Seven Lanterns: Dream a New Dream, Live a New Story – A Venetian Retreat

DATES: 10/09/2021 - 10/16/2021
PRICE: $2,950.00

Amber is a global visionary – a gifted storyteller, author, artist, life coach and entrepreneur. 

As an Indian woman born in Africa, Amber brings a unique global perspective to her work.  Her Seven Lantern retreats are designed to encourage people to live from a place of enlivened authenticity, fearless imagination and courageous love, especially as we face the potent challenges in our world today.   These international retreats have been described as inspirational, transformative, magical and wise.

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She is the author of the wisdom book, “Dear Beloved: Sacred Messages to the World”, a book of wisdom teachings that has been described as “a candle in the dark to help you find your way with its words of courage, resilience and hope”.

Amber’s one woman show, Searching for The Moon, is an evocative journey into her life across three continents that has resonated deeply with audiences both in the USA and Europe.  It has been described as “spell binding”.

She lives in the bucolic Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.


Seven Lanterns: Dream a New Dream, Live A New Story Coaching Program 
One Woman Show: Searching For The Moon
The Foundry, W. Stockbridge – Feb 23, 3:00 pm
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown – April 4, 8:00 pm
Amber’s Book:
Dear Beloved: Sacred Messages to the World 
(available on Amazon)
“A book of wisdom to guide you in uncertain times”

Amber Chand performing


Imagine waking up to the excitement of a Venetian morning, stepping out onto the bustling square near the canal, as you stand there enchanted by this luminescent world, beckoned by the spirit of adventure.

You are about to embark on a special journey – as a traveler, a dreamer, a storyteller, an explorer.  Your journey has many facets: immersed in exquisite natural beauty, you will encounter the cultural and artistic flower that is Italy and feel the layers of history beneath your feet.  As if the riches of the outer world were not enough, this will also be a journey within yourself, a chance to reconnect with long-held dreams.

This inner voyage is essential.  We live in challenging times.  Many today are feeling exhausted, confused and uncertain as to how to live lives that nurture and enliven them.  Perhaps the story, the narrative you have been living in doesn’t nourish you anymore.  Perhaps you have lost a sense of what your longings are.  Perhaps you are seeking clarity about how to step into your next chapter.  If you can create the space, place and time, might you be able to connect with your deepest yearnings?  Or hear the new dreams calling you, the new story wanting to be lived?

I have created this weeklong retreat so that you will have the time for spacious and luxurious self-reflection while experiencing the spirit and sweet life offered by this magical Venetian world.  Each day, I will expertly guide 2 hour sessions of teachings on how the Seven Lanterns will support you into your new story. There will be reflective journaling, creative practices and guided meditations that set the stage for your own unique visionary inner inquiry.

Then there will be opportunities for you to enjoy the outer world of Venice – La Serenissima, through daily excursions, visits to markets, churches and nearby islands. If you are so moved bring a sketchbook, journal or camera. Later each day, there will be a time to share and harvest the fruits of the day’s experiences.

Come bask in the light of self-reflection, connect with fellow travelers in sparkling conversation and experience the alchemy that happens when you fully embrace your dreams and longings – held here by the Venetian light.

You will come away from the retreat, refreshed and reenergized, ready to live into your dreams and committed to stepping into your new story with clear vision, confident steps and renewed courage.

I can’t wait to meet you and take you on this visionary journey into your vibrant new life.

The Grand Canal at Dusk, photo by Lester Lefkowitz

The facade of our convent along the Zatere

Accommodations: The week will be spent in the a brightly renovated ex-convent on the Zattere in the Dorsoduro sector. When you register you can choose either a single or double room with ensuite bathroom in the complex where our studio is.  Rooms are clean and comfortable, but simply furnished.  We’ll enjoy traditional cuisine at local restaurants or prepared by our personal chef. It will be an ideal place to improve your painting skills.

General Activities: Our first activity will be an orientation at 6pm on the first day followed by dinner with the group.  After that, most activities for the week, like museum visits with Elaine and an intimate walking tour of the back canals of this ancient city, will be organized around the workshop. It’s easy to be independent in this entirely walkable city, but all participants will come together for meals and excursions. Then, at the end of the week, you may participate in an exhibit of class work to share our personal impressions of enigmatic Venice.

Dinners: During the week we will have 5 dinners together. To experience a good cross-section of typical Venetian cuisine we will sample diverse neighborhood trattorie and Michael and Linda will host our group for two home-cooked meals with ingredients we find at the outdoor market. Two nights of the week you will be on your own to follow your nose to restaurants or concerts or the opera or whatever else might pique your curiosity. There is plenty of time for independent exploration.

Price: $2,950 p/p

San Marco, photo by Harvey Stein

Options: single room supplement – $475 (limited number available).


  • 7 nights at refurbished convent – double or single (with supplement) room with ensuite bathroom and shower (Note: departure is after breakfast on the final Saturday.  The last class activity will be Friday evening.)
  • Daily buffet breakfast and 5 dinners at local restaurants, including wine
  • Workshop tuition, daily classes
  • Guided art history tour of Venice with local art historian
  • Selected excursions with class


    Circular Venice, photo by Andy Holtzman

Price does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing
  • Local transportation: vaporettos, water taxis

To Register: just click on the Sign Up Now button. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop. Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail. Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program. You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance. Final Balance is due by August 15th, 2019. Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information: or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

For our week in Venice we will be staying at the renovated monastery of Don Orione Artigianelli directly on the Giudecca Canal.  The complex is built around a series of quiet cloisters where the only sound is of the bells ringing on the hour.

Rooms are single or double, simply furnished, but each with its own private, modern bathroom.

Breakfast is served each morning in the dining room on the main floor.  We will use one of their conference rooms as our studio.

To arrive either you can fly directly into Venice or into Milan and then take the train to Venice. Specific arrival instructions will follow, but from the train station you can take the vaporetto and get off at the Zattere.  From the airport you can take the Alilaguna ferry (Blue Line) and get off at the Zattere.  In either case, Artigianelli will be right in front of you.  We’ll send you easy walking directions so you won’t get lost.  Remember that Venice is a walking city, so pack light because you will have to pull your luggage down the alleys and over the bridges – there’s just no getting around that.

Our first activity will be an orientation at 6pm on the first day, followed by dinner with the group.

Departure is after breakfast on the final day.  If you are flying out that day you might try to arrange your flights for 11am or later to avoid getting up at the crack of dawn.

If you have time you might want to explore the Lakes district or enchanting towns like Bergamo or Verona, the site of Romeo and Juliet, before you arrive in Venice. This will give you plenty of time to recover from jet-lag before you settle in at the convent and start your workshop. Besides, Italy is not something that should be experienced in a hurry. Its charms need to seep into your skin while you linger at a café or amble through a piazza.

Venice, city, empire, wonder of the world, is one of the most visually stimulating places on Earth. Stripes of canals, Byzantine mosaics glittering in the sun, window cases of blown glass, leather-bound books, plumed masks, woodcut puppets. Each step through the crooked passages is a delight. Spend a week (or two) probing unknown corners. Stay long enough to lounge at a café. Get to know the old woman at the vegetable stall. Return to that tiny mask shop again and again. Photograph it. Artists and writers have been interpreting Venice since it was born in the lagoon centuries ago, from the Grand Canal to the tiny sculptures above the doorframes. Get lost in the sensuality.

Because Venice is such a visual feast that is a collection of its past, our program offers weeklong workshops in painting or photography. Participants coming from the different disciplines will capture and be stimulated by the passion of Venice.  Throughout the week the groups inspire one another to see in new ways and to experiment with their work in a city that has awed writers, painters, colonels and kings.

Bartosek-rialto sunset

Rialto Sunset by Cindy Bartosek