La Dolce Vita Castle Retreat
September 9-15, 2018!
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. A powerful 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:
- Daily yoga & meditations
- Personal yoga & holistic consulting
- Morning Italian style breakfast
- 4 course 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
- New Moon ceremony
- Transportation from the Rome airport September 9 between 12:00-1:00pm
*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
My experience at Jane's Tuscan Castle Retreat was rich and meaningful beyond my dreams and expectations. Jane embodies the best of feminine spiritual leadership. She is deeply present with each retreat participant and able to speak wisdom directly into the heart of each person's practice. She teaches loving kindness by embodying it in her own life and practice. She's the real deal, a mentor of the highest caliber, who walks her talk every day, as well as being warm, funny, and fun and a great friend to share a glass of wine with. To experience this kind of leadership in an absolutely dreamy setting like the Pallazzo di Piero was just beyond! Italy will break your heart open with beauty, sensuality, art, spirit, and history, and at the castle you are in the very heart of it, on sacred Etruscan soil. This retreat will be a great gift to your life.
Jane's Italy castle retreat is the perfect balance of Tuscan yoga magic and some seriously well executed logistics.All details are covered - including travel, local flavor, food, activities and self-care. This makes way for a deeply restful and nourishing yoga experience.Jane's teaching style (both on and off the mat) is deep and pure. Messages are delivered with humor, grace and a tone of love and empowerment.I'd especially recommend this retreat to a person who longs to travel and go deeper into yoga posture and philosophy- but is in need of guidance, security and TLC.
To say that Jane's yoga retreat in Italy was one of the most amazing experiences ever is an understatement! From the beautiful land of the Palazzo Di Piero, to the delicious food provided by a private chef, to the delectable wine, to the incredible gathering of souls, it was all you would dream of and more. Jane is one of the most authentic and loving yoga teachers that I have had the privilege of studying with in my 17 years of yoga practice. Her knowledge, insight and gentle nature is truly inspiring in every way. You will not only feel held in the arms of Mama Italy, you will feel supported in every way by the stunning and radiant light of Jane's beautiful heart. I hold this retreat as one of the most incredible journeys I have ever taken and am filled with love and gratitude for all that she provided. I so look forward to the time when I can join her again in this sacred healing space of love, laughter, friendship and adventure. Graze Mille from the bottom of my heart.
I have been a participant in Jane’s retreats for a number of years and I have always felt grateful for Jane’s ability to provide a safe and nurturing place for deep reflection and restoration. When I arrived at the Palazzo de Piero for the retreat in Italy, I knew this would be a sacred and healing time for me. Jane had created six days of many kinds of movements and opportunities: Yoga that was grounding and soothing, dharma talks that reminded me of what is important, time alone to rest and reflect, time with other wonderful like minded people to bond with, and lovely Tuscan meals, and opportunities to explore Tuscany. And then there was even more, because Jane brings a team of wise people and healers that further enrich the experience. I left the retreat with a renewed sense of wholeness, new life insights, experiences I will never forget, and new friends who are now companions on the journey. I am deeply thankful to Jane and her ability to create these opportunities for reflection, connection, and rejuvenation, and for her loving and accepting presence.Thank you so much Jane.
I attended Jane's fall 2017 yoga retreat to beautiful Tuscany, Italy and I have nothing but rave reviews!! I mean staying in a castle eating wonderful food and enjoying some beautiful Italian wine all while doing some soul searching and wonderful yoga outside with an amazing yoga instructor, who could ask for anything more wonderful?! The stay at the castle is magical and historical on its own right, but doing that among other wonderful people is just so great.Jane's teachings of "loving kindness" is apparent everyday. It's such a simple yet powerful reminder for our daily lives. Doing yoga and meditation in the circle of pines is absolutely magical!Nothing but the highest recommendations for this retreat...it's a must do!
There are not enough words to say how important this retreat was in my life. Coming off eighteen months of total upheaval in which my entire life, quite literally, had been shattered at my feet into thousands of pieces, I needed a quiet place to get clear. I had done enough emotional work already to know it was time to fully shed those old stories and embrace a new one, but I didn't know what that was yet. Jane and her team not only sourced and created a magical environment in which to do this work ... I mean, who doesn't want to do yoga in a castle? ... but they also held for me the exact sort of space I needed to make this big leap. I was able to hear once again a call that I had heard strongly in childhood, but had allowed many years of 'normal living' to drown out."Not only did I come away refreshed, healthily fed by our amazing chef and well exercised from gentle yoga ... but I knew exactly what my next step was. And I even received my 'commissioning' into my this new life through a wonderfully confirming astrological reading. When I came home, I sold the rest of what I own and two weeks later, I'm hitting the road to travel the world wherever the spirit moves me. This is my new path, and I bless Jane and her team for helping me rediscover it after 20 years of forcing myself to forget.
I returned from La Dolce Vita yoga retreat in Tuscany renewed, enlightened and inspired. Jane created space for me to learn, to feel, to quietly listen & to knowingly transform.Jane has a gift of meeting each student wherever they are on their yoga journey, from beginner to fellow yogi. She supports and gently guides her students physically, spiritually & emotionally on their own path.Sometimes I need to stop and take care of myself, whether it’s a 60-second meditation to calm my ever-spinning mind or a 90-minute yoga class to open, stretch, relax or invigorate my body and soul. She reminded me of how important a regular daily practice is to stay healthy, happy and in tune.I will take away the wisdom & history of the ancient towns we visited along with the magnificent beauty of the landscapes, where colors and textures are so drastically different, you almost have to pinch yourself to believe they are real. I am inspired to get out and experience so much more!From the beautiful daily practice to the assemblage of this totally unique and amazing group of participants to the delicious delights of Chef Teri, we were nourished each day.