Tuscany Arts and Healing co-ordinate and facilitate workshops, events and courses focussing on personal growth, healing and creativity in stunning venues within the breathtaking landscapes around Tuscany.


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Creative Writing & Mindfulness

Sparks! An adventure in mindfulness to ignite your writer's fire. 5-day Residential Retreat in Creative Writing and Mindfulness at a stunning venue in the hills near Lucca in Northern Tuscany
6 - 11 October 2018

Ignite your writer's spark on this 5-day Creative Writing and Mindfulness Retreat at Villa Boccella, near Lucca in Northern Tuscany. Set against the backdrop of the stillness and beauty of the Tuscan landscape, these five days will set you on a very special writer's journey for life.

Ignite your writer's spark on this 5-day Creative Writing and Mindfulness Retreat at Villa Boccella, near Lucca in Northern Tuscany. Set against the backdrop of the stillness and beauty of the Tuscan landscape, these five days will set you on a very special writer's journey for life.


Mindfulness transforms the craft of writing into the art of writing. It inspires and nourishes our natural, innate writer's voice. Led by Sheldon Press Mindfulness author, Catherine G Lucas alongside playwright, poet and performer Swithin Fry, this retreat unravels the apparent contradiction between the calm of mindfulness and the explosion of creativity.

Calling all writers: whatever your genre, wherever you might be on your writer's journey, this retreat will open up new vistas and new energy for you.

Each day is designed for you to experience how the creative calm of mindfulness feeds directly into every stage of the writer's journey. From transforming the spark of inspiration into the final written words, mindfulness is there serving and nourishing your inner writer's voice.

Catherine, a mindfulness trainer as well as author, leads the 'power of now' sessions which link into Swithin's writing development workshops. In this way, you will experience the direct relationship between mindfulness and creativity. When mental clutter drops away, our true voice can be heard and expressed.

Each day is designed for creative calm, starting with optional meditation and Chi Gung (a mindful slow movement and waking-up routine similar to Tai Chi) before breakfast. We then lead into the morning's mindfulness/writing workshop.

After lunch there will be free time – hopefully, inspired writing time. The stunning grounds of the Villa Boccella estate are available for you and your notebook to explore. There will also be opportunities in the afternoons for one-to-one sessions with the tutors, followed by a late afternoon mindfulness/writing session.

A special event of the Retreat will be an afternoon writing trip to Lucca, a bustling nearby town renowned for its Renaissance Walls as much for its medieval 'rotunda' of houses built directly and visibly on the foundations of a Roman amphitheatre. This will be a chance to try our your enhanced self-awareness as a writer in a 'living context'.

Our aim, within the context of 'mindful creativity' is to provide you with a highly individualised experience tailored to your specific writing needs, whatever your preferred genre, and whatever your experience as a writer. Bring along a piece of work, work on a totally new piece over the five days or explore other genres, or do all three!

Your tutors:
Catherine G Lucas qualified as a Mindfulness Trainer with Breathworks in 2007 and has taught many groups since then, including soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and NHS therapists. On the writing front, she has two books in the Sheldon Press’s Mindfulness Series. The first was released in January 2017 and the second is due out in 2018. Before that she published two books on mental health, one with Findhorn Press (2011) and the other with Sheldon Press (2015). Catherine's writing builds on her earlier academic career when she held a full-time lectureship in European Studies at Edgehill University. She is a fluent Italian speaker having lived in Tuscany as a child.

Swithin Fry is a playwright, poet and performer who has also taught Creative Writing at Further Education level in the UK. His plays have included a commission for a musical from the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham and a competition entry which was chosen to be performed professionally by the Landor Theatre in London (2014). His poetry has been published by Brittle Star (2007) and he performed his nine-verse poem, 'The Eminent M', a take on the Faustus story, with the VIA inclusive- dance company which won second prize at the Cheltenham Performing Arts Festival in 2013. His performing work includes a highly successful comedy improvisation event which he wrote and directed at the King's Theatre in Gloucester in the UK (2013-14). More recently, he toured a one-man show about his visit to his penpal, Tim Coleman on Death Row, Ohio who he believes is innocent (2013-ongoing). After performing this at the Brighton Fringe, he was invited to take it to the renowned King's Head Pub Theatre in Islington, London. He is currently writing a book about his unlikely friendship with Tim.

Our retreat includes:

- five nights accommodation at the Dependance on the Villa Boccella estate (twin-bedded en suite rooms; a limited number of single/double en suite
rooms are also available)
- mindfulness and creative writing sessions with our tutors, as well as one-to-one sessions
- half day excursion to Lucca
- all meals and refreshments
- delicious freshly-prepared meals with locally sourced ingredients with wine or non alcoholic drinks served at the evening meal
- unlimited supply of teas, coffees, herbal and fruit teas, and fresh fruit
- Tourist Tax

Travel to the venue is not included but we can arrange airport transfers as well as pick up in Lucca. Travel insurance is recommended for those who come from abroad. For details of our Early Bird Discount please contact us at the address below. The costs are per person.

  • 4pm 6 October - 12pm 11 October 2018
  • From €850 per person
  • max. 12 places
  • 6-11 October 2018

Call: +39 345 3140844
Email: tuscanyartsandhealing@gmail.com

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Location

Villa Boccella is an immaculately restored 17c Tuscan estate with extensive grounds set amongst the rolling hills of N Tuscany. It is very well situated only 10km from the historic, walled city of Lucca and an hour's drive from Pisa with its international airport.

Our Retreat mainly takes place in the Dependance of the Villa. The main living/dining room of the Dependance has a log fire, beautiful new conservatory with its own stove and delightful sitting out areas. We also have use of the adjacent Studio which is a light and airy space with underfloor heating. The acccommodation is top quality throughout and all bedrooms are spacious, tastefully furnished and en suite. There will be ample opportunity to explore the fine landscaped gardens with rare specimens of trees and shrubs, olive groves and views over the surrounding countryside. It is a truly magical place.

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Booking & Information

For bookings and further information, please contact: Jane Parkinson, Co-ordinator and Facilitator
Email: tuscanyartsandhealing@gmail.com

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Yoga Day Retreat

Revitalise your energy in the marvellous month of May with our Yoga Retreat Day with Joann Connington in a stunningly beautiful and tranquil location near Lucca in Northern Tuscany
Saturday 26 May 2018

We are delighted to be able to host this restorative and relaxing May Yoga Retreat Day with highly-recommended yoga instructor Joann Connington at I Romiti del Torrente in the Garfagnana in Northern Tuscany

We are delighted to be able to host this restorative and relaxing May Yoga Retreat Day with highly-recommended yoga instructor Joann Connington at I Romiti del Torrente in the Garfagnana in Northern Tuscany


"The yoga was excellent, enjoyable and restorative. Joann is a very good teacher, very expert and supportive. Delicious food. Thank you for a memorable day!" (R.L., March 2018)

Take a day out for yourself and enjoy all the benefits of personalised yoga instruction with an inspirational teacher in a peaceful location, easily accessible by car from Lucca.

Our Yoga Retreat Day, which will be conducted in English, will offer a gentle flow of postures (asanas) with consistent attention to the breath. The Workshop is suitable for all levels.

The emphasis in the morning will be on more dynamic postures that provide a strong foundation for the day. In the afternoon, we will focus on restful and restorative poses that will relax the body and still the mind.

Joann has taught for over 30 years in Aspen in Colorado and has led Yoga Retreats in Mexico, the United States and Italy. She has developed a teaching style based on many years training in the Iyengar tradition, primarily with Ramanand Patel. Angela Farmer also had a strong influence on the more gentle approach to the postures She is currently based in Lucca where she offers regular classes in Hatha Yoga.

The Retreat will take place at I Romiti del Torrente, Fabbriche del Vallico, near Lucca.

The cost for the day is €75, inclusive of yoga instruction, all yoga props, freshly-prepared vegetarian lunch and all refreshments. €25 deposit will secure your place payable either in cash for local students or via Tuscany Arts and Healing's Paypal account (tuscanyartsandhealing@gmail.com). The deposit is non-refundable. The balance is to be paid in cash on the day. For cancellation within 7 days of the Retreat, you will be liable for the entire payment unless you can fill your spot in which case all monies will be returned.

For those of you from outside town, why not extend your stay and make a mini break of it? Tuscany is glorious in May, and the historic walled city of Lucca is an ideal base from which to explore further. We can find you places to stay in local friendly bed and breakfasts – just contact us for more information. Pisa International Airport is just over 30 minutes from Lucca.

  • 10am - 5pm
  • From €75 per person
  • 12 places
  • Saturday 26 May 2018

Call: +39 345 3140844
Email: tuscanyartsandhealing@gmail.com

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Location

Situated high above the river Torrite in the Garfagnana, Tuscany's mountainous northern province, I Romiti del Torrente is a meticulously restored 13c Augustinian monastery above Fabbriche di Vallico. The yoga will take place in the former church of the monastery with its stone-flagged floor and oak planked chestnut beams. Our venue has a number of beautiful terraces where you can admire the spectacular views of the wooded slopes of the Apuan Alps and sometimes catch sight of poiani, majestic birds of prey circling overhead, or you can relax by the salt water infinity pool.

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Booking & Information

For bookings and further information, please contact: Jane Parkinson, Co-ordinator and Facilitator
Email: tuscanyartsandhealing@gmail.com

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Yoga Residential Retreat

Relax, renew and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul on our 3 day Yoga Residential Retreat with Joann Connington in a stunningly beautiful location in the hills near Lucca, Northern Tuscany
28-31 October 2017

We are delighted to be able to offer this relaxing and restorative 3 day Yoga Residential Retreat with Joann Connington at Villa Boccella, near Lucca in Northern Tuscany.

We are delighted to be able to offer this relaxing and restorative 3 day Yoga Residential Retreat with Joann Connington at Villa Boccella, near Lucca in Northern Tuscany.


Take time out for yourself to nourish and nurture your body, mind and spirit in the beautiful ambiance of Villa Boccella. Leave your cares (and even your laptop) behind and immerse yourself in three days of yoga under the expert guidance of inspirational teacher, Joann Connington.

We aim to allow you a true sense of retreat for your whole self through a combination each day of practicing dynamic postures to awaken the body and some quieting internal observational practices against the backdrop of the stillness and beauty of the Tuscan countryside. As ever, there will be consistent attention to the breath to calm the mind and relax the body.

We will begin on arrival day with a late afternoon session of yoga to settle ourselves gently into the practice and to come together as a group before the evening meal.

The emphasis in the morning sessions will be on the more invigorating yoga poses with the focus on standing postures, balancing poses and perhaps inversions. In the late afternoon sessions we will focus on more restorative sitting or lying down asanas as the day wanes. Pranayama (breath control) and short, seated meditations will bring closure to each day's practice.

We will finish our retreat on Tuesday morning with one session of yoga in order to formally bring closure to our time together.

Joann is an internationally known teacher of yoga who now lives in Lucca where she holds regular classes in Hatha Yoga. She taught for over 30 years in Aspen in Colorado and has led many retreats in Italy, the USA and Mexico. She has developed a teaching style based on many years training in the Iyengar tradition with Ramanand Patel. Angela Farmer who is a renowned teacher trainer in the United States had a strong influence too on the more gentle approach to the postures.

Our retreat includes:

three nights accommodation at the Dependance on the Villa Boccella estate (twin-bedded en suite rooms. We also have a limited number of single en suite rooms)
all meals and refreshments. Delicious freshly prepared vegetarian meals with locally sourced ingredients with wine served at the evening meal
unlimited supply of teas, coffees, herbal and fruit teas, and fresh fruit
6 sessions of yoga
all yoga props, mats and blankets

During your free time in the afternoons, you will be able to explore the beautiful grounds of the Villa Boccella estate with walks through the olive groves, or book a massage, Indian Head massage or session of reflexology with our in-house therapist (at an additional price). Travel to the venue is not included but we can arrange airport transfers as well as pick up in Lucca. Travel insurance is also recommended for those who come from abroad.

  • 4pm 28 October - 11am 31 October 2017
  • From €550 per person
  • 12 places
  • 28 October - 31 October 2017

Call: +39 345 3140844
Email: tuscanyartsandhealing@gmail.com

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Location

Villa Boccella is an immaculately restored 17c Tuscan estate with extensive grounds set amongst the rolling hills of N Tuscany. It is very well situated only 10km from the historic, walled city of Lucca and an hour's drive from Pisa with its international airport.

Our Retreat takes place in the Dependance of the Villa and we will be using the adjacent. light and airy Studio with its underfloor heating for our yoga sessions. The acccommodation is top quality throughout and all bedrooms are spacious, tastefully furnished and en suite. There will be ample opportunity to explore the fine landscaped gardens with rare specimens of trees and shrubs and views over the surrounding countryside. It is a truly magical place.

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Booking & Information

For bookings and further information, please contact: Jane Parkinson, Co-ordinator and Facilitator
Email: tuscanyartsandhealing@gmail.com

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call: +39 345 3140844
email: tuscanyartsandhealing@gmail.com

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