Aspire Creative Tuscan Wedding Photography Retreat

500.002,500.00 +VAT


Aspire is a creative retreat designed for wedding photographers, set within a picturesque estate in the rolling hills of Tuscany. This exclusive gathering offers a select group of professionals an unparalleled opportunity to refine their craft, connect with fellow creatives in an inspiring setting, and receive mentorship for the 2024 season. At its core, Aspire is about igniting creativity, experiencing the sweet life – ‘la dolce vita’ – and fostering accountability to elevate your work. It’s an invitation to inquisitive minds eager to explore collaborative creation.

“Show what you want to shoot.” Aspire at Villa Lena offers a gateway for those aspiring to delve into the realm of destination weddings. Here, you’re granted the creative liberty to photograph comprehensive styled shoots set against the backdrop of a classic Italian Villa and the enchanting Tuscan Countryside. Engage in a journey of learning, networking, and skill-sharing with a collective. This experience is your stepping stone to building a network and portfolio that elevates your career.

Participate in round table discussions that cover artistic and photographic techniques, delve into business strategies, and engage in portfolio reviews with actionable plans for future growth. The experience extends beyond the Villa, with attendees receiving six months of monthly mentorship check-ins for the 2024 wedding season.

This immersive experience offers more than business development; it’s also a perfect getaway to reset. Aspire includes comfortable accommodations and farm-to-table dining, courtesy of the resident chef. During your stay, you’ll immerse yourself in education and photography, collaborating on styled shoots, and benefit from ongoing mentorship. Our objective is to enrich you and your work to the fullest.

Villa Lena, nestled in the Tuscan countryside, serves as the host venue. This hidden gem offers chic accommodation with breathtaking cypress views, perched atop a hill that once lay beneath the sea. The estate features a bar, a farm, a restaurant, and a welcoming creative community.

As Vogue eloquently describes, “Villa Lena is a dream destination for anyone seeking laid-back and thoughtful barefoot luxury.” This retreat is not just an opportunity for business growth; it’s a chance to be part of a unique, transformative experience in one of Italy’s most idyllic locations. Join us at Aspire and be part of a creative journey that will redefine your approach to wedding photography.

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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.”


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

Cancellation Policy

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.