Clarity Retreat


August 26-30, 2019


We have worked to create an inclusive experience, covering all the details once you arrive with us. You will be treated to a welcome gift and retreat workbook,  and we will provide all supplies and materials needed for our structured activities.

  • 5 Days + 4 Nights at the beautiful Castello di Potentino
  • Wholesome meals prepared on-site from local ingredients
  • Potentino wine served at lunch and dinner

  • Branding & Marketing - Discover what sets your art apart and how to market it successfully
  • Finance - Learn to develop new revenue streams and build a business that can support your art
  • Life Strategy - Identify priorities, redefine compromise, and learn to negotiate with yourself

  • Hands-on Meditations - Practice intentional moments exploring nature with your five senses
  • Walking Meditation - Learn to be present and tap into your childlike curiosity
  • Gesture Drawing - Train your eye to identify line, light, and shape
  • Floral Installation and Styling - Create a floral installation in an intimate environment, practicing collaboration and communication in a team setting
  • Styled Shoot - Participate in a nature-led styled shoot featuring beautiful florals, people, and romantic vignettes inspired by the beauty of Potentino (bring your camera, paints, sketch pad, etc. to capture for your portfolio and for joy)

  • Come as You Are - Engage in a business consultation, bring a project or digital gallery for critique, or come with your own ideas needing input, support or just an open heart


All creatives are welcome at the Ponderosa Clarity Retreat! Bring your artistic medium with you so you can use activities and the backdrop of our stunning location as inspiration for your work. If you need to step away and relax, that's fine, too! There will be many opportunities for you to rest or explore. We’re providing you space and opportunities for:

  • Making photographs
  • Adding to your sketch book
  • Writing in your journal
  • Practicing foraged floral design
  • Swimming
  • Baking
  • Harvesting grapes
  • Reading
  • Wine tasting
  • et cetera

  • Watercolor - Discover the movement of color on paper
  • Restorative Movement - Practice gentle self-care for your body
  • Foraging - Looking to nature for color and texture cues
  • Inspirational Vignettes - Freedom to explore small intentional bits of beauty, and old masters style still life arrangements


We will have a Workshop Photographer who will provide:

  • Professional headshots (optional)
  • Access to the guest gallery that will have both candid and editorial shots capturing the retreat experience


We have designed this schedule to have a relaxed pace, leaving lots of time between activities, and some unstructured breaks during the retreat. Learn More about specific sessions under “Included.”

MONDAY  August 26

Travel  |  8:00 AM | Shuttle leaves from Firenze, Italy (available for additional fee)

WELCOME BRUNCH  |  10:30 AM | Gather together for a welcome meal as we get to know each other

Rest and Explore  |  Settle in and get familiar with your creative home for the week


Creative Session | Nature-Led Meditation

Wine Tasting  |  Explore the delicious varieties of Potentino wine made on-site


TUESDAY  August 27

Breakfast  |  8:00 to 10:00 AM  |  1-on-1 Sessions and self-serve meal at your leisure

Creative Session  |  Nature-Led Meditation

Business Session  |  Branding & Marketing


Play Time  |  Open time for personal self-care (swim, journal, read, rest, create, etc.)

Optional Activity  |  Watercolor

Creative Session  |  Walking Meditation


Group Reflection

WEDNESDAY  August 28

Breakfast  |  8:00 to 10:00 AM  |  1-on-1 Sessions and self-serve meal at your leisure

Creative Session  |  Nature-Led Meditation

Business Session  |  Finance


Play Time  |  Open time for personal self-care (swim, journal, read, rest, create, etc.)

Optional Activity  |  Restorative Movement 

Creative Session  |  Gesture Drawing



‍THURSDAY  August 29

Breakfast  |  8:00 to 10:00 AM  |  1-on-1 Sessions and self-serve meal at your leisure

CREATIVE SESSION  |  Nature-Led Meditation

Business Session  |  Life Strategy


Play Time | Open time for personal self-care (swim, journal, read, rest, create, etc.)

Optional Activity  |  Foraging

Creative Session  |  Floral Installation and Styling

CREATIVE SESSION  |  Open Photo Shoot (other artistic mediums welcome)

Dinner  |  Dinner al fresco under our beautiful floral installation 

Group Reflection

FRIDAY  August 30

Breakfast  |  8:00 to 10:00 AM  |  1-on-1 Sessions, self-serve meal, and packing for departure

Final Group Reflection  |  Debrief and farewells

Travel  |  11:30 AM | Shuttle leaves for Firenze, Italy (available for additional fee)


Castello di Potentino lies in a secret valley nestled in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany - the Amiata. The nearest villages are Seggiano to the east and Montegiovi to the west.

To help with your travel arrangements we have put together the following information. We recommend arriving to Florence (Firenze) if you are interested in taking the group shuttle.

  • Florence Peretola - 2.5 hours (shuttle pick-up)
  • Pisa - 2.25 hours
  • Rome Fiumicino - 3 hours


We are arranging an optional shuttle that will pick up guests from Firenze S.M.N train station at 8:00 AM on Monday, August 26th. The shuttle will then return guests to the train station on August 30th, arriving around 2:00 PM. 

The shuttle will cost $45 USD each way ($90 round-trip). 


As there are no local taxi services on Monte Amiata, we recommend that guests arrive by car as it gives the maximum amount of freedom, as an alternative to the group shuttle from Florence. 

Notice - When coming to Potentino, please note that the road from Montegiovi is a difficult strada bianca (gravel road) and it is easy to get lost, particularly in the hours of darkness. We recommend arriving from Seggiano unless you are used to the roads.

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We highly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance in case of natural disasters, flight issues, or event cancellation.

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