ASSISI, ITALY: Communicating with Animals – Following in the Footsteps of St. Francis – To be announced
Why join this Assisi retreat?
We invite you to join us in Assisi, Italy the sacred home of St. Francis the patron saint of animals. To explore his world and work with him in the land where he found his calling. Visiting sacred sites in the area of Assisi where St. Francis himself used to abide will afford us the opportunity for deep reflection & spiritual growth.
To be guided by our hearts rather than our minds or external influences, opens up a whole new way of being. During our week in Assisi daily meditation sessions will be on offer in the mornings and the evenings. To reawaken the gift of intuition so that it may guide you towards a more fulfilling life.
St. Francis realized animals are our co-inhabitants on this earth and have so much to teach us – if we would only listen like he did! By attending this retreat the opportunity to learn the sacred art of animal communication will be available to you.
The renowned global teacher & Hay House author Pea Horsley will join us for two days during this retreat to deliver an introduction workshop on animal communication. If you don’t have any pets or animals in your life, don’t worry – the techniques offered here can also help improve relationships with our fellow human beings as it’s all based around developing our intuition!
Our intention for this journey to unleash heart wisdom…
To turn up the volume of inner knowing…
To bring healing to you & all beings around you…
That is WHY we invite you
It would be a honor to have you with us.
How do I know this Assisi retreat is for ME?
- If you want to be able to tap into the source of your inner knowing
- If you yearn for more meaningful relationships
- If you long to have greater peace of mind
- If you wish to stride forward in life with clarity & conviction
- If you simply want to get away from it all in a loving open-minded environment
- If you want to harness spiritual principles so you are able to apply them in daily life
- If you love animals and would like to be able to enrich their lives
- If you are searching for skills to help you cope better with life’s up & downs
Where will we stay for this Assisi retreat?
Villa Mena is our luscious getaway about 5km outside of Assisi town itself. Nestled in the heart of the Umbrian hills, it will provide for us a welcome relief from life’s hustle and bustle.
The Covino family inherited the property from the Sbaraglini who were a noble family in the time of St. Francis and decided to restore the property using traditional materials to maintain the charm and beauty of the hamlet within its surrounding countryside.
We shall have the whole place to ourselves including the gorgeous outdoor swimming pool! And the beautiful Covino family will be there greeting us with their warm & open Italian hearts!
What am I going to experience on this Assisi retreat?
Our hosts the Covino family also own a private chapel in Assisi town at the location where St. Francis & his close companion Berndardo Da Quintavalle first met. They offer us the rare chance to visit and meditate in this private chapel. Afterwards we go on to visit St. Francis’ tomb at the basilica & share our intentions with the great saint for our week together in Assisi.
Following in the footsteps of St. Francis & St. Clare we offer you the chance to journey to the place where St. Francis first heard the voice of God instructing him to restore a church. Where St. Clare first heard the teachings of St. Francis and found her calling. To the hermitage where St. Francis himself meditated for many years & so much more.
In each of these places the wonderful Cheri who has been running tours in this area for many years shall lead the group. An encounter with St. Francis himself is what led Cheri to write a book and begin her Assisi journey initially. She offers the opportunity to go on beautiful inner journeys through guided meditations at these sacred spots.
Lisa will offer group discussions & meditations where we can reflect and revise how we are each individually living our lives. Weaving in elements of how St. Francis himself used to live & his philosophies. Although he lived a long time ago, spiritual truths have an incredible knack at being timeless lessons for us all!
On our two day workshop with Pea on animal communication we will have the rare chance to go even deeper in exploring St. Francis’ way of living. As the renowned patron saint of animals he was able to communicate with them.
Pea shall explain the what, why and how of animal communication. Learning how to ‘listen’ with the heart using the Heart-to-Heart technique, exploring the technique of sending and receiving information telepathically & so much more will be available to you during her workshop.
Our journey down the road of animal communication was inspired by this incredible video about a black Leopard named Spirit. Watch and get a feel for what is possible when we tap into our inner knowing as we will do on this Assisi retreat.
What’s the Assisi retreat itinerary & highlights?
- Develop & deepen a daily practice of meditation to enhance intuition & self-confidence
- Travel back in time as we visit ancient sites of St.Francis the patron saint of animals
- Attend a two day introduction workshop on animal communication with the renowned Pea Horsley
- Eat luscious Italian cuisine in the Umbrian hillsides
- Explore spiritual philosophies as a group to attain greater clarity on life’s journey
- Communicate with animals through telepathy & hear what it is they have to say
- Visit the tomb of St. Francis to perhaps ask for his blessing & guidance
- Meditate in an exclusive private chapel of Assisi where St. Francis himself once visited
- Find lasting friendships amongst like minded souls
- Return home inspired with new skills for better relationships will all beings on this great planet of ours
What’s included in this Assisi retreat?
- All spiritual teachings and meditations with Lisa & Cheri
- Two day animal communication workshop with Pea (she will be on this retreat with us for 2 days)
- 6 nights accommodation at Villa Mena twin occupancy
- Day 1 lunch & dinner
- Day 2 – 5 all daily meals
- Day 6 breakfast
- All Assisi area ground transfers as per itinerary
- English speaking hosts for duration of the trip
- All entrance fees & guide fees
What’s not-included in this Assisi retreat?
- International & domestic flights
- Meals other than those specified
- Personal expenses
- Visa & passport fees
- Travel insurance
- Transfers other than those specified
- Activities other than those specified
Who are your spiritual retreat hosts?
Following the calls of my heart one day I did the unthinkable. I quit my corporate career despite having two mortgages to pay. Then one day after a hypnosis session I heard a deep calling in my heart to go see the Dalai Lama in India.
It was like he had sent me a t-mail (telepathic mail!). With two mortgages to pay, living off credit cards (my savings were non-existent), no job to speak of & a desire to get traveling once again I booked a ticket to go see him.
And things have never been the same since. As it was this trip that inspired me to set up this spiritual travel company. It was a clear case of divine intervention or more like divine instruction!
On my spiritual path I love to draw from a wealth of traditions & great masters including Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, Christianity & Celtic spirituality to name but a few.
All under the close guidance of my beloved teacher Hema Vyas who I have been working closely with for over eight years now.
It was actually on retreat with Hema that I first discovered the power of Assisi. We happened upon St. Francis’ tomb in the basilica where both Hema & myself were instantly transfixed in his energy. In other words he suddenly happened upon us! And this was when the seeds for this Assisi retreat were planted & now they are ready to blossom.
To take you there to experience this sacred place would be a dream come true. I deeply believe you will come back a changed person.
Cheri Harris, born and raised in California, left the U.S. at the age of eighteen to begin traveling the world. She has lived overseas in countries such as Bali, Indonesia (where she co-owned an international export-import business), Amsterdam, Thailand, the Caribbean, and now, Italy.
At the age of twenty- four, Cheri completed her Montessori studies and began teaching children. Later, she studied Thai Massage in Thailand over a period of ten years and received diplomas from seven different schools.
Cheri has resided in Northern Italy for the last twenty-eight years and speaks fluent Italian. She is a Thai massage therapist and also teaches Thai massage.
Eighteen years ago, Cheri’s life changed drastically after she was contacted by St. Francis. He gave her messages over a period of three years for the book that he wanted to present to the world – A Message From St. Francis.
This began a new chapter in Cheri’s life. She now gratefully sees herself as a communicator, passing information from a great spiritual teacher to those who are ready and willing to hear these truths.
Her highest dedication is to St. Francis and his mission, which is to make all of us more aware of our essential nature and our limitless potential.
Cheri is now leading regular spiritual tours in Italy to St. Francis’s most beloved places & is delighted to be taking part in our tour as our second group leader. So much so she is even bringing her dog Kumba along so we can all communicate with him!
Introducing Pea our guest teacher…
Internationally renowned animal communicator, workshop facilitator and author, Pea Horsley is the UK’s most highly regarded animal communicator.
In 2004, after 15 years as a theater stage manager Pea returned to her first love – animals. Since then, she has dedicated herself to helping people make a telepathic connection with their animals to bring clear, direct understanding and aid healing relationships. Pea has an international private practice with clients now across the globe.
Passionate about animal welfare, Pea works with many rescue organizations using her animal communication ability to help animals who are injured, neglected, lost or abused. Among the charities she collaborates with are Irish Retriever Rescue, Cats Protection, Dogs Trust to name but a few.
Pea is a gifted teacher and facilitator and one of her main objectives is to help folks like you and me learn to communicate with animals. She teaches animal communication courses throughout the UK and Europe to adults and children from all walks of life.
Hay House has just published her second book The Animal Communicator’s Guide Through Life, Loss and Love which has already reached number 1 on Amazon’s best seller list. She is very excited to be joining us on this sacred Assisi retreat for two days to deliver her heartfelt workshop on animal communication.
Tour price GBP £1580 twin occupancy (approximately EUR €1985/USD $2710 depending on the exchange rate)
A deposit of GBP £315 is preferred as soon as possible to secure your spot (approximately EUR €395/USD $540 depending on the exchange rate). Full payment is needed by March 20th, 2015.
Single occupancy supplement for the trip is GBP £120 extra per person (approximately EUR€150/USD$205 depending on the exchange rate). Please let us know in the comment box when booking this spiritual retreat.
For those that want to share we are happy to match you with a roommate if possible. We match pairs based on a first come first served basis. If we find we can’t do this you will have to pay the single room subsidy. So do let us know asap so we have the best chance of finding you a roomy!
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Payment of the balance is required by March 20th, 2015. Cancellations must be received in writing to us. If a booking is cancelled we reserve the right to apply cancellation charges as follows:
- Up to 55 days prior to tour date: Initial deposit amount
- 21 to 55 days prior to tour date: 50% of total cost
- 14 to 20 days prior to tour date: 75% of total cost
- 1 to 13 days prior to tour date: 100% of total cost
If a trip is cancelled more than 56 days before the tour start date we will happily refund all the money you have paid except for a GBP£30 processing fee. Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended when making travel plans. You can use our suggested Travel Guard Insurance online and choose from several policy options.