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EFA Annual Meeting 8-11 October 2020

October 8 - October 11

EFA Annual Meeting 2020, 8 – 11 October 2020

A shout out to the Focusing community. Come and join us in the wonderful historic town of Bassano del Grappa in northern Italy, for a small intimate gathering, where we will have time to build our community – exploring possible avenues for collaboration, and of course enjoying precious Focusing time together and alone, riverside walks, delicious shared meals, and…grappa!

Dear European Focusing colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that we have secured a booking
for the next EFA self-organised annual meeting

at Bassano del Grappa – in northern Italy, for 8 – 11 October 2020.

Bassano del Grappa Old Town and Ponte degli Alpini bridge, Veneto province, Italy

The venue is lovely. You can see more information here

https://www.villangaransangiuseppe.it

THE VILLA ANGARAN SAN GIUSEPPE will be hosting us over the three days.

The Villa is located at

Via Ca’ Morosini, 41 36061 Bassano del Grappa (VI)

Tel. +39 331 418 72 84

We will have the use of a large meeting room (The Sala Morosini). There is an outside space also; beautiful gardens and grounds leading down to the famous river PO, which has a riverside footpath that leads all the way to the famous thirteenth century old bridge which you can see in the image above and which when crossed brings one straight in to the heart of the old town of Bassano. This footpath is wide and is much loved by walkers and joggers alike, so bring your running gear any of you who love to go for a scenic early morning jog.

For those who would like to stay on site, the rooms will be booked on a first come, first served basis as rooms on the premises are limited. Please read the entire email carefully for instructions on how to book yourself in as an EFA member.

(N.B. You might need to make use of Google translate as you browse through the website for the Villa Angaran San Giuseppe as they have recently upgraded their website and the option to translate in to English has not been reintroduced yet!)

MEALS:

Lunch and dinner are NOT included in the costs of the room and will need to be paid for separately at the time.

There is a good restaurant on the premises open to the public and to the other participants of the various social activities that take place there. This restaurant offers us the opportunity for shared meal times and caters to vegetarians and omnivores alike. Gluten and dairy free options can be arranged ahead of time. Breakfast is included already in the costing for the rooms.

There is also the option to eat out (together) in the old historical centre of Bassano.

Please email Lucy on lucy@wholebodycounselling.com if you are either vegetarian or gluten/dairy free so that we can notify the restaurant at the Villa Angaran San Giuseppe ahead of time.

ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES:

Check in from 2 pm on Thursday afternoon with a shared dinner on the premises.

Check out of bedrooms by 11 am on Sunday.

We will close our meeting at 1 pm and lunch will be available on the premises for anyone who wishes to stay on.

For anyone who wants to arrive earlier and/or stay on longer these arrangements to book in for extra nights can be arranged by yourselves at the time of booking, or potentially added on later if availability allows.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Bassano del Grappa is reachable by train.

NB trenitalia.com to check train times from wherever you are coming from. You can book online through this website or buy your ticket at the ticket office.

For those planning to fly, the closest airport is Venice Marco Polo airport.

To travel directly to the venue from Venice Marco Polo airport, you will need to travel to nearby MESTRE in order to change there for Bassano del Grappa. The easiest way to reach Mestre is to take the ATVO coach service which runs between the airport and the Mestre railway station. It’s a short and comfortable bus trip. Buses depart every hour. A total trip of 17 minutes and costs about EUR 8.00 Buy your ATVO ticket here >

How to get from the local train station of Bassano del Grappa to the Venue or to the hostel for anyone staying there:
The Villa is reachable on foot from the train station for those who like to walk – taking between 20 to 25 minutes (at a leisurely pace) from the train station. For those who would like to take a TAXI to the vIlla or the hostel this is the number to call:
TAXI: Tel. 0039 (0)424567774 :

The cost of a taxi from train station of Bassano del Grappa to the Villa Angaran San Giuseppe, Via Ca’ Morosini, 41
is between €7 and €10.

For those staying at the hostel:
The cost of a taxi from the train station of Bassano del Grappa to the Hostel Don Cremona, number 6 Via Chini
is also between €7 and €10.

ACCOMODATION:

In the Villa we have available to us

  • 10 single rooms each with it’s own private bathroom at a cost of €36 a night
  • 14 double rooms, each with its own private bathroom – at a discounted rate of €41 euros a night for singles
  • or at the full double rate of €60 euros for couples or two people sharing with twin beds.

Extra rooms AT THEIR NEARBY HOSTEL (Ostello Don Cremona):

https://www.ostellobassanodelgrappa.it

The Hostel is located at

Number 6 Via Lorenzo Chini

This website is already in English and Italian and so easy to browse through.

We have seven more single rooms at the hostel at slightly lower prices. These rooms will be kept for us up until the end of May, after which, if not yet booked, we will lose them, so please do email Maria (see below) and make sure that you have your place paid for and reserved, either at the Villa or at the Hostel.

  • 2 of these singles come with a private bathroom at €31 a night
  • And 5 other single rooms which come with the use of a shared bathroom for €26 a night.

The hostel Don Cremona is run by the same association as the Villa and so Maria Benedetta will take all of our bookings regardless of whether they are for the Villa or for the hostel.

Their hostel is 15 minutes or so walk away from the villa where we will be meeting each day. For those staying at the hostel there is the option to use a shared kitchen for those who prefer to self-cater. For people who would prefer an even more cost friendly option there are also shared dormitories at the hostel.

The listed costs of all of the different rooms covers bed and breakfast at both the Villa Angaran San Giuseppe and at the hostel (which is run by the same association as the Villa). The hostel is some 15 minutes or so walk away from the villa and also has the option to use a shared kitchen for those who prefer to self-cater. For people who would prefer an even more cost friendly option there are also shared dormitories at the hostel).

The Bassano del Grappa Hostel is located in Via Lorenzo Chini 6

By foot: From Bassano train station / bus: 1.4 km, 17 minutes.

The Villa is also reachable on foot – taking between 20 to 25 minutes from the train station. For those who would like to take a TAXI to the vIlla or the hostel this is the number to call:

TAXI Tel. 0039 (0)424567774 :

The cost of a taxi from train station of Bassano del Grappa to the Villa Angaran San Giuseppe, Via Ca’ Morosini, 41

is between €7 and €10.

For those staying at the hostel:

The cost of a taxi from the train station of Bassano del Grappa to the Hostel Don Cremona, Via Chini, 6

is between 7 and €10.

To Book Your Accommodation

please DO NOT do it yourselves via the internet booking but via EMAIL to Maria Benedetta (who is lovely and speaks English) on

prenotazioni@villangaransangiuseppe.it

She or one of her colleagues will reply.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to ‘CC Sari Pekki in
to your email to Maria Benedetta on
sari@spekki.fi

so that we know you are coming.

We have a special price for members of our group that you won’t get if you book online. Please include your name, that you are coming for the European Focusing Association meeting 8-11 October 2020, and your choice of room and exactly how many nights you will stay. Either Maria or one of her colleagues will respond by email.

PAYMENT:

We are imagining that we will be around 20 people:

Based on this estimation there is a single cost of €26 euros per person to be paid over and above the cost for the bedrooms. This cost covers the cost of the rental of the big room. Please add this amount to the cost of the three nights for whichever size room you are booking. Thank you.

Sending money abroad:

We are aware that banking charges can be costly when transferring funds across borders and Patricia suggests using a Borderless Account such as TRANSFERWISE. Patricia has found them to be very efficient and up to 8x cheaper than a bank. She suggests that you place into internet “transferwise”, to set up your account and follow the instructions which are very easy, alternatively, if you email her on patricf1956@gmail.com she will send you a direct invitation/link to set up an account.

Looking forward to meeting with as many of you as can come.

Happy New Year!

Warmly,

Lucy and Fiona

on behalf of the Steering group

N.B. Let’s all of us please make sure to comb through this email for answers to our questions such that we can minimise the number of questions to Maria Bennedetta. Thank you!

Details

Start:
October 8
End:
October 11
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Organizer

EFA – European Focusing Association
Email:
efa@efa-focusing.eu
Website:
https://efa-focusing.eu/

Other

Language
English
Level
All levels
Topic
All about Focusing
Type of meeting
In Person

Venue

THE VILLA ANGARAN SAN GIUSEPPE
Via Cà Morosini, 41
Bassano del Grappa VI, 36061 Italy
+ Google Map
Website:
https://www.villangaransangiuseppe.it/

©2020 European Focusing Association (EFA).

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