Italy

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Ponderosa Workshop

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June 6-10, 2019

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT!

WELCOME!

Join us for a hope giving and life empowering Ponderosa Workshop at Castello di Potentino. Together we will explore the art of floral design while immersed in nature and history. The medieval Castello di Potentino was built on an ancient Etruscan site nestled in a secret Tuscan valley and surrounded by unspoiled countryside. Here we will spend breathlessly beautiful days together, sleeping in wonderful rooms, eating meals and drinking wine created onsite at the Castello, rejuvenating our hearts and minds while learning the art of floral design amongst some of the most inspiring nature on this planet.

During this experience we will dig deep into the heart of creativity, and how we can discover our place in the world as floral artists. We will create wildly romantic bridal bouquets and Dutch Masters inspired floral arrangements, and near the end of the week we will create an incredible floral installation together using the environment as our guide.

This workshop is designed for new and experienced florists as well as photographers, stylists, creatives and dreamers that want to grow and expand their skill set for more flexibility and creativity in their work.

This workshop at the Castello will challenge and inspire you, and if you come with an open heart you will be changed. Not by magic, but by being around the incredible community of like minded souls that bravely choose the vulnerable path of learning, friendship and adventure.

WORKSHOP FEE: $4700 USD

PHOTOS: Maria Lamb Photography of the Ponderosa Workshop at Castello di Potentino, 2018

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TRAVEL

We are so excited to host you at stunning Castello di Potentino in Monte Amiata, Italy. 

Attendees are responsible for all travel arrangements to get to and from the workshop venue (including airfare, train tickets, car rental, or other related expenses).

- Map and directions


NEAREST AIRPORTS

- Pisa (PSA) 
- Florence (FLR)
- Rome-Fiumicino (FCO)


NEAREST TRAIN STATION

Grosseto


CAR RENTAL

For those seeking the freedom to explore the surrounding area before or after the workshop, your best option is to rent a car.

Once you are registered for the workshop you will be able to reach out to fellow guest through the Facebook group to arrange ride-sharing.

Please feel free to email with any questions.


ACCOMMODATIONS

We are happy to say that accommodations at Castello di Potentino are included in the price of the workshop.


ROOM OPTIONS 

Shared Room (included in workshop fee) 

- Single sized bed (twin equivalent)
- Shared room 
- Shared bathroom

Private Room (+$400) 

- Double sized bed (full/queen equivalent)
- Private room
- Private bathroom

All accommodation options are limited and subject to availability based on the workshop. All guests in shared accommodations will share the room with members of the same gender. 

Free WiFi is available in some parts of the castle. If traveling internationally, we recommend contacting your mobile phone’s service provider to see what your options are for talk, text and data in other countries.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY | JUNE 6

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Arrival - please plan to show up at the venue or meeting point during this time frame

Welcome dinner and drinks


FRIDAY | JUNE 7

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Foraging adventure 

Group intros

Lunch

Floral demonstration | “Wild and Romantic Editorial Bouquet” - a lesson in large and dramatic bridal bouquets

Hands-on floral session | “Wild and Romantic Editorial Bouquets”

Dinner and wine

After dinner group reflection


SATURDAY | JUNE 8

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Floral demonstration | "Still Life Flowers"- a lesson in floral storytelling

Lunch

Lesson on posing flowers

Hands-on floral session | "Still Life Flowers"

Photo shoot | "Still Life Flowers"

Dinner and wine


SUNDAY | JUNE 9

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Hands-on floral session | "Creating Installation Shapes"

Lunch

Editorial photo shoot | Group installation, bouquets and model

Farewell feast and wine

After dinner group reflection


MONDAY | JUNE 10

Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

11:00 AM | Goodbyes and send off with sack lunch

Please note that in order for us to facilitate the best possible experience the order of scheduled items may vary.


WORKSHOP INCLUDES


ACCOMODATIONS

Four (4) nights on-site at Castello di Potentino (arriving Thursday PM and departing Monday AM)

Room options (subject to availability, for more information see Travel section)

- Shared Room (included in workshop fee)

- Private Room (+$400)

Access to workshop venue sites and scenery


MEALS & REFRESHMENTS

Four (4) breakfasts, lunches and dinners

Beverages (including the special ones)

Snacks and refreshments


WORKSHOP MATERIALS

Ponderosa Workshop Apron

Welcome gift

All flowers and supplies

Floral clippers


EDUCATION & COMMUNITY

Floral demonstrations and hands-on instruction with Katie Davis

Three (3) floral arranging hands-on sessions

Personal 1:1 session with Katie Davis

Group discussions

Private Facebook group for all workshop guests to meet and stay connected


PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Professional headshot

Beautifully styled photo shoots featuring your florals

Access to the Student Gallery for portfolio, website, and social media use:

  - Photos of your arrangements and the group installation

  - Candid and editorial shots that capture the workshop experience