Innovation Retreat Explores Ancient Wisdom, Creativity, in Southern Italy

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Feast on Innovation: A Creative Odyssey is a week-long incubator for artists, innovators and entrepreneurs that draws on ancient wisdom to inspire creativity and transformation.

A creativity retreat for innovators

Creativity and innovation come together in the ancient Cilento landscape.

Just as Michelangelo was the muse for interactive workshops about technology, branding, collaboration and even 3D printing, this retreat will spark conversations about creativity and innovation and inspire people to think differently.

Feast on History™ announced today that the second installment in the series Feast on Innovation will be a creativity retreat in Southern Italy from May 25-June 1, 2015. Designed for artists, writers and entrepreneurs in design, technology and marketing, the week-long retreat brings people working on the forefront of innovation to ancient sites for creative exercises and conversations. Drawing on the success of last year’s Feast on Innovation: Michelangelo’s Feast at Science House in New York, "A Creative Odyssey" draws upon history for inspiration.

“Just as Michelangelo was the muse for interactive workshops about technology, branding, collaboration and even 3D printing, this retreat will spark conversations about creativity and innovation and invite people to think differently,” said Danielle Oteri, Curator of Feast on History.

Fourteen participants will stay at Borgo La Pietraia, a mountainside agriturismo designed by celebrated Italian architect Nicola Pagliara. It is a serene country oasis surrounded by lush flowers and trees, overlooking the Mediterranean with a clear view of Capri. Chef Antonio Scariati will prepare meals from local products and yoga instruction will be available to participants each morning.

The retreat begins with an exercise to let go of fear at the Angel Caves of Pertosa where guests will travel an underground river described in The Odyssey. The next day participants will travel by private speedboat to the island of Capri, through the waters where Odysseus encountered the Sirens, and explore the ruins of Villa Jovis, the private estate of the emperor Tiberius. Filled with inspiration, the fourth day will be spent revisiting old ideas on the Greek temples at Paestum. Transformation will be the theme of a full-day pilgrimage to the "Madonna of Transformation" in the mountains of Irpinia followed by dinner at the winery Feudi di San Gregorio. The final day will be spent paragliding over the Paestum plains to create an experience of expansion and freedom.

“Our intention is to bring innovators to a beautiful place, to leave their work behind and play with old and new ideas," commented Oteri. "But if the muse calls, guests may also choose to stay in their room to think, draw or write."

Feast on Innovation is a series designed to inspire today's marketing, design, branding and technology innovators with the ideas and spirit of the great masters. Founded by Danielle Oteri as a program of Feast on History, the inaugural event took place on May 1, 2014 in New York and brought together thought leaders in branding, marketing, the Internet of Things and 3D printing. The evening concluded with an exclusive 12-person dinner inspired by a Renaissance shopping list written and illustrated by Michelangelo.

"A Creative Odyssey" will immerse participants in the natural beauty and ancient ruins of the Cilento region of Southern Italy as well as the cuisine which was the source of the original "Mediterranean Diet" discovered by Dr. Ancel Keys. Borgo La Pietraia provides access to the local culture with ample space and privacy for a personally transformative experience.

Feast on History designed this retreat in collaboration with Laura Massoni Travel which has fifteen years of experience crafting tours for people who want to experience authentic Italy from a local's perspective.

The retreat is open to fourteen participants with triple, double and single room suites available. Reservations may be secured by a $500 deposit. Danielle Oteri will be available throughout January to speak to those seeking more information. Send an email to danielle(at)feastonhistory(dot)com to schedule a phone appointment.

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