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You Sing. We do the rest!
OPIFICIO Voice & Craft
italian cultural explorations
with  giovanna gattuso, sara ruoti, cynthia gibb
TUSCANY June 29th- July 5th, 2020 
 
singing, cusine, arts, cinema
DO YOU NEED A VACATION?

Yes, of course you do. 

 

But more importantly, you deserve one. 

Take a break from the hustle, the routine, the exhaustion and the mundane. 

 
Allow yourself to relax, let go, and be recharged in the same corner of the world that
birthed humanity’s glorious Renaissance:  Tuscany, Italy

 

Create life-long friendships with like minded souls, 

Eat melt in your mouth local cuisine, 
Explore Tuscany with excursions that will leave you bursting with creativity, 
Clear away the incessant mental chatter with daily walks, 
Enjoy workshops that will set you free through voice, food, mind and spirit. 

 

How Did The Voice & Food Retreat Come About?

 

When we (Giovanna and Sara) first met, singing in the same amazing venue the Duomo of Prato- Tuscany, Italy- there was an instant, deep, and soulful connection. 

 

We realized right away how our two areas of expertise could help so many when combined.  We both have a passion for music, singing and arts in all kinds of forms blended with a strong desire to share with people.

 

The truth is, there are so many souls who want to share their voice with the world, but do not have the courage to do it. 

 

So many people typing away at thankless jobs day in and day out who long to let their hearts burst wide open with creativity and a passion for life. 

 

We wanted to fulfill this need and help our students reach a new level of self-expression… and where better to do that than in Italy? 

Special guest for this edition the worldwide famous movie star Cynthia Gibb!  We are so excited about her presence at the Opificio and we hope this will become a every year team!

 

 

SINGING

CUISINE

ART

CINEMA

MUSIC

YOGA FOR SINGER

WINE TASTING

 

 

These are the ingredients of the OPIFICIO VOICE & CRAFT

 

We look forward to getting to know each and every one of you in June 2020! 

 


 

 

 

This Retreat is for YOU if you... 
 

 

Love to travel,

 

Love delicious fresh food,
 

Love melt-in-your-mouth fresh food
and divine cappuccinos,


Want to improve your public speaking
by leaps and bounds,


Want to sing with abandon 
(even if it's just in your shower),


Want to unlock new layers of
your unique creativity,


Want to cook Italian food under the guide of Chefs from Florence,

 

Want to enjoy the ancient Italian arts,

 

Want to live a richer, deeper,
fuller life,

 

Want to go back home with a box full of great memories!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Your Instructor

 

Giovanna Gattuso

 

Award Winning Vocal Coach

 

Benefits you'll receive:

 

- Meet and fall in love with your true voice!

 

- Communicate authentically, creatively (with confidence) and from the heart

 

- Develop a free, flexible and powerful voice

 

- Reduce vocal fatigue

 

- Increase your range

 

....and more!

 


 

Awarded Best Latin Female Singer-Songwriter and Best World Music Album at the 16th Annual International Los Angeles Music Awards, Giovanna Gattuso is the founder and author of the world-renowned CROSSOVER SINGING METHOD.

 

Giovanna is a sophisticated and refined musician and vocalist. She has extensive performance experience in both Europe and the United States. Her vast repertoire and styles include traditional Opera, Mediterranean Folk music & Jazz.

 

A world-renowned vocal coach, Giovanna lives in both Italy and Los Angeles where she collaborates with well-known musicians and regularly holds master-classes and seminars featuring her personal vocal system. 

 

In 2000 she founded the Venice Voice Academy based both in Venice, California and Torino, Italy. She is the Music Director of VelvetBee Records and frequently collaborates with the Italian Cultural Institute and the San Gennaro Foundation in Los Angeles.

 

Giovanna will teach you:

 

- Anatomy

 

- Formation of sound

 

- Support appoggio & sustain

 

- Sound release

 

- Vowels and positions

 

- Breathing technique

 

- Theory

 

- Agility

 

- Intonation

 

- Pitch

 

- Dozens of exercises

 

- Vocal range and bridges

 

- An effective warm-up to use before singing or public speaking

 

- Address bad habits that can lead to vocal nodules, muscle tension and dysphonia

 

- Correct Posture for speaking & singing... and more!
 

 


 

Meet Your Instructor

 

Sara Ruoti

 

Singer, Radio Host, Manager of Team Crox

 

 

Sara will teach you:

 

- the connection between cinema and music

 

- the connection between cinema and food

 

- a new way to listen to and appreciate music

 

- about food and wellness

 

- about composers of movie soundtracks 

 

 

Benefits you'll receive:

 

- You'll enrich your library and knowledge of films and music

 

- You will discover fun stories about films and music

 

- You will get to know interesting stories about the composers behind the songs you've heard before and you love to sing!

 

-You'll get to know "behind the scene" information on movies & soundtracks

 

...and so much more!

 


 

Sara Ruoti is a well known singer, events producer and radio host of the famous Italian award-winning “White Radio” which has been nominated for the Macchia Nera Award.  She is the Artistic Director of the program:  "Cinema da Ascoltare" ("Cinema to Listen") through which she has hosted hundreds of movie sound-track composers, actors and directors. 

 

Notable performances include appearances at Torvergata, Rome during the World Youth Day in front of Pope Giovanni Paolo II Wojtyla, concerts at Villa Medicea (an international film destination), Villa Petraia, Festival della Versiliana and Tettuccio of Montecatini Terme.

 

She has organized major events including “Millennium Choir and Orchestra” at the Duomo of Prato, Duomo of Piacenza, Cathedral of Cremona, Basilica of San Marco in Florence.

 

Since 2014 she is the manager of Team Crossover in Italy and she organizes masterclasses, workshops and now, the Opificio Sing & Craft.

Meet Your Instructor

 

Cynthia Gibb

 

Actress, Model, Teacher

Ms. Gibb's singing career began in 1983 when she joined the cast of television's hit series, "Fame". Ms. Gibb's role utilized her skills as an actress, dancer and singer in every episode, requiring weekly sessions in the recording studio and live performances around the country.

 

The music producer introduced Ms. Gibb to vocal coach Dr. Joel Ewing, with whom she has been studying for the last 29 years. Her studies have included private vocal coaching, membership in Dr. Ewing's Master Chorale for a dozen years and vocal pedagogy (the art  of teaching singing) since 1999.

 

In pedagogy Ms. Gibb has extensively studied the writings of Herbert Caesari, Cornelius Reid, William Vennard and Dr. Ewing's doctoral papers, focusing on registration being the most important foundation of singing.

 

No matter what style one  performs, the muscle system that makes our voices instruments must  be balanced and Ms. Gibb's training allows her to hear and correct  vocal faults as well as injuries.

 

Ms. Gibb can be heard on the  "Gypsy" soundtrack, a movie in which she played the title role  opposite Bette Midler, earning her a Golden Globe nomination.

Honors

Golden Globe - Nominated for Best Actress for "Gypsy" (1993).

Young Artist Award - Nominated for Best Young Actress for "Fame" (1984).

Cynthia Philosophy:

In most art forms, when a student becomes advanced, he or she can teach that discipline. Singing is the exception to that rule. Most singers, even if proficient, do not know how or why his/her body can behave like an instrument. To teach singing, one must not only be able to sing, but must study the mechanism within the human body that creates music. Vocal faults that can be corrected are loss of falsetto, lack of chest voice, hoarseness, a break in the registers, vibrato that is too quick or too slow, nodes and intonation problems. Her training focuses on proper technique and balancing the muscles systems responsible for the singing voice to allow for a lifetime of singing, free from injures. It matters not whether the student wants to perform pop, rock, musical theater or opera, or if he just wants to create more resonance and ring in the speaking voice. Ms. Gibb's method of training is appropriate for everyone* who wants to enjoy a wide range of styles, pitch, volume, and musical interpretation.

The goal in Ms. Gibb's studio is to create a properly functioning singing and speaking voice that will allow a performer to use his or her voice daily for the rest of their life. Once a solid technique is established, a performer is free to express himself artistically, confident that the voice can and will do everything asked of it. Just like any art form, one must make a commitment of many years to become advanced. However, one can experience very rapid growth and improvement weekly... come give it a try.

 

 

Where

 

The FarmHouse

 

in CHIANTI MONTALBANO

 

 

La Colonica nel Chianti Montalbano: how to reach us

We are located in Castra, Florence in Tuscany, Italy.
The location of the house allows our guests to enjoy the peace and relaxation of the surrounding nature, to experience the Tuscan countryside and discover spectacular routes and itineraries in the Chianti Montalbano.  L
a Colonica can be reached via a small white road through the woods and olive groves of about 1 km.  The road is not paved, it is a historic road that is part of the paths of Montalbano, so it is not possible to drive by car if you have low cars can be not very convenient, however, and practicable by all types of cars, I suggest you drive only with caution for the short route that crosses the woods. This guarantees the peace, privacy and relaxation offered by the farmhouse and its surroundings. If you love nature, countryside, relaxation, cooking, we will welcome you making you feel at home in Tuscany.

If you have the navigator enter the following address: Via Castra 37, Capraia e Limite (Florence). Otherwise if you are on the highway and exit from Prato East or West head towards Carmignano, continue to the Pinone area just past do not continue towards Vinci but take “Via di Castra” on the left. Pass the small town and shortly after turn right into an unpaved road. You can have the exact position by scrolling the page, at the bottom you will find the google map.

 

FIRENZE ART TOUR

There are countless treasures to be seen in Florence. We'll pick the best sites for you to see in a short time.

A tour guide will be included!

 

 

 

 


Check in June 29th, Monday - Check out July 6th, Monday

The Opificio will start June 29th and will end Sunday  July 5th, 2020.  The check out will be morning of July 6th.

 

Monday June 29th

All day:  Participants arrive and check-in to accommodation at the FarmHouse.

At 7pm:  Official group welcome to Prato, Tuscany with Sara, Giovanna & Cynthia!

 

We will introduce you the program of the week which will include:

- Voice lessons

- Yoga for singers

- Soundtrack/score of most famous Italian Movies with Italian composer Maestro Sibaldi

- Cooking class

- Wine tasting experience

- Concert "Il cinema da ascoltare"

- Photo Shoot Walking experience 

- tips on what to visit around the area

Classes will be 4 hours a day

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

- Accomodation

- Classes in the Farmhouse:

   singing,

   yoga,

   cinema,

   photo walking experience,

   cooking class,

   wine tasting,

   the concert

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

- the flight and the transportation from and to the airport.

- all meals: beside the cooking class all meals are on your own.  The kitchens (2 professional: one in the Colonica one in the Fienile) are well equipped. We will give you info about groceries stores close to the farmhouse.

You will have free time to go visit villages and cities (Firenze of course ^_^ ) around the area of the Opificio.

YOU NEED A CAR to move around and to get to the farmhouse. Info and suggestions will be provided.

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Agenda

BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION + CLASSES

The Farmhouse is formed by the COLONICA and the FIENILE

We can host 16 people (and add one or two extra single beds),

we have 4 private rooms, other 2 common areas with sofa beds, 4 bathrooms with showers and plenty of outside space and patios.

The COLONICA

COST INCLUDES ALL CLASSES + Photo Walking + wine Tasting  + ACCOMMODATION

 

Pay 20% DOWN PAYMENT to save your spot!** Must be paid in full by June 1st to attend.

Non refundable deposit!

ROOM 1

DOUBLE BED + private bathroom

1 Person!

(Double room

single occupancy) 

 € 1800

 

2 People! 

per person 

€ 1360

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 60

 

Pay 20% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 60

per person

 

ROOM 2

DOUBLE BED +

shared bathroom  with room 3

We will shared bathroom  :)

1 Person

(Double room single

occupancy) 

€ 1550

2 People 

per person

€ 1240

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 60

 

Pay 20% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 60

per person

ROOM 3

DOUBLE BED + 3 single bed in private room.

shared bathroom on the floor with room 2

per person

€ 1240

COMMON AREA - LIVING 

SOFA BED FOR 2 PEOPLE + bathroom on the floor to share with Fienile floor 

per person

€ 1120

We will shared bathroom  :)

per person

€ 1120

The FIENILE

ROOM 4

DOUBLE BED + private bathroom

COMMON AREA 2 - LIVING 

In the common area there are:

1 DOUBLE SOFA BED (which can host 2 people) and

1 SINGLE SOFA BED (which can host 1 person)

Bathroom is on the floor to share with Colonica floor 

We will shared bathroom  :)

per person

€ 1120

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 40

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 40

for group of 2 or 3 people the price will be:

€ 980 x person

2 People 

€ 1960

1.  Pay in full and SAV€ 60

 

2. Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT to save your spot!

** Must be paid in full by MAY 30TH to attend.

Non refundable deposit!

COST INCLUDES ALL CLASSES

Singing + voice technique + Yoga for singers + Cinema Soundtrack 

+ Photo Walking + wine Tasting + cooking class + concert  

+ ACCOMMODATION

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT to save your spot!** Must be paid in full by June 1st to attend.

Non refundable deposit!

The Farmhouse is formed by

the COLONICA and the FIENILE

We can host 15 people (and add one or two extra single beds); there are 4 private rooms, 2 common areas with sofa beds, 4 bathrooms with showers and plenty of outside space and patios.

PLEASE NOTE: this is a Farmhouse in the countryside. It is not an Hotel and guests will share the farmhouse and the living-music experience.  This is the concept of the OPIFICIO.  IF YOU NEED TOTAL PRIVACY: beside the classes, we suggest you to look (or ask us for help) for a B&B in the area. Tho'...we hope you like to join us in this lovely unique place we picked for all of us! ^ _^

PAYMENT METHODS:  

  • You can use Paypal on this page

  • You can ask our US Bank Account for the wire.  Write us: infocrox@gmail.com

The COLONICA

ROOM 1: the Suite

 

PLEASE NOTE: paypal will add 4%

DOUBLE BED + private bathroom

ROOM 2

1 Person!

(Double room

single occupancy) 

 € 1880

 

2 People! 

per person 

€ 1580

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 75

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 86

DOUBLE BED +

shared bathroom  with room 3

We will shared bathroom  :)

1 Person

(Double room single

occupancy) 

€ 1700

2 People 

per person

€ 1300

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 68

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 64

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

ROOM 3

DOUBLE BED + 2 single bed in private room.

shared bathroom on the floor with room 2

Upon request we can add another single bed

Per person:

€ 1250

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 50

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

For group of 2 - 4 people  price will be:  per person € 1150

2 People 

€ 2300

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 50

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 75

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

3 People 

€ 3450

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 100

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

4 People 

€ 4600

 

COMMON AREA - LIVING

SOFA BED FOR 2 PEOPLE + bathroom on the floor to share with Fienile floor 

We can add a single bed

We will shared bathroom  :)

per person

€ 1120

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 40

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

 

for group of 2 or 3 people the price will be:

€ 980 x person

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 40

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

2 People 

€ 1960

 

Pay 20% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 60

per person

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 60

 

Pay 20% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

1 Person!

(Double room

single occupancy) 

 € 1800

 

2 People! 

per person 

€ 1360

 

 

CONTACT:

INFOCROX@GMAIL.COM

If you call from outside ITALY TEL: +39 335 548 3679

If you call from ITALY TEL:  +39 329 974 4707

 

 

The FIENILE

ROOM 4

DOUBLE BED + private bathroom

COMMON AREA 2 - LIVING 

In the common area there are:

1 DOUBLE SOFA BED (which can host 2 people) and

1 SINGLE SOFA BED (which can host 1 person)

Bathroom is on the floor to share with Colonica floor 

We will shared bathroom  :)

per person

€ 1120

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 40

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 40

for group of 2 or 3 people the price will be:

€ 980 x person

2 People 

€ 1960

3 People 

€ 2940

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 60

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

1.  Pay in full and SAVE MONEY!

 

2. Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT to save your spot!

** Must be paid in full by MAY 30th, 2020 to attend.

Non refundable deposit!

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 86

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay 30% DOWN PAYMENT

to save your spot!

 

Pay in Full and SAVE  € 75

1 Person!

(Double room

single occupancy) 

 € 1880

 

2 People! 

per person 

€ 1580

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

General FAQ

 

 

When should I arrive at the Farmhouse, Tuscany?

Anytime before 8pm local time on June 29th. Our welcome reception begins at 8pm.  

 

There is a age limit?  

Any age and level are welcome.  

 

The prices are listed in Euros (€). Can I purchase with my American credit/debit card?   

Absolutely! Prices are listed in Euros but any credit/debit cards are accepted. Click HERE here to check the Euro / USD current conversion rate. If you have doubts do not hesitate to write us: infocrox@gmail.com

 

Do I need to be a professional singer to attend?  

Absolutely not! This retreat is about finding your voice, not landing a gig at the MET :) We encourage all levels to attend, even if the only note you've ever sung was inside your shower.

 

What if I want to enroll later, for example, 2 months from now?

If we still have space (which is unlikely) you will still be able to enroll. However, we are connected with airbnb or other farmhouse in the area and we can check if they have room for you.  You need a car anyway to move around or from another accommodation to us.

 

Is it possible to have a longer payment plan or a defered payment?

No, we offer only this options. All payments must be 100% complete by May 30th, 2020 before the retreat begins

 

 What if I don't want to attend workshops one day and just visit Italy on my own?

This is YOUR retreat :) We will not be offended if you skip every single one of our lectures. You can attend just some with Giovanna, and none with Sara or vice-versa. This is not a certification course. Nothing is mandatory. Have fun!

 

 Is there a refund policy?

Due to limited class capacity all of the bookings we have to make very far in advance, we do not offer refunds for any reason. 

 

 I'm not sure I can make it this year. If I want to attend in 2021 instead of in 2020, will prices remain the same?

This is our first year hosting the retreat in this Farmhouse (the Opificio is at its 3rd edition) which means next year, you guessed it, prices are going up. For this year we did not factor in any profit for ourselves because we wanted to keep prices as low as possible for you. Next year, once we have our fancy gorgeous promo video and life-altering testimonials ready to share, that will very much not be the case because, let's face it, it's a lot of work to put something this beautiful together! In 2021 we expect highest prices.

How much time will be spent in class vs. exploring Italy?

As this is a retreat and not a certification or hardcore training course, we spend only an average of 4 hours indoor for classes. The rest of the day will be yours, exploring Tuscany yourself or doing our planned wine tasting or the Photo ... A major part of your transformation will be experiencing the beauty of Tuscany, where the Renaissance was born.

 

 How much time will be spent learning from Giovanna about singing and speaking vs. learning from Sara or Cynthia?

Great question! We'll be splitting our time.

 

 Will I receive a certification in Singing or Music? 

No, this is a retreat, not a certification course. If you would like to be a certified voice teacher check www.crossoversingingmethod.com. If you live in USA then you wanna check Cynthia Gibb vocal studio.

 

 If I have trouble with stairs will there by wheelchair accessible access? 

Italy has a lot of stairs, uneven walkways and a lot of cobblestone streets. We will not be able to guarantee easy wheelchair access for all excursions and recommend bringing a personal aid as we will not able to offer assistance or lifting. 

 

 What's included in the accommodation? will you provide food?

No.  The farmhouse has 2 professional kitchen and we will let you know where to do grocery.  You must provide your own meal. You will have one cooking class in the farm and we will provide the food and, in this case... you will enjoy our Italian meal. 

Do we need to rent a car?

YES! The farm is located in the middle of a dreamy hill. Which means that you will enjoy the quite and the peace and take the most from your retreat.  But you need a car to arrive and move around. 

 

 Is the agenda subject to change?

Absolutely!  Sometimes things come up and we roll with the punches, although we promise any updates or changes will be just as amazing.

If all rooms and beds are bookd can you help me to find other accommodations?   

Yes. but first come first and Tuscany if booked 12 months a year. So take advantage right away of this offer

 

 Are there any other costs? 

Flight, meals, gifts or souvenirs will be on you. Also we will point you delicious restaurants in the area and of course... do not miss a trip to Florence:-)

 

Additional Costs:

- All of your breakfasts, lunches and dinners

- Any gifts or souvenirs you would like to purchase. 

- Any additional excursions you would like to experience outside of what is listed in this itinerary.

 

 Will I have my own bathroom? 

There are 2 bedrooms with private bathroom.  Then 1 bathroom with shower in the colonica and 1 bathroom at the floor with shower which can be shared by the people that stay on the sofa beds.   Then if to rent the all farmhouse is a family or a group of friends then... it is your choice how to use the all amenities.  This lovely and ancient farmhouse and I am sure people will appreciate and enjoy the all Tuscany Villa.

How far is Firenze?

30 min driving

How far will be the Villa from the airport?

30 min driving

 

 

Please read the FAQ above. If you still have questions, we'll be happy to help!

Simply email: infocrox@gmail.com