Sogno Toscano

women’s Retreat

Sogno Toscano Women’s Retreat

Creative Renewal in the Heart of Tuscany, Italy

Villa Vetrichina, San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy

Saturday, May 18 – Thursday May 23, 2024

About the Retreat

One of the leading neglects my high achieving, spiritual, creative successful women entrepreneur clients talk about the most is the limited creativity in their work and personally because they are so immersed in the demands of scheduling, working long hours, being overly structured, checking off to-do lists, and living in their logical, practical mind most of the time.

As we know, that mode leads you to on-going burnout. Instead, I aspire for you to live from your powerful, life affirming feminine arts.

When we operate too often and too long in our masculine logical mode, our hearts, intuition, and creativity shut down. We become numb. We operate out of detached compassion for ourselves and others while focused in “make it happen” default mode day in to day out.

We crave that feeling of inspiration, liberation, imagination, and something NEW MORE often.

Sogno Toscano Retreat

is designed to help you and your travel companions reconnect, revitalize, and renew your creative heart while in the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany, Italy.

In the morning your awakening will be immersed in the scents of a homemade breakfast of sweet rolls, cooked foods, hot coffee, freshly squeezed juice, and seasonal fruit in the warmth of the rustic Tuscan farmhouse Villa nestled in the woods and greenery.

In the evening you will enjoy a traditional Tuscan dinner with homemade bread and pasta, soups, vegetables, and meat cooked with that Italian energy of passion accompanied by excellent wines.

During the day in your free-time, gift yourself with the sweetness of simple relaxation by the pool or in the intimate corners of the garden, or sit with several of your like-minded women exchanging stories of your lives and the beautiful retreat experience. When we are in our creativity more often, we are in our feminine energy of expansion, imagination, emotion, joy, intuition, inspiration, high vibration, play, adventure, desire, delight, and sensuality.

These are the beautiful feminine arts we were born with.

During our six days and five nights in the Tuscan villa hosted by lovely owner Patrizia Ricagno and Chef Francesco, I aspire for you to give yourself permission to liberate yourself even more by owning your innate feminine arts to live a quality life.

Make no mistake thinking these won’t help you create, earn, and manifest higher income and revenues for your business.

These are THE leading way to increase your revenues followed by the masculine efforts of strategy, systems, logic, practicality, planning, responsibility, and implementation.

My long-time friend Rico and I, as retreat hosts, and our villa hosts aspire for you to find your way back home to your creative heart so that you begin to live a new normal back home after you say goodbye to us.

Transformational travel is the perfect partner with life design coaching during the retreat to inspire a quickening due to being in a high vibrational space away from normal life.

So, we invite you to leave your worries, responsibilities, routine life at home (after you arrange for those to be taken care of) step onto your international flight with your current passport to Rome, Italy where you will be happily greeted by our private driver to take you and five other eager women to Villa Vetrichina in beautiful Tuscany, Italy.

Sacred time and no back-to-back schedules

There will be ample time for quiet, self-care time to walk along the country road taking in the lush countryside capturing photos, or meditating and journaling under the outdoor pergola, or lounging poolside to connect with your new friends.

Villa Hosts: Francesco and Patrizia

What’s the itinerary?

Loads of fun, play, and adventure to bring out the vivacious, liberated, and sensual woman!

You will experience the romance of Italian living thanks to our Villa hosts!
Delicious Tuscan cuisine in a friendly and informal traditional setting.
Friendships and connections that will last beyond the retreat.
An intimate group of six entrepreneurial like-minded women who will gladly share their experiences with you.
(3) Life Design coaching group sessions learning how to live in the blend of the masculine and feminine energy so that you live from your heart, creativity, and intuition more often.

An Italian cooking class with Chef Francesco and his vibrant personality to feed your senses.

Biking through the Tuscan countryside.
A lovely, jovial villa host who adores cooking, hospitality, and taking care of you the way Italians are known for.
Several hours of winetasting with lunch in Chianti, Montalcino and Montelpuciano regions.
Exploring the small medieval town of San Casciano dei Bagni learning the enchanting history through its architecture and churches.
And everything already mentioned!

relax poolside

Enjoy Sacred Time with no back to back schedule

cozy up and find clarity

what is included?

Pre-trip Zoom call to meet and share inspiring intentions for the extraordinary retreat

Welcome celebration reception outdoors prior to our delicious Italian welcome dinner

5 nights’ luxury private room accommodation

Wi-fi in all spaces

Courtesy set, hairdryer, towels in all bathrooms

All suites equipped with Italian linens, a modern bathroom, and well-appointed decor

Transfers from Rome and return transportation to Rome Fiumicino Airport. All transport while at the villa.

(5) Healthy, delicious breakfasts & (2) lunches prepared and cooked by Villa owner, Patrizia Ricagno and (6) dinners by Chef Francesco. (Lunches on other days are included in excursions)

All allergies & food preferences can be accommodated

Italian wine, plus filtered water, tea, and coffee with dinner

Wine Tasting and lunch day tour

(3) Life Design/Creative Renewal group coaching sessions

Internal and external air conditioning/Heating + 3 pellet fireplaces

E-Bike excursion (includes lunch)

Freedom to take walks and hikes through the iconic Tuscan countryside

Relaxation by the pool

All taxes

what is NOT included?

  • Your airfare to and from Rome Fiumicino airport
  • Required travel insurance to include health and travel cancellation
  • Other non-included items such as additional excursions, excess baggage charges, additional alcoholic beverages, personal items, and souvenir shopping
  • Any other expense not listed in inclusions
  • The Villa cannot accommodate requests to arrive early or stay late. Please book separate hotel arrangements outside of retreat dates.
  • Tipping the Villa owner and Chef

Please choose your registration for one of six spots:

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Payment Plan

$1500 deposit & 2 Pay of $2,425

or send Zelle payment sent to

Two payments will be processed on January 1, 2024 and March 1, 2024 through Marla’s office with your card on file.

Get More Info

Schedule a 30min Call Prior to Registering.

Or email and we will gladly accommodate you.

Upon registration, a DocuSign agreement of this retreat program will be sent for signature and a welcome packet with further details of the retreat and a few questions to answer.

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  • Our retreat is all-inclusive (accommodations, meals, drinks, taxes, transportation to any offsite activities and transfer from/to Rome).
  • Pricing private room single occupancy as stated above USD $5995 Full-pay or $6350 3-pay option as described above. option as described above.
  • Our prices are per person and include all taxes and are charged in US currency and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
  • We reserve the right to review our prices periodically and adjust them without further notice based on exchange rates to the Euro and charges we incur from US or Italy.
  • The retreat that has been booked and is either paid for or has a deposit on is price protected from any increases. However, if there is a price adjustment between the time an inquiry is made and the retreat is booked, then the price in effect at the time of booking shall apply.
  • We reserve the right to cancel retreat if we do not meet minimum number of participants.
  • Itinerary is subject to change to an equivalent activity or experience
Please read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation. If you cancel your reservation, we do not offer refunds for any reason. However, your payment(s) will be transferred to another retreat or coaching program of your choice constituting a full settlement. Deposits are non-refundable as well. If you choose to cancel, please notify us in writing.

If Marla Diann Mentoring International must cancel a booked retreat date for any reason, your full retreat payment will also be transferred to another retreat or coaching program constituting a full settlement. If we reschedule a retreat for a future date, your retreat payment will automatically be transferred to the new date unless you request otherwise.

  • We reserve the right to cancel retreat if we do not meet minimum number of participants.
  • Itinerary is subject to change to an equivalent activity or experience

Marla Diann Mentoring International is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.


Naturally, no one books with the intention of canceling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things can happen, which is why travel cancellation insurance is required on your own. Please be sure that your travel insurance policy covers you for all relevant activities you will be engaging upon on your retreat. Guests must purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package that includes health insurance and travel cancellation insurance. This can be purchased through your travel or credit card provider, Travel Guard or AAA.

Your Retreat Hosts

Marla Diann, owner of Marla Diann Mentoring International

She is a Business Strategist & Life Designer for the Modern Evolving Creative Entrepreneurial Woman.

Marla serves the modern, evolving woman in her 40s-70s by helping her pursue her neglected desires so she no longer puts them on the back burner and prioritizes her self-care and boundaries to be more creative in her work while eliminating burn-out.

And, she mentors creative entrepreneurs how to think, feel, and act differently with money so they are financially relaxed more often, as we define their zone of genius to be the focus of their daily work earning revenues in their highest creativity and joy.

Celebrating 27 years as a creative entrepreneur of two businesses, 1996-2008 Entertainment PR, and 2008-present in her coaching business, Marla represents over 32 years of entrepreneurship, life & business coaching, entertainment PR & talent management, personal branding, spirituality, and philanthropy for women and youth empowerment organizations.

She is the creator and host of Follow Your Joy podcast, an entrepreneurial resource for creatives sharing their challenge to success career stories through the lens of listening to their intuition.

Marla holds a B.A. degree in PR, Journalism from San Diego State University. She is a graduate of Tony Robbins’ Mastery University and holds two money relationship certifications from global empowerment coach, Kendall Summerhawk. She is a student of many mentors over the last 15 years that helped her uplevel her coaching and entrepreneurial skills.

Marla’s love of travel and Italy sent her to Florence for a month-long stay followed by two other trips to Cortona, Rome, Lake Como, and Amalfi Coast between 2017-2023. She lives in beautiful Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes, Ca. with her adorable dog, Ruby, is a Mom to a 32-year old son, and loves all things Disney, Italy, romance, creativity, nature, and spirituality.

Rico Mandel The Heart and Soul of Miz En Place

Rico, the visionary founder, and CEO of Miz En Place, embodies a lifelong journey fueled by passions for photography, filmmaking, culinary arts, business acumen, exploration, and entertainment. His mission is to unite people in support of artisanal small businesses worldwide. Rico eagerly welcomes the opportunity to share his compelling story and expertise, inspiring your culinary adventures and culinary dreams.

Rico’s love of food and cooking inspired him to achieve a culinary degree from the renowned Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. His culinary odyssey saw him become a trained chef, with extensive experience in fine dining restaurants, catering, and prestigious wine dinners.

Rico’s profound love for artisanal food, chefs, and wine led to the creation of luxury wine tours in the Malibu region. These tours became the catalyst for his visionary venture, Miz En Place. Rico’s knack for storytelling blossomed as he interviewed small producers worldwide, sharing their captivating narratives. His mission: to bring these exceptional artisans and their products to a global audience.

At the core of Rico’s mission is the desire to demystify cooking, removing fear and hesitation from the kitchen. He encourages people to embrace culinary creativity, have fun, and craft delicious dishes using unprocessed, quality ingredients. Rico’s infectious passion for cooking is a journey he’s eager to share with Miz En Place’s community.

Rico lives in Los Angeles near his two amazing daughters and frequents Italy annually and other international countries as Austria, Greece, and France.