The Creative Mind: the power of consciousness

 October 2016 with Michael Eldridge and Anthony Rogers

 exact dates to be announced soon


Are we really and truly awake?

Often it seems as if we are mere passengers watching life flash by on a fast train.

Is this what we really want?

To be fully conscious is to live creatively, but how to achieve this? How can we wake up, be fully aware of the preciousness of each day and the opportunity it provides to create beyond ourselves?


Michael Eldridge and Anthony Rogers take you through the labrynths and unchartered waters of the creative mind and land you safely on the shores of the realm of creativity.


Our venue in the beautiful mountains of Saint Francis is the perfect place for our adventures. It provides us with the calm and energy we need to dive head first into that parallel world which has always been there waiting for us: one of clarity, wellbeing and purpose. And to wake up in the morning on this cool, pined covered hillside at Casa Faustina is like waking to a new day dawning in your life.

Painting, Poetry, Tai Chi, Longevity and many other things yet to discover about ourselves. And of course exquisite Italian food in the friendly and fun filled atmosphere of Casa Faustina.



This retreat is indeed a fascinating voyage into the inner world of the creative artist. It is an opportunity to experience for yourselves the wondrously contradictory labyrinths of the creative mind, your working territory.

And once you know how to enter this whenever you choose, you can be what you like in it, a gardener, a painter, a poet, a dreamer.

And then you will learn how to visit both your rational or creative realm as often you choose; You are the you which chooses. And when you have mastered can train others, so it is ideal both for coaches and for those adventurous souls who sense the stirrings of creativity in their innermost beings


 With Michael Eldridge


Michael is a painter and photographer and creativity coach. He taught for 15 years at the Bournemouth School of Photography (the so-called Zen School) and was Professor of Painting at Siena Art Institute. He was focus speaker on creativity at the ICF conference in Malmo last September

He has taught creativity in the States, for the Open University and at the Sorgente Centre in Tuscany. He is a Fellow of the RSA. He is light-hearted and easy going and sees fun and laughter as essential tools for prising open the locked doors of creativity within folk


 And Anthony Rogers


Anthony Is founder of the Foundation for Recovery Coaching International and the FRC UK. He has over 30 years experience of recovery and the Recovery & Wellness field and has supported hundreds of people in transforming their lives. He has been a pioneer of the Recovery & Wellness Coaching field since 2003. He has an extensive professional background in the media as well as environmental issues. He is a fellow of the RSA.


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My Weekend with Michael I drove to Brighton with two thoughts in my head. One, that the 5-day creative retreat in Assisi with Michael and Michelle had revealed to me talents that I hadn’t realised I possessed and, two, it couldn’t happen twice. Or could it? Would the weekend deliver? Would I find a creative photographer within? Could I create ‘beyond myself’? Well, the answer is yes to all of those questions and the reason for that is trust. Trust in Michael, trust in the process but, most important of all trust in oneself. I loved the weekend, Brighton, all of the others on the course, the new way of seeing and responding, Thank you Michael for opening my eyes on a wonderful world.'

Ruth Dunsby

31 August 2016




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