The Italy Retreat I taught in September was a transformational workshop with a setting that was beyond beautiful overlooking the Mediterranean on the Italian Riviera. We travel to Italy, enjoying adventuring to 10 different towns along the coast, interspersed with 15 hours of workshop time. During the 8 day retreat each woman had time to listen to her deepest desires and learn techniques to take home so that she could continue to create the life she loves and love the life she’s living.
When I travel to Italy, living in a beautiful part of the world made it easy to feel happier and more peaceful. Eating delicious aromatic food, surrounded by beauty and great conversations with others was satisfying on a deep level. Sitting at meals sharing long hours with no sense of rushing gave us another level of experiencing la dolce vita, the sweet life. No one was in a hurry. Part of living the sweet life was that our meals were created from fresh locally grown ingredients.
Italy is home to some of the greatest art on the planet with its art museums, sculptures, churches, representing centuries of artistic achievement. Some of the most wonderful art ever was created in Italy. We didn’t spend our time in museums, but everywhere we looked was pleasing to the eye, like an open air museum.
In Monterosso, where we stayed for 8 nights, orange and white umbrellas lined the beach. Bright colorful blue, green, red fishing boats bobbed in the sea. Bottles of olive oil, orange mandarin colored honey, local wine grown on the terraced hillsides, and mortar and pestles made from olive wood were artistically displayed. More than that, the fragrance from the hillside herbs, lemon trees and vineyards surrounded us. There was an unusual peace in the area also because the Cinque Terre (five lands) do not allow cars. That may be one of the reasons the fragrances were so strongl.
It was easier there to be open to possibilities and to know that life is beautiful, even though we may have problems.
During the workshop, each woman found her clearer voice and purpose. Many found their anger dissipating, their need to control to feel safe or loved diminishing, her fears and doubts changing to courage and clarity. Moving beyond our old mindsets made it a powerful experience.
Join me in September 2010 in Italy for another La Dolce Vita Retreat.
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