Escape to the softly-colored Tuscan countryside. Surrounded by rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards, you will experience an amazing journey into the mystery of your own creative intuition. A week of restorative yoga, Intuition Painting, wine tasting, and delicious meals renews the spirit and brings personal transformation. Join Paint Awake in this small retreat and reconnect with your passionate, radiant self.
Agriturismo Mezzano di Chianti is a renovated 17th-century family-held medieval property that overlooks rolling hills of Tuscany, just outside of Florence. Set high above the city of Chianti in Greve, the meandering stone compound is predominantly forested with chestnut, cherry and oak trees, and home to a producing olive grove with more than 1600 trees. On eight of the thirty hectares are three olive tree varieties, including frantoiano, leccino, and coreggiolo, the oldest of which were planted about 100 years ago, and the youngest planted in 2001.
Within the simplicity and charm of a historic medieval village, the owners have created a warm and welcoming environment. Each spacious suite and all living spaces are uniquely furnished with family antiques passed from one generation to the next. Each has its own outdoor area with a sitting area.
The property boasts a large swimming pool and spacious wine cellar, a beautiful private space where we will be painting. The barbecue and wood-burning oven, as well as the laundry room, are available for to all users. Seasonally the owners produce amazing jams with local fruits (blackberries, figs or cherries) and with a little luck, find good mushrooms and truffles, used prepare delicious sauces. The owners have lovingly cared for this house and continue to make olive oil from its bountiful grove.
This ultra-relaxing, fun, inspiring, and transformative retreat is for adults with any level of art or yoga experience, including those with none. This time includes Intuition Painting, restorative yoga and stretching, a wine tasting, hillside walks, and lots of laughter. Participants report feeling a powerful release, rich sense of rebirth, and deep realignment to what is important and sustaining in life.
For some of you, it may have been decades since you painted. It will be surprising to you how quickly you will reconnect with the joy playing with colors and following the fun. For others, you may make art for a living and are feeling the need to begin making art for yourself again. However you arrive, the time spent in mindful creative bliss and exploration will result in joyful, colorful accidents and the appearance of mysterious figures and shapes that will do wonderful things for your brains. You get to surprise yourself, invite the imagination to rule for a while, experience life passing peacefully by, and remember how it feels to just to be.
The simplest definition of Intuitive Painting is “free, intuitive expression through the medium of paint.” It is you expressing you, in the powerful, innocent way a child expresses her, or himself, but with the added depth of a lifetime of experiences. It is not so much about creating something as it is about releasing what blocks you from your ability to express your true self and your natural creativity. The power and purpose of Intuitive Painting is simply to bypass emotional and energy blocks in the “inner artist” and open up channels of innate creativity and authentic emotional self-expression.
These sessions invite you to explore with pure creative freedom and express authentically using paint on life-sized easels. By focusing on the process, not the product, you let go of perfection, comparison, and control and start trusting your intuition, both inside the studio and out. Practicing raw expression through the medium of paint, you release, restore, and ground yourself; you can swiftly process emotional blocks; and reconnect with sacred wisdom, making way for clarity and new possibilities.
Participants of intuition painting experience renewed connection with their imagination and a deeper understanding of themselves.
The practice of Intuition Painting allows you to be intimate and compassionate with yourself, know your deepest needs, and learn to love and treat yourself better. The results:
This retreat will take place in Strada-in-Chianti, located in Tuscany, Italy, and is the principal town in the Chianti wine district which stretches south of Florence to just north of Siena. Greve in Chianti is a short distance from Florence, Pisa, Siena, or surrounding towns.
The price of this retreat includes three daily meals prepared by local Italian cook Franca and her assistant. Light snacks and desserts will also be served. Dietary restrictions are honored.
One-hour or two-hour massage sessions will be available for booking for an additional cost with highly recommended massage therapist Chiara. Her work is rooted in Ayurvedic-Yoga and integrates deep relaxation with subtle work on emotional and energetic levels.
Please plan your trip to arrive at Florence train station. Paint Awake will pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is included in the price and it is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on day 1.