Retreats + Active Holidays

Week long holidays + short breaks that combine yoga, rest, relaxation, sumptuous slow-food meals, organic local wine, in-house massages, holistic therapies, nature walks, cultural adventures + luxury accommodation in private venues.

Blissful  Locations

Retreat venues carefully handpicked for their individuality + style, secluded positions, exquisite gardens, natural serenity, breathtaking views, elegant interiors, quality yoga facilities and of course, for their wonderful Italian authenticity.

La Dolce Vita

Inspired adventures in Tuscany – a destination that speaks for itself with its rich history, art + culture, idyllic medieval villages, iconic landscapes, fabulous food so delicious in its simplicity, world class wines, friendly locals + gelato!

APRIL 15 – 22,  2015
VENUE: IL BORGHINO

Relax Deeply ~ Yoga Retreat in Tuscany  

with Michelle Kronenberg

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This 7-day slow yoga retreat emphasizes deep relaxation, restorative yoga, yin and different mindfulness practices. Read more…
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From $2850 (USD)
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MAY 23 – 30,  2015
VENUE: VILLA BENVENUTI

Planetary LOVE  + Yoga in Tuscany ….. …….

with Christa Reynolds

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Open to the  nature of the planets as they play out in our energetic bodies. Learn how each planets effects our health, our chakras + our success as humans. Read more…

From $2050 (USD) (*Early Bird Offer)
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MAY 30 – JUNE 6,  2015
VENUE: IL BORGHINO

Awakening the Heart::Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

with Tracie Brace

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Come on a journey to reawaken your LOVE of LIFE and create an experience of celebration, reflection & transformation. Read more…
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From $1999 (USD) (*Early Bird Offer)
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JUNE 13 – 20, 2015
VENUE: IL BORGHINO

Gratitude Yoga Retreat in Lucca, Tuscany 

with Paula Foxx + Karen Rhodes

CInque-Terre

Join Paula, Karen + Brook for the ultimate destination yoga retreat. Practice with the intention of being rather than doing + emerge transformed. Read more…

From $1990 (USD)
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JUNE 20 – 27, 2015
VENUE: IL BORGHINO

Yoga, Art + Gastronomia Retreat in Tuscany + Cinque Terre

with Micheline Berry + Joey Lugassy

Micheline-Retreat

Experience authentic Italy with nurturing daily Liquid Asana Yoga and Meditation, Art, Gastronomia, Puccini Opera, Cinque Terre, Thermal Spa + Wine Tasting Read more…

From $1950 (USD)
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JUNE 28 – JULY 4, 2015
VENUE: IL BORGHINO

Tuscany Summer Yoga Retreat

with Marije Paternotte + Kate Pousont Scarborough

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Join Marije Paternotte & Kate Pousont Scarborough for this gorgeous summer yoga retreat in Lucca, Tuscany.
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From €1350 (EUR)
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JULY 18 – 25, 2015
VENUE: IL BORGHINO

Discover Your “Self” – Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

with Genevieve Stynes

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Restore, quieten, rejuvenate and unwind in the most idyllic Tuscan setting. Rediscover  your “self” through the practice of yoga, breath and alignment. Read more…

From $2090 (AUD) 
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AUGUST 22 – 29, 2015
VENUE: IL BORGHINO

Restore & Explore: Slow Yoga + Qigong in Tuscany

with Ken Nelson + Lesli Lang

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Relax, renew and treat yourself to an unhurried, unforgettable experience of a lifetime as we celebrate the best of Italian cuisine, country & culture! Read more…

From $1999 (USD) (*Early Bird Offer)
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U & Tuscany: The Art of Being ~ An Italian Yoga Retreat

Join Denise & Eric Antonini for the ultimate destination yoga retreat. Spend seven days in Italy on a life-changing adventure surrounded by the most sensuous landscape in the world. Practice yoga and meditation with the intention of being rather than doing and discover how the relaxed pace of Tuscan life changes you. Experience what it is to down shift and savor Slow Food rather than fast food, as you enjoy the pleasures of farm-to-table feasting, local wine and good company. See la bellezza di Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera with your own eyes, take in the art and culture of ancient cities, linger in la cucina for lessons on culinary delights, and extend the sweetness of savasana in a Turkish sauna or outdoor saltwater pool. If you have never been, you will be dazzled. If you have been before, you will find more to love.

Price per person starts at $2,450. Shared accommodations; rooms will be booked on a first come, first served basis.

Message us at retreats@youandthemat.com if you would like more information or to reserve your spot.

Planetary LOVE + Yoga in Tuscany with Christa

Join this 7-day yoga retreat where we will open to the nature of the planets as they play out in our energetic bodies. Each day we will explore one of the seven grahas (planet) to learn how each effects our health, our chakras, the way we love and our success as humans. I will also conduct a Vedic Astrological reading for each traveler so you better understand your chart and how the planets our effecting your life specifically.

Autumn Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

Immerse yourself in the heart of Tuscany and all its autumn beauty. Spend a week enjoying a life at your own pace - unwind, relax, and refresh your spirit. Each day features a rejuvenating Hatha practice in the morning and a restorative practice in the evening.

Spend your days by the pool, walking the countryside, or indulge in a massage. Included in your week is a day-trip to breath-taking Cinque-Terre where you can explore the five coastal villages embedded in rocky cliffs along one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of Liguria. Explore the villages, walk gentle trails, swim in the sea or savour some of the freshest seafood in Italy. Keen hikers can spend the day walking and climbing between the villages, treated to spectacular scenery along the way.

And of course, no trip to Italy would be complete without the opportunity to perfect your culinary skills. Our fabulous local cook will lead you through a 2-3 hour Italian cooking class. Other excursions like a wine tasting, a bike & walking tour of Lucca, or a trip to a thermal spa are also available at an additional charge.

Santosha Yoga & Walking Retreat in Tuscany

Come and experience the magic of Tuscany in a place where nature connects with simple, yet sophisticated living. Nestled high in the hills of Lucca, our retreat centre, Il Borghino, sits high on a hillside overlooking a panorama of olive groves, vineyards and mountains. Located 10km outside the gorgeous medieval town of Lucca and just 35 minutes from Pisa airport, the stunning views, natural surroundings and secluded setting of Il Borghino create an atmosphere of calm and stillness, allowing you to switch off, wind down, and reconnect with self.

Whether you are new on the yoga path or an experienced yogi, this rejuvenating retreat will feed your body, mind and soul. We begin each morning with meditation and pranayama followed by an energetically balanced physical practice to energize the mind and body for the day ahead. Each afternoon the practice will explore the asanas more deeply; working to calm, restore and heal body, mind & spirit. Yin classes and Yoga Nidra will be offered on occasion.

Relax & Restore: Slow Yoga & Qigong Retreat

Relax, renew and treat yourself to an unhurried, unforgettable experience of a lifetime!

Celebrate the best of Italian cuisine, country and culture as you explore the heart of Tuscany. Relax and restore in our comfortable villa, just 15 minutes’ drive from the unspoiled medieval city of Lucca, the gem of Tuscany. Your luxurious week allows you to refresh, unwind, and care for yourself at your own pace whilst experiencing a taste of La Dolce Vita!

Enjoy twice daily Qigong and slow yoga - our balancing combination of Qigong, yin, restorative, gentle Kripalu yoga and yoga nidra. Choose from a variety of optional excursions and activities such as a hands on cooking demonstration, wine tasting, visit to a thermal spa, biking & walking tour on the medieval walls of charming Lucca, day trip to the stunning coastline villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera!

Relax by the pool and take in the storied Tuscan vistas. Enjoy an in-house massage, on-site Turkish Sauna or Reiki energy session. Visit a local village, market, or take a well-deserved siesta!

Awakening the Heart:: Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

Join Padma Shakti on a journey to reawaken your LOVE of Life! Together with an integration of the Four Aims of Life, we will create an experience of celebration, reflection and transformation with the intention of awakening the physical, emotional and spiritual heart! We will enjoy the beauty of Tuscany along with the profoundly experiential process of mindfulness while we integrate practice, prayer and play! We will explore how healing and well being are discovered through creating a true connection with yourself, others and the planet. We will ignite the joy that is found through love of the moments in your life that will remain with you long after we return home. This retreat is for you if you are:
• Seeking to bring enthusiasm into daily life!
• Desiring to reignite the zest for your work!
• Experiencing a life transition or healing
• Searching for a shift in perspective
• Discovering your creative self through art, beauty and presence
• Awakening to new possibilities in your potential
• Wanting to remember your true Self.

Blissful Yoga Retreat in Tuscany with Annie Hesford

Join Yoga Teacher and yoga therapist, Annie Hesford, for 7 blissful days at Villa Benvenuti, a fully restored 17th Century villa set in the stunning Tuscan country side.

The demands of modern life often mean that we are exhausted, our body depleted of energy and vitality and we never catch up. If you are experiencing sleepless nights, busy days, are always “time poor”, or feel like there isn’t time for those closest to you, then this retreat is for you.

Everyday you will be guided through a joyful, meditative Vinyasa Flow practice, re-connecting with your body and mind in a loving gentle way. Experience the many benefits of restorative and yin yoga and learn how to apply yogic philosophy to your everyday life. For both beginners and those wanting to deepen an established yoga practice, this intimate retreat promises to be extra special.

Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

Indulge yourself in this week long yoga retreat, in the beautiful and world-renowned Tuscany, Italy. Spend a week enjoying life at your own pace. Each day features a purifying Power Yoga Practice in the morning and a rejuvenating Deep Flow yoga practice in the evening. Optional workshops focusing on the release of emotional holding patterns & restoring balance in the mind, body and spirit through the sciences of Bio-energetics and Ayurveda!

Choose from an additional variety of optional excursions and activities such as a hands on cooking demonstration, wine tasting, visit to a thermal spa, biking & walking tour on the medieval walls of charming Lucca, and a day trip to the stunning coastline villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera!

Enjoy fresh, organic, vegetarian meals and refreshments prepared by a wonderful local chef. Relax by the pool, enjoy an in-house massage, on-site Turkish Sauna or Reiki energy session. Visit a local village, market, or take a well-deserved siesta! End your 7 day oasis feeling rejuvenated, restored and renewed!

Summer Tuscany Yoga Retreat

Join Marije E. Paternotte and Kate Pousont Scarborough, directors of Living World Yoga and experienced teachers of Kripalu Yoga, for a transformational yoga experience.

Marije and Kate emphasize present moment awareness, breath/body coordination, safe and individualized anatomical alignment, and efficient movement patterns grown through a deep personal practice, ongoing study, and extensive training in dance and movement. During the retreat you will be offered yoga in the Vinyasa flow-style as well as Yin Yoga, Pranayama (breathing techniques) to calm and energize, and daily meditation.

This retreat is open to all levels, and is a great way to get deeper into the practice of yoga. Beginners are welcomed to practice at their own level of comfort.

Mini Yoga + Wellness Retreats

Short on time but desperately need a holiday? Come and join one of our small-group weekend retreats and allow yourself to re-balance and revitalize your body and mind. All our weekend wellness programs can be customized to suit your preference & vision. Think relaxation, restoration, inspiration!

Set in the charming medieval city of Lucca, Tuscany, our 3-day retreats will touch on all aspects of yoga, healthy lifestyle and total relaxation whilst still offering plenty of free time to immerse yourself in one of the most idyllic cites in the world.

Suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced, places are limited to 4 people to ensure maximum attention to your needs.

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Discover Your "Self" - Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

Restore, quieten, rejuvenate and unwind in the most idyllic Tuscan setting + rediscover your “self” through the practice of yoga, breath and alignment.

Join Australian yoga teacher and yoga therapist Genevieve Stynes for an enchanted week in Tuscany. Immerse yourself deeply in your yoga practice and discover the way your body moves with emphasis on ujjayi, alignment and finding the balance of strength and flexibility of your body.

In the afternoons, you will have time to restore your energy, quieten your mind and rejuvenate your body through the practice of restorative yoga poses and meditation.

Unwind in the breath-taking views of this villa, relax by the pool, revive in the sauna, indulge in the divine foods and produce this region of Italy has to offer. Discover the hidden gem of Lucca!

Tuscany Art and Asana Retreat

Join Mary Catherine Starr and Kimberly Wilson for a week-long yoga, creativity, and mindfulness retreat over Columbus Day weekend. Unwind and let go at Il Borghino, a gorgeous Italian villa complex nestled between the hills of Tuscany and surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. This experience begins with intention setting in our opening circle Sunday morning and ends with a heart-centered closing circle on Friday evening. Indulge in daily yoga sessions (vinyasa, yin, yoga nidra, restorative, and meditation), art and creativity sessions (art journaling/journaling, writing, photography, and mixed media/collage), and ample downtime for napping, reading poolside, dining on regional, vegetarian cuisine, and sipping local wines.

The villa is located in a secluded setting on a hilltop with magnificent views overlooking forests, vineyards, olive groves and mountains. Enjoy a saltwater pool, jacuzzi, Turkish sauna, and luxurious spa treatments, as well as local cheeses, pasta, breads, and pizza from a wood-fired oven.

Open to late beginner to advanced students, all classes will be taught at Tranquil Space Open Flow level with variations and modifications for your body.

Mindfulness Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

Experience a rejuvinating yoga class every morning. The classes will include postures, stretches, pranayama (breathing) techniques and meditation which will suit beginners and experienced students. There will be a yoga nidra (relaxation) class in the afternoon.

The venue is nestled amongst rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves just 10kms from the medieval city of Lucca. There will be plenty of time to explore the beautiful countryside, to sample the delicious regional food and relax by the pool, steam off in the Turkish Sauna, indulge in a massage or head off on one of the daily optional excursions.

The Mindfulness Yoga Retreat in Tuscany offers the perfect opportunity to deepen your practice, or experience yoga for the first time, with a group of like-minded people as well as having the opportunity to embrace the Italian culture and lifestyle.

Gratitude Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

Join Paula & Karen for the ultimate destination yoga retreat with 7 days in Tuscany surrounded by the most sensuous landscape in the world. Enjoy twice daily yoga - our balancing combination of therapeutics, yin, restorative, gentle flow, and yoga nidra - plus daily meditation. Practice with the intention of being rather than doing and discover how the relaxed pace of Tuscan life in the medieval city of Lucca changes you.

Savor Slow Food rather than fast food, spend a day on the stunning coastline of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera, and take in the art and culture of ancient cities. Choose from a variety of optional excursions and activities or extend the sweetness of savasana in our very own Turkish sauna and outdoor saltwater pool. If you have never been, you will be amazed. If you have been before, you will find more to love. Your luxurious week allows you to refresh, unwind, and care for yourself at your own pace while experiencing a taste of La Dolce Vita!

Restore your Vitality

A transformative 8 days in the Tuscan countryside, surrounded by rolling hills and lush vineyards, enjoying delicious local produce and immersing yourself in re-vitalising yoga, wellness workshops and time to rest, explore, swim, play and be.

Our daily Yoga practices will help to strengthen and invigorate your body, helping all physical systems work effectively and optimally. We will explore the calming effects of mindfulness to promote emotional stability and clarity of mind. What you’ll learn on the mat, you learn to live off the mat. In the wellness workshops you will learn simple, yet profoundly effective tools to rejuvenate your body and create an approach to life that will bring long term well-being.

We will discuss which super-foods are worth the fuss and the techniques that will ensure your body absorbs and benefits. A professional chef will serve the best of home cooked Tuscan cuisine, with locally sourced fruits and vegetables, specialty herbs and organic wines. Together we share key lifestyle pointers that will help support and nurture your best health. You’ll leave with restored vitality, a trove of delicious recipes and the knowledge to sustain the new habits through real life.

Relax Deeply, Restore and Recharge

Join renowned Yoga Teacher & Therapist, Michelle Kroneberg for this incredible week of deepening your yoga practice, relaxing your mind and recharging your body. This 7-day slow Yoga Retreat is set in the hills just outside the beautiful medieval town of Lucca in Tuscany. Enjoy twice daily yoga with emphasis on deep relaxation, restorative yoga, Yin and different mindfulness meditation practices.

There will also be plenty of time to explore Lucca with its spectacular art and architecture, piazzas, church’s and shopping, take a trip to the breathtaking Cinque Terre region to experience the Mediterranean seaside at its best, soak in the healing thermal waters of Bagni di Pisa, practice your culinary skills with a hands on cooking class or indulge in an in-house massage!

Tuscany Yoga + Walking Retreat in Lucca, Italy

Join Jessie Chapman for a week of yoga & inspiration in Tuscany staying 7 nights at the beautiful 17th century Villa Benvenuti just outside the medieval walled city of Lucca. This soulful retreat combines inspirational twice daily yoga with beautiful walks, pre lunch core strength classes, evening yoga nidra, inspiring sightseeing & cultural tours and wonderful regional food. This is your time to relax and be on retreat in stunning surrounds.

Our daily ritual:
7.00 am: morning yoga
9.00 am: fresh juice and delicious buffet breakfast
10.30 am: depart for one of our inspiring walks or optional excursions
1.30 pm: pre-lunch core strength class or restoration yoga
2 pm delicious home cooked Italian lunch
3.00 pm: guided walk / massage / relax
6.00pm: afternoon yoga
8.00 pm: delicious home cooked dinner
9.00 pm: yoga nidra - a guided lying down relaxation for a good nights sleep

Total Relaxation Retreat in Tuscany

Ladies, did you fall in love with the romanticism of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun? Are you drawn to the beauty and seemingly infinite landscape of Tuscany? Maybe you love Italian wine, food, and culture. Do you need to relax and recharge your soul? Maybe you need a magical place to connect with your “sisters” or to meet a new tribe of “sisters?”

You are invited to join me on this beautiful retreat at the historic Villa Benvenuti Estate in Tuscany – a beautifully restored 17th century villa nestled in the Tuscan hills!

Each day begins with yoga and meditation and a delicious breakfast – all within the confines of the villa. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please: swim, walk through the countryside, visit Cinque Terre, go paddleboarding, nap in the hammock, get a holistic massage, read by the pool, tour the nearest town, Lucca, and perhaps see an opera or take Italian language lessons. Add a few days before or after the retreat to explore some of the region's most historic cities such as Lucca, Pisa, Florence, and the breathtaking villages of the Cinque Terre. Eat, drink, laugh, bond, explore, enjoy peace and solitude – all this and more can be yours!

Yoga, Art + Gastronomia in Tuscany

Join Micheline + Joey for 7 days and nights of La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) surrounded as far as the eye can see by hillside-fields of olive orchards & Tuscan vineyards. In addition to nurturing daily Liquid Asana yoga and meditation you will enjoy farm-to-table alfresco feasting from estate produced wine, olive oil, fruit, vegetables and herbs. We will bathe in Italy’s art and warm waters alike—from Cinque Terre’s charming Mediterranean beach coves to thermal hot springs—the remedy for just about anything.

In addition to our magical stay at an authentic Tuscan Home Estate with a 180 degree view of the Tuscan hills and Lucca, salt-water pool, wood burning pizza oven and Turkish Sauna, our retreat includes 4 amazing excursions:
A Day Trip to Cinque Terre!
An afternoon at an authentic Italian Thermal Spa
A Tuscan wine tasting excursion
Aperitivo at the historical Villa Grabau, followed by a Puccini opera (Lucca is the birthplace of Puccini).

This retreat is OPEN TO ALL LEVELS of yoga, meditation, art and life experience. We look forward to taking this amazing journey and celebrating the art of life with you.