Our Company

Yoga in Italy is a small, specialist business based between Australia and Lucca, Tuscany. Our goal is to help teachers & retreat organizers from around the globe to plan, organize, promote and host yoga retreats + active holidays in beautiful venues around Tuscany.

Local Knowledge

We blend our detailed local knowledge with our genuine love of yoga, healthy nutrition and the outdoors to create bespoke yoga and active holiday packages that are unique, inspiring, relaxed or as adventurous as desired. We encourage responsible tourism and support local producers and suppliers wherever possible – not just in the provision of local food, wine, olive oil, honey and all the things that Tuscany is famous for, but also in our carefully handpicked selection of activities and small group excursions.

Our Services

For teachers and retreat organizers:

Our aim is to allow you to teach and to “hold the space” for your guests – while we take care of everything else! When you host your retreat with us, you can relax in the knowledge that the safety of students is paramount and that all logistics will be taken care of from start to finish. We will be “on the ground” locally to support you during your retreat and ensure everything runs smoothly.

For retreat participants:

We believe that yoga and travel can transform lives. A yoga retreat in a new environment provides students with an opportunity to deepen their yoga practice and move out of their comfort zone into a space that offers growth and new possibilities. The magical landscape of Tuscany, delicious local cuisine food and the rich culture of Italy make our retreat centres the perfect backdrop for a truly unforgettable and life-changing experience.

Our team

Our team is diverse but what connects us all together is our love of Italy and our interest in yoga, meditation, good healthy food, nature, the outdoors and healing arts. We are ALL based locally and we work as a team during the retreats to ensure everything runs smoothly and to provide advice, local knowledge, expertise and experience for both retreat leaders and guests alike.

Siobhan

Yoga in Italy - about the team - Siobhan Owner OperatorSiobhan founded Yoga in Italy after taking a sabbatical from her corporate job in Australia to travel to Italy with her bicycle. She spent most of her time in Lucca, cycling the back roads and feeling an incredible sense of freedom. After a year, she returned to Australia and her old job, knowing that her life was about to change. Seven months later and trusting in her intuition, Siobhan quit her job, sold her house and returned to Italy, where she established Yoga in Italy. Since 2011, Siobhan and her dedicated team have helped plan, organize, promote and host over 60 yoga retreats in Tuscany. Siobhan hopes that by creating blissful places for others to step into, they may find new space in their bodies and minds and allow new possibilities into their lives.

Federico

Federico Grabau Tour Guide Federico is our local tour guide and he leads our popular Bike and Walking tour of Lucca. Coming from a noble Lucchese family, he has strong roots in the area and he is passionate about its history, culture, art, food and wine!  His local knowledge is unsurpassed and his tours are original,  informative, authentic & delightfully entertaining

Federico is a registered Tour Guide for the Province of  Lucca, including Lucca, Montecarlo, Viareggio, Pietrasanta & the Garfagnana. He is also the owner of the historical Villa Grabau in San Pancrazio, with its famous “Limonaia” (Lemon Tree house).  You can find more details about Federico’s tours on www.eatwallucca.com

Maria Angela

About the Yoga in Italy Team - Maria AngelaOur retreats wouldn’t exist without Maria Angela, our wonderful local cook who lovingly prepares all our deliciously, fresh vegetarian meals. Having previously run her own catering business, she knows everything there is to know about local and regional dishes of Tuscany and where to source the best produce. Flexible and accommodating to whatever challenge is presented to her, Maria Angela loves cooking for our retreat guests and finds ways of meeting any and all of our special dietary needs. She also offers hands-on cooking demonstrations during our retreats.

Karen

Karen Lucca Concierge

Karen hails from the Antipodes and has settled in Lucca for the time being with her husband / business coach Eddie.  A style queen from way back, Karen offers a fabulous personal shopper / concierge service tor our guests so if you want to know the best places to go in the shortest period of tine, Karen is your gal!  She has boundless energy, loves a chat and somehow manages to look glamorous even while she is doing the dishes!!  Go Kazza!!

Sonia

Sonia Massage Therapist

Sonia is a gifted and highly qualified holistic therapist specialising in classic massage, Ayurveda massage and beauty therapy. She studied at the European Holistic Academy in Pisa, the School of Ayureda (AIMA) and the Beauty Academy of Doctor G. Fabrizi in Pisa.  Sonia works privately as a freelance therapist with local and international clients, delivering her magic touch.  Through her work, Sonia hopes to help clients balance and stimulate the natural flow of energy within the body, release stress and tension and promote deep relaxation.

Oliver (Ollie)

Oliver Yoga dogOllie is our resident yoga dog.  He wanders around his castle and barks at strangers.  The secret to getting him on side is to feed him a little – after that, he will be your friend for life!  He is an adorable beagle with big brown eyes.

Ilaria

Ilaria Italian TeacherIlaria graduated from the University of Milan with a degree in Philosophy and languages before deciding to move to the UK. After several years working in the luxury brand market, she returned to Italy and is now based in Lucca where she teaches Italian to foreigners. Ilria embraces life with a positive can-do attitude and applies herself to everything with enthusiasm. She has a passion for healthy living and the outdoors and she is the proud owner of Marlo – a Rhodesian ridge-back. You often see Marlo taking Ilaria for a walk around the walls of Lucca!