Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul, gives being to our hopes, bids the coward flight, drives dull  cares away, and teaches new means for the accomplishment of our wishes.   - Horace


The transformation of grape into Spirit begins in the hands of the growers who tend the vines from dormancy, to bud, to blossom, to fruit and to harvest. At harvest the growers bring the grapes, load by load, to the cantina (winery) and pass them into the hands of the winemakers whose task is to guide the fruit offerings through the delicate, balancing process rendering the nectar that is the liquid expression of the Spirit of the Grape.


In this retreat we will embark on a journey of transformationfrom grape to Spirit—walking among the vines, touching and harvesting the fruit, imbibing the nectar. We will meet the modern custodians of the centuries-old tradition of winemaking. We will be welcomed to the table at each meal and invited to savor from the local fields and vineyards. We will imbibe the Spirit of the Grape among friends.


We will travel by train to Venice and spend the day meandering through the enchanting maze of calle (narrow alleys) and bridges, exploring the creations of local artisans and visiting the Rialto bridge and Piazza San Marco. We will enjoy an aperitivo at a charming enoteca (wine bar) and dine at a typical Venetian trattoria.


Each morning we will awaken our bodies to the experiences of the day with a gentle and restorative yoga flow and meditation session.


The Setting  Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy


Nestled between the Alps and the Adriatic sea, northeast of Venice, Friuli Venezia Giulia is a lesser known region of Italy that is truly a hidden cultural and historical gem. It has noted agriculture, viticulture and artisan traditions. The Spirit of the Grape is alive in its people who retain a strong connection to the land and who embody a sense of community and friendship.


Encounter the Spirit of the Grape; it beckons youcome.




  • take in medieval festival
  • meet local growers and winemakers
  • visit wineries—drink the nectar emanating from these lands
  • taste regional cuisine
  • visit grappa distillery—firewater produced from the remnants of the grapes that have been crushed. It will ignite not only your insides, but your Spirit too!
  • daily restorative yoga and meditation sessions (mornings)
  • full day excursion to Venice



  • transfers to/from Marco Polo airport Venice
  • double accommodations in renovated farmhouse villa/ country inn
  • daily restorative yoga sessions
  • full day excursion to Venice
  • visits to wineries, distillery with tasting
  • meals (breakfast and lunch daily) pre-dinner aperitivo
  • welcome dinner (Sunday), farewell dinner (Saturday)
  • reservations and transportation arranged to nightly dinner locale



  • airfare
  • meals outside of villa, except as indicated



Maximum 12 participants.


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