7 Day Gaia Gourmet Retreat (with a side of yoga) in Tuscany
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Gaia Gourmet Retreat (with a side of yoga) in Tuscany, 1st – 8th October

This retreat includes a concierge planner to help you with your travel plans. Contact retreats@soulseedmedia.com to book and request further info on the retreat

Description

Join chef Naga and Liz Lindh for their Gaia Gourmet retreat in Tuscany! We have crafted a delicious week with cooking classes, wine & cheese tasting, truffle hunting, sight seeing, shopping, daily Yoga and more! All of our culinary delights and adventures have been curated by Chef Naga in alignment with our Gaia Gourmet philosophy. We have chosen foodie-focused excursions (everything is optional), and have also left some unstructured time for you to explore on your own or relax with some quiet moments on this beautiful property.

We will journey to another Sanctuary in the Chianti region of Tuscany, the heart of the “Golden Triangle” between Senna, Arezzo and Florence; La Selva di Giordano. This magical property, overlooking the gentle slopes of the Arno valley, is a vast 32 acre natural garden of ancient oaks, olive groves, grape vines and overflowing meadows with indigenous wild flora and fauna. Similar to our beloved Sanctuary in Costa Rica, two flowing streams of water enhance the potent high vibration of the land. The totally restored 17th century farmhouse, two additional smaller villas, a spacious studio specifically for Yoga, four salt water swimming pools and an outdoor amphitheater are peacefully nestled into this healing environment, intertwined as if in symbiosis.

Although the main villa was built more than 300 years ago; the recent restoration has maintained the spirit of the house with respect to the original architecture and use of hand-made and natural materials following bio-architecture parameters. The design and decor are simple and comfortable, with inspiring use of light, art and antiques. The owner is an artist, visionary, florist and arborist who stumbled upon this run-down property while hiking and has passionately and wholeheartedly enlivened it beyond its original beauty.

Sample Schedule

Monday October 1
1:00pm Meet in Florence for lunch to enjoy a vegetarian tasting menu with wine paring. From there will all ride the train together (purchase ticket online from Firenze S. M. Novella to Montevarchi-Terranuova) and share a shuttle from the station to La Selva with a stop at a local Slow Food farmer’s market for savory delights and bio-dynamic Tuscan wines.
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Tuesday October 2
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Cooking Class with Lunch & Wine
7:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Wednesday October 3
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Boutique Bio-Dynamic Winery Tour with lunch (additional charge)
7:00 Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Thursday October 4
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Montevarchi open air market, shopping & lunch out
Cheese Tasting (additional charge)
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Friday October 5
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Cooking Class with Lunch & Wine
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Saturday October 6
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Truffle Hunting with lunch (additional charge)
7:00pm Light dinner (bring your own wine)

Sunday October 7
8:30-10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Breakfast
Cooking Class with Lunch & Wine
7:00pm Celebration Dinner

Monday October 8
9-10am Breakfast
10am Departure shuttle to Montevarchi-Terranuova Station

About the teachers

Liz Lindh
Liz Lindh is licensed and board certified Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a NCCAOM diplomate in Chinese Herbal Medicine, a holistic skincare therapist and natural beauty expert, and yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and a Masters of Oriental Medicine degree from the East West College of Natural Medicine.

She is currently the director of The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, a unique eco-conscious yoga and wellness retreat and yoga teacher training certification center in Costa Rica. Here she created Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga and Wellness through which she offers Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training certification programs and other wellness trainings throughout the year.

Dr. Lindh has has treated Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actors and directors, Grammy Award winning musicians, authors, dancers and artists of all sorts to inspire creativity, beauty and focus. She has worked with professional athletes in the field of sports medicine for injury treatment and prevention and enhanced performance. Her extensive experience in Integrative Medicine includes research and treatment of stroke patients at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, touring with a rock band as their private acupuncturist, presentations on complementary and alternative medicine at the University of Miami, the development and implementation of a therapeutic yoga, meditation and wellness program for cancer survivors through an international non-profit support group, the creation of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training curriculum approved by the National Yoga Alliance, and the formulation of her own line of herbal elixirs and beauty products.

Liz’s mission is to promote personal and global healing, to enhance the expansion of love, awareness and consciousness, and to support the wellbeing of all creatures.

Chef Naga
Chef Naga is a self-trained Plant-Based Chef. In 2001, after having profound life-realizations while on a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat, Naga became a vegetarian. As his sadhana developed in the fields of Yoga and Meditation Naga found himself co-creating The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, an eco-conscious yoga retreat and teacher training center 100% off-the-grid in the jungles of Costa Rica.

Inspired by a love of world cuisine and meditation, Naga embarked on a spiritual journey to learn about one’s true Self and debunk the myth that vegetarians solely eat steamed vegetables and brown rice. Chef Naga developed and honed his meditation and culinary skills by embracing the Empirical scientific method of running experiments, analyzing data, adjusting accordingly and repeating again and again. The results of this refinement process are multidimensional vegetarian and vegan dishes with rich and complex flavor profiles as well as gluten-free vegan desserts that are nutrient dense and plate-licking amazing, not to mention a fairly focused yogi.

Retreat price

Prices are in US Dollars
$2100

Includes

* 2-3 organic gourmet vegetarian meals each day (no lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday)
* Italian espresso, an assortment of teas, fresh seasonal fruit for snacking, high vibration spring water for drinking and bathing
* Accommodations in a beautifully restored 17th century Tuscan Villa (double or triple occupancy room with shared bath) and full access to the common areas, daily housekeeping, access to laundry machines
* Wifi
* A vegetarian tasting menu with wine paring in Florence
* 90 minute asana & meditation practice each morning
* Round trip shuttle between Montevarchi-Terranuova station and La Selva on arrival and departure days
* 3 cooking classes & lunches with wine
* Unlimited enjoyment a 32 acre nature preserve including olive groves, gardens, wooded trails, hanging lounge beds in the forrest, chaise lounge beds for sun bathing and salt water swimming pools
* Concierge assistance planning your travel

Does not include

* Transportation
* Lodging in Florence
* Optional group excursions
* Additional food, wine or personal care necessities, meals out
* Optional wellness services

Booking

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