When you think of Italy you may conjure up images of fine wines, food hearty enough to suppress the most insatiable appetite or natural beauty only a poet could describe, but I think of a birthplace. The birthplace of an annual learning and bonding experience dubbed the Clark Lab Retreat. I know the name lacks the flavor of Italy, but we are scientists after all. It all started on what I can assume was a warm night on a Tuscan hillside. Drs. Clay Clark and Sarah MacKenzie were attending the Gordon Conference on Cell Death in Barga, Italy. (You can read the blog here.) During a conversation between the two, the Clark Lab Retreat was born.