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October 13th-17th

Let’s celebrate autumnal glory with a very special gathering – Enjoy togetherness and creativity in relation to nature and the environment at the uniquely artistic Villa Lena.

On this 5-days Tuscan adventure immerse yourself  in the abundance of autumn on a retreat that bridges the gap between art and nature, while connecting with like-minded people and experience the poetic aesthetic of botany, the joy of natural perfume and exploring the art of foraged ceramics with workshops led by Evalie Wagner, Merle Bergers of Lingua Planta and Abbie Adams. 

 Expect autumnal feasts at our farm to table restaurant, explore the organic orto and flower garden, the nearby wilderness and taste the olive oil and wines made on site. All set within the grounds of Villa Lena with access to the heated pool, thoughtfully designed communal spaces and panoramic views. If you don’t get too distracted by the mesmerizing sunsets, you’ll stumble upon people, objects and stories that will make your inspiration blossom ad open your heart to a new sense of connectivity. 

 Hosted and created by artist and designer Evalie Wagner x Villa Lena

 

RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Poetic botany workshops and strolls through the gardens and wilderness with Evalie Wagner
  • Natural perfume workshop with Merle Bergers of Lingua Planta
  • Foraged ceramic workshop led by Abbie Adams from Material connections
  • Restorative Yoga session with Madeleine Auvinen
  • Harvest and cook lunch and workshop 
  • Organic farm to table dining
  • Artist aperitivo at the studio village 
  • For the goodie bag we partnered up with Blumenhaus Magazine
  • Relaxation time at the heated pool with panoramic views

 

Accommodation and Bookings

Villa Lena is a cosmos unto itself, full of cultural history and contemporary spirit, it makes the perfect place for a sensory and hands on experience. Between green striped parasols and wild fennel you´ll find corners to relax and yourself with a glass of  the Vill Lena rosé at the artist aperitivo or around the fire.

Participants will be housed in luxury designed rooms that offer breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills. Within the program of events there will be plenty of space to explore and enjoy some time to yourself and the facilities Villa Lena has to offer, including a heated pool and tranquil yoga studio.

Price start from: €1890 per person

For more information and booking enquiries please email host@villa-lena.it or follow the link bellow. 

*prices include 4 nights accommodation, half board and all scheduled experiences; drinks and extras will be charged to the room

*bookable room types: Fattoria Superior, Fattoria Large Superior, San Michele Large Superior 

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About Contributors

Your host for the retreat EVALIE WAGNER is an Austrian visual artist and designer. Her interdisciplinary work is marked by a wide range of historical and aesthetic connotations and is situated in the space between the poetic and the conceptual. Evalie is focused on floral aesthetics and calls herself an avantgardener. Together you will go in search of plants, hear about their stories and create contemporary still lives from them.

www.evaliewagner.com

@evaliewagner

MERLE BERGERS is the founder and perfumer of Lingua Planta. During her studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven, she became more and more fascinated by the possible reality of plant communication. Inspired by the volatile substances that plants use for messages, Lingua Planta has its roots deep in scientific research but found an aesthetic translation in perfumes. Follow her on this sensory journey into the world of natural perfumes and create your own one. 

www.linguaplanta.com

@linguaplanta

ABBIE ADAMS is one of the current artist & curator in residence at Villa Lena. Her projects deal with recontextualising our relationships to materials; both ancient and contemporary and explore the boundary intersections between craft, design, art and science. In her two part workshops participants will craft highly local ceramics, wood fired on the grounds of Villa Lena. Create your own sculptural objects inspired by the rolling natural abundance of the countryside.

www.abbiemadams.com

@abbie.madams 

Madeleine Auvinen is an empowerment coach, yoga teacher and reiki practitioner from Sweden, currently living in Amsterdam. While she initially started practicing yoga for the physical benefits in her late teens, it has expanded into a tool for healing and self connection over the years. During her time spent in NYC Madeleine deepened her practice and found inspiration from different teachers and lineages of yoga. She completed her 200hr Vinyasa yoga teacher training with The Sacred Fig in Portugal in early 2021. Her Vinyasa classes are energizing and draw influences from various styles of yoga such as Hatha, Katonah and Jivamukti, with a good amount of pranayama and meditation. She also teaches restorative classes, Yoga Nidra andm oon rituals. All levels and bodies are welcome to join her classes to rejuvenate, reconnect and
find inner peace.

www.majsanauvinen.com

@majsanauvinen

WHAT'S INCLUDED

4 nights accommodation

Half Board (Breakfast and Dinners)

All scheduled activities, workshops & materials

Access to Villa Lena facilities

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights and transfers

Drinks and extras items

Mini-bar contents

Any workshops or yoga classes outside of the programme

Lunch

Frequently Asked Questions

What Language Is Used During The Retreat? arrow-down

The retreat will be conducted in English. There will be native Italian speakers involved in some, but not all, activities.

How Many Guests Are on Each Retreat? arrow-down

That depends, but the maximum number would be 16. In case of larger numbers, workshops will be split into two groups to ensure participants receive sufficient guidance and to maintain social distancing.

How Do I Book? arrow-down

For bookings and information please email to host@villa-lena.it

What's Your Cancellation Policy? arrow-down

A 30% non-refundable deposit of the total amount is required at the moment of the booking.
Payments can either be made by bank transfer or credit card (Visa, Amex or Mastercard).
Any extras must be paid before departure.

We give our guests the possibility to postpone or reschedule their stay free of charge up to 7 days prior arrival by 12:00pm local time by issuing a voucher of the value of the deposit prepaid. Beyond, a penalty charge of the total deposit paid applies.
As provided by the Italian Civil Code to Art. 1386, the payment will not be returned in case of no show or early check-out.  

How Do I Get To Villa Lena? arrow-down

You can find out how to find us on our Contact & Location page. Or don’t hesitate to get in touch with our reception by emailing host@villa-lena.it who can help you with arranging a transfer if required.

Can I Attend Events and Workshops Outside the Schedule? arrow-down

You are welcome to take part in all of the activities happening during your stay. Any events, workshops or yoga classes outside of the retreat schedule may incur extra charges. Check out or What’s On page to find out what’s happening during your stay!

I'm Travelling Alone, Is the Retreat Suitable For Me? arrow-down

Absolutely! We welcome solo-travellers with open arms and one of our Creative Retreats is the perfect way for you to visit Villa Lena and get the change to engage with our creative community, meet like-minded people and learn new skills.

Can Couples Attend the Retreat? arrow-down

Yes, we have rates for single or double occupancy on the retreat so just make sure you enter the number of people wishing to attend via the booking link to get the right price. If your partner wants to come with you but not take part in the workshops then please contact us via email on host@villa-lena.it to discuss.

Can I Stay Longer Than the Official Retreat Days? arrow-down

Certainly! If you’d like to come a few days early or leave a little late then that’s no problem. The easiest thing is to email us on host@villa-lena.it to make this request.

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