la cappella

WELCOME TO

TUSCANY

June 19 - 25, 2022

BOOKING IS NOW CLOSED

Get ready to reconnect with your creativity!

HOSTED BY

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ASHLEY BEARDEN

Filmmaker & Social Entpreprenur

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ISABELLE COURTNEY

Yoga Instructor & Artist

The La Capella retreat is designed to help you reconnect to your creativity. After the past two years we all have a different view of the world and for so many of us that view is of a more creative life. But finding the time and the stillness to allow that creativity to grow can be difficult, so this week is dedicated to finding stillness and working together as a community to help each other find their spark. 

We encourage you to come to the retreat with an idea or project in mind. It can be the earliest seed of an idea you have done nothing about or it could be a full manuscript you need to take a second pass on.

 

All levels and places in life are welcome. 

Each morning Isabelle will lead us through a morning meditation, followed by a community session where we get to hear about each others' projects and goals. These sessions are for talking out ideas, asking for guidance and for accountability. We ask that you set an intention for each day - anything from I want to finish editing 50 photos today to I want to focus on moving my body today.

 

Days are spent at your own design - you can choose to work on your project or explore Tuscany. We will have a private driver each day with planned excursions you can participate in - exploring small villages, wine tasting, a day trip to Siena, and more. Or you can choose to stay at the villa and work on your project or wander through the vineyards or read by the pool. 

 

Each evening we will come together again and check in either through a group session or yoga - or maybe both! Dinner reservations will be made for the group in  neighboring towns, you can choose to eat with the group or set out on your own - dinners are at your discretion and not covered by the cost of the retreat allowing you flexibility. 

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meet isabelle

Isabelle is an artist at heart with an enormous appreciation for holistic practices. She believes spiritual well-being is the fundamental foundation to success in life that many of us so often forget to lay the bricks for. With simple, yet powerful daily practices we work together to find stillness within ourselves, alignment with our truth, and a gratitude for all that we are. As a certified yoga instructor, Isabelle believes that with the foundation of a strong daily practice, anyone can succeed in what they feel called to do- with excitement and a fundamental trust in themselves.

 

Isabelle studied in-depth yogic practices and principles in Bali and Israel. She views herself as an eternal student excited to share her findings with others who they may help. From dealing with anxiety, to confidence in a creative career, Isabelle has worked one-on-one and in small groups to quiet the worry mind and rediscover the excitement-- which requires coming back to again and again!

 

A quote by Howard Thurman that she feels strongly about is; 

 

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. 

Because what the world needs are more people who come alive.”

 

She feels incredibly grateful, after two years of little travel, to spend time sharing ideas and adventures with other courageous creatives in the magic of a Tuscany Summer.

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Ashley Bearden is a filmmaker, activist and social entrepreneur based in New York City. Originally from Arkansas, she grew up inspired by her mother’s childhood spent abroad as the daughter of an Air Force pilot. She always knew she was meant to see the world too. After a short stint on Capitol Hill post college she landed in New York working on film and television sets for projects as varied as Lost in Translation, The Sopranos and Reading Rainbow. For the past 10 years she has focused on documentary film work and has had the opportunity to travel the world as a documentary filmmaker through her production company Do Good Films

 

Ashley has found that seeing the humanity of people and places through the lens of a camera gives you a relentlessly truthful perspective on injustices around the world. These perspectives led her to activism along the way. In 2020 she founded The Activist Collab - a virtual community of young changemakers supporting each other around the world.

From road trips in Spain working with Anthony Bourdain, to filming female empowerment programs in South Africa, to covering social justice protests in Los Angeles, she has followed her heart and taken her career along with it. 

Ashley’s love for travel, her unique way of seeing the world as a filmmaker, and her passion for social justice led her to create Travel Parallel - a community for those who love to travel and want to follow that love towards careers and lives where they truly feel alive. 

meet ashley

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THE VILLA

Developed around a 13th century church on the property, this villa has been beautifully restored into a six-bedroom, six-bathroom getaway.

 

The property boasts several common spaces, both inside and out. Each apartment is accessible from the garden and contains two bedrooms and two bathrooms, separate living areas, and a small kitchen. All rooms are air-conditioned.

 

The house features a professional kitchen where a local chef will prepare a welcome dinner. For those interested, cooking classes can be arranged throughout the week, and a group-prepared farewell dinner will cap off the last night.

 

Endlessly picturesque, spend an afternoon by the swimming pool with a good book and a glass of rose, or explore the nearby walking paths in the surrounding vineyards and gardens.

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TO DO

The villa is ideally situated for exploring the best of Tuscany. The closest village is beautiful Montalcino, just 5 miles from the villa. Also nearby are San Quirico d’Orcia, Pienza, Monticchiello, Bagno Vignoni, Chiusi, Montepulciano, and Buonconvento. Siena, Arezzo, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, Pitigliano, Cortona, Arezzo, San Gimignano, and Florence are all within easy driving distance of 45 min to 1 hr.

 

In addition to exploring the nearby villages, there are options for biking, horseback riding, cooking classes, wine tours, hot air balloon rides, and more!

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THE WEEK

Arrive at the airport or train station in Florence  - both can be accommodated. Our driver will be waiting to wisk you away to the Villa! (it is a very scenic 1 hour 45 min drive - there will be snacks!)

As everyone will arrive at different times this afternoon is for exploring the Villa, hanging by the pool and jetlag recovery. We ask that everyone join the group for dinner so rest up as you need to. 

*if you are self driving , we ask that you arrive by 4PM.

A cocktail hour followed by dinner will begin at 5:30PM. 

monday - 

June 20

A buffet style breakfast will be served (this will be available every morning.

9-10AM we meet in the main living space for our first session. 

1-2PM - Lunch will be available at your leisure in the wine bar

Your day is your own! You can choose to work at the villa for the day, or go with our driver into Montalcino and San Quirico d'Orcia to explore.

 

We will have a dinner reservation in Montalcino tonight for the group. You can choose to join or find a spot on your own. 

sunday - 

June 19

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Tuesday - Thursday -

June 21 -23

7-8AM - buffet style breakfast in the main dining room

8-9AM - Morning session

12-2PM - Lunch will be available in the wine bar

Again, your days are your own to work or explore. A driver will be available each day to take those without a car around the area. We will designate a town each day depending on interest. This is a great way to do a day trip to Siena or Florence or a few of the famous Tuscan hill towns like Montepulciano.

Dinner reservations and transportation will be available each evening. Participation is at your discretion. 

friday - 

June 24

7-8AM - buffet style breakfast in the main dining room

8-9AM - Final morning session

12-2PM - Lunch will be available in the wine bar

Tonight we have a special farewell dinner. We will all be preparing our dinner together with the guidance of a chef in the villa's professional kitchen and enjoy our feast as we reflect back on the week.

saturday -

June 25

A driver will be available to take you to either the Florence Airport or train station. 

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PRICING

Each retreat can accommodate a maximum of 8 participants.  

$2650 per person

Retreats are designed for shared accommodation. Single travelers are paired in twin accommodations with someone of the same sex.

 

If you are traveling with a friend or partner with whom you wish to share a room, please indicate that in your booking. The villa can accommodate both twin and double beds depending on your preference. 

If you prefer a private room, the cost will be $3400 for the week. 

BOOKING IS NOW CLOSED

* Please note: To help protect our travelers and the places we are visiting, all travelers must be fully vaccinated and upload proof of vaccination upon booking. 

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WHAT IS  INCLUDED

ACCOMODATIONS:

Villa (6 nights). Double occupancy room with private bath. 

MEALS:

6 breakfasts & lunches

Welcome cocktail hour and dinner 

Wine & snacks in the garden each day at 5PM

Farewell dinner on the last night

TRANSPORTATION:

Pick up and drop off at Florence Airport or Train Station

Private driver available throughout the week for excursions

STAFF:

A cook and housekeeper will be on hand each day to prepare breakfast and clean common areas. Rooms will not be cleaned each day.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Your host, Ashley, will be available throughout the trip to help give advice and guidance about day trips and activities.