Finding Balance Through Purpose 9 Amazing Days of Learning, Healing, & Adventure in the Heart of Tuscany! THRIVE Journey

​9 Amazing Days of Learning, Healing, & Adventure
in the Heart of Tuscany!

(Change the way you vacation… and change your life) ​

May 20-28, 2020

Space is limited. This Journey will sell out, so lock in your spot today!
Registration will remain open until sold out or until March 15, 2020


It’s an acronym for Travel, Heal, Reinvent, Inspire, Vision, and Emerge!

With my husband’s accidental death in 2017, my rollercoaster of life came off the rails completely. I was lost. I had no roadmap to guide me through how to grieve, how to function without him, or even how to take my next breath. I was utterly devastated and felt hopeless.

Thankfully, the love and support from our friends and family pulled me through the immediate shock of it all. My husband’s beloved photography friends invited me to keep traveling with them, just as Morgan and I had done together in the past. I simply took a leap of faith and simply leaned in, agreeing to join them on safari to Tanzania in March of 2018. That decision changed my life forever, and for the better.

Travel brought me new friendships. Friendships gave me renewed hope. Renewed hope allowed me to embrace forgiveness and charity, which in turn helped me define a whole new purpose for my life. That single experience moved me towards healing so profoundly that it allowed me to begin authoring the rest of my story.

Right there, in Africa… specifically in a hot-air balloon over the Serengeti, I had the realization that alone I would merely have survived, but through travel and friendship I could heal and I could thrive… and so the idea of THRIVE JOURNEYS was born.


Tuscany, by nature, is a healing, soothing, and magical place. It simply vibrates at a different frequency than most of the rest of the planet. Tuscany transports you to a simpler time when people enjoyed the little things, like long dinners spent in conversation, or savoring delicious local wines and dining al fresco with a view of the iconic Tuscan countryside.


A small group of people (“Thrivers”) will take over a well-appointed self-catered 17th-century farmhouse, and immerse themselves in learning, adventure, laughter, and love. Our lessons will be led by two well-respected health and wellness coaches who will take the Thrivers on a guided and fascinating journey of discovery around the concepts of Balance and Purpose in one’s life, and how those factors contribute to healing and wellbeing.


Our Thrivers will delight in the culinary pampering delivered by two private chefs, Ivan and Anne. Although it is not required, Anne and Ivan welcome anyone who wants to assist them in the kitchen during meal prep. And everyone will be called upon to help clean up after meals. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Anne and Ivan have a touching and fascinating story of their own to share with the group. They will educate us on the importance of food in our lives, and how food IS medicine.

Approximately 80% of the food and drinks consumed on this Journey is provided and has been included in the price of your trip.


As the old saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” We don’t want THAT now, do we?

Never fear! We aim to strike a nice balance between learning and touring. Our daily outings will take us into the cities, historical sites, and glorious hill towns of Tuscany. We will also be attending fun and fascinating wine school, as well as a Tuscan cooking class!

So… come to learn, but don’t you dare leave your sense of humor or your sense of adventure at home!

 THRIVE Tuscany Itinerary

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May 20 – Day 1

  • Meet up at Rome airport & drive to villa
  • Welcome reception / room assignments / opening briefing
  • Evening chill-out
  • Specially-prepared welcome dinner at the farmhouse
  • Introduction to Wellness coaches and WELLNESS LESSON #1
VOLTERRA ITALY - APRIL 23 2017 - View of a street of the small and famous town of Volterra Italy.

May 21 – Day 2

  • Breakfast at farmhouse
  • Day trip to  the hill town of Volterra 
  • Explore and lunch on your own 
  • Dinner at farmhouse
  • Evening chill-out
  • APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE (massage, acupressure, one-on-one coaching, etc.)
  • Optional evening meditation in studio
Siena town, panoramic view of ancient city in the Tuscany region of Italy, Europe.

May 22 – Day 3

  • Early start today breakfast at farmhouse
  • Day trip to Siena w/guided walking tour of important sites
  • Self exploration, shopping, lunch on own (don’t forget the Gelato)
  • Dinner at farmhouse
  • Evening chill out
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May 23 – Day 4

  • Breakfast at farmhouse
  • Day trip to Abbey of San Galgano (pictured above) – Susie will have her camera at the ready for anyone wanting to participate in a photo session in and around the abbey… stunning backdrop for photography.
  • Possible horseback riding or hot air ballooning. 
  • Dinner at farmhouse
  • Evening chill-out
  • Group iRest Yoga Nidra in studio
FLORENCE ITALY - APRIL 30 2015: Vegetables at Mercato Centrale market in Florence Italy. The market is an ultimate Italian shopping experience. It was opened in 1874.

May 24 – Day 5

  • Breakfast at farmhouse
  • Visit to olive oil farm with tasting
  • Back to villa for time with Ivan and Anne.  Ivan will address the group to talk about his journey, and to talk about food as medicine, etc. 
  • Draw teams for tonights Iron Chef competition
  • Visit to local market to obtain ingredients for tonight’s contest
  • Let the games begin!  Teams will prep, cook, plate and serve the judges!  Prizes will be awarded!
Classic view of the medieval town of San Gimignano and Tuscan countryside in golden evening light at sunset with dramatic clouds province of Siena Tuscany Italy

May 25 – Day 6

  • Breakfast at farmhouse
  • Morning exploration of  San Gimignano (well-preserved, beautiful hill town).  If you eat lunch, make it a light lunch.  
  • Afternoon WINE TASTING SCHOOL at Tenuta Torciano!   FUN FUN FUN!
  • Snacking or small plates at farmhouse
  • Optional evening meditation or drum circle in studio
Florence, Italy. View of Florence at sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo.

May 26 – Day 7

  • Early rise and quick breakfast
  • Long day trip to Florence with guided walking tour and possible progressive dining experience throughout the day
  • Small plates at farmhouse  in evening
  • Evening chill-out
  • Optional group meditation in studio
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May 27 – Day 8

  • Breakfast at farmhouse 
  • Tuscan Cooking Class 
  • Burning Bowl ceremony in studio 
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May 28 – Day 9

  • Sadly this is departure day… headed to Rome airport by 8:00
  • You will be dropped off at the Rome airport by 12:00 p.m.  If you want to schedule flights home today, please ensure they leave after 3:00pm.
  • Otherwise, you might want to get a hotel or B&B and have a look around Rome and the Vatican for a few days.   This extension would be on your own.

Periquito Adventures & Travel, in conjunction with
Health and Wellness Collaborative (HWC) presents…

Navigating life’s challenges often leads to asking ourselves larger, purpose-driven questions. You may have asked what life means for you now that your partner or loved one has passed away. Perhaps you are determined to live life to the fullest with a new diagnosis from your physician. Or, perhaps you are dealing with a different type of life transition. What exactly does that look like for you, specifically? That’s precisely what our coaches (Kathy and Lori) will help you define (and refine) during your THRIVE Journey.

They will lead you in an exploration of what gets YOU out of bed in the morning — aka: your life purpose. They will walk with you as our group completes fun activities together, with each process supporting what is meaningful and foundational to the life you were meant to live.

The coaches will be in touch with you even before the Journey begins. They will send you short “pre-departure briefings” in the form of videos, and then continue the exploration as they weave researched concepts into your travel experience which will allow your purpose to reveal itself.

Here is what HWC will deliver during your THRIVE Journey:

  • Pre-trip welcome video from your HWC coaches

  • Personalized journal & “Passport to Thrive”

  • Fun experientials intended to cover:

  • Personal values

  • Life meaning

  • Looking at life through different lenses

  • Setting personal priorities and boundaries

  • Building your own cairn

  • Writing your own purpose statement

  • Awaken your awareness of how to utilize your self-discoveries in order to THRIVE

HWC has also generously included some VERY SPECIAL BONUS OFFERINGS to enhance your THRIVE Journey:

Healer's outstretched open hand surrounded by random wise healing words on a rustic stone effect background

One-on-one health & wellness coaching sessions (1-hour sessions available for just $50)*

coaching sessions will take precedence over Reiki and Acupressure offerings (2)

Two 1-hour iRest Yoga Nidra sessions have been included into our daily agenda (time permitting)

Young and healthy girl meditating in lotus position. Colored chakra lights over her body. Yoga, zen, Buddhism, recovery, healthcare and wellbeing concept.

Complimentary Reiki sessions (15-30 mins) –
first-come, first-served basis

Two 1-hour iRest Yoga Nidra sessions have been included into our daily agenda

Complimentary Acupressure sessions (15-30 mins) –  first-come, first-served basis

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All SCHEDULED coaching sessions will take precedence over Reiki and Acupressure offerings

A bit more about  Health & Wellness Collaborative (HWC) –  

The collaborative is comprised of two, nationally board-certified Health & Wellness coaches. We each have our own wellness business, and we partner together to bring you opportunities for living on purpose, in balance. We emphasize and value the strength of collaborations and partnerships. 

The HWC carries out our collective passion for partnering with and serving people as they take charge of their own life experience, and we are excited to partner with you on your journey!  With the HWC, you sustainably, resiliently, and joyfully move forward on purpose, in balance, and in the whole-health way you choose.  

While Kathy and Lori have diverse personal and professional backgrounds, both are graduates of the Health & Wellbeing Coaching Program at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken – Center for Spirituality & Healing. The Center is an international leader in the whole-health field (

For more information on the HWC or more specific information on the health & wellness coaches, please visit (

What You Can Expect​ from Periquito Adventures & Travel (PAT)

  • End-to-End High-touch Service – Take the guesswork out of your next vacation!  PAT does all of the pre-trip planning and preparation for you, and Susie personally accompanies the group throughout the entire journey.

  • Professional Guides –  PAT hires only private, professional, certified, local guides when necessary to get you around the crowds and to the heart of the destination.  Our guides will not only explain what you’re seeing, but will make sure you have a sense of history or the significance of the place or treasures before you.

  • Transportation:  We avoid large buses and motor coaches at all costs.  Our transportation will be either well-appointed passenger cars or vans, or public transportation (meaning trains, planes, boats, funiculars, gondolas, lifts, etc.)

  • Best Agenda / Unique Experiences –  Susie is dedicated to making her adventures so much more than a standard family vacation could offer.  The group dynamic, world-class locations, a focus on fun and uncommon experiences… plus the best experts in various aspects of health and wellness are all part of what makes a Periquito Adventure a Journey you’ll always remember… for ALL THE RIGHT REASONS!



* ​All accommodations at the farmhouse (double occupancy)

* All activity/entry fees

* All guide fees

* All meals, water, soft drinks, beer and wine consumed at the Farmhouse

* All local transportation (vans, trains, boats, etc.)

* Wellness coaching

* Two private chefs to prepare breakfasts and dinners

* Minimum tips for our service personnel



* Airfare to/from Italy

* Travel insurance (strongly recommended)

* Additional tipping (optional) – While very basic tips for our service providers are already included in the price… should you see or feel that someone is going above and beyond to make your trip easy, safe, or special, I encourage you to spontaneously tip these folks on your own. This is always appreciated more than you could ever imagine. (Our health coaches, chefs, guides, or various instructors are all examples of whom you may wish to give a little extra to if so moved).

* Any food or drink consumed away from the Farmhouse (generally lunches and snacks)

* Pre- or post-tour Extensions – Any expenses you incur prior to pick up and after drop off will be on your own.

* Optional 1-on-1 wellness coaching sessions ($50/hour)

​* Optional massage appointments ($50/hour)

Meet the THRIVE team!


Susie Langley

Amazing Experience Curator
Periquito Adventures & Travel

Building friendships, mending souls, and healing hearts…​ ​one epic adventure at a time!

To understand Periquito Adventures & Travel, you first need to know the story of Susie and Morgan Langley. Married for nearly 30 years, they traveled the world together, making life-long friendships, collecting memories, and photographing some of the most scenic and magical places they could find. Morgan loved adventure and adrenaline… he even raced motorcycles for many years in Baja California. His Mexican racing friends called him “Periquito” (Spanish for little parrot, because he could talk… A LOT!).

Sadly, a tragic traffic accident took Morgan’s life in September of 2017. In the months that followed, Susie founded Periquito Adventures & Travel in his honor, lifting up his memory as she shares their wanderlust with all who wish to experience it.

Periquito Adventures & Travel focuses exclusively on taking small groups to beautiful places to do amazing things! You will get to see and do things with P.A.T. that you will not get access to with independent or large-group travel. Susie does all the legwork for you to create a safe, organized, fun, and flexible way to see the world. Moreover, the shared experiences realized through small-group travel promotes true and lasting friendships and are designed to expand your world and feed your soul.

Lori Kurszewski

Healthy Connections Coaching, LLC

Health & Wellness Coach, Speaker, Retreat Leader, and Mind-Body Medicine Group Leader

My education to become a certificated athletic trainer was primarily Western-based, with little exposure to alternative, complementary, or integrative practices. However, I became quite ill in 2011. When my personal health concerns showed little improvement with traditional medical care, I began exploring other means of healing. I personally utilized acupuncture, deep breathing exercises, herbs, dietary changes and Qi Gong to achieve results with asthma, hives, allergies and sinus infections. I also realized the impact emotions can have on anyone’s overall health. These successes lead me into the emerging field of health and wellness coaching, which allows me to partner with you, to explore and discover the best ways for you to realize your best health and healing. I look forward to holistically exploring your inherent, healing wisdom and your mind-body-spirit connections.

When not health & wellness coaching, I enjoy bicycling, nature walks, arts and crafts projects, gardening, and travel adventures.


Kathy Steele

KLS Consulting, LLC

Health & Wellness Coach/Speaker/Retreat Leader and Integrative Nursing Consultant

I believe each of us are responsible for, and in charge of, our own healing journeys and wellbeing. How we utilize our innate power to stay in balance as we journey is up to us. I am a believer in the idea that we are what we think, eat, and do (an integrative approach). To me, coaching is a natural extension of seeking health, wellness, and well-being, a process with which I have much experience through my career in nursing. The health & wellness model and the cairn construct make personal sense to me. My own life journey has not always been done in balance and it has led me to seek and emulate the cairn model while helping others to do the same. One of the ways that I experience a real personal sense of wellbeing is being in nature and with animals, especially horses.

I have been blessed with many callings (military nursing, teaching clinical nursing, being a graduate student in Integrative Nursing and Health & Wellness Coaching; and being a wife, mother, and friend). I come from a long lineage of cowboys and military members so perhaps that colors my positive mindset about life…the “can do” spirit. My purpose has been and continues to be about serving others and empowering others to experience an improved quality of life, health, and wellbeing.

Coaching individually (and in groups) allows me the privilege of sharing in the growth experience and “ah-ha!” moments of others. I advocate the top-down approach when looking at what life brings and exploring everything with curiosity. These attitudes let us see life through a much broader lens and they can often lead to new and different options when selecting a path forward in life situations. Ultimately, these approaches can result in a sense of balance and wellbeing.

I love being with people and watching them grow and immerse themselves in curiosity about how they live their lives and then move towards what they would like to do differently. Let’s explore that process together!

Chef Ivan & Chef Anne

Culinary Enthusiasts and Private Chefs, and
the proud Founders of Woods Kitchen

At Woods Kitchen, we focus on the premise that healthy meals should not only fuel bodies but also taste great and bring people together. That’s why bring the most sought after products from our kitchen to yours.

Based in San Diego, California, our products are crafted in small batches where we source carefully and responsibly, procuring only the finest all-natural ingredients. We never use preservatives, fillers or any other strange stuff, and offer options that are low in fat, and minimize the use of salt and sugar.

At Woods Kitchen Foods, we are here to be your culinary wing man! Fresh Ingredients, delicious flavors and ease of use are the key elements in all our products. Our sauces complement any protein or veggie dish and can be combined with other ingredients to create delectable dressings and marinades.

Whether you are putting together a dinner party for many or enjoying a quiet night at home, Woods Kitchen Foods is here to help. Our mission is simple: we want every one of your meals to be a special occasion.