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Breathe Tuscan Air

Art  Retreat May 1-10, 2025

Tuscany is inextricably intertwined with nature, the cycles of the growing season, millennia of history, a remarkably rich artistic and cultural history, and the unmistakable sense of deep time. It offers the opportunity to relax into that sensibility and into simple every day pleasures.

Our Breathe Tuscan Air art retreat will combine the Tuscan experience with art making. It includes painting with Anne Gaffey, sketching and walking tours with Janet McCarty and poetry/haiku with Pat Gaffey. We’ll partake in the Tuscan atmosphere via food, wine, community and experience.

Our accommodation, the Villa Domus Francigena complex, is a fifteenth-century property. The home consists of a luxuriously appointed main villa and an equally elegant converted hayloft, so we will have two kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms. There’s a lot of room from which to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Rejuvenate in the pool, enjoy the day beds, the private sauna, or one of the numerous alfresco seating spots. You’ll be treated to views of the Tuscan countryside from the garden. We’ll be based a 15-minute drive from the walled city of Lucca; and will enjoy day trips to Lucca, Siena, Greve in Chianti and Florence.

Please join us as we breathe in Tuscany’s wonders, make art and savor life’s pleasures. Relax, and let Tuscany seep into you.

View the tentative itinerary of the retreat on the Travel Info & Itinerary page.


Meet Your Hosts

Anne Gaffey is an award-winning mixed media artist who paints and teaches workshops and retreats in her San Diego studio. “I draw inspiration,” Anne says, “from vivid dreams and cherished memories, an open heart, and visions of a gentler, peaceful world.”

For more than 30 years in Southern California and New England, she has taught art classes to beginner to experienced students. Within the group setting, Anne’s students receive individualized attention and instruction in mixed media and acrylic painting. As founder of a successful paint and sip company called PaintStix!, she encourages everyone in her workshops: “It’s only paint, and you’re the boss!”

Anne's work has been featured in galleries in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles and in San Diego’s Little Italy, Liberty Station, and La Jolla Artwalks. She received the 2021 Award of Excellence at the Balboa Island Artwalk from Huse Skelly Fine Art Gallery. Anne's paintings are displayed in private collections throughout the U.S., and Anne has donated proceeds from her art to World Central Kitchen, feeding refugees and victims of war in Ukraine and Gaza.

Personal Chef

Our chef is a gifted and experienced farm to table cook, teacher of future chefs, steeped in the principles of the AgriChef and Slow Food movements. These philosophies are committed to working with small local produce and local suppliers, are respectful of seasonality, agricultural stewardship, and the protection of biodiversity through sustainable food production methods.

All of the meals at the villa will be provided by the chef, from simple fresh breakfasts, satisfying Tuscan lunches and indulgent dinners.

It will be our honor to share with you the traditional and delicious cuisine and wine of Tuscany.


Cost of Retreat

Spring of 2025 • May 1 - May 10 • 9 nights|10 days

Private Room: $7000 per person, or pay in installments with a deposit of $1210 due upon registration to hold your space for a private room.

Double Occupancy Room: $6500 per person, or pay in installments with a deposit of $695 per person due upon registration to hold your space for a double occupancy room.

If paying in installments, both Private and Double Occupancy Rooms also have the following 4 payments of $1500 per person.

• $1500 per person due on September 1, 2024
• $1500 per person due on November 1, 2024
• $1500 per person on February 1, 2025
• $1500 per person on April 1, 2025

You will receive invoices 1 week prior to the due dates above to complete your additional payments. 


Your Passport Must be Valid

U.S. Passport regulations require that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past your departure date. 



Please reach out to us by email, we'll be happy to answer any of your questions.


Studio 2: Artful Travels
2690 Historic Decatur Road
Suite 204
San Diego, CA 92106


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