Dream Goddess Retreat – Italy

Follow Your Dreams…

and continue your journey as you feed your soul in bella Italia, under the Tuscan sun! Stay in an ancient Tuscan villa in Cortona!

Give yourself time to reflect on the Goddess work you’ve just done and fine tune and celebrate all aspects while you fill your inner well with joyous relaxation and maybe… a bit of purely blissful indulgence as well!

• Start your morning with guided mediation and stretching.
• Then a light Italian breakfast (or a full English/Irish fare prepared by Gypsy)
• Pick your adventure for the day… walking the cobble-stoned paths of Cortona; exploring the ancient churches and paintings of the 10th through 17th Centuries; perhaps a train ride to Assisi to see St. Francis’ Cathedral; lunch in a small authentic Tuscan restaurant (and yes, you are allowed to drink wine at lunch time) – and the list goes on.

Travel the rolling hills of sunflowers and spend a day… Learning how to cook authentic Italian cuisine at my favorite winery, Avignonesi. All grapes and foods are grown organically.

Immerse yourself in the world of  Tuscan cuisine and learn about our wines through the cuisine of this area. Learn how to make typical savoury dishes such as “pici” (handmade pasta, Montepulciano style), Tuscan “sugo all’aglione” (tomato garlic sauce), pecorino flan with swiss chard puree, “torta della nonna” or many other dishes. Enjoy a glass of wine while you’re cooking!

Our exclusive cookery classes are available from Monday to Friday and are taught by one of our own winery chefs. They are designed for 4-8 guests, but single individuals or couples should contact us to check availability.

We privilege organic ingredients and seasonal produce. Many vegetables and fruits come from our own garden.

Immerse yourself in the world of Tuscan cuisine and learn about our wines through the cuisine of this area. Learn how to make typical savoury dishes such as “pici” (handmade pasta, Montepulciano style), Tuscan “sugo all’aglione” (tomato garlic sauce), pecorino flan with swiss chard puree, “torta della nonna” or many other dishes. Enjoy a glass of wine while you’re cooking!

Our exclusive cookery classes are available from Monday to Friday and are taught by one of our own winery chefs. They are designed for 4-8 guests, but single individuals or couples should contact us to check availability.

We privilege organic ingredients and seasonal produce. Many vegetables and fruits come from our own garden.

Reservations are required.

Cooking Class Programme

9:30 am
Arrival at Avignonesi for your cooking class guided by an Avignonesi chef. Each participant will receive a luxury gift bag comprised of an Avignonesi apron, cork screw, drop stop, bottle of wine, and recipe collection.
After the lesson you will enjoy a tour of our vineyards and historical cellars as well as the Winelover’s lunch in Foresteria with the possibility of choosing from the weekly menu.

And here’s a bit about the new owner… a Goddess Queen to be sure!

Virginie was born in Ghent, Belgium and graduated in law from the University of Paris in 1983. Virginie was brought up in a family that always enjoyed fine wines and, as a wine lover, decided to invest in the Avignonesi winery in 2007, after having retired from her highly successful legal career and moving to Tuscany. In 2009 she bought the whole of Avignonesi with the intention of taking a winery already recognised for its quality, innovative research and experimentation to a new level of excellence.

She is a strong believer in organic products and homeopathic medicine, so converting the winery to sustainable farming methods was a natural choice. Her aim at Avignonesi is to produce wines which do not only mirror the distinct identity of the terroir of Montepulciano, but wines which are healthier for her customers, healthier for the land and therefore for future generations.

Continue your dreamy adventures with us in Italy for only $2,050!
What that covers…

• 7 nights accommodations in a beautiful Tuscan villa!
• Daily meals include: a typical Italian breakfast (i.e. fruits, assorted pastries, jams, cheeses, and special breakfasts cooked by Gypsy); lunches & group dinners.
• 1-day cooking class which includes 4-course meal, dessert and all wine pairings! Yum!
• Daily guided meditations and other visioning activities with Kelly.
• Yoga
• Day excursions to other Tuscan cities (i.e., Montepulciano, Assisi, etc.)

Dates: June 2nd – June 9th. Continue your journey under the Tuscan sun…

Price before March 1st 2015: $2,050
Price after March 1st 2015: $2,450


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