September 11th - 16th, 2022

italian cultural explorations  

singing - yoga - cusine - arts - cinema

retreat in tuscany

sara ruoti, giovanna Gattuso
& Hollywood star
cynthia gibb


Yes, of course you do. 


But more importantly, you deserve one. 

Take a break from the hustle, the routine, the exhaustion and the mundane. 

Allow yourself to relax, let go, and be recharged in the same corner of the world that
birthed humanity’s glorious Renaissance:  Tuscany, Italy


Create life-long friendships with like minded souls, 

Eat melt in your mouth local cuisine, 
Explore Tuscany with excursions that will leave you bursting with creativity, 
Clear away the incessant mental chatter with the peace of the Grande Prato Villa, 
Enjoy workshops that will set you free through voice, food, mind and spirit. 

San Giminiano Village

Oliveto Castle


The Grande Prato

The Grande Prato

The Chiosco Bistro'

The Grande Prato

The pool at Grande Prato

The Grande Prato

a quick overview
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DAY 1 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 11th, 2022

All day:  Participants arrive and check-in to accommodation at Grande Prato

Snack & drink available all day


8pm:  Official group welcome to the Grande Prato, Tuscany with Sara, Cynthia & Giovanna!

DAY 2 - MONDAY, SEPT. 12th, 2022

  •  Breakfast

  •  Workshop @ Grande Prato

  •  Lunch break

  •  Workshop

  • Cooking class + food tasting

  • Dinner @ Grande Prato

DAY 3 - TUESDAY, SEPT. 13th, 2022

  • Breackfast @ Grande Prato

  • Workshop

  • Lunch @ Grande Prato

  • Afternoon travel to Castello di Oliveto

  • Wine tasting 7 wines:

Spumante Brut

Bianco IGT

Chianti di OCG

Chianti Riserva

2 Super Toscani

Vin Santo

-Visit with Guide of the Castle

Sale Affrescate, Pope Room, Private Chapple, Rivellino, Historical Cellar

- Dinner "Degustazione del buon gustaio" @ the castle

Bruschette, crostini affettati, insalate, first course, second course, sweet

The Castle of Oliveto is an ancient manor built in the 15th century located in the heart of the Florentine hills, 30 km from Florence, 50 km from Siena and well connected with the most beautiful and picturesque areas of Tuscany, today esclusive venue for special wedding receptions, typical Tuscan dinners and wine tasting, farm holiday resort accommodationscooking courses and more ...

Lorenzo de' Medici; the popes, Leo X, Clement VII, and Paul III; the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinand III; and the King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele III are only some of the Castello di Oliveto's illustrious historical guests.

DAY 2 - MONDAY, SEPT. 12th, 2022

All day:  Participants arrive and check-in to accommodation at Grande Prato

Snack & drink available all day


8pm:  Official group welcome to the Grande Prato, Tuscany with Sara, Cynthia & Giovanna!




Love to travel,


Love delicious fresh food,

Love melt-in-your-mouth fresh food
and divine cappuccinos,

Want to improve your public speaking
by leaps and bounds,

Want to sing with abandon 
(even if it's just in your shower),

Want to unlock new layers of
your unique creativity,

Want to cook Italian food under the guide of Chefs from Tuscany,


Want to enjoy the ancient Italian arts,


Want to live a richer, deeper,
fuller life,


Want to go back home with a box full of great memories!








Meet Your Instructor


Giovanna Gattuso


Award Winning Vocal Coach


Benefits you'll receive:


- Meet and fall in love with your true voice!


- Communicate authentically, creatively (with confidence) and from the heart


- Develop a free, flexible and powerful voice


- Reduce vocal fatigue


- Increase your range


....and more!



Awarded Best Latin Female Singer-Songwriter and Best World Music Album at the 16th Annual International Los Angeles Music Awards, Giovanna Gattuso is the founder and author of the world-renowned CROSSOVER SINGING METHOD.


Giovanna is a sophisticated and refined musician and vocalist. She has extensive performance experience in both Europe and the United States. Her vast repertoire and styles include traditional Opera, Mediterranean Folk music & Jazz.


A world-renowned vocal coach, Giovanna lives in both Italy and Los Angeles where she collaborates with well-known musicians and regularly holds master-classes and seminars featuring her personal vocal system. 


In 2000 she founded the Venice Voice Academy based both in Venice, California and Torino, Italy. She is the Music Director of VelvetBee Records and frequently collaborates with the Italian Cultural Institute and the San Gennaro Foundation in Los Angeles.


Giovanna will teach you:


- Anatomy


- Formation of sound


- Support appoggio & sustain


- Sound release


- Vowels and positions


- Breathing technique


- Theory


- Agility


- Intonation


- Pitch


- Dozens of exercises


- Vocal range and bridges


- An effective warm-up to use before singing or public speaking


- Address bad habits that can lead to vocal nodules, muscle tension and dysphonia


- Correct Posture for speaking & singing... and more!



Meet Your Instructor


Sara Ruoti


Singer, Radio Host, Manager of Team Crox



Sara will teach you:


- the connection between cinema and music


- the connection between cinema and food


- a new way to listen to and appreciate music


- about food and wellness


- about composers of movie soundtracks 



Benefits you'll receive:


- You'll enrich your library and knowledge of films and music


- You will discover fun stories about films and music


- You will get to know interesting stories about the composers behind the songs you've heard before and you love to sing!


-You'll get to know "behind the scene" information on movies & soundtracks


...and so much more!



Sara Ruoti is a well known singer, events producer and radio host of the famous Italian award-winning “White Radio” which has been nominated for the Macchia Nera Award.  She is the Artistic Director of the program:  "Cinema da Ascoltare" ("Cinema to Listen") through which she has hosted hundreds of movie sound-track composers, actors and directors. 


Notable performances include appearances at Torvergata, Rome during the World Youth Day in front of Pope Giovanni Paolo II Wojtyla, concerts at Villa Medicea (an international film destination), Villa Petraia, Festival della Versiliana and Tettuccio of Montecatini Terme.


She has organized major events including “Millennium Choir and Orchestra” at the Duomo of Prato, Duomo of Piacenza, Cathedral of Cremona, Basilica of San Marco in Florence.


Since 2014 she is the manager of Team Crossover in Italy and she organizes masterclasses, workshops and now, the Opificio Sing & Craft.


Food & Arts







Prato,  Palazzo Pretorio



Visit the world-renowned Antonio Mattei cookie factory and learn to make Biscotti!


  An unforgettable dinner will be served to participants at an Italian Country House in Carmignano, a beautiful village in the heart of Tuscany.  The menu will feature local produce of the region.   Live music included!




THE CHOCOLATE SHOP Dona Malina originated in Florence in 2005 in an area called the Italian "Chocolate Valley" after a meeting between a violinist, an archeologist and a historical figure, Dona Malina, who is well known for the influence she had on the history of chocolate .






Learn to make a real Italian dish like  home-made pasta, Ragu' Toscano sauce and  Tiramisu'  with an Italian-Tuscan chef. Dinner will follow.



There are countless treasures to be seen in Florence. We'll pick the best sites for you to see in a short time.

A tour guide will be included!







We'll visit the historical wine cellar of Villa Strozzi in the enchanting village of Montemurlo. Wine tasting will include the renowned Pinot nero of Marchese Pancrazi.






Day 1

All day:  Participants arrive and check-in to accommodation at Magnolfi Nuovo.


8pm:  Official group welcome to Prato, Tuscany with Sara & Giovanna!

Day 2

Day 3


10:00 to 1:00pm:  Workshop @ SpaziMagnolfi


1:00 - 2:00pm:  Lunch break


3:30pm:  Travel to the location for the cooking class



- cooking class

- food tasting

- dinner included



10:00 to 1:00pm:  Workshop @ SpaziMagnolfi 


1:00 - 3:00pm:  Lunch brack


2:30pm:  Train to Florence! We will visit with tour guide included:

- Museo Opera del Duomo

- Battistero

- Walk around histarical Florence


Tickets are valid for 48 hours, so if you'd like to go back to Florence, we suggest visiting the following:


- Cripta of the Duomo

- Cupola of Giotto

- The Campanile

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

No classes in the morning.   We like to give you a little break from the tour/classes and have the time for yourself to spend in the way you prefer..., look for souvenirs or writing postcards:-)


3:00pm:  Participants will be driven to the "Osteria di Mercanti" in Carmignano in the heart of Tuscany.


4:00- 6.00pm: workshop


Evening:  Dinner will be offered by the "Osteria" where participants will taste typical food from the region.


Evening:  A free concert  will be held by Sara Ruoti (voice) and Luigi Gagliardi (guitar)


Day 7


10:00 to 1:00pm:  Workshop @ SpaziMagnolfi


1:00 - 3:30pm - Lunch break


3:30pm - Participants will be driven to Montemurlo, a beautiful village were they will visit the ancient wine cellar of Villa Strozzi.  

- Wine tasting will include the famous Pinot noir of Marchese Pancrazi

- Visit the Rocca di Montemurlo





Day 8


10am:  Farewell breakfast and diploma ceremony


11am:  Guests check-out