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This summer yoga retreat in Tuscany balances good health with good living, perfectly! Spend a week luxuriating in an 800-year old farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside and immerse yourself in an old-world appreciation of healthy slow food cuisine, wine, nature and yoga wrapped in a little luxury!
Replenish your energy, deeply recharge body and mind, and bring back the shine to your life!
Dating back 800 years and originally built as the main house to a large farming estate. The beautiful stone “casali” has been elegantly restored to offer the perfect balance of modern luxury with characteristic charm.
Each of the ten rooms in the house are en-suite, offer full amenities, and all have views of a stunning Tuscan landscape. There is a saltwater pool to lounge by, an organic garden from which our meals are prepared, and endless fields of vineyards, olives, and rolling hills to stroll.
2:00 p.m. Van pick-up at the Santa Maria Novella train station in center of Florence
3:00 p.m. Check in: Rooms are ready at 4:00 pm. You can swim and relax if you arrive earlier.
5:00 p.m. Opening yoga
7:30 p.m. Welcome aperativo and dinner
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:30 a.m. Van departs for SMN train station in center of Florence
11:00 a.m. Check-out
Begin leisurely with an Italian cappuccino or a replenishing ayurvedic morning tea overlooking the Tuscany countryside. Take a morning stroll through the fields and forest enjoying the luxury of pure peace and breath-taking beauty. Late morning you meet in the yoga studio to meditate and practice yoga with an exceptional teacher, Josie Sykes, her spirited yoga classes artfully weaving breath, asana and body awareness into intelligent sequences to open your heart, body and mind!.
Begin with mouth-watering salads, soups and healthy Tuscan delights. After lunch the afternoon is free to siesta, swim, enjoy a book by the pool or perhaps try your hand at a Mediterranean cooking class with villa chef, Marion Riedmiller. If you wish to venture into the countryside to explore a famous medieval town (Siena, Volterra or San Gimignano), you can either rent a car or hire a private driver. For the more physically adventurous, you can trek in the forests, hike or horseback-ride in the neighborhood. At sunset each day we re-convene for a rejuvenating and informative yoga workshop and pranayama session.
In Tuscany are pure magic as you enjoy your meal, family-style under the stars, appreciating la bella vita!
This retreat will take place at an 800-year old farmhouse on a picturesque hilltop in Tuscany, Italy. The farmhouse is located near Florence, Siena, and Pisa. Originally built as the main house to a large farming estate, this beautiful stone "casali” has been lovingly restored to offer the perfect balance of modern luxury with characteristic charm.
During this retreat, you will enjoy farm-to-table breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. All of them will be elaborated with fresh vegetables from the organic garden and olive oil grown on the estate.
You will have the option of doing an excursion to the famous medieval town of Siena, a visit to the wondrous open-air church of Galgano, wine tasting at a local vineyard, or a local jaunt off the beaten path to catch a glimpse of local village life. For the more physically adventurous, you can trek in the forests, horseback-ride in the neighborhood, or hike and swim in local rivers or nearby hot springs.
For an additional cost, you can book a massage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Santa Maria Novela train station (SMN) in Florence. Transfers from and to the train station on Sunday afternoon are included. Exotic Yoga Retreats will pick you up from the station. Please note that one group transfer each way is included in your retreat price. If you need to travel at a different time you will be responsible for arranging and paying for this service. Exotic Yoga Retreats cannot make exceptions to this.
You may choose to arrange your own transport either by renting a car or hiring transport, Exotic Yoga Retreats will credit you 100 USD per person. The villa is quite remote so if you plan on touring the region, you may consider renting a car in Rome, Florence, or Pisa. (Please note that most cars in Europe are stick shift, not automatic.)