The Idler Spring Retreat 2024

Idler Spring Retreat


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The Idler Spring Retreat

with Murray Lachlan Young, Tom Hodgkinson and Dr Mark Vernon

Join us at the Idler Spring Retreat in Umbria for a week of idling at its most fun and fulfilling. We’ll learn about philosophies that can help us flourish, we’ll see some of the very greatest Renaissance art, and we’ll read, walk, loaf and feast in good company.

In the company of the Idler‘s editor Tom Hodgkinson and Academy director Victoria Hull, we’ll be exploring the Philosophy of the Romantics.

Poet Murray Lachlan Young with entertain us with a private live performance. He’ll give us insights from his own life as a poet. He’ll talk about sources of inspiration, about the processes of writing poetry and of performing it live.

Dr Mark Vernon will give classes on the philosophy of the Romantic era and we’ll learn how it can help us flourish today.

Tom will discuss idling in the Romantic poets, from Blake’s horror of Moloch and the machine to Wordsworth and Coleridge’s revolutionary Lyrical Ballads to Keats’s praise of indolence.

You’ll read, walk, loaf and feast together. There will be walking trips in the Umbrian hills and a trip to San Sepolcro to see some of the great local Renaissance art. There’s a tennis court, a swimming pool and a piano.

You’ll go home with new inspiration and great ideas, having had a lot of fun into the bargain.

Find out about more about the Idler Spring Retreat 2024 HERE

“The balance of the retreat was perfect. There was plenty of time for me to sit and think. I loved the physical exercise. Tennis, table-tennis, walks. The talks were informative and genuinely inspirational and thought-provoking for me. The people were also great… Inspirational stories from varied backgrounds and generations. I learnt so much.”

View towards Villa Pia at dusk


£1,250 per person if sharing a bedroom with two other people with ensuite bathroom (there is only one room at this price)

£1,575 per person sharing a bedroom with en suite bathroom

£1,595 per person, single occupancy if sharing a bathroom (SOLD OUT)

£1,795 per person, single occupancy with en-suite bathroom

Prices include full board and all alcoholic drinks.

A deposit of £500 is payable now, the remainder being due on January 27th, three months before the retreat.

To pay your deposit, please scroll to the top of the page and click the red button.

Please then email to tell us which type of room you would like to book.

Please note the deposit is non-refundable unless the retreat is cancelled due to Covid travel restrictions to Italy.

For more information about any part of the holiday please email Victoria on