A warm welcome to the Poiema retreat 2020! A fertile ground for mastering a lifestyle fuelled by rest, celebration and creativity. You will get to slow down, reflect and play while exploring what it means to live as a masterpiece of God’s creation. This year's retreat will take place in Filottrano, Le Marche, Italy. An unspoilt stunning region clothed in scenic beauty and known as a haven of culture, art, and history.

This year’s program includes spending time with a diverse group of creatives who will provide a holistic nurturing experience for your spirit, body, and soul through culinary art, photography,

paper making, visual art, and more.



Take A Breath Photography

Noémie was born in a small Alsatian village near the German-Swiss border. She took a liking for traveling and discovering new cultures early on, which led her to travel to over 10 countries. As a photographer, she loves to share people's life stories and find diversity and beauty in each person.


But she has more than one string to her bow! Noémie also thrives with her hands and sensitivity. By elegantly combining colors and natural elements, she finds beauty and good to create special moments for her loved ones.


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Embodies the sunny, warmth and beauty of Dominican Republic. While pursuing a law degree, she launched into the world of hospitality where she discovered a passion for creating welcoming spaces for people. She courageously quit law school and moved to Dunham, Canada where she spent six years mentoring and spear-heading the hospitality department of a non-profit organization.


On September twenty second 2012, she met Simon while finishing the dishes in Dunham. Since then, they’ve gotten married twice, moved to the land of cheese & chocolate, and welcomed their little warrior Matias. Eva is a dreamer, chef, dancer and catalyst. She loves to ignite action that transforms ideas into beautiful realities.


Growing up in Ontario Canada, from a young age Sarah developed a love for the great outdoors and immersing herself in the rugged and unrestrained beauty of creation. She never went far without a sketchbook and a few pencils or paints in hand. 

After studying art at the University of Ottawa, she moved to a small village tucked away in the Eastern Townships of Quebec where she's lived for the last 10 years with her husband Dan. Together they train young artists as they pursue a life of arts and faith. She still continues to marvel daily at the beauty of the world around her.  


Lionel is an Alsatian born and bred. In this land of good food, his senses were awakened around generously laid tables and good spirits. He therefore naturally started cooking and mixing spices and textures to create dishes rich in both colors and taste. He pours out his heart into his cooking, since he takes huge pleasure in sharing friendly moments around a nice home cooked meal.


Outside the kitchen, Lionel works as a hospital nurse and is passionate about music. Whenever he has a spare minute, he picks up his guitar and puts his thoughts into a song. He's now working on producing an album to share his music.


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Born in the quaint village of Orbe, Switzerland, Simon has lived in Brighton, Northern Ireland and Dunham Canada. For Simon carpentry started out as a way of making a living but over time morphed into a lifelong passion. From reviving old homes to building furniture, witnessing joy in the eyes of clients at the end of each work and sharing his knowledge with people ignites a great sense of purpose in him.


Simon is an autodidact and chameleon who is obsessed with wood, cats and deserts. An accomplished baker in his own right, he is generous, optimistic, kind, and the perfect example of ‘la joie de vivre’.


Academy of Paper Arts

Sandro Tiberi is a skilled craftsman and an expert in the art of making handmade paper. A “Mastro Cartaio“, as they said in Italy, who has been working in paper mills since 1985. An artist of paper, Tiberi is based in Fabriano, a town famous for its artisanal tradition of paper, which dates back to the 13th century.


A believer in manual work, traditional processes, and patience especially in quality as an element that requires time and care, he also organizes training courses, where in addition to his knowledge, he also passes on the love for this craft. His love for this art and teaching led him to the foundation of the Academy of Paper Arts in Fabriano, a significant project for the enhancement of this historic artisanal district.



With Eva Monnier from Avodah Living

Full of life and fragile at the same time, we can see flowers as a reflection of ourselves 


Following the intention of the impressionist artists and specially inspired by Monet’s flower paintings, we will create a floral meditation as a new way of contemplating things, focusing on natural light, shade, and colour. An invitation to observe and find the beauty of what surrounds us. 


With Eva & Simon Monnier from Avodah Living

The fast paced nature of the world today posses a real challenge for how people handle the demands of life. More and more we see people crumbling under the weight of anxiety, stress, and burnout. Slow living presents a concrete approach for addressing the desire that each one of us has to lead a more holistic lifestyle. It is a non-conformist attitude toward life that emphasises intentionality, simplicity and purposefulness.

Since food is at the core of this movement and more importantly, at the centre of our lives, cooking and sharing food together is the perfect way to slow down, share values and celebrate! Eva and Simon will dive into the principles of slow food and together we will create and enjoy a delicious meal to awaken our senses, gain a new awareness of food and bring intentionality and imagination to our table.

Get ready to visit a local market, choose fresh ingredients and reinvent a simple delicious meal through improvisational cooking. Perhaps as you reinvent and find new ways of cooking you could also reinvent other areas of your life.


With Sarah Hall

For most of us the concept of "still life" can seem foreign, dated, counterproductive and useless. Culture says we must always be producing, doing, and keeping ourselves busy. But we miss out on so much beauty when we don’t take the time to slow down and appreciate what’s right in front of us.

That is our goal for this Still Life workshop. Together we will explore this age-old tradition and practice a variety of dry mediums from pencil to charcoal to chalk pastel. We will dive into the techniques of shading and proportion and discover how to work with the dry mediums provided.

As we take time to observe the installation before us and slowly translate what we see onto paper, may we remember that there is something beautiful, creative and life-giving to be found when we take time to be "still" and appreciate the beauty of life.


With Sandro Tiberi from the Academy of Paper Art

Step into the fascinating world of paper making with master paper maker Sandro Tiberi as your guide. This workshop will challenge your view of paper and invite you to consider it as an active ingredient in the realisation of a final creative work.

You will learn the rich history of paper, from its origins to the present day, familiarise yourself with all the raw materials and various methods of making paper and finally, you will create sheets of paper using traditional and creative techniques that will unleash great potential in the artistic and chalcographic printing industry.


October 13th - 18th,


Filottrano, Le Marche,


Registration covers: Welcome gift bag + 5 nights stay (shared room) + all meals, snacks and beverages + all workshops, materials and activities + professional headshots (optional) and the photo gallery documenting the retreat experience.

Complimentary transport to the retreat location from the airport upon arrival and departure (recommended times of arrival and departure will be communicated upon registration). 


If the time of your arrival and departure won't correspond to the suggested time, we might not be able to pick you up and in that case you will need to organize your own transportation.

We have payment plans available, with only a non-refundable deposit of 500 CHF required to hold your space. Your final balance will be due on August 30th, 2020.

Early bird registration

 2250 CHF



"The time away was so good for me. Being in a different scenery, with different people was lovely. I loved to be with fellow creatives and going in depth in conversations, the sense of community was so present and refreshing! I loved the beauty present in everything, the house, the meals, the tablescapes, the welcome gift, such a welcoming feeling was created throughout the whole retreat and it was so nourishing for me!!! As an artist, it was great to try new things and to gain input , new ideas, new thoughts on art, creativity and rest. Even being pregnant and really tired, the program was so well put together, that I felt very rested, refreshed and cared for. I absolutely loved my time there! So so beautiful! "






The Poiema Workshop is a learning environment designed to furnish you with the necessary ingredients needed to cultivate a  lifestyle of hope and creativity through artistic expressions.


The goal of this workshop is to explore the therapeutic use of the arts and creativity as a tool that facilitates personal growth and transformation.



1 hour


70 CHF / hour

(material included)



2 hours


175 CHF / hour

(material included)

Requirement: your openness to dive into your intrinsic capacity to create :)




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