Posted by: main street writers | May 27, 2011

Something More than Just Staring

What Draws You to Orvieto?

“What drew me to sign up for Orvieto was the allure of Italy – what’s not to like? – and the chance to visit it purposefully, with the opportunity for self-development and cultural edification…something more than just staring.”

Orvieto Draws Maureen; Maureen Draws Orvieto

Maureen Moore is a gifted writer, artist, and  book publisher.  She is also very patient with me – so when I pestered her to tell me all about her experience with Bill and Kristi Steiner’s  Journeys of Discovery, she was kind enough to share her insights, along with some of her Orvieto watercolors.

What were your reservations when it was time to plunk down money?  “I didn’t have any reservations; the tour costs were so reasonable and fair, I had no doubts.”

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When you arrived in Orvieto, what surprised you?   “I was surprised to find Orvieto so literally ‘in the air’ – it had a dream-like appearance, flying above the valley floor.  We took a cog rail car up the near vertical cliff side.

“I was delighted by the pace – and the beauty of the language: overhearing it rippling all around and wishing I could make sounds like that and wishing more that I could understand it, as well.”

What confounded you? “I was confounded by the money, trying to figure out how to calculate it and distinguish one coin from another.”

When you returned, what did you leave behind – and what did you bring with you?   “I left my heart behind – no surprise there – and I took away a greater, deeper appreciation of the true value of a slower-paced life.

“I also took away the conviction that I would never have meals as savory again until I get back there.”

…And would you be willing to share an excerpt of the piece you wrote when you returned?   “I would gladly post an excerpt, except I don’t know where that piece might be!!   I do recall how pleasant it was to watch the people gathering in the square, chatting and watching each other – kind of like the flocks of pigeons do!  Very quiet… peaceful.  Nice.” ;

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Something More than Just Staring

Simona shares her secrets

Under the tutelage of  Simona, local chef extraordinaire, recent participants in the Orvieto adventure learned to make appetizers, eggplant parmigiana, their own tomato sauce, and a divine panna cotta – using fresh, local ingredients.

Giovanni shares his vineyard

Later in the week, they visited Giovanni’s vineyard.  He shared his philosophy for creating wines with character, while participants sipped several of his favorites.

Want more?  You can find additional pictures and narratives about recent Adventures in Italy here.

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Taking the Leap: Register now for Adventures in Orvieto, September 23-29

“There is something special about being in Orvieto, pursuing an art you love….Part of it is taking the leap, making the commitment to do such a trip. It is a reaffirmation of who you are and that a robust, fulfilling, exciting life is possible.”

Hosts Bill and Kristi Steiner sum up the Orvieto experience with these words. You can join us in Journeys of Discovery and this year’s Creative Writing Retreat by registering here.

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