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  • We invite you to join us if you would like your life decisions to reflect your authenticity, would like to meet others on this path, have any kind of emotional, spiritual or mental block that is preventing you from living your potential… or if you are someone who enjoys self-exploration in new and beautiful contexts – like Tuscany!

    This is a truly unique opportunity to practice psychodrama in Tuscany at an affordable rate.

    If you desire to join us, we would love to have you! Please sign up on our mailing list to learn about early booking opportunities.

  • We are currently creating a pre-Retreat option for those who wish to have an extended experience – starting from Wednesday night – the Retreat starts on Thursday. You are welcome to stay at the Retreat location during your travels if there is availability. Please contact us with your travel dates and we will be happy to help you with this. 

  • The weather in Italy in late September can vary from warm (sometimes hot) days to very cool evenings. Inside the ancient stone structure, the walls can retain cool, and you may need a scarf, sweater or light jacket. There is an unheated, outdoor pool, so pack a bathing suit if you think you want to swim. Towels are provided, but toiletries are not. We send a detailed pre-Retreat information sheet to our Retreaters.

  • The menus for the weekend are based on local, seasonal ingredients in an Italian country style. All the meals are organic and home-cooked in the farmhouse kitchen. Each meal will have gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options. You may indicate your preferences when you book.

    There will be no alcohol served during the weekend, nor included in the cooking.

  • The success of the Retreat for you is in part contingent upon the group’s sense of safety, security, and togetherness. Arriving and leaving at the same time as the others is an important aspect of this cohesiveness. The Retreat is designed from Thursday night until Sunday lunch.  Missing any amount of it would lessen the experience greatly.

  • There are no requirements other than a desire to attend and a willingness to stay through the end!

    We designed Actualizing the Authentic Self for anyone who feels they would like to deepen their self-development in any way. We are here to support your path and dreams and to help you let go of any behaviors that are not serving you.

  • We do not have a strict “no device” policy as spiritual retreats often do – i.e., we will not collect your phone at the door. However, during workshops and meals, we ask that you leave your phones and devices in your room or turned off.

    We believe that disconnecting from the outside world, media and entertainment for three days will provide you with a space to go even deeper within – and we suggest it for a truly profound experience.

  • The costs cover:

    • the Retreat workshops
    • breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • your room for three nights

    Pricing plans are available.

  • We recommend that you attend the Retreat alone – without the responsibility of tending to your child(ren). For three nights, we encourage you to ask for and allow for help in your childcare while you invest in yourself for the Retreat weekend. 

  • The Retreat center does not allow pets inside the rooms. We ask that you leave your pet at home during the Retreat weekend. 

  • While the Retreat location feels like an escape – and there are certainly many tourist attractions surrounding the center – the Retreat days are devoted to your personal transformation and development. We encourage you to attend the Retreat together to have the full experience, or to simply attend alone. The deep work we do during the weekend is not part of a typical vacation weekend – and non-participants’ presence may be uncomfortable for others attending alone. 

  • The best way to arrive at La Capitana from major local city centers is by the Italian regional train to Grosseto. We have a shuttle pickup from Grosseto to the Retreat center on Thursday at a specific time – to be arranged with us when you book the Retreat. Taxis are available at other times from Grosseto.

    Driving by car is also an easy way to arrive. Cars can be rented at the major airports and cities. Directions can be found on our Logistics page.

  • The area around Magliano-in-Toscana is filled with gorgeous sites and landscapes. It’s part of the Maremma region, which is nationally-protected park land. Around the area, there are also Etruscan archeological sites, historic towns, and natural thermal baths (hot springs). You can find out more information in this article, or request travel planning in your booking.

  • Yes! We are here to support your inner work and process. Please discuss the Retreat – before and after – with your therapist to integrate your experiences. After you book your spot, you will be provided an opportunity to share about your therapeutic process confidentially with Valerie Simon. 

  • This is not an official 12-step Retreat, but those in 12-step programs are welcome. Valerie Simon, LCSW, PAT, has extensive experience in her practice treating people with addiction using the 12-step approach: from alcohol/drugs, love/sex, to codependency and others. Through the transformative work and aftercare, you may discover or renew your connection to 12-step programs. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted during the duration of the weekend, and we ask that you refrain from addictive behaviors during your stay to maximize the experience for yourself and others. 

  • Time-permitting, Valerie Simon may be available for individual sessions during the Retreat. Following the Retreat, you may book Skype sessions with her from anywhere in the world to follow up your Retreat experience.

  • Yes, we will hold a space for an optional open 12-step meeting (or more depending on interest) during the Retreat. 

  • It will be hard not to take pictures of the beautiful Tuscan setting! Please feel free to take photos and videos of the landscape and property! Photos/video will not be permitted during the Retreat workshops. Please do not publish/share photos of anyone on the Retreat without their consent.

Restart Retreats 2017
Save the Date!
October 5 – 8, 2017
Thursday evening – Sunday midday
Magliano-in-Toscana, Tuscany (IT)