When: Sept 12 – 19, 2020
What: Retreat to the heart of Tuscany at the fall harvest. Experience the perfect balance of an authentic Italian village, with characteristic architecture, history, unique shops, cafes, and locals riding their bikes around town.
Where: Lucca, Italy (Tuscany)
Our villa sits in the Tuscan hills above Lucca, a classic walled town, one of the few remaining intact, about 1 hour from Florence and about the same from the coast.
Why: Tuscany holds a special place in my heart, as I lived there for a year, many decades ago. The people, the food, the land, all are rich with diversity and deliciousness! I speak Italian fluently and look forward to sharing Tuscany’s treasures with you. I teach classical yoga & meditation, and will be offering a variety of practices for all levels. My specialty for the past 20 years has been Yoga Therapy and I am the author of True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment and Breathing Love: Meditation in Action. On this retreat, we’ll be celebrating the launch of my third book, SPARK CHANGE! So I hope you’ll join me, for a week of love, laughter, friendship and the Italian bella vita!
For those who wish to venture out on their own, the train station is approx. 15 minute walk from the villa and/or taxis are available. Day excursions to Florence, Pisa, Siena, Porto Venere and many other quaint Tuscan towns are easily accessible.
Note: Participate in what you wish, skip the rest. You are supported in making your retreat perfect for you!
The $500 deposit is non-refundable. Balance due by May 1, 2020. A 4% processing fee will be added for Paypal. Cancellations prior to May 1 will receive a refund of monies paid, less the $500 deposit. Cancellations after May 1 are non-refundable, with any outstanding balance fully payable. Since last minute injuries, illnesses, work emergencies, or deaths in the family unfortunately do happen, travel insurance is highly recommended.
Passport required for travel to Italy.
Register below or contact Jennie for more information.
7 nights accommodation at a gorgeous countryside villa in spacious European style rooms, featuring quality beds and linens and lovely views.
3 meals / day from our private chef who will spoil us with delicious, authentic cuisine, accommodating any dietary needs. (two lunches and one dinner not included as you are sure to want to sample local restaurants in town!)
Beverages, including wine with dinner
On site Italian cooking class
Historical tour of Lucca
Daily yoga/ meditation classes
Transport by private van to and from Florence on first and last days
Swimming pool for relaxation time, and walking trails on property.
Jennie Lee is the author of Breathing Love: Meditation in Action (2018) and True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness and Spiritual Fulfillment (2016). A Yoga Therapist for the past 20 years, she helps people find their joy within, overcoming stress, grief and anxiety through the transformative practices of classical yoga, meditation and writing. Jennie has been a lifelong rider and owned numerous horses. She loves integrating yoga and meditation with horse interaction.
Jennie’s writing has also been featured in dozens of wellness blogs and magazines. She is Certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), and the Yoga Alliance (RYT 500).
“Having never been on a yoga retreat, I wasn’t sure what to expect. That said, it exceeded my expectations! The guidance and yoga practice, meditations, and conversations allowed me to stop and reflect and the writing workshops were helpful to become aware of how to move forward and unblock the flow. I loved the group that gathered and the shared experiences.”
“Everything was a delight to experience.”
“I loved this retreat for its depth, and introspection. I go home with a renewed sense of self and direction. I came with fears in my heart and leave free of those fears.”
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“This is my third retreat with Jennie and I have gotten so much out of every one. Her retreats are like hitting the ‘reset button’ helping me to re-energize and get grounded. I enjoy her teachings and style of yoga, not to mention how she helps me overcome my challenges and fears.”
“It was an amazing experience. I cannot thank you enough for bringing joy back into my heart. I have met so many amazing independent women and I have learned that yoga is not just for the fit and I can gain spiritually from continuing that practice. I will forever be grateful for the joy now in my heart.”
“This retreat was exactly what I needed. I feel refreshed and recentered. Jennie is an excellent yoga & meditation guide.”
“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was a wonderful combination of yoga, personal reflection, relaxation, centering, riding, writing, and connecting with others. I only wish it were longer!”
“Jennie Lee shows up wholeheartedly to offer a beautiful experience for each of her retreat attendees. She is intuitive, loving and kind. This is my fourth retreat with her and it exceeded my expectations in the quality of yoga and curriculum.”
"Through the retreat I gave myself permission to hope and dream again, to nourish myself, and move confidently forward."
"Jennie is an authentic, light, fun, deep, experiential and magnificent teacher. One stand out feeling I have after the retreat is a relaxed confidence and acceptance of myself which feels huge."
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"I am so grateful for the guidance and opportunity to go deep into self-reflection. Life changing. You have helped me start on the path to pure love."
"It was such a gift to have private time with Jennie and benefit from her insight, clarity and wisdom."
"… and I have been on many worldwide retreats….A perfect blend of personal growth, a variety of yoga practices, and group activities, all held in a gentle, loving energetic container. I will carry Jennie’s words and positive energy with me, and am so looking forward to the next retreat already."
"I came on retreat for spiritual growth and reconnecting with my true peaceful nature. This retreat gave me that and more!"
Jennie is an amazing teacher. I appreciate her patience and guidance on meditation and the physical yoga practices.
"I loved that she mixed philosophy in with our practices. She did different styles of yoga and meditation so I could try different things. I seriously feel like this was one of the best experiences of my life."
"This is my fourth retreat with Jennie and I continually appreciate and tell others the planning she embarks upon, her deep knowledge and passion about yoga and meditation, and how she makes it all so accessible to everyone."
I worked through some major blocks, let go of a lot of stress, and realized my need for self-care, physically and mentally.