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Relaxation, Resilience and Mindfulness Retreat

Casa Berti, Tuscany, Italy
4th April – 8th April 2018

Primavera

Spring is a time for new beginnings…

With incredible delight we invite you to an exclusive, intimate, luxurious retreat in opulent, yet rustic, stunning surroundings in the sunny hillsides of beautiful rural Tuscany.

The scene is set in the midst of spring flowers and olive groves around the impressive and inviting hilltop estate that is Casa Berti, where our adventure will unfold.

This exciting and relaxing opportunity is designed for you to be able to slow down, de-stress and indulge in an immersive experience of calm and tranquility, and to explore how to live a better life in an otherwise fast-paced world.

This retreat has been developed to enable you to explore the concepts of Mindfulness and Resilience through group work, teachings and discussions, and to work on your life goals individually with the instructor on a one-to-one basis, as well as to take in the breathtaking scenery and explore the local environment through all the senses.

About the location

Casa Berti is located in the village of Gugliano in the hills outside of Lucca in Tuscany. The 17th century villa, surrounded by beautiful tranquil gardens, is a 40 minute drive from Pisa Airport, where British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair all provide flights from the UK. The estate is a 20 minute drive from Lucca, served by rail and coach from Pisa Airport.

About your facilitator

Your facilitator, Mats Kolbjornsen, is a therapist, coach and positive change agent who works with individuals and groups in order to achieve their goals and ambitions. Mats specialises in the areas of confidence building, performance and lifestyle enhancement, career progression and better mental health for creative professionals and entrepreneurs. With a background in psychology, mental health and management he is able to draw upon various approaches and tools to help people become more confident, mindful, resourceful, and to feel calmer and more in control over their lives.

Mats is joined by your impeccable host and lord of the manor, Ben – who will do his utmost to provide you with an unforgettable stay and experience at Casa Berti.

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A Preliminary Guide to Your Stay:

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L’inizio
– The Beginning

Wednesday 4th April

3pm onwards

Arrivals and welcomes at the residence

Get settled into your accommodation and take in the views

5pm

Introductions and group relaxation session

Unwind after your travels and immerse yourself in a wonderful, calming and inspiring experience

8pm

Welcome dinner

Gather around the kitchen table for local food and wine, whilst getting to know your fellow explorers

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Consapevolezza
– Mindfulness

Thursday 5th April

8 – 10am

Breakfast Buffet

Replenish and re-energise yourself – getting ready for the day

10am – 1pm

Talks and Group Sessions

Exploration of concepts and group exercises

1pm

Lunch

A delicious light home cooked meal

2pm – 3pm

Walk around the hills

Take some time out to exercise body and mind; exploring the estate’s surroundings

3pm – 4.30pm

Talks and Group Sessions

Delving deeper

5pm – 7pm

Time out and 1-to-1 sessions

The opportunity to work on more specific individual goals or to unwind in the villa

8pm

Dinner & chats

Gather in the spacious and rustic villa kitchen for some classic local produce

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Rilassamento
– Relaxation

Friday 6th April

8 – 10am

Breakfast Buffet

Replenish, re-energise and rebalance in preparation for the rest of the day

10am – 1.30pm

Tour of local vineyard

Tour of vineyard and winery including olive oil tasting – followed by an expert guided wine tasting paired with artisan cheeses

1.30pm

Lunch Buffet

A snack or more, depending on your appetite returning from the vineyard

2pm – 3pm

Lounge in the gardens or unwind in your own way

Take some time out to relax and enjoy the calmness and tranquility

3pm – 5pm

Talks and Group Sessions

Even deeper still

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Time out and 1-to-1 sessions

Further opportunities to work on more specific individual goals, or simply relax

8.30pm

Dinner & discussions

Indulge in local food and wine and enjoy the company

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Elasticità e Resilienza
– Resilience

Saturday 7th April

8 – 10am

Breakfast Buffet

Replenish and re-energise yourself in preparation for the day

10am – 1pm

Talks and Group Sessions

Continuing exploration of concepts and group exercises

1pm

Lunch

A delicious home cooked meal

2pm – 3pm

Relax in the drawing room or disconnect in your own time

Take some time out – play, or simply sit back and admire the views

3pm – 4.30pm

Talks and Group Sessions

Deeper still

5pm – 7pm

Time out and 1-to-1 sessions

Further opportunities to work on more specific individual goals, or time out to yourself

8pm

Until Next Time Dinner Extravaganza!

Gather around the kitchen table once again for local food and wine, and recount and reflect on your experience

9.30pm

Modular Motivation: Fredrik Joelson
(of Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation)

An atmospheric ambient soundscape created by the Master of Modular Synths helping you make your experience mindful, memorable and mesmerising…

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è ora
– it is time (to say: see you soon!)

Sunday 8th April

8 – 10am

Breakfast Buffet

Replenish and re-energise yourself to prepare for your travels

10am

Inspiration, thoughts & group relaxation session

Reflections, sharing of insights and a wonderful relaxation session to get set for the onwards journey

12 noon

Until next time!

Transport to Lucca Train/Coach Station will be provided

(Please note there may be slight adjustments to this outline)

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Accommodation & Pricing

Rooms with en-suite bathroom:

1 person: £1,000
2 people: £1,600 (2nd person saves 40%)

Lucca Room

Lucca Room

A beautifully appointed room with a large king size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower.

Gold Room

Gold Room

A wonderfully decorated room with fabulous views over the hills and an en-suite bathroom with shower.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

A gorgeous room leading on to the gardens and the surrounding estate with en-suite bathroom.

Rooms with shared bathroom:

1 person: £880
2 people: £1,400 (2nd person saves 40%)

Blue Room

Blue Room

A large, opulent room with a king size bed. Shares a large bathroom (with both shower and bath) with the Twin Room next door.

Twin Room

Twin Room

A delightfully charming room with two single beds and ample room for two guests. It shares a large bathroom with shower and bath with the Blue Room next door.

What is included in the retreat pricing?

• 4 nights accommodation at Casa Berti
• Transfers to/from Lucca train/coach station
• Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner (food, wine, beer and drinks included)
• Talks, teachings, group work, and one-to-one sessions with the facilitator
• Tour of local vineyard with guided wine tasting, olive oil and cheeses (or alternatives for those who prefer something else)
• Saturday night entertainment with live music performance
• An unforgettable experience

What is not included in the pricing?

Flights, personal expenses, and any additional activities you wish to undertake during your stay.
Direct transfers to/from Pisa Airport can be arranged on request.

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Bookings

Places are limited, so early booking is recommended. Please get in touch to find out more and to secure your place!

Email: getintouch@matskolbjornsen.com
Tel: +44(0)756 1442661