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 usually 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! 

Olive grove in Spring. Sabina, 2017.

Olive grove in Spring. Sabina, 2017.


This unique workshop helps participants transform emotional wounds and cultivate calm, connection and bliss in their lives. Artie Wu has been practicing his unique healing program since 2011, offering a clear path to a more joyful life through meditation and writing exercises to shift your focus and empower your voice. This is an intensive group experience that requires listening, sharing, and is sure to foster lasting connections and inner growth. Our private venue enhances this healing journey and sacred experience with quietude, the beauty of the Italian countryside, and chef-prepared meals designed to promote vitality and a celebration of Spring.

For a detailed description of this intensive 3-day healing retreat please visit Artie's site: 

3 days/4 nights: May 23-27, (full workshop days 24-25-26).

All-inclusive - Shared Room: €800 Private Room: €960. Price includes accommodation, all food and drink, transport from/to local train station and any off-site sleeping accommodations to the workshop venue.

There will be an additional workshop fee for the retreat content. Please visit Artie's site here for more information on how to sign up! 

Contact Us to reserve your spot!


the force of poetry

Generate new writing and share your work with other passionate poets in supportive critiques, and enjoy unique countryside tours, fresh Italian meals 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*  2019: Contact us for dates.

*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.  2019: Contact us for dates.



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.  

*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. 

2019: Contact Us for dates and more information.

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. 

2019: Contact Us for dates and reservations.