Culture, Self Discovery and Yoga Retreat in Lucca, Italy 14th – 21st September

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Culture, Self Discovery and Yoga Retreat in Lucca

Join us for our culture, self discovery and yoga retreat in Lucca. Nestled in this lyrical landscape, and a short distance from the medieval city, we find a true haven for relaxation, Villa Boccella — an immaculately restored 17th century Tuscan estate.

The area around Lucca, is often referred to as the ‘green island of Tuscany’. In the verdant splendour of this countryside, we take our first day to relax and settle into our exquisite surrounds. Take the day to swim, read and walk in nature or just perfect the art of il dolce far niente – the sweet pursuit of doing nothing – as you acclimatise yourself from your hectic life to the soothing balm that is Villa Bocella.

The path to creative awakening begins each morning in the Boccellina garden with our yoga and meditation class. Wake up to the sweet scent of jasmine with views of the Pizzorne mountains on the horizon.

Our morning sessions are followed by a deliciously abundant patio breakfast, lovingly prepared by your host

Follow the enchanting trails that lead you past the wild thyme or simply bask by the pool, in the golden light of the afternoon. The focus of this retreat, is manifesting the muse within you!

So we have designed a week of artisanal workshops, and immersive experiences ranging from wine making to silk weaving – but have also included plenty of time for you to soak it all in and enjoy.

Accommodation

An immaculately restored 17th century Tuscan estate, Villa Boccella and its gorgeous grounds provide the ideal setting for our Culture, Self Discovery and Yoga Retreat in Lucca.

Cuisine

Local, and seasonal fruits and vegetables are at the heart of our ethos, and in Tuscany we are in a food lovers paradise.

Your taste buds are in for a real treat, as our epicurean journey takes us along the DOC trail of Lucchese wines and olive oil.

From rustic farm-table lunches and pasta-making at a vineyard, to dining al fresco in ancient piazzas – the delicate flavors of the region, are sure to ignite your senses.

Retreat schedule

Each morning wake up to the sweet scent of jasmine, or perhaps take a chair under the rose-covered pergola.

You might be inspired to follow the enchanting trails that lead you past the wild thyme and rosemary bushes or simply bask by the pool, in the golden light of the afternoon. The focus of this retreat, is manifesting the muse within you!

So we have designed this yoga and food retreat to offer a week of artisanal workshops, and immersive experiences ranging from wine making to silk weaving – but have also included plenty of time for you to soak it all in and enjoy.

DAY 1
WELCOME
1:00 pm Meet at Florence or Pisa airport
Transfer to Villa Boccella, Lucca
3:00 pm Check in at Villa Boccella
5:00 pm Welcome Prosecco and tour of the Estate
7:30 pm Aperitivo al fresco on the patio
8:00 pm Welcome Dinner at the Villa with master local chef Aurelio Barattini of Antica Locanda di Sesto

DAY 2
SUNDAY SILKWORMS AND VILLA
7:30 am  Meditation (optional)
8:00 am  Yoga in the Boccellina Garden
9:30 am  Breakfast on the Patio
10:45 am Departure for Camigliano
11:30 am Private Tour of Villa Torrigiani
1:30 pm  Lunch at Agriturismo cashmere goat farm – Local cheesemaker Monica Ferrucci will prepare a vegetarian lunch for us at her agriturismo, where besides tasting her delicious cheeses, we can visit her cashmere goats.
3:30 pm Silkworms + Workshop with Stefania Maffei
4:30 Transport back to Villa Boccella
6:00 pm Free time
8:30 pm Dinner at local Trattoria Erasmo – a restaurant run by the Marucci family since 1760

DAY 3
TOUR OF LUCCA
7:00 am  Meditation (optional)
7:30 am  Yoga in the Boccellina Garden
9:00 am  Breakfast on the Patio
10:00 am Departure for Lucca
10:30 am Tour the medieval town of Lucca
1:30 pm Lunch in the Garden Room at Ristorante All’Olivo
3:30 pm  Free Afternoon in Lucca
8:00 pm Aperitivo on the patio
8:30 pm Dinner at the Villa prepared by local chefs Leonardo and Monica

DAY 4

VILLA BOCCELLA
7:30 am  Meditation
8:00 am  Yoga in the Boccellina Garden
9:30 am  Breakfast on the Patio
11:00 am Astrology Workshop or massage with Isa Vor
1:00 pm Cucina La Vita – Lunch lovingly prepared by your hosts Lisa and Jacqui
4:00 pm Free Afternoon or massage with Isa Vor
6:30 pm Aperitivo, Art + Exploring Archetypes
8:00 pm Transfer to Lucca
8:30 pm Dinner at Aurelio’s restaurant, Antica Locanda di Sesto.

DAY 5
PIETRASANTA and MARBLE QUARRY
7:00 am Yoga
8:30 Breakfast on the Patio
9:30 am Transfer from Villa Boccella to Carrara
10:45 am Tour of Marble Quarry
1:00 pm Lunch at Colonnata
3:00 Visit to Artists Workspace
4:00 Pietrasanta
6:00 pm transfer back to Villa Boccella
8:00 Aperitivo in the Boccellina Garden
8:30 Dinner with Florentine chefs Leonardo and Monica

Day 6
Lucca DOC Wine Trail
7:30 am Meditation (optional)
8:00 am Yoga
9:30 am Breakfast
10:30 am
12:00 pm Pasta making at a Vineyard
1:00 pm Lunch amongst the Vines
3:00 pm Podere Concori. Private tour of cellars with winemaker Gabriele da Prato
4:30 pm Transfer back to Villa Boccella
5:00 pm Free evening or massage with Isa
8:00 pm Transfer to Lucca
8:30 Dinner at Buca di Antonio or Giglio (fuori)

DAY 7
7:30 am Meditation
8:00 am Yoga
11:00 am  Morning Astrology and Archetypes Workshop or massage with Isa 1:00 pm  Lunch on site ~ Cucina L’VE
3:00 pm Afternoon Free or massage with Isa
6:00 pm Transfer to Lucca
7:00 pm Puccini Concert at Church of San Giovanni
9:00 pm Dinner at Butterfly (michelin starred restaurant, named after Puccini’s opera)

Retreat Price

Prices are in Euros
€1895 for a Shared Room – Twin or double bed available
€2295 for a Private Room

Includes

• Group transfer from and to airport
• Welcome prosecco upon arrival
• Daily sessions of meditation and yoga instruction
• All meals during your time with us
• Your accommodation at Villa Boccella
• All group sightseeing and activities
• Transportation to and from activities
• A private tour of Renaissance Villa Torrigiani
• A visit with Silkworm breeder and silk workshop
• Guided tour of Lucca with bicycle ride of Renaissance walls
• Lunch with local cheesemaker on cashmere goat farm
• Visit to several organic and biodynamic vineyards
• Pasta-making class with local master chef
• A private tour of marble quarry at Carrara
• Guided visit of Pietrasanta and artist studio
• Personalised treatment with local masseuse
• Transformative astrology workshops
• Art sessions focusing on personal archetypes

Does not include

• Airline tickets
• Travel Insurance (which we highly advise)
• Room Service & minibar
• Any additional spa treatments & shopping
• Meals and Activities when you’re not with the group

What past guests have said

”Lisa – You truly are an inspirational yoga teacher.  Thank you for sharing your passion and wisdom. I have newfound confidence that yoga is for me.” Priscille Le Blanc,  Montreal, Canada

”Jacqui – This was one of the best days of our entire trip! Palermo must be the street food capital of Europe. Along with the tasty and interesting food, Jacqui shared with us the intricate history of Palermo explaining its diversity. Spending an afternoon with her at the market, gave us an intimate look into life as a local. We were so thrilled to discover places that were truly off the beaten path — the city is a like a jigsaw puzzle. We never could have done it without her.” Janice Meadows, New York City.

”Lisa – What a wonderful and magical teacher you are!! Thanks you for sharing your gifts with us.” Jennifer Schunemann, Massachusetts

How to get here

You can fly to either Pisa or Florence airports, and we will have a group transfer organised to bring you to your hotel.

Arrival: Guests will be greeted upon arrival at the hotel for check-in commencing at 4pm.
Departure: Group airport transfer from 10AM on the final day.

Booking

To join us on our Culture, Self Discovery and Yoga Retreat in Lucca fill in the form below, or you can contact the team direct on retreats@soulseedmedia.com with any questions you may have.

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