Flower Tuscany: A Design Retreat in Italy with Adri Smith

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An All-inclusive, Destination Workshop

WHAT IF…

  • you traveled to Tuscany, Italy, and immersed yourself in the beauty of flowers?
  • you decided to do something extraordinary and creative? Just because.
  • you stopped saying “one of these days”?

Whether you’re a professional floral designer or an eager flower enthusiast, Adri Smith has created an amazing workshop with you in mind. She’ll be teaching you her unique approach and refined formula to floral design, all from the studio of a private 17th century villa, and an organic flower farm in the heart of Tuscany’s wine country.

Adri’s experience and natural sense of style is reflected in each arrangement and bouquet that she creates. She has studied under expert floral designers across the U.S., and her work can has been featured in publications, including, Once WedWedding Sparrow, Magnolia Rouge, 360 Weddings, Dear Gray, Brides of North Texas, Ruffled, Fort Worth Magazine (voted Best Florist 2017), and Style Me Pretty.

Adri is the visionary behind Moss Floral Design, a team of experienced wedding floral professionals who specialize in sourcing unique florals, ribbons and details that speak to each client’s palette and personal aesthetic. Whether she’s selecting blooms and foliages from her own cutting garden, a local nursery, or a micro-flower farm in California, Adri’s vision is to create something unique and beautiful for her clients. Floral compositions are created with intention, and designed with placement, spacing, color, and movement in mind. Plus she loves to incorporate curated vessels, candle holders, and styling pieces to add that final touch necessary to take a wedding or special event from pretty to truly personal and special.

Most important, Adri is a delightful teacher with a big heart. Her lessons will have you embracing your creativity while immersing yourself in the indescribable joy of working with flowers. All this, while being surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Tuscany countryside. This is the stuff of dreams!



WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to approach floral design with intention (Adri’s signature strategy)
  • How to make arrangements that have scale, depth, movement, and thoughtful composition
  • How to be stylishly color conscious when selecting blooms
  • How to ensure there is essential cohesion throughout your arrangement
  • How to select different textures to create unique and striking bouquets and arrangements
  • How to create beautiful, organically composed bouquets
  • How design bouquets that have the magic three: movement, depth, and complimenting colors
  • How to plan and select your flowers with intention
  • How to estimate quantities for floral, bouquet and urn arrangements
  • How to design large scale arrangements from native textures and foliages
  • How to create focal point, depth, and soft floral accents that speak to the season
  • How to design eye-catching installations that have natural flow and movement
  • How to condition flowers so that they will be at their peak on the day of your event
  • How to source flowers from across the world to provide your client with a variety of blooms
  • How to incorporate unique vessels, vintage objects and styling pieces to form a seamless, cohesive design
  • How to create irresistible boutonnieres, hair pieces & corsages
  • How to set up and take professional-looking photos of your floral designs
  • How to forage for and incorporate natural materials into your arrangements
  • How to create stunning table settings that compliment a theme or season
  • How to choose a menu that compliments your floral design
  • How to stylize your dinner menu with edible flowers
  • How to use natural, beeswax candles to enhance and compliment your floral arrangements
  • PLUS! Adri’s tips and tricks on how to use native foliages and blooms to create your own unique designs
  • PLUS! Adri’s floral “recipes” for ordering flowers (no more over-ordering and under-ordering!)


EXTRAS AND BONUSES

Yes, it’s true! There’s more!   

  • ⭐ Your own private sleeping room (all rooms are single occupancy with NO single supplement fee)
  • ⭐ Private Mercedes Benz transportation to/from Florence and your private villa accommodations
  • ⭐ Private Mercedes Benz transportation to/from all excursions in the trip itinerary
  • ⭐ In-house floral studio space (with 24 hour access)
  • ⭐ Adri’s advanced floral techniques
  • Q&A with Adri
  •  Stylized photos of your floral arrangements by Adri’s own professional photographer, Allen Tsai
  •  One professional head shot by Allen Tsai (optional)
  •  Professional model to bring bouquet arrangements to life
  •  Delectable dinner menus designed to coordinate with your floral arrangements – prepared by our own private Tuscan chef
  • Design your own table settings for villa meals
  • Edible flower mini-lesson
  •  Private Facebook group for sharing and learning
  •  Excursion to medieval hill town, Città della Pieve
  •  Villa Foce gardens guided tour
  •  All breakfasts, lunches and 4-course dinners with wine
  •  Pizza night!
  • ⭐ Excursion to organic flower farm in Tuscany’s wine country
  •  Picnic lunch under the grape arbor at flower farm
  •  Morning vineyard walks (optional)
  •  Pasta-making lesson (optional)
  •  Wine tasting with local sommelier
  •  Floral apron
  • Gallery show finale and aperitivo 

Take away beautiful, professional photos of your floral compositions! Adri has personally selected photographer, Allen Tsai of Allen Tsai Photography to document your floral creations throughout the retreat, because of his rare balance of technical, aesthetic, and emotional skills. (Plus, he’s super nice!)

Allen’s romantic, dreamy aesthetic and warm personality are irresistible, and he’s been documenting poignant memories around the world since 2011, when he turned his passion for the art of photography into a business. He’s covered destination weddings in Mexico, Europe, and Asia – to name a few – and his delightful, professional spirit is the ideal companion to this amazing retreat.



DISTINCT, INSPRING & DOWNRIGHT BREATHTAKING

Flower Tuscany with Adri Smith is much more than a floral workshop. This is a carefully designed, in-depth experience of fellowship, camaraderie and fun beyond your wildest dreams – all situated in the gorgeous Italian countryside. In addition to daily lessons, demonstrations and one-to-one instruction with Adri, you’ll enjoy excursions to picturesque, medieval hill towns, an organic flower farm and hands-on experiences that are nothing less than extraordinary.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This all-inclusive retreat is suitable for all levels, from novice flower lovers and  beginners in the floral industry to professional floral designers who want to learn new skills and build their portfolio.

Adri will be generously sharing skills, resources, strategies and techniques that have taken her years of hard work and financial investment to master.

In order to ensure that you get the very best of Adri and her extensive expertise, and to maintain an optimum learning environment, the number of students for this retreat is capped at 10: an ideal number for both camaraderie and for maximizing your learning potential!



And your accommodations?

Well, once you get settled into your room at 17th century Villa Poggio alla Trese you won’t ever want to leave. Think swimming pool, wine cantina and chef-prepared meals that will leave you speechless. Plus Adri has reserved the entire villa exclusively for you and the rest of her students. You’ll be saying, “Pinch me. I must be dreaming.”



TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1, Sept. 8: Arrival

  • Tour of Villa Poggio alla Trese, retreat orientation, aperitivo hour, special welcome dinner
  • Aperitivo, Dinner

Benvenuti in Italia! Upon arrival at Florence Peretola Airport, sit back and relax as you are transported by private Mercedes Benz van service to the Italian countryside and Poggio alla Trese, your 17th century villa accommodations near the Tuscan town of Chiusi. After check-in you’ll have the opportunity to explore your surroundings and studio space before taking part in an orientation with Adri Smith, where you’ll get a preview of retreat. Afterwards it’s time for aperitif hour together before enjoying a delicious, regional-style dinner prepared by our own Chef Doriana.


DAY 2, Sept. 9: Poggio alle Trese, Città della Pieve

  • Centerpiece instruction/design, centerpieces on styled table, photo shoot of tablescape, large urn arrangement design, photo shoot of large urn designs, walking tour Città della Pieve, pizza night!
  • Breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner

Enjoy a lovely breakfast, and made-to-order cappuccino, then roll up your sleeves and join Adri for an exciting, hand-on lesson in creating your own floral centerpiece. With Adri’s guidance and one-to-one assistance, you’ll learn her expert techniques and signature approaches to bringing natural beauty and unique style to your arrangements. Then work with Adri and Allen to create a stunning table setting for our Tuscan-style lunch – with each student’s arrangement. In afternoon you’ll head back to the studio with Adri to create a large urn arrangement design – followed by a stylized photo shoot. This evening you’ll enjoy a well-deserved aperitivo followed by a delectable, chef-prepared dinner. 


DAY 3, Sept. 10: Puscina Flower Farm

  • Tour of Puscina Flowers, bouquet lesson, bouquet photo shoot with model, picnic-style lunch, group installation with arbor, photo shoot with model/bouquet/arbor
  • Breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner

This morning after a delicious breakfast at the villa, you’ll head off with Adri to a romantic, organic flower farm in the heart of Tuscany’s wine country. Sisters, Mara, Laura and Teresa will give you a personal tour of their incredible farm (where they grow more than 500 varieties of flowers!). Then it’s time for class with Adri, where you’ll learn her insider techniques for creating a romantic, eye-catching bridal bouquet. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch under the grape arbor as you soak in the atmosphere of this authentic, family-run farm. In afternoon enjoy a group project as you create a stunning arbor installment with Adri’s expert instruction. Afterwards, it’s back to the villa for a relaxing apertivo hour together with the group, followed by a chef-prepared, Tuscan-style dinner.


DAY 4, Sept. 11: Poggio alle Trese, Villa Foce

  • Personal flower instruction for boutonnieres, hair pieces & corsages, pasta making lesson, Villa Foce garden tour
  • Breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and farewell dinner

This morning, after a delicious breakfast (including that fabulous sheeps’ milk yogurt!) it’s time for some delightful floral designs with Adri, including her expert instruction for making boutonnieres, hair pieces & corsages. Afterwards, chef Doriana is inviting you to join her for an oh-so-fun pasta making lesson, followed by lunch. In afternoon, take some time to finish up your projects before you head off to gorgeous Villa Foce, overlooking the rolling hills of the Val d’Orcia in the heart of Tuscany. Here you’ll enjoy a fascinating garden tour, followed by a special apertivo and farewell dinner back at the villa.  


DAY 5 – Sept. 12: Departure

Our drivers will be transporting you this morning to Florence Peretola Airport.


TRIP DETAILS: At a Glance

  • September 8-12, 2019 
  • 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Trip Price (choose your room configuration upon booking):
    • $3,790 per person – single occupancy room with ensuite bathroom
    • $3,690 per person – single occupancy room with shared bathroom (no more than 2 people per bathroom of the same gender)
    • Non-participant Companion: $3,190 (Upon booking, please indicate that you will be traveling with a non-participating companion and we’ll send you a separate payment link.)

A $500 deposit is required to book your space on this trip.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Your accommodations are beautiful Poggio alle Trese, a 17th century villa, nestled along the border of Tuscany and Umbria, near the town of Chiusi (Tuscany). The villa boasts an ample studio space (available 24/7), sweeping terraces for dining or lounging, swimming pool and elegant breakfast/dining hall. Sleeping rooms are furnished with family antiques are offer either an ensuite bathroom or shared bathroom (max 2 guests per bathroom). Rooms options are made available upon booking. View photos of Villa Poggio alle Trese here. 


INCLUSIONS

  • 5 days/4 nights at elegant Villa Poggio alla Trese, situated in the picturesque countryside near the charming Tuscan hill town of Chiusi. (max. 10 students)
  • Private sleeping room (no single supplement fee!)
  • Intimate instruction and one-to-one guidance with Adri Smith 
  • In-depth floral lessons, demonstrations and presentations by Adri
  • Professional photos of your work by Allen Tsai
  • Head shot by Allen Tsai
  • Group transportation by private Mercedes Benz van service to/from Florence Peretola Airport on arrival and departure dates. Please note that although group transportation is only provided to/from the airport Florence, some of our guests choose to extend their stay in Italy before and/or after the retreat. After you’ve registered, we’re happy to provide contact information for our favorite hotels in Florence, Rome and Venice – as well as a link to book train tickets.
  • Private Mercedes Benz van service to/from all sites included in the trip itinerary
  • All abundant breakfasts, featuring fresh-baked Tuscan pastries, organic sheeps’ milk yogurt, local cheeses, seasonal fruits, organic cereal, fresh eggs and cold cuts plus Italian caffè, cappuccino and herbal teas.
  • All lunches  
  • All regionally inspired dinners with wine
  • One pizza night! 
  • Accommodations for special dietary requirements, including gluten free, dairy free, Paleo and Vegan
  • Visit and floral lessons at organic flower farm in Tuscany 
  • Private wine tasting with local sommelier
  • Pasta-making lesson
  • Time on your own for shopping and exploring
  • Evening aperitivo hours for chatting, sharing and relaxing
  • Class supplies, including floral sheers, wire and vessels
  • Floral apron
  • Free wifi 

Not included: airfare, meals, alcoholic drinks, buses, trains or boat transportation outside of that which is specifically listed in the trip package, gratuities for villa staff and drivers

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: At Strada Toscana we weave amazing, authentic experiences into every trip, but sometimes unexpected things come up. If a site has an unscheduled closing, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. The quality of the retreat is never at risk, as our team is committed to excellence, along with our vast, local, Italian connections.



FLOWER TUSCANY: A Design Retreat with Adri Smith

  • September 8-12, 2019 
  • 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Trip Price (choose your room configuration upon booking):
    • $3,790 per person – single occupancy room with ensuite bathroom
    • $3,690 per person – single occupancy room with shared bathroom (no more than 2 people per bathroom of the same gender)
    • Non-participant Companion: $3,190 (Upon booking, please indicate that you will be traveling with a non-participating companion and we’ll send you a separate payment link.)

A $500 deposit is required to book your space on this trip.

BOOK NOW