A Tuscan Gathering ~ Flowering with Kelly Marie Thompson, June 4-9, 2023

AN ARTISTIC Immersion…

Join Kelly Marie Thompson in Italy for a Gathering like no other! This all-inclusive destination workshop is an extraordinary immersion into beauty, nature and creativity. You’ll explore medieval hill towns and enjoy delectable Italian meals, all while learning Kelly Marie’s distinct, artistic approach to floral design, as well as her best techniques and tips. This isn’t simply a workshop, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience infused with creativity and inspiration!


photo courtesy Clary Pfeiffer


ABOUT Kelly Marie

Listed as a Top Martha Stewart Florist, Kelly Marie’s style has been described as “organic, giving the illusion that floral design is effortless” and “always romantic, but with a unexpected element that is sure to delight”. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Town and Country, Vogue, The Knot, Better Homes and Gardens and many more.

Flowers and foliage are Kelly Marie’s language. She works with students to craft an experience that stirs the heart, creates a mood & tells a story.  With imagination and technique, she helps you weave every petal, frond and vine into your next chapter of flowers.


photos courtesy Clary Pfeiffer


LEARN HOW TO…

  • Design irresistibly romantic bouquets
  • Create large scale vase arrangements, with Kelly’s distinct organic style
  • Design adorable corsages
  • Arrange inviting, stylish table setting
  • Differentiate your table settings with classy touches and symmetry
  • Use thoughtful composition (the foundation to eye-popping arrangements)
  • Choose palettes that act as a bridge to your overall design
  • Select the right size and scale of blooms
  • Incorporate different sized blooms into your design
  • Hand-tie airy, loose, organic arrangements (Kelly’s signature look!)
  • Select just the right vessel for your arrangement and design
  • Prepare a vase the right way (this is a must-know!)
  • Use loose linens and fabrics in your tablescaping to create a cohesive flow to your design
  • Design stunning place settings
  • Set the stage for photography
  • See your designs through the eyes of a photographer for creating the best imagery
  • Forage for flowers and greenery to add that extra “wow” element to your design
  • Properly treat freshly cut blooms for your designs
  • Create sweet, lovely corsages and boutonnieres

photo courtesy Clary Pfeiffer


ITINERARY


Day 1 ~ Sunday, June 4: Arrival Poggio alle Trese

  • Highlights: Arrival from Rome Airport, welcome and overview with Kelly Marie
  • Dinner

Upon your arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, our private drivers will transport you to the Italian countryside and beautiful Villa Poggio alle Trese. After some time to freshen up and recharge, you’ll enjoy a friendly welcome by your hosting team, followed by an overview of this fabulous workshop with Kelly Marie.

Afterwards you’ll have some time to explore the villa and grounds – or take a dip in the pool – before gathering together with your fellow students for sunset apertivo and a delicious welcome dinner. 


Day 2 ~ Monday, June 5: Puscina Flowers

  • Highlights: organic flower gardens, onsite instruction with Kelly Marie, bruschetta lesson
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning after a delicious breakfast at the villa, our drivers will be transporting you into the heart of Tuscany’s wine country and charming Puscina Flowers – an organic flower farm immersed in the stunning Tuscan landscape. Here you’ll take a delightful tour of the gardens, that feature more than 500 varieties of flowers, followed by flower selection (so fun!) and on-site instruction with Kelly Marie. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a Tuscan-style lunch served up right here at the farm. 

In the afternoon, it’s back to the villa for some free time, as well as an inspiring lesson with Kelly Marie on designing natural, flowing bouquets. Afterwards, it’s time to enjoy a bruschetta lesson and aperitivo with your fellow students, followed by dinner cooked alle brace.  


Day 3 ~ Tuesday, June 6: At Villa

  • Highlights: instruction with Kelly Marie, painting class, pasta lesson
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after breakfast, you’ll join Kelly Marie for an inspirational floral design class , where you’ll learn how to create organic, eye-catching arrangements with the gorgeous Tuscany blooms you collected at Puscina Flowers, plus you’ll be able to forage on the villa’s grounds.

Lunch will be served up right here at the villa. Afterwards you’ll have a choice of free time or continued instruction with Kelly Marie, followed by an inspiring, floral painting lesson. Then it’s time to don an apron for a lively pasta-making class with chef Lorenza, followed by aperitivo and dinner – featuring tour hand made pasta, of course.


Day 4 – Wednesday, June 7: Città della Pieve

  • Highlights: instruction with Kelly Marie, excursion to Città della Pieve, pizza night
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after breakfast, you’ll join Kelly Marie for an inspirational floral design class , where you’ll learn how to create organic, eye-catching arrangements with the gorgeous Tuscany blooms you collected at Puscina Flowers, plus you’ll be able to forage on the villa’s grounds. Lunch will be served up right here at the villa. 

In the afternoon, it’s back to class to finish your project from this morning before our drivers transport you to nearby Città della Pieve. In this beautifully preserved medieval village, you’ll enjoy a walking tour along the ancient avenues, including a stop at the gorgeous 15th century cathedral and a jaunt down the narrowest avenue in Italy.  Afterwards you’ll have free time to shop and explore on your own before heading to a private home for sunset aperitivo. Then it’s off to our friends’ pizzeria to enjoy Tuscan-style, wood-fired pizza. 


Day 5 ~ Thursday, June 8: at Villa

  • Highlights: instruction with Kelly Marie, tablescaping session, photo shoot
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning you’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast, followed by instruction with Kelly Marie that includes a gorgeous installation, as well as making corsages and boutonnieres.  

After lunch you’ll join Kelly Marie in grand dining hall for an inspiring tablescaping session, where you’ll be joined by our friend and photographer, Sara, for a special photo shoot. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a farewell aperitivo and dinner, paired with local wines. 


Day 6 ~ Friday, June 9: Departure 

Early morning transport to Rome Fiumicino Airport. 


photos courtesy Clary Pfeiffer


WHO Should Attend

  • flower enthusiasts and hobbyists
  • beginning floral designers
  • experienced floral designers
  • event planners
  • wedding planners
  • lifestyle bloggers
  • design enthusiasts
  • photographers
  • anyone who wants to improve their floral design skills

photo courtesy Clary Pfeiffer


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  •  5 nights stay at elegant Villa Poggio alle Trese (The entire villa is reserved exclusively for our group!)
  • Private transportation to/from Rome Fiumicino Airport on arrival and departure days
  • Private transportation service to/from all towns and sites included in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners featuring regional specialties and accompanied by regional wines
  • Daily instruction with Kelly Marie, both small-group and individual
  • Stylized photo shoot
  • Entrance fees to all sites included in trip itinerary
  • Daily accompaniment with a Strada Toscana team host or guide

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.



ACCOMMODATIONS…

Your accommodation is 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 of same gender per bathroom). Rooms options are made available upon booking.


DATES & PRICES:  6 Days/5 Nights

  • June 4-9, 2023
  • Trip Price: 10% Early-bird discount!
    • $4,170 USD  $3,970 USD single occupancy with ensuite bath
    • $3,870 USD $3,490 USD single occupancy with shared bath (max 2 per bath of same gender)
    • $3,870 USD $3,490 USD double occupancy with ensuite bath
  • A $500 deposit is required to reserve your space on this trip
  • View our terms and cancellation policy

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photo courtesy Clary Pfeiffer