Tuscan Retreats


Carol and her sister Heather Newmarch are working together to bring you opportunities to step outside of your day to day lives and join them in the beautiful mountains of Lucca Province in Northern Tuscany


Heather is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher, health and fitness trainer and coach. Health and fitness should be fun, and a natural result of a balanced lifestyle and good eating. With over 20 years of financial management experience in private sector enterprise, Heather is also a business mentor and coach.

Carol is an artist & ceramicist with many years experience of group work, training and coaching for healthy and creative lives and business. Finding time for our creative expression and exploration in our lives is essential for healthy bodies and happy creative minds.

Our holidays and retreats are tailored to meet the needs of each group, using a range of physical practical and arts based activities. We will take stock of where we are, and reconnect with our essential creative and healthy selves. Exercise and diet advice and/or life coaching is included in our offer.

Our retreat venue is situated in hills above the historic spa town of Bagni di Lucca, in the vicinity of the Garfagnana region, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Our nearest city is the historic walled medieval city of Lucca

Casa Rosa Tuscan Retreats are designed to give you time out, enable you to identify your own dreams and take achievable and practical steps towards achieving them. Accommodation is provided in beautiful traditional stone built Tuscan houses surrounded by wooded mountains.


Carol and Heather will sometimes be joined by other inspiring leaders in health, fitness, environment and the arts ensuring that every retreat experience is tailored to your particular needs. The retreat programmes can include, for example, yoga, walking, meditation, ceramics, visual art, creative writing and voice work.

Beautiful views and an abundance of fresh mountain air will restore and sustain you! Your experience will be enhanced with local traditional Tuscan food, including making our own pizzas in the traditional outdoor wood fired oven.

Follow up coaching is available to our retreat clients at a special Casa Rosa rate to give you support for any life changes you decide to make as a result of your time on the ‘healing mountain’.

Retreats  start in Spring and continue through until the the end of November. There will also be some additional opportunities to join us for ‘Ecowarrior‘ weeks at particular times in the year.

Time Out in Tuscany: Women’s walking holidays. Fresh air and mountain paths. Good food and good company.   We are joined by experienced health and fitness coach Sheila McGill, and each new day will take us to a different destination.  The week includes a city walk around the nearby beautiful Medieval walled Lucca. Your holiday will offer options for other activies, such yoga based exercise to support our journeying, swimming in the local outdoor pool, art and pottery workshops and local sight seeing.  Next dates: July 15th to 20th // September 2nd to 7th 2017 

Wildish Women: As we journey through our lives, we reach times of transisition. In this fabulous landscape we will explore our female energy and access our inner strength.  Using art & voice work, writing and ritual, ceramics and fire, we will explore our creative, spiritual and archetypal female power. Are you interested in joining us on this journey? Next date: September 9th to 14th 2017

Playing with Fire: Exploring our fire energy and eating fire food to take us through Autumn into winter. Using drawing and clay to explore our creative process, firing our work in outdoor eco-kilns, using local materials as the Etruscans did. No experience is necessary for this retreat, but all levels are welcome from beginner to expert! Next date: October 14th – 19th 2017

Figures of all Kinds: Do you enjoy self assessment? If not, this is an unusual opportunity to bring your bookkeeping with you and learn how to manage it with ease. If you’re already confident, bring it anyway and do it here, with fabulous surroundings, good food and good company!  Our retreat will give you the opportunity to get your tax return done months ahead of time!  Bite sized info and support, sandwiched between yoga based exercise, walking and time out for local culture. Both you and your business will be fitter by the end of the week! Next date: TBC

EcoWarriors: An invitation to share and learn skills about living sustainably and developing the land as edible forest garden. This will be a ‘working’ retreat, and participants will therefore be contributing to ‘the dream’ of creating a sustainable centre for creativity and health. You pay a basic amount to cover your bed and board, and in return you share your skills for a fixed number of hours a day. Next date: TBC

Bespoke Retreats and Events: If you have an existing group who would like to come together, or you have an event or special celebration which you would love to celebrate in Italy, we can organise it for you. Get in touch and we can discuss your particular needs or ideas for a bespoke experience

Training and Team Building: Where better to develop the potential of your workforce? For further details of our bespoke training, mentoring, coaching and action learning, please get in touch.

For further information about the content of individual retreats, further dates, making a booking or to be added to our mailing list, please email us, using our contact page 

Or get in touch with Heather direct: 0044 (0) 7899 915 143  or 0039 370 3007375

For another perspective on Bagni di Lucca through the seasons, check out this award winning blog:  Bella Bagni di Lucca

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