Autumn in Tuscany – A Writing Retreat for the Senses

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September 14-19, 2014

Spend 5 days and 6 nights in a Tuscan farmhouse nestled in the Chianti region of Italy.  Immerse yourself in the Tuscan landscape, local food, fresh air.  Limber up during daily morning yoga and let your writing be transformed.  Fiction and nonfiction workshops will be held by me and Dulcie Witman, MFA, fiction writer and advice columnist.  Other activities available onsite include hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, Vespa rental, wine tastings.








By engaging the senses, our writing workshops will weave the work of writing together through the internal and the external.  Through the use of prompts, exercises and supportive guidance you’ll be invited to awaken the connection between your senses and your deepest writer self. You’ll be asked to bring something with you to share and to share what you are working on while you’re there. There will be time for individual consultation and for group readings.  All genres are welcome and you will be encouraged to try out another genre while you’re there.

Daily morning yoga practice led by Nancy Coleman will bring us, literally, to our senses.  In practices tailored to each group’s participants — beginners are welcome! — we enter our bodies with attention, breath and movement, with the particular intention of nurturing creative expression.

Cost is $1250 and includes five nights in double-occupancy rooms, all meals (local wine with dinner), daily yoga instruction and all workshop fees. Space is limited to twelve participants so early registration is recommended. Registration requires a non-refundable deposit of $250.  To pay now, please scroll down and find payment options.  For more information, contact me at


*There is no wifi, no cell reception, no TV and no air conditioning other than the September breeze.




55034_555870863215_4404348_32450195_438234_oDulcie Witman, MFA – Since completing an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington, writing has steadily encroached on my job as a therapist and my home life on the river in Topsham, Maine.  It has competed with hiking and biking and cross-country skiing for weekend time. It has changed the nature of traveling and reading from something I simply do for pleasure to a way that I throw out the net for my next scene or a new character.   Thinking about writing, talking about writing, reading about writing, teaching writing and writing itself have become central. And I love sharing that process with others.  In addition to my private therapy practice,  I was a founding editor of Minerva Rising Literary Journal.  I teach creative writing and hold writing groups in Portland, Maine.  I author an advice column and a website. I‘ve had several short pieces of fiction published and have recently completed my first novel, “Crooked Love” which while not factual, is certainly true.  Holding a writing retreat with fellow travelers in Tuscany is a dream come true.

biophotoreginaRegina Tingle, MFA –  I am a former Italy resident and native Texan who has spent the majority of my career leading hundreds of Americans all over the boot-shaped peninsula to suggestive destinations like Sardinia, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and Tuscany.  I first fell in love with language in its various forms, all-things foreign and traveling when I was eighteen and spent the summer studying and living with a family in Spain.  Since then I have been on a constant quest for more where all that’s concerned.  This had led me to climb to the top of nearly every tower in Italy, pick grapes in New Zealand, surf in Australia and return all the way back to my hometown.  I have written a memoir, authored my own website, published articles, essays, short stories in both fiction and nonfiction as well as poetry.  I believe that in order to live a creative life we must make time for nature, solitude and silence.  I also believe that our best growth can be done by stepping out of our comfortable realities and into somewhere completely new, into a place where we are forced to think about ourselves under a different light, unassociated to the roles we play in society and family as sister/wife/manager/mother.

Nancy-146x300Nancy Coleman, PhD – Licensed psychologist, musician, writer and long-time yoga practitioner, I’ve studied and taught Kripalu Yoga and have been an advanced student of chakra-based mind-body integrative therapies.  I’ve worked for 10 years as senior staff in the Opening the Heart Workshops of Spring Hill of Ashby where a smorgasbord of experiential practices – bioenergetics, Gestalt, yoga, mindfulness, and the gentle healing of sound and music – were engaged to bring about authentic heart-centered healing. I believe in the power of body-oriented practices to empower, transform and manifest what is most soulful within us.

Writing Retreat


  1. says

    Wow! This sounds soooo amazing! What a dream come true for writers! I know of so many really really good ones back home and will pass along for sure! I am no writer, but I do LOVE to write what is going on in my mind that seems so loud sometimes. I really liked what you said here…”I also believe that our best growth can be done by stepping out of our comfortable realities and into somewhere completely new, into a place where we are forced to think about ourselves under a different light, unassociated to the roles we play in society and family as sister/wife/manager/mother.” Growth most certainly comes from stepping outside of ourselves, even though our senses tell us to crawl back in our Hobbit holes as Bilbo Baggins wanted when any trial or tribulation came along his path in his journey!

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