This excursion is for women who have experienced betrayal trauma and are ready to connect with other women and treat themselves to an experience of nurturance, connection, reflection, laughter, and support.
Come to the Tuscan hills of Italy, where you will be inspired to set intentions that will create a path to empowerment and get you to where you long to be! You will spend time looking at how you can design the rest of your life based on your strengths and resiliencies.
Carol the Coach is a life and relationship coach who will facilitate five workshops that will focus on living your best life.
Decision Making and Boundaries
When a woman has been through trauma, her amygdala keeps her safe by going into protection mode. She operates from a fight, flight, or freeze response that interferes with her ability to make healthy decisions. The brain goes offline until she can feel safe. In this workshop, Carol teaches a 3-step formula that reinforces your reliance on your intellect, your emotions, and your intuition to make healthy decisions so that you can create the life you deserve!
Principles for Creating Happiness
Several practices support happiness. Research shows that when you practice 3 “Happiness Principles” regularly, you are much more likely to stay in a state of contentment, regardless of your past or the negativity around you. Learn the “3 Keys to Happiness” and spend time applying them to your current circumstance.
Finding Your God-Given Purpose
Everyone has a dream, and you were born to make a difference in the lives of others. It is something “tugging at your heartstrings” that you have ignored in the complexities of life. This workshop will allow you to focus on something that you have always wanted to cultivate but put on the back burner. It will provide you with practical steps to creating an action plan to manifest what you want in your life.
Dates: July 25th to August 1, 2020
Group Size: A minimum of six people needed for the tour to happen, a maximum of 9 travelers total on tour.
Cost: $3698 double, $4298 single/private bathroom, $3398 economy double (down a flight of stairs to a shared bathroom), only one single available with private bathroom & 2 economy double places available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Includes eight days, seven nights lodging, plus all breakfasts, three lunches, five dinners, admission to all activities (workshops & events), and all transport during tour starting at 6:00 pm on July 25th until the tour ends after breakfast on August 1.
Coaching: Carol Juergensen Sheets otherwise known as Carol the Coach will provide five group workshops on Healing and Restoration after Betrayal.
Accommodation: We will be staying together in a beautiful traditional Italian Farm House with seven bedrooms and 11 beds and six bathrooms on a 650-acre winery! The beautiful home located near Florence, Arezzo, and Siena awaits you! You will be sharing a bathroom with 1 to 2 other guests. We will be living like the local Italians and have clean towels and sheets as needed. The house has new mattresses on all of the beds! There are 650 acres of vineyards, olive groves and woodland area out our front door. The home is in beautiful condition and is of a different era of grace and beauty. The house has a private pool (open May through September), and there is a lovely centuries-old stone church of historical significance on the property. The winery is on the east flanks of the Chianti Hills and neighbors the Chianti Classico region of grapes. A trail leads to the top of a hill with a medieval tower that you can climb for a fantastic view of the area — the tower built on ruins of a Roman fortress where you can still see the original walls. The 200-year-old farmhouse has thick stucco walls and shutters to keep the heat out and the cool inside. Each room has fans. The swimming pool will be private- just ours! July can be hot, but it is also the most popular time to visit Tuscany!!
Itinerary: The tentative plan is from our base in Chianti Hills to explore the surrounding areas. We are surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti, at a beautiful 300-year-old winery. Wine tasting at our winery and a cooking class with a real Italian grandma awaits us! We will visit Siena, a medieval town set on three hills connected by winding stairways and steep steps with the Piazza del Campo in the heart of Siena. We will spend a day exploring and touring Siena and San Gimignano, a gorgeous Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence.
Not included: All activities and meals during the unscheduled time and those not stated above, alcohol, airfare, and ground transportation to and from the winery and back to the airport. I will provide detailed directions on how to get there and back!
Extras: I offer free assistance for finding flights, trains, or buses to get you to the winery and back. I can offer ideas if you want to stay a few days before or after the Tuscany trip to visit Venice, Rome, or Florence. The tour begins in the Chianti Hills 40 minutes from Florence. The closest airport is Florence. You may also fly into Pisa, Rome or Venice (approx 2 hours by train to Florence from all cities) and arrive by train then a bus or taxi. Please talk to me before booking airfare so we can look and make sure your connections will go smoothly. You can do this! The fastest way to arrive at the winery is to fly to Florence and take an airport shuttle directly to the winery for around 150 Euro.
You may pick and choose any or all of the activities that in the tour.
Welcome dinner with Leslie & Carol at the Tuscan Farm House. Relax with a glass of Prosecco and some antipasta after your day’s travel.
Traditional Italian breakfast together. You will be experiencing an after-breakfast workshop with Carol, where she will be teaching you a 3-step formula to reinforce what you desire in life. You will spend the morning brainstorming what you need to actualize your potential and creating an action plan to move you forward in your life. Then after lunch, we have a wine tasting at the Wine Cafe at our winery. We will have a tour of the winery and grounds near the main villa and learn about the history of the area! Our experience includes a beautiful 15-minute walk. Wear your walking shoes! We can swim and relax until dinner with our Italian cook, preparing our meal!
Traditional Italian breakfast together. An after-breakfast workshop with Carol will focus on how to cultivate more personal happiness in your life. We will walk to the small authentic Italian Farming village. After lunch, we will visit the cafe, bakery, butcher, cheesemaker, and look in the little stores. This village is authentic, with no tourist shops in sight! It is not a tourist town, but it gives you a fantastic look into the real lives of the local farmers. The 650-acre vineyard is beautiful, and we are free to roam, sleep, hike up in the Chianti Hills, reflect, journal, and have fellowship with the other women.
Breakfast together and then an Italian cooking class with a local Italian Grandma! We will work together all morning and have a lovely meal outside under the trees and then an after lunch workshop with Carol. Then we will have an afternoon of swimming, reflecting, journaling and a wonderful meal together at a local restaurant!
We will have an early breakfast and then take a day trip to San Gimignano in the morning, encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza Della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. It has a skyline of medieval towers, including the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel and to Siena in the afternoon, one of the most beautiful cities of Tuscany. Siena, a medieval town on three hills connected by winding stairways and steep steps with the Piazza del Campo in the heart of Siena, is a masterpiece. We will enjoy lunch and dinner together in these spectacular little cities.
We will have breakfast and then a morning workshop with Carol reminding you that it is finally your turn to focus on you and your intuition about how you might want to spend time in your future creating the life you deserve! Then we will have an afternoon of swimming, reflecting, journaling and a wonderful meal together at a local restaurant! We will hike or drive (your choice) to the top of the medieval tower built on ruins of a Roman fortress where you can still see the original walls.
We will enjoy daily a Traditional Italian breakfast at our Tuscan farmhouse and have our final workshop with Carol. We will celebrate our time together and reflect on all we have learned and experienced in Tuscany. You will have time to explore the old Italian vineyards and groves, see the beautiful medieval church, revisit your favorite spots on the property, swim, relax under the trees, journal, sleep, talk, and enjoy each other. We will have a 4-course goodbye dinner at our farmhouse prepared by our Italian cooks!
After an 8:00 am breakfast, we say goodbye and head home with a renewed energy and positive memories. Packages available for one or two additional days in Florence. Contact me with any questions.
Sample package day in Florence:
We will have a private tour of the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenza where Michaelangelo’s David is on display. Visit the Uffizi Gallerie, which is the most visited art museum in the world. It contains works from Italian Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, who themselves went to the Uffizi to seek inspiration for their work. We will enjoy lunch together at a lovely Italian restaurant that has been run by the same family for generations! The late afternoon is free time for you to explore by yourself or with fellow travelers. Leslie is happy to share some of her favorite shops and welcomes companions. We will spend the night in Florence at a lovely hotel in the heart of the city.
This itinerary is tentative, and we will send the final plan two weeks before the tour begins.