A Tuscan Gathering ~ Flowering with Kelly Marie Thompson, May 3-7, 2020


JOIN KELLY MARIE in Bella Toscana

Come join Kelly Marie Thompson in Tuscany, 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, organic approach to floral design, as well as her best strategies, techniques and insider tips. Plus you’ll be joined by talented photographer, Clary Pfeiffer, who’ll be photographing your work! All this, while surrounded by the stunning beauty of Tuscany.

This isn’t just a workshop, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience infused with inspiration!


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.


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
  • Incorporate candles that blend with, rather than dominate, your design
  • 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


ITINERARY


Day 1: Arrival Poggio alla Trese

  • Highlights: Students arrive at Chiusi-Chianciano by train from either Rome or Florence, pick up from Chiusi station to villa, trip orientation with Pamela, workshop overview with Kelly Marie
  • Dinner

AFTERNOON: Upon your arrival at Chiusi-Chianciano Train Station, our private drivers will transport you to the nearby countryside and 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 Kelly Marie. Afterwards you’ll have some time to explore the villa and grounds, and to get to know your fellow students. 

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


Day 2: Villa, Città della Pieve, Chiusi

  • Highlights: yoga session, instruction with Kelly, photography by Clary Pfeiffer, side trip to Città della Pieve & Chiusi, pizza night
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: After breakfast, join our expert yoga instructor for a rejuvenating morning session followed by inspirational class time with Kelly, where you’ll begin learning how to create organic, eye-catching arrangements with gorgeous Tuscany blooms. Along with Kelly Marie’s expert instruction, Clary Pfeiffer will be close at hand to photograph your work. Exciting! After a full morning, you’ll enjoy a Tuscan-style lunch. 

LUNCH: At villa

AFTERNOON: After lunch, and perhaps an espresso by the pool, it’s back to class with Kelly Marie to finish this morning’s project. Then it’s off to nearby Città della Pieve, a beautifully preserved medieval village, for a walking tour along the ancient avenues, with plenty of photo ops! Make a stop in the Palazzo di Duca della Corgna for a glimpse at the frescoed ceilings with floral motifs, as well as a peek inside the town’s gorgeous cathedral. Next you’ll continue to the village of Chiusi for a visit of an amazing archeological museum – with stunning vases from both the Etruscan and Roman civilizations.

EVENING: Afterwards, it’s off to Pino’s Pizzeria for a fun evening of reflecting while enjoying a delectable pizza – right out of the wood-fired oven.  


Day 3: Puscina Flowers Farm (Montepulciano)

  • Highlights: tour of gardens at Puscina Flowers farm, instruction with Kelly at the farm, pasta making lesson, tablescaping
  • 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 (fun!) and on-site instruction with Kelly. And, oh the views over the rolling hills of Tuscany! Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a casual lunch right here at the farm. 

LUNCH: Puscina Flowers farm

AFTERNOON: In afternoon, it’s back to the villa for continued instructional with Kelly Marie, followed by a lively pasta-making lesson with chef Doriana. What a treat! Afterwards, join Kelly as you creatively style the table in the grand dining hall for tonight’s 4 course dinner dinner. 

EVENING:  Aperitivo and chef-prepared dinner


Day 4: At Villa

  • Highlights: yoga session, instruction with Kelly, stylized photo shoot, olive grove walk, bruschetta lesson, wine tasting
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

MORNING: After an abundant breakfast and restorative yoga session, you’ll join Kelly in the workshop studio space for class, followed by a striking stylized photo shoot of your work with the talented Clary. Plus, you can opt for a complimentary, professional head shot as well! After preparing the table setting for lunch – and a few more stylized shots – it’s time to enjoy lunch featuring Tuscan specialties. 

LUNCH: At villa

AFTERNOON: This afternoon, it’s off to the grand dining hall for a tablescaping session for this evening’s dinner.  Then you’ll join our very own Paola for a walk through the adjacent olive grow, where you’ll learn about these incredible trees and the precious oil they produce. Afterwards you’ll enjoy a fireside bruschetta-making lesson (where you’ll taste some of that fabulous organic olive oil!) along with a delightful tasting of local wines.  

EVENING: Aperitivo and a special farewell dinner


Day 5: Departure 

Transport to Chiusi-Chianciano Train Station (direct trains available to both Rome and Florence)


WHO Should Attend

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

DATES & PRICES:  5 Days/4 Nights

  • May 3-7, 2020
  • Trip Price: All single occupancy rooms, with no single supplement fee!
    • $3,690 USD w/ensuite bath
    • $3,490 USD w/shared bath
  • $500 deposit plus 7 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)
  • ⭐ Kelly Marie’s advanced floral techniques
  • ⭐ Q&A with Kelly Marie
  • ⭐ Stylized photos of your floral arrangements by Clary Pfeiffer
  • ⭐ One professional head shot (optional)
  • ⭐ Tablescaping for villa meals
  • ⭐ Private Facebook group for sharing and learning
  • ⭐ Excursion to medieval hill towns, Città della Pieve and Chiusi
  • ⭐ All breakfasts, lunches and 3-4 course dinners with wine
  • ⭐ Pizza night!
  • ⭐ Excursion to organic flower farm in Tuscany’s wine country
  • ⭐ Tuscan country-style lunch at flower farm
  • ⭐ Olive grove walk and bruschetta mini-lesson 
  • ⭐ 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

  •  4 nights stay at elegant Villa Poggio alle Trese (The entire villa is reserved exclusively for our group!)
  • Transportation to/from …… 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
  • 4 delicious lunches featuring regional specialties and accompanied by regional wines
  • 5 delectable dinners featuring regional specialties and accompanied by regional wines
  • Daily instruction with Kelly, 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
  • 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:  5 Days/4 Nights

  • May 3-7, 2020
  • Trip Price: All single occupancy rooms, with no single supplement fee!
    • $3,690 USD w/ensuite bath
    • $3,490 USD w/shared bath
  • $500 deposit plus 7 convenient monthly payments – automatically applied to your credit card

BOOK NOW