A pleasurable & magical experience in the most beautiful city in the world.

  • Do you desire more clarity and confidence to gather the most out of your dreams + your sense of place in this world?
  • Do you wish to have a deep understanding of your own creative power?
  • Do you long to remember your own ancestral roots and faces of the divine feminine?
  • Do you need to heal and laugh and discover more about your soul in the company of kind women?
  • Do you long to delve more into the simple pleasures of life while luxuriating yourself?

Well, my dear, let me introduce to you this incredible retreat experience… imagine waking up at a 5-star hotel along the magical Arno river in Firenze, one of the absolute most beautiful cities in the world. You come down to enjoy the most perfect cappuccino and other delicious fare with a sacred circle of women. We work on creative lessons for our soul work  and dreams while mindfully painting in a most charming studio room on the Arno. Later on in the day we will visit the potent and glorious gardens in the city where we will further create more intrigue, then come back to soak in the Turkish baths in the spa area of the hotel, followed by a scrumptious dinner at a local trattoria. All through out the week we will explore different restaurants, sketch/paint in the gardens and studio, and come together to understand more of our own selves to heal and live our best lives as women. This is a time for simple joy, dear empress!

Last year Florence in late October still had highs in the low 70’s and was warmer than expected, with lows in the early to mid 60’s. Its my favorite time of year to visit because the massive tourists thin out and it has a presence where you can really take in the city and energy. The average weather in Florence in October is high of 70 and low of 52 degrees.

A plethora of creative lessons that unlock more of our own story and personal power will the explored, through nature motifs and goddess/muse archetypes.

Again, we will paint and gather in a charming studio that overlooks the Arno, and discover what it means to live a truly abundant life as a creator and a woman in this world.

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Our villa hides a unique and charming environment. Ancient beauty rituals and enveloping scents accompany your journey of well-being.

Relax in the wooden hot tub, indulging in the water jets of an emotional shower, enjoy the beautiful heated pool and its little ice fountain.

Let yourself be seduced by the precious mosaics of our biosauna, amongst the original details that evoke the river landscape.

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

There are only 8 spaces for this one of a kind experience!

Dates: October 29th – November 3rd, 2019.

To get to the exquisite venue is simple. Fly into Florence and take a taxi there or take a train to Florence from any major city in Italy and take a taxi from that station.

The venue is a villa turned hotel, which in the 15th century, the hotel was the country residence of the Florentine Alighieri family. It was then transformed in the 19th century into an art workshop and cenaculum of the Macchiaioli, who gathered here to paint and discuss their artform and politics.

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What’s Included:

~ Accommodation at a 5-star hotel + being able to visit the spa daily.

~ Welcome drinks and gifts.

~ Breakfast, tea, and coffee every morning.

~ Entrance to Villa Bardini and Boboli gardens.

~ All workshops in the reserved studio area overlooking the Arno, along with in various parts of the city.

~Visit to Studio Romanelli and other local studios/creative boutiques in the bohemian side of the city.

~ Option to ‘skip-the line’ tour of the Uffizi Gallery.

~ A welcome + final dinner at a well-reviewed tratorria.

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Note: Guests will be responsible for travel to Florence and taxi ride, as well as lunch and dinner (despite the 2 dinners out in town). 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.


Choose from a single room with a queen bed or shared suite (one has a queen and other bed single, which you will pay less). Pay in full and save $100. Due to the extremely high interest in this retreat we expect it to sell out quickly.

There are only 8 spots to preserve the energetic container of this retreat.

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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, Reiki master and energy healer.
All deposits are non-refundable due to space limitations.