September 2007 Scanner Retreat in Puglia, Italy

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September 2007 Scanner Retreat in Puglia, Italy

Postby BarbaraSher » Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:15 am

I want to remind you that the Early Bird discount of $400 will end
on Sunday, July 15, at midnight.

Today is Wednesday, July 11, and there are presently only 3 (possibly 4) spaces remaining.

Here is the latest FAQ (below) to answer questions you've asked. If you've already gotten one, read it anyway because I keep adding things as people ask new, really good questions.

Finally, I'm considering one change in the retreat that you should know
about: adding a free day. I'll be sending this idea to the 11 people
who have already signed up as well. (There are presently 4 spaces

I'd like to extend the length of the retreat by having an open
day in the middle. As it stands now, you will arrive on Wednesday,
September 26, and the first lecture will be held that evening. On
Thursday, Friday and Saturday I had planned to have morning and
afternoon sessions, holding the final session on Sunday morning, Sept

Now I'd like to make Saturday a free day for all of you. You can wander
through the Masseria gardens or the olive groves, thinking or writing,
or you can visit Ostuni or perhaps persuade Matt to schedule the half-day trip for that open day.

After running 3 retreats I think it might be good to give you some time away from lwhat can be intense learning experiences to let your new discoveries, perspective and plans sink in and shift into place.

That way we'd have a full day Sunday to take care of anything that came
up. I'd hold another full day of morning and evening sessions and we'd have our final session on Monday morning, October 1, at which time you'd be free to leave for home or go exploring Italy. (Go to Flickr and look at photos of Puglia and be prepared to fall in love.)

I think this would be the perfect length for a Scanner Retreat. (I've
run 7-day, 6-day, and 4-day retreats but none with a free day in the
middle. I have a hunch this might be the best of all.)

Let me know what you think (and I hope you haven't booked your tickets
too tightly for this yet!)

This isn't certain yet, but I've been invited to my friend Clark's
Palazzo after the retreat ends and I'm considering heading up after the retreat to run a half-day Resistance Workshop.

Take a look:


Thank you for your interest in Barbara Sher's retreat in Italy, which
begins the evening of September 26 and ends at midday on September 30, 2007 (or maybe October 1!).

For more information and to register, visit this link:

For even more information, visit this link:

(Be sure to stay alert for any links that lead you to more
information. They’re tucked in all over the place.)

Below are the answers to frequently asked questions, compiled by
Barbara Sher's son, Matthew, who lives near Puglia (in Corfu, Greece).
He will be our logistics assistant for the Italian retreat. If you
don’t find your answers here, feel free to contact Matt directly at for additional information. When you arrive in
Italy, you can reach his cell phone at (333-861-1364). He’ll be coming
to Italy on the 25th.

How do I get to the Retreat?
You'll make your own flight arrangements. The closest airport is
BRINDISI. We’ve checked and they have round-trip flights from New York for under $1200 with Alitalia. There’s also Eurofly, an airline that flies only between the U.S. and Italy, which often has good fares. You can check them out on their English language website at

(We checked the trains from Rome again and it turns out they require connections, and are longer and more expensive than we thought.)

If you're coming on Sept 25th or 26th, we can arrange to pick you up
from the Brindisi airport. Before (or after) that, you’ll need to take
a taxi from the airport to the Masseria but it's under 10 kilometres, so it shouldn't be very pricey. Let us know if you need instructions.

Will I be rooming with someone or can I stay in a private room?
Because the retreat will be so close to off-season, the owner has
offered us as many single rooms as we need at no extra charge, so you
can have your own room.

Can I come more than one day early?
I'm afraid not. The Masseria has requested that we send no phone calls
their way so I'm not giving out their name to anyone who isn't already
signed up (which means they have sent their payment to Barbara at Paypal). You won't have any problem staying a few extra days after the retreat is finished, I'm sure, but you might enjoy a night or two in one of the Trulli gnome houses nearby once the retreat is over. (Go to or google images and look for 'Trulli' -- you'll be glad you did.)

Can you estimate how much will the whole cost will be?
The tuition for Barbara’s sessions is $2000 (before midnight on July 15th, $1600) The hotel will come to 100 euros (US $135) for all 4 nights (light
breakfast included). (Please note, I may add a free day in the middle
of the retreat, which would require an extra night's lodging at the
Masseria, but with the rates so low I hope it won't be a problem.)

Lunch and Dinner are available at the hotel for an extra 25 euros
(about $35) a day, but I think you should save your appetite (and money) for the wonderful restaurants in the villages and towns nearby. You can eat a glorious dinner with lots of delicious antipasti for about the same cost. So, the total costs should be around $1000 - $1300 for airfare (from New York), about $300 room and food and another $100 for trips, transfers and extras (if you can resist buying beautiful stuff at the shops in town). That comes to around $3100 for the whole event if you book
before July 15th (approx. $3500 after July 15), more if you rent a car or do extras.

How much time will we actually spend with Barbara Sher during the
Barbara will hold two 3-hour sessions each of the full days, and one
on the first evening and the last morning, a total of eight 3-hour

She’ll also join you at breakfast at the Masseria and on some visits to
the restaurants of Ostuni and other beautiful, nearby towns. A few exercises will be led by Gudrun Schwarzer, the Success Teams Director
and translator of Barbara’s books in Germany, who will be assisting
for her third Scanner Retreat. Gudrun will also be available to answer
Scanner questions and will help you with logistical problems.

There are no individual sessions with Barbara, but because we keep the
group size small, there will be many opportunities to take the floor
and get personal attention, allowing everyone to learn from every
exchange and Barbara always makes time for questions and answers. In
addition, Barbara makes it a point to talk to most participants for a
few minutes here and there during the day when she feels it's called for.

How much free time will I have?
Before the morning meeting many participants stroll through the
gardens or drive to the beach (about 8 kilometers away). The mid-day
break will be at least two hours, usually more, and each day's
sessions end by 9PM when the shops in Ostuni are open and restaurants
begin to hit their stride. As mentioned, car rentals are available at airports and most train stations if you'd like to do some exploring on your own.

What if I don’t speak Italian?
You do not need to speak Italian to participate in this retreat. All
sessions are in English and people connected with travel or other
tourist concerns – planes, trains, taxis, car rentals, restaurants,
etc. -- speak English. Matthew’s Italian is surprisingly good. (It even surprised him!) We haven’t asked Gudrun about her Italian but we know for sure that Barbara’s is nonexistent except for a few half-remembered operatic arias from La Boheme.

Do you offer travel or other insurance?
No, we don’t. You can contact your insurance agent or your health
providers or search for information on the Internet.

What if I have to cancel?
Because the retreat will be small we will be turning people away once
we've confirmed your place, so after Sept 1, there will be no refunds. However you can apply the entire fee to the next Scanner Retreat (which will probably be held in the spring of 2008) or to any U.S. retreats
Barbara schedules in the next year.

Is the Retreat about careers for Scanners?
Scanner Retreats are about any and all issues that the participants
want to discuss. Sometimes that means finding the right career but it
can also mean pursuing all their many interests, or simply getting
past being stuck. Some Scanners want to know how to find the one right
path for them, or how to combine all their interests or how to choose
among them -- or how to do them all and still be successful. In our
most recent retreat, all of the participants wanted to design and live
an extraordinary life instead of a life with just a few extraordinary
moments. After defining what 'extraordinary' meant to each person, we
worked mainly on that goal.

Barbara loves responding to whatever comes up and is careful to see that no one individual's issues are overlooked. The other members, being Scanners, always jump in to help too. You’ll be practicing special brainstorming techniques and working with unique and powerful resistance processes that Barbara has developed through the years of her professional life.

What do I need to prepare in advance?
It's important to read Barbara’s book about Scanners. (Its title is
EVERYTHING? in England and 'down under') so the retreat can
concentrate on individual or advanced work on Scanner issues instead
of repeating the material that’s available in her book. However, she’s
always happy to explain anything from the book if you have questions.

Anything else I should know about the retreat?
Spouses or relatives (or friends) are welcome to come with you. There
will be plenty of room at the Masseria because the retreat is at the
end of September and they will get the same rates as attendees. They
can accompany us on trips and at mealtimes and side trips and pretty much everything they choose, excepting Barbara's sessions. According to
those who have joined us in the past, they'll have a wonderful time,
and, if they're not Scanners, it can be an education for them to spend
time with the rest of us.

As far as you are concerned, one of the most important things you need
to know as a Scanner is that there’s nothing wrong with you. You're
almost certainly multi-talented and a born learner, And you'll find
it's a remarkable experience to be surrounded by other Scanners.
You’re going to love the freedom from critics or skepticism about your
many interests and will probably choose to spend much of your free
time with the other retreaters.

It's a heartwarming experience, especially if you've never had the opportunity to do it before. And you're going to love being with other Scanners. Almost all of them are wonderful company, and they've somehow kept alive their childhood delight with learning new things and knowing new people. Every Scanner I know is very bright, receptive to new ideas, inventive with solutions and almost always friendly, generous andm of course, incredibly interesting. They love to teach and they love to learn so every retreat is full of supportive and ingenious people. You’re probably going to find that your fellow Scanners will understand you better and admire you more than people who've known you all your life. Many people at Scanner retreats make lifelong friends in Puglia this fall.

So, read the book and then all you have to do is sign up, pay the fee to hold your space, and make sure your passport is up to date (I hear it might take more time than it used to, so play it safe by checking early)

That’s about it. No other preparation is necessary.

Other than that, just be yourself and show up.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you,

Warm regards,

Barbara, Gudrun, and Matthew
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