To Florence with Love Retreat


I have been coming to the magical portal city of Florence for 25 years and I am so thrilled to share it with you in this gorgeous new retreat offering! This past retreat was such an exquisite, inspired, transformative, and joyful experience. Let us step back to embody our divine feminine nature as we move in this together, through the roses, irises, and other portals within the most beautiful city in the world.

Please note: the retreats for this year sold out quite fast. Half the spaces are reserved!

We will stay in a historic art villa hotel with a rich spiritual history, expansive gardens and covered terraces. Here we can gather and create, as it overlooks Florence and also near my favorite piazzale. We will have easy transportation to one of my favorite spots in the city where we can walk to the more hidden and unique treasures and activities I have planned for us. Come paint, rest, connect, and enjoy the pleasures of being human in the most magical country in the world.

The dates are April 24th – 30th 2025. You may wish to arrive in Florence a few days early to explore this magical and safe city on your own.

The weather will range in Spring to mid 70s to a bit cooler in the mornings or evenings (light jacket weather).

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation for 6 nights/7 days in a historic Villa Art Hotel (see just above photo to right) with expansive gardens and terraces overlooking the city.
  • Drawing, watercolor, pen/ink, and foundational intuitive art classes + energetic painting of place! (New practices never taught before). These classes will take place in terraces and gardens overlooking the Tuscan hills.
  • Magnetic and meditation practices for living a life of joy, ease, abundance, and magic.
  • Full delicious breakfast, juice, capuccinos each morning. Four traditional Tuscan group dinners (multiple courses) out in Alena’s favorite restaurants. A total delight!
  • The most magical creative excursions, including:
  • A visit to the most famous two gardens/villas to paint and make magic. The wisteria tunnel is profoundly in bloom during this time.
  • A visit to the world famous rose and iris gardens (in bloom for short period whilst we are there)!
  • A visit to local studios/creative boutiques in the bohemian side of the city.
  • Make a flower crown or barrette at a unique flower shop in very local (more hidden) area.
  • A visit to botanical perfumerie and maker process.
  • Option to rent an e-bike and bicycle around (an added option/your own expense).
  • Note lunch and 2 dinners are not included. You can lunch at hotel with many other options when we are exploring.

For quick reservation, please send Zelle to or Venmo to Alena-Hennessy (this is preferred). $1500 is the deposit that saves your spot and room choice. Otherwise, simply use your credit card to check out and either pay in full for your room choice or make a deposit!

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There are only 11 spaces for this one of a kind experience! Choose a single or shared room here.

Let yourself be seduced by the ancient mystery of art, craft, delicious food, and gorgeous sisterhood.

You came here to pamper your senses and rediscover who you have always been… an empress with pure passion and delight.

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Note: Guests will be responsible for travel to Florence and taxi ride to hotel, as well as lunches and two dinners. The hotel has an amazing restaurant and bar, however, we as a group will be going out to eat to several local recommended local restaurants/cafes within walking distance. From pizza to panini the choices will be available for you.


Choose from a single room with a queen bed or shared suite (two single beds). Pay in full and save $150. Due to the extremely high interest in this retreat we expect it to sell out quickly.

It is my honor and joy to share this portal city of beauty with you. Let us inspire one another to greater heights where life is the dream and the dream is life.

Alena Hennessy is the author of three books on painting/creativity, and passionate teacher of the intuitive painting process. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including Dwell, The Washington Post, Spirituality & Health, Redbook, and Natural Health magazine, as well as being featured on Good Morning America and ABC Studios. Alena is a flower essence practitioner/mandala masker, Reiki master and muse to magic.
All deposits are non-refundable due to space limitations. If you need to cancel your can use your remaining credit towards a future retreat.