Creatives Retreats

Italy 2020

France 2021

Italy- Spannocchia Farm in Tuscany: May 10-17, 2020.  

Traveling Painters - Angela Powers 

I am an avid painter and love to travel.  I joined my two loves and was born.   I love taking groups to exciting new places to paint and explore.  Join us for our next adventure.


Spannocchia Creatives Retreat

Painting, cooking classes,  and hiking! All this set in the beautiful Spannocchia Farm.

 $2100/person.  $600 deposit.  Checks to Angela Powers:  9321 Ansley Lane, Brentwood, TN   37027

Spannocchia, Italy

Spannocchia is a magical working farm 12 miles from the beautiful walled, medieval city of Siena.  Spannocchia is an historic 1,100 acre sustainable farm with hiking paths, farm animals, Tuscan cooking classes, beautiful vistas, a swimming pool, great wine, and fabulous food.  It is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth.  


For more about Spannocchia, go to


Our home for the week:  Spacious, well appointed double rooms in the 7 bedroom villa with private baths overlooking the garden and valley below. The Villa is the former Cinelli family residence furnished with antiques and original family owned furniture consisting of a library, living room and dining room.  Wine is served daily, before dinner on the villa terrace.


Also on the property:  The Fattoria- the original farm center housing the office and Spannoccchia Shop where Spannocchia products are sold, the cantina- where the wine is made and stored,  the wood burning pizza oven, a woodworking shop and archaeology museum, and the Limonaia- storage for the lemon trees in winter and a great art/studio space. There are also several old, beautiful farm houses scattered about the property. 


Spannochia was recently noted as one of the 15 favorite Green Hotels in Travel & Leisure, recommended among the Top 10 Ecologes and Green Hotes on and was selected by Conde Nast Traveler for its 12th Annual Green list of Lodges and Resorts.  The Spannocchia Foundation works to sustain the cultural landscape for generations to come.  

Our home for the week
Great food, great wine
.....and cooking classes.
Spannocchia Farm in Tuscany Italy
Home to the Cinta Senese Pigs.
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Transportation: included to/from Florence at set time.  You may need to arrive a day early to assure meeting the group.


Meals: Four Course dinners with wine included.

All except Saturday dinner are included.  Dinners include Spannocchia's own bounty of produce and meats using favorite Tuscan recipes.  Lunch is either  buffet style in the dining room or a picnic lunch prepared for field trips.  The food is excellent. 


Siena and San Gimignano: Our trip includes  excursions to these beautiful medieval cities. Siena famous for it's art, cuisine, museums and medieval cityscape and San Gimignano famous for it's medieval towers.   

Painting/journaling: Unlimited painting opportunities for all mediums and all levels.  Beginners and non painters welcome. Lots of inspiration: Landscapes, farm houses, farm animals, flowers, the vineyard, etc.  


Hiking: Unlimited hiking along the many trails on the beautiful Spannocchia property.   


Tuscan Cooking Classes: There are several to choose from, some requiring a group minimum.  Specific classes, days and times will be determined as we get closer.  


Mini Classes:

  • Pasta-Learn the art of pasta making.

  • Bees & Honey- Learn about the wonderful world of bees.  Conclude with honey tasting.  2 hours.

  • Olives and Olive oil- Learn the history of olive oil and how it is produced.  Take a walk through the olive orchard.  Conclude with a guided tasting including Spannocchia's own award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  1.5 hours. 

  • Cinta Senese Tour and Tasting-The tour includes a walk to see the pigs in their habitat, a glimpse into the season/curing room and finishes with a tasting of salumi products such as salami, prosciutto,capocollo and lardo. 2 hours.

  • Spannocchia's Wine Production- Tour the vineyard, visit the cantina and end with a tasting of wine, bread and salumi.

  • Italian Reginal Food Culture- Learn about the different regions and their associated food.

Traditional Cooking day class: Begins with a tour of the garden and than to the kitchen to prepare a three course dinner.  Lunch included.  9:00-2:30. Day TBD.   


Contact me for registration information and deposit payments! Twelve participants max.    


$600.00 (Deposit) 

Angela Powers       9321 Ansley Lane   Brentwood, TN  37027

Phone: 614-271-9306


France- May, 2021

Traveling Painters - Angela Powers 

I am an avid painter and love to travel. 

I joined my two loves and was born. 

Join us for our next adventure.


La Napoule Creatives Retreat: 

La Napoule is a magical chateau just southwest of Cannes on the French Riviera....a painter's dream holiday.

$2100 DBL Occupancy, sea view. Single occupancy rooms are garden view- same fee. 


 7 nights in the villa 

all breakfasts

3 French cuisine dinners

 group transportation to/from Nice airport or set location at set time. TBD

2 excursions with private transportation service.    

*rooms are all different and have unique characteristics.  Due to the historic nature of the facilities there are no air conditioners or elevators.  All bedrooms are on the second and third floor, and guests must be able to climb stairs.  There are not attendants to carry luggage.  


$600 deposit 

Checks to:  Angela Powers   9321 Ansley Lane   Brentwood, TN  37027


Chateau de La Napoule- Mandelieu: La Napoule is located on the Mediteranian sea with beach access on both sides, in the charming little village of Mandelieu and is easily accessed by train, bus or taxi.  The village has several restaurants, shopping, grocery, a Wednesday market and most anything you would need while there. Mandelieu is 30 min from the Nice airport and close to many art cities/villages including Antibes which is part of "The Painters Trail", where many impressionists painted their famous works.  Also close by is St Paul de Vence.  Nice also has many art interests as well.  We will most likely take an excursion to Antibes and St. Paul de Vence.  Other cities are very accessible by train...on your own.  We will also travel by boat to Saint Marguerite Island to tour or paint.  Included. Our week will follow the Cannes film festival so you may want to come early and experience that!


The Villa Marguerite: Our home for the week.  A beautifully furnished, nineteenth century, ten bedroom (with private baths) villa, adjacent to the chateau.  Complete with kitchen, library, and outdoor painting area.  The Italianate Belle Epoque mansion belonged to the Danish princess Daisy of Pless and is only open to art groups.  

La Napoule Art Foundation-Clews Center For The Arts- In 1918, Henry and Marie Clews, from the United States, discovered the dilapidated ruins and embarked on a seventeen year journey to restore the buildings and grounds of La Napoule.  It is now a museum housing the sculptural works of Henry clues.  See for more information.

Things to do:  Paint, paint, paint.  Enjoy the adjoining beach, look for sea glass (this was once a glass factory), hike, stroll around Mandelieu, hop on the local train and tour the area or relax in our own private villa with kitchen and library.  

La Napoule 2015
Our group of 12 fabulous ladies after shopping at the all white store, in front of the villa
La Napoule from the boat
La Napoule 2015
Jeanie and Betty painting at the castle.
Boats at the next door harbour
The beach to the right of the castle
La Napoule 2015
Breakfast at the castle, every morning.
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