Q: I am not an accomplished cook or super crafty, can I still attend your retreats?
A: Yes! At Prone to Wander Retreats attendees do not have to be accomplished in order to enjoy the retreat. There will be attendees of all skill levels, from total newbies to seasoned professionals participating.
Q: I would like to have my husband/family join me at your retreat. Is that OK?
A: The retreats we currently offer are open to women. Unfortunately, due to the space constraints, and the fact that we are often sharing apartments and, in some cases bathrooms, we are not able to accommodate family members at La Dolce Vita. However, your husband/family is more than welcome to drop you off, and/or pick you up from our retreat location. For custom events, the organizer will decide who is invited to attend.
Q: Is the retreat in English?
A: Yes, all retreat activities are in English.
Q: What are the dates of your next retreat?
A: Retreats are announced to our email list first. You can sign up to get the latest news by subscribing to the newsletter, here.
Q: Is your retreat appropriate for those with mobility issues?
A: Unfortunately the retreats we currently offer are not handicapped accessible. We will be staying in buildings built hundreds of years before accessibility was a consideration. You will need to be able to negotiate stairs as there are not elevators in these ancient buildings. Finally, you will want to be able to walk for approximately 1-2 miles (at a normal pace) without issue as you may need/wish to do so during the day trips.
Q: What is included in the price?
A: For each retreat you will find a detailed list of the accommodation, transportation, activities, meals, and workshops provided by us, or our travel agency partner, on the retreat info page. Alongside these things you can expect to receive gifts that will elevate and reinforce the activities you enjoy and reflect the host country.
Q: What is not included in the price?
A: Airfare, transportation to and from the retreat, any pre or post retreat travel, alcohol, insurance and personal shopping are not included in the price. Customized dietary requirements may be subject to an additional fee.
Q: I have specialized dietary requirements. Can you accommodate my needs?
A: At each retreat we try to celebrate the local food culture, meaning that our locally based cooks will prepare meals using seasonal ingredients and featuring recipes they feed their own families. Upon registration you will be asked if you have any specific dietary requirements. At that time please let us know if you have any allergies or needs and we will confer with the kitchen to confirm if they can safely accommodate your request, and whether or not your specific need will be subject to a surcharge.
Q: What if I have to cancel - do you offer refunds?
A: Due to the challenges of logistics, and the up front costs of hosting our retreats, Prone to Wander Retreats and our travel agency partners have firm no refund policies. We strongly encourage attendees purchase cancellation insurance to protect their investment. Should you have to cancel, we will do our best to help you find a replacement. If one can be found you will be refunded less a $150 administration fee. Please note that some retreats have a cut off date, typically approximately 6-8 weeks before the retreat, after which your registration can not be transferred.
Q: Will I be able to choose my own roommate?
A: When you register, you are advised to let us know if you are travelling with someone, and/or wish to room with someone in particular. We will do our best to accommodate requests. For our solo travellers, we send out a questionnaire close to the retreat date in order to facilitate the best match for roommates. At some retreats we have a limited number of single rooms available. If we do, those will be listed in the registration detail page.
Q: Will you set up a private group online so that I can meet the other retreat attendees before arriving on site?
A: Yes, we will set up a Facebook group for those who register for the retreat so that everyone can get to know each other pre arrival. It will also be the perfect place to ask questions and find out the latest updates as we get closer to the retreat.
Visit our Tuscan farmhouse base. It's a slice of heaven!
Which antique and general markets will we visit this year?
Get to know our featured guests and their creative style.
I invite you to hear the vision and heart behind La Dolce Vita.
We invite you to our table, where fresh, seasonal food is served.
Get ready to excite your taste buds as you learn new recipes.
Take a peek at our day trip locations featuring culture and commerce.
Check out our fun, creative workshops! All skill levels are invited to play along!