Radiant Jane Retreats Presents

Release and Reveal Your Visible Voice

A Retreat in Tuscany with Katharine Rajczak

August 20-26, 2023.

Release and Reveal Your Visible Voice” at an enchanting winery in Tuscany, Italy – August 20-26 2023! Improve your ability to communicate from the inside out during this one week Voice and Communications Retreat for business, legal, medical, academic, and performance professionals.

About the Retreat

RELEASE AND REVEAL YOUR VISIBLE VOICE  

 ●       How many times have you felt invisible, unheard, or ignored?

 ●       Are there times when you yourself have aimed to be invisible?

 ●       When you have the impulse to communicate, are you confident that the sound of your voice truly conveys what you need to express? 

 ●       Does your voice reflect the real you?

 What makes a great actor, a compelling orator, or an engaging speaker?

DELIVERY 

It may seem counterintuitive but how we say something often matters more than what we say. How we say something will reveal the TRUTH of what is underneath the words.

Business leaders, managers, lawyers, mediators, health professionals, teachers, and actors are continually called upon to perform, present, persuade, placate, or deliver painful news. How we use our body and voice in these moments will affect how the information is received.  If the tone of voice or physical gesture doesn’t match with the words being used the message may be misinterpreted or just not heard. Simply put, your true voice will be unvoiced. It will be invisible.

 The Visible Voice Retreat will help you:

●       make more compelling, confident, presentations in court, the classroom, on stage, and in meetings and gatherings of small or large groups.

●       optimally utilize and trust your voice particularly in the face of stressful situations.

●       better understand the anatomy of voice production and breath support to avert vocal strain and increase vocal stamina.

Daily activities led by lawyer/voice coach Katharine Rajczak, and actor/teachers Kate Fenton and Annie Newton, will include instruction in breath, physical alignment, gentle movement, creative improvisation, nourishing sound meditations, and invigorating vocalization. There will also be time in the day for nature walks, swimming, journaling, and stimulating conversation.

We’ll also take a break mid-week to refresh our systems and enjoy a visit to Pienza for the day. You can use your free time here to wander through the old streets, visit museums, go shopping, or simply sip a cappuccino, write postcards, and watch the street life.

The Setting

We’re going to Bella Italia! To Tuscany. The land of olive groves and vineyards. Tuscany embraces its visitors like long-lost friends. You’re invited to sit at the table like family, while you are nourished mind, body and soul. Prepare for enchanted moments in the lush bloom and warm sun. Tuscany is a place that once visited, engages the heart, and calls it back again and again. Enjoy the bella luna and enlightenment under the waxing moon! Fattoria Del Colle is our retreat location. It is a tranquil oasis that lies in an untouched corner of the countryside, in the south of Chianti. The estate is a small hamlet miraculously unspoiled through the course of the centuries. At the heart of the hamlet stand the 16th century villa and chapel including the old sharecroppers dwellings which have been lovingly renovated into rooms of the agriturismo. Included on the property are an award winning restaurant, Osteria di Donatella, a wellness space and a cooking school. The ancient land, villas, and chapel are infused with Old World charm, a dose of mystery and an invitation to unfetter your senses.

The wellness center at Fattoria del Colle offers a breathtaking view of the Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi – Tuscany. In the wellness centre there is a Turkish bath, sauna, relaxation room, sensorial shower, foot bath and Jacuzzi. The massage room and the vinotherapy cave with its juniper wood tub, are known for their detoxifying qualities and magical elixirs. The Casato Prime Donne wines are used for bathing in and for cosmetics such as grape dust, saline wine face scrub, massage wine serum, all of which contain rejuvenating essences. All contain healing energy from the ancient land that surrounds the estate.

The Wine and Food

Fattoria Del Colle is the family estate of Donatella Cinelli Colombini, who is a celebrity in Tuscany and the award winning entrepreneur of the only all-female owned winery in Italy, where they produce the memorable Brunello wine. Donatella’s ancestors first owned land in the Montalcino area in the 16th century, and recent generations have passed property down the female line. When Cinelli Colombini inherited the estate from her mother in the late 1990s, she went in search of a female staff at Siena’s oenology school. The vintners are all women, as is the winemaker, a unique situation in Italy, a flagship for women in the wine business. The winery, Il Casato Prime Donne makes their wine on and around the estate of Fattoria Del Colle, and retreat guests will not only get to walk among the vineyards, but take a wine tour, and drink these wines with each meal. The distinctive element of the wine is its elegance: red harmonies able to last in time.

As you sit at the white linen lined tables and sip your organic local wine, you’ll indulge and appreciate the gorgeous regional, organic food from the in-house chef of an award winning restaurant. You’ll feel cherished by the warm hospitality of the wait staff as they serve exquisite, lavish, and healthful Italian meals for lunch and dinner.

About Katharine Rajczak

Katharine Rajczak provides Voice and Communication Coaching to individuals who wish to improve their oral presentations and general communication skills. Clients are introduced to breath, vocal and movement exercises to release inhibiting physical habits and build vocal strength and flexibility.

After working in leadership roles in the non-profit arts, health, and social service sectors for 15 years, Ms. Rajczak obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall law School, was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996, and practised as a Family Law Trial Lawyer for over 20 years. She now focuses on alternate conflict resolution processes including mediation, collaborative law, parenting coordination, and voice, communication and conflict management coaching. Conflict management coaching includes working with self-determined groups, couples, and individuals to explore and develop self-awareness and empathy and improve their communication skills in conflict situations. Ms. Rajczak received an MFA with Distinction in Voice Training and Coaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2020. She conducts voice and communication workshops and one-on-one training for individuals, business and health professionals, lawyers, mediators, teachers, and actors using breath, voice, and mindfulness techniques to create confident presentations and improve personal and professional communications.

The Details

YOUR $3,600 RETREAT PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • °Daily activities lead by Katharine and guest teachers
  • °6 nights lodging
  • °Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • °Vegan and Vegetarian Options
  • °Group transport to and from the retreat from the Rome airport (Fiumicino)
  • °Excursion to Montepulciano
  • °Wine tasting
  • °Tour of Fattoria grounds and ancient chapel
  • °Pici pasta making class
  • °Wellness spa access
  • °Beautiful classroom studio
  • °Bicycles to use
  • °Concierge office staff
  • °On-site laundry

Airfare not included.

Guest rooms are a private bedroom within a 2 or 3 bedroom shared apartment and bathroom. We’ll pair you with a like minded roommate, or bring a friend!

Guests are encouraged to travel to other areas in Italy before or after the retreat, so that the retreat itself can be a time for replenishment, focus on writing, and centering into the experience at Fattoria del Colle. If you would appreciate a few insider tips about travel plans before or after retreat, ideal ways to be in Tuscany, and some of the bigger cities such as Rome, Florence, Naples and Venice, just ask. We are happy to help you make the most of your trip to Italy!

Jane Reeves is the founder of Radiant Jane Retreats, has led over 70 retreats worldwide, and is an author and master teacher of Loving Kindness.

Radiant Jane Retreats will send you an FAQ when you make your reservation and will provide information to help with initial logistics and travel plans. Beyond that, travel plans must be made to match the group transfers. No exceptions. Group transfer leaves Rome Fiumicino at 2 pm August 20. (Plan to arrive in the morning and allow 90 minutes to get through customs.) Group transfer departs Fattoria at 9 am August 26 for Rome. On day 1 of every retreat, the bus departs at 2 pm from Rome Fiumicino airport (also called Leonardo Da Vinci airport) so when booking flights please plan to ARRIVE in Rome before noon. On the final day of every retreat the bus departs the retreat location at 8 am but won’t arrive to the Rome airport until at least noon. Please book flights to DEPART Rome after 2 pm. This is the safest way to be sure you don’t miss the shuttle bus on day 1 and don’t miss your flight on final day. Please schedule departure accordingly. Radiant Jane Retreats will provide a suggested packing list. Bringing a meditation mat is encouraged.

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Inclusion Statement

We are committed to diversity and inclusion.

We believe strength, creativity and power comes from different perspectives, backgrounds and cultures.

We open-heartedly invite diversity in attendees including ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, size, religion, and physical ability.

We have created a program that honors every body, that is gentle and loving and supportive.

If you want to ask any questions about specific needs you have, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.