Slow Art Retreat / Salina Island, Sicily, Italy / June 11-16, 2017

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Slow Art Retreat / Salina Island, Sicily, Italy / June 11-16, 2017

from 1,500.00

A Slow Art Retreat in the Aeolian Islands

A slow living 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.

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 May 1st.

JOIN BOTH RETREATS, June 11-22nd!! More on the second retreat HERE.

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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:

DAY ONE

Travel day (We're arranging transportation from the Catania Airport in Sicily. 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

DAY TWO

Breakfast 

10-1:00 Meditation, Italian, Workshop with Rae Dunn: Visual Travel Journaling, Sketching & Watercolor. We'll get a peek into Rae's process and her delightful approach to one-minute-sketches with watercolor! Rae has a new book coming out of her gorgeous sketchbook from her artist residencies in the south of France, see a preview here. We'll continue throughout the retreat to fill our own travel sketchbooks with Rae's guidance. 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

DAY THREE

Breakfast 

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

DAY FOUR

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.

DAY FIVE

Breakfast  

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!)

DAY SIX

Breakfast 

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

 

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€