'SPRING IN THE ROLLING HILLS OF TUSCANY'
FOOD, PHOTOGRAPHY & CREATIVITY RETREAT
MAY 10TH-15TH 2018
Join me, my amazing assistant, Anna Gilchrist, and my dear friends and owners of our stunning retreat location, Maartje Schonefeld and Davide Donati for an inspiration-packed 6-day/5-nights retreat in a beautiful and undisturbed part of Tuscany, Italy. I am so excited and grateful to be partnering with such talented and heart-driven people, and we all count the days for May 10th to come to press the kick-off button and invite you on an insider's explorative and culinary tour of the breathtaking region to hidden gems, treasures and trattorias, fuel you with new learning and nourish your tastebuds.
During our six days together, a local chef will, amongst others, teach us how to make freshmade Italian pasta, we will we will shoot, style, have editing sessions, talk about social media, how to tell a visual story and and transform your passion to a profitable business. When you wake up in the morning, the loveliest Tuscan breakfast is waiting for you in the courtyard, and in the evening the most delicious homemade Italian meals will be served at a long wooden table at the farmhouse, in the olive yard or at a local trattoria, based on fresh local products and accompanied by good wine.
- All classes, workshop material, meals, lodging, excursions and transportation during the workshop is included.
- The nearest major airport is Pisa airport, about 80 minutes from the workshop location and our home during the retreat by car. A pick-up will be arranged at 3 pm in Pisa airport to to the property on May 10th and a car will drive the attendees back to Pisa Airport at 11 am on May 15th.
- Prices listed are per person.
- Space is limited to 8 attendees.
- Check-in is between 4-6 pm on the 10th of May with drinks served at the terrace at 7 pm and a festive welcome dinner at 8 pm. Check out is after our lovely farewell breakfast at 11 am on the 15th.
- Please bring your laptop, your mirrorless, DSLR and/or your iphone.
- Sif Orellana will teach the workshop.
- A few weeks prior to the retreat you will receive a detailed itinerary and you wil be invited to become a member of our private 'Spring in the Rolling Hills of Tuscany' Facebook group. Here you can post any questions, ask for advice, share insights and personal goals, and I can upload the links, recommendations, tips and tricks, I share with you during the classes.
- Contact: Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
DAY OF ARRIVAL
On the day of your arrival, we will welcome you for a 'meet-and-greet' with cold spumante in the glasses and delicious Italian snacks made by our talented, food-loving host couple, who cooks all our meals in the farmhouse, based on organic, fresh ingredients, some of them grown in the garden belonging to the farmhouse. After the aperitif, we will serve you a festive Tuscan welcome dinner and celebrate our first night together.
FOOD & EXPLORATION
Throughout the retreat, my team and I will invite you on a number of excursions, where we can both shoot stunning lifestyle photos, explore the region and enjoy some good meals. We will invite you on a trip to one the charming villages in the area, where we’ll serve you a delicious lunch at the seaside, while we take in the beautiful view of the sea.
With picnic-baskets in hand we'll take you to a secret picturesque waterfall with the most beautiful crystal blue water, where you are free to take a refreshing dip before we sit down under the shades of the trees and enjoy a delicate outdoor picnic of local specialties, olives, cheese, loaves of bread, Italian treats and more. And on the way back home we’ll stop for a drink at our favorite bar in the small, rural village near our retreat location.
On the final evening of the retreat, we'll prepare a wonderful, festive farewell dinner out in the olive yard served at a long wooden table in the midst of olive trees. And these are just some of the experiences we have in store for you - lots of other wonderful surprises will be revealed during the retreat.
Your home for five nights will be in one of two charming stone farmhouses drenched in history and set amongst olive groves and vineyards in the beautiful medieval village of Codiponte in a quiet and unspoiled part of Tuscany. The houses are located within walking distance from one another (15 minutes) and are both characterized by peace and tranquility. Teaching sessions will take place at both places, and our wonderful host couple, Maartje and Davide, have been kind to offer to bring us from one place to another by car - unless we feel like stretching our legs and go there on foot.
The farmhouse where most of our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be served - La Concia - belongs to our lovely local host couple, Maartje & Davide, who live there with their daughter Béatrice and run a very treasured B&B, when it is not rented out to us or other workshops providers. It will be our 'headquarter' during the retreat and is a 13th-century Tuscan monastery that has been beautifully renovated and converted into a charming B&B. The house sits on a hill surrounded by olive groves, terraces with olive trees, lavender, wildflowers and fragrant herbs, and offers stunning views over the surrounding rolling hills, the majestic Apuan Alps and the historic village of Codiponte. Next to the farmhouse, there is a vegetable garden, that provides sun-ripened tomatoes and courgettes. There are plenty of shady places to retreat with a good book or to enjoy an afternoon nap. There are 3 single rooms and 2 double rooms in this farmhouse.
From the courtyard, the other ancient farmhouse, that we are lucky to call our home for the five days, can be seen, nestled in the wooded hills. This farmhouse belongs to close friends of Maartje and Davide and has 2 single rooms and 1 double room. If you are an early bird and would like to begin the day with a swim, this farmhouse offers a relaxing swimming pool area, where you can enjoy a dip before breakfast and appreciate the view of mountains.
You have the option to book a single room or a shared double room (with two separate beds) - depending on when you book and availability.
€2.597 per person
Shared double room
€2.397 per person
WHO CAN JOIN
We welcome all levels and breeds of creatives. It is our belief, that there's almost no field that can't benefit from a working knowledge of creativity, storytelling, and photography. Participants from all walks of life levels are welcome - and even though the title of my workshop and retreat enterprise is 'Sisterhood Retreats, it doesn't mean that the workshops are not open to men. Men are absolutely welcome!
* All classes
* All teaching material
* All meals during the workshop (both at the farmhouse and at restaurants)
* Snacks & refreshments
* transportation during the workshop
*Your airline tickets, taxes & baggage fee
* travel insurance
*Meals/items/activities bought when you're not with the group
“These days have been just magical! Thank you so much."
MARIA HÄRDNER, SWEDEN
“I have been full of peace and happiness ever since."
Thank you for an amazing retreat and learning experience.
LOUISE GRANHOF JUHL, DENMARK
"AFTER SPENDING JUST A FEW DAYS TOGETHER AT A SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS TALE RETREAT, A VERY SPECIAL BOND WAS CREATED BETWEEN EVERYONE IN OUR LOVELY GROUP."
It was such an honor to be a part of this creative bunch, made extra special by our lovely leader and teacher Sif. Her passion and ability to inspire, her big heart and kind words, her empathy and unlimited generosity are so precious and inspiring that we were all in awe. I came back home with a full heart and lots of new friends. It was unforgettable! Thank you Sif for bringing us all together and sharing your hearts and wisdom!”
KARMEN KODA, PARIS
SIGNED UP FOR SIF'S WORKSHOP HOPING TO HONE MY VISUAL STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES...BUT I LEFT WITH SO MUCH MORE."
For me, the main benefits came when Sif shared the inside secrets of her incredible personal success story and from receiving invaluable individual feedback which she happily provided beyond workshop hours and even upon my return home! Importantly, she makes you feel comfortable instantly, no matter your photographic experience. Her down-to-earth approach helped participants to immediately gel well together which made the workshop fun.
Sif's style of communicating her visual storytelling knowledge is unique and made me feel truly connected and inspired. I returned home equipped with more tools and fully motivated to take action on my dreams.
I can’t speak highly enough of Sif's workshops.
IVAN EBEJER, MALTA
“I strongly recommend joining Sif Orellana in any upcoming retreat. She shares her talent, but, more importantly, her wisdom! "
You might not know but you cannot really live happily without it!
KAJSA JEPPSON, SWEDEN
“I AM STILL IN SOME KIND OF EUPHORIA AFTER MY RETREAT WITH SIF ORELLANA."
Thank you so much for being the most inspiring, caring and warm person I have met in a long time, Sif. I will always be grateful for this retreat.
NETTAN DAHLQUIST. NORWAY
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Due to logistics, the people involved, this is a non-refundable retreat, so please register only if you know you can attend. However, we´d happily transfer your spot to someone else should you be unable to make it and know someone who will take your spot. In the unlikely case that we have to cancel the workshop, you would receive a complete refund of the retreat fee. We encourage you to have a valid travel insurance before embarking on the trip. More info about our terms and conditions can be found here.