Colloseum, Rome

Italy, Oct, 2015

Awaken the Artist Within – see Italy as an artist

October 1 – 12, 2015

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  • 4 nights in Rome, 7 nights in Tuscany
  • Scheduled workshops in painting, sketch, writing, collage, and photography
  • Dining at select locations highlighting the local cuisines
  • Wine tastings and vineyard tours
  • Visit Rome, Orvieto, Rosia, Siena, Montalcino
  • Fee includes lodging, all dinners, local guides, winery tours and tastings, entry fees outlined in itinerary, ground transportation from Rome to Spannocchia and on day trips, instruction, and most materials

Travel to Italy as more than a visitor. Come as an artist. Embark on a sensory exploration of the timeless sights while reserving personal time to reflect and record the experiences that inspire you. Walk in the footsteps of histories greatest creators, and discover in yourself the methods that ignite your own unique creativity.

This twelve day tour is part Roman Holiday, part creative pilgrimage, and a complete opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Italy. We’ll spend four days exploring what Rome has to offer,

  • a tour of the Sistine Chapel
  • apainting class with a local artist
  • meals specially selected to represent Roman cuisine
  • and plenty of opportunity to explore one of the worlds most beautiful cities on your own.

Next, we’ll begin a creativity retreat in a Tuscan Villa just 12 miles south east of Siena. We’ll start each day tramping through the grounds of this 3000 acre working agricultural property.

We’ll have daily workshops exploring a variety of creative methods, journal writing, sketch, multi-media transfer and collage, photography and watercolor. Together we’ll create our own personal “look books” that memorialize the experience, and can act as your own source book for future creative projects.

Join Erin Lee Gafill and Tom Birmingham exploring their favorite spots in Italy, and experiencing this rich culture that highlights the visual arts, the culinary arts, camaraderie and hospitality.

Itinerary Includes


The Collusseum, The Forum, Trevi Fountain, The Protestant Cemetery, The Sistine Chapel, The Vatican Museum, The Spanish Steps, Via Margutta, Trastevere


Orvieto, Piazza d Campo, Museo Civico d’ Siena, Duomo d’ Siena, Montalcino, Abbey de Olivetta Magoria, Spannocchia

14 thoughts on “Italy, Oct, 2015”

    1. Hi Sandra, Erin and I are very excited about our trip to some of our favorite places in Italy. The streets and Piazzas of Rome are some of the most stimulating and inspiring scenes in the world, and the Duomos, Monasteries, Wineries, and Hillsides of Tuscany are some of the most beautiful. We plan a trip that will have inspiration, leisure, education, and camaraderie in equal measure. I hope you’ll be able to join us.

      Please let me know if you have any questions!

    1. Barbara – we are getting great response to this adventure. We are limiting the group to approximately 12, and offering a six month payment plan to make it a bit easier. Let me know if you have any questions.

    1. Brita – we are getting a good deal of interest. If you have any particular questions about the trip, let me know. Erin and I are excited about the “Roman Holiday” “Tuscan Retreat” nature of the trip. Rome is one of my favorite cities in the world, and we are looking forward to an inspirational whirlwind there, followed by a leisurely time in Tuscany.

    1. The total cost of the trip is –

      Per person fee for twelve days in Italy is $3350 (double occupancy) $3900 (single occupancy)

      This includes all breakfasts and dinners, most lunches, ground transportation, all instruction, and lodging.

      The fee can be split into six equal monthly payments if this is appealing.

    1. Hi Noelle – We are planning on a maximum of 12, though depending on the mix of singles and doubles, it might go one or two higher.

      It would be great to have you along again!

    1. Hi Gretchen! Yes we are so excited about this trip! We used to do this every year – and are excited to return. We have a few spaces left right now – let us know if you have any more questions at all and we hope that you might consider joining us this year!

  1. Great to meet you and Tom at Esalen last week and thanks very much for the invite to visit you on our way home on Saturday. I sincerely hope our paths cross again and next time I teach at Esalen, I hope I can plan to visit you.

    all the best,

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