Northern Italy Retreat at Villa Emma 2024


Villa Emma is an intimate retreat space. For the safety and sake of all of us, and our hosts, cook, etc., we will maintain safety protocols against COVID-19.

Vaccination remains the best protection for avoiding COVID-related hospitalization, long-term health outcomes, and worse. We strongly recommend that you be up to date on your vaccinations and boosters. COVID vaccination is a recommendation, not a requirement. However, whether or not you are vaccinated, self-testing will be required of all retreat attendees:

  • Self-administer an antigen test within the 72 hours before your arrival and provide photo proof of the negative result to Ericka.
  • Take all possible precautions during your travels. (I plan to mask in all crowded public spaces.)
  • Self-administer a second antigen test before your entry into Villa Emma and provide the negative result to Ericka before checking in.

While masking is recommended to help slow the spread of COVID and other respiratory illnesses, each person will make her own decision regarding wearing masks during the retreat. Especially if you are unvaccinated or not up to date on your vaccinations, masking in public areas is strongly recommended.

In case of illness and/or a medical emergency, we advise you to take care of yourself and others by staying home if you test positive for COVID, have a fever (99.5 degrees F or higher), shortness of breath, or other COVID symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with COVID in the last 7 days.

Payments will not be refunded. We strongly advise you to have health insurance, and purchase travel insurance for the trip (RoamRight is only one of many travel insurance providers) in case of COVID (or other exigencies).  If you arrive ill or with a positive COVID test or you become ill with COVID during the retreat, we will not abandon you, and we will help you quarantine in the best possible way. This may mean relocating to a local hotel (at your own expense). You will need to provide a negative antigen test before reentering Villa Emma.

If you experience a medical emergency during your stay, please notify Ericka immediately. She will work with our hosts to direct you to emergency personnel as needed.(Note that Biella has an excellent new hospital!)