Southern Italy
October  15 - 23, 2020

There is a story inside each of us ~ waiting to be revealed~  are you ready to

pull people into their heart?

Is it your time to share a powerful experience that may help another individual?

Imagine this is you strolling down the stone paved corridor at this beautiful Masseria on the Southern Italian Peninsula, known as the "Boot"

You are ready to explore a new day and chapter in your life.

There's something magical about stepping outside of your life for a moment

  •  hearing a new language

  •  meeting new people

  •  tasting new foods

  •  being fully present in a new culture

  •  breathing deeply into the arts 

  •  feeling ecstatic about a new journey

  •  attracting what you love

  •  trying something new

  •  exploring with new eyes

  •  capturing memories that last a lifetime

  •  learning about yourself and your potential



You are excited to meet me for lunch

at a local cafe for pizza and share your insights from the previous day that you jotted down in your journal before you shut your tired eyes and

to rest your soul.

Your enthusiam is bubbling over, spicy hot as your thoughts are drooling through your imagination with each step you take forward.

You and only you are the author of your life!

Ahh, the giggles are contagioius as the fresh mozzarella oozes down your weaved Italian scarf, unable to stop it from flowing, we laugh.

Not a worry in the world, just an imagination flowing with ideas as you swirl your glass of wine, ponder a thought for a moment as I observe a passion ready to emerge.

Pizza!!! Wine! Love!

That's it, you scream as I confusedly wait for you to utter your next insight!

Life is full of flavors, emotions and things we love even if they burn us sometimes!

The mozzarella was just my teacher!

I can enjoy what I love! 

I can relish on the sweet sips of grapes, like juicy lips, that touch my lips from different parts of the world!

I can share my experience to inspire others!


Calling all dreamers who want to be an author!

Life is like a Ferris Wheel

Bari, Italy

I knew this was the right place for all of us to convene. It will be a ride of our lifetime. 

Do you feel like life is going round and round?

Do you recall your first ride?

  • Scary

  • Exciting

  • Wondering how long you will be at the top

  • Who will get off next

  • When is your turn

  • How long will it take to move

  • Grab your ticket and come on the ride with us!

Remove the obstacle of fear or doubt

With genuine support, lots of fun and caring individuals you will quickly dive into a creative process all through this specially designed authors retreat.

Supporting and inspiring each other with our dreams

It will be like sitting around with a group of your besties, sipping your morning coffee, casually gazing over to see the potential in someone else, even if you don't see in yourself!


Take a peek at this luscious inspiration 

Venue          Cuisine          Activities         What's Included          Travel Information          Host          Writing Workshop

Experience an authentic Masseria

An authentic taste of Puglia’s rich land and the delicious pleasures of the Adriatic Sea await you.


Il Melograno is renowned throughout Italy as the first masseria to open its doors to guests and reveal 400 years of history. This country estate outside Monopoli is a place of simple beauty, echoing with past lives of noblemen and farmworkers.

Inspired by the traditions of holistic wellbeing 

guests are invited to take time to relax entirely, slowing to the rhythms of nature surrounding our estate.

Every detail has been taken care of by our expert travel advisor

Welcome Dinner

Let's celebrate your future success

Family style which is Italian Style we break bread, we toast our journey, we give gratitude for our life and we celebrate the future together.

Our private guide will get us all comfy and cozy. You will have some time to relax from your journey before our intimate group comes together to share their excitement and dreams.



There is an air of old world charm

that exists in this region with baroque style buildings, charming white hill towns and buildings, caves and an impressive and bold coastline.

Enjoy an evening stroll

The charming towns come back to life after 5pm, store, restaurants and galleries are open, local cafe with music, moonlit nights with star gazing back at you.

Magical inspiration

This when the whispers from spirit bring your attention to and old world charm, the lifestyle of local families, a remembrance of a time when things were slower,  more relaxed filled with laugher, music and fun.







I am cappuccino inspired already



I learned a long time ago: 

feed the body, nourish the soul.

Breathe in the mouth-watering aromas floating from the numerous restaurants, coffee bars, bakeries, and farmers’ markets.

You'll be enticed by an array of delectable treats throughout our journey- beginning with our welcome gathering when you arrive.

Awaken your culinary genius with cooking classes! Expert chefs will share their secrets and teach us to enjoy and make cooking fun. Let your creativity come alive as we create mouth-watering meals and enjoy them together. 


Farm to table cooking class

You will be treated to an authentic cooking class!

Your first Treat!

Prior to the class you will visit an authentic masseria and learn about the history and architecture. The roooms date back to the 16th century. A masseria is a "fortified" farmhouse that has been renovated into a comfortable, simply elegant space for guests.

Followed by a 3 hour cooking class.

The entire philosophy of our cooking  is centered around local foods and native culinary traditions.


Our chefs believe that part of being healthy and well is eating fresh local foods made with love. Meet the native Puglians who cook with love and preserve the traditions of their ancestors.

You will learn authentic recipes and techniques of the past and appreciate the authentic aromas, flavors and wholeness of  local tradition.

Lunch time treat at the Masseria after your cooking class

Enjoy local antipasti, main entree, dessert and beverage.

Optional Dining Treat

Divine Elegance


Do you have a bucketlist? I do and this is it!

Are you ready to dive into a very special evening of elegance at a world class grotto restaurant? This is optional, however you only live once. 

Imagine this back drop serves as a chapter in your next book?

A divine evening awaits us as the waves crash along the limestone walls, the pink skies create a magical hue through the ripples of the water.  

It's a surreal feeling!

You want to pinch yourself. Thinking to yourself, am I really sitting here in this one moment of time, having a lifetime experience that I did not even imagine. I realize that saying Yes, was the easiest thing to do now that has shown me more about myself and living adventurously and creatively. Who knew? I was our host did.


There are always beautiful places to see in Italy 
Southern Italy is known as the "Florence of the South"

Sometimes referred to as the 'breadbasket' of Italy

Puglia, Historically produced much of Italy's pasta, and today it still produces over half of its olive oil. Increasingly, it is also becoming known for its rich fruity red wines, particularly those from its Salento region.

The Puglian wine and olive oil tradition dates back from the pre-roman times: several important latin writers described this area as one of the most renowned ones in the Roman Empire in terms of wine and food.

Olive Oil  - Liquid Green Gold - visit a farm in Lecce and learn the process of making olive oil. 

Masseria Amastuola

The first existing document in which the Masseria is mentioned is an Inventory of the properties of Giovanni Antonio Orsini, prince of Taranto, written in the first half of the 15th century.

In this document, the farm is listed among the assets of the Italo-Greek Abbey of San Vito del Pizzo in Taranto. In the 16th century, the farm was granted in emphyteusis and then sold to the nobleman Giovanni Ferrandino, who had it enlarged, in addition to acquiring the surrounding state-owned lands. In 1652, Giovan Vincenzo Ferrandino sold it for 2,000 ducats to the clergyman of Taranto Andrea D’Afflitto.

Masseria Amastuola houses an elegant wine hotel, a barrel cellar, a bookshop and a restaurant with a terrace.

Tour and wine tasting 

Our private guide will provide transportation and a tour of the local region.

Let your imagination soar


The practice of writing is an exploration of consciousness, a practice toward deeper self-awareness which moves us along the path of awakening to our true nature.

Many of our greatest spiritual teachers from around the world were, and are, writers. From Sappho in the 7th century BCE to Pema Chödrön, from Rumi in the 13th century to Thomas Merton, Jack Kornfield, and the Dalai Lama—the written word has the power not only to inspire, but also to awaken the very best in the human heart.

Creative Path to expression

Our time together will include dynamic meditations, innovative writing exercises, and fun movement experiences, all designed to open you up to your true creative nature!

In this extraordinary workshop, you will experience. . .

  • Time to write and to explore a deeper level of personal creativity! 1 hour each day.

  • Creative wisdom, insight, peace of mind and heart!

  • Meaningful connection and support in a creative community!

  • Creative writing exercises through every experience we enjoy in Southern Italy.

  • Complete your first chapter of your book. Receive guidance, edits and insights. 1:1 writing coaching with Gloria Coppola, author and #1 best selling author and publisher.

What to expect that's included


Yes, I will buy you a cappuccino!

  • Lodging: 8 nights double occupancy accommodations in 2 beautiful masseria starting in Monopoli and Lecce (Single upgrade may be available upon reques)

  •  Meals: Daily breakfast, seasonal fruits, local pastries, you favorite beverages at each masseria

  • 4 lunches and 2 dinners

  • All ground transportation and a private English Speaking guide with us the entire time.

  • Daily creative journaling exercises

  • Fun cooking class,  olive oil making and wine tasting

  • Cheese making class - Mozzarella and  Burrata. 

    • The experience Learn how to make burrata and mozzarella in Masseria will take you to the heart of one of the symbols of Puglia: an ancient farmhouse (Masseria). You will discover, together with a guide, a typical Apulian farmhouse and what are the craft activities that take place there inside its ancient walls.

  • Plenty of time to relax, stroll around yourself and shop or enjoy the spa

  • Creative writing coaching and journaling

  • Community: Fabulous relationship building, brainstorming ideas and lots fun and laughter.

  • TOURS:

  • Private guided tour and Leisure time in Polignano a Mare where you can relax along the beautiful coastline, take pictures and visit places of your choice.

  • Private guided tour of UNESCO Trulli di Alberobello. Visit a cheese farm and learn how they make mozzarella and burrata.

  • Private guided tour of Ostuni in the morning. Leisure time around lunchtime in Ostuni.
    Visit of an olive oil farm in the early afternoon and drive to Lecce.

  • Private tour guide in Lecce for a 2 hours walking tour with entry tickets to the
    Basilica and Cathedral included.

  • Private guided walking tour of Gallipoli in the morning and free time at lunchtime. In the afternoon writing 

  • Winery tour and wine tasting will be arranged at the Masseria Amastuola and pottery factory tour.

  • Airport transfers to and from Bari

  • A detailed itinerary with historical facts.

  • Learn a little Italian along the way with us.

  • Entry fees

  • Our personal travel concierge to handle all your registration and travel arrangements.

  • Welcome Dinner

    • A lovely welcome gathering and a special gift  as we embark upon our  creative and fun journey together ​​

Free time

Journal Time

Find your little nook to let your imagination take you on a journey. 

Relaxation Time

Schedule yourself a spa treatment

Pool Time

Enjoy an evening swim under the stars.

Time to stroll

Enjoy the lovely grounds of our masseria, find a tree and take a nape.

What's Not Included

  • Your round trip airfare from home to Italy

  • Any wine or adult beverages you purchase

  • Gratuity

  • Souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, extra events and services at spa, etc.

  • Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance

  • Private additional writing consultation with Gloria @ $150/hr. We can focus on areas that you desire to improve with your creative writing process.

  • Any extra activities you choose to do in your free time - transportation for these is also not included

Drift off into pure bliss and serenity  ~ you deserve it

Take advantage of unscheduled time to indulge in a luxurious spa treatment. Enjoy a walk on the beach or journaling time for some quiet personal reflection.

.You deserve it.

Travel Information



Aleš Struna

Director of Travel

Journeys of the Spirit® - Luxury Travel

Tel : 1 866-866-5566


Book your arrival flight to land  in Italy

at the Bari airport . Our travel concierge will handle all your details so you arrive with our group.

Our own private  shuttle and english speaking guide will take us to our masseria, where we will stay for the first few evenings before we head out to another lovely location.

You will receive any additional necessary information upon completing your Registration.  As with all international travel, it is recommended you purchase travel insurance. 

Feel free to contact me for details on the writing workshop

Go get your passport!

Get ready to practice Italian in a land of passion! 

We'll have fun each step of the way.

You'll enjoy experiencing the culture from many perspectives !

We are excited to welcome and guide you to bring more love into your life

Packing List

My motto: "travel light"

  • A small to medium size suitcase that rolls

    • Avoid heavier, larger suitcases. You won't be happy, trust me​

  • Casual, comfortable clothing

  • Bathing suit

  • Elegant wear for dinner at the grotto (or go shopping for that special outfit in Italy!)

  • Personal hygiene needs

  • Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers

  • Ear plugs, just in case you need them

  • An extra 'small' carry on backpack or tote for your souvenirs

  • Vitamins and/or daily medications

  • A travel journal, camera, and extra batteries

  • An open heart and open mind

You will receive a complete check list once you are registered and paid to make travel easier.



Gloria Coppola


I'm so passionate about helping others reach their full potential in life! It would be my pleasure to guide you on this delicious and nutritious Soul FULL journey to attract more of what you love. I've been a transformational coach for nearly 30 years, and hosting retreats for 12 years! Travel has provided me so much clarity in life: helping me grow and lifting the veil of illusion.

Visiting Italy at the age of 17 provided me the opportunity to shift my perception of reality. This was when I realized that I had to explore more! I gained such an appreciation for my adventurous side: I realized I had courage, and I even jumped off a moving train while a young man proposed to me in Italian. I sometimes wonder where this adventure could have led me had I stayed on that train in Florence a long time ago.


I returned to Italy with my cousin a few years ago, and together we grew, we laughed, and we learned to enjoy life in the moment. Cooking classes were a highlight of our trip: we created delicious food and nurtured our souls in the process. Finding some distant cousins who welcomed us into their lives with opens arms made us feel home.

My life has had challenges, from emotional and physical trauma, to losses of many kinds. I'm a never give up kind of gal and I can tell you each time I visit another country, I appreciate life more and I learn more about my heart's desires.


I found Joy in this culture and it lifted my depression ~ because who could be sad when you attract what you love?


Gloria J Coppola is the most credible guide and coach for healing your negativity and turning your assets and attributes into moving parts in the process of creating the life you want. -Y. Fleming

I am ready to pack my bags! 

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Congratulations on making the decision to say YES.

One more step! I will be calling you soon.  I want to get to know more about you so your experience is amazing. It's going to be so fun getting to know you!

~ Gloria

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation will result in a total loss of the $700 USD  non refundable deposit.
Cancellations made up to July 31, 2020 will result in a loss of 50% of the trip price, while any cancellations made thereafter will result in a total loss of funds.
We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it does not meet the minimum number of participants; however if we do so your deposit and all other payments will be refunded in full.
Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans. You can use our suggested Travel Guard Insurance online and choose from several policy options.

Your Extra Bonus

Keep Your Mojo Activated When You Return Home!

 Each participant will receive a free copy of my book "You Were Born To Love" that is designed to help you continue to create and attract more of what you love in life. It contains a step by step weekly guide, filled with tips, exercises, and creative expression ideas. You will also be given access to our Facebook Group: "Design Your Life With Purpose" to help you stay connected with like-minded people.