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TUSCANY

'A TUSCAN FALL FEAST'

 'FOOD + STYLING + PHOTOGRAPHY
+ EXPLORATION OF THE AUTHENTIC TUSCANY RETREAT'

SEPTEMBER 27TH-OCTOBER 1ST 2018

SOLD OUT

FROM €2.497

 
 
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In September Sisterhood Retreats has created a unique opportunity to learn the secrets of the authentic Tuscan cuisine in loco seen through the lens. During 5 inspiration-packed days/4 nights we will style and photograph food, tablescapes, lush rolling hills, wine yards and olive yards. We will explore the local food scene, sail on Golfo dei Poeti and photograph all the characteristic small pastel towns and authentic villages near the coastline, go truffle foraging, photograph and learn how to make delicious Italian ravioli spinachi e ricotta from a proud Tuscan ‘mama’ and homecook, and chat, laugh and exchange dreams, ideas and experiences about life, work and what it takes to turn our passion into a profitable business around the wooden table, while we enjoy a true Tuscan Fall Feast.
— SIF ORELLANA, FOUNDER OF SISTERHOOD RETREATS

On the day of your arrival, we will welcome you for a 'meet-and-greet' with cold festive aperitivos and delicious Italian snacks at the terrace 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 aperitivo, we will serve you a festive Tuscan welcome dinner and celebrate our first night together.

Each morning we'll  wake up to the loveliest Tuscan breakfast served in the courtyard by my dear friends and owners of our authentic and outstanding retreat location, Maartje Schonefeld and Davide Donati. And talking about my team, I am so excited and grateful to be partnering with such talented and heart-driven people, who do whatever is in their power to take well care of us all from the very minute we arrive and until we exchange good byes. 

I can’t wait to welcome you in Tuscany and fuel you with new essential learning and useful tools, that can help you enhance your styling and photography skills, and bring your ideas into existence. During our time together my wonderful team and I will do our utmost to nurture your tastebuds, and fuel you with inspiring classes, new tools and insights, wonderful excursions and exploration of one of the most beautiful places in the world - at true Narnia.
— Sif Orellana
 
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DETAILS

 
 

WHEN:
September 27- October 1st, 2018

Check-in is between 4-6 PM on September 27th. Aperitivos and Italian nibbles will be 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 October 1st.

WHAT:
5 days/4 nights of lodging in a wonderful old stone farmhouse, guided facilitation, hands-on training and in-depth instructions on food-styling, food- and lifestyle photography combined with truffle-hunting, fresh pasta cooking class, sail trip on Golfo dei Poeti, visits at local producers, a fall feast in the olive grove and lots of delicious food.
 
WHO:
People from all walks of life is welcome.
Space is limited to 6 attendees.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
Please bring the camera you normally shoot with (your DSLR or mirrorless) or/and your iPhone.

PRICE:
Prices listed are per person
Single room: €2.897 per person
Shared double room: €2.497 per person*


OBS: *Shared double room may only be booked by two people who wish to share a room. You must be purchasing 2 spots for this option.

The workshop fee can be paid in two installments. To only pay a 50% deposit now, use the code 2INSTALLMENTS at check out. Feel free to pa in full if you would like. Otherwise the second payment will be due on August 22nd.

HOW TO GET THERE:

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 on September 27 at 3:30 PM at Pisa airport to the property,  and a car will drive back to Pisa Airport at 11 am on October 1st. If you touch ground in Florence, Parma, or Bologna airport instead, you can either rent a car, or jump on a train, and we'll be happy to pick you up at the the local train station in the little village ' San Lorenzo' called "Minucciano-Pieve-Casola" (it is named like that, since 3 villages are near to the station, but it's only one station).

INCLUDED:

  • 4 nights of accommodation at an old authentic stone farmhouse nestled in the rolling hills of the undisturbed part of Tuscany

  • All meals, refreshments, coffée/tea/snacks during the retreat

  • A class that gives you a solid understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO - the Three Kings of Photography, also known as the "Exposure Triangle"

  • In-depth instructions & hands-on classes on how to find your signature style, manipulate light, compose a photo, work with props, style and shoot both food and lifestyle shots

  • Sailtrip at Golfo dei Poeti and lunch at a family-driven trattoria in Tellaro

  • 1 pasta-making cooking class captured with our cameras

  • A truffle hunt

  • Transportation for all group excursions during the workshop

  • The unique opportunity to meet and connect with a group of like-minded creatives from all over the world

  • Free-time to relax, recharge, shoot photos on you own, read or take a nap

  • Goodie bag with lovely surprise

  • The possibility to join a class where you learn how to make an e-book

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Your airline tickets, taxes & baggage fee

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

  • Meals/items/activities bought when you're not with the group

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WELCOME LETTER & SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP
A couple of weeks prior to the workshop you will receive a welcome letter with more practival information, a list of participants and a detailed itinerary. You wil also be invited to become a member of a private 'A TUSCAN FALL FEAST' Facebook group. Here you can communicate e.g. about sharing the costs for a rented car from airport and other practicalities, post 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. In this group we'll also share insider's tips and tricks with you in terms of where to stay, eat and shop if you plan to stay longer in Paris.

 

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CLASSES AND FOCUS

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LEARN TO TAKE STELLAR FOOD- AND LIFESTYLE PHOTOS

During our five days together I will walk you through how to master the manual mode on your camera and teach you how to expertly dial in aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. I will teach you new ways to shoot evocative magazine-worthy photos, tell captivating food & travel stories, and develop new skills to grow as a photographer. High-quality food & lifestyle photography is tricky, and I have created this retreat to share all my very best tips and tricks with you on how to create stellar imagery, and load you with knowledge from the photographic industry.

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Step up your styling

Throughout the workshop you will also learn the fundamentals of food styling, the principles of composition, how to use the right props to evoke the ambience you aim for, how to tell plated stories, create beautiful tablescapes, manipulate light, and make conscious decisions about what you put in the frame and what you leave out.

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bonus class on how to make an e-book

The retreat also includes a bonus clas for the ones interested in learning how to create a beautiful e-book + how to tell a food- and travel story in pictures and text to sell to a magazine. The ones that are not interested in learning about this, are free to spoil themselves with a couple of hours on their own to read/go for a walk/take a nap or a swim/edit photos or photograph the breathtaking surroundings.

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THE SECRETS OF THE AUTHENTIC TUSCAN CUISINE

During the retreat you'll also achieve culinary inspiration from local Tuscan producers, makers, foodies and home chefs. You'll be introduced to many local dishes and learn about the local edible treasures like wild herbs, truffles, chestnut flour, olive oil, grapes and figs.

 
 
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LOCATION

Your home for four 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 5 minutes from each other, and are both characterized by peace and tranquility. 

LA CONCIA
The farmhouse where most of our Tuscan meals will be served - La Concia, a 13th-century Tuscan monastery that has been beautifully renovated and converted into a B&B - belongs to our lovely host couple, Maartje & Davide, who live there with their daughter Béatrice. 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. 

FARM HOUSE IN THE WOODS
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 have 2 wonderful  single rooms and 1 double room. If you are an early bird or a nighl owl and would like to begin or end the day with a swim, this farmhouse offers a relaxing swimming pool area, where you can enjoy a dip before breakfast or bedtime and appreciate the view of the mountains.


TESTIMONIALS

 
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"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

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"I

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

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“I have been full of peace and happiness ever since."

Thank you for an amazing retreat and learning experience.

LOUISE GRANHOF JUHL, DENMARK

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“Ever thought about growing as a person creatively? And at the same time meeting people who will inspire you with their stories and creativity while gaining a fantastic mentor. I did – amazing and inspiring Sif Orellana made it happen and her retreats and workshop are truly a must."

Sif has a gift – she has a sense of uniting a group by creating an environment where everyone opens and shares thoughts and experiences with each other. Sif passes on her knowledge by telling the most wonderful stories, giving advice and also teaches hands-on, whether it is how to captivate beautiful images, new apps or creating a successful business. Most importantly Sif teaches you how to be true to yourself, embrace your dreams and live the creative life you always dreamt of. I am so happy I met Sif and all my new sisters. Thank you for making it happen – can’t wait to embark on new adventures with my extended creative family in the future.

JULIE POLAR, DENMARK

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“I'm speechless I'm so thankful… It was wonderful, eye-opening 3 days for me. You are such a colorful person and genuine to share your experiences and skill sets with us. I think that it's really good that I participated in this workshop to open up new paths and possibilities in this time of transition.

Your pieces of advice are precious to me and filled me with so much energy. I felt stuck when I came, but now I have found a light that gives me a sense of direction - thanks to your guidance. I know organizing workshops is a really hard thing, but you never looked tired and I respect you a lot. Again, thank you so much. I'm looking forward to our next gatherings. With lots of appreciation.

MINA USUI, JAPAN

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“These days have been just magical! Thank you so much."

MARIA HÄRDNER, SWEDEN

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“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

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“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

 

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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.

 
 
We look so much forward to embarking on this travel-based learning adventure with you! See you in the rolling hills of Tuscany for a fabulous Tuscan Fall Feast.
— The Sisterhood Team