Sample Day and Excursions


 7-8am  Enjoy an early walk or a quiet moment in the first light of day.

8-9  Breakfast: Follow the scent of freshly brewed coffee and homemade baked goods to a healthy breakfast buffet.

9:30 – 12:30  Writing workshop: Each day will address a specific aspect of the craft.

12:30 – 1:30  Lunch: Typically, lunch will be a lighter meal featuring soups and salads.

2:00 – 7:00pm  Free time, excursions, private consultations, workshop

7:00  Aperitivo

7:30  Dinner: Enjoy the typical cuisine of Tuscany and other regions.


After dinner, enjoy a Limoncello on the terrace or relax in the living room with your new friends. If the nightlife of nearby Tavarnelle Val de Pesa calls, a casual outing can be arranged.

The above schedule is a sample of what a typical day at the villa might look like. With the exception of workshop times, there is some flexibility in the schedule to accommodate the needs of the group. Kathryn is passionate about the details that go into making this an experience to remember and personally oversees every aspect of the retreat.


Excursions will include at least three of the following:

Front of the town hall in Siena Italy


Siena's stunning main square, the Campo, has a gently tilted floor fanning out into a stage set for the famous horse race called, the Pallio. This medieval town is the ultimate hill town, with red-brick lanes and an unrivaled spirit that makes it a joy to visit.

Stone towers of San Gimignano with piazza in the foreground

San Gimignano

The region's glamour girl, with 14 surviving medieval towers, San Gimignano is a shopping haven with fine crafts and beautiful shops. No visit is complete without climbing one of the towers and wandering the charming side streets.

Red tile roof tops of Volterra, Italy


This beautifully preserved jewel, encircled by impressive walls and topped with a grand fortress, is just far enough off the beaten path to keep it feeling genuine. Its long Etruscan history makes for unusually interesting sightseeing for a small town.

Stone archway with Blue sky at Monterriggioni, Italy


This tiny medieval walled town, located on a natural hillock, is a gem not to missed.

Close-up of stone archways at San Galgano

Abbey of San Galgano

This magical 13th century monastery, restored in 1924, is a gorgeous example of Italian architecture.