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Villa Vetrichina, San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy

Saturday, May 18 – Thursday May 23, 2024

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.