daily rhythms

          “I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning when nobody calls.”

(Henry David Thoreau)

We’ll start each day at our own pace, getting up on our own schedules and enjoying self-service breakfasts and time to read, write, or wander, whether alone or with company. Midday will see us gathering as a group (as the original farmers did) for a hearty shared meal, followed by a time to “talk story” with Kate (more below).

Afternoons will provide time for optional group outings or for writing. Dinner is buffet style and will be available throughout the evening. Evenings can be spent curled up with a book in an armchair in a quiet upstairs sitting room, taking a brisk moonlit walk with the local feline chaperone, or gathering in slippers for communal time around the fireplace.

"La notte é la madre dei pensieri."

("Night is the mother of thoughts.") 

time to write

      “The time has come,” the Walrus said,“To talk of many things.”

(Lewis Carroll)

Nido d’Inverno provides something for every writer, an environment designed to stimulate, challenge, and support you whether you are incubating, hatching, or fully fledged, whether you thrive in privacy or community, shadow or light.

structured writing: A veteran teacher, editor, and writing coach, Kate has devised a series of daily writing "seeds" for writers who benefit from structure. Developed over 30 years, these seeds start with excerpts from the work of published writers, selected to spark new material, reframe old material, refine style, and hone craft.

unstructured writing: For writers who prefer to fly solo, the retreat will provide ample opportunity and inspiration to work on writing in progress or begin a new project.

talk story: After lunch, all writers, whether writing on their own or following the structured writing plan, are invited to attend Kate’s daily writing huddle, a dedicated time to converse about craft and process, and, for those who want, to share writing and receive structured feedback. (For writers who would like to schedule individualized consultations, feel free to contact Kate to explore options, set goals, and discuss fees.) 

"Anche in paradiso non é bello essere soli."

("Even in paradise, it is not good to be alone.")


“There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.”

(Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Take inspiration from and learn about the history of Nido's splendid surroundings. In addition to walks in the hills and woods around the retreat, we'll explore the medieval village of Montisi and, in the neighboring town of San Giovanni d'Asso, an award-winning sculpted Tuscan garden. Our chef, Alessandra, will take us to a local street market--then "a casa," home again, for a cooking lesson and shared meal. Be enlightened and entertained by the “wicked sense of humor” of Antonella Piredda, our professional tour guide, who will take us to Pienza (famous for its cheese) and to Monteoliveto, a local abbey with one of the most important and best preserved monastic complexes in southern Tuscany, including a 16th-century fresco cycle. Want to go farther afield? Antonella is also available for anyone who wishes to hire her for personal tours to Siena, Florence, and other lesser-known treasures of the area.

"Con nulla non si fa nulla."

("From nothing, nothing can come.")