Italy is calling! Join Melanie for a glorious week of yoga, food, and adventures under the Tuscan sun. Kick back and relax in the Tuscan countryside surrounded by lemon trees and olive groves: enjoy yoga twice a day, take a dip in the saltwater pool, explore the gorgeous medieval town of Lucca, and indulge in local honey, olive oil, organic wine, and incredible Italian home-cooking.
We will be staying at Il Borghino, a beautiful secluded setting in a hill top position with magnificent views overlooking forests, vineyards, olive groves and mountains in the distance. Il Borghino has been meticulously restored with energy efficiency and a concern for the environment in mind, using natural materials such as wood, marble, and terracotta. The centre is ideally located 15 minutes from Lucca, 35 minutes from Pisa, 1.5 hrs from Florence and 1.5 hrs from the breathtaking Cinque Terre region, making it the perfect base to explore Tuscany and Liguria.
There is a salt-water swimming pool that retreat guests can relax in whilst soaking up the views.
Il Borghino has indoor and outdoor yoga spaces and we have access to a fully-equipped yoga studio with Manduka mats, bolsters, blankets and straps as well as a stunning outdoor yoga shala set amongst vineyards and olive trees. With incredible views to the surrounding country side and the valley below, this is the perfect space to practice our sunset restorative yoga sessions.
Our retreat menu is vegetarian and we have a wonderful local cook who prepares deliciously fresh dishes based on what is in season and the region’s specialties. We also make our own fresh fruit and vegetable juices and cleansing herbal teas using fresh herbs from the garden.
As we are in Tuscany, we do indulge in local cheeses, pasta, breads, wines, and other delights, so although our menu is not a strict cleanse, we do offer plenty of healthy choices with nuts, seeds, legumes, plenty of vegetables and salads, rice, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, fresh fruit, and yogurt.
8:00am – Morning Yoga & Meditation
9:30am – Nutritious healthy breakfast with fresh detox juice
10:30am – Nature Walk, relax, in-house massage, explore local villages, hire a bike
1:30pm – Delicious vegetarian lunch – usually we dine al fresco on the terrace with beautiful views
2:30pm – Free time for lounging by the pool, a nature walk, or an optional excursion or activity.
5:30pm – Evening Yoga
7:30pm – Delicious, home cooked dinner with local wine (optional) and good company