Being & Becoming Summer Retreat 2013

Pratolino , Tuscany
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

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Dates and Times
The retreat will begin on Wednesday, August 7, and will end on Sunday, August 18. Please plan to arrive by Wednesday 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 Sunday, August 18, after lunch.

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


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

Standard Double Room


Standard Double Room with a View


Standard Single Room


Standard Single Room with a View


EnlightenNext Program Participant Double Room


EnlightenNext Program Participant Double Room with a View


EnlightenNext Program Participant Single Room


EnlightenNext Program Participant Single Room with a View


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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, 2013.

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

  • Full Payment: You can pay the full price of the retreat by online registration. When you reach the check-out page during your registration process you will see the full price listed in the "Payment Amount" box. Complete your full payment with this amount.

  • Regular Installments: You can also pay for the retreat in regular installments. Start the online registration process and when you reach the check-out page be sure to change the default Full Price amount that is automatically displayed in the "Payment Amount" box to your chosen amount for your first installment. This needs to be a minimum €500 for your first installment to cover the minimum deposit. You then have the flexibility to make regular installments of a minimum of €250 each up until July 20 when the final balance is due. 


We offer concessions to full-time university students and senior citizens over the age of 65 living on a fixed and limited income. To submit a request to be considered for a concession please contact EnlightenNext at

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 7; no refunds will be provided on or after that date.

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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Contact Us

If you have any questions about this retreat, and would like to speak to a member of our retreat team please contact us at +1 413 637 6116 or by email at

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