Being & Becoming Retreat Summer 2012

Pratolino , Tuscany
Friday, August 10, 2012

Summer Retreat: Tuscany, Italy, (August 10-25)

Dates and Times

The retreat will begin on Friday, August 10, and will end on Saturday, August 25. Please plan to arrive by Friday afternoon, in time for registration which will open at 2.00 pm. Dinner will be served for all retreat participants at 6:00 pm, and we will give a short welcome and orientation talk for everyone at 8:00 pm. The retreat will end on Saturday, August 25, after lunch.

The retreat costs below are all inclusive of tuition fees, accommodation and meals.

Standard Double Room (SOLD OUT)


Standard Double Room with a View


Standard Single Room


Standard Single Room with a View (SOLD OUT)


Advanced/ Applied Trainee Double Room (SOLD OUT)


Advanced/ Applied Trainee Double Room with a View


Advanced/ Applied Trainee Single Room


Advanced/ Applied Trainee Single Room with a View (SOLD OUT)


University Student Double Room (SOLD OUT)


On-site Tenting (SOLD OUT.)


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Deposit for Retreat
To reserve a place on this retreat you will need to submit a deposit of €500. The balance is due by July 20, 2012.

Payment Options for the Retreat
We are pleased to offer several options for you to complete your payment:

  • Full Payment: If you wish to pay the full cost for the entire retreat upon online registration, simply keep the euro value that is generated in in the "Payment Amount" box, on registration.

  • Two Installments: You can make the initial online down payment of €500, then pay the final balance anytime up until July 20, when the final balance is due.

  • Monthly Installments: You can make the initial online down payment of €500, then pay monthly installments of a minimum of €400 each up until July 20 when the final balance is due. You will be sent  email reminders one week before each monthly payment is due.


Written cancellation requests received before July 20, 2012 will be charged an €80 cancellation fee. Written requests received after July 20 will be charged €500. The retreat begins on August 10; no refunds will be provided on or after that date.

The schedule and times of sessions with Andrew Cohen will be announced during the retreat and may vary from day to day. Generally, however, you will engage in two or three sessions with Andrew each day, devoted to a combination of silent meditation, talks, and open dialogues with Andrew. You will also take part in facilitated group discussions with other retreat participants, led by experienced practitioners of Evolutionary Enlightenment, and there will be the opportunity for individual meditation, and time for personal reflection.

Books and Audios
Andrew Cohen’s books, audios and information on future events will be available at the end of the retreat. It will also be possible to purchase MP3 recordings of all of the sessions.

Venue: Hotel Demidoff  

The retreat is held at the recently renovated Hotel Demidoff, a 4-star hotel situated on fifteen acres of greenery in the hills overlooking Florence.

What to Bring
The weather in Italy is typically hot and sunny in August, though the hills can cool down in the evenings. Thunderstorms are not uncommon. Because the retreat locale is air conditioned, a light wrap or sweater could be useful. Comfortable summer clothing that can be layered is recommended. There is a swimming pool on site.

Travel Information
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