnessing your unique voice and dialogue, through to developing an enthralling plot and cohesive structure with a gripping beginning, surprising middle and satisfying ending.

In addition, you’ll discover ways to manage your inner critic, overcome writers’ block, and techniques to overcome procrastination.

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The retreat will be practical and instructive, covering all aspects of the writing process including:

  • What makes a best seller? Rules and how to ignore them. 
  • Characters and dialogue: no one’s perfect!
  • Structure and scene building.
  • Creating atmosphere: pacing and tension.
  • The first draft: troubleshooting.
  • Layering: subplots and secondary characters.
  • Writer’s block and letting go.
  • Publishers: who to approach and how to write a query/pitch letter.
  • Review and finalisation of personal action plans.

You’ll complete this retreat armed with a personalised action plan inspired with a fierce determination to complete your novel, memoir or a creative non-fiction project.

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The highlights of our program include:

  • Daily writing workshops
  • One on one time with Author, Lisa Heidke
  • Daily yoga, breathwork & meditation.
  • Local visit to Hot Springs.
  • Outing to Siena for Aperitif
  • Wine tasting
  • Pasta making class

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  • The ideal place to unplug, slow down that fast pace, and get back in touch with nature
  • Be more relaxed and refreshed than you’ve ever been
  • Become stronger mentally and find inner peace
  • A chance to get away and step aside from all the hustle and bustle of city life
  • Rediscover yourself after too long of feeling disconnected
  • Peace and quiet for the mind, refreshing energy for the body
  • The ideal Italian escape to enjoy incredible views and Tuscan hospitality
Enjoy an all-home-cooked, delicious, and nutritious - Italian / Mediterranean-inspired vegetarian menu with locally sourced seasonal ingredients on every retreat day!
Teas, coffee, fruit, and snacks are available throughout the day and local wine is available with dinner.
Special diets can be catered for (GF / Vegan / Allergies). Please let us know in advance.

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Lisa’s passion is for writing fiction, typically stories about women in their thirties and forties navigating friendships, careers, romance, ultimately triumphing over adversity. With several previously published novels under her alter ego, Lisa’s seventh novel, Lilly's Little Flower Shop was published by Bloodhound Books UK in May 2021.
Her eighth novel, My Big Greek Holiday was published by Bloodhound Books UK in July 2021.
Lisa's third novel with Bloodhound Books UK, Should You Keep A Secret? was released April 2022.
A teacher of Creative Writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre in Sydney, Lisa also presents workshops, has been on panels at RWA conferences, GenreCon, Sydney Writers’ Festival, and many regional writers’ festivals.

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Cally is your retreat host and yoga/meditation teacher.
A life long practitioner and student of yoga philosophy, she undertook her first 200 hr teacher training in 2018, completing a further 150 hours with senior teachers Anya Hawkes & Alison Wish. Cally teaches vinyasa style movement classes with a slow and soulful approach, deeply healing Yin classes and nourishing restorative classes.She seamlessly weaves meditation, breathwork and philosophy into all her classes. Her accessible style is particularly appreciated by beginners or those with little experience who, under her guidance are able to find their way into these mindful practices with a new found ease.

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Location Information

Your home for the retreat is 'Podere Macchione'. A place like no other. Tuscan charm in abundance. A sympathetically restored and reimagined farmhouse. A very special retreat space.

Having undergone a 7-year restoration project, this place has been lovingly brought back to life as a rural sanctuary, with extremely comfortable guest rooms and a sense of understated luxury. The breathtaking landscape and nature walk feature olive groves, woodland, and a lavender field. The super-stylish yet simple farmhouse design offers easy dining and living areas and no shortage of stunning spaces (inside and out) to read, write, relax and feel totally restored.

Located in an area of incredible peace and beauty to the south of Siena, this is the heart of Tuscany; the land of cypress trees, rolling hills, and hilltop towns.

Under 3 hours from Rome, 2 hours from Pisa, 90 minutes from Florence, and to the center of Siena in 30 minutes.


Shared Ensuite Room For 2-3 Persons 

Beautifully styled shared en-suite rooms for either two people in a twin-bedded room or 3 people in our dedicated triple room (3 single beds) Underfloor heating in winter and AC in summer. WiFi included.

Private Ensuite Room For One Person

Beautifully styled private en-suite rooms for a restful night's sleep. With a large and extremely comfortable double bed, underfloor heating in winter and AC in summer. WiFi included.

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Nourish Travel

Hey there, I'm Mandi Gunsberger, the heart and soul behind Nourish Travel. With a journey spanning two decades and three business ventures, I appear to be a serial entrepreneur. And let me tell you, Nourish Travel is the crown jewel of my ventures! 

Back in 2018, after selling a media business, my family and I embarked on a magical journey to Tuscany. We did consulting work from our Tuscan villa while our three daughters immersed themselves in the community at the International School of Siena. It was a bucket list year for us all that we were fortunate enough to do just before the global pandemic.

Tuscany worked its enchantment on me from the minute I arrived – the people, the stories, the mouthwatering food, and that unbeatable relaxed vibe. This region felt like a warm embrace for my mind and body, igniting a longing to spend more time soaking in its splendor.

Long story short, that longing evolved into a wonderful idea: Nourish Travel. You see, I was absolutely determined to share the sheer magic of Tuscany with the world. It has become my mission. Even after returning to Australia, thoughts of Tuscany and the vision of bringing others to experience its wonder started to take shape.

And here we are! Nourish retreats are where the magic happens. Imagine a gathering of incredible people, coming together for an experience that transforms lives. I'm thrilled to introduce our guests to some of my dearest friends – some who run wineries, make olive oil, own charming restaurants, and teach inspiring yoga and art classes. The retreats are all about curating moments that nourish your soul.

My dream? It's a big one. I'm on a mission to extend a warm invitation to people from all walks of life, regardless of age or background, from every corner of the world. I want them to step into the Tuscany that has captured my heart and spirit.

It's a place of connection, rejuvenation, and pure magic. So, come along – let's make memories and experience the Tuscany I hold so dear, together! 

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What's Included In This Package

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious and nutritious meals
  • Water, tea, coffee served throughout the day
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Specialized workshops
  • Group excursions/activities
  • Free excursions to sites of interest
  • Cooking class
  • Wine Tasting
  • Transportation during the retreat
  • Pre and post retreat support from our team
  • Parking
  • Luggage storage
  • Wifi connection
  • Accommodation

What's Not Included In This Package

  • Flights costs
  • Airport transfer
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee

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Retreat Information

Retreat Date 03-18-2024
Retreat End Date 03-24-2024
Retreat Fee From $2995
Created By Mandi Gunsberger
Retreat Contact Person Mandi Gunsberger
Retreat Contact Information
Location Podere Macchione
Genres and Categories Creative Writing, BIPOC, Children's books, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Memoir, Novels, Poetry, Screenwriting, Short Stories, Workshops

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