Yoga, Delicious Food & Nourishment Retreat, Tuscany 13th -19th September
Come visit a part of Italy which was very lowly effected, and which is abounding in beautiful small uncrowded towns, hillsides, and outdoor activities. Italy borders are now open and hotels have reopened for those able to travel (with full precautions in place) from the EU, and a limited number of other international locations.
Join our special collaboration with Enneagram coach and author Gina Gomez. We’ll enjoy themed self-nourishment workshops using the tool of the Enneagram as well as day trips which allow us to learn about the region and the cuisine/wine – this combines with the asana practice to deepen our mindful experience during the week in a balanced way. (COVID update: Enneagram coach Gina Gomez will be now leading our daily sessions live online).
The week is full of mindful yoga and scenic walks, seeking more about ourselves through workshops and savouring the highlights of the area with a food-focused itinerary, all in the land of mouth-watering cuisine and wine!
We’ll not only balance the week with the healthy “seek” part of the retreat, but also with learning about and experiencing firsthand the amazing flavours of this region. Each day, we’ll be able to enjoy mouth-watering cuisine and take part in tastings, from wine and olive oil, to cheeses, gelato, and, of course, the Italian espresso.
From award-winning restaurants to family farms and kitchens, learning and enjoying the food will be an added bonus to working up an appetite during our classes and walks! Each day will be a curated experience, with a yoga class, self-nourishment workshop, and food tasting – all combining to provide a sensorial and culturally rich mindfulness practice.
A daily meditation and yoga class will be offered at the start of the day in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles.*
Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students’ needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalizsed attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice.
Guests will not only enjoy the villa and encompassing estate, but also the richness of the Italian landscape and villages nearby. Day trips will allow students to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience. Trips include visits to small villages, and outdoor activities, even a day at a beautiful thermal spa where guests will enjoy a indulging dip in this area’s famous thermal waters.
See smaller villages that few tourists visit, and get a true education and taste of Italy with an olive oil, cheese, and wine tasting.
Besides visiting the lovely town of Chiusi, other nearby villages and other smaller “off the beaten path” uncrowded towns will be explored. We will take scenic walks through the area and see this part of Italy in a unique way unhindered by the usual crowds.
Each day will be a curated experience to combine a yoga class, self-nourishment workshop, and food tasting – all combining to provide a sensorial and culturally rich mindfulness practice
- Tuscan Tasting Tour (explore the special nuances to different cheeses and oils in the Italian diet)
- Winery visit with Tour + Tastings
- Thermal Spa Day – healthful visit to “take in the waters” at a Tuscan thermal spa
- Countryside tour (various village visits, historic museums and churches)
- Cortona (explore this hilltop city with a guided walk and free time to explore)
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience. The cuisine is simple, delicious and Italian, using fresh ingredients, from the onsite garden or from the local market in Chiusi, much of which is organically grown.
Dishes may include seasonal tastes like pumpkin risotto, pasta al forno, slow roasted fennel with red onions, salads with wild rocket, pecorino and fresh figs, and more. Selection is seasonal, and you can guarantee to love and appreciate each bite.
Our dinners will include a range from Italian family-style to multi-course tasting menus as well as tastings of the regional specialties throughout the week. We’ll experience tastings from where certain local delicacies are produced, like vineyards. And while on-site we’ll dine overlooking the Tuscan countryside, the villa’s breathtaking backdrop.
This magnificent yoga retreat will take place in the picturesque Italian countryside, along the border of Tuscany and Umbria. A beautifully restored farmhouse awaits your arrival, complete with sprawling vistas over the rolling hills in all directions.
Former cantinas and stables on the ground floor have been transformed into apartments that are works of art. One can immediately see the careful attention that went into restoring, decorating, and preparing these rooms. Two large apartments are divided into different rooms of various size accommodations, each complete with private bathroom and linens.
A large and open art studio awaits those interested in exploring various creative mediums while visiting, and also can serve as location for an “art as meditation” course or a journaling room.
The grounds are spacious with plenty of outdoor space to sit alone, relax on the outside terrace overlooking the meadows, or enjoying an open-air lunch. Also, the house is located on a large estate ground with plenty of hiking available and even a pool to cool you down in the warmer summer months.
Our hosts will spoil guests with their hospitality, mouth-watering cuisine, and fun-filled side trips. The owner, Julian, will lead us with his extensive knowledge of Italian cities and art history, which will allow for a special and unique look into the surrounding areas. Don’t be surprised when you leave feeling as if you have made friends for life. You’ll almost feel part of the family when you stay at this lovely property.
Don’t be surprised when you leave feeling as if you have made friends for life. You’ll almost feel part of the family when you stay at their lovely property.
Prices are in US Dollars
7 days / 6 nights (Sept 13-19, 2020)
Inclusive Retreat Price = $2,795
Deposit to hold space = $950
Max # Guests = 8
- Daily Breakfast
- Daily lunch
- Daily dinner (minus one dinner where guests have opportunity to choose their dining experience)
- Transportation to/from day trips
- Meditation and yoga classes
- Self-nourishment workshops with Enneagram coach (daily virtual classes)
- 30-min private coaching session
- Signed copy of “The Enneagram & You” book
- Welcome reception and aperitivo
- Tour guide on various day trips
- Cheese, Olive Oil, and Wine Tasting
- Thermal Spa day
- Visit to local Etruscan town of Chiusi with tour and pizza lunch
- Wine and cheese tasting
- Visit to hilltop town of Cortona (from “Under the Tuscan Sun” fame)
- Visit to the lake of Trasimeno with village visit and meal
- Pasta-making demo
- Use of yoga mats
- Tips & taxes
Does not include
* Florence (enjoy a full day in the Renaissance City with works of art, famous lookouts, special Florentine meal, and more)
* “Sensorial” Thermal Spa (healthful visit to a Tuscan thermal spa)
* Countryside tour (various village visits, historic museums and churches)
* Tuscan Tasting Tour (explore the special nuances to different cheeses and oils in the Italian diet)
* Siena – explore this Medieval city with a guided visit and free time to explore
What past guests have said
“My wife and I have participated on four of these retreats. Each time we have been completely captivated by the experience. The locations are absolutely spectacular. The food and wine is local, healthy, fresh and delicious. The daily trips are personal, structured (but not overly so), enthralling, adventurous and chic. This is not your uncle’s travel guide tour. Erin offers an intimate and deeply restorative experience. It is invitation to form lifetime friendships with people who are curious, joyful and fun. Many times we feel like we are not only getting a sense for a place but being invited to peer behind the veil and see what is invisible to many travelers, all informed by Erin’s appreciative eye for beauty, story and style. Finally the yoga is inclusive and healing. I love the music, the settings, the flow and Erin’s ability to meet you where you are at in your practice. This is our first choice for international travel, personal restoration and inspiration. We highly recommend the experience!”. – Rene – California, USA
“I can’t thank you and Julian enough for the amazing experience in Italy. It was everything I needed and then some. Thank you to both of you for your hospitality, fun spirit, teaching of yoga/art and warm presence. It was a blessing to me how our group came together and had such a fun time…I will most definitely be back on one of your retreats in the future.” Jessie, California, USA
This retreat in Tuscany was the perfect balance of culture, relaxation, and joie de vivre. Erin curates a retreat that makes you feel the furthest thing from a tourist, exposing you to the local haunts and gems of Tuscany. Thank you for so many beautiful memories made in Tuscany. I can’t begin to tell you what an amazing time I had! What an incredible, beautiful, and graceful woman you are. I can’t wait to join you around the world again! Thank you.” Marja, New York
How to get here
Nearest major airports: Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO – Rome), Galileo Galilei Airpot (PSA – Pisa)
Nearest local airports: Sant’Egidio Airport (PEG – Perugia), Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR – Florence)
Nearest train station: Chiusi-Chianciano Terme
Free transfer service is available from the Chiusi-Chainciano Terme station to the retreat location (only 15 min away) on the afternoon of the start date and morning of the end date. Full details will be provided at sign up.
To book this retreat in Tuscany, send your enquiry to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.