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Harvest Festival at Villa Lena

October 11th – 16th

Join us for an immersive and unforgettable signature retreat at Villa Lena, set amidst the beautiful Italian countryside this Autumn. From the 11th to the 16th of October, we invite you to indulge in the art of ceramics and florals with renowned ceramist Annett Kuhlmann and the  Marsano Team while also enjoying the breathtaking colors of Autumn.

MASTERCLASS DETAILS

During your stay at Villa Lena in Autumn, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the season’s beauty. Our bedrooms offer stunning views of the changing colors of the surrounding nature, allowing you to relax and unwind in the most picturesque setting. Imagine snuggling up with a cozy blanket and a glass of red wine as you gaze at the rolling hills and vineyards…

RETREAT PROGRAM

-Day 1, October 11th Arrival at Villa Lena and kick off the retreat season with a foraging tour in our garden and a welcome Aperitivo to meet and engage with the other retreat participants.
-Day 2, October 12th – Guests will start the day with a masterclass on painting vintage ceramics. Then, Annette will guide you through creating original patterns, adding character, and upcycling the ceramics. In the afternoon, we will explore the villa’s beautiful surroundings and forage for inspiration, creating mood boards for the final dinner event.
-Day 3, October 13th -The day will be dedicated to the art of floral installations, with a masterclass on creating flower cloud installations in the Villa or Fattoria. You’ll be able to let your creativity run wild and learn techniques to make beautiful and unique floral arrangements. The day will follow with a farm-to-table experience with foraging for pickling from our organic orto.
-Day 4, October 14th – Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a seasonal truffle hunt in our woodland, where we will forage for the precious ingredient emblematic of the Italian countryside. The search will be followed by a truffle degustation, where you can taste the season’s flavors. Then you will learn the best way to eat truffles, and what’s better than truffle pasta for lunch after a long walk in the forest? The day will follow with floral arrangements for a dinner table!
-Day 5, October 15th – our guests will explore the art of still life tablescape with fruit and vegetables. Our Organic Orto and Autumn will fill your lunch and dinner with all fresh and precious ingredients. This masterclass will give you the tools to create beautiful table settings that showcase the colors and flavors of the season. We will culminate the day with a final flower cloud arrangement. Enjoy and pickling theme lunch Degustation accompanied by a pickling workshop in our restaurant!

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RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

 

  •  5 nights’ accommodation on-site at Villa Lena 
  • Full board – farm-to-table feasting. 
  • A Seasonal Truffle Hunting Experience
  •  5 masterclass con Annette & Marsano team, including Flower installation, Vintage ceramic and Guided Foraging
  • Dinner Degustations with products from the Orto
  • Access to Villa Lena facilities, including 2 pools, 2 bars, and beautiful common areas. 

At Villa Lena, we pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility. Meet new people and connect with our community of art enthusiasts. You’ll be able to disconnect from the outside world and immerse yourself in the beauty and creativity of the retreat while also enjoying the comforts and amenities of our luxurious accommodations. We invite you to join us for this magical experience and indulge in the beauty of autumn in Tuscany.

Accommodation and Bookings

Villa Lena is a cosmos full of cultural history and contemporary spirit. It makes the perfect place for a sensory and hands-on experience. Between striped parasols and wild fennel, you´ll find corners to relax and yourself with a glass of the Villa Lena rosé at the artist aperitivo or around the pool with a great book.
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 for yourself and the facilities Villa Lena has to offer, including a heated pool and tranquil yoga studio.

Price start from: €2.247,00 per person

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

*prices include 5 nights of 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 your host

MARSANO was founded in Berlin in 2005 by us – Katrin Jahn, Andreas Namysl, and Annett Kuhlmann.

For MARSANO, a bouquet is more than just a bunch of flowers. Over the years, their signature look has developed from their color, form, and material approach.

Nevertheless, everything is constantly turning; change is our strength. A large part of this particular dynamic comes from the MARSANO team. Thirty-five people are working at MARSANO from all over the world, coming from different backgrounds and bringing different perspectives. Together they develop ideas, try things out, and ultimately take forward what works.

Since 2019, they have been growing some of our flowers. What started with the question of more sustainability and regionality in the industry led to their involvement within the global Slowflower movement and ultimately reached even further. They have set out on the path: In our small “experimental garden” in Rahnsdorf, they can now harvest flowers such as dahlias, cosmos, amaranthus, and daffodils, scarce varieties, and fragile flowers that are not available on the market like this. We are expanding further and have leased another piece of land southeast of Potsdam. They invite people to the garden in various workshop formats and not only share our enthusiasm. They also like to pass on knowledge about our alternative / no-dig cultivation methods.

Those who see all the steps from the seed to the finished bouquet meet the individual stem with appreciation and always remember the big picture.

Find out more about Marsano Team here.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

5 nights accommodation

Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

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

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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