The Retreat Project

July 9, 2021

Retreat - A mockumentary feature film

Retreat – A mocumentary feature film - tells the semi-autobiographical and often outrageous tragi-comic story of the chaos and insanity that surrounds a season of retreats at the mythical Tuscan resort of Il Santuario. Of course it’s based on our real life experiences running retreats…


2020 taught us many things. But one of the main things it has taught us is that community matters. Working together matters. Community can achieve great change. It can break through old patterns, and bring about transformations. We are already a huge community of 60,000 people and we can create something great together. A cooperative film, a story about life, hardship, friendship and love.

How to make a movie in a Bubble -

Actually we’re making two -

The first is the feature film – Retreat

The second is the feature length documentary that follows the process of the Retreat Project from its launch through production in the UK and Italy, and right up to the premiere early in 2022.

How do we achieve this? Over the coming months international travel will resume. Work related travel will be easier than vacation travel.

We expect a rocky start and an uncertain summer, but have booked out our retreat centre in Tuscany, together with additional accommodation for cast, crew and visitors, from September 18th to October 16th. The summer season is over but autumn is usually balmy, blue and magical.

Our concept for production is to bring everyone in for these dates – tested for Covid before they can enter the location, and tested regularly throughout the shoot – with all shooting confined to the locations we have booked, and control. Production in a bubble.

Although this is a low budget film, production value will be at the highest level, using state of the art cine-digital 6k capture and a fluid shooting style relying on gimbals, drones and a multi-camera approach – the film includes some big bravura scenes – outside parties, live music, stunts - and some really outrageous events that we are keeping under the lid for the moment..