La Dolce Vita Castle Retreat
September 17-23, 2017!
This annual retreat is held in a perfectly located spot in the heart of Tuscany, in an authentic 15th century castle, on Etruscan estate land, “Fattoria Palazzo di Piero.” With over 600 acres of productive olive groves, vineyards, wooded stands of oak and pine, hidden ponds and creeks, all of the castle and outside spaces create an enchanting getaway.
Up a long oak-lined drive sits the Castle, full of magic, beauty and genuine character. It was built in 1599, complete with medieval loggia, bell tower and fresco-lined chapel. Grand living rooms and dining hall spaces in the old Tuscan style serve as a perfect location for guests to come together to share food, practice yoga, meditate & immerse in the beauty of the land.
Outside you may play and restore al fresco in the Italian gardens, full of rare and exotic trees and a beautiful swimming pool. Retreat guests have the option of lodging in the comfortable bedrooms of the Castle’s sleeping quarters, or in a villa on the castle grounds. There are plenty of spaces to spread out and sink into castle life. The sprawling estate offers much in the way of privacy and solitude.
We suggest you plan your longer day trips to Florence, Siena or Rome either before or after the retreat. Spending time at the castle, settling in and giving yourself the luxury to restore and immerse in mindfulness and rest is highly recommended. Visiting the ancient Etruscan villages such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Montelcino, Chiusi and Sarteano is within reach by car, 20-30 minutes away.
Fattoria Palazzo di Piero is located just 2 km from Sarteano and 4 km from Chianciano. Guests will be provided group transportation by shuttle bus, at a group appointed time, from the Rome airport on September 17.
Guests arriving by air from North America, the U.K. or other, should purchase a plane ticket coming into Rome di Fumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International airport.
The castle is a working farm and produces completely organic wine and extra virgin olive oil. Both are considered strictly Tuscan, following traditional procedures and seeing the process through from the growth of the olives and grapes until bottling. With over 2500 olive trees and rapidly growing vineyards around the castle, the property has become a large contributor to the Agrituristo business in the last decade. Guests will have the opportunity throughout their stay to learn all about traditional Tuscan methods used in producing the area’s oils and wines.
Every morning guests will feast on a bountiful Italian-style breakfast complete with healthy protein options, fresh fruit and yogurt, freshly baked croissants, breads, jams, cereal, and a lovely selection of coffees, teas and juices.
When not dining in a neighboring hill town, you will be invited to gather for an enticing 4-course Tuscan meal at the castle, lovingly prepared by our amazing In-House Chefs. Special food requests are available. Vegetarian options are available. Wine and olive tasting is included.
Jane Reeves leads retreats both nationally and internationally. Her Italy castle retreat, “La Dolce Vita,” is an annual event, held every September. Jane has been guiding people toward wellness for over 20 years through yoga, retreating and life coaching. Life, Yoga or Meditation Coaching will be provided to each attendee by Jane. Every day guests may attend classes that include yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. All classes are held outdoors under a sacred circle of pines, to encourage openness, compassion and loving-kindness. There will be morning and afternoon sessions for connection and gathering. On September 20, a new moon evening ceremony will be held during the retreat. All levels are welcome and encouraged. Loving-kindness meditations will be part of our daily practice.
Lodging options include:
Shared lodging, shared bathroom $2,225
Private lodging, shared bathroom double bed $2,325 twin bed $2,225
Private lodging, private bathroom $2,425
- Daily yoga & meditations
- Personal yoga & holistic consulting
- Morning Italian style breakfast
- Private chef for most evening meals
- Wine tasting
- Swimming pool
- Small kitchen stocked with healthy snacks 24/7.
- 2 Excursions
- Concierge for planning day trips
- Lodging for 6 nights including sheets, towels, laundry available
- New Moon ceremony
- Transportation from the Rome airport
*We will provide a massage therapist on site that you may hire for treatments. We recommend bringing your own water bottle, and using the water in the castle for drinking as the water is fine and safe to drink. The castle staff is also available to help arrange other day trips or side trips, including your transportation once the retreat is over. (not provided in the package)
Please do take a moment to review the Castle Retreat Cancellation Policy
Joy. Breath. Grounding. Elation. Deep, deep connections.
Attune with the seasons and subtle rhythm of life – Jane crafts retreats that revolve around the place they’re held and evolve as energy and practice deepens.
Always on my short of favorite memories and always on my short list of ways to care for myself – I return to these retreats, and the thought of these retreats, time and again.
Thank you Jane!
Jane’s classes are designed for true yogis. I appreciate Jane’s personal guidance. Hands on when necessary. Leading by example when necessary. Breaking down each pose so we get it right. And then practice each pose. I appreciate that you insist on good form and posture. I appreciate your messages at the beginning and end of each session. I know that my spiritual journey is my own, but I appreciate your input and involvement in it. You remind me to be open to the world. To soften. To allow. Jane has taught me how much I need yoga in everyday life.
– Alissa Kovala
From the first time I took a class from Jane, I felt encouraged and safe. I attribute this to the intelligent sequencing she chooses. I appreciate that Jane has had years of teaching experience to draw from and share with your students. Janes style is comfortable, warm and open, but challenging. I love the deep connection I feel in her class.
– M. Early
When I am in the presence of Jane leading a class, I feel joy, I sense true compassion, feeling such total acceptance that whatever level of yoga my body is in is the perfect spot for me, and I feel honored to be in the presence of her shared articulate pearls of wisdom, obvious that Jane has lived this yogic path for years. Being with Jane is like having a door opened to a truly wonderful love filled space, where being present right now is the source of true peace and harmony.
- Debb Sather
I love Jane’s style of teaching. Each class is different and unique. Jane is very knowledgeable and affirming as a teacher. Jane encourages me to go farther in my practice. I love the “wholeness” of Jane’s approach to yoga. It is not just about the physical challenge. It includes the spiritual and mental aspect as well. Jane uses a rounded holistic approach that takes into consideration all aspects of life.
– Susan Riley
Her instruction is based on intuition so each class is inspired by us, the students, and not a rote routine.
While I am focused only on my own aptitude, the collective energy of the class brings me to a new, deeper level of practice.
I often walk out of Yoga Jane’s classes renewed and thankful for the moment in which I find myself. Time slows down and the now presents itself through guided acts of breathing and mindfulness; I honor my body by listening to its present state.
I would recommend Yoga Jane’s classes—group, retreats, or individual–to anyone curious about yoga or wanting to deepen his/her current practice.
– Tessa Gunther
I was curious about her new offering as a Desire Map facilitator. It was a truly wonderful “retreat.” Time to reflect and take myself away from my busy life. For the first time in a long while I got in touch with my feelings. Knowing my CDF’s is really enlightening. It’s a solid roadmap and it helps me know that I truly know myself.
– Suzanne Abrams
I loved working one-on-one with Jane and Desire Mapping. I’m not a group person and this way of doing the work was really comfortable for me. I gained so much perspective and clarity on my core desired feelings. I had done it alone prior to this but Jane’s experience and knowledge of holistic living made a huge difference. She encouraged me but she also asked me to go beyond and explore areas I wouldn’t have done on my own. She held a beautiful space for me to grow.
– Olivia Stone
I was able to connect deeply with myself and learn so much. It was beautiful and rich. Sharing my core desired feelings as we partnered really helped me narrow them down and the reflection time together was lovely. Jane did a wonderful job uniting the Desire Map experience and yoga. We used our bodies to go deeper into our hearts.
– Mary McCarthy
It gave me the opportunity to connect to my deeper self. Jane creates great warmth, energy and space for gathering. She tends to draw out our higher qualities and allow us to reflect, get clear, and shape our vision for transformation.
– Holly Johnson
My time at Jane's retreat in Tuscany was nothing short of magical. In addition to being treated to the best food, wine, company, and views, I was able to find the calm that had been missing from my busy American life. I grew strong and centered from Jane's morning yoga and evening meditations, and in between I was inspired and led joyfully inward, finding peace within myself in an intentional and long-lasting way. I will bring with me out of this retreat a mantra with great personal meaning, a set of memories of beauty and peace, and a deeper knowledge of how to apply yoga and meditation into my every-day life back home.
Being at the Castle Fattoria Palazzo di Piero was absolutely amazing. Arriving at the castle there was an immediate sense of caring, a strong welcoming; a 'presence'. The intimacy was palpable. It is gorgeous. It is loving. It is fun. I recall a couple days into the retreat, and "needing" to raid the kitchen (stocked with fabulous leftovers), I was walking through the castle as freely and easily as if was my home. And, for that lovely week, it was. What a gift !! What an experience !! Our Host, Bernice and our personal chef were EXCEPTIONAL, every meal was "to die for". Truly, wonderful.
Yoga with Jane was totally awesome. Jane is gentle and encouraging and teaches within the framework of loving kindness.
I loved it. I recommend to anyone that is reading this - and thinking, yes GO!
Jane knows and is passionate about Italy. Her Italian castle yoga retreat offers participants an authentic immersion experience into Tuscan food, wine and culture while inviting yoga, relaxation and rejuvenation on the grounds of a historic castle surrounded by olive trees and vineyards owned by the same Italian family for generations. C'mon! This is the Italian retreat you dream about!