RETREAT:  /ri'tri:t/: verb. 

A quiet or secluded place in which one can rest or relax.

synonyms: refuge, haven, sanctuary

All our retreats provide a convivial atmosphere of learning and wellness.  We foster connection to fellow creatives, food enthusiasts, and the native landscape.  Yoga, meditation, and nutritional counseling available. 

CULINARY retreats 

THE ART OF PASTRY, PASTA & PIZZA with Pino and Julia Ficara


creative retreats



CERAMICS INTENSIVE with Eleonora Colletti

Workshops are limited to 8 participants. Contact us to book your place. 

If you're interested in leading your own retreat, get in touch, we'd love to help you design and host your own dream workshop! 

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the force of poetry

Generate new writing and share your work with other passionate poets in supportive critiques, all while being drenched with good food, unique countryside tours and natural beauty. Liz Rees is a"Poet in the Schools" for the Maryland State Arts Council, and has published over 250 poems in journals such as Partisan Review, and has over 30 years of teaching experience for Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Howard Universities. This retreat is designed to help you get quiet, connected, and dive into your writing with all five senses.    

Price Includes:  18 hours of writing workshop, private accommodation, 4 guided tours, all food and wine, 4 hours of optional yoga, and local transportation.    

8 days/7 nights.  All inclusive $2400 USD*  2018: Oct 14-21

*Intermediate-level poetry experience, writing submissions required before reservation accepted. 

Poetry Workshop

the art of pastry, pasta & Pizza

 Chef Pino Ficara at work

Chef Pino Ficara at work

For passionate cooks, artisanal food lovers, and professional chefs who want to expand their knowledge of Italian cuisine, this is an immersive workshop not to be missed. 100% artisanal techniques, led by professional chef Pino Ficara and pasta expert, Julia Ficara, owners of Grano & Farina in the heart of Rome.  All levels of experience can benefit from chef Pino and Julia's professional expertise and approachable style.  You'll leave with new tools, techniques, step-by-step recipes, unforgettable food experiences, and an expanded foodie community.   

Price includes:  4 intensive cooking lessons, 3 local food tours, olive oil lesson with master oil sommelier Johnny Madge, guided wine tasting, private accommodations on our villa property, all food and wine, and local transportation.  

5 nights/6 days. €2,500 all inclusive.  2018: Sept 3-8
CONTACT US for more information, or purchase your place right away! 

food photography & food styling

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Rome Retreats is teaming up with Meeta K. Wolff again ! This time we're taking our show on the road to middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Malta's landscape is a natural treasure for the photographer's eye, not to mention their unique range of culinary dishes that express Italian and North African influences. Malta also produces a range of artisanal food that we will explore on camera and the palette: capers, honey, cheese, olives, wine and more. Open to all levels. See past photos and get inspired by her blog from past workshops!  

1 night/2 days. Spring 2019. CONTACT US, Sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned for details! 


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Gary P. Lissa, professional painter, printmaker and teacher in Florence for over 30 years, has designed a workshop exclusively for Rome Retreats. For sketching and watercolors we'll visit an abandoned castle, an overgrown 17th century marble quarry, hilltop medieval villages, and a 2,000 year old olive tree, and spend at least four hours a day at the canvas back at the villa. Gary will offer informal lectures on the legacy of landscape painting, and promote personal creative development and practices. Endless discussions over dinners and coffee to follow every evening. All levels welcome. 

"The landscape of Italy has obsessed the artist for centuries. It is no coincidence that the greatest landscape painters of the past four centuries have all spent much time studying and living in Italy."  - Gary Lissa. 

Price includes:  4 local excursions, including an olive oil tasting and tour,  30 hours of instruction, accommodations, all chef prepared meals including wine, and local transportation.  

 6 nights/7 days, All Inclusive. $1,500 USD, shared room, $1,800 USD, private room. Participants bring their own artist supplies*, canvasses and easels provided.  2018: Sept 30-Oct 6

*This workshop is designed for a combination of Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphite, Ink and Charcoal.  If you must use oils please be in touch and we will try to accommodate. 

Contact Us for more information, or buy now and reserve your spot!

Earth, water & fire: ceramics all levels

 At work in the Terrecotte Sabine studio, 2017

At work in the Terrecotte Sabine studio, 2017

Taught by master ceramicist Eleonora Colletti at her hilltop studio, just minutes from the villa property.  Eleonora has been making ceramics and teaching students for over 30 years, every skill level can benefit from her workshops.  

Price Includes:  30 hours of studio time, 2 local food tours, accommodation on our villa property, all food and wine, local transportation. 

6 nights/5days.  €1,800 all inclusive.  Partial stays and private lessons available. 

2018: CONTACT US for dates and reservations.