Abide & Delight: A Sensory Exploration of Le Marche, Italy

Sensory Exploration with Erica Pollock of Return Refreshed

26th April – 3rd May 2024


Abide & Delight is a unique wellness travel experience in Le Marche, Italy.  Erica Pollock, certified nature therapy guide, is delighted to share the practice of “shinrin-yoku” (the Japanese practice of forest bathing) with you.  


Throughout the week, you’ll be invited into daily sensory nature meditations, as well as a full 3-hour forest bathing walk, helping you connect with Le Marche in a uniquely moving way.  


In addition, together we will approach our explorations of Le Marche from a sensory perspective, slowing down to savor the sights, aromas, tastes, sounds, and textures of this stunning region of Italy.




Just a handful of benefits of nature therapy:


  1. Lowers stress hormone levels
  2. Improves immune function
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. Improves mood
  5. Gives one the feeling of being restored or relaxed


Join Erica for this unique travel experience, and Return Refreshed


Included in the price is:


  • Guided hike through a beautiful natural gorge among the most evocative of the Appenine mountains
  • Savour the “Tastes of Le Marche” on a full day excursion visiting three local, family run, artisanal food & wine producers with a tour and tasting at each
  • Enjoy a half day watercolour painting session with a local artist
  • Discover the joys of a hands-on lesson in eco-printing at a family of wool makers nestled in the heart of the Sibillini Mountains
  • 7 nights accommodation in luxury air-conditioned, en-suite rooms with: – see our rooms here

    • luxury bedding
    • high quality, 100% natural, Italian toiletries: shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and hand gel
    • daily servicing of the rooms
    • mid-week linen and towel change
    • 100% cotton waffle robes 
  • All meals including breakfast, buffet lunch and a choice of up to 4 courses from our daily changing gourmet evening menu
  • A ‘pizza-giro’ evening at a local trattoria within a few minutes walk of the hotel
  • Delicious local wine with lunch and evening meal
  • Private group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)
  • full-time staff on site including concierge service


Prices start from €3149 per person based on two people sharing a room.  To find out more about the different room types, pricing, how to get here and more useful information fill out the form below.


About Erica


Erica is the owner of Return Refreshed, an American-based wellness tour & retreat provider of journeys of mindful exploration and rejuvenation!  As a certified Forest Therapy Guide, she is passionate about connecting people with nature and culture as a form of personal and community wellness. She knows that travel, done right, contributes to our ongoing wellness, our interconnectedness, and our life journeys.


This retreat is founded in nature therapy (a.k.a. shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing) and wellness travel principles, and Erica is delighted to share these practices with you

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