Italy Retreat

Italy Retreat

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COOK, SCRIBBLE, GET INSPIRED IN A TUSCAN CASTLE
with Molly O’Neill

A COOKNSCRIBBLE RETREAT | SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 6, 2017

Castello di Potentino
Monte Amiata, Tuscany

$3,800
(Additional charge for single occupancy and any additional off-site activities)

Includes instruction/mentoring, housing, several special learning experiences and all meals with the exception of two restaurant dinners. 

CASTELO DI POTENTINO

An ancient castle built on an Etruscan site, Potentino presides over a hidden valley in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany – Monte Amiata.  The medieval building is nestled in unspoiled countryside and immediately surrounded by kitchen gardens, vines and ancient olive trees that supply the estate’s small production of high quality wine, grappa and oil.

Bought and restored in 2000 by the Greene family, the castle operates today as a dynamic cultural center for food and wine thanks to British winemaker Charlotte Horton and her brother, Alexander Greene, a long-time restaurateur. Charlotte Horton and Molly O’Neill have designed the week-long series of short writing workshops to celebrate the setting by focusing on taste and the other senses. 

SPACE IS LIMITED

The group is limited to 15 participants and 5 instructors. There is an additional $100 nightly charge for single occupancy rooms. Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the choices at potentino.com and please designate your selection when registering.

ITINERARY NOTES

A food lovers paradise, Castello di Potentino will most likely be harvesting grapes and olives during our residency. Charlotte Horton will supervise a wine making lesson. Residents can attend a daily, one hour workshop focused on writing from the senses as well as an end-of-the-day workshop to share their writing.

Participants are also invited join the estate’s gardeners and get their hands dirty learning some of the secrets of sustainable gardening, take a trip to the ancient local olive oil press or skip-out for a lesson we’ve arranged with a renown local cheese-maker. 

Additional daily outings are possible, although liable to Potentino’s surcharges. Prior to arrival, we work with each participant to customize itineraries to individual goals for the week.

In our experience, most participants want to recharge, inhale the freedom from daily demands and re-dedicate themselves to their craft. For this reason, the days at Potentino are minimally structured. We encourage writers and cooks to take part in scheduled diversions – or not. 

This idyllic setting is a working vineyard and farm and our group is welcome to wander, or work. Instructors, who are all working writers, are available for mentoring. The kitchen welcomes individuals with a burn to cook.

REGISTER NOW

There is substantial interest in this experience and we suspect that the retreat will fill quickly. Email molly@cooknscribble.com to register or for more information about the retreat. 

A fifty percent, non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. The balance is due no later than August 25th, 2017.  A ten percent reduction is offered to those paying in full upon registration for a total cost of $3,420.

Travel information is available on Castello di Potentino's website.