Discover How To
TRAVEL THE WORLD ON SPONSORSHIP
While Exploring Tuscany
May 21st to 28th, 2022
Are you a retreat leader, travel agent, travel blogger, or digital business owner who is ready to travel to your dream destinations in exchange for strategic posts on social media without chasing sponsors, doing tons of online research, and spending hours pitching with no response? If so…
I’ve got a secret to tell you…
Owners of accommodations, restaurants, tour companies, and travel-related businesses rely on bloggers, entrepreneurs, retreat leaders, and digital nomads to help them advertise.
They understand the power of engaged social media platforms when it comes to marketing their business. And, if you know how to position yourself to attract them, you can be the one they’ll want to work with.
Your engaged social media channels are the key tipping point that will allow you to leverage your business, market to your social media followers, and ATTRACT SPONSORS.
TRAVEL THE WORLD ON SPONSORSHIP RETREAT
During this powerful 7-day in-person training, you will discover how to
TRAVEL THE WORLD IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR EXPERTISE!
Sponsored Travel will help you connect with valuable partnerships, paying clients, marketing connections, and all sorts of exciting and unexpected opportunities that add new revenue streams to your business.
Wouldn’t it be exciting to
√ find out how you can travel longer and farther
√ build a digital entrepreneur life while exchanging your expertise for accommodations, meals, tours, and more anywhere in the world
√ collaborate with sponsors all across the globe
√ monetize your sponsorships!
This is not your typical run of the mill retreat.
This is a business, personal, and life-altering transformational experience that will create the radical results you are seeking in your digital entrepreneur life and business.
“There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.”
~ Tony Robbins
Why come to Tuscany with me?
Hi – I’m Marie!
I’ve been on a life-changing journey for the last decade. I’ve spent 10 years perpetually traveling the world ON SPONSORSHIP!
The pure joy I have in “studying” people, places, cultures, and local life, has allowed me to create a life of freedom and meaning.
Why learn from me?
To date, I’ve traveled to 53 countries and negotiated more than $500,000.00 worth of sponsorships. I’ve experienced everything from skydiving, to spending an hour with Rwandan Gorillas, to private dinners on yachts, to over the water luxury bungalows, to sunrise hot air balloon trips over vineyards in Tuscany, and everything in between!
There is no other program or retreat like mine…that I can guarantee!
I teach digital entrepreneurs how to incorporate sponsorship into their business so they can experience the world and dream destinations in exchange for their expertise.
During this retreat, you will have hands-on experience working with local Tuscan travel businesses while learning how to implement my strategies and tools to attract, pitch, and build relationships with sponsors anywhere in the world!
Imagine gaining the valuable knowledge and confidence to pitch and receive almost every sponsorship you desire and even profit from for the rest of your digital entrepreneur career.
Envision learning the strategies behind everything you do, but more importantly, possesing a meticulous, step-by-step, project plan that leaves nothing out and takes nothing for granted as you implement it.
Now imagine achieving all this knowledge while you sit outside in a gorgeous villa surrounded by olive orchards and vineyards, sipping on cappuccinos, wine, and eating the most glorious homemade Italian food.
This is the first program of its kind that…
IT’S BUILT WITH FOCUSED, RAPID IMPLEMENTATION IN MIND
No filler. No unnecessary modules, and no extraneous or premature strategies that look sexy on the surface, but do nothing but overwhelm you and sabotage your progress.
During this retreat, we will FOCUS ON THE “NITTY GRITTY”.
Since this retreat is an implementation program, you WILL be getting your hands dirty with marketing. Not only do I make it dead simple, but I take nothing for granted, and really go step-by-step to make sure you build your brand and pitch to sponsors with confidence.
Each morning, surrounded by the beauty of Tuscany, we will work together to walk through my A-Z Project Implementation Plan for Confidently Receiving Your First and Multiple Sponsorships.
I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from my 6 + years of traveling on sponsorship (with over $500 THOUSAND + DOLLARS in sponsorships) and channeled it into a comprehensive, step-by-step implementation program that not only teaches you the high-level theory but the actual EXECUTION of how you can do the same.
How would it feel to have a clear vision and set roadmap for your digital business?
Awesome is how it will feel!
While we are in Tuscany we will dive deep into what’s working and not working for your blog and social media channels. We will also be working on transforming the limiting beliefs that keep you in confusion. You will get clear about what brings you joy and how to reset your mindset to achieve your digital business goals. It all starts with belief in yourself!
It won’t be all work and no play…
I have some incredible activities in store for you!
If you’re worried that we’ll be doing nothing but work, don’t. I’ve collaborated with some of my past sponsors and have put together some awesome things to get up to while in this beautiful part of Italy.
Think…wine tasting, art and culture tours, cooking classes, and more!
Read on to see what we will be getting up to…
“The closer you come to knowing that you alone create the world of your experience, the more vital it becomes for you to discover just who is doing the creating.”
Our Magical Accommodations
Surrounded by beauty, we will explore our theme
Travel The World on Sponsorship
This gorgeous traditional Tuscan villa is a beautiful historic 14th Century (possibly even older) farm estate or ‘podere’ which has been lovingly and tastefully restored.
Patrignone is set on top of its own hill reached by a long, winding private road through 150 acres of forest, olives and vines, with uninterrupted 360-degree views over the Tuscan landscape and valley below.
It is the perfect setting for peaceful walks, sunbathing, cycling and exploring. It has a lovely pool with one of the best vistas in Tuscany, and a peaceful Koi pond surrounded by cypress trees that keep it shaded and cool.
It also has the large Terracotta Terrace where we will sit each morning for our sessions and where we will enjoy a welcome and farewell banquet.
There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy a glass of local wine and watch the amazing sunset over the towers of San Gimignano and the snow-capped Apennines on the horizon.
I’m ready for my Tuscan Adventure!
Our Special Guests
Valerie Shakti Botazzi
Spiritual Teacher & Coach
Valerie is a best-selling author, 3-time entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and Fulbright Scholar.
A happy survivor of over 30 years in the corporate world, Valerie has experienced firsthand the emptiness that living out of alignment with purpose can bring.
As a certified coach, she teaches her clients how to make the same journey she has: that of quieting the analytical mind so that the inner wisdom can blossom. The women who work with her become deeply connected to their own soul’s work and lead a life of inspired action, purpose, passion, and prosperity.
Valerie uses all she has learned in transforming from a General Manager to Medicine Woman to teach life-changing, transformational workshops live and online. Her step-by-step processes empower women to enhance their lives with meaning by saying “yes!” to their spiritual gifts.
A remarkable blend of Argentinean, Italian and American cultures, Valerie is an honest, deeply transparent, heart-centered, courageous, and colorful woman. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to exotic places with her husband and sons.
I am blessed and honored that Valerie will be joining us and helping us to connect our passions and mindset to our businesses.
It is a thrill and honor to have Nikki speak at our retreat. She will offer her unique perspective as a travel lover, ex-pat, and digital business owner.
Nikki’s love affair with Italy began in the year 2001 on her first trip to Florence, of which she fell totally in love and felt a strong connection to the country. It was there that her passion for Italy started and grew continuously until 13 years later she plucked up the courage to leave her secure 6 figure corporate income behind in Sydney, Australia to move to Italy and follow her dream.
During the past 6 years of living in Italy, Nikki has been working in the real estate and holiday rental industries. Nikki’s passion for helping overseas buyers led her to create her business Italy Property Consulting and offering the first course in the country and industry titled “Purchase the Dream” where she coaches her clients through the property purchase process and introduces them to the leading specialists in the industry. She has helped people from all over the world turn their dream of purchasing a property in Italy and creating their own La Dolce Vita into a reality.
Nikki has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Millionaire magazines, HGTV’s Mediterranean Life has written three Amazon best-selling books, and also writes the Real Estate segment for Italy Magazine.
Nikki runs a community on Facebook called “How to Confidently Buy Property in Italy and Live La Dolce Vita”.
Linda Beach is a retreat design expert and travel lover with over 30 years of experience teaching others how to create a business they don’t need a vacation from.
After founding a chain of spa schools in 1998, Linda became a regular contributor to an international spa magazine. That’s when she stumbled upon her first sponsored trip, a fun week lounging in spas and pools in sunny Las Vegas. She was hooked and has since been sponsored dozens of times all over the world.
In 2015, Linda sold her schools and founded Linda Beach Coaching. She also became one of Marie’s first students and through that journey, Linda learned how to build her blog, grow her following and snag bigger and better sponsorships.
Now she travels the world and teaches others how to uplevel their businesses by hosting profitable in-person and virtual retreats. Linda has become a pro at blending her retreat planning with sponsored travel and is so excited to share her secrets with you!
Bibi LeBlanc is an award-winning, best-selling author and founder of Culture to Color, an indie publishing company.
She was born and grew up in West-Berlin, Germany, during the Cold War when The Wall surrounding her hometown was a very present reality during her growing-up years.
Bibi has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. She’s owned and run different businesses over the years, a skydiving equipment business, a consulting and travel business, to name a few. She is an active real estate investor and is working on several books.
During a chance meeting in a Facebook group, Bibi and Marie met for a coffee, and her interest in forming a digital business and sponsored travel grew. After taking several of Marie’s Masterminds, her dreams were born.
Her business, Culture to Color gives her the opportunity to share her love of exploring destinations through her photography by turning them into a different medium, coloring books, to share with the world.
Bibi will be joining our retreat and speaking from her unique perspective of the owner of a product based digital business and how she uses them to travel the world on sponsorship.
Simon & Verity
Simon & Verity are the owners and operators of Podere di Patignone the 14th-century villa we will be enjoying during our retreat.
They took the business over in September 2007 from Simon’s mother Carla, who still helps out in the kitchen and the garden, and have been successfully maintaining the high standards that are synonymous with what visitors expect of the Tuscan region.
They will be discussing with us what they look for when they say “Yes” to a request from a digital entrepreneure/blogger for complimentary accommodations and other services in exchange for exposure and marketing.
This is a perfect opportunity to get the “nitty gritty” from the source! An opportunity like this is an excellent way to learn how to approach a sponsor and how to negotiate and ultimately convert them into paying clients!
Larissa Riley Photography
Larissa is our official photographer/videographer/drone expert for our time together in Tuscany.
A passionate photographer, nature lover, creative, entrepreneur, authentic, world traveler, funny, loving – so many words to describe her.
Since 2014 Larissa has been a professional photographer with Wildlife, nature, and night photography being her greatest loves. She has since won many local photography competitions and on 27 May 2018 won an international photography competition with her photographs of lightning. The first lightning storm she ever attempted to capture won best in the world amongst 62,295 photographs throughout the world.
Since then her work has been exhibited in many cities throughout the world, Stockholm, Berlin, Paris, Cape Town, New York, Budapest, London, Athens, Barcelona, and Singapore to name a few. She had her photographs featured in Magazines, advertisements, and even on book covers. Her photos adorn the walls of one of South Africa’s top Lodges.
We are lucky to have her capture our wonderful week together and her offer to create packages for each of you that you can purchase to remember our time together.
Our Tuscan Itinerary
The juicy details…
Saturday, May 21st, 2022
√ Meet in Italy at a TBD location
√ Private van pick up
√ We will enjoy a beautifully scenic drive to Podere di Patrignone.
√ Stop for lunch at a scenic restaurant
√ Arrive at Patrignone, take time to settle in, take a site tour, and prepare for an evening welcome dinner.
√ After dinner, we can all enjoy a leisurely evening and an early night to prepare to jump right in the next morning!
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
√ Module 1 – Sponsored Travel 101 Morning teaching session with traditional Tuscan breakfast
√ Private Van pickup and scenic drive
√ Wine tasting and tour of a vineyard
√ Medieval village tour and dinner
√ Return to Patrignone
√ Evening Prosecco or Wine
Monday, May 23rd, 2022
Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
√ Breakfast on the Veranda
√ Private Van pickup at 9:00 am and a scenic drive to the Mediterranean Sea
√ Private full day Catamaran tour including meals
√ Return to Patrignone 8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
√ Module 3 – The Perfect Pitch Morning teaching session and breakfast
√ Cooking class at Patrignone and lunch
√ Private coach pick up for tour and dinner
√ Return to Patrignone
√ Evening Prosecco or Wine
Thursday, May 26th, 2022
√ Private Van pickup at 9:00 am and a scenic drive to Florence.
√ Private guided tour of Florence including
- Accademia Gallery, the City Center
- Piazza del Duomo
- Piazza San Giovanni
- Piazza della Repubblica
- Palazzo Strozzi
√ Lunch at a restaurant between Tornabuoni and Santa Maria Novella
√ Return to Patrignone
√ Guest Speaker Linda Beach
√ Late lite dinner and drinks
Friday, May 27th, 2021
√ Module 4 & 5 – Landing Your First Sponsorship & The Follow-Up Morning teaching session and breakfast
√ Guest Speaker Nikki Taylor
√ A free day to relax
√ Optional trip into a nearby village for lunch
√ Prepare for departure
√ Farewell banquet
Saturday, May 28th, 2022
√ Early morning private van pickup and drop off at Airport
What’s Included and What’s Not…
- Villa accommodation as listed, single or double-occupancy
- Airport transfers at arrival and departure
- Daily breakfast
- Lunches & dinners as listed in itinerary
- Welcome dinner at Podera di Patrignone
- All tours and entrance fees for activities listed in itinerary
- Private driver and guide for tour days, including tip
- Mastering Sponsored Travel course materials
- Lifetime access to the online Mastermind and the VIP Private Student Group
- Traditional Tuscan farewell dinner at Podera di Patrignone
What’s NOT Included:
- Airfare from/to Italy (it is your responsibility to get to the meeting point on the first day)
- Meals not listed on itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages or drinks not part of planned menus
- Personal expenses: souvenirs, laundry, phone calls, extra services, taxis for personal use, any activities/tours not listed that you arrange on your own
- Trip, personal, or medical insurance
- Tips for meals you purchase on your own
$5,995 USD per person double occupancy
$6,995 USD per person single occupancy
$450.00. USD Non-Refundable Deposit is Required to hold your spot.
I am SO ready for thisTuscan Adventure!
A few weeks before we head out on our journey together, you will be mailed a guide (and other goodies!) that will prepare you for the work we’ll do together in Tuscany! This will be filled with ideas and tips to get the wheels turning!
We will gather together a few times via Zoom before we take off to build connections, support each other, and get to know each other as we prepare for our Tuscan Adventure!
As soon as you register you will be part of our MST Tuscany 2022 FB group where you can begin connecting with your fellow travelers, look for your roommate, get updates, share photos and build excitement for our journey together!
Take me to Tuscany!