Tuscany May 2019

A Loving-Kindness Retreat in Tuscany

May 26-June 1, 2019

Join me for a nourishing week of beautiful self-care in the cradle of magnificent Tuscany. Immerse in a replenishing week of gentle yoga, meditation, flowers, fauna, sunrise, sunset, vino, lovely cuisine, amazing humans, lots of laughs, tears, love, joy and everything in between.

It’s my honor to be your teacher and guide on this extraordinary adventure in Italy. You’ll learn how to take yoga off the mat to feel more harmony in mind, body and heart.

Prepare for enchanted moments in the lush bloom of May,  time to appreciate the essence of sacred land, sampling the gorgeous regional food and wine, and receiving uncommon hospitality.

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.

~ Giuseppe Verdi

Our retreat location, Fattorio Del Colle is a tranquil oasis that lies in an untouched corner of the countryside, in the south of Chianti. The estate is a small hamlet miraculously unspoiled through the course of the centuries. At the heart of the hamlet stand the 16th century villa and chapel including the old sharecroppers dwellings which have been lovingly renovated into rooms of the agristurismo. Included on the property are a well known restaurant, Osteria di Donatella, a wellness space and a cooking school. The ancient land, villas, and chapel are infused with ancient charm, a dose of mystery and an invitation to unfetter your senses.

Fattoria Del Colle is home to the only all women owned winery in Italy.  They produce the memorable Brunello wines. On the retreat guests will experience daily yoga, meditation, wine tasting, olive oil tastings, cooking classes, an excursion, and time to restore energy.

The estate lies on the land that gives birth to white truffles and an extraordinary extra virgin olive oil, inherited by the founder, Donatella Cinelli Colombini in 1998. Currently Fattoria del Colle grows 160 hectares of cereal crops, 6 hectares of olive groves and 17 hectares of vineyards with Sangiovese, Merlot, and Traminer  varieties as well as Foglia Tonda an old autochthonous vine abandoned for more than a century, that they have re-launched. The Colle’s altitude at 204 m above sea level and the great difference in temperature between day and night due to the vicinity of the  “Crete Senesi” determine the particular wealth  of aromas in the wines of this area that are intense, complex and extremely fine.

The wellness center at Fattoria del Colle offers a breath-taking view of the Val d’Orcia and Crete Senesi – Tuscany. In the wellness centre there is a Turkish bath, sauna, relaxation room, sensorial shower, foot bath and Jacuzzi. The massage room and the vinotherapy cave with its juniper wood tub, are known for their detoxifying qualities and magical elixirs. The Casato Prime Donne wines are used for bathing in and for cosmetics such as grape dust, saline wine face scrub, massage wine serum, all of which contain rejuvenating essences. All contain healing energy from the ancient land that surrounds the estate.

Fatoria Del Colle is ideally located for exploring the historic peaks and swells of the Val D’Orcia. Among the many pathways we’ll explore are the ancient estruscan hill towns of Castelmuzio, San Gionvanni D’Asso, Montalcino, Pienza and San Quirico D’Orcia.

Italy is a dream keeps returning for the rest of your life.

~Anna Akhmatova

I’ve spent considerable time immersing in Italian culture, and specifically the medieval hill towns in Tuscany. I genuinely believe Tuscany and the Val d’Orcia region is an ideal locale for retreating. Italy naturally imbues happiness through it’s beautiful cuisine, art, history, and sacred spaces. I’ve witnessed transformation within myself, and with all of my Italy retreat guests over the past few years. Tuscany is a place that once visited, engages the heart, and calls it back again and again.

My intention is for guests to surrender to a much needed break from the world while practicing morning yoga classes that are slow and steady, meditations that restore, chanting, mudra and mantra practices to enhance the experience. All of these practices help us to make friends with the moment and see our basic goodness. We’ll have magical evening ceremonies and a special guest or two!

This retreat is a totally unique way to dwell in Tuscany. I’ve been fortunate to create an insiders custom experience, that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and cared for from the inside out. My friendships, and love for Italy has made it possible for me to create these extraordinary boutique gatherings just for you.

The Retreat Includes:

  • Daily Yoga & Meditation
  • 6 nights lodging, private or shared
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Group transport to the retreat on May 26, 2pm from the Rome airport (Fiumicino)
  • Pasta (Pici) making class
  •  Hill town Excursions
  • Tour of the wine cellars and tasting at Fattoria Del Colle

 

Lodging packages range from $2,995-$3,395

Guests may request private or shared lodging.

Room options are based on availability.

View the estate and rooms here.

Registration Is Now Open!

This retreat is ideal for those interested in establishing a yoga & meditation practice, or those who are interested in deepening a newer practice or getting inspired about a long term practice.   Each morning there will be asana,  guided meditation, then dharma talks.

Yoga classes will be gentle and restorative in nature. Guests are invited to look into old patterns that are ready to be shed, new ways to be in their body and time out for self-compassion.

Guests are encouraged to travel to other areas in Italy before or after the retreat, so that the retreat itself can be a time for replenishment, centering into the experience at Fattoria del Colle,  and embracing self-care practices.

After lunch, guests have free afternoons to take a slow stroll throughout the grounds, nap, receive an astrology reading, get a massage, read a book under a tree, or simply pause into rest.

A second yoga and meditation class will be offered most afternoons.

If you would appreciate a few insider tips about travel plans before or after retreat, ideal ways to be in Tuscany, and some of the bigger cities such as Rome, Florence, Naples and Venice.

Write to us here.

 

 

Please do take a moment to review the Retreat Cancellation Policy

 

Payment for Italy Retreats including early bird rates, is due in full at time of Registration.