The total investment for the retreat is €2500 + VAT. Upon booking, you have the option to either:
- Pay a €500 deposit to secure your seat, with the remaining balance due one month before the workshop.
- Or, choose to pay the full amount upfront.
Select the payment method that best suits you at checkout.
April 8th-11th, 2024. The retreat kicks off with guests arriving for a welcome dinner on the afternoon of April 8th. Creative activities and collaboration will be in full swing on the 9th and 10th. The experience culminates after breakfast on April 11th, wrapping up the workshop at Villa Lena. Following the workshop we will offer monthly mentorship check-ins for the 2024 season.
Villa Lena, a hidden gem in the Tuscan countryside, offers chic accommodation with breathtaking views of cypresses. Perched atop a hill that once lay beneath the sea, the villa boasts a bar, a farm, a restaurant, and a welcoming creative family.
Vogue describes Villa Lena as “a dream destination for anyone in search of laid-back and thoughtful barefoot luxury.”
- Approximately 45 km (about 45 minutes by car) from Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport
- Roughly 63 km (around 65 minutes by car) from Florence International Airport
- About 27 km (approximately 30 minutes by car) from Pontedera Train Station
Address: Via comunale di Toiano, 25, 56036 Palaia PI
The retreat encompasses three nights of accommodation with full board, spanning from April 8th (check-in) to April 11th (check-out). Participants will be accommodated in double-occupancy rooms within the FATTORIA suites at Villa Lena. These suites have been recently renovated, offering a luxurious ambiance. Each room is adorned with vaulted ceilings, marble bathrooms, and elegant wooden floors.
At Aspire, we encourage guests to dine together, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. Unlikely encounters and conversations over breakfast or a shared bottle of wine during dinner often ignite the creative spark. This collective dining experience is an integral part of the retreat, encompassing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Please note that flights to Italy, transportation to Villa Lena, and personal insurance are not included in the retreat package. Guests are responsible for arranging their own travel and insurance coverage.
Format & Size
Aspire welcomes 12 guests, in addition to the couples being photographed, vendors, and hosts.
Dan Sauer and Cole Roberts are your hosts for this retreat.
Dan Sauer is an experienced destination wedding photographer, originally from Los Angeles. Dan moved to Italy to document couples worldwide and currently lives in Milan with his wife and son. In his free time, he enjoys hiking the lower alps around Lake Como.
Cole Roberts is the co-founder of Way Up North, Kolla, and Nordica. A Fujifilm X-Photographer since 2016, Cole is based in Gävle, Sweden with his wife and three kids. He’s passionate about spending time at his cabin, where he can indulge in chopping wood, lighting fires, and listening to country music.
Key Workshop Takeaways
- Tuscan Retreat
- Destination Wedding Portfolio
- Creative Collaboration
- Mentorship for the 2024 season
If you need to cancel after making a deposit or full payment, please be aware that we cannot issue refunds. However, you are welcome to transfer your ticket to another person who can take your place at the event.