Writing To Awaken – Italy 2017

Writing To Awaken: Story As a Path of Transformation
Il Giardino della Luna
Bagnone, Italy
Saturday, June 17 – Friday, June 23, 2017

Retreat Costs and Registration Information

About Il Giardino della Luna

“The Garden of the Moon” is the renowned former Convent of SS. Annunziata situated in the beautiful green hills of the Lunigiana region, a few kilometers from the sea. This land, between Liguria, Tuscany, and Emilia, is full of lush green vegetation with olive groves, vineyards and chestnut trees and has been an important region of historical and artistic heritage for centuries. 

In 1730, the complex was sold to the Mazzini Turriani family who transformed the property into a prestigious residence. Recently the property was restored with excellent architectural rigor; its gates reopened to lovers of ancient atmospheres and guests looking for silence, healthy food, and renewal.

The main residence has 14 large bedrooms with private baths, all with original features, including frescoes and antique art and furnishings. The original chapel adjacent to the property has also been restored and provides a place for reflection and contemplation. The residence is surrounded by a large park, rich in water sources and a considerable variety of native tree species, where you can walk immersed in the colors and scents of the wild and sweet nature of Lunigiana.


“When you tell the truth, your story changes.
When your story changes, your life is transformed.”

About Writing To Awaken

Writing To Awaken is an intimate exploration of personal identity through expressive writing. Using targeted questions, radical truth-telling, and self-inquiry, you will explore the narratives of your life, writing honestly about your greatest challenges, deepest yearnings, secret wounds, hidden gifts, and roads less traveled. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of your storytelling self and move toward a more liberated, authentic, and awakened life. Mark’s unique, compassionate teaching style creates a welcoming atmosphere for this deeply transformative work. Designed for writers of all levels, Writing To Awaken will prompt insight, spiritual wisdom, and fresh possibilities.

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Retreat Costs and Registration

Retreat Fee*: $2975

  • *Airfare not included. Meals, ground transportation, and excursions are included.

 Please contact us to register.

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Arrival Date: Saturday, June 17
Arrival Airport: Milan Malpensa (MXP)
Arrival Time: Before 1 pm

Group Meeting Point: Crowne Plaza Malpensa Airport
Address: Via A. Ferrarin, 7, 21019 Somma Lombardo VA, Italy
Website: http://www.crowneplazamalpensa.com/
Phone: +39 0331 21161

Once you’ve arrived and collected your baggage, look for ground transportation to hotels and shuttle service to the Crowne Plaza Malpensa. img_4027We will have space at the hotel for attendees to gather, relax, eat, wash up, etc. Once all attendees have arrived, we will make the three-hour drive to the retreat site together.

For anyone arriving by train, we will provide pick up the Villafranca-Bagnone Train Station. Please arrange an afternoon arrival for pickup.

After settling in on Saturday, we’ll have a welcome reception and dinner. The retreat officially kicks off on Sunday afternoon. During the week, workshop sessions take place in the mornings and early afternoon. Late afternoons and evenings are reserved for local excursions, free time, and one-on-one meetings with Mark. Excursions are optional and will be planned taking weather, attendance, and availability into account. 

Departure: The retreat ends after lunch on Friday, June 23. We will return to the Crowne Plaza in Milan where rooms are reserved for attendees who have flights on Saturday, June 24. For those not needing a room, $100 will be deducted from your retreat fee. We will also provide drop off at the Villafranca-Bagnone train station for anyone continuing their stay in Italy or Europe. All attendees must either return to Milan with the group or plan to leave by train on Friday. Additional nights at the retreat site are not possible.

For those wishing to remain in Italy after the retreat, the beauty of Florence, Parma, Pisa, Genoa and the Cinque Terre are easy to get to as are Southern France and Monaco. Please contact us with any questions about the retreat or for assistance with travel arrangements. We are very excited about this first retreat at Il Giardino della Luna and look forward to sharing this unique and beautiful place with you. 

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