A Taste of Italy
A WEEK-LONG HEALING & SELF-EMPOWERMENT RETREAT,
IN MONTESPERTOLI, ITALY
the heart of Tuscany
with MEDITATION, BREATHWORK & YOGA TEACHER + MENTAL HEALTH NURSE,
September 18-25, 2023
A Taste of Italy is a week-long, Tuscan, yoga & meditation retreat that will connect you back to joy, love & empowerment within while also unlocking deep insight, truths and healing of the heart & soul.
MUCH OF MY OWN HEALING & GROWTH has been done in immersive environments with other women. Doing sacred work within a supportive group helps us to awaken, open our hearts and expand our consciousness. The magical setting for this inner work is at a 13th century Tuscan Villa, located in the town of Montespertoli, Italy. I can't wait to have you join us!
This retreat takes place at a 13th century Tuscan Villa, located in the town of Montespertoli, Italy. Montespertoli is one of Tuscany’s renowned wine capitals, resting just 20km outside Florence.
Villa La Cappella, Montespertoli, Italy
"Beyond the views, vines and historic estates, the charm of this medieval town lies in the low-key glimpse of the Tuscan dream."
What to Expect
A TASTE OF ITALY will be a beautiful mixture of deep inner work through meditation, breathwork, yoga and various workshops combined with adventure, travel, beautiful scenery, amazing food, laughter and the companionship of other women.
Throughout the week, Shawna teaches how to use your mind and energy to more effectively work through challenges of the past and present and how to use these skills and practices to step into a life of greater empowerment, love & peace and a life that's more aligned with your heart & soul.
By learning, committing to and using these practices myself, I've shifted my own life - from one of depression, anxiety and feeling deeply unfulfilled - to a life of empowerment, inner peace, abundance, emotional stability and an inward connection that fills my heart and guides the flow of my life.
These skills and practices have been SO transformational within my own life and it's now my passion to share them with other women to create deep shifts within their lives as well <3
Come learn this work and have some fun in the beautiful hills of Tuscany!
3 delicious, organic, locally sourced meals each day at the villa – catered to any dietary requirements
Meditation & yoga sessions (offered 4 of the 7 days, can take breaks as needed)
Breathwork workshop + 2 breathwork sessions for healing, clarity and connection to oneself & one's path
Transformational, empowering & healing group workshops throughout the week including:
The path of healing, growth and raising consciousness
Self-Love & Inner child work + healing our inner wounds
EFT tapping for challenging emotions, stress, growth & transformation
Stepping into an aligned and empowered life through subconscious belief work and law-of-attraction + manifestation practices
Group coaching circles throughout the week to reflect & to connect
Two additional group sessions (e.g sound healing session, crystal workshop, private Italian cooking class, lavender farm tour)
Day off in Florence to tour & explore
Cinque Terre guided group tour day (google 'Cinque Terre'!)
Poolside free time to relax & restore
A sacred and supportive space to fully explore your inner self and your life
A PDF book of the various skills & practices + all journaling prompts and workshop exercises learned to continue your inward journey of healing & growth
**Flights, transportation and alcohol not included in retreat pricing. In accordance with travel laws of Ontario, all flights & transportation must be arranged and booked by each participant individually. [Personally, I fly into Florence and I take a pre-arranged shuttle to the villa, booked through www.connectotransfers.com ]
Montespertoli is one of Tuscany’s renowned wine capitals. But beyond the views, vines and historic estates, the charm of this medieval town lies in the low-key glimpse of the Tuscan dream it provides, with the butcher, baker, farmers’ market and gelateria just a few paces apart along Via Roma. The entire centre’s narrow streets and squares are easily visited on foot."
- Tuscany Now & More Travel
Following travel policies of Ontario, below is registration for retreat services, programming & meals. Accommodation and transportation is not included in retreat pricing however, accommodation for the retreat is graciously donated (at no extra cost) from the venue. Rooms are secured separately by contacting venue directly after retreat registration.
Cancellation/Refund policy: If using payment plan, the first payment/first instalment is non-refundable at any time of cancellation. If paying in full, 20% of payment is a non-refundable instalment at any time of cancellation. No exceptions to this policy. A 50% refund (on amount paid not including deposit) is available if cancelling by April 30, 2023. Then, due to limited retreat spots and costs to cover retreat, no refunds are available if cancelling after April 30, 2023. No transfer of dates available at any time. If one spot is cancelled in a double getaway, the spot becomes open for another random registration. Exchange for 5 Weeks of Manifestation or RMA DIY Digital online programs available if cancelling after April 30, 2023. If retreat is cancelled due to Covid-19 or any other reason, a 95% refund is provided. **Please note: Be Free follows government guidelines for Covid-19.
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Frequently Asked Questions
"What airports can I fly into?"
The airports you can fly into for this retreat include Florence, Pisa or Rome. Flights and transportation to villa not included in retreat pricing. According to travel laws of Ontario, all travel arrangements and booking needs to be done independently. You can explore airport transportation education here.
Personally, I fly into Florence (unless I'm doing more travelling in Rome/Venice before or after the retreat) and I take a pre-arranged shuttle to the villa, booked through www.connectotransfers.com)
"I'm thinking about coming alone...is this ok?"
Absolutely! YES YES YES! Going to a retreat alone can be extremely powerful and transformative. Common feedback we also receive is the welcoming, safe and connected vibe we create and the relationships you create on retreats sometimes turn in to lifelong friends. Around 50% of Shawna's past retreat attendees have come on their own and this % increases with international retreats.
"I'm not too experienced in yoga & meditation...is this ok?"
Another big YES! We welcome women of all levels and complete beginners too! Retreats are a great place to learn or to solidify established practices and routines.
"Is there a what-to-bring list?"
Yes, a retreat information email with all this information will be sent out closer to the retreat date.
"What if I have dietary restrictions?"
The villa is able to accommodate for dietary restrictions. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any dietary restrictions to ensure that week's menu will accommodate you.
Meet Your Guide
Meditation, Breathwork & Yoga Teacher, Mental Health Nurse (RN, CPMHN(C)) & Women's Coach
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – McMaster University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Trent University
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification - Canadian Nurses Association; 8 years experience as a mental health nurse
Certified Meditation Facilitator (2014) – Naturality, Hamilton (in association with Yoga Alliance, Canada)
Certified Breathwork Facilitator (1:1 & Group) - Breathwork by Jon Paul Crimi, California
Level 1 & 2 EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) Certification - AAMET International
Level 1 & 2 Reiki + 35 hr Hands of Light Energy Healing Training - Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Fundamentals Program (2014) – University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
200hr Yoga Teacher Training - YogaRenew
Yoga.Psyche.Soul (2015) - 120hr Yoga Speciality Certificate on the Psychology of Yoga - Ashley Turner (MA,LMFT)
Breathe to Heal - Max Strom
Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians and Therapists Certificate - Psychedelics Today