19th to 25th May 2024

Join Rosie for an unforgettable week in Italy! 

Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of the Italian countryside at Rosie’s exclusive women’s retreat nestled in the Umbrian hillside with breathtaking vistas of Lake Trasimeno on one side and a captivating hilltop castle on the other.

Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast bathed in the warm embrace of the Italian sun. Indulge in moments of creative writing, journaling, or simply savour well-deserved “me-time” by a refreshing salt-water pool, where each ripple mirrors the idyllic views that surround you.

In the afternoon, let the rich history and enchanting legends of an ancient Italian town become your muse. Wander through cobbled streets and ancient alleys, spark your creativity and forge unforgettable memories.

As the sun begins to set, anticipate a feast for the senses with an authentic Italian home-cooked dinner. Savour every bite while enjoying the exquisite wines harvested from the vineyards that surround you. As night falls, share laughter and stories with newfound friends under the sparkling canopy of stars, creating a tapestry of connections that will last a lifetime.

And this is merely the prologue to your retreat—a harmonious blend of relaxation, exploration, and connection awaits you throughout your stay. 

Join Rosie for an experience that transcends the ordinary, embracing the beauty of Italy’s landscapes and the warmth of genuine camaraderie.

Where We will Stay:

We will stay in Agriturismo La Dogana, a picturesque farm guesthouse surrounded by olive groves just 15 minutes away from Anam Cara (Rosie’s house). It has been an olive grove for generations of the same family and has featured in Rosie’s ‘A Rosie Life In Italy’ series. The venue has tuscan style guest apartments and a restaurant and terrace reserved for our group writing sessions with a striking view over Lake Trasimeno.

Each apartment comes with its own small kitchen, bathroom, shower, bedrooms, and terrace. There are beautiful locations to sit outside with others for chats and wine sharing including the fantastic pool with stunning views of the Lake. 

Breakfasts and dinners will be amazing home-made Italian cuisine that will make you feel like you have an Italian nonna feeding you for the week.


Free Writing (optional):

In the mornings, you are welcome to join Rosie’s writing coven in the shaded terrace overlooking rolling hills and Lake Trasimeno for writing sessions. This is a quiet, productive time for journaling, working on a book project or work-shopping a memoir writing prompt suggested by Rosie. 

Before each writing session, Rosie will offer a short workshop session offering tips to those who want to write and self publish books and share how she became a full-time author from writing and self publishing living memoir. 

If you do not wish to write, you can enjoy free time by the pool or walks in the surrounding countryside. 

Sample Daily Itinerary:


Free Writing – 3 hours each morning (or free time if you prefer)

Town Exploration in the afternoon

Lunch in the town

Pool time or Wine Tasting


Chatting with new friends under the stars

What is Included:

6 Breakfasts and Dinners

Farm to the table daily vegetarian breakfasts and dinners home made by the chef (vegan, gluten and lactose free menu on request).

6 Nights Accommodation 

Accommodation in a quaint Italian countryside apartment at Agriturismo La Dogana. You will have your own comfortable bedroom (unless you opt to share with a friend or partner). Each apartment has its own kitchen, a bathroom, bedrooms, and amazing views.

3 half day adventures to beautiful towns between Tuscany & Umbria including minivan transportation.

Group writing sessions with Rosie (and possibly some Qigong!)

Early Bird Price: €1750 

What is not included:

Airfare is not included. Nearest airport Perugia. Fiumicino Airport in Rome is a two hour train ride away. Florence is 1.20 hours away.

Airport transfers (however, we can help organise group airport transfers for those arriving at similar times and advise on trains and transfers to get you to us). 

Any other extra transfers or any meal excluded from the ones in the package.

Writing materials or laptops. Please bring your own and chargers.

We recommend you to purchase travel insurance which can refund you in case you had to cancel your attendance.


Payment and Policy
  1. A non refundable deposit of 50% on the total bundle price is required to book your spot. This can be paid with bank transfer or PayPal.
  2. The final payment is due two months from the retreat check-in and is also non refundable.

About your Host Rosie Meleady

I write what I call Living Memoir – it is like a reality TV show in book form. I have written five books in my ‘A Rosie Life In Italy’ series, and within two years, my self-published books made over €100k, which allowed me to follow my dream of quitting my day job to become a full-time author. The series has now been taken on by a major US publisher.

If you feel writing is a talent of yours, then you can do this too. You have had experiences that others can relate to or enjoy reading about. Or perhaps you just want to write for yourself or your family’s interest. Whatever your reason, during my workshop sessions I will give tips and advice on how to make your memoir a page turner.


Email your name and email address to: and let me know that you are interested and where you will be flying from.

Places are very limited. Once we have your email address, we will respond to you with the bank details for the deposit. A place will only be held once the deposit has been received and confirmed. Please do not book flights until we have confirmed your place on the retreat. 

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