Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

here for the retreat?

a visual storytelling & branding retreat in beautiful tuscany

28th - 30th August 2020.       Vagli sotto - tuscany

Join us on this inspirational and creative journey for a 3-day creative photography, visual storytelling and branding retreat in my art studio in Tuscany. 

This retreat is ideal for aestetically driven creative entrepreneurs, photographers,  makers and lifestyle brand owners who are ready to elevate their imagery in a new and exciting way.

It’s also ideal for bloggers and creative social media users with a genuine passion for creativity, styling and appreciation of visual storytelling. 

This three-day immersive experience is the place to connect to your own vison, values and story — in your business and your life.

All classes will be immersive, hands-on and a way for the guests to experience the process of visual storytelling, creative photography and designing a concept for a branding shoot, including their own branding shoot, in an intimate environment and with the guidance of experienced professionals.

Host and curator, Catia Lemmi, says: 

“Guests walk away with clarity around their individual journey, more confidence in their own abilities and of course, lasting friendships and new opportunity for professional collaborations. This Retreat is about bringing together like minded individuals for a few days of focused learning, laughing, sharing and enjoying a nurturing atmosphere in a truly inspiring art studio in beautiful Tuscany.”

register now

LEARN HOW TO EMOTIONALLY CONNECT WITH YOUR AUDIENCE

get ready to:

DISCOVER YOUR STORYTELLING ABILITY BY CRAFTING honest and beautiful STORIES AND intentionally styled  IMAGES THAT SPEAK TO YOUR IDEAL CLIENTS AND CUSTOMERS

translate your story and vision into shoots for yourself and clients

stretch your creativity by honing an artistic editors' eye

connect with other creatives and form enduring friendships and professional collaborations

be nourished with feminine creativity,  love and food consumed under the tuscan sun, around a beautifully curated table

"catia's retreat was one of the best investments i have made for my career and into my personal life."

ivana jindrichova from cat and cook

I deeply enjoyed the storytelling and photography retreat held at Catia’s charming studio in Tuscany. It completely transformed my views on many different levels.

 I can now plan a photo shoot with clear strategy and attention to details. I feel confident with the use of colours and light. I can rely on effective styling composition and technical tips. I also have a much better understanding of branding. 

This retreat goes well beyond the above. It is the warmest ecncouter with people who are passionate about what they do, who are giving 100 percent attention and commitment to you and your dream vision.

I came back home with a renewed sense of clarity, purpose and excitement. My work is totally upgraded now! It was one of my best investment for my career and personal life. 

Catia will help you to become your brand’s own creative director and elevate the story of your brand with unique and fresh imagery with make sense to your brand. She will teach you how to make the most of a brand shoot so you’ll leave the retreat with a gallery of curated images that represent your business. 



CATIA LEMMI

Silvia from Silvia Salvia Limone will lead a photography and styling workshop which focus on shooting with intention and thoughtful structure. She will show the breakdown of a food and brand photography shoot and share the importance of capturing the soul of the subject. Silvia will teach you everything she knows, and share how she got to where she is today. By the end of the retreat, you will dramatically improve your skills in styling, visual storytelling and feel confident as a food and lifestyle photographer.  



SILVIA BIFARO

Valentina from Valentina Hortus will lead a creative photography workshop. Valentina says “Creative photography is all about feelings and create a world with your favourite feelings in it”. She will help you to emotionally connect to your inner vison and create something that speak to the heart working intentionally with light and composition. Valentina will also help you to develop your own visual signature using Adobe Lighthroom. 



VALENTINA HORTUS

Your professional growth and boosting your confidence is at the core of the retreat. Honest and constructive feedback will be given to support your creative process. 

Food wise, Silvia and Catia will be cooking delicious meals for you from scratch inspired by the bounty of summer. 

"on both a personal and professional level, the retreat was awakening and i cherish the experience."

marika bianca

In a word, magic. That's what describes the retreat best. From the moment of my arrival in Vagli Sotto, I felt as though I’d stepped into a dream, hallmarked by crisp mountain air, distant birdsong and the narrow cobblestone streets that trace the vasculature of this quiet village.

Coming from a large urban centre, it’s a rare and special setting—and I couldn’t have been more right in taking this leap, travelling to this faraway place and investing in myself in this way. To say my journey was revelatory would be an understatement. On both a personal and professional level, it was an awakening, and I cherish the great privilege of collaborating with six incredibly talented women—our gracious hosts, Sylvia and Catia, our guest instructor, the ethereal Valentina, and my enthusiastic fellow retreat-goers, each of whom had something to teach this wide-open heart. 

While we came together from opposite corners of the globe, we shared a common thread—a desire to level up and take the next step in our respective journeys. And how could we not be enabled to just that with these amazing souls as our guides? 

Sylvia, with her quiet wisdom and nurturing, patient spirit, and Catia, with her big energy, sharp-witted humour and zest for life. Two talented, generous professionals who poured their big beautiful hearts and souls into every delicious detail, both radiating absolute warmth and who want so much to see others succeed. 

From the invaluable peek behind the curtains at their process to Catia’s fairy-tale studio, the magical village that hosted us and the out-of-this-world food—resplendent from both a visual and culinary perspective—they created an experience that was equal parts inspiring, illuminating and sensual. 

If I close my eyes I can hear the crackle of firewood in the wood stove and the creak of floorboards underfoot, the clink of glassware and cutlery in the kitchen and so much laughter. I still feel the gentle breeze and soft brush of muslin and wistfully recall the scent of lavender and the bevy of blooms surrounding the feast that's been laid out for us. What a gift. Ladies and Vagli Sotto, you have my heart. I'll be back.


experience it for yourself?

are you ready to

save your spot

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

where should i fly into?

accommodation & stay

what is included?

what is not included?

 Castelnuovo di Garfagnana is the closest town should you decide to get there by train from Pisa Airport or Florence Airport.  We will, however, look at everyone's arrival times and try to connect people so you can travel together. We strongly recommend renting a car. 


While we'll spend most of the time in my studio, you'll stay in a charming Tuscan house located only two minutes walking distance from my place. The house has a beautiful terrace that offers a breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Ideal to relax and enjoy in total comfort your stay.

8 masterclasses. Finding your brand voice and aesthetic, styling and  composition, visual storytelling, visual branding strategy,  branding shoot planning and delivery, editing in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC &  social media strategies.
Accommodation & all meals (3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners, tea/coffee/ bites available throughout the day). Fresh vegetarian meals are cooked everyday inspired by the bounty of the summer.

Your travel and transportation (Flight/train/cab/car rental) to/from the location is not included.

what shall i bring?

What's the investment?

Your DSLR camera, lens (es), memory cards, batteries, and battery charger, your laptop or iPhone with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC installed. Plus a notebook, if you are still about paper like me.


The cost of the whole 3 days retreat, 8 masterclass, your accommodation and all the meals is only £1100 pp. 

EARLY BIRD OFFER of £935 when you book by Sunday 26th July 2020.

You can also pay in 2 instalments of £550 of the total price.