Courses, Events, Past Seminars

Sharing Autumn on a Tuscan Olive Grove with Judy Arpana 13 – 22 September │10 days/9 nights

Sharing with Judy Arpana : a weekend Life and Death seminar, a 3-days Pilgrimage to Assisi and a 4-days peaceful Farm Stay on the olive grove near Florence.

Facing Death – Embracing Life with Judy Arpana  13 – 15 September 2019

Judy (Australia) is an experienced program facilitator and offers a range of seminars on spiritual care for the dying. People from all walks of life attend for both professional and personal development.

Judy offers practical ways to benefit and support those facing life limiting illness or death, their families and caregivers. She brings together Buddhist wisdom and insights to improve end-of-life care; exploring universal spiritual principles that resonate with people of any faith or none.

A combination of meditation practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and cognitive reflection deepens our understanding of our attitudes towards death and dying and how unacknowledged grief can impact on our lives. We also look at the practical aspects of end-of-life preparation.

Language: English with Italian translation


When: Arrive Friday 13th September before 4 pm to Sunday 15th at 4 pm.

Who: led Judy Arpana

Contribution: €240/ €190 for local Italian members (€50  deposit)

Farm Stay at Grempoli Retreat 16 – 17 September (2 nights)

Learn and participate in a working Italian organic olive farm and kitchen, experience natures peace and serenity and walk through the forests and hills surrounding Grempoli.

Contribution: €100 Includes two nights full board: accommodation and three meals. Lunch can be taken outside or enjoy shared meal preparation on the farm.

Assisi pilgrimage 17 – 20 September (3 nights)

with Judy Arpana and Premarpan


Travel from Grempoli (2½ hour drive)

Settle into Airbnb in the centre of town

Visit San Damiano for evening Vesper chanting (place of Santa Clara)

Day 2

Early morning Gregorian chanting in the Basilica of San Francesco.

Walk (or drive) up the 4km to Eremo delle Carceri, the hermitage and isolated meditation retreat and gardens of Saint Frances.

Visit Basilica di Santa Chiara and the ancient town of Assisi.

Day 3

Free morning wandering and wondering ……

Visit (and take Mass for those that wish) at the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, within which is found the original small chapel, the Porziuncola that San Francis himself restored with his own bare hands.

Drive back to Grempoli, with shared group dinner on the way.

Contribution: €280 (€50  deposit)

Includes transport to and from Assisi, two nights accommodation with breakfast in Assisi town and one night in Grempoli (the last night we shall return in the evening to Grempoli Retreat).

Excluded lunch and dinner in Assisi: there are many great local restaurants.

Farm Stay at Grempoli Retreat 20 – 21 September (2 nights)

Return to Grempoli farm stay for reflection and relaxation.

Group visit to local produce Market on Saturday morning. Optional unaccompanied visit to Florence and its famous art museums (only 30km away by train)

Departing Grempoli Sunday 22nd September

 Contribution: €100

Includes two nights full board: accommodation and three meals.

Booking Information

Cost: €760   Complete 10 days/9 nights Tuscan Autumn Package (€720 Early Bird – booked before 1st July 2019) (€100  deposit)

Account Name: Grempoli Retreat

IBAN: IT 20 M 01030 38040 000000491678


Option to attend only the seminar or the pilgrimage to Assisi (see individual package costs)

Includes pick-up/drop-off from local train station Rufina or Pontassieve (detailed arrival transport options to be given on registration).

It is recommended to book early, as places are limited

Extra expenses: Flights to and from Florence or Pisa.

Local transport (train or bus) from and to the airport.

Lunch and dinner in Assisi


Accommodation is mostly very large twin-share rooms, with shared bathrooms

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