A Writing Retreat in Tuscany with Sarah Selecky, 25th April – 1st May
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A Writing Retreat in Tuscany with Sarah Selecky
Writing is both the excursion into and the excursion out of one’s own life. That is the queasy paradox of the artistic life. — Lorrie Moore
Join celebrated author Sarah Selecky for a week of deep writing in the heart of Tuscany. Spring is Sarah’s favourite time to go on retreat, because equal hours of daylight and darkness make the daily routine feel balanced and whole, without effort. Italy is perfect in late April: the wisteria is in bloom, the sun is warm without being too hot, and the trees are alive with songbirds.
Sarah Selecky, author of Radiant Shimmering Light and the prized short story collection The Cake Is for the Party will be your guide in this master class for writers of all genres, in partnership with Radiant Jane, who will be teaching Loving Kindness and leading guided meditations.
In the morning, look out the window of your private bedroom with a view of the hills, and walk the path up to the studio to invigorate your body in a morning movement class with Jane. After breakfast, you walk to the restored ancient barn for our late morning workshop session.
The afternoon is free for you to write, go for a long walk, or read and research before we gather for dinner — a delicious organic vegetarian feast paired with Fattoria del Colle’s local Brunello wines. You and your fellow writers celebrate another day of deep work, and then settle into the lounge for our evening salon, where you share some of your work and discuss the insights of the day.
Bring whatever you are working on to this retreat. If you’re stalling or circling around writing something new, this is the perfect time and place to start it. You can also bring a craft question or a writing problem that feels unsolvable, and we will look at it together.
Fattoria del Colle, where we’ll be staying, is situated on ancient Etruscan land in the countryside, and the history of this place is fascinating. It is also home to the only all-women owned winery in Italy. The energy here makes it excellent for writers who want to find the courage to write the forbidden.
The slow food movement began in Italy, and this philosophy has a lot in common with the way Sarah teaches. Slow writing, like slow food, should feel good, clean and fair. Our writing should be nourishing. It should connect us — to ourselves, to the earth, and to each other.
Good writing does not alienate or isolate; good stories never make us feel silenced. In our writing, we may question the status quo, offer meaningful reflection, create cultural change, and feel less alone.
On this retreat, we will write what we wish we could read, even if we’ve never seen it written before. Our writing will support us by bringing us closer to our true nature — alone and together.
Our retreat includes a nature hike with a local guide who will introduce us to the secrets of the Tuscan forest. Connecting to nature will bring insight to our work in surprising ways. Prepare to feel open and spacious as you tune into a different state of mind.
We’ll also take a break mid-week to refresh our systems and enjoy a visit to Montepulciano for the day. You can use your free time here to wander through the old streets, visit museums, go shopping, or simply sip a cappuccino, write postcards, and watch the street life.
Jane Reeves is the founder of Radiant Jane Retreats, has led over 70 retreats worldwide, and is an author and master teacher of Loving Kindness. On this retreat, Jane will lead gentle yoga and morning meditations, using her book A Heart of Gold as a guide into the practice of Loving Kindness.
Radiant Jane Retreats will send you an FAQ when you make your reservation and will provide information to help with initial logistics and travel plans. Beyond that, Radiant Jane Retreats offers travel assistance at $35 per hour which you can purchase as needed.
Sarah Selecky is the author of the novel Radiant Shimmering Light and the short story collection This Cake Is for the Party, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize, and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
She earned her MFA from the University of British Columbia. In 2011 she founded the Sarah Selecky Writing School, which has become a creative community for more than 13,000 writers from around the world. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
This retreat will complement the benefits of Sarah’s creative writing school, which offers extremely thorough writing study—including deep reading—that’s laced with kindness and consciousness. This retreat will create a peer-based community that’s built on shared intellect, a spirit of generosity, and mutual respect.
- 6 – 11 am personal writing time/free time
- 7:30 – 10 am Buffet style breakfast
- 9 – 10 am Movement in the studio with Jane
- 11 am – 12:30 pm Writing Craft Sessions with Sarah
- 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
- 2 – 6 pm personal writing time/free time
- 6:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner
- 7:30 – 8:30 pm Salon and Togetherness
Fattoria Del Colle is a gorgeous, remote hilltop estate in Tuscany where time stands still. It is located amid the only all-female owned winery in Italy. Each meal is made just for our retreat group by an award winning chef, and served on white linen table cloths. All views from the retreat campus are of vineyards and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. It is truly an opportunity to slow down, breathe deeply, and savour life.
These retreats aim to show you a new part of the earth and a new part of your radiant self. To help you deepen your practice of yoga and meditation and your other unique interests. To create a setting where you feel rooted and safe even while you are adrift in the world.
To become still and fully present in your life. You will experience the grace of community that we all desperately need in our modern day world of isolation, but you also will receive personal attention from Jane and time to explore on your own. You will be seen. You will be nourished. You will have sanctuary for your soul. And you will emerge renewed.
Fattoria Del Colle is the family estate of Donatella Cinelli Colombini, who is a celebrity in Tuscany and the award winning entrepreneur of the only all-female owned winery in Italy, where they produce the memorable Brunello wine.
Donatella’s ancestors first owned land in the Montalcino area in the 16th century, and recent generations have passed property down the female line. When Cinelli Colombini inherited the estate from her mother in the late 1990s, she went in search of a female staff at Siena’s oenology school.
The vintners are all women, as is the winemaker, a unique situation in Italy, a flagship for women in the wine business. The winery, Il Casato Prime Donne makes their wine on and around the estate of Fattoria Del Colle, and retreat guests will not only get to walk among the vineyards, but take a wine tour, and drink these wines with each meal.
The distinctive element of the wine is its elegance: red harmonies able to last in time. As you sit at the white linen lined tables and sip your organic local wine, you’ll indulge and appreciate the gorgeous regional, organic food from the in-house chef of an award winning restaurant.
You’ll feel cherished by the warm hospitality of the wait staff as they serve exquisite, lavish, and healthful Italian meals for lunch and dinner. Vegan and vegetarian options are available, and the chef accommodates all dietary
Prices are in US Dollars
$3,500 shared (Guest rooms are a private bedroom within a 2 or 3 bedroom shared apartment and bathroom. We’ll pair you with a like minded roommate, or bring a friend!)
- Writing instruction with author Sarah Selecky
- Gentle Yoga and Guided Meditations
- 6 nights lodging
- Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Vegan and Vegetarian Options
- Group transport to the retreat on April 25, 2020, 2pm from the Rome airport (Fiumicino)
- Group transport back to the Rome airport on the morning of May 1
- Excursion to Montepulciano
- Wine tasting
- Tour of Fattoria grounds and ancient chapel
- Pici pasta making class
- Wellness spa access
- Beautiful classroom studio
- Bicycles to use
- Concierge office staff
- On-site laundry
Does not include
- Airfare not included
- Massage therapist fees
- Private coaching sessions
- Spa amenities extra
- Cost of on-site laundry
What past guests have said
“If you are reading about Jane’s retreats, all I can say is go. Go and be swept up by Italy, by the food, the sun, the belly laughs, the smell of truffle oil. Life is so busy, uncertain and often stressful, sometimes we need to give ourselves the gift of a break, away from everything that pulls at our attention; sitting on a yoga mat, held by the
radiant wisdom of Jane is probably exactly what you need.” Sas Petherick, Coach, Mentor, Podcast Host, Loving Kindness in Toscana Retreat, 2018
“Jane is the embodiment of loving kindness. Her leadership is a divine feminine light, deeply rooted in soil of Tuscany. You will be so well cared for, and your body, heart and spirit will thank you. The entire week was ACES! I am going home forever changed.” Marcy Dmytrow, Loving Kindness Retreat with Jane Reeves, September 2019
“Jane speaks with an open heart, with ease, with love, with kindness. I immediately fell in love with this radiant human being. In September 2019, I found myself in the Tuscan countryside at the beautiful and awe inspiring Fattoria Dell Colle at the Radiant Jane Retreat. The retreat exceeded any expectations I could have ever possibly imagined. Jane opens her arms and invites you to share in a journey of loving kindness and self care through mindful meditation teachings and practice. I have been cared for, loved, and nourished. This has been a life altering experience. I departed feeling centered, richer for coming, and ready to take on the world!” Sas Petherick, Coach, Mentor, Podcast Host, Loving Kindness in Toscana Retreat, 2018
“From beginning to end, I enjoyed each and every moment of the retreat. Fattoria del Colle, Tuscany, Italy, what a breathtaking place to come for a retreat. The people there treated us like family. Jane is warm, authentic, and open. Personally, this was the kind of trip I was looking for and needing.” Amy, Metzger, Sacred Astrology Retreat featuring Anne Ortelee, May 2019
What to pack
Yoga mat, comfortable clothes, walking shoes, nice clothes for dinners, swimsuit, sunscreen, journal, pen, power adaptor, cell phone, passport.
Location and how to get here
Travel plans must be made to match the group transfers. No exceptions. Group transfer leaves Rome Fiumicino at 2 pm April 25. (Plan to arrive in the morning and allow 90 minutes to get through customs.) Group transfer departs Fattoria at 9 am May 1 for Rome.
To book your place on this Writing Retreat in Tuscany, send your enquiry to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.