'Walk in Dante's footsteps through the heart of ancient Florence with Enneagram map in hand'
Arrive Monday 3 June for 6pm start. Concludes Friday 7 June at 5pm
Residential delegates enjoy 5 nights accommodation departing Saturday 8 June
THE JOURNEY BEGINS NOW
The path from Fixation to Freedom
PhD: is a world-leading expert in the Enneagram much in demand for her distinctive combination of academic insight and personal understanding. A student of the Enneagram since 1990 she has extensive professional experience in its application: in psychotherapy, business, personal and spiritual growth and in Enneagram workshops worldwide.
“This is the highlight of my year, bringing profound personal and spiritual work grounded in the history, wisdom and beauty of Dante’s Florence.”
Contributes as a professional coach and facilitator, enabling a vivid, ‘felt sense’ connection with the journey of the Divine Comedy. Helen’s credentials include an MA in literature from Cambridge and 17 years professional Enneagram experience. An inspired participant in 2016, Helen is thrilled to return as faculty member in 2018.
“For me, this is a wonderful synergy of interests and friendship; personal, professional, spiritual and literary in a gorgeous setting that amplifies it all. No words quite do it justice - you have to discover the alchemy for yourself.”
Founder of NoveVie Enneagram school and certified teacher with the Palmer-Daniel school, like all Italians, studied The Divine Comedy at school and brings an exquisite sense of its provenance, personally and culturally.
“The Comedy is a timeless map for our individual inner Hero’s journey, a conversion from unconscious to conscious. The opening of our spiritual heart requires its language and I welcome you in Florence to listen to it.”
Welcome to "Case del Santo Nome di Gesù"
Our programme begins on Monday 3 June at 6pm with a welcome gathering leading at the Casa, including drinks & light refreshments.
An excellent city centre location in the historical centre of Florence, it is a remarkably peaceful space. Yet just five minutes walk away from the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria,
The Casa dates back to the 13th century, when Dante’s contemporaries completed the Piazza del Carmina. Today, it offers a warm welcome with contemporary facilities, comfortable bedrooms, restaurant and relaxation areas. A team of highly professional staff, helpful and friendly, is keen to ensure we have a superb time.
Which airport is best?
Florence’ Amerigo Vespucci airport and Pisa’s Toscana airport and are both in easy reach of Florence. Public transport links from both airports to Florence Central Railway station.
What if I arrive at Florence airport?
Florence’ Amerigo Vespucci Airport is just 4 km from the city centre. Easy to reach by bus, taxi or train.
A taxi direct to the venue is a convenient option. Otherwise take public transport to Florence Central Railway station. It is then a 15-20 mins walk or short taxi-ride to our venue.
Public transport from Florence airport: The shuttle bus, named ‘Volainbus’ takes you to Firenze Central Railway Station. Cost € 6.00 (one way) or € 10 (return ticket). Tickets can be bought on board or in advance from newspaper stands. Departs every half hour.
The new railway line T2 Vespucci connects the Central Train Station to the Vespucci airport. Cost €1,50. Tickets from the automatic vending machines at every stop and must be validated on the train.
Is it a workshop, course or holiday?
We say – the best of all three and a real blend. Similar in nature to ‘cultural holidays’ offered elsewhere, where lectures by specialist experts combine with the ‘holiday’ element of immersion in the local culture, sights, sounds and places of special interest relevant to the theme in hand.
Is there a religious angle?
We welcome participants of all faiths and none. Dante’s Divine Comedy sits within a Christian framework, yet with pre-Christian influences including classical literature, mythology, astrology and more. The Enneagram similarly offers a spiritual pathway and attracts people of different faiths, yet without alignment to any one.
What if I’m new to Dante?
No problem! Past participants have found the week a wonderful first encounter.
What if I’m an experienced Dante scholar?
We’ve had several advanced students of Dante in the past, who absolutely loved the week and the fresh insights it brought.
What’s the venue like?
A traditional Italian building, formerly a convent, with elegant proportions and frescoes in a number of rooms, from our lecture theatre space to the bedrooms.
What’s a typical day?
Spend your early morning in the Casa’s elegant courtyard garden. Join a gentle and meditative pre-breakfast Tai Chi/Qi Gong session if you wish. After breakfast, come to the spacious group room, perhaps for an arrival meditation, followed by a lecture-style presentation, poetry readings and more. Take part in a small group discussion to explore how the material touches you and your own life experience. Break for refreshments in an adjacent, elegantly proportioned room overlooking the Plaza. After continuing the morning in the group room, take a stroll, find a sandwich or join a friend in a local café for lunch. Each day there’s something scheduled in the beautiful Florentine surroundings. Early in the week, for example, a visit to Dante’s house for example. Return for a late afternoon session 4-6pm. Evenings are free for you to spend as you wish, opting in to a small group restaurant bookings if you’d like to. Each day is structured slightly differently, so this is just a flavour.
I have mobility issues – what provision is there?
There is a lift in the Casa enabling level access to bedrooms and group lecture room. But doorways and equally ancient uneven cobbled streets mean wheelchair access is limited. To take part in guided walks you need to be able to walk and remain standing for a couple of hours: you may choose to do just part of the one longer tour.
I have special dietary needs – can you cater for me?
The Casa breakfast team are used to catering for a wide range of dietary requirements provided you keep them well informed. We will also ensure the group meal later in the week is suited to your needs.
What if I arrive at Pisa airport?
Good public transport links with Florence Central Railway station. From there, it’s a 15-20 mins walk or short taxi-ride to our venue.
Bus and train options exist. Buses are very frequent and once on board, the journey takes around one hour.
Excellent information on public transport links here: http://www.pisa-airport.com/en/the-passengers/transport/bus.html
How big is the group?
In previous years 25-30 people. Venue size is the key factor and we limit numbers in order to keep the group small enough to be informal and friendly.
Where do people come from?
All over the world! In the past, Italy, France, Greece, UK, New Zealand, Australia, US East & West Coasts, Korea and beyond.
What’s the main language?
English is used throughout, with some spoken Italian to help us appreciate Dante’s poetry in the mother tongue. You need a reasonably good understanding of English to get the most from the week.
What about spiritual inner work?
We move through the three chapters of the Divine Comedy, beginning in the ‘dark wood’ and (1) entering the Inferno and descending its depths, (2) experiencing Purgatory and finally (3) rising through Paradise. You can follow the story as a member of the audience, watching it unfold. Or if you prefer, you can engage more fully, with a depth of experience to match the poetic and spiritual potential at hand. We encourage you to follow your own heart and preference, while supporting the level of work that feels right for you.
What if I’m new to The Enneagram?
A basic level of Enneagram knowledge will enhance your experience of the trip. Consider visiting www.enneagramworldwide.com or asking us for advice on reading/audio materials.
What if I’m experienced in the Enneagram?
Experienced Enneagram advocates have found it fascinating week. This includes a number of highly regarded teachers on the international Enneagram circuit.
What are the bedrooms like?
Most are newly modernized. Generally far more spacious than you’d normally find. Where bathrooms are not en suite they are adjacent and for your sole use. People who wouldn’t choose normally this arrangement have been pleasantly surprised at how well it works.
How much free time is there?
Each day there is an hour or so for lunch and an afternoon break at some point. You can take time out of the programme to rest and restore if need be: we ask only that tell us.
What’s it like for solo travellers?
Many people have taken part without knowing any one else before they arrived: all have said how much they enjoyed it. Sharing a table and good conversation with others is very much part of the Italian experience! There’s no pressure to stay in the group for evening meals, but no one is left to eat alone unless they choose to.
Shall I read up in advance? Any suggestions?
It can add to your enjoyment if you read The Divine Comedy in advance, although far from essential. We’ve enjoyed the recent Clive James edition (2015).
The BBC audible download ‘Divine Comedy’ is a dramatization well worth listening to (and much quicker than the read!).
Very tempted – but not quite ready to book? Please let us know so we can register your interest. Or ask questions – we’d be glad to help.
Sold out 4 years running! Group size is genuinely limited. Early booking recommended.
BOOK NOW and either:
- Pay full amount on booking or
- Pay a deposit of 250 Euros. Full balance due by 15 March 2019.
If you would like to extend your stay at the Casa please contact the Casa team to make your own arrangements. Contact details are shown on our VENUE page.
Please note that there are a very limited number of single rooms on site, available on a first come first served basis.
Included in residential booking fee:
- 5 nights accommodation. Check-in Monday 3 June. Check-out Saturday 8 June
- Breakfast daily
- Light refreshments throughout
- Entrance fees and guided walks
- Workshop programme and any supporting materials
- One full-group restaurant evening meal
Included in non-residential booking fee:
- As above, excluding overnight accommodation and breakfast
Not included in booking fee:
- Lunch: plenty of local eateries, cafes restaurants, delicatessens, small supermarkets and a local food market, to suit your taste and budget
- Independent travel arrangements to and from Florence
- Travel and health insurance
Please download our booking Terms & Conditions and read fully. When you book and pay, whether deposit or full payment, you confirm acceptance of NoveVie’s booking terms & conditions.
RESIDENTIAL DOUBLE ROOM
- SHARED TWIN ROOM 5 NIGHTS at venue
- CHECK-IN Monday JUNE 3rd, 2019
- CHECK-OUT Saturday June 8th, 2019
- NON RESIDENTIAL RATE
- Workshop begins Monday June 3rd, 2019 h.6:00pm
- Workshop ends on Friday JUNE 7th, 2019 h.5.00pm
RESIDENTIAL SINGLE ROOM
- SINGLE ROOM 5 NIGHTS at venue
- CHECK-IN Monday JUNE 3rd, 2019
- CHECK-OUT Saturday JUNE 8th, 2019