Expanded Woman Italy Retreat 


If taking a joyful, pleasure-filled adventurous trip to cultivate greater Self Love in a beautiful place appeals to you, (and you are a woman)… You might be a perfect fit to join on the… Expanded Woman Transform, Transcend and Thrive Italy Retreat

Wow! Tell me more!

Amidst open expansiveness of Italy, we will spend 7 days in the beauty of Italy, enlivening  our life force and renewing spiritual sustenance with these time honored practices to Transform, Transcend and Thrive within the highest self.  The Italy retreat will begin in Venice Italy.

We’ll combine a spiritual experience coupled with amazing travels of Venice, Capri, Pompeii, and Rome with life enhancing Life Mastery sessions during this special retreat. Let’s Experience Work as Play.




Why Join us in Italy?

We will experience the beauty of Italy from the city to the countryside and experience energy healing techniques to balance the mind, soul, and body.

Experience the playing field with us in the historical sites of Rome, Venice, Capri and Pompeii as we sample a taste of Italy. From tours around the islands of Venice, Capri, Pompeii and Rome; to wine tasting and cooking lessons, visiting Rome by train, the Italian Riviera, and a private tour of Capri and visiting historical sites, you’re in for a experience of a lifetime!

We’ll be focusing on…

Facing the unknown with openness and trust, sensing what is emerging by being present moment to moment with the desire you are seeking, co-creating creatively within in a grander field of knowing and being, welcoming and opening yourself and others to exciting places – never seen or experienced?

Discover your next big step, living on purpose, new rules for the 21st century, self confidence formula’s, how to use the power within you, and what makes you come alive in relationship, health, career and finances!


The Benefits…

“Expanded Woman” retreats are designed to teach you:


  • Life Mastery principles that serve you and your world in a bigger way.
  • We were born to enjoy every aspect of life, being in the confidence of who we truly are.
  •  We will learn principles to release any old paradigms.
  • Principles to release habits such as guilt, blame, shame and judgmental thinking.
  • Release a lifetime of conflicts and learn to redirect the harmony of our life.

It’s a soul adventure with like hearted individuals that want to connect with their essential selves. When you join this retreat, you’ll be part of a community of women who are taking this journey of transformation together. Radical Self Care will introduce you to the magic of coming home to yourself through meditation and many highlights you will experience in the majestic beauty of Italy. One of the special features our retreat days is about moving our collective energies to one of openness, oneness, possibility, flow and allowing. You will create your container for receiving the universe’s paramount physical and energetic support that is waiting to be delivered unto you, from within you.

In the words of the poet Rumi,

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

It’s time to break through your self-imposed limitations so you can develop your true potential, empower all areas of your life and achieve way more than you may right now think possible!

If you feel a curiosity stirring or butterflies in your belly, then this retreat has your name on it.


Why join us in Italy?

Each day there will be  an optional morning meditation  and stretching for our day with Pilates sessions. The focus of our sessions is to open energy pathways, quiet the mind and to remember and experience the stillness and ease of our True Nature, the timelessness of Pure Consciousness.

Pilates sessions invite the cultivation of chi energy and deep oxygen production that aides in deep listening, and fluid unwinding, while awakening sensation as a guide back to body’s innate intelligence. This approach to practice, sets the tone for our day in opening ourselves to the pure joy, happy, play of our adventure in Italy. There will be sessions that will be guided with periods for self exploration and discovery.

Meditation and self inquiry sessions will focus on becoming familiar with the rest and ease of our essential nature in the midst of all activity. The meditation sessions offer mindfulness and breath awareness.

All these amazing morning meditations and self inquiry sesssions will lead up to our amazing transformational workshop on Day 6.

Grand Canal at early morning.

Grand Canal at early morning.

Day 1 Monday, August 22nd 2016

Flights arrive to Marco Polo Airport in Venice, Italy.  Private Transfer from Marco Polo Airport to  our Hotel in Venice. We will be staying at the Bonvecchiati Hotel.  Our hotel offers refined elegance, comfort and exclusive services, a water landing for gondolas and motor boats and a romantic restaurant on the terrace. The Hotel Bonvecchiati has been welcoming guests to the heart of Venice since 1790, and is just 3 minutes from Saint Mark’s Square and 5 minutes from the famous Rialto Bridge. You are in store for the most exclusive and unforgettable of visits. Besides the charm of this amazing hotel, there is glorious Venice, as soon as you look out your room window, the city offers a magical backdrop for an unforgettable stay. Picturesque roofs and chimneys, characteristic streets and canals, and enchanting Venetian courtyards.

In the evening we invite all of our wonderful guests with a sumptuous welcome dinner at the “Terrazza” Restaurant of the Bonvecchiati Hotel.

Day 2 Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

Private Venice Tour & The Island Murano

Our tour guide will meet us at our hotel and we will enjoy an exciting walking tour around the city of Venice. Venice is called La Serenissima, “the most serene,” a reference to the majesty, wisdom, and monstrous power of this city that was for centuries the unrivaled mistress of trade between Europe and the Orient and the bulwark of Christendom against the tides of Turkish expansion.

After the tour, sitting in one of the wine bars you can relax and enjoy a tasty cicchetto and savor a glass of wine. We will be escorted by our tour guide to a local restaurant where we delight in a typical Venetian lunch.

After lunch, we will head towards  the pier where we will take the private boat for the transfer to the island of Murano.

This tour will take you on a discovery of the smaller islands of the lagoon, the Island of Murano is famous for its glass-ware. We will visit the glass factory.  At the  end of the visit we will return to our hotel. Evening is free to explore the canals, streets and the magic of Venice by night.

Day 3 Wednesday, August 24th 2016

Private Transfer to the Railway Station. First class train to Rome.

We will be in Rome from August 24th 2016 to August 26th, 2016. We will be staying at the amazing Hotel Ponte Sisto. The  Hotel Ponte Sisto is located in a completely renovated historic building, enveloped in a relaxing atmosphere with a splendid garden filled with luxuriant palm trees and flowers from all over the world.

Afternoon Wine tasting in Rome. We will be transported in an AC deluxe bus to the winery Il Palazzetto, in the heart of Rome, where we will enjoy a wine tasting, and a light dinner.  Rest of evening free to explore Rome.

Day 4 Thursday, August 25th 2016

Vatican Museums and St. Peters’ Basilica. We will be picked up by our guide and driver in Rome and we will go Vatican City by AC Deluxe bus. We will visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica and Square.  After our visit of these amazing historical sites, we will return to our hotel.  The balance of the day will be available to enjoy La Dolce Vita, the eternal city and retail therapy.

Day 5 Friday, August 26th 2016

Private Transfer from Rome Hotel to our Hotel in Naples. Our driver will meet us at our hotel in Rome and will transfer us to our hotel in Naples by AC deluxe bus. We will in Naples from August 26th 2016 – August 29th 2016, 3 nights at the HOTEL SAN FRANCESCO AL MONTE. The Hotel San Francesco al Monte is a former monastery overlooking the incredible panorama of the Gulf of Naples. Between the ancient residences of the monks and the spectacle of the city, the Hotel San Francesco al Monte promises an unforgettable stay and a new view of Naples. After check-in we will spend the afternoon exploring Pompeii, this is a half day adventure. Our driver will pick us up at our hotel in Naples in the early afternoon, and we will depart to Pompeii archaeological site. We will have a private and very knowledgeable local guide for the guided tour. We will be able to visit the huge forum, great temples, homes, shops and most of the buildings that were buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.  After the tour we will return back to our hotel.  In the evening we will enjoy traditional Naples wine & cuisine at the San Francesco al Monte Restaurant.

Day 6 Saturday, August 27th 2016

“Discover Your Next Big Step” Workshop at the hotel – 4 hrs

After the breakfast at our hotel, the workshop will take place in the conference hall “the Oven” of our hotel. The conference facilities at the San Francesco al Monte, offer natural light, original frescoes of the sixteenth century and overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

After the workshop, we are on our own for a quick lite lunch and then we will depart for an afternoon for a Private Cooking Demonstration at Villa Ida .  This tour offers us the opportunity to learn locally the way of cooking in the Italian south style. The cooking lessons will take place in an amazing, private and manicured garden.  From the entrance gate, we will be surrounded by an impressive array of old palms, English meadow, colored flowers, fountains, with lemon and orange trees, swimming-pool, typical “Pergolato” and ceramic decorations, this amazing cooking school is located in Sorrento.

The cooking class lasts 3 hours, during which we will take a break to visit the wine cellar and taste different kinds of excellent homemade wine and local cheese.  At the end, we will enjoy a beautiful meal of what we have cooked by the pool or in amazing winter garden by the fireplace. After dinner we will return to our hotel.

Day 7 Sunday, August 28th 2016

Full Day Tour to Capri

We will meet our guide and driver at our hotel in Naples and will head to Naples port, by AC deluxe bus. Once in the port we will take the jetfoil to Capri. Once there our guide will take us around the island to discover its beauties. The island of Capri is one of the loveliest resorts in Italy, an island soaring upward from the sea, with sweeping views, whitewashed homes and villas and flower-filled courtyards.  Depending on the weather and the condition of the seas, we may go to the blue grotto, or we may travel to Anacapri by minibus. Anacapri is situated on the high part of the island, there is a chairlift which will take us up Mount Solaro, the highest point of the island (1932 feet). From there we will enjoy unforgettable views of the Gulf of Naples, from the Sorrentine Peninsula to the Island of Ischia. If time allows we will also try to visit the Caesar Augustus gardens. We will enjoy an amazing lunch in Capri. We will then take the “funicular” from the Piazzetta, to get to the landing pier area and catch the jetfoil back to Naples. We will have a small farewell get together.

Day 8 Monday, August 29th 2016

Monday, August 29th 2016. Private Transfer from Naples Hotel to Rome FCO Airport. Our driver will meet us at our hotel in Naples and he will transfer you to Rome FCO Airport by AC deluxe bus. Our adventure ends in Italy but starts with The Expanded Woman consciousness, The desire to accomplish an authentic life, which is neither a dream or a wish. It is an obligation; a responsibility we bear to ourselves and the world.

This sounds so amazing! I’m am so motivated and ready to sign up. Whats the cost of this life changing journey?


*For those guests using a credit card there is a 3% transaction fee.

There are no transaction fee’s for those who pay by check.

I’m in, but what’s included for my $3995?


We have designed this retreat for you to experience the best Italy has to offer. Each city we visit is focused to integrate our theme of Transcend, Transform, & Thrive.

2 nights stay at the Bonvecchiati Hotel in Venice (breakfast included)

2 nights stay at the Ponte Sisto Hotel in Rome (breakfast included)

3 nights stay at the San Francesco al Monte Hotel in Naples (breakfast included)

Accommodation taxes at the hotels for the 7 nights

Optional morning yoga, meditation and Pilates workshop

If you would like a roommate and there is someone else looking for one we would be  happy to pair you up. We also can provide you with single occupancy.



The following meals are included in this fabulous journey:

Daily hot buffet breakfast

Welcome dinner at the “Terrazza” Restaurant of the Bonvecchiati Hotel

Lunch in Venezia

Wine tasting and 1 light dinner in Rome at Il Palazzetto

Dinner at the restaurant at the hotel San Francesco al Monte Restaurant

Private Cooking Demonstration/Class at Villa Ida and following dinner

Lunch in Capri

Intimate farewell dinner



Private English speaking guide in Venice – 3 hrs

Entrance fees and headset in Venice

English speaking hostess for the tour in Murano – 4 hrs

Private transfers to and from Murano by motor launch

Entrance fees for Glass Museum

English speaking hostess for the transfer from the hotel in Venice to Venice train station

Private motor launch – luggage will travel with guests

First Class train tickets for high speed train from Venice to Rome

Private transfer from Rome railway station to Rome Hotel by AC deluxe van/car

AC Deluxe Bus at disposal for 3 hours during the wine tasting

English speaking assistant during the wine tasting in Rome

Private English speaking guide in Rome – 3 hrs

Entrance tickets at the Vatican Museums with a special reservation to avoid the line at the entrance

Headsets in Rome

AC Deluxe bus at disposal during the tour in Rome  – 3 hrs

Transfer by AC deluxe bus from Rome Hotel to Naples Hotel

AC Deluxe Bus at disposal during the Pompeii half day tour

English speaking guide in Pompeii for 2 hrs

Entrance fees in Pompeii

Expanded woman workshop – 4 hrs

AC deluxe bus at disposal for the tour to Villa Ida (cooking demonstration)

Cooking demonstration at Villa Ida

English speaking assistant for entire duration of the cooking class

Transfer by AC deluxe bus to and from Naples Hotel (to Naples Port)

English speaking guide in Capri – 6 hrs

Jetfoil tickets to and from Capri

Funicular tickets in Capri

Transfer by AC deluxe bus from Naples Hotel to Rome FCO Airport


Documents needed for this amazing adventure

*Valid passport for U.S. Citizens

*Passport must have at least 6 months before expiration date

*Citizens of other countries may require a visa

*Contact Greencrest travel for information 800-804-8522



  • Travel Insurance – We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Please contact Greencrest Travel for our suggested travel insurance vendor
  • International flights. We request that you arrive on August 22, 2016. All ground transportation in Italy is included, Discounted airfares available for groups of 10 or more from a single destination. If you would like to book your flight with others from the group, contact Greencrest Travel. Your flight should be booked as soon as possible. You can contact Greencrest Travel at 800-804-8522, or you have the option of using your mileage points.
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Luggage porters
  • Gratuities
  • Spa or massage treatments. Booking is available through Greencrest travel.
  • Souvenir’s and personal items
  • Airport departure tax



Your Hostess:


Sherry Gideons is a fun loving force to be reckoned with. Sherry has a unique and powerful ability to address life issues from an integrated and comprehensive level. Sherry always says, that for each and every one of us, the path to this knowledge is different. For anyone who truly wants it, it is there. We are all on a journey. As a life coach Sherry simply directs you along the way. As President and CEO of Sherry Gideons International dedicated to the evolution of humanity by helping people of all ages discover their own greatness, and inspiring them to live extraordinary lives through study and application of holistic principals and human dynamics. A professional full time Life Coach Certified and Licensed with Center for Spiritual Living, as a RScP Spiritual Practitioner Is a Certified Life Mastery Institute Consultant, Degreed with an AA in Communications / Journalism, and a BS in Communications / Technology. Sherry is also a retired Professional Fitness Athlete and Holds many certificates in business, health & wellness, communication and time management skills.


“I own my own wiggies salon and create wigs for cancer patients. Sherry Gideons has helped me over the years to master my thinking and live from my “Expanded self.”

” Having the inspiration and accountability has been one of the keys to my success. When I started I was ready to trust and allow the Source within me to reveal to me the how.I was ready to finally make the commitment to no more excuses.”

Stacy Meagher – Yuba City, CA



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“I Absolutely Love living to BE the real me And The Easy High Energy I receive from knowing how to live from my expanded self.

The different experiential exercises extremely effective. They work great especially if you have a busy lifestyle like me and being more aware sometimes can take work. Sherry is extremely knowledgeable love to help people improve their lives.”

Judy Snider – Chico, CA

Return home, rested, renewed, inspired, rejuvenated, enlightened, full of Confidence & joy, and more love in your heart!


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