Morning retreats with Elia Nichols and Gianna Vallefuoco

Morning retreats with Elia Nichols and Gianna Vallefuoco

Celebrate spring in Florence with a focus on mindfulness, neuroscience and how we present ourselves to others

Wed 12 Apr 2023 11:51 AM

Elia Nichols and Gianna Vallefuoco are gearing up to host Mindfulness Morning Retreats in the uplifting surroundings of Palazzo San Niccolò. The two experts provide a different yet harmonious approach to mindfulness from the point of view of neuroscience and its impact on how we present ourselves to others. Participants will walk away with tools to harness control of their mindsets and emotions in order to communicate the best version of themselves to the world.

Gianna Vallefuoco is an expert in the relationship between neuroscience and mindfulness, and teaches about neuroplasticity, or the ability for neural networks in the brain to change. Her goal is to demystify meditation and mindfulness, and to educate participants on how to harness emotions and thoughts. Her lessons on “how to be good at being human” will explore the importance of self-compassion and how inner work translates to outer presentation.

Elia Nichols shares her 20-plus years of acting experience, through which she has mastered the craft of how to present oneself to others with confidence, as well as invaluable tools on how to have greater control of our bodies and voices.

These five-hour mindfulness morning retreats, held in the uniquely charming Tuscan garden at Palazzo San Niccolò, are an opportunity for participants to take a step back from their daily lives and meet other like-minded people who are similarly looking to better themselves. Gianna and Elia both understand the vulnerability of such an experience and ensure a nurturing environment that allows for personal blossoming.

These two retreats will take place on May 24 and 27 from 8:30am to 1:30pm. The sessions are independent with slightly varying content, so participants can attend one or both. No experience is required; students can enjoy a 10 per cent discount when they register.

Palazzo San Niccolò lounge
Palazzo San Niccolò lounge

Related articles


CSF’s first annual Multicultural Day celebrates diversity and unity

The Canadian School of Florence's many cultures were on display with workshops, performances, art and cuisine.


Promoting learning with technology

If you happen to be walking down the street in Los Angeles, you may very well find yourself face-to-face with a delivery robot. Technological innovations are changing the fabric of ...


How to find the “real Italy” in Florence

When my wife and I recently took our ninth trip to Florence, a good friend asked, “Why go to Florence again when there is so much ‘real Italy’ to see?” ...