This was my first trip to Italy … Helen Keller once said “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” For me this retreat to Italy was just that. I have not travelled much in my life let alone by myself. So daring it was and I loved it… I was absolutely childlike in my awe of everything. I was on a wellness, writer’s retreat and it was very inspirational. I felt at home — Mind, Body and Soul – I am certain that it had a whole lot to do with the friendliness of everyone I encountered.
My creativity was spurred on and I was encouraged during our group coaching sessions. Putting pen to paper and letting the words gently spill unto the page. One on one coaching with three amazing authors and facilitators was the icing on the cake. Lisa Fugard is a leading writing workshop presenter and Author with Hay House, 21 Days to Awaken The Writer Within. She is intelligent and sweet as all get out.
Julie Colvin, Author of the bestseller, A Cure for Emma, is the creator of Wellness and Writing Retreats. She facilitates wellness through writing and will gladly guide you as required to build an exceptional story, proposal and/or platform. I will add here that Julie has a heart of gold, no holding back she gives it her all. Gary Finnan is wise in leadership, mentoring and developing creative projects. He is sought after the world over as a speaker and facilitator for seminars and retreats. A coach and raconteur extraordinaire – Gary is the Author of Hector. I am honored to have been mentored by all three. I highly recommend you ‘just go’ on this luxurious adventure.
I cannot say enough about my personal experience in Nerano. My private room was quaint, luxurious and charming with a definite Italian flare, not to mention the extraordinary view from the terrace and the infinity pool overlooking the blue waters of the bay (Marina del Cantone) which is just minutes from the Amalfi Coast. The local food was prepared with love by the owner of our family run villa. Relais Vittoria is a luxurious elegant Villa by the sea with a very relaxing atmosphere and if that is not enough it is just footsteps away from the beach. The owner’s kindness and attention to detail was perfection. The homemade Limencello was sweet but delicious and something I can safely say we all as a group looked forward to having as our 9:00 p.m. nightcap at the end of a long day of writing or simply returning from one of our wonder filled excursions.
I will forever hold close to my heart this Italian Adventure, the lessons I have learned will follow me throughout my career. Last but not least the friends I have made are and will be cherished, always. Arrivederci – until we see each other again.
~ Edna Harris