WHO WE ARE
A collaborative of professional chefs, artists, and academics.
our retreats were born from shared passion for the arts, food, sustainable tourism, and countless years of work in the hospitality industry.
Rissa Miller: Cordon Bleu-trained chef, restaurant consultant, and painter. After years working in restaurant kitchens and yoga retreats in the U.S., France, and Italy, Rissa fell in love with Italian countryside living. She started Rome Retreats in 2016 to offer creative travel experiences to fellow food and art lovers.
Johnny Madge: Internationally acclaimed olive oil sommelier, marble sculptor, expert forager, and tour guide extraordinaire.
Luigi Caranti: University professor and Kant scholar who dreams of being a farmer - when he's not teaching or writing, Luigi owns and operates his agroturismo villa property, tending his olive trees and crafting his own wine.
James Johnstone: Award-winning historical walking tours guide, linguist, translator, story-teller and Canadian transplant - James brings his knowledge, passion, and exquisite fashion sense to every tour. Read his wonderful blog here.
WHAT WE DO
Design and host Painting, writing, and food workshop retreats with bespoke itineraries in Sabina - a secluded and rustic countryside paradise just 45 minutes north of Rome.
The villa property maintains a vineyard, olive and fruit orchards, vegetable gardens and luxury swimming pool. We offer menus full of local organic products, small producer wines and unique local tours to make your creative workshop holiday unforgettable.
(Check out Lori's incredible food blog here!)