San Flaviano Awakening Retreat - Italy

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San Flaviano Awakening Retreat, The Land of Light, Where the Doves Meet

Available for hire for retreats, events and private gatherings. Contact US now for inquiries.

“… there was a beautiful candlelight ceremony that we all participated in, followed by a wonderful meal prepared by one of the guests and shared by all. It was truly special to be a part of this.

I would highly recommend San Flaviano to anyone privileged enough to get an invitation. The location is secluded and beautiful, but day trips into the surrounding towns are easy and fun. The rooms are clean and simple, and the bedding luxurious. Fresh food prepared with love and eaten outdoors is good for your body & soul. And being in the company of Tess & Kevin in their home is priceless.”

Gail Simard
Owner and Professional Life Coach at Rawsome Experience, Canada

This is a truly unique centre, that comprises of the XX Century Parish of San Flaviano in Piaggia. The 160M2 Church dedicated to the 4C Century Archbishop of Constantinople San Flaviano. was used as a resting place for pilgrims on the route to Assisi.

The wish to offer a Pilgrimage was born aimed at fulfilling the new spiritual requirement. Differently from the past, it is an mediation of “movement” where the pilgrim wants to explore through original experiences just how to open himself to the compassion of that Love “that moves the sun and the other stars”. Apparently the purpose of the pilgrim is to walk to Assisi, but in reality “he advances towards himself” to join the Divine within.

The frescoes over and around the alter area are from the 15C and have been restored where possible. There are beautiful watercolors of San Flaviano and St Francis of Assisi along with cherubs and angels.

“… a place of LOVE. The love is seen and felt through the beauty of the surroundings, the peacefulness and the owners welcoming gesture. The retreat is beautifully renovated with attention to detail yet the original features are well preserved. If you are looking for a place to unwind and reconnect with your soul, this is the place!”

Grace Todenes
Immigrant Children Welfare Officer, Norway

Over the next 700 years as the parishioners grew and funds became available it was enlarged in to the local Catholic parish church servicing the community until closing in 1972 when it was deconsecrated. It has reopened it’s door in 2014 as an non-denominational spiritual centre servicing those who also want to take the pilgrimage to their essential selves through a physical, emotional and spiritual pilgrimage.

The rest of the beautiful white stone 120M2 building was most certainly a monastery and has been newly renovated. It includes a living room/dining room with fireplace, a professional chef’s kitchen and 4 double bedrooms each with their own en suite private bathroom. Another interesting element is that the 4 bedrooms are each off the stone portico so in fact to go from the bedroom to the living room one actually has to “go outside” under the portico. The portico in front of the bedrooms looks out onto the lush green hills.

” … set in the most stunning location surrounded by snow capped mountains and lush valleys on all sides with fields of wonderful wild flowers. I found a deep peace and tranquility that I haven’t experienced whilst traveling for sometime that provided an opportunity and window for both contemplation and reflection. The spectacular setting was complemented by the lack of hustle and bustle of modern life and it’s unique location was therefore the perfect antidote and detox from the stresses and anxiety associated with modern urban life. Tess & Kevin proved exceptional hosts who went out of their way to make our stay wholesome, memorable and relaxing.”

Iain Patton
Founder & Director, Ethical Team Founder & CEO , International Green Awards

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The church has had a 85M2 Oak beamed mezzanine added with luxury bathrooms, kitchen, open plan living and sleeping area for individuals or groups.

The oldest section of the church dating back to 10C was a small stone building with probably no doors in which pilgrims could find shelter along with the locals sheep and goats. It later became used as the sacristy and is now a comfortable living room.

The surrounding plot on a hill top is approximately a hectare from which one enjoys peaceful views of the countryside. The property is located on a wonderfully panoramic highland with great views and a lovely wooded surround, the woods are primarily precious oak wood.

The views are breathtaking!

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