Italy, in Other Words


The Heart of Memoir Writing and Cultural Retreat

June 15–21, 2014

Join us to experience a step back in centuries and a step forward in awareness
as we return for the fifth year 
to the medieval hill town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio,
an enchanting and unspoiled gem located in the Abruzzo region of Italy.


This is an ideal program for conscientious travelers who
 learning about ancient lands and cultures. It’s perfect
for solitary 
travelers who seek a balance of solitude and socializing.

Each summer, as we meet for daily writing instruction,
a  creative and thoughtful community forms. It strengthens
as we learn about the culture of Abruzzo, enjoy evening meals
together, and 
explore the world within an ancient Medici
burgh as well as the pristine landscape surrounding it.

Participants give themselves the gifts of time and seclusion to
create literature from life experience and to engage in a sense of
personal restoration as they witness Santo Stefano’s effort
recovering from the 2009 earthquake in nearby L’Aquila.



Italy, in Other Words offers summer retreats located in Italy’s authentic past where Italian culture is carefully preserved. Kathryn Abajian and Helen Free founded the program in 2009 as a means to support Santo Stefano di Sessanio and Abruzzo culture. Kathryn continues the program today, offering valuable intellectual and aesthetic inspiration discovered off well-traveled paths—with great food and thoughtful company.


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