Ponderosa Workshop


June 11-15 2018 | SOLD OUT

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Join us at Castello di Potentino (an unforgettable castle lying in a valley in a secret corner of Tuscany, Monte Amiata) for a floral retreat that will change your life. Together we will spend five unforgettable days in this wonderful castle, sleep in beautiful, warmly decorated rooms, eat local cuisine, and rejuvenate our hearts while we learn the art of floral design amongst nature and history that will inspire our souls. The medieval Castello di Potentino was built on an ancient Etruscan site and is surrounded by unspoiled countryside, dotted with vines and ancient olive trees which we will enjoy as we take long walks soaking up the glorious June days. 

During the workshop 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 near the end of the week we will create an incredible floral installation together using the environment as our guide.

Ponderosa workshops are 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 floral retreat will be dedicated to the process of finding your own personal creative flow and how to approach floral design basics in a way that pushes your boundaries.

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All accommodations/lodging for 5 days and 4 nights (ss per room selection: single bed in shared room or double bed in private room)

Hands-on floral design instruction and learning

All meals: 

• 4 Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and drinks (including the special ones!) 

• Snacks & beverages throughout the workshop stay

All materials for the workshop including: 

• Apron & Welcome Gift

• Flowers

• Silk ribbon

• Beautiful floral scissors

Group discussions and private 1:1 Session with Katie Davis

Mini hands-on photography session “Photographing your flowers for social media”

Access to the Castello di Potentino sites and scenery

Professional headshot

Beautifully styled photo shoots

Ability to use images from shoots for portfolio, website, and social media.


Once you’ve signed up for the workshop we’ll add you to our private Facebook group and there you can team up with someone to share rooms/and arrange transfers to the Castello di Potentino.




Welcome dinner and drinks


Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Group intros + Business basics talk


Floral demonstration | "Wild and romantic bridal bouquet” - a lesson in large and dramatic editorial bouquets

Hands-on floral session | Wild and romantic editorial bouquets

Dinner and wine

After dinner | group reflection


Breakfast and 1:1 sessions


Finishing the bridal bouquet


Lesson on posing flowers

Photo shoot (bouquets)

Dinner and wine

Floral demonstration | Bridal bouquets - a lesson in applying editorial techniques for your real brides

Hands-on floral session | Bridal bouquets


Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Hands-on session | "Creating installation shapes"

Editorial shoot with installations, bouquet, and model

Farewell feast and wine

After dinner | Group reflection


Breakfast and 1:1 sessions

Debrief/ Group reflection

Goodbyes and send off with sack lunch

*Please keep in mind this schedule is subject to change slightly


Attendees are responsible for all travel arrangements to get to the workshop (including airfare and car rental/train fare/etc.)


Most convenient airports:

• Pisa: 2hrs 15 minutes

• Florence Peretola: 2hrs 30 minutes

• Rome Fiumicino: 3hrs

• Rome Ciampino: 3 hrs 30 minutes


As there are no local taxi services on Monte Amiata, we recommend that guest arrive by car as it gives the maximum amount of freedom.

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 at the Castello di Potentino are included in the price of this event. 

Room options:

• Shared Room (Single Bed)

• Private Room (Double Bed)

WiFi is available in some parts of the castle, free of charge. We recommend checking your cell phone plans if traveling internationally to check on service cost and availability.

We will also have acess to a very beautiful swimming pool in the olive groves above the castle where there are trees that are over a thousand years old.


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

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