When: Sept 23 – 30, 2023
Where: Montepulciano, Italy (Tuscany)
What: 8 days / 7 nights retreat to the heart of Tuscany at harvest time when the weather is mild, breathtaking colors can be seen from the vineyards to the mountains, and tourists are waning. Your body and spirit will be nourished through daily yoga and meditation, local home-cooked cuisine, private vineyard and farm tours/tastings, thermal hot springs, cooking classes and more.
Stay at a gorgeous agriturismo (family run boutique hotel on a working vineyard) which has been lovingly developed for generations, in the original and authentic Tuscan style. Beautifully appointed rooms and apartments with private en-suite baths furnished in updated country-style decor.
Enjoy the abundant natural space of the farm filled with orchards, olive groves, vineyards, vegetables, fruit, medicinal plants and home to cows, horses, donkeys, chickens, doves, geese, and dogs. All of this just minutes away from one of the most quaint and historic villages in Tuscany – my absolute favorite!
Mornings begin in a covered outdoor platform for yoga and meditation, a tranquil setting to awaken the senses and experience inner peace and wellbeing. Followed by a leisurely breakfast in the on-site restaurant prepared by owner/chef Federico.
Days will hold a variety of optional activities and free time. (See what’s included and optional activities)
Late afternoons we share restorative practices and reflective circle time.
Most dinners will be on-site featuring seasonal, local products in beloved family recipes. Evenings hold the mix of social time and solitude that is right for you. And when the day’s adventures have stilled, stars are abundant.
Why: Tuscany holds a special place in my heart, as I lived there for a year and just keep going back! The people, the food, the land, all are so rich with diversity, deliciousness and amore! I speak Italian fluently and look forward to sharing Tuscany’s treasures with you.
Our yoga & meditation practice will be a blend of styles, accessible to all levels with a healthy mix of meditation, chanting, philosophy and laughter mixed in. My specialty for the past 23 years is Yoga Therapy and I am the author of 3 books on yoga, meditation and spiritual living. I hope you’ll join me, for a week of love, laughter, friendship and the Italian bella vita!
*All rooms and apartments have private en-suite bathrooms and some outdoor space.
*Apartments shared as triples are reduced by $200/ per person.
*Single supplement add $950.
The $500 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Balance due by June 21, 2023. A 4% processing fee will be added for Paypal. Cancellations prior to June 21 will receive a refund of monies paid, less the $500 deposit. No refunds after June 21.
Since last minute injuries, illnesses, work emergencies, world events, etc unfortunately do happen, travel insurance including travel health insurance is HIGHLY recommended. Passport required for travel to Italy.
To reserve a space on the Tuscany Retreat, make your deposit via Paypal using the link below. Also please email Jennie your preferred room type and any questions.
Transport by private van to and from Florence on first and last days including driver's gratuities. (* Transfers outside the scheduled pick-up or drop-off can be arranged for an additional fee)
7 nights accommodation at a gorgeous countryside hotel. Spacious, air-conditioned rooms, featuring quality beds, linens and lovely views and outdoor space.
Daily buffet breakfast
Four - 4-course dinners with a glass of wine from the owner/chef who will spoil us with delicious, authentic cuisine
Daily yoga/ meditation classes (mats not provided - please bring your personal mat)
On site Italian cooking class
Farm tour including lunch and local product tastings
On-site local wine tasting
Large outdoor swimming pool for relaxation time
Abundant garden space and walking trails on property and surrounding countryside
Free parking, wi-fi, and in-room safe
Mid-week room cleaning and linen change
Personal expenses and incidentals
Optional activities and transport other than those specified as included
Massage or private coaching fees and gratuities
For those who wish to venture out on their own, there is a train station close by, taxis are available, and private cars/vans can be arranged.
Participate in what you wish, skip the rest. You are supported in making your retreat perfect for you!
Jennie Lee is the author of Spark Change: 108 Provocative Questions for Spiritual Evolution (2020) 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 23 years, she helps people find their joy within, by overcoming stress, grief and anxiety through the transformative practices of classical yoga, meditation and writing. She is Certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), and the Yoga Alliance (RYT 500).
Jennie speaks fluent Italian, has lived in Tuscany and loves to share her passion for la bella vita italiana!
“My experience was amazing and overwhelming at times but all in a good way. The retreat totally exceeded anything I could ever have imagined it help me to see that I deserve to be joyful every day.”
“The retreat exceeded my expectations! All of your thoughtful planning is so appreciated.”
“A treasured experience in a beautiful setting with wonderful people!”
“So much joy, laughter, ease and happiness this week has been for me!”
“Location, culture, planned outings - the leadership, the learnings, the LOVE!”
“Everything worked together to make this an absolutely stunning week for me - the beautiful buildings and the philosophy, the nature and gardens, the excellent food and plentiful wine and wonderful yoga space and above all the kindness, caring and memories! All around a truly battery charging experience.”
“I am walking away with a refreshed perspective on life and the possibilities available to me.”
“I am walking away from this retreat feeling so much love, joy, laughter, and peace. It has put me back in tune with my body and all that it is capable of. Meditation shifted for me. Instead of being a place of pain and anxiety, it became a place of peace. Jennie was a constant loving supporter and teacher. The retreat was a place to heal, rest, adventure, dance, love, and learn.”
“On retreat in Tuscany, my senses came alive! The yoga was exactly what I needed every day and the spiritual peace truly helped me to consider some next steps in a different way.”
“Everyone was considered and cared for. The group was welcoming, open, fun and accepting. I am leaving with a sense of belonging.”
“A truly amazing and unique experience - the place was exquisite, the people made me feel like part of a community, and I learned yoga with enough confidence to continue in the future.”
“This retreat blew the lid off of what I was expecting! You gave an exceptional experience.”