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Radical Restoration Bursary

Our 10-day, 9-night voyage into words and movement is less than four months away.
If you long to join us on this unique yoga & writing retreat by the Ionian Sea but need some financial relief in order to commit, we have a limited number of bursaries to offer.
If Greece is calling along with the urge to deepen your craft by writing in community, please send me an email in which you share your hopes for the retreat.
We are all beginners every time we come to the page or stretch out on the mat. So, whether you are harbouring a secret desire to begin writing, rekindling an old love for writing, or have been at it for decades; published or unpublished, this offer is open to you.

Accommodations are varied in style and price, so they’ve been listed separately. The little villas are quirky and charming and the apartments are fully equipped and have balconies.
Once we are there, we will organize outings and dinners according to participants’ wishes.
Dinners can be prepared independently or together, or taken in local restaurants. The town of Koroni is only a 15-20 minute walk along the beach
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We’ll help with travel arrangements.

We have a terrific travel agent who’s gotten us great flights at very reasonable prices, so let us know if you’d like her contact information. We’re also happy to pair people up if you’d like a travelling companion.

Yoga, Nature & Art ~ an 8-Day Retreat in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador with Esana and Alison

Our lovely yoga instructor has teamed up with Alison Braun for a wondrous adventure in Ecuador.

26 Nov 2016 – 03 Dec 2016

Here’s the link to all the juicy details: http://www.earthtreks.ca/yoga

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Gubbio
 
 
 
Our retreat in Valfabbricia, Italy was such a wild success we have already booked our time there for next year.
 
 
Radical Restoration will be returning to Le Torrace in Umbria April 11 to 21, 2015.
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A prosecco toast to the readers
The final evening at Le Torrace, the group gathered in the Diksha room for the international premiere of eleven new masterpieces, both written and painted. This room is ideally suited for reading due to the panoramic mountain views out of the picture windows at each end of the room.

The evening began with a toast of Prosecco to writers, writing and new friends. The reading order was randomized to ensure everyone enjoyed equal billing. Continue reading

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It’s not the rise

nor the fall of

slope, or the sweet

trill of new birds,

not the melt of

truffle on the tongue,

nor the kindness of

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We rave every day about the tastes on our tongues. Giorgio, Leela and their helpers succeed in evoking moans of pleasure as table music at each breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the surprise of a crunchy cheese muffin-like thing at lunch, to a vellutata di Zucchine (soup) to a brioche with red cabbage, aubergine and cheese, roasted lamb with garden rosemary, Farro Perlato with porcini mushroom, to home-cured prosciutto and Caciotta cheese slices with truffles, all the way to Crema Catalana and Colomba Pasquale, every mouthful a surprise and a bit of a swoon. Our plates are always spanking clean after each meal.

The meals have served as inspiration for our writing as well as being the marker for the passage between activities. Many have remarked that although each repast is a veritable feast of taste and choice, none of the foods are too rich or too sweet, and we often leave almost directly from the groaning board of lunch for a long walk up and down or down and up these beautiful country roads, or book a taxi to take us to nearby Gubbio, Assisi or Perugia. Continue reading

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Italian Excavation

In Grade Nine she read I Claudius
In Grade Six, The Eagle of the Ninth,
But in Grade Three, she read about Pompeii
buried beneath molten lava and
volcanic ash

the book said archeologists
unearthed people
frozen in their daily lives
fossilized forever
by disaster’s sudden flow

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Gubbio Gubbio wherefore art thou Gubbio?

I knew nothing of Gubbio prior to this trip, aside from some vague connection to Francis of Assisi. My loss, apparently. Gubbio is a wonder of terraces, cathedrals, palaces, palazzos, ancient stone, a surprising treasure in the form of a golden fountain spigot in the shape of a duck head, Roman ruins, and sweeping views into a broad green valley.

After our morning of yoga, breakfast, and a shift in perspective with James leading the writing practice, we ate yet another exquisite lunch and climbed into taxis with the enthusiastic (and handsome) Marco and Stefano. The ride was quicker than we imagined and full of swoops and dodges, as we careened through the Umbrian hills to Gubbio. Continue reading

The View from Le Torrace wToday at Le Torracce, in Valfabbrica Italy, is a day of relaxation, writing and reflection. The visit to the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi yesterday was an awe-inspiring wonder. A beautiful walled medieval town, Asissi is the centre of the Franciscan order, and movement, in the Catholic Church, and the place where Saint Francis, or San Francisco as he is known here, is buried. He is also the namesake of the new pope, the first time in history that a pope has chosen his name.

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