Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IF I'M NOT EXPERIENCED IN ART, IS THIS RETREAT STILL FOR ME?
Yes, this retreat is intended for anyone who is a beginner or an intermediate painter looking to improve or just have a try for the first time. Dependent on the nature of the group, there is variety of creative options to keep it lively and fun.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND/PARTNER WHO DOESN'T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN YOGA or ART CLASSES?
Yes, non-participants are welcome and there are plenty of activities around the area or just time and space to relax while we are in class. They are welcome to come along on day trips throughout the week and participate in any activity as they would like.
WHAT IF I’M TRAVELING ALONE?
Solo participants will be matched up with like minded attendees. All the rooms are spacious with separate beds and private bathrooms. Plus most guests find that they are mainly only in the rooms to sleep as most tend to relax in the common areas (salons, terraces, etc) when we're not in class, on daytrips, or having meals. It's up to you if you prefer the single room, but it's not required if signing up alone as we will pair you with another guest. There is only 1 single room and there is $400cdn supplement for the retreat. If the single room is sold-out, there is an option for single occupancy in a double room for a supplement of $600cdn
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ROOMS?
Guests are provided with freshly laundered linens and towels on arrival, including a pool towel in season. There are toiletries such as soap, shower gel and shampoo provided, as well as hair dryers. A paid laundry service is available onsite as well.
IS THERE WIFI?
Yes there are three open signals available around the property.
DO WE NEED TO HIRE A CAR?
There is no need to hire a car, unless of course you are with a non-painting partner who wishes to explore the area, as there is so much to see within an hour's drive, such as Siena, Perugia, Montepulciano, Lake Trasimeno, Cortona etc.. However, non-yoga practitioners or non-painting partners can always enjoy the private estate with tennis courts, beautiful walks through the woods and the chance to hire mountain bikes to explore the local area. Be warned, though, we do live in and around the Tuscan and Umbrian hills, some of which can be a little challenging on a pushbike!
HOW MANY GUESTS ARE ON EACH COURSE?
We aim to keep our numbers limited to ensure a lot of one-to-one teaching, and the average number on any course is around 6 with the maximum number being 7.
HOW DO I ARRIVE?
We provide transfers from the Chiusi train station which is convenient to many airports around the area (Florence, Rome, Pisa, Perugia, etc) and quite easy to arrive. Private car transports are available as well and we can give you the information you'd need to hire one. If you decide to have a car with you throughout the retreat we will give you instructions on how to arrive at the house.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT TAKING THE TRAIN TO CHIUSI?
It's fairly straightforward to get to the Estate from either Rome Termini or Florence Santa Maria Novella mainline stations depending on which airport you fly into. The price for the train journey is around 30.00 euro ($40cdn) depending on which train you take.The journey is usually around 2 hours. Julian's first collection from Chiusi Chianciano station is at 2pm and then on throughout the afternoon if required.
DO YOU CATER FOR SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?
We provide simple delicious Italian food, using fresh local ingredients. We can cater for simple requests like vegetarian, but we do need to know in advance and you can include this in your sign up form. However we should point out that, in rural Italy, it can sometimes be difficult to obtain a full range of substitute items for some food intolerances. Please contact us for further details.
WHAT TIME IS CHECK-IN AND CHECK OUT?
Check-in is between 2pm and 6:30pm, as we officially begin around 7pm with an orientation and welcome aperitivo before our first dinner. Sorry, we can not accommodate early check-ins but if you arrive at the train station or the area early, we can suggest activities to occupy your time until pick-up, and if you arrive much later we can help you arrange a private taxi.
Check-out is between 7am and 11am and all departures must be scheduled by then. If you have a much earlier departure we can help you arrange a private taxi, and if you have a later departure we can suggest activities in the area.