Drinking from the River of Light: The Life of Expression

Guided by Mark Nepo

Tuscany, ITALY

May 19 - 26, 2023To Register, Scroll to the bottom of the page


$3,075 – $3,475 per person, Double Occupancy, depending on selection of rooms. See below for details.

$200 discount per person for a limited time if the full payment is made upon registration.



Villa Casa Cornacchi


Tuscany, ITALY

File1165The Villa is an ancient noble estate,  is situated  among the rolling hills of the Chianti wine region north-east of Siena  in the typical Tuscan environment of pine and oak woods, among olive groves and vineyards where it is possible to admire one of the most enchanting landscapes, captivating anyone who has the opportunity to lay eyes upon it. History has bound for many centuries these lands developing cultural centers and strategic defenses. As such the Villa Estate was erected in 1529 AD. Through the centuries the Chianti area has growth to being an important cultural and wine production center with farms such as Castello di Bossi, Felsina and others acquiring international resonance.

This villa commands breathtaking views in this unique territory and has graceful landscaping which surrounds its beautiful lodgings.  As one descends towards the courtyard to the garden and swimming pool area, a one-of-a-kind landscape of the Chianti region near Siena appears. A rose-covered bower separates the 20 by 7 meters infinity swimming pool from the large 7 by 2,50 meter outdoor jacuzzi

Accommodations and Cost 

Villa Cornacchi

Double Occupancy from $3,075 – $3,475per person The specific cost of this retreat depends on the type of accommodations you choose…see below. To support the power and flow of this program, we are asking for everyone attending, to stay at Villa Cornacchi for the entire time. 

The following is included in the cost:

  • Pick up and return from the Florence airport within set time frames
  • All of Mark Nepo’s lectures, presentations and demonstrations
  • All accommodations at a beautiful Tuscan villa
  • All breakfasts
  • Four lunches
  • Four dinners
  • All internal transportation
  • Excursions to: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Assisi and the Chianti trail
  • Optional morning yoga/meditation sessions
  • Wine tasting at the villa
  • Cantina Wine Tour, tasting, and lunch
  • Attendance at Gregorian chant session

Not Included:

  • Air Fare
  • Personal Items
  • Tips


The Various Rooms in the Villa  Estate


proprieta wide view


La Torre Two private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Tower bedroom  is $3,375 per person dbl occupancy, lower bedroom is $3,245 per person dbl occupancy

Located in the most ancient part of Villa Cornacchi Estate La Torre apartment is 80 square meters/861 square feet, and on the ground floor it features a comfortable living room with fireplace.
The panoramic double bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and is next to the living room. The stone staircase leads to the top of the old tower where you will find  beamed ceilings adorning another double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Both bathrooms have showers.

The dining room on the ground floor has a table for 4 people and an equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, stove, electric oven, refrigerator and freezer. The apartment also offers air-conditioning in all rooms, satellite-tv, and hair dryers. A private table for four is located in the shared garden just in front of the tower. Torre apartment can connect with Giorgio apartment through internal doors.


Giorgio – Two private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms $3,245 per person dbl occupancy  for each bedroom. (One of the two bedrooms can accommodate two single beds) 

As you enter this very large apartment from the private patio, you will see two floors with a dining/living room and kitchen on the ground floor. The first floor also hosts two double bedrooms and one of them can be accommodated to have two single beds. Both are air conditioned and have a Satellite -TV. The apartment  has two bathrooms, one with a shower and the other with bathtub and shower, and both have a hair dryer.

An outdoor private table for 4 people is also available for refreshments and snacks. Remodeled and furnished with Tuscan architectural concepts, the apartment provides you with comfort and stylish decor. It connects to Torre through a common door.


 Niccolo – Bedroom #1 Booked per person double occupancy. Bedroom #2Booked per person dbl occupancy (this bedroom can be accommodated with two twin beds) 

This bright apartment, Niccolo, has a living room, one bathroom and a kitchen on the ground level with direct access to the terrace and the two bedrooms and one bathroom in the first floor.

The fully equipped kitchen has a dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven, stove, and electric oven. All rooms have air-conditioning, the apartment has a TV set, and a hair dryer in the bathrooms.

 Francesco  Booked per person dbl occupancy  

This apartment is set on the ground floor with direct private entrance from the private garden. Entering the apartment, the sunny living room opens up with the kitchen and the double bedroom on the left.

It includes a living room and fully equipped kitchenette with dishwasher, refrigerator with freezer, microwave oven, stove, and electric oven. The queen double bedroom features air-conditioning, satellite-tv and a bathroom with shower and bathtub. The hair dryer is provided. Its private terrace/garden area is perfect for alfresco eating.

Giovanni $3,345  per person dbl occupancy for either of the 2 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms for each. (One bedroom can be accommodated with two twin beds) 

This apartment  is one of the largest at the Villa Cornacchi Estate, and it is composed of two floors.

The ground floor features a living room with a dining table for four people and a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer, microwave oven, stove, and electric oven. In addition there is a service restroom and private access to the garden of the apartment with private outdoor seating for four people to dine alfresco.

On the first floor are the two queen bedrooms of which one can become a twin bedroom, and two bathrooms with shower.  This accommodation  has air conditioning in all bedrooms, satellite-TV, and hair dryers in both bathrooms.

 Ferdinando $3,345 per person dbl occupancy for either of the 2 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms for each. (One of the bedrooms can be accommodated with two twin beds)  


This apartment is one of the largest ones in the Villa Cornacchi Estate. It has three private entrances from the terrace and the private garden. The apartment encompasses two floors. On the first floor it features two double bedrooms with queen size canopy beds and ensuite bathrooms. One of the bedrooms can be accommodated to have two single beds. One bathroom features a shower and a bathtub, while one with a shower.

The ground floor includes a sunny living room with open access to the shared terrace. In the living room is the dining table for four people, while the fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator with freezer, microwave oven, electric oven and gas stove is right next to it. A service bathroom is also on this floor,  and an outdoor private sitting area is located in the garden where you can have refreshments and snacks. All bedrooms feature air-conditioning,  Sat-TV and both bathrooms have hair dryers.

Caterina Cottage $3,475 per person dbl occupancy for either of the 2 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms for each  

Caterina is a very large independent cottage on two floors facing the Villa Cornacchi Estate. It is completely separated from the main body of the main villa and overlooks the Chianti valley on the opposite side.

On the ground floor it features a bright living room with a stone fireplace and a comfortable sofa with armchairs, a dining room with a table for 6 people, and a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator with freezer, microwave oven, electric oven and gas stove. The first floor has two double bedrooms, one with ensuite bathroom with shower and bathtub, while the other one is adjacent with shower. All bedrooms feature air conditioning, TV set, and both bathrooms have a hair dryer available.

This cottage has an independent garden access and usage. An outdoor patio and garden area are available and a great place to have snacks and refreshments.


Villa Locanda – 

All five suites $3,075 per person dbl occupancy  (Three of the bedrooms can be accommodated with two single beds each.)  

This is an independent cottage completely separate from the main body of Villa Cornacchi Estate. Set in a very rewarding position at the hamlet, it faces wonderful views of the Tuscan countryside. Surrounded by its own private garden, it is composed of four independent suites. Each suite features one double bedroom with ensuite bathroom.

Three bedrooms out of the four have an ensuite bathroom with bathtub and shower, while one has one room with ensuite shower. Each suit also features air conditioning, sat TV with VCR and hairdryers in the bathrooms. Three of the bedrooms can be accommodated with two single beds each.

On the ground floor is the common area featuring a dining room with a table for 8 people, a fully equipped kitchen with full amenities such as dishwasher, refrigerator with freezer, a microwave oven, gas stove, and electric oven. The outdoors are very private and feature a dining area for alfresco snacks and beverages.

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Included in the Price

    • Accommodations for 7 nights as listed including taxes
    • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.
    • All presentations/workshops by Mark Nepo
    • Optional Morning Yoga and Meditation sessions
    • Visits to Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Assisi, and Tenuta Torciano
    • All evening offerings
    • All internal transportation
    • Transportation from and to the Florence Airport within set time frames


    • Air Fare, Tips, Optional personal activities and Alcoholic Beverages


    This retreat is limited to 28 participants, so register today!

    Please note, if you register and then you cancel, there will be NO refunds given under any circumstances, so be sure to obtain proper travel insurance. 

    For the total cost of this retreat and to see what is included, please click on: COST

    Before you register, email us at info@globalj.org or fill out the form below to make sure there is space available for your accommodations.


    Once we confirm availability, follow these two simple steps:

    1. Send us a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per participant via one of the four options below. Half of the remaining balance is due January 24th, 2023. The final payment is due on March 24th, 2023.

    2Wait until you receive an official registration confirmation from us before you book your flight.


    Payments, Dates, Terms and Conditions


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    Cancellations and Refunds

    If you choose to cancel your participation in this retreat, we will not refund any deposits or subsequent payments regardless of circumstances. Given this policy, we strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance in case of emergencies or unforeseen circumstances that may arise at your end.

    Travel insurance will protect your investment in case of unforeseen situations or emergencies. If you choose to purchase travel insurance, which we highly recommend, you must do so on your own. We have been working with Travel Guard International at 800 826-1300, and have received positive feedback.

    In the unlikely circumstances that Global Journeys Inc. is forced to cancel this retreat, we will transfer your deposit towards a future Global Journeys retreat . We will refund you the remainder of the payment, or you may transfer it to one of our other retreats.

    If the presenter is not able to attend the event due to a serious illness or emergency, he may choose to present virtually or choose an appropriate substitute to deliver the sessions and the retreat will go on as scheduled.

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