Summer Art & Faith Creative Retreat...

In Bellagio, Italy… with a TWIST! This retreat will be:

June 6 - 13, 2020

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Yes, we host our retreats on Lake Como each year, and it IS a stunningly beautiful place to have our retreats! I have said from the very beginning that I will continue to hold our retreats here every year as long as the Lord calls us to… and this one next year will be just as beautiful and Spirit filled as the last one was.

BUT, for this retreat we have a heart to scale it down just a bit (in size and price) to make it more affordable and to offer this specific retreat as an “oasis for the soul…” To refresh and renew our hearts and minds. These two scriptures were brought to mind, Psalm 23:3 & Matthew 11:28 and I really like the NIV versions here:

“He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake.” Psalm 23:3

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Every year we pray about the theme of the retreat and the Lord always provides that theme. It has been HOPE, JOY and this June’s retreat is ABIDE. But for next year the Lord has given me the word “HEALING.” It was something that came up in my own devotional and prayer time. At first I wasn’t wanting to “hear” it, but it became obvious that this is the direction He has for this retreat.

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So we are going forward in faith and have a heart to make this one smaller and more focused on finding our JOY and HOPE in Christ. We know life can get complicated, but God’s will and purpose for our lives is uncomplicated! We pray this time away will be a time of restoring your soul, of finding healing in His peace, as we walk together in this week to find PURPOSE in God’s plan for our lives.

As this retreat was taking shape, the Lord put a name of someone on my heart. After a week or two, I shared the idea of this retreat with this friend and really felt the Lord calling us to do this together. So, I am happy to say she prayed about it and felt a BIG YES from the Lord as well, and I am extremely excited to have…

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Christa Parodi come along side us and share her JOY for the Lord her artistic talents with us!

I met Christa only last October at our fall retreat… and she had an impact on me. If you know her, you know her love and joy for life pours out through her smile and eyes every day. Just look at that totally unscripted photo from our boat tour last fall. This girl has the JOY of the LORD I tell you!

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Here’s a little about Christa and her art:

Besides being a permission giver, Christa finds joy designing leather cuff bracelets with hand hammered words … bursting out in spontaneous song and dance … stamping words for thirsty hearts on color swiped bookmarks … and basically anything else that throws her into the arms of wholehearted living.

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Christa Parodi is passionate about inviting others into a creative space to discover more about the extraordinary love of God. She gives artists permission to let their worship and art collide. Christa lives in Ocala, FL with her husband and has three children ranging from ages 17-23.

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This setting is so beautiful on the shores of Lake Como, we really feel that it’s the perfect place to come away for a while and “Be still.” We are still praying about what this is going to look like and how the Lord wants to use this time, but we know it will not be an intense workshop. It will be a women’s only retreat and will be more about time spent well for our souls… Walking/hiking in nature, allowing this place and time to let the Lord work on our hearts, and growing deeper in our faith through His Word and the connections He makes during this time. Christa and I can’t wait to see what He will do! “My desire for this retreat is that it will be a time for thirsty hearts to be set free in play … awaken joy … and follow the unforced rhythms of grace.  May we create art with story and honor each other’s journey along the way!” Christa Parodi

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Here's a preview of what the 7 Night Art & Faith Retreat in Italy will include:

- 7 nights at an Apartment or Hotel in Bellagio, Italy

- Private Transfer to and from Malpensa Airport

- Welcome Reception in Bellagio

- Tour of Bellagio, including the history of this region by a beloved local tour guide

- Hiking and/or walking in the beautiful scenic landscape of Lake Como

- Art classes with Christa and Laura

- Devotional time to draw near to the Lord

- Lakeside lunch in a private cove

- Exploring Lake Como on a Private Boat Tour

- Tours of Famous Villa's and Gardens on Lake Como

- 6 Dinners in gorgeous locations around Lake Como

- 5 Lunches together in Bellagio

- 2 Breakfasts together during our time in Bellagio

- Taxi's and Ferry’s to and from meals and excursions

- Gifts and Food in your apartment upon arrival

- Hotel and room taxes included

- FUN SURPRISES throughout the week

- Grand Finale last night in Bellagio

- Plus time to relax, “Be still” and stroll the cobblestone streets

- And…an unforgettable experience in Italy you will treasure forever!!

Price for the 7 Night Bellagio, Italy Creative Retreat:

$2450 Per Person/Triple Occupancy

$2795 Per Person/Double Occupancy

$3850 Per Person/Single Occupancy

** All pricing does not include airfare

If you are interested in joining us and wanting to bring a group of friends, please email us via the CONTACT page to find out if pricing for over 3 to a room.

This retreat is going to be SO special. We really hope if the Lord is tugging at your heart for this one, you don’t miss out! Because of the special pricing and nature of the smaller group size, we know this retreat will fill up fast! We hope you will prayerfully consider joining us next summer in Italy for this time of soul rest.

Registration goes LIVE this Wednesday, May 1st at 8am, MST (7am PST) and we hope to see you there! If you have any questions before that time, don’t hesitate to leave us a message via the CONTACT page at the top of this website. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We thank you for allowing us this space to come along side you and share in this time together. We know the Lord is going to show up and meet you here. We are expectant in the GREAT THINGS HE CAN DO!

Hugs,

Laura

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