Villa Maecenas is the work of Cleyenne Lazzarotto Miotto and has been created to foster creative collaboration between artistic disciplines and pursuits.
Having started the psychology course at PCU in Curitiba, she left Brazil after a year and on arriving in London, went on to complete a Bachelor of fine arts and multimedia from Central St Martins college. In addition to her academic studies she also holds a Master Practitioner Certificate in neuro-linguistic programming and a certificate in art valuation from the Royal Academy of Arts. She is a regular practitioner of Kriya Yoga and is also a director of an NGO that re-houses stray street dogs in Brazil.
Cleyenne’s vision has been developed over years of research and planning to create a retreat that encompasses programmes with an unique combination of physical, social, spiritual and intellectual stimuli. Her aim is for Villa Maecenas to be a refuge amidst nature that guests can completely unwind, work on their physical and spiritual goals, also explore new interests or artistic practices.
Whether it’s joining us for a drawing/painting retreat or learning a new hobby, taking a creative writing course, a think-tank seminar, every retreat offers a different theme, with the common thread of healing, learning and growing. Why not come on one of our comedy weeks?!
Gaius Cilnius Maecenas was an ally, friend and political advisor to Octavian (who was to become the first Emperor of Rome as Caesar Augustus) as well as an important patron for the new generation of Augustan poets, including both Horace and Virgil. During the reign of Augustus, Maecenas served as a quasi-culture minister to the Emperor. His name has become a byword for a wealthy, generous and enlightened patron of the arts.