The Art of Slow Living Retreat

Info: This retreat is planned to be held in English. Of course, you are free to speak Italian or German in smaller groups. In case there are just German participants, we will switch to German. The German version can be found here.


Mindfulness | Food | Nature | Connection - A retreat for women who are ready to disconnect to reconnect.

Join our July-retreat in beautiful Piemont, Italy. For one week, we dive into La Dolce Vita, or let’s say Slow and Mindful Living.
Practice mindfulness and bring a new powerful focus to your life and work. Throughout our week you’ll explore how to shape your day-to-day and work life mindfully, sustainably and in integrity with your own values - and how healthy and good nutrition can support you in reaching this goal. We’ll slow down and consciously activate all of our senses to foster creativity and clarity.


The retreat is for you if you

  • wish to use your full potential and creativity
  • are looking for a new perspective on your work and projects, as well as and their deeper purpose
  • are curious to see what happens if you consciously disconnect from your mundane, day-to-day and work life to reconnect with yourself, your passions and visions
  • are looking forward to spend a week within nature, with  great food and inspiring impulses
  • are a female visionary, entrepreneur, changemaker, food enthusiast - or simply a curious and open-minded person, excited to go on a learning journey

There are no prerequesites when it comes to sustainability, mindfulness or food topics – you are invited to be curious and motivated to co-create an amazing experience.
If you want to consciously take time for yourself, good food, and like-minded women, book your spot.
 

Italy is the land of slow food, dolce vita and “dolce far niente”.

What a place to go a bit slower, enjoy the creative potential of idleness, rest, silence, mindfulness, as well as healthy and tasty eating. To eat well during a time of reflection is essential, because nutrition is the energy that feeds our being and actions at base level.
In our retreat, we’ll playfully dig into who we “are” in terms of patterns, issues and nutrition. We’ll ask ourselves

What makes me feel alive?
What does pleasure, slowing-down, and sensuality mean to me?
How can I design my life, work and actions authentically and mindfully?

You gain fresh perspectives on yourself and your questions, and learn tools that help you to integrate more awareness into your daily life. You will be guided by a food professionell and empowerment coach with whom you can work on personal goals - while being part of a week of sisterhood. You connect to yourself and explore how meaningful taste and pleasure are for body, soul and your personal wellbeing.

If you are curious to see how we put this into action, take a more detailed look at the agenda below. Write us a Javascript aktivieren um Email-Adresse zu sehen. for any questions or book your spot right away!

 

Concept & Retreat Coordination

The program is designed and lead by Sabrina Meyfeld & Eva Breitbach. The two creative powerhouses met in a Berlin co-working space, where they hosted themed dinner and food events.

Get to know us personally on April 28th!
We will meet for a videoconference and tell you a bit more about the retreat. Please sign up via Javascript aktivieren um Email-Adresse zu sehen.

Sabrina is half-Sicilian, a passionate cook and coach for innovation and transformation processes. With 8 years of coaching experience in the fields of personal growth, leadership and entrepreneurship, she loves to design, coach and facilitate Inbetween-Spaces and slow-down-time for conscious being. Sabrina believes that inner work is essential to create a better, sustainable world. She loves to initiiate projects and is doing her yoga teacher training at the moment. She’s excited to share her love for Italy with you during the retreat and to hold space for authentic dialogue, reflection and mutual inspiration.

Eva has lived in Piedmont in Italy for over three years now and works at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, founded by Slow Food. Here she designs and organizes study trips to food producers in Italy and around the world. Her work focuses on the didactic communication of sustainable food production, especially through learning in action - by seeing, feeling and tasting. She has a master's degree in food and sustainability and loves to explore production processes of food and to put them into a holistic context.

Our offer at a glance

DATE: 20.07.2019 - 27.07.2019 - register now!

Our slow-living retreat is an experience for the senses, the heart, mind, body and soul. Located in the Italian countryside we’ll have facilitated coaching sessions, we’ll get to the heart of slowing down in terms of cooking and eating, we’ll be inspired by and taste traditional products. Thereby – very consciously and slowly – we (re)learn to experience our senses. This makes our retreat a full-body immersion for mind and soul.


The retreat offers:

  • Daily Group and Peer Coaching, as well as reflective sessions focussing on personal potentials, balance, simplicity and sustainability
  • Mindfulness and meditation exercises that you can integrate into your daily life
  • Impulses focussing on nutrition and pleasure in theory and practice (Slow Food)
  • Workshop with a food producer and excursion to a local farmstead (e.g. winetasting, cheese making)
  • Beautiful Countryside-accommodation near Asti
  • Local nutritious meals & joint, slow and creative cooking and “food-production” sessions
  • Time for relaxed and slow arrival and departure
  • Movement practice (inspired by yoga and dance), walks and a hike
  • Time for creativity, yourself, and to recharge your batteries
  • Time for additional excursions, yoga sessions, spa, horse riding and slow being (extra bookings or self-organised)

You will also receive

  • a welcome package with exercises for your individual preparation
  • a meditation journal which you can take on the journey with you
  • two free online group coaching sessions after the retreat to support to process of following your new goals
     

Your contribution as a private person is 940 €. Book your early bird at 850 € by May 5th 2019!

In case you really want to participate, but cannot pay the full fee, please get in contact at Javascript aktivieren um Email-Adresse zu sehen.. We are looking forward to hear from you and find a way.

Business: should your/a company cover your costs, we ask 990 €. 

 

The location: A countryhouse in Piedmont

Accomodation & Food

We spend our week together in a beautiful country house in the village of Rocca d'Arazzo, near Asti in Piedmont. With an area of 300m2, the house is the ideal place to work as a group, but also to spend individual time in nature. Around it there is an open space of 9000m2 with plenty of seating possibilities, a terrace, numerous shady areas, a garden, fruit trees as well as a forestry area. The house will be our green, silent oasis for a week.
We sleep in 4 different rooms for two persons, to which there are 3 bathrooms. We will use the entire site all day, sometimes leaving it for excursions, but always returning to our space to focus on simplicity, minimalism, the connection with ourselves and nature, and what is essential.

We assign the rooms according to the order of registration. If you register first, you have the opportunity to choose your room.

We will have our cook making great food for us, partially cook ourselves, and go out for some meals. The ingredients of the vegetarian food are predominantly regional and seasonal. As we focus on the topic of food in the program, the meals and their preparation are part of the concept of the entire week.


The surroundings

Ideally situated between the cities of Milan and Turin, the house is an ideal starting point for exploring the Langhe and Monferrato region with its castles, wine cellars and gastronomic specialties.
During the free-times, e-bikes can be rented at your own expense. There is also a spa, yoga center, swimming pools or horseback riding in the surrounding area.



 

You want to know even more?

The flow - Insight into our Daily Schedule

We adapt the agenda based on your individual topics and wishes. Throughout our week, we’ll address personal and global matters by combining the following four elements on a daily basis:

  • Mindfulness & Potential Growth
  • Sustainable Eating & Food
  • Movement & Hiking
  • Silence & Individual Time
     
MorningWe will start our day with a relaxed and healthy breakfast, check in together and start with some movement, as well as our potential growth & slow living unit. We will create possibilites for you to explore what is really important to you and your topic.
Afternoon    After a delicious lunch and extensive break, some afternoon time is dedicated to food – we will either prepare something together, reflect or visit local farmers or markets. We will also extend the movement block once for a longer hike.
Evening

The day ends with a delicious dinner. Our evenings are free - and open to be structured together, if you want to. There is space to sit outside together, exchange, listen to or make music, or enjoy individual time for example.



Application Process & Cancellation Policy

There are 8 spots available - so register now through or form. We will get back to you!
If you have any questions or doubts whether this is the right retreat for you - don’t hesitate to get in contact at Javascript aktivieren um Email-Adresse zu sehen.

If you receive a confirmation from us for your spot, your registration is binding. Upon resignation, you have the opportunity to propose a substitute participant who takes your place. If this is not possible, we will retain 30% of the retreat fee. In case of withdrawal from 20 days before the start of the retreat or no-show, we retain 80% of the participation fee to cover the costs incurred by us.

In case there aren't enough participants to host the retreat, we will let you know and cancel until May 20th. Please get in touch if you want to finalize your travel itinery.

 

Traveling Slow! - Sustainable journey

Your journey begins with the registration and continues with your arrival to the retreat. The transportation to Italy is not included in the price and will be organized by yourself. We like to connect you with other participants for organizing the journey together, and are available to answer your questions. Arrival and departure is on Saturday - we start at 5pm on the 20th and end around 12 pm on the 27th. We appreciate if you chose an environmentally friendly way of traveling, e.g. by long-distance bus (Flixbus for example), train or carpool.

The nearest train station is in Asti (15 minutes from the house, we can help you to organize your arrival from there), the nearest airports are Milan (135 km), Turin (80 km) or Genoa (100 km) from where you eg can book a rental car.

If you arrive by car, you can reach the house via the motorway Turin-Piacenza, exit "Asti-Est". Detailed directions will be send to you after your booking.

Since protecting nature is a matter of the heart, ZwischenRaum invests a portion of your contribution in offsetting the carbon emissions caused by your arrival. We will gladly tell you more about this during the retreat. If you are interested in decelerated, sustainable travel and would like to start the retreat already "on the way", we are happy to exchange information with you about this.