Drawing as meditation

Published: October 15, 2019

Ultimately, in its purest form, drawing is a meditation. It requires your trust and the engagement of your instincts. It could be said that the moment you try to control the outcome, like anything in life, it ceases to evolve.

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October Half-Term at Villa Lena

Published: September 10, 2019

Autumn is just around the corner and the change of the season brings much to be excited about. Whilst the sun continues to shine in Tuscany throughout the season, the fall brings fresh bounty, milder temperatures and less crowds. What more could you ask for?

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Pop Up Experience: Bindful Movement Workshop with Eleanor Bauer This September

Published: August 29, 2019

Based on the assumption that mind and body are inseparable as long as we are alive, the word “bind” is intended to replace both “mind” and “body” and thereby refer to their mutual bond. Bindful Movement-workshop connects your mind and body and let’s you explore the bindful motion for the rest of the day. Come and join us at Villa Lena this September and tune into bindfulness with Eleanor Bauer!

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A Creatives Agriturismo Experience in Wild Tuscany – A Yoga Retreat at Villa Lena

Published: August 5, 2019

Experience the healing, joyous and empowering energy of yoga twice a day at Villa Lena. Enjoy our brand new indoor studio and outside yoga deck, immersed in the Tuscan landscape. Complimentary practices including mindful movement workshop with Eleanor Bauer – explore the importance of the link between mind and body in a practice of honouring and honing our sensory embodied intelligences.

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Where The Light Falls

Published: June 5, 2019

The Tuscan countryside is defined by the sky, but more specifically by the sun. During clear skies, the sun casts a sharp shadow that defines interior and exterior spaces and during overcast days, the melancholy is enhanced by the soft shadows and atmosphere of the surrounding hills.

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Anna Skladmann: The Ghost of Immortal Beauty

Published: May 27, 2019

It is buried in the soil deep in the dark where the truth lies, quietly observing us. A forest of Silent Witnesses that root themselves in nature; a nature defined by the rhythm of the seasons. Somewhere, we stumble upon a web of myths and secrets, an enchanted territory divided by two poles— beauty and fear. Fairy-tales grown from the ground, and beside them, traces of quotidian life in the display of natural phenomena.

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Music at Villa Lena for 2019

Published: May 16, 2019

Music has just as big a part to play on the Villa Lena creative schedule as the visual arts do. This year we’ve made sure that we always have musically talented individuals residing in the villa throughout the season. Catch a DJ set in the newly renovated Fattoria, an intimate candlelit acoustic gig in the Villa, or a soulful jazz performance by the pool. There’s something for everyone here.

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Sick memories of beauty

Published: April 16, 2019

There was this wooden table, tiny and a little too quirky to exist in that space; one of those tables made with randomly nailed strips. The surface was of an ashy flesh tone, almost shocking – I had never seen wood with a similar nuance – the object was collocated outside, in the large garden of the Villa. Four clumsy stools accompanied the table: little variable parallelepiped made with the same poor material. There were other four or five identical models of the same table.

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ART AT VILLA LENA FOR 2019

Published: April 5, 2019

The Villa Lena Foundation is over the moon to announce an exciting jam-packed schedule for the upcoming season in 2019. We have hand-picked a selection of creative practitioners spanning across all creative disciplines to join us from April through to November to live and create at Villa Lena.

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Post Venice Biennale Plant Party

Published: March 25, 2019

The Venice Biennale is one of the most important dates on the global art calendar, and for the first time ever Villa Lena will be hosting an exclusive Biennale after party!

We invite guests who have spent the busy pre-opening week at the biennale, to wind down over a long weekend at the beautifully wild and peacefully remote Villa Lena, where we will be offering a programme of plant-themed activities.

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