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“The masks we wear” Venice Carnival Retreat

“The masks we wear” Venice Carnival Retreat

Who hasn’t dreamt of visiting Venice?
Of letting the romance, the sights and the songs, the beauty of the Floating City enchant you!

This retreat offers you a unique opportunity to come experience Venice Carnival and use the magic of this celebration to discover the masks we wear, and why we choose to do so, in daily life.

Venice Carnival is a celebration of beauty, grace, and mystery.
With its elaborate masks, stunning costumes, and vibrant colours, Carnaval is the most magical moment to visit Venice.
This annual event has captured the hearts and imaginations of people for centuries, drawing people from around the world, and all layers of society, to the enduring lure of the masked balls on the Canal Grande.

On this 4 day /5 night retreat, you will make your own Venetian style mask, while staying in the romantic old centre of town. We will visit many fascinating sites, at the time when the streets and squares are filled with performances and people in amazing costumes.

Come gaze in the little shops of handmade items, beautiful leather, stunning paperwork, amazing masks.
Come take a gondola ride; disguised yet seen, free to be stunning, dressed wearing your best.
Visit the magical islands of Murano and Burano, isles of glass- and lace making,
Enter the Doge’s palace (beating the queue) and marvel at the treasures and art in the museums and Basilica,
Be guided through Venice by expert guides, including local priestesses, and stroll around the old town to enjoy the celebrations of Life, of this timeless and very ancient mystery: the masked days of Venice Carnival.

Carnaval in Venice, what does that call to mind for you?

The stories of Casanova, masked lover and trickster,
The romantic music of Verdi, resounding in opulent Theatre Fenice,
Beautiful art of palazzos, churches, museums, buildings and squares, paintings by Bellini and Canaletto.
The colour of the water of the canals in sunlight, reflecting onto a hundred arched bridges, where lovers steal kisses and anyone can be who they wish, if only for these few days.
The bells of the Basilica, sounding over San Marco, lifting the pigeons’ wings and echoing out over the lagoon,
The smell of delicious pastries and Italian food, from small hidden tavernas in labyrinthal back streets, in which to get lost is to be found somehow.

Come and explore this amazing city with expert (local) guides in this small group retreat, including shared accommodation in our private self-catering house with group space, sauna, and sun terrasse, located in a quite yet central street in the old town on the island of Venice.

An amazing offer that includes many extras, as well as two mask making workshops to discover ‘the masks we wear’ and an exclusive and unique Path of Love Mystery School process around releasing the mask of pretence and celebrating our mask of beauty in ceremony.

A provisional programme, as well as further information, and a specially created PDF information booklet on Venice Carnival for you to print off before your arrival will be send to you via email upon receipt of your deposit.

Included in this amazing retreat!

  • Your accommodation in an entire self-catering house for our private use, with sauna and sun terrasse, bedlinen and towels.
  • Venice Carnival festivities (not including private or paid for events).
  • Enjoy some of the many free performances and concerts, marvel at the elaborate costumes and masks, soak up the unique Venice carnival vibe.
  • Expert guidance, including from local priestess/experts of the city.
  • Entrance into the Doge Palace and museums (this will be a times entry ticket, if you miss our slot you will have to pay for your own ticket).
  • Entry into the San Marco Basilica (this will be a times entry ticket, if you miss our slot you will have to pay for your own ticket).
  • Mask making workshops and ritual.
  • Path of Love Mystery School evening workshop and ceremony.
  • Half day trip to Murano and Burano (glass-, lace- museum and glass blowing exhibition entry fee not included).
  • Masked gondola ride and
  • Dress-up masked ‘Carnival party’ in our house.
  • A great intimate group of people to share this amazing retreat with.
  • PDF information booklet on Venice Carnival for you to print off before your arrival.

Special Venice Carnaval offer:

  • Early Bird:  5th July until 25th July 2024 midnight UK time:   £875.-  p/p. (a non-refundable deposit of £350 secures your place, full non-refundable payment – final payment of rest £525.- by the 1st of Nov).
  • From 26th July 2024 00.00 UK time:    £965,- p/p
    (a non-refundable deposit of £ 350,- secures your place, full non-refundable payment -final rest payment of £615.- by 1st of Nov).
  • Single room supplement (only 2 available): £120.
  • (If places remain) after 1st Nov: one non-refundable payment of £965,- p/p only to secure your space.

Not included in this retreat price:

  • Travel to and from Venice.
  • 5 day waterbus ticket  (€65).
  • Travel insurance, including cancellation and personal injury/medical.
  • All meals, food and drink.
  • Entrance fees to churches, museums etc not included in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to museums and exhibition on Murano and Burano islands.
  • Any spending money.

Please Note:

This retreat is for ‘able bodies’, as one can only get around Venice, into our house, and to the places we will visit, by foot.
Please note that there are many stairs and steps everywhere.
It is easy to get lost in Venice. A map will be given to you, but it is best to also have a GPS app on your mobile.

PLACE: Venice

DATE: 21st to 26th February 2025