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2023 Tuscany Retreat

Sept 23 – 30

 

Inspiration for the body, mind and spirit through an immersive exploration of the Tuscany countryside with friends sharing daily yoga and meditation, ample time off the mat to enjoy historic villages, visit wineries and outdoor markets, participate in the harvest, and dine on fresh, homemade food prepared with love.

I hope you’ll join me!

Retreat Details

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. Will be exclusive to us for the week.

 

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!

Cost

Room Type
Cost
Classic Room Queen Bed
USD3,400 per person SOLD OUT
Superior Room King or 2 twin beds (Double Occupancy only)
USD3,500 per person
Classic 2-room apartment - 1 w/Queen + 1 w/ twin bed or sofa/sitting area and fully equipped kitchenette
USD3,600 per person SOLD OUT
Superior 2-room apartment - 1 w/Queen + 1 w/2 twin beds or sofa/sitting area and fully equipped kitchenette (Double or triple occupancy only)
USD3,700 per person

*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.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

 

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.

Register here!

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.

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What’s Included?

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

Concierge service

Tourist tax

What’s Not Included?

Airfare

Travel insurance

Personal expenses and incidentals

Optional activities and transport other than those specified as included

Massage or private coaching fees and gratuities

Optional Activities

  • Private boutique winery tour and tasting followed by an introduction to the famous Cinta Senese pigs at a friend’s farm. Enjoy homemade lunch in the gazebo of artisan cured meats, cheeses and family produced olive oil and wine.
  • Thermal hot springs morning at a luxurious outdoor spa + afternoon visit to Montalcino (home of the famous Brunello wine)
  • Hot Air Balloon ride over the Tuscan countryside
  • Hiking & mountain biking
  • Local open markets
  • Truffle hunt/ tasting
  • Horseback riding
  • Day trips to Orvieto, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Assisi, Montalcino, Pienza and many other quaint Tuscan towns are easily accessible
  • Winery tours and tastings galore
  • In-room massages
  • Individual Yoga Therapy sessions w/ Jennie

 

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!

About the Teacher

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!