Tuscan crochet retreat 7th – 12th November 2024

£500.00£3,500.00

Picture a beautiful farmhouse, set on the breath-taking hills of Lucca, amidst the abundant olive trees and vineyards of the Italian countryside.  Imagine the most perfect place to crochet… 

…Welcome to your Tuscan crochet retreat! 

Tuscan crochet retreat 7th – 12th November 2024

 

Picture a beautiful farmhouse, set on the breath-taking hills of Lucca, amidst the abundant olive trees and vineyards of the Italian countryside.  Imagine the most perfect place to crochet… 

…Welcome to your Tuscan crochet retreat! 

 

Enhance your love of crochet in the most idyllic setting. 

Join our crochet experts Emma and Marina on this all-inclusive 5-night Tuscan crochet retreat.  Indulge in your favourite hobby whilst taking in the best of what Tuscany has to offer. 

“Just living isn’t enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Anderson

We aim to inspire you through the natural beauty of Italy, envelop your senses with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, awaken your taste buds with delicious home-cooked organic cuisine, and excite you with local culture and extraordinary experiences centred around your love of crochet. 

Re-ignite your creative spark and nurture your body, mind and spirit with an abundance of nature, and magnificent views of the Tuscan valley and Italian countryside. 

Your Tuscan crochet retreat includes: 

  • 5 nights all-inclusive luxury villa accommodation. 
  • Private chef. 
  • All meals* – buffet breakfast, home cooked 2/3-course lunch & dinner prepared by the most amazing chefs! 
  • Unlimited teas, coffee, water, & juices, plus wines with meals. 
  • All crochet workshops & excursions with our expert tutors & designers. 
  • A wonderful gift bag containing luxury Italian yarns, plus all other materials and patterns to complement the retreat projects. 
  • Excursion to the beautiful Marble caves of Carrara in the La Cava museo Fantiscritti, including aperitive inside the caves. 
  • A guided walking tour of Lucca with a scenic outdoor crochet session. 
  • Tickets to the renowned Puccini concert within a spectacular Romanesque church. 
  • Dinner at our favourite restaurant in Lucca after the concert – rated as the best in the area on Trip Advisor! 
  • A day excursion to Florence with an outdoor ‘city crochet’ session.
  • Traditional pizza festival dinner party at the Villa. 
  • Crochet showcase with prosecco & appetizers. 
  • Fiesta gala dinner on the final evening. 
  • Coordinated pick up & drop off from & to Pisa airport, Florence airport or Lucca train station.

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Reviews

* Lunch provision away from the villa is excluded

Crocheting isn’t just a hobby; it’s a remarkable art form that offers a multitude of benefits for your mind, body, and soul. Nestled in the heart of Tuscany’s serene countryside, our retreat invites you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in the soothing world of crochet.

One of the most significant advantages of crocheting is its therapeutic quality. The rhythmic motion of looping yarn around your hook and creating intricate patterns is a proven stress-reliever. As you crochet amidst the rolling vineyards and olive groves, you’ll find your worries melting away, replaced by a sense of calm and tranquillity. The act of crocheting stimulates the release of endorphins, boosting your mood and reducing anxiety, making it the perfect antidote to the demands of modern life.

In addition to promoting emotional well-being, crocheting enhances your cognitive skills. It engages your mind in a delightful dance of creativity, requiring concentration and problem-solving as you navigate intricate stitches and patterns. As you master new techniques under the warm Tuscan skies, you’ll find your cognitive abilities expanding and your memory sharpening. The sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a project is immensely rewarding, bolstering your self-esteem and confidence.

The beauty of our Tuscan Crochet Retreat

The beauty of our Tuscan Crochet Retreat lies not only in the craft itself but also in the sense of community it fosters. Connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion for crochet, you’ll forge lasting friendships, exchange ideas, and gain valuable insights from experienced instructors. The retreat provides a nurturing environment where you can learn from one another, challenge your creativity, and celebrate your unique talents.

Moreover, the tangible results of your crocheting endeavours are another perk to savour. As your skill flourishes, you’ll create stunning, handmade items to cherish or share with loved ones, serving as treasured reminders of your journey. Emma & Marina will guide you through the week’s projects and can help out if you are fairly new to crochet.

The combination of creative expression, relaxation, and cultural immersion makes our Tuscan Crochet Retreat an unforgettable and enriching experience.

In summary, crocheting transcends a simple pastime, offering a wealth of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. At our Tuscan Crochet Retreat, you’ll discover a world of therapeutic crafting, cognitive enrichment, and meaningful connections, all while surrounded by the breath-taking beauty of Tuscany. Join us for an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, creativity, and relaxation, and let the art of crochet and our Tuscan crochet retreat transform your life.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 

The arrival day! 😊  

Welcome to your Tuscan crochet dream! 

Once you have arrived in Italy, coordinated private transport will be available from both Pisa and Florence airports (between 3 – 5 pm), as well as Lucca train station.  From there you will be taken to the Villa in the heart of the Tuscan Hills to begin your retreat.  Check in is from 3pm. 

Once you have unpacked and settled in, we will gather for an introduction and a relaxed afternoon crochet workshop set in one of the many amazing spaces within the villa. 

Dinner is served around 7pm, and is especially prepared by our own private chefs.  You will enjoy a 3-course meal featuring the best of Italian cuisine, all made with fresh local seasonal produce. 

After dinner it’s time to really unwind and relax in to your amazing home from home for the next few days. 

Day 2 

Morning starts with a wonderful selection of breakfast items that will get you ready for the first session of the day.   

Weather permitting, we will enjoy an outdoor morning workshop within the villa’s beautiful grounds, amidst breath taking views of the Lucca Hills. 

Lunch will be ready for 1 pm, and is prepared again by our in-house private chefs. After lunch we will continue with our morning project, and then prepare to depart for our first outing together.   

In the afternoon we will depart for our trip to the fabulous marble caves of Carrara and enjoy an aperitive inside!

Once back at the Villa, a 3-course Tuscan dinner awaits. 

After a wonderful day, the evening remains your own to continue as you please. 

Day 3 

Breakfast is served at 8.30 am, and our morning crochet workshop will follow.   

The morning’s events will take us to around 12.30 pm where we will embark on a guided walking tour and enjoy lunch within the local area.   

Visiting the local area will give you an opportunity to bring your project(s) and/or current WIP along for our afternoon session.  Taking in the scenery whilst blissfully crocheting outdoors in one of the town’s picturesque locations. 

A special evening awaits, with the chance to witness a renowned Puccini concert within a spectacular Romanesque church.   

After the concert, we will enjoy dinner at our favourite restaurant in Lucca town and reflect on a truly memorable day. 

Day 4 

In preparation for a day of crochet and exploring, your breakfast buffet will be served at 8.30 am on day 4. 

At 9.30 am we will depart on a journey to the vibrant city of Florence for an unforgettable crochet excursion.  You will have time to visit some of the most spectacular sights, and enjoy some crochet time in a fabulous location.

By early evening we will return to the villa to freshen up and prepare for a delicious Tuscan pizza festival starting at 7 pm. 

Day 5 

The penultimate day of your crochet retreat will be spent soaking up the surroundings of Villa Vistosa.  

Breakfast will be served at the later time of 9 am today after a busy couple of days out and about. 

With a morning crochet workshop to finish up the weekend’s projects or your current WIP, everyone will have a chance to feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride in what they have achieved. 

Lunch will be served at 1 pm, and will bring us to our final afternoon session together.  A relaxed affair, the afternoon’s session will focus around achievements, reflection, and winding down after a glorious few days away.   

You will have the opportunity to share your work and exchange stories, hacks and tips with your peers over prosecco and appetizers. 

Enjoy the final evening of your retreat with a fantastic dinner fiesta watching the sun set over the hills of Lucca. 

Day 6 

Departure day! 🙁 

A farewell breakfast is served at 8.30 am on our final day together to set you up for your journey home.  You are free to take an early start and enjoy the villa before checking out.   

Coordinated transport will be available once more to take you to your place of departure, leaving the villa at 10 am. 

Safe journey onwards and happy hooking! 

About the hosts

Emma – Oh So Pretty And Clever
Hi! I'm Emma, and I'm the founder of Oh So Pretty And Clever crochet courses & retreats. I live in Cheshire with my 3 daughters and 2 cats. If it's not been said enough already, I'm an absolute crochet addict! I can't go a day without picking up my hook. I have been crocheting for around 15 years, and teaching this wonderful craft since 2019.
Since the launch of my crochet workshops and retreats I have been honoured to receive several awards and accolades, as well as great reviews. This has given me the encouragement to develop Oh So Pretty And Clever further, and embark on this amazing journey with Marina.
I really enjoy teaching crochet, and have a patience I never imagined I had (or so i'm told!) My WIP pile is massive, and my yarn stash is ridiculous, but I know that if you're reading this, you can probably relate!

Marina – Bloodimaryart Crochet

Hello, I'm Marina, the Crochet Designer and natural fiber enthusiast behind Bloodimaryart!
At some point in my life, I got itchy feet and decided to explore the world: I have been working and traveling in different countries for the past 5 years, mostly in Spain, Australia, France and South East Asia.

Crochet has become my medium for creative self-expression, the way in which I manifest my ideas, imagination, beliefs and values.
I always try to channel my experiences and learnings into my crafting, showing my personality through my own eclectic style.

I started designing one-of-a-kind crochet patterns at the end of 2019, mainly creating designs for the English crochet community and selling crochet pieces. During the years I became a crochet teacher, opened a YouTube Channel where I share free tutorials and tips about this craft and began collaborating with yarn brands and crochet magazines.

Organising a crochet retreat was a big dream of mine and I’m so grateful to have met Emma on my path. I can’t wait to meet you all!

Occupancy

Sole occupant deposit, Sole occupant full payment, Twin sharing deposit (per person), Twin sharing full payment (per person)