“Where we put our awareness and for how long, maps our destiny.”
In October 2020, join us for the RETREAT OF A LIFETIME in Tuscany, Italy. Spend 5+ life-changing days learning to manifest your ideal life in Montepulciano, Italy at “Rick Steves recommended” and renowned Relais Ortaglia B&B Tuscan Villa with skilled teachers Sandy Abrams, Elia Nichols and Gianna Vallefuoco, hosted by Sandra Ferretti. Join this magical team to learn concrete ways to optimize your life through breath, voice, posture, intuition, and creativity.
We will slow down… as we gather momentum from a unique global collective energy! Tuscany is an ideal place to quiet the mind and observe the moment. In addition to learning profound, practical, and lasting ways to literally change our minds and mindsets, our extraordinary agenda includes a variety of unforgettable experiences. View the Tuscan countryside from a hot air balloon, go truffle hunting for rare culinary treasures, sample divine Italian wines, visit ancient Tuscan cellars, walk through the vineyards of enchanting Montepulciano, and learn to eat intuitively as we taste some of Italy's most cherished cuisine. Enjoy breathwork, movement and yoga (all levels) while looking out at the breathtaking Italian landscape.
Learn how to more effectively use the body and voice to communicate and present the best version of yourself, with the support of passionate and like-minded women. Italy is one of Europe’s oldest civilizations, overflowing with abundant natural wonders. It is no coincidence we chose this magical land and this extraordinary estate to host our retreat and offer you Tuscany from a rare and personal perspective. This team of four insightful and deeply passionate entrepreneurs includes an actress, an artist, an author, and an agriturismo tourism expert.
Our small group retreat has limited spaces, and is intended for those who are open and ready to enhance their lives. Join us on a journey of self-reflection, designed with the optimum conditions and framework to help you cultivate your greatest self. Within the vineyard-lined and olive-tree-dotted hills of Tuscany, you will receive the guidance, encouragement, tools, and inspiration to make momentous change.
The Italian landscape surrounding Relais Ortaglia embraces art, history, cuisine, architecture and nature. We have designed an offering of exceptional events, spaces, and experiences to bring body, mind, and soul into alignment. Some of the most incandescent thinkers, artists, writers, musicians, and poets emerged from the very soil on which you will walk.
Practice a variety of breath tools, yoga and mindfulness techniques while looking into the groves which laid the paths for Dante and Da Vinci to create and manifest their greatest accomplishments. Tuscany is a land held sacred for centuries, and now it is your turn to share in its energy.
“We are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fates, able to create lives overflowing with peace, happiness, and love.”
A Retreat of a Lifetime is an opportunity to create conscious thoughts, new perspective, and to release limiting emotions and beliefs to alter your biology and your life. Learn how to optimize your physical presence, body language, breath, and your perception of self. You will learn to adapt your physical, vocal, emotional, and mental habits, and quiet and nurture your mind.
Our program is based on the principles of mindfulness, neuroscience, quantum physics, spirituality, yoga philosophy, improvisation techniques and a deep love of Italy! Learn to resonate with the energy you want to attract. Become truly aware of what is happening all around you, and how it manifests within you. This 5-night, 6-day retreat is a lifelong gift to YOU! We’ve set the bar high! Expect to find and embrace your authentic voice, innate creativity and intuition, and genuine appreciation for your best self. Get ready to explore yourself in Tuscany on a profound level.
Set your intention and manifest this amazing opportunity. This special retreat is intended for anyone who is ready to explore deep and personal transformation through a delightfully fun, unique and inspiring methodology encompassing all five senses and a few more you never knew existed. Engage in conscious activities and meaningful adventures. Reset your body, mind, and soul to bring in a fresh perspective for your life.
Our intention is not only to create lasting memories and new friendships, but to return home renewed and revitalized, as your highest self, living your intended life. Expect transformation!
An intimate group of 10-15 women for a 5-night/6-day in depth personalized retreat with exclusive private excursions in Tuscany.
Includes your private room at the renowned & Rick Steves recommended Relais Ortaglia (and Villa Cicolina - our 2nd villa after Relais Ortaglia is full) for 5 nights and 6 days of unique classes, fabulous team of professionals, exclusive local activities, artisanal breakfasts, 4 lunches (1 on your own), Tuscan dinners, and transportation to all activities.
Meditation, Breath Work, Body Language and Voice work, Creative Art Expression, Transformational Presence and Charisma coaching, Mindfulness training, Yoga - to develop an action plan to achieve your goals and the best of you.
Cost of Retreat: €4985 for Vineyard/Garden View Room. Please contact us for special pricing for 2 women sharing one room. All rooms vary in size and set-up, and are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Air Fare is not included. We have a private transfer service for groups and/or individuals. Options to be discussed after booking.
Minimum Participation of 10 Guests required for retreat to take place.
Please hold your spot today… Say “YES” to you!
Sandy Abrams is a longtime entrepreneur. Her first book, Your Idea, Inc. (2010) inspired other first time entrepreneurs to turn a product idea into a business. In Breathe to Succeed (2019), she's now focused on Workplace Wellness and shares her 30 years of experience utilizing the power of breath & mindfulness in business. Her business sensibility about "breath as meditation at the speed of business" resonates with the fast pace of our tech centric, on-demand business lifestyle. "Even just three deep breaths is a form of meditation".
Sandy has been a small business thought leader with Capital One, LegalZoom, Marriott and has recently led Breathe to Succeed workshops with Google offices, WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Universal Music, Facebook HQ, McKinsey & Co., Women Presidents Org., and many women's and entrepreneurial groups. She's also an upcoming speaker at SXSW 2020. Sandy is on a mission to empower people to create their optimal energy for success & wellness... one deep, mindful breath at a time!
Workshop experience descriptions: Tap Into the Power of Your Breath for Next Level Success & Wellness. Experience the power of your breath and mindset by transforming your thoughts & energy in small moments.
Sandy shares a variety of simple yet powerful breath techniques that will empower you for years to come. Meditation can have a high barrier to entry but "mindful breath" is meditation at the speed of business. Experience how even one deep breath & a positive thought can transform fear to excitement. How alternate nostril breathing can shift judgment to compassion or how lion's breath can transform frustration to clarity. No need to master the art of stillness or reserve chunks of time to be mindful. These tools are science backed and tried and true; Sandy has used them as a fast paced entrepreneur for decades. "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime." These tools are the latter as they're immediately actionable and effective.
Gianna Vallefuoco is an artist, entrepreneur, and Life Purpose mentor. After studying oil painting in Florence, Italy, she moved back to the Washington, D.C. area in 1999 to launch Vallefuoco Contractors, a custom tile and stone installation company. As her business flourished, her role of helping thousands of clients design beautiful meaningful spaces expanded to helping them design better lives.
She incorporates her yoga teacher training and Reiki certification, to bring mindfulness into her work and community. She is owner of Beyond Gifted®, a wellness-based gift portal, and founder of Disability Inclusion Guild®, a 501(c)3 dedicated to breaking social barriers for people with disabilities.
Whether teaching mindfulness to the staff of Best Buddies®, bringing gratitude practices to her construction teams, or launching inclusion programs in schools, Gianna encompasses compassion and self-reflection in her work. Her methodology combines art, yoga, and neuroscience to empower clients to design meaningful lives and manifest their limitless potential through her Life Purpose workshops.
Elia Nichols is a Public Speaking and Communication coach, TV and film actress, voiceover artist, and professor. You can watch Elia nightly on RAI TV (national Italian television) and Netflix. In addition, Elia is one of the two co-founders of F.E.S.T.A. Theatre Company and produces and acts in many of its productions. Elia works with clients to perfect their presence and speaking skills onstage, in the boardroom, classroom, courtroom, and in the media. She believes that charisma is a skill that can be learned and which, once mastered, has the potential to motivate, persuade, inspire, and advance business and personal interests. Nichols works closely with her clients to develop their speaking and presentation skills, fine-tune their personal and professional appeal, and transform their ability to connect and attract in any setting. With a Masters degree in Acting, a tv/stage acting career, and high-level roles in Public and External Relations, Learning and Development, Elia has a strong understanding of the business, academic, and mass media worlds. Thanks to this diverse background, she offers a unique and refreshing approach to communication coaching and helps her clients communicate the best of themselves!
Elia's approach is to begin with mindfulness. She believes that people become aware and gain control of their bodies and voices by observing and doing. She then teaches practical tools such as correct posture and breathing, movement control, ability to express sentiments with one’s voice and body. This gives participants the proper confidence, animation, presence and lack of tension necessary to be engaging and effective speakers and communicators. Elia incorporates the Alexander Technique (body control and freedom) and the Patsy Rodenburg voice technique into her teachings, as well as other helpful tools and exercises that she has come across throughout her varied career. Her approach encourages introspection, and she asks clients to consider their own physical and vocal qualities so that they may grow out of any bad habits and accept and grow into the best aspects of themselves.
“We must be architects of the inner life.
Outer movements resemble inner movements,
they speak the same language.”
Your Hostess, Sandra Ferretti moved to Tuscany in 2018 and took over a Bed & Breakfast with her husband to fulfill a lifelong dream of living in Italy and owning her own business. Her years of Wedding & Event planning in NYC honed her hospitality skills, while 20+ years of Paralegal work at Fortune 500 companies & law firms prepared her for the business side of owning a hotel. Within the first year of re-opening, Relais Ortaglia was extremely successful with over two hundred 5-star reviews on Tripadvisor, Facebook, Booking.com & Expedia. Relais Ortaglia entered into an important collaboration with “Ballooning in Tuscany” (owned by Virgin) and is the NEW Montepulciano launch site for the balloon company in Tuscany. Sandra and her husband Phil were featured on CBS Sunday Morning News with Jane Pauley in a 7-minute segment called “Emigration, full circle: Returning to the old country,” which reached over 7 million views worldwide. In addition, Relais Ortaglia under their new ownership has been recommended and featured in Rick Steve’s all NEW 2020 Guide Books “Italy” & “Florence & Tuscany.”
"Life Offers you a Thousand Chances... All You have to do is Take ONE."
-Frances Mayes / Under the Tuscan Sun
“Retreat of a Lifetime”
*Optional Add On: Monday October 12, 2020 -- Relax Into Tuscany Self-Care Day Add-on: Spend a day unwinding from your normal life and international travel at the ancient Roman hot springs for a once-in-a-lifetime healing day at the 5-star Adler Resort in Bagno Vignoni + One Extra Night Accommodation at Relais Ortaglia. Join us a day early to acclimate and relax in total Tuscan luxury. Includes: One Night accommodation, Breakfast, R/T transportation to Spa, Spa Day (1-Massage, 1-Private Salt Grotto, 1-Daily entrance fee to all saunas, steam baths & natural hot springs, Lunch Included). Extra Treatment add-ons available for +€. Total additional cost: €500 per person.
Tuesday October 13, 2020 – Your Retreat Begins!
Wednesday October 14, 2020
Thursday October 15, 2020
Friday October 16, 2020
Saturday October 17, 2020
Sunday October 18, 2020 -- Farewell Day
What Airport should I fly into?
Rome Airport (FCO) is 2.5 hours south of Relais Ortaglia and Florence Airport (FLR) is 1/5 hours north of Relais Ortaglia.
Ground Transportation to Ortaglia?
You can take the train to Chiusi and we will pick you up; (or)
Once we have a complete list of arrivals we will arrange private and/or group car service for you (at additional cost).