Floral Retreat Tuscany with Becky De Oliveira, October 16-19, 2019

FLOWERING in Italy!

Invest in yourself, and come flower in Tuscany with Becky De Oliveira of Blush and Bloom!

Join Becky for a magical 3 days of gardenesque floral design, wine tasting and visit a beautiful local flower farm – all while situated in a stunning villa in the height of autumn in Italy. Get to know other florists and collaborate on designs in a gorgeous setting, with elegant accommodations, amazing food and spectacular scenery. Bring yourself, and prepare to be inspired not only by the atmosphere, but by the experience of our Retreat.

This destination floral Retreat focuses on the technical aspects and design elements needed to create natural, garden-style designs and breath-taking arrangements. Becky and her team have a modern, romantic aesthetic and create unique floral designs with intention, with blooms chosen specifically to reflect each client’s vision. Get ready to learn Becky’s vision-based, gardenesque approach – and so much more!

ABOUT Becky De Oliveira

Becky eats, sleeps and dreams in a world of flowers, and has for the past 20 years. She has built a brand in the world of flowers that is reflective of her personal style and personality: Fun, bold, opulence paired with sophistication.

Becky has freelanced for florists in the US and Canada and has two accreditations under her belt, CAFD AND CAFA. Over 6+ years Blush and Bloom has been featured in Style Me Pretty, Weddingbells, Today’s Bride, Wedluxe, Magnolia Rouge, Ruffled, OnceWed and many other publications.

Becky created her second business Bloom School as a platform offering education and hosting other educators to help florists become more confident with their designs.Teaching is where she truly feels most passionate and alive, and teaching in wine country in Tuscany will be at the height of her teaching career!


COME LEARN HOW TO…

  • improve the technical aspects of your approach to floral design
  • create natural, garden style designs
  • incorporate fresh, bold design elements into your arrangements
  • design breath-taking compositions with a modern, romantic aesthetic
  • create floral designs with intention
  • choose flowers specifically to reflect your client’s vision
  • forage for flowers and greenery that add a “wow” factor to your arrangements
  • select vessels that compliment your flowers and aesthetic


ITINERARY

Day 1 – October 16: Arrival Poggio alla Trese

  • Highlights: Group pick-up Florence Peretola Airport, trip orientation with Pamela Haack, workshop overview with Alicia Schwede
  • Aperitivo, dinner

AFTERNOON: Upon your arrival at Florence Peretola Airport, our private drivers will transport you to Tuscany countryside and your accommodations and venue location, beautiful Villa Poggio alle Trese. After some time to freshen up and recharge, you’ll enjoy a friendly orientation with trip facilitator, Pamela Haack, followed by an overview of this fabulous workshop with Alicia Schwede. Afterwards you’ll have some time to explore the villa and grounds with your fellow students before we gather together for aperitivo. 

EVENING: Tuscan-style apertivo followed by a delectable welcome dinner


Day 2 – October 17: Puscina Flowers Farm, Montepulciano

  • Highlights: tour at Puscina Flowers farm, onsite instruction with Becky, wine tasting
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: This morning after breakfast our drivers will be transporting you into the heart of Tuscany’s wine country and charming Puscina Flowers – an organic flower farm, run by sisters, Laura, Teresa and Mara. Here you’ll enjoy a delightful tour of the gardens that feature more than 500 varieties of flowers, followed by flower selection and onsite instruction with Becky. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a Tuscan-style lunch served up right here on the farm. And those views!

LUNCH: Lunch at Puscina Flowers 

AFTERNOON: In afternoon, it’s back to the villa for continued instruction with Becky, as you learn new techniques, approaches and tips for taking your floral designs and skills to the next level. Then join sommelier, Paola, for a delightful wine tasting/apertivo.

EVENING:  Aperitivo and chef-prepared dinner 


Day 3 – October 18: Villa, La Foce Gardens

  • Highlights: Instruction with Becky, stylized photo shoot with Sara Cencetti, Villa La Foce gardens tour
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: This morning, after breakfast, you’ll join Becky for a session on creating various arrangements, including modern, romantic bridal bouquets. The get ready for an oh-so-fun stylized photo shoot with photographer, Sara Cencetti, and our beautiful “bride”.  

LUNCH: At villa

AFTERNOON: In afternoon it’s off to beautiful La Foce, a historic villa overlooking the spectacular Val d’Orcia in the heart of Tuscany. Here you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the gardens where you’ll learn the fascinating history of La Foce. Plus the photo-ops in the vast gardens are amazing! Afterwards, you’ll return to the villa for some free time to relax or take a walk before gathering together for a final apertivo with Becky. 

EVENING: Aperitivo and a special farewell dinner


Day 4 – October 19: Departure 

Private group transport to Florence Peretola Airport


WHO Should Attend

  • flower enthusiasts and hobbyists
  • beginning floral designers
  • experienced floral designers
  • event planners
  • wedding planners

DATES & PRICES:  4 Days/3 Nights

  • October 16-19, 2019
  • Trip Price: All single occupancy rooms, with no single supplement fee!
    • $2,990 USD w/ensuite bath
    • $2,890 USD w/shared bath
  • $500 deposit plus 3 convenient monthly payments – automatically applied to your credit card

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BONUSES and Extras

  • ⭐ Your own private single occupancy sleeping room (no single supplement fee!)
  • ⭐ Private Mercedes Benz transportation to/from all excursions in the trip itinerary
  • ⭐ In-house floral studio space (with 24 hour access)
  • ⭐ Stylized photos of your floral arrangements
  • ⭐ Tablescaping for chef-prepared meals
  • ⭐ Private Facebook group for sharing and learning
  • ⭐ Wine tasting
  • ⭐ Floral apron

VENUE Villa Poggio alle Trese

Poggio alle Trese has been a part of a family estate for four centuries – an estate that includes stunning olive groves, sweeping vineyards and a precious little lake tucked into the nearby forest. The villa itself sits upon the very border of Tuscany and Umbria, an area that was prone to invasions by the Duke of Tuscany (back when feudal battles were the norm), and was lovingly restored by the family 12 years ago. The renovation included updates and redos to the kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms – all done with classy, traditional touches. The result is a stately structure that reflects its history with grace, while it beckons to modern-day guests who love sumptuous sleeping rooms with characteristic touches.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  •  3 nights stay at elegant Villa Poggio alle Trese (The entire villa is reserved exclusively for our group!)
  • Transportation to/from Florence Peretola Airport on arrival and departure days
  • Private Mercedes Benz van service to/from all towns and sites included in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts with a multitude of delicious choices, plus teas, juices and made-to-order Italian coffee
  • 2 delicious lunches featuring regional specialties and accompanied by regional wines
  • 3 delectable dinners featuring regional specialties and accompanied by regional wines
  • Daily instruction with Becky, both small-group and individual
  • Stylized photo shoot with model
  • Entrance fees to all sites included in trip itinerary
  • Daily accompaniment with a Strada Toscana team host or guide
  • Restaurant gratuities

Not included: Airfare, ground or water transportation outside of that listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, wines or meals ordered “on your own”, gratuities for drivers and villa staff

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: At Strada Toscana we weave amazing, authentic experiences into every trip, but sometimes unexpected things come up – like an unscheduled closing at a site or restaurant. If that happens, which is rarely does, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. The quality of your experience is never at risk, as our team is committed to excellence, along with our vast connections of local Italians.


DATES & PRICES:  4 Days/3 Nights

  • October 16-19, 2019
  • Trip Price: All single occupancy rooms, with no single supplement fee!
    • $2,990 USD w/ensuite bath
    • $2,890 USD w/shared bath
  • $500 deposit plus 3 convenient monthly payments – automatically applied to your credit card

BOOK NOW