Yoga and Mindfulness retreat in Tuscany
Our retreat in short
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Why this retreat?
In a nutshell
This offering ticks our extensive boxes for a perfect Italian retreat: a rural, traditional farmhouse in an outstanding natural setting; a handful of comfortable en-suite apartments; truly welcoming hosts, one of whom is Italian; exceptional home-spun food with an irresistible Italian and local flavour; a beautiful, fully equipped, tucked away yoga and meditation studio, previously enjoyed and utilised by Buddhist monks; and optional on-site ayurvedic massages and treatments.
Half way through the retreat, we will also be offering an organised half-day trip to the nearby little-known Tuscan coastline, around 40 minutes’ drive away, with the chance to sample a local restaurant and swim in the sea!
Our host farmhouse
Our host farmhouse sits at the top of a steep hill and is surrounded by a captivating Tuscan landscape of dense forestland, rolling vineyards and scattered traditional villages. The nearest village to our retreat centre is around 30 minutes’ walk away. You’ve been warned: the climb back up is steep, and super-dark at night!
Formerly used as a small Buddhist monastery, we were immediately taken with the tone of tranquillity and contemplation at the heart of this special place. Tucked away at the back of the house, the yoga and meditation studio has a particularly calming feel, and is surrounded by trees and Buddha statues.
Whilst the apartments vary in their décor and aspect, all have their own private outside space. Some have private terraces with views stretching towards surrounding deep forestland. All are comfortable rather than luxurious, and entirely in keeping with this setting.
Whilst there is no swimming pool due to challenges brought by the steep terrain, there is a small Jacuzzi, from which to gaze out at the landscape. We are also excited that there is also a newly built yoga terrace near the house, yet in the midst of trees - a setting we’ll definitely be enjoying if the weather allows.
Yoga and meditation classes
On this retreat, we’ll be offering three practice periods on the average day: two yoga and mindfulness sessions of 90 minutes each - one in the morning, one early evening. Also: a 30-minute before-lunch mindfulness class. All sessions are entirely optional and tailored for all levels.
Typically, each morning class will be more active and flowing by nature; evening class will explore soft, contemplative elements of the yoga tradition such as yoga nidra (deep guided relaxation, enjoyed lying down) and super-gentle restorative yoga. All will be underpinned by mindfulness: an invitation to attend to our present moment experience with gentleness and curiosity.
All yoga mats, bolsters and blankets are provided.
Juice diets and detoxes are definitely not our particular thing; you will treated to home-baked cakes and desserts, balanced by a plethora of healthy. zingy salads and seasonal soup and vegetable dishes. Think gorgeous Tuscan cheeses, olive oil sourced from surrounding groves, and the option to sample local Italian wines (at extra cost).
All food is vegetarian by default; with advance notice, vegan and gluten-free diets can be catered for. As is usual on retreats, the group comes together for each meal.
We find meal-times one of the (many) true joys of being on retreat: taking time to savour a meal, exchanging experiences with fellow guests, sharing the bounties of the land, having everything prepared and cleared away - really, what’s not to love?
Room 1 - Altar room.
Room 2 - Toliman Room
Room 3 - Elnath Room
The rooms balances comfort and style. Located on the ground floor, it overlooks the central courtyard.
A word or two about your teacher
Over the years, she has been privileged to have enjoyed teachings, retreats and training from well known yoga and meditation teachers such as Judith Lasater, Bo Forbes, Sarah Powers, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Christina Feldman. Most recently, she has participated in retreats and trainings led by Uma, Martin Aylward, Mindfulness in Schools and Bangor University (studying Mindfulness Based Approaches at postgraduate level for two years). She is ia long-term student of London yin teacher, Norman Blair.
Standard: £999 per person
Twin/double occupancy:Earlybird: £799 per person
Standard: £899 per person
Triple occupancy: Earlybird: £699 per person
Standard: £799 per person
This retreat may be for you if you are:
- Looking to go away on a retreat that combines yoga and mindfulness, but requires no prior experience.
- Seeking to take time out for your own wellbeing, in a holistic, nurturing environment.
- Anyone new to yoga, mindfulness or meditation looking for a relaxed, informal setting.
- Seeking to practice yoga and mindfulness together.
- Comfortable en-suite apartment with a charming and rustic, rather than luxury, feel. Apartments can be for solo use (strictly limited) or shared with one other known guest.
- Three yoga and mindfulness classes over most days, excluding the first and last day of the retreat. On the day of the half-day beach trip, there will just be one morning class.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the first day, dinner will be included; on the last day, breakfast will be included. On our half-day out to the beach, lunch will be excluded, as we’ll try out a local restaurant or cafe.
- Half-day trip to a nearby beach (meal excluded).
What's not included?
- Flights and airport transfers (approx 30 euros each way)
- Travel insurance
- Any massages or other treatments booked
- Any wine or alcohol
We arrange a group transfer for guests arriving on the recommend flights. Transfers cost approx 60 Euros return. If you would like to take an alternative flight, transfer arrangements can be made. Please contact us for further information.
A typical day (may change)
On retreat, your days will mostly look something like this (please note: on the day of the arranged half-day trip to the coast, there will be no classes):
- 7.45-9.15am: Mindful yoga
- 9.30am: Breakfast
- 12.30-1pm: Mindfulness session
- 1.30pm: Light Lunch
- 4.30pm: Afternoon tea
- 5.45-7.15pm: Gentle yoga, mindfulness
- 7.30pm: Three-course evening dinner
All meals are vegetarian by default.