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The way to “happily ever after” is by choosing a happy life!  Everyday – it’s a choice you can consciously make.

Join Lillian + Nino for a week of yoga and Pilates, delicious regional cuisine,  meaningful connection and living the good life in the Tuscan countryside. Your retreat includes daily yoga and Pilates practices, as well as information on detox.

We will begin each day with meditation (optional) followed by an all levels morning practice and conclude most days with gentle restorative practice. Massages and holistic treatments are available in-house during your retreat to help relax, unwind, release tensions and improve well-being.


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 home for the week will be Il Borghino, a beautiful estate that has been restored to provide elegant comfortable living in authentic Tuscan style.  Wood beamed ceilings, stone, terracotta, marble – each bedroom has a gorgeous view of the Tuscan countryside.   The estate is booked solely for our group of travelers and includes an outdoor salt-water pool, large communal living areas, a steam room and much more.

What’s included?

Twice daily yoga, delicious vegetarian meals served alfresco on the terrace, a fresh vegetable/fruit juice with breakfast and wine with dinner.  All meals are included except for one lunch and one dinner out where you are free to explore on your own or take part in one of the optional excursions.  Our final night will be filled with a celebratory pizza and prosecco dinner together.

Optional Activities

Below is a sample of the optional excursions and activities available during your retreat – you can choose to be as active or relaxed as you desire.

  • A guided bike and walking cultural tour of Lucca with a local guide – informative + fun!
  • A wine tasting excursion: a scenic 3 km walk to a beautiful local winery followed by an interesting tour and tasting
  • Puccini Opera in Lucca; for the opera lovers, this is a 1 hour taste of Puccini in a beautiful church
  • Cooking class – learn from the best with Maria Angela, the most wonderful local cook who dishes up all our meals during the retreat
  • Learn Italian with an experienced Italian teacher

About Lillian Grajeda

Lillian Grajeda + Nino Farruggio Retreat in Tuscany from June 1 - 8 and July 27 - August 3, 2019Lillian’s journey to yoga started after the birth of her 3rd child.  Having spent hours in the gym in her 20’s, Lillian needed something more from her workout routine.  She turned to Yoga and found a true connection to herself  as well as a new career.

Study + Experience

Lillian completed her first 100 hours in Venice Beach with Shiva Rea, then went on to study over 800 hours with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee.  Her love of anatomy, alignment and sequencing is a continued source of inspiration and inquiry.


Lillian knows the way to “Happily ever after” is by choosing a happy life! Everyday-it’s a choice.  No matter what the circumstance happiness is just a (happy) thought away.  Lillian likes to focus on her family, wellness career and maintenance of a clean body,  which allow her to stay in alignment with her purpose of sharing her passion-self love.

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About Nino Farruggio

Lillian Grajeda + Nino Farruggio Retreat in Tuscany from June 1 - 8 and July 27 - August 3, 2019Nino is a 500 hour certified ISHTA(Integrated Science os Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda) teacher, who has additional certifications in Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Kids Yoga and Meditation.

Nino’s classes are known to bring about deep relaxation, inspiration, and an awareness of alignment that comes from within. She reminds students to connect with the profound power of breath to gracefully move through the practice and through life. Pranayama and Kryia techniques are part of every class, along with meditations that  help us tap into the unbound potential that lies within each and every one of us


She is grateful to her teachers Alan Finger, Mona Anand, Sarah Finger and an entire Ishta family for the wisdom they share with her.

Nino is also an author of yoga related children’s books.

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What’s Included?

  • 2 Daily Yoga Practices with Lillian + Nino including use of yoga room, yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters, plus additional yoga mats for use outdoors
  • 7 nights’ accommodation at villa, linens and towels
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily, except for one lunch out on Wednesday  and one dinner out on a night to be decided.
  • Fresh detox fruit / vegetable juice at breakfast
  • Local wine at dinner (1/2 bottle per person, per night)
  • Unlimited fruit, water, and herbal tea throughout the day.
  • Transfer from/to Lucca to/from the retreat centre on the day of arrival and departure (one scheduled pick-up and drop-off only).
  • Outdoor salt-water pool and large communal living areas
  • Use of the steam room / sauna (first session free, thereafter €70 per session)
  • Pool Towels, Hair dryers and laundry facilities
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Tourist tax

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, 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

Retreat Prices, per person

Pricing includes 7 nights, all taxes, transfers from Lucca and all meals excluding one lunch and one dinner out.

Room Type 1 – Twin room + shared hallway bathroom. (2 guests per room) $2200 USD per person 

Room Type 2 – Twin room + private bathroom (2 guests per room).
$2495 USD per person

Room Type 3 – Double / Queen bed + private bathroom. (2 guests per room – best suited to a couple)$2600 USD per person   

Room Type 4 – Private Room + Private Bathroom. (1 guest per room)$3099 USD per person 

Terms and Conditions

A NONREFUNDABLE $500 USD  Deposit will secure your spot with a payment plan optional.

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 Lillian  at

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 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.