Tuscany, Italy | Spring in the Rolling Hills of Tuscany | Creative Business Development, Photography & Culinary Retreat | May 10th-15th 2018
Only 10 spots available. All levels are welcome!
Codiponte, Tuscany, Italy.
I am thrilled to announce that this May Sisterhood Retreats has created a unique opportunity to evolve your creativity, determine your core values, goals & signature strengths, and enhance your photography while indulging in the most delicious Italian homemade food in an incredible setting in the Tuscan countryside.
Join my amazing team - my wonderful English assistant, Anna Gilchrist, and my dear friends and owners of our stunning retreat location, the Dutch/Italian couple, Maartje Schonefeld and Davide Donati - and me (Sif Orellana), when we embark on this inspiration-packed 5-day ‘Spring in the Rolling Hills of Tuscany’ - Creative Business Development, photography and Culinary retreat’ in the rolling hills of Tuscany.
We are so excited about this retreat, that covers all the essentials of what it takes to bring your creative vision to fruition and turn your passion into a career. We have put our hearts and souls into creating the most educational, inspiring and eventful program that:
- provides you with tools and know-how on how to propel your creative ideas and your business forward in the way you’ve been dreaming about
- teaches you how to step up your photography game
- offers you actions steps in tapping into your vision and exploring, nurturing and pushing your creativity
- gives you a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the world
- makes you enjoy authentic edible experiences
- makes you indulge in the exquisite nature of Tuscany
Creative Business Development
Each day during the retreat, we will have classes, where I will share my experiences and insider's insights within the creative and photographic industry. I will help you identify your creative goals, cores values, and signature strengths, as well as information on how to carry them with you in your creativity and let them steer you with every decision you make in life and in business.
I will also teach you new ways to shoot evocative images and develop new skills to grow as a photographer. It is my goal to inspire and help you define and refine your own visual identity. High-quality lifestyle photography is tricky, and during our five days together I will teach you the basics about expression, light, trends, composition, editing and camera techniques and give you all the tools needed to bring your visual storytelling and photography to a higher level.
On the day of your arrival, we will welcome you for a 'Meet-and-Greet' with cold spumante in the glasses and delicious Italian snacks made by our talented, food-loving host couple, who cooks all our meals in the farmhouse, based on organic, fresh ingredients, some of them grown in the garden belonging to the farmhouse. After the aperitif, we will serve you a festive Tuscan welcome dinner and celebrate our first night together.
When you wake up in the morning, the loveliest Tuscan breakfast is waiting for you in the courtyard, and in the evening the most delicious homemade Italian meals will be served at a long wooden table at the farmhouse or in the olive yard, based on fresh local products and accompanied by good wine. There will be vegetarian options for every meal, and if you have a food sensitivity we are happy to accommodate it by making special dishes for you. Just let us know at least 14 days in advance of the workshop.
Throughout the retreat, my team and I will invite you on a number of excursions, where we can both shoot stunning lifestyle photos, explore the region and enjoy some good meals. We will invite you on a trip to one the charming villages in the area, where we’ll serve you a delicious lunch at the seaside, while we take in the beautiful view of the sea.
With picnic-baskets in hand we'll take you to a secret picturesque waterfall with the most beautiful crystal blue water, where you are free to take a refreshing dip before we sit down under the shades of the trees and enjoy a delicate outdoor picnic of local specialties, olives, cheese, loaves of bread, Italian treats and more. And on the way back home we’ll stop for a drink at our favorite bar in the small, rural village near our retreat location. On the final evening of the retreat, we'll prepare a wonderful, festive farewell dinner out in the olive yard served at a long wooden table in the midst of olive trees. And these are just some of the experiences we have in store for you - lots of other wonderful surprises will be revealed during the retreat.
Your home for five nights will be in one of two charming stone farmhouses drenched in history and set amongst olive groves and vineyards in the beautiful medieval village of Codiponte in a quiet and unspoiled part of Tuscany. The houses are located within walking distance from one another (15 minutes), and are both characterized by peace and tranquility. Teaching sessions will take place at both places, and our wonderful host couple, Maartje and Davide, have been kind to offer to bring us from one place to another by car - unless we feel like stretching our legs and go there on foot.
The farmhouse where most of our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be served - La Concia - belongs to our lovely local host couple, Maartje & Davide, who live there with their daughter Béatrice and runs a very treasured B&B, when it is not rented out to us or other workshops providers. It will be our 'headquarter' during the retreat and is a 13th-century Tuscan monastery that has been beautifully renovated and converted into a charming B&B. The house sits on a hill surrounded by olive groves, terraces with olive trees, lavender, wildflowers and fragrant herbs, and offers stunning views over the surrounding rolling hills, the majestic Apuan Alps and the historic village of Codiponte. Next to the farmhouse, there is a vegetable garden, that provides sun-ripened tomatoes and courgettes. There are plenty of shady places to retreat with a good book or to enjoy an afternoon nap. There are 3 single rooms and 2 double rooms in this farmhouse.
From the courtyard, the other ancient farmhouse, that we are lucky to call our home for the five days, can be seen, nestled in the wooded hills. This farmhouse belongs to close friends of Maartje and Davide, and has 2 single rooms and 1 double room. If you are an early bird and would like to begin the day with a swim, this farmhouse offers a relaxing swimming pool area, where you can enjoy a dip before breakfast and appreciate the view of mountains.
You have the option to book a single room or a shared double room - depending on when you book and availability. See drop down menu above for prices.
* Shared double room (two separate beds), €2.397 per person
* Single room, €2.597 Euro per person
You can choose to split the payments in two, so that you only pay a 50% deposit now. The second payment will be due on March 10th. Use the code TUSCANY18 at check out. Feel free to pay in full if you would like.
We welcome all levels and breeds of creatives. It is our belief, that there's almost no field that can't benefit from a working knowledge of creativity, storytelling and photography. Participants from all walks of life levels are welcome - and even though the title of my workshop and retreat enterprise is 'Sisterhood Retreats, it doesn't mean that the workshops are not open to men. Men are absolutely welcome!
Accommodation, all classes, teaching material, all meals during the workshop (both at the farmhouse and at restaurants), snacks, excursions, transportation and activities during the workshop.
Your airline tickets, taxes & baggage fees, travel insurance, meals/items/activities bought when you're not with the group.
You will need to bring your laptop, your camera and/or iPhone and your notebook.
SCHEDULE & PRIVATE FB-GROUP
A few weeks prior to the retreat I will send out a detailed schedule for each day, and invite you to become a member of our private 'Spring in the Rolling Hills of Tuscany' Facebook group, where you can post any questions, ask for advice, share insights and personal goals etc! However, for planning purposes, check-in is between 4-6 pm on the 10th of May with drinks served at the terrace at 7 pm, and dinner at 8 pm.
Check out is after breakfast on the 15th at 11 am.
Sif Orellana has throughout her professional career brought 12 cookbooks to the world, six of which have earned International awards. She has created the concepts for her books, written and photographed them, developed all recipes, been in charge of all press and sales work and marketing. Back in 2009 Sif founded her own publishing house, Tinkerbell Books. Last year she co-founded the first out of a chain of organic, plant-based cafés in Denmark named Greenilicious. She established her own cookery school, Simple Kitchn, and workshop company, Sisterhood Retreats. Besides that, she has worked 12 years in cultural life as head of press & marketing at the biggest multi-cultural festival in the Northern countries, Aarhus Festival, and as an event manager at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. Her main focus in these jobs has been on experience-based marketing, events, and communication.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. You can catch me at email@example.com
We look so much forward to embarking on this travel-based learning adventure with you! See you in the Rolling Hills of Tuscany.