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Flower Painting Retreat at Villa Lena

May 5TH – 10th

Welcome in spring in the unique setting of Villa Lena in 2023 and reconnect with your inner creativity and spiritual self.
Join us at Villa Lena for the very first Signature Retreat that brings the best of what Tuscany has to offer to our guests, focusing on sharing the joy and wealth of this unique region and our artistic project.

This especially curated Villa Lena Signature in May will focus on Wellness, Spirituality and Creativity. Combining these three elements, this retreat programme includes guided tours of the orto & flower garden, cooking and wine tasting classes, daily yoga lessons and four painting masterclasses lead by artist Tanvi Pathare that will focus on the art of painting floral arrangements.

Connect deeply with the natural surroundings through these workshops and activities and enjoy plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surroundings of Villa lena, including the heated pool. Join the communal meals in our farm to table restaurant, all included in this curated experience that is guaranteed to offer new experience and friendships.

The signature retreats are the complete package and a way to understand the landscape of Tuscany – culturally and physically, guests will be leaving with a sense of being grounded and a renewed sense of self and of course a new retreat family.

 

MASTERCLASS DETAILS

Learn how to paint flowers with florence based artist Tanvi Pathare
In each class participants will learn to observe and record directly from nature, confront the perspective of organic materials, and reproduce floral and landscape structural rhythms. You will learn how to create a composition, as well as techniques on the watercolor painting process: finding and mixing color values, organizing the palette, and applying paint.

MASTERCLASS PROGRAM

-Day 1, May 6th Tanvi will share with you how to set up and paint simple flower compositions in watercolors. The flowers will be from the beautiful grounds of Villa Lena, connecting the painter with their environment.

-Day 2, May 7th – This afternoon each participant will compose their own bouquet of flowers from a selection, and proceed to create their own unique watercolor painting. Tanvi will be guiding you along all the way.

-Day 3, May 8th – This morning, each participant will be encouraged to compose a more complex flower setup, to try to recreate in watercolor.

-Day 4, May 9th – This morning, we will setup, close to where the flowers grow, combining flower painting with landscape painting. learning to admire nature up close, taking the time to admire its beauty.

RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 5 nights accommodation on site at Villa Lena 
  • Full board – farm to table feasting. 
  • 4  masterclass on painting floral compositions with Tanvi Pathare
  • Wine tasting
  • Afternoon tea & Baking lesson with in-house pastry chef 
  • Pasta cooking class
  • Olive oil tasting 
  • Guided tours of the VL orto & flower farm, with flower cutting session
  • Daily Yoga 
  • Access to villa Lena facilities including 2 pools, 2 bars and beautiful common areas. 

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 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 to yourself and the facilities Villa Lena has to offer, including a heated pool and tranquil yoga studio.

Price start from: €3165.00 per person

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

*prices include 5 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 your host

Born and brought up in Mumbai,India, Tanvi Pathare showed a growing interest in Fine Arts since a very early age. Encouraged by family,she began her art education at the prestigious Sir J.J.School of Art in Mumbai and received her Bachelors in Fine Arts(Painting) with outstanding grades,topping the University.
After being allured by the Realistic tradition of painting from nature, Tanvi applied and was Accepted At the Florence Academy Of Art, Florence, Italy(FAA).
Here she was honored By the Best Painting Of the Year from the Intermediate Studio of the School among other awards. She taught in the Academy in their Sculpture Drawing Studio.She was awarded for her Outstanding Performance in Art in her final academic year.
Tanvi presently works in her private studio in Florence while continuing to be an instructor in the Academy’s Drawing and Painting Program. Her work is represented by the Hagan Fine Art gallery in Charleston SC and by Carpenter Gallery in Newberry. Her work hangs in private collections in America, Europe and Asia.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

4 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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