Sunday, September 15 – Saturday, September 21, 2019
Kate Nash and Gloria Miele
Join Kate Nash, Nia Black Belt Instructor, 5-Stages Facilitator, Conscious Dance leader, somatic healer and owner of Cosmotion Studio in Ventura, California, in Tuscany for a week long Nia retreat. Along with Gloria Miele, PhD, you will, in this amazing Adventure, enjoy the company of like minded Adventurers leisurely wandering the back streets of the ancient cities and small towns in Tuscany, tasting the wines of the region, sampling olive oil and balsamic vinegar while enjoying daily Nia and Yoga sessions.
Le Cordon Bleu-Paris educated Chef Walter Eagleton will treat you to classic gourmet meals and favorites of the region. Our private accommodation for this exciting Adventure is luxurious and full of character. This 14th Century Villa is a magnificent Villa with stately Tuscan architecture and lush green gardens has spacious interiors featuring grand high ceilings, with dark-wood furniture, comfortable sofas and plush beds found throughout. The pool and gardens are vast, with astounding views across the hills. The elegant décor of the Villa feels very comfortable. Fully air-conditioned, the Villa offers an exquisite blend of contemporary comforts, modern facilities and traditional Tuscan charm.
Tuscany is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance with its amazing art, music and literature.
The fashion and textile industry are the pillars of the Florentine economy. In the 15th century, Florentines were working with luxury textiles such as wool and silk. Today the greatest designers in Europe utilize the textile industry in Tuscany, and especially Florence.
Also notable are the exquisite gold jewelry; leather clothing, shoes and purses, alabaster art and handcrafted knives.
There are gastronomic delights such as red wines like Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino. Wonderful cheeses, cured meats and amazing extra-Virgin Olive oil.
Book today for this classic Adventure!
I was born to move and guide others into their highest potential. I hold space and support extraordinary Human potential for anyone who wishes to move, express, heal and play. My passion is to be so present that the truth is revealed. This is part of my magic. I work with intuition, joy, and over 17 years of experience in the fields of Somatic Movement and Healing.
Kate was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She relocated to London with her family where she lived for over 25 years. Kate worked in London Theater with many of the British stars of stage and screen. She worked as an actress and also in costume. Kate came to the US in 2000 and devoted her time, energy and talent to opening her own movement and healing studio, Cosmotion, located in Ventura, California. She is extensively trained, licensed and masterful in her teachings and practices of:
- Nia Technique
- Moving to Heal
- Conscious / Ecstatic Dance
- Laughter Wellness
- ‘5Stages’ – healing practice
- Massage and Therapeutic Touch
- Somatic Therapies
- Private individual Sessions
Kate opened her own movement, fitness and healing studio – Cosmotion – in Ventura Ca in 2004 as she witnessed a great need for holistic, playful and purposeful movement. People are seeking somatic practices which have depth, purpose, joy and community – Kate’s vision and abilities meet those needs.
As our human consciousness develops and expands, it appears we crave and desire more and more to deeply and truly connect to ourselves and each other in ways which are meaningful and rich with all the delicious layers of our humanity.
We will meet you at the Florence airport or rail station in the afternoon and then we will transport you on to your luxurious Villa home for the week in amazing Tuscany.
After a tour of the Villa, you will enjoy a meet-and-greet with homemade hors d’oeuvres and locally produced wines. Then you will have time to relax, take a walk on the grounds, or just unwind in the rooms of the Villa until it is time for your Gourmet Welcome Dinner. Welcome retreat activity in the evening.
Gourmet Dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures.
After a homemade breakfast at the Villa, Nia and retreat activities til noon. Now on to an amazing Tuscan Wine Estate for an in-depth wine tasting and lunch (included) located at the ‘entrance’ to the Chianti Valley. We will be greeted by our own host/hostess for a brief walking tour of this historic property. We will then be seated and treated to an amazing array of their locally produced wines, olive oils and balsamic vinegar along with lunch with wine and food pairings. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menu available on request. Wines will include:
• Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.
• Rosso di Montalcino D.O.C.
• Cabernet Bartolomeo Riserva I.G.T.
• Merlot Baldassarre Riserva I.G.T.
• Syrah Cavaliere Riserva I.G.T.
• Vernaccia of San Gimignano D.O.C.G.
• Chianti D.O.C.G.
• Chianti Classico D.O.C.G.
• Chianti Classico Riserva D.O.C.G.
• Red of Montepulciano D.O.C.
• VinBeato – Dessert Wine
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cold Pressing
• White Truffle flavored Olive Oil
• Pepper Hot Olive Oil
• Balsamic Old Vinegar selected
After, home to relax before your Gourmet Dinner at the Villa. Nia wind down.
Breakfast and Gourmet Dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Villa.
Breakfast at the Villa, Nia and retreat activities til noon. We will then drive a short distance to romantic Siena. Lunch in Siena*. Here we will have a private guided tour with free time for discovery. Siena is likely Italy’s loveliest medieval city. Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Movie audiences worldwide can see Siena and the Palio in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.
Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome thus Siena’s emblem is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus – you’ll find many statues throughout the city. The city sits over three hills with its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be. Rebuilt during the rule of the Council of Nine, a quasi-democratic group from 1287 to 1355, the nine sections of the fan-like brick pavement of the piazza represent the council and symbolizes the Madonna’s cloak which shelters Siena.
The Campo is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tower, Torre del Mangia. Along with the Duomo of Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico was also built during the same period of rule by the Council of Nine. The civic palace, built between 1297 and 1310, still houses the city’s municipal offices much like Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Its internal courtyard has entrances to the Torre del Mangia and to the Civic Museum. If you feel energetic, a climb up the over 500 steps will reward you with a wonderful view of Siena and its surroundings. The Museum, on the other hand, offers some of the greatest of Sienese paintings. The Sala del Concistoro houses one of Domenico Beccafumi’s best works, ceiling frescoes of allegories on the virtues of Siena’s medieval government. But it is the Sala del Mappamondo and the Sale della Pace that hold the palaces’s highlights: Simone Martini’s huge Maestà and Equestrian Portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano and Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Allegories of Good and Bad Government, once considered the most important cycle of secular paintings of the Middle Ages.
Then we will head home for a Gourmet Dinner at the Villa. Nia wind down.
Breakfast and Gourmet dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Villa.
After breakfast, we will venture out for an exciting day in Florence. We will meet our guide for a private tour of the major sites. Famous for the immense political and economic power it wielded during the rule of the Medici Dynasty, Florence offered the world a stage for great artistic masters such as Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo. However, Florence has its roots long before, when it rose and fell several times in the hands of the Romans, the lombardic tribe and others. Each successive age brought new architecture, art and creativity which are still evident in the streets, the many museums, churches, monuments and even the everyday life of this marvelous city.
Florence embodies the intellectual, artistic and cultural center of Tuscany… maybe even Italy. A visit to Tuscany could not be complete without a walk around Florence, photos from Piazzale Michelangelo, a stop at Ponte Vecchio and a stroll along the Arno River, the Accademia, the imposing Palazzo della Signoria and the Piazza del Duomo.
Lunch in Florence* and then we will meet our guide again for a private tour of the Uffizi Gallery. Following this you are free to roam the city until it is time to head back to the Villa for a wonderful dinner prepared by Chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures. Nia wind down.
Breakfast and Gourmet Dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Villa.
Breakfast at the Villa. Nia and retreat activities til noon. After, we drive through the hills to the Chianti region of Tuscany with a stop in Radda in Chianti where we will have an olive oil, balsamic vinegar and wine tasting in a small shop (included). Next we will drive a short distance to Greve in Chianti where we will be treated to a wine tasting and light lunch (included). We will then head back to the Villa for a relaxing afternoon and to enjoy a cooking lesson by Chef Walter in the Villa kitchen before our Gourmet Dinner at the Villa.
Breakfast and Gourmet Dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Villa. Nia wind down.
Breakfast at the Villa then Nia and retreat activities til noon. After, we are headed back to our Vineyard friends to participate in a truffle hunt alongside their beautiful hunting dogs. Accompanied by a professional guide and his dogs, you will share a wonderful experience in searching for precious white and black truffles throughout the oak forests that border the Estate. You will also be taught how to identify the various species of trees and the ideal habitat for truffle growth. We will then be treated to a Truffle lunch (included), vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menu available on request. (Make sure to dress in appropriate ways for a hike in the woods, with shoes and trousers suitable for walking.) After a full day we will return to the Villa for our farewell gourmet dinner. Nia wind down.
Breakfast and Gourmet Dinner provided by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum chef Walter and Artistic Gourmet Adventures at the Villa.
After a filling breakfast, we will then escort you to the airport or rail station in Florence for your return home or on to your next destination! Arrivederci-see you soon!
*Only meals, wine and beverages at our Villa home, as well as during excursions, when mentioned, are included in tour cost.
Itinerary is subject to minor changes.
Please be Advised: If at least 10 paying participants or non participants not booked with their non-refundable deposits by March 15, 2019, the week will revert to the “Timeless Tuscany” Adventure which has the same itinerary without the Nia portion.
The external gardens are equipped with a barbecue, a traditional wood fired oven, and a huge covered patio that invites you to enjoy al fresco meals amid the surrounding Tuscan countryside. The private swimming pool, bordered by tall pines, offers a glimpse over colored vineyards. From the windows of the Villa and from the pool area you will admire a view of the Elsa Valley: the hill towns of Casole d’Elsa, San Gimignano and Barberino Val d’Elsa are visible from the gardens.
Price and What's Included
We realize many have you have NOT been to Tuscany in the past. This amazing location is on many Bucket Lists. And if you have been in the past, you have not been the Artistic Gourmet Adventures way – Private Villa Accommodations-NO Hotels; Private Transportation-NO Big Buses; Gourmet Meals with Wine Pairings by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris educated Chef Walter Eagleton while dining at Villa-NO Set Dinners in pre-Chosen Tourist Restaurants; ‘slow travel’-NO Rushing to Catch the Bus; Special Surprise Excursions-A Comprehensive Itinerary-Personal Relationships with Locals-Personal Relationships with YOU! Just to name a few!
Price and What’s Included
Round Trip Transfers from and to Villa from the Florence Airport
Luxury Villa Accommodations with En-suite Private Bathroom
All Private Tours, Transportation and Entry Fees During Tours
Daily Ground Transportation by Private Van
All Homemade Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, with Wine and beverages, when dining at Villa or as mentioned as ‘included’ in the itinerary.
Single Occupancy $3600 or Book with a non-refundable deposit of $750
Double Occupancy $3450 or Book with a non-refundable deposit of $750
Airfare or rail to or from Adventure. Meals marked with the symbol *. Any excursions not mentioned as Included in the Itinerary.
Please be Advised: If at least 10 paying participants or non participants are not booked with their non-refundable deposits by March 15, 2019, the week will revert to the “Timeless Tuscany” Adventure which has an altered itinerary and without the Nia portion.