What's included:

  • Shared accommodations, 5 nights (2 beds per room with en suite bathroom - we will pair you up unless you request to room with someone in particular)
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Boat tour / Day trip (with lunch)
  • 3 Slow Art Workshops
  • Daily meditation & daily Italian
  • Spa Entrance (access to thermal baths)

What's not included:

  • Airfare
  • Optional activities


Prospective Itinerary:


Travel day (We're arranging transportation from the Catania Airport. Be there by 12:30pm to be eligible for a group pick up, otherwise we can arrange private transport for a special fare of $150) 

Check in at 5:00pm

Meet at 6:00pm on terrace for welcome drinks & dinner to follow



10-1:00 Meditation, Italian, Workshop with Rae Dunn: Visual Travel Journaling. A peek into Rae's process and her delightful one-minute-sketches with watercolor. Rae has a new book coming out of her gorgeous sketchbook from her artist residences in the south of France! We'll continue throughout the retreat to fill our own. All materials included.

FREE TIME to relax or explore on your own -or- *Optional* Visit another side of the island, Pollara, where Il Postino was filmed! Lunch with a sea view at the popular l'Oasi cafe, stop for a peek into the town church, & take a nice walk down to the cove for a swim at the rocky beach. Meet at Al Cappero (at a caper farm!) in Pollara for dinner.

6:00 Meet at terrace bar for aperativi (optional)

7:00 Dinner at Al Cappero (a caper farm!) in Pollara



10-1:00 Meditation, Italian, Workshop with Diva: Brush Lettering & Intuitive Design: The art of brush-lettering, designing motifs inspired by nature and the island, adding color. All materials included.

FREE TIME to relax or explore on your own -or- *Optional* Visit Santa Marina, the port town, for lunch and shopping at the local boutiques filled with local art, ceramics, and other charming gifts. Take breaks for gelato, a granita, or to walk along the marina. Meet for dinner at Trattoria Cucinotta in Santa Marina.

6:00 Meet at terrace bar for aperativi (optional)

7:00 Dinner at Trattoria Cucinotta in Santa Marina


Breakfast 8-9:45

10:00 Meditation, Italian, briefing with Diva

11-5:00 Boat tour and day trip in the islands, lunch at Da Alfredo (Bring your sketchbooks to continue filling your visual travel journal!), visit secret swimming spots.

FREE TIME (dinner/evening out) *Optional* Dinner at La Pinnata del Monsu, known for their fresh seafood and outstanding cannoli.



10-1:00 Meditation, Italian, Workshop with Diva & Rae: Designing your creative life & creating your dream project! All materials included. Feedback & reviews with Diva & Rae.

FREE TIME to relax or explore on your own - or- *Optional* Take a spa day at Signum! Book a treatment, enjoy the natural thermal baths, or lounge by the pool with an icy drink. Grab lunch in town, walk down to the rocky beach of Malfa for a picnic and a swim. 

6:00 Meet at terrace bar for aperativi (optional)

7:00 Farewell dinner at Signum, formal attire encouraged (let's dress up!)



Travel day (We're arranging transportation to the Catania Airport. Join the group for a morning departure, exact time TBD)



A Slow Art Retreat on the Island of Salina, Sicily

A five night retreat in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, on the mediterranean Aeolian Island of Salina in Sicily, Italy--  and staying at Hotel Signum-- a magical place I swore to return to one day!! I designed this retreat on the sparkling Mediterranean to rejuvenate & inspire, to connect creatives while making time for self care. Our mornings will begin with a luxurious breakfast, followed by a meditation, a short Italian lesson, and a slow art workshop. The workshops will be led by Rae Dunn (Slow Travel Sketchbooking), and myself (Brush Lettering, Inspired Design & Pitching Your Dream Project). In the afternoons you're welcome to take time for yourself or to join the group for optional excursions exploring the island (hiking, shopping, wine-tasting, swimming, etc.). We'll meet again for drinks & dinner out at lovely restaurants, sampling the local fare with stunning sea views. On Day 4 we'll see the islands by boat, stopping at secret swimming spots and for lunch at Da Alfredo (the BEST granita in the world!!).  Our last night we'll have a decadent farewell dinner at the exquisite Michelin starred Signum restaurant.

Early Bird Fee:  $2900

Standard Fee: $3300

To reserve your place you can pay the total amount (non-refundable) or give a $1500 deposit (also non-refundable) to be paid in full by April 1st. 

Optional Excursions:  

Wine Tasting:  Visit a family winery that has been on the islands for generations, known for their award winning Malvasia. Reserve with payment by April 1st.  $45

Guided hike at Monte Fossa:  Walk through a magical forest to the highest point on the island for the most spectacular views. Reserve with payment by April 1st.  $25

Spa Treatments: If you'd like to reserve a treatment I will send you the spa menu (entrance fees to use the thermal baths already included in trip fee). Reserve by April 1st. 40-120€