Christian Meditation Retreat - Italy 2019
June 15-22, 2019
Spend 8 Days, 7 Nights in Monticello Amiata, Italy!
Retreat Hosting Site: Le Pianore
Learn more here: http://www.lepianore.it/en/
Are you ready to start or deepen your Christian meditation practice? If so, you’ll love this Christian meditation retreat! In the beautiful country of Italy you’ll spend time connecting with God with other like-minded believers. Come and break free from the distractions and busyness of life where you can relax, release, and reset your life. You’ll also enjoy Christ-centered yoga and variety of other activities to transform your heart and nurture your spirit. We all need extended times to get away, clear our minds, and dwell in God’s presence. Come for the adventure of a lifetime! Join us in June at the Le Pianore Villas in Monticello Amiata, Italy! Hope to see you there!
What you can expect daily:
Guided Christian meditations – Calm your mind and bring every thought under the authority of Christ.
Christ-Centered yoga classes – These gentle yoga classes promote strength, relaxation, and flexibility and include prayer and scripture.
Daily meals – Fresh, healthy, and life-sustaining meais.
Workshops – You’ll attend daily workshops that will transform your life and your relationship with God.
Prices for this retreat are incredibly affordable and include lodging, meals, and workshops. Price does not include airfare. Pricing for travel to and from retreat from Florence is included as long as you arrive at designated point by departure time; otherwise, you will need to provide own transportation to retreat center.
**ABOUT PAYMENT PLANS: After paying deposit, you will be set up on a 5 month payment plan. Each time a payment is due, you'll receive an email notification. You will NOT be automatically charged, but will need to initiate each payment yourself. Depending upon when you signed up, the first several payment may be close together. It is okay to spread them out, but all payments are due by April 2018.
Travel Insurance: I am working on getting a group discount for travel insurance, more information to come.
Travel dates: I are recommending flying into Italy at least one day ahead of the retreat (June 14), spending the night and then meeting at a designated location to take private busses to the retreat center. In addition, it is also recommended that you also fly out of Italy the day AFTER the retreat (June 23) to account for travel time from retreat center to airport. Transportation will be provided from the retreat center to Florence on June 22.
Pre and Post Hotel Stays: We are putting together a list of hotels both in Florence and Rome that you may want to stay in pre and post retreat for arrival and departure. to airport.
For More information call Rhonda at 916-542-2604.
$300 non-refundable deposit and no refunds on cancellations within 6 months of trip date unless we can fill your spot. Highly recommended that you obtain travel insurance.
"I truly enjoyed the retreat in Canafistual, Costa Rica. The accommodations were perfect for a Christian yoga and meditation retreat. Our host, Rhonda Jones was extremely hospitable and gracious. I really enjoyed the meditation sessions. I would recommend others to take part in Rhonda’s retreats." - Yvonne Evans, Sacramento, CA
"First off Rhonda I want to compliment you on the wonderful week in Costa Rica. I didn’t have any preconceived notions about what we would be doing. pretty much yoga. I’m a newbie on that and meditation. Well with my mind always flying around it’s a challenge, but you really are a fabulous guide!!! I found the retreat one of The softest sweetest personal journeys I’ve ever been on. I was able to chase day-to-day living out of my mind and focus on further getting to know my inner self. This requires you to really leave your normal circumstances and that’s what a retreat does to create this type of environment where you are able to really do some work deep down inside. Personally it also was very rewarding to realize that anger hardly has a place in my heart. I’m thankful for you; your knowledge and skills and ability with self-discovery and the meditation with the spirit and the yoga." - Sue Lena, Retired, Sacramento, CA
"I am so excited about this weekend, the tools that were given, the new friends I’ve made, the beauty if Gods creations, and all the wonderful organic food I have enjoyed! With the blessing of the retreat and tools, I feel I have a new responsibility to put them to use and pray for the Holy Spirit to keep reminding me of them." - Lucy, AL
A Few More Details:
From SFO the airfare to Rome appears to be around $500-600.00 but I can't guarantee this. To fly to Florence is about double this price. Best bet would be to fly into Rome at least a day early and we will rendezvous at a set location in Florence and take travel vans to the retreat center. I will be requesting flight information as we get closer to the retreat.
Easy Payment Plan:
If not paying for retreat in full, you can make a deposit of $300 and then make 5 installment. After paying deposit, you will be set up on a 5 month payment plan. Each time a payment is due, you'll receive an email notification. You will NOT be automatically charged, but will need to initiate each payment yourself. Depending upon when you signed up, the first several payment may be close together. It is okay to spread them out, but all payments are due by April 2018.
Updated Retreat Page:
Soon after registration, you will have access to the ongoing retreat update page. Here, using text and videos I will keep you up to date regarding the retreat and anything you need to know. You will receive an email notification anytime new information is added.
Can Men Come?
Yes men do and can come to God Getaway Retreats. Some come with spouses and others alone. Don't worry, you will feel right at home, promise.
No problem, many people do. You may come as a stranger but you will bond with a loving and supporting family and tribe and make many new friendships.
I am working on getting a group discount for travel insurance, more information to come.
I are recommending flying into Italy at least one day ahead of the retreat (June 14), spending the night and then meeting at a designated location to take private busses to the retreat center. In addition, it is also recommended that you also fly out of Italy the day AFTER the retreat (June 23) to account for travel time from retreat center to airport. Transportation will be provided from the retreat center to Florence on June 22. See Italy Retreat Narrative below.
We are putting together a list of hotels both in Florence and Rome that you may want to stay in pre and post retreat for arrival and departure. to airport.
For More information call Rhonda at 916-542-2604.
Your Italy Trip Narrative
I wanted to give you a retreat narrative so you can have an idea of what to expect when you arrive in Italy. Please keep this in mind when planning the trip.
Day BEFORE the Retreat...
You'll fly into either into Rome or Florence one day before the retreat on June 14. If you fly into Rome (which is probably cheaper) you’ll take the eurotrain to Florence, about a 1.5 hour ride (cost about $25-45). You’ll enjoy seeing the beautiful countryside of Italy.
Once you arrive into Florence, you’ll check-in to one of our selected hotels (not included in retreat price) where you will spend the night and meet up with other retreaters on June 22 around 2 p.m. and by chartered bus, we'll all head to the Le Pianore Retreat Center in Southern Tuscany, about a 2-hour trip. Just more time to sightsee, get to know one another, and pinch yourself that you’re actually here.
Once we arrive, you’ll check into your room, get situated, relax, and meet later for dinner before heading to the meeting area for our first retreat gathering.
You’ll enjoy workshops, guided meditation, excursions, rest, relaxation, time with God, and fellowship with other retreaters. See the tentative schedule for more details.
At the End of the Retreat...
On the last day of the retreat (June 22), at checkout, we will all gather together to take the bus back to Florence around 12:00 p.m. reaching Florence around 2:00 p.m.
Some of you will have made other arrangements to explore Italy a few more days or weeks, and others will take the eurotrain or bus back to either the Rome or Florence airport.
PLEASE NOTE, I am suggesting that everyone who is leaving after the retreat stay an extra night in Florence or Rome (in suggested hotels) and book flight for the NEXT day or June 23. This will give you plenty of time to get to your destination and make your flight. However, if you can book a flight late enough in the evening, it may be possible to take flight the same day.
If you haven't gotten travel insurance yet, I am looking into seeing if we can get a group discount.
Also, can each of you send me your name, phone number, and which city and state you live in. I want to make a contact list just incase someone from your area is coming to the retreat and you can possibly travel together.
Also, for hotel overnight stays, I am hoping we can partner up to lower the cost. I am looking for nice but moderately priced hotels with airport shuttles. I will be sending out more information on hotels and see what arrangements I can make for us. The hotel is an additional cost.
I hope this information provides more clarity. I will also add this to the retreat page.
If you haven't already. Please join the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/203338500328689/?ref=br_rs
4 single beds. Accommodates four guests If you want to share a room with a friend(s) , please email me the name(s). Sorry, but I cannot guarantee any specific rooms.
Room accommodates 3 people. If you want to share a room with a friend(s) , please email me the name(s). Sorry, but I cannot guarantee any specific rooms.
Accommodates three guests per room. If you are planning to share a room with a friend, please send email with name(s). Sorry, but I cannot guarantee any specific rooms.
Accommodates two guests per room. If you are planning to share a room with a friend or spouse, please send email with name. Couples please select double occupancy. Sorry, but I cannot guarantee any specific rooms.
Checking in, relaxing, supper, introduction to retreat, and getting to know you activities.