The Journal

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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Foraging the Villa Garden – Greens and Joy Straight to the Table

Published: September 5, 2019

Entering the beautiful Saint Michele Terrace, I admire the view over the Tuscan countryside valleys. The Chef in Residence, Katzie Guy-Hamilton, is happily greeting me and welcoming me to the workshop. We enjoy a glass of Villa Lena sparkling before strolling to the orto gardens of the villa. Katzie gives us a tour of the vegetable garden, which is rich in colours with various types of tomatoes, zucchini flowers and watermelons ripening.

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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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Kids Clay with Keegan Luttrell

Published: August 7, 2019

Throughout the months of July/August 2019, Villa Lena hosts clay workshops in the artist studios and ceramics studio; a fun experimental workshop for kids that focuses on the imaginative qualities of clay!

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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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Introducing the New Fattoria Renovation

Published: May 2, 2019

Fattoria

Designed by internationally recognised architects Hesselbrand, the new design is set to enhance the social interaction between guests throughout the site, diversify the estate’s hosting capability and improve sustainability. The new Fattoria bedrooms add a deluxe offering to the estate, that perfectly complements the other accommodation options available from simpler San Michele bedrooms to the larger family-style Renacchi apartments.

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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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