• 7 nights accommodation in a double room, in an apartment at Borgo Personatina. (Fulfilled by e20Toscani) There are two accommodation rates: €500 for a double room with shared bathroom and €570 for a double room with an ensuite bathroom. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read more information about our host location and the bedroom options.

• 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read more information about our meals together.

• One small plate evening reception.

• One "Tuscan Favorites" Cooking Lesson at a beautiful countryside estate. The lesson will concentrate on fresh, organic food and seasonal products. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read more information about the culinary explorations.

• One creative workshop with our special guest. May 18th week: Kelly Rae Roberts, June 1st week: Wendy Brightbill. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read more information about the workshops.

• One "Seasonal Dining with Orsa" cooking lesson with Orsa Pellion. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read more information about the culinary explorations.

• A day trip to an Italian antique market. Either Lucca, or Arezzo depending on which week you register for. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read more information about the antique market.

• A wine tasting and private dinner at a spectacular Tuscan castle and vineyard.

• A visit to the Siena local (non-antique) market. It is one of the largest markets of the region where the locals do much of their shopping for housewares, clothing and shoes. It is always beloved by retreat attendees for its great selection of European fashion and good prices. After the market closes, you will have time to enjoy the city for several hours.

• A private tour in Siena with a local guide.

• Exclusive use of the gardens and pool at Borgo Personatina during La Dolce Vita.

• Chartered bus transfers to and from the scheduled excursions on our itinerary. (Fulfilled by e20Toscani.)

• Many special surprises.

• The opportunity to meet women from around the world who all share similar interests and a curiosity about art and life.

• Airfare, including any baggage fees.

• Transfers to/from the airport to Borgo Personatina, our event location. (We have a service which we will recommend to you, and anticipate that attendees will try to organize amongst themselves to try and ride-share in order to reduce costs.)

• Insurance of any kind (cancellation, medical, etc.) for the trip.

• Meals outside of those listed on the retreat itinerary.

To register, please email:

Please let us know which retreat you would like to register for, May 18-25 or June 1-8. If it doesn't matter to you, and you are able to attend either retreat, please indicate that when you send in your registration as it allows us the greatest flexibility to fit in everyone's first choice. 

If you are registering together with a friend - or group of friends, we recommend that you send the information for all of you in one email so that you ensure that your booking is linked together. Please include the name and email address for everyone in your group in your email to us.

Upon receiving your registration email, we will reply letting you know if there is a spot available. If there is, you will be forwarded the retreat contracts from e20Toscani and Carolyn Peeler Creative Studios for your review. You will have 48 hours to review them and confirm your registration. Once you confirm, we will instruct you on how to proceed in the registration process.

Payments to e20Toscani will be accepted by credit card, and payments to Carolyn Peeler Creative Studios will be accepted by cheque. Payment options will be discussed with any non-US clients upon registration.

Your initial payment, which is due immediately upon registration, is €500 or €570, depending which bathroom option you choose, payable to e20Toscani. 

After your payment to e20Toscani, which reserves your spot, you have 4 options for paying your balance to Carolyn Peeler Creative Studios:

1) You can pay in full immediately, for a total of $2995. 

2) You can pay in two, $1497.50 payments. The first payment is due October 1, 2018 and the second due on February 1, 2019. 

3) You can pay with five, $599.00 payments. The first payment is due October 1, 2018. The next 4 payments are due: November 1, 2018, December 1, 2018, February 1, 2019 and April 1, 2019. 

4) You can pay with seven payments. Your first payment is due October 1, 2018. The next 6 payments are due on the first of each month beginning November 1, 2018. Your first payment will be $499, and the other 6 payments will be $416.00 each. Instalment payments will run through April 1, 2019. 

Both e20Toscani and Carolyn Peeler Creative Studios have a very firm cancellation policy. Once you are registered, your payments are non refundable. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation insurance from your local travel/insurance company. However, if for any reason your plans change after you have registered, your spot IS fully transferable until April 1, 2019. Upon registration, attendees will be given the retreat contract to read and sign. The complete details of the cancellation policy can be read there.

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Carolyn thanks you for your interest in attending La Dolce Vita, a creative lifestyle retreat located in the Tuscan countryside. 

We are pleased to be offering this retreat in partnership with e20Toscani, a Siena, Italy based Travel agent who will administer and fulfill the accommodation and chartered bus bookings for La Dolce Vita.

In 2019 there are two La Dolce Vita retreats to choose from:
May 18-25, 2019: with special guest Kelly Rae Roberts
June 1-8, 2019: with special guest Wendy Brightbill

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What others are saying about our retreats

"La Dolce Vita retreat was a recharge week in the middle of my busy year. One week in a beautiful place that after half an hour felt like home, with lovely ladies from all over the world. 

Carolyn and her team pay attention to the small details that make each day special. Delicious food, enjoyable activities, amazing hosts - the best combination that made this week unforgettable for me. I am sure that I'll be back for a future La Dolce Vita retreat." 


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"The La Dolce Vita experience is filled with expected and unexpected moments of joy. From engaging with new friends, at a stunning retreat site, to new flavours, honed crafting skills, learning and shared moments, there is an "extra" I call the "La Dolce Vita linger" - a happiness that simmers just beneath the skin and stays soul deep, long after the retreat has ended - a feeling that stokes the fire of desire to return for another retreat."   


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"This was my first ever women's retreat of any kind, let alone, out of the Country and by myself to boot!! I didn't know what to expect, however, I did have high expectations. Well let me tell you, every expectation was 100% met in the most beautiful ways!! Carolyn's attention to detail was none like I had ever seen before. From the amazing meals and the incredible flowers we found ourselves constantly surrounded by to the fabulous gifts, it was simply magical. The workshops were fun, creative and very beneficial. The wine, the cooking classes and the scenery ... I felt like I was on a movie set. Carolyn's sincere kind heart showed throughout every detail. The only downside was I didn't want to leave!!! Thank you Carolyn for making my experience one-of-a-kind and most memorable. I cannot wait to attend again in 2019!"


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"Life Changing! That is the best way I can describe my feelings about the La Dolce Vita Retreat. It was an uplifting, creative, joyful experience that I wish I had signed up for years ago. It brought me out of my comfort zone and invigorated me. The location was amazing, itinerary could not be more perfect, the food (don't get me started), new friends, and beautiful Italian families we encountered, I cannot find the words to do it justice. As a lover of all things creative, I came back with new insight from what I had learned. Carolyn's attention to detail is absolute perfection and she truly is an amazing person! I am forever changed and it is the best gift I have ever given to myself and I promise it will be for you too!"


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"If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing Tuscany, this is one of the best ways! You arrive as strangers who discover the region together and magically, even though you didn’t know these ladies before you arrived, you know that they will remain an important part of your life.

This retreat was everything I didn’t even know I needed. If you are able, I highly encourage you to go. Thank you Carolyn, Orsa, Paola and everyone who made this so wonderful. Thank you to my fellow attendees for opening your hearts and letting me in... you are all safely imbedded in my heart."


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"Attending the 2018 La Dolce Vita retreat was a highlight of my life. Carolyn Peeler is the consummate hostess. She takes every special request to heart and provides an extraordinary experience. Don't be afraid to go by yourself! I did on purpose to make new friends. From the time you land in Italy your every need is cared for. The food, activities, accommodations, travel and hosts are remarkable. Did I forget shopping? Plenty of that. Wine, laughs and good times in abundance."


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