You are invited to participate in an unparalleled self-development experience in beautiful Tuscany
Restart Retreat 2018
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September 26 – 30, 2018.
with Valerie Simon and Claudia Palmira
About the Retreat
Imagine waking up in a Tuscan country room with high, beamed ceilings, the Tyrrhenian Sea in the distance outside your window. After a homemade breakfast of fresh, local ingredients on a farm table in an outdoor dining room, you adjourn with like-minded souls to a spacious room, where music greets you. After a short guided meditation, you dive into experiential group activities that transport you a new dimension within yourself, to lay an unforgettable foundation for a new chapter in your life. You relax on the lawn chairs or around the pool, enjoying the views of the Tuscan countryside. Country roads all around beckon you for a stroll. Sunsets are better than any show – the trees, flowers and hills frame the stage. The Italian night sky is brilliant with zillions of stars. You have come home to yourself.
Welcome to Restart Retreats!
For four days and three nights in the rolling hills of Magliano-in-Toscana, Italy, Valerie Simon, LCSW, PAT, and Claudia Palmira will help you find the core of your authenticity to bring active change to your life. Through intensive creative arts exercises, you will be guided in finding the integrity to live your outward life in congruence with your inner values.
Surrounded by a relaxed and supportive environment, you will begin breaking down self-damaging behavior – negative self talk, codependent behavior and self-sabotaging thought patterns – to uncover your potential. Bring your values to the forefront of your actions through an empowering look into the inner workings of who you are.
The Retreat take place in an 18th-century stone farmhouse atop a stunning hillside in Magliano-in-Toscana, Italy, which is in the the coastal region of Tuscany. Immersion into self escape and beauty is what brings forth the ability to truly view oneself outside of the daily routine. All meals are homemade in the farm kitchen with all-natural, locally-sourced ingredients. A large outdoor green space, pool and local trails provide relaxation and decompression during the retreat. Both private and shared rooms are available.
This is the first psychodramatic retreat in Southern Europe.
This overwhelmingly beautiful and unpretentious ambience allows you to touch on what is holding you back in order to embolden you to live freely through honest decision-making. Leading a life that cares for your soul begins by acknowledging our authentic selves in order to change our actions and behavior. To be who we truly are meant to be!
The mythical backdrop of Italy only heightens this intensely transformative experience. In an 18th-century stone farmhouse atop the hillside of coastal Tuscany, we will work together to replace self-damaging cycles with a true personal vision and action plan. All meals will be expertly crafted and homemade for you with all natural ingredients. Large outdoor areas, pools and local trails will help you to decompress and relax during the retreat.
Moving beyond the every day into an immersion of healing and growth. The Tuscan farmhouse offers an escape from the distractions of normalcy to offer a full commitment of beauty to yourself, surroundings and healing process. To shape the actions of your every day you need first step outside of who you are an begin to heal. Restart Retreats offers you not only a journey to a gorgeous landscape, but a journey into understanding the makeup of yourself.
Bring actualization to authenticity.
From our 2017 participants:
“You did a fabulous job!”
“An annual appointment to check in with myself and with friends. Thanks to you, Claudia & Valerie!”
“It’s been an amazing experience at a beautiful location with two lovely and gifted women.”
“Thank you for creating such a safe and supportive group space for my healing process.”
“Loved the Retreat.”
“Thank you. I really appreciate that this was available in Europe, as I would have had many excuses to avoid going to the US for this type of Retreat.”
From our 2016 participants:
“I’m riveted by the whole experience. When American professionalism and work ethics mix with the best Italy has to offer, setting and fresh food… What a potent mix. Your vision came to fruition in such a flawless way. I’m so moved and so grateful and so honored.”
“Thank you for this amazing gift you have given me (us) of the retreat. I feel so happy and light and full of hopes and dreams. My heart is bursting with love for life.”
“An unbelievable experience.”
“Unforgettable. Powerful. Empowering. The experience of a lifetime. Thank you all.”
“An immense gift of a lifetime – that I gave myself.”
We can promise that this experience will positively impact your life based on the success of the therapeutic techniques that we incorporated in the design of this experience. The more you put into this weekend, the more you will experience a change in your life.
The retreat takes place in an 18th-century farmhouse amid acres of olive groves and farmlands atop a tall hill with breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside. On clear days, even the famed coast of Argentario is visible in the distance. A large lawn, nearby walking trails and an outdoor pool provide true relaxation immersed in nature – a magical setting.
An onsite cook who prepares daily homemade meals for our participants. The ingredients are locally-sourced from the surrounding Tuscan farm areas. The farm itself produces its own olive oil, jams and honey. We provide gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options. All meals are included in the price of the weekend.
From our Blog
Claudia Palmira and Valerie Simon, LCSW, PAT, present an experientially therapeutic exercise you can do at home. This can give you a tiny sample of the power of psychodramatic work, which allows you to give voice to the often unacknowledged parts of ourselves. Our group work during the Retreat weekends brings this to a whole […]
Claudia and Valerie share about the importance of investing in ones self-care and well-being in the moment. The positive ripples from taking time from your routine and focusing on your recovery and wellness are indescribably powerful. Transcript of the video: Hi I’m Claudia. I’m Valerie We’re here to talk to you about Restart Retreats. Specifically, […]
Valerie Simon, LCSW, PAT and artist Claudia Palmira continue their video series with this discussion on resistance – when it comes up and what to do with it. Transcript of the video: Hi everybody. I’m Claudia and I’m Valerie And we’re here to talk to you again about Restart Retreats. So, today we want to […]
Valerie Simon, LCSW, PAT and Claudia Palmira discuss the power and necessity of recovering from codependency, which is often the root of addictive behaviors and dysfunctional relationships.
Claudia and Valerie share a little about their vision for Restart Retreats and their reason for choosing Italy for their October experience. Transcript: Hi I’m Claudia And I’m Valerie And we’re going to talk to you about Restart Retreats A little personal note: We had a vision for Restart Retreats a long time ago. I […]
Valerie Simon and Claudia Palmira discuss why investing in yourself is vital – but how our fear and insecurity can stop us. Transcript of Deserving a Retreat Hi I’m Claudia And I’m Valerie And we’re here to talk to you about Restart Retreats In beautiful Central Park. In gorgeous Central Park Why do you deserve […]
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