6 Days Olive Picking Experience and Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

Grounding Meditation and Yoga Retreat Italy

Dive with Podere Maraviglia in the heart of Tuscany for the truly grounding olive harvest ritual. November is the month where the anecdotes are shared, where old and young reunite and stories are passed on to keep Tuscany’s millenary harvesting tradition thriving through the years. Enjoy the wonderful Tuscan autumn in a beautiful farmhouse set on a scenic hill and immersed in olive and oak trees, taste the tingle of just pressed olive oil, and practice yoga with Ania, founder of Daya Yoga Studio.

Meet the instructors

Ania & Samuel
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  • Hatha yoga practices
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Body impulse and spinal awareness workshop
  • Learn how to harvest Olive and how to process extra virgin olive oil
  • Hiking trip to the hills of Tuscany
  • Daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights accommodation


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request

During the retreat, you will be staying at Podere Maraviglia. Podere Maraviglia is a splendid ancient house with annex and private pool located near the charming village of Monte San Savino in a beautiful hill position. The house has a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside.

During the renovation of the approximately 400-year-old building, particular care was taken to maintain the original building structure, thus the house still enchants its guests with its former charm. The warm and natural colors of the cottage-style furnishings with some original furniture pieces contribute to a comfortable rustic living atmosphere. Rooms are in shared double occupancy, private rooms are available upon request. You will also enjoy in either choice a full access to the whole property and exclusive use of the villa.


November is the month where “green gold” comes to life, rural communities gather in the fields to hand pick the olives with ladders and nets. This is where the anecdotes are shared, where old and young reunite and stories are passed on to keep Tuscany’s millenary harvesting tradition thriving through the years.

Join Podere Maraviglia to experience this process firsthand, meet the locals, learn from them, and feel how the rhythm of nature intersects with Italian lifestyle and daily life. Through each step of the olive harvest, you will learn all about the secrets of making the finest Extra Virgin Olive Oil, you will see how connected man and nature need to be in order to get the best product.

In-between nature walks chestnut roasting by the fire and chatting at tree height with the old town’s people you will experience how this deeply grounding and empowering connection to nature reflects on your mind and body.

In this retreat, you will have daily Hatha yoga and meditation with Ania. Not only that, you will also have movement, body impulse, and spinal awareness workshop with Sam. Ground your root chakra among the century-old oak trees and indulge in seasonal home cooked vegetarian meals made with produce from our own organic fruit and vegetable garden.

Movement, body impulse, and spinal awareness workshop

The workshop is a masterclass in expressive movement designed to free the impulses in your body. The encounter will be based in psycho-physical exercises which depart from yoga, proprioceptive awareness and group improvisation.

The focus will be on spine flexibility, mapping of joints, elements of choreography, and giving and receiving impulses. This workshop is perfect for actors, dancers, and people familiar with yoga who want to expand into the space and anybody interested in moving the body.

Apart from yoga, you will also experience olive picking with nets and ladders, pressing it at the on-site pressing plant and fresh extra virgin olive oil tasting with bruschetta, white beans with sage, and rosemary with organic local wine!


  • 08:00 Wake up and reconnect - morning yoga and meditation session
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Olive harvesting, massages, nature walk, organic garden visits, and free time
  • 13:00 Organic vegetarian lunch
  • 14:00 Siesta or as they say in Tuscany "pisolino"
  • 15:00 Afternoon alternating activities - workshops, thermal baths, and Restorative yoga
  • 20:00 Organic vegetarian dinner
  • 21:00 Chat, share, read, and sleep

Included excursions

A hiking trip to the hills of Tuscany while listening to the stories and anecdotes of the land is included in the price.


Ania Lesniak
Ania is the founder of Daya Yoga Studio in Bushwick, New York. Yoga has been part of Ania's life since she came to New York City in 2000. She became a yoga instructor in 2008 under JhonT at the Atmananda Yoga school in New York. She teaches yoga in English and Polish and is certified in Reiki Level 1, Ayurveda yoga, and elements of Chinese Medicine. Capoeira is part of her lifestyle while salsa and swing heal her soul. Lately, Ania finds her inspiration in Ashtanga yoga, nature, and medicine of the land.
Samuel Angus
Sam will be teaching the spinal awareness workshop. Originally from Boston grew up in Tuscany where from a young age he already engaged in music, circus arts, street performing, and physical theatre. Sam was awarded his bachelors degree in music and philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College in New York in conjunction with BHU in Varanasi India, he also attended the MFA program at the ADA. Sam’s interdisciplinary approach has brought him to collaborate with a variety of projects and people, including painters, poets, musicians, dancers, actors, folk research, and pedagogy.


This retreat will take place in Tuscany, Italy.

Nearby places

  • Arezzo - 20 minutes
  • Florence Airport (FLR) - 1 hour
  • Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) - 2 hours
  • Monte San Savino train station, 3 kilometers
  • Monte San Savino, 2 kilometers
  • Perugia and Florence - 1 hour
  • Pisa and Rome - 2 hours
  • Pisa International Airport (PSA) - 2 hours
  • Siena - 30 minutes



  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant


  • Local market


All meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are included in the price. Seasonal homecooked vegetarian meals made using the produce from Podere Maraviglia own organic fruit and vegetable garden will be served to you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On your free time, you can enjoy massage sessions, afternoon at the thermal baths, horse riding, cycling, and go hiking. You can also go hiking the hills of Tuscany listening to the stories and anecdotes of the land or visit Monte San Savino numerous shops and its available services such as supermarkets, ice-cream shops, bakeries, butcher shops, bicycle rental, post office, banks, restaurants, bars, antiquarian, ceramic shops, and much more.

What's included

  • Daily Hatha yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Body impulse and spinal awareness workshop
  • Olive harvesting and learn how to process extra virgin olive oil
  • One bottle of the best olive oil
  • Hiking the hills of Tuscany while listening to the stories and anecdotes of the land
  • 3 daily vegetarian, organic meals
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Afternoon thermal baths
  • Massage sessions

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to Pisa International Airport (PSA), Florence Airport (FLR), or Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO).

From any of these airports, you can take a shuttle bus or train to Arezzo, which is the main city closest to the little town of Monte San Savino. Pickup from these airports is also available upon request. Once you have your travel plans, contact Podere Maraviglia with the details and they will help you figure everything out.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
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Arrival: Monday October 22, 2018
Departure: Sunday October 28, 2018

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