“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” – Émile Zola

They say a life well lived is a life lived well—the key word here being lived, an active verb. The world belongs to those who participate, who take risks, who are not afraid to fail, because the only way to understand the beauty of each breath of life is to be aware of it. And the only path to awareness is variety, of scene, of smell and taste, of action and interaction.

Join us for this 7-day luxury Transformational Retreat in Lucca, Italy to unleash your power and discover your passion and purpose.  Enjoy interactive workshops, daily yoga practice and meditation sessions; immerse yourself in the local culture, connect on a deeper level with yourself and with those around you—remember, before your friends were your friends, they were strangers.

Typical Day

Each day begins with a time for self-reflection followed by an invigorating morning salute to the sun, and a good stretch. Throughout the day enjoy healthy, fresh farm-to-table meals, spend some time by the pool, or simply wander around the area and discover a whole new world. Afternoon workshops with a diverse range of themes, or excursions to notable sights and attractions help wind down your day.

Come to disconnect, reconnect, and rejuvenate.  It’s time to take the leap. It’s time for an adventure!


Our retreat home for the week will be Il Borghino – which boasts comfortable lodging in four beautifully-renovated buildings, an outdoor salt-water pool, and delicious meals of farm-to-table vegetarian Tuscan cuisine — complete with local olive oil and wine. We have access to a fully-equipped yoga studio with MANDUKA props, as well as beautiful outdoor spaces should we prefer to practice overlooking the valley below.

What’s included

Included in your retreat is a walking tour and wine tasting at a local biodynamic winery – includes  a tour of wine cellar and olive mill,  a day trip to the 5 villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riveiera, including transportation and entry fee, a cooking class with the resident villa Chef Maria Angela, a 60 minute massage, a breath-work workshop, a goal/intention setting workshop and a gift bag valued at over $100!!

This retreat is open to all ages and levels of experience. Come alone or come with friends and give yourself some well earned time and space to relax, recharge your batteries and simply be.

About Miriam Wexler

Miriam Wexler is an avid global traveller, always on the quest for self-development, a deeper connection with the world around her and getting a better understanding of the secrets of the Universe.

She knows how to throw a party! As an event planner with 20+ years of success in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, her expertise is immediately evident the moment guests step into a venue. Equipped with a unique sense of style and a finger on the latest trends, Miriam easily creates an atmosphere of fun, fantasy, and unforgettable adventure. She is also a popular Toronto foodie who knows where to find the best meals, the coolest chefs, and the hippest vibes. When she isn’t working, Miriam loves to travel around the world, hang out with friends, or just chill in her comforting jungle of a backyard.

What’s Included?

  • Daily morning meditation and yoga practice including use of yoga room, yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters, plus additional yoga mats for use outdoors
  • 7 nights’ accommodation at villa, including all linens and towels
  • 7 delicious breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners all vegetarian
  • Local wine at dinner (1/2 bottle per person, per night. Additional alcohol can be purchased)
  • Unlimited fruit, water, and herbal tea throughout the day.
  • Freshly pressed fruit/vegetable juice every morning
  • Transfer from/to Lucca to/from the retreat centre on the day of arrival and departure (one scheduled pick-up and drop-off only)
  • Walking tour and wine tasting at a local biodynamic winery – includes  a tour of wine cellar and olive mill
  • Day trip to the 5 villages of Cinque Terre, including transportation and entry fee
  • A cooking class with the resident villa Chef Maria Angela
  • 1 60-minute massage
  • A breath-work workshop
  • A goal/intention setting workshop
  • Gift bag valued at over $100
  • Use of outdoor salt-water pool and common areas
  • Use of steam room / sauna (first session free, thereafter €70 per session)
  • Pool Towels, Hairdryers, use of laundry facilities
  • Wi-fi
  • Tourist tax

Retreat Prices, per person

Room Type 1 – Double/Twin room (2 people – 2 twin or 1 double bed) with shared hallway bathroom.  *Only 2 available  $TBA (CAD) per person

Room Type 2 – Double/Twin room (2 people – 2 twin or 1 double bed) with private bathroom. $TBA (CAD) per person

Room Type 3 – Deluxe Double Room (1 Double Bed) with private bathroom. $TBA (CAD) per person

Room Type 4 – Deluxe single room with private bathroom.   *Only 2 available$TBA (CAD) per person 

Terms and Conditions

$500 USD non-refundable deposit to reserve space.  Balance due 60 days prior to departure. Please indicate what type of room you would like. Once we receive your reservation, we will email you a confirmation along with more trip details.

For more information, click on the button “Reserve your Place” or contact Miriam at info@liveoutloudretreats.com

What’s Not Included?

  • Airfare from/to your home city
  • Travel insurance
  • Ground transportation outside the scheduled pick-up on arrival day and drop-off on departure day *
  • One lunch and one dinner
  • Optional activities other than those specified as included in the retreat price
  • Other travel-related expenses

* Transfers outside the scheduled pick-up or drop-off can be arranged for an additional fee

Transport Options – Getting to and From Il Borghino

  • The nearest airport to Lucca is Pisa international Airport “Galileo Galileo” – 18 Miles from Lucca
  • Florence International Airport “Amerigo Vespucci” is 50 Miles from Lucca
  • If you are flying into Rome, Fiumicino Airport is 162 miles from Lucca.
  • Regular trains and buses run from both Pisa and Florence airports to Lucca and are very reasonably priced. Trains also run regularly from Rome airport but the trip is much longer and takes around 4.5 hours.

Check-in and Check-out

  • Check-in at Il Borghino is strictly 4pm on the day of arrival.
  • When booking your flights, we recommend you plan your arrival time in Lucca for around 15:30pm, to coincide with the group transfer to Il Borghino at 3:45pm.  There will be one scheduled pick-up only. Please email your arrival details to hello@yogainitaly.com as soon as they are available.  If you are unable to make the pick-up,  we can arrange for a taxi to bring you to Il Borghino.
  • Check-out at Il Borghino is strictly 09:30am on the last day. Please plan your departure flights accordingly.