Lucca excursion - view from Torre Guinigi Borghino Melograno - Verde - Twin beds or Double Borghino I Nespoli - Rosa - Twin beds or Double


Yoga.  Travel.  Retreat.  Freedom.  Where will your Freedom Journey lead you in 2018? 

Through yoga, I believe we can begin to taste what it feels like to cut loose from those mental ropes that bind us so. We then create deeper connections in our relationships and in our communities, and then our earth, and the Universe. When we add to the yoga the glorious adventure of travel and retreat from our daily lives, a whole new level of liberation takes place. We have the opportunity to connect with people from other cultures, with nature, and we experience different food and activities, all of which adds to our perspective and broadens that deep feeling of being so very present, and so very alive!

On a Freedom Journey Yoga Retreat, we travel to exotic locations within the safety of a group setting. We make connections with each other that can last a lifetime. We make connections with ourselves that go deeper than those which we access in our daily lives. We eat healthy, lovingly prepared, local food.

We walk on roads less traveled, with indigenous peoples and learn about their culture. We may listen to music, dance the night away, or meditate by a pond for hours…. the choices are limitless.


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, as well as multiple outdoor spaces should we prefer to practice overlooking the valley below.

Daily Yoga

Each day we will practice yoga together either indoors in our tailor made yoga room or outside in one of several grassed outdoor areas.  Classes are suited to all levels of yoga and experience.

Day trip to Cinque Terre

Included in your retreat is a day trip to the breath-taking Cinque Terre exploring the five coastal villages embedded in rocky cliffs along one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of Liguria. For those who are hikers, it is possible to spend a day walking and climbing between these beautiful villages and enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way. For others, you can still enjoy walking the more gentle trails, spend time swimming, exploring the villages or sampling some of the local delights.

Local Tuscan wine tasting trip

Also included is a wine tasting excursion to a local bio-dynamic winery. We go by foot along the “Strada del Vino” (the wine road) and after a toyr of the winery and gardens, we settle in to taste some excellent wines. The estate also produces  olive oil, honey and pasta.  The scenery is beautiful, overlooking vineyards and olive groves.

Optional Activities

There are also other choices of optional activities and excursions, designed to give you a taste of Tuscany and the local culture, without it feeling like a organized tour.  For example, enjoy a walking/biking tour of the enchanting village of Lucca, an afternoon soaking up the healing waters in a thermal spa, an evening in the thriving artist village of Pietrasanta, a relaxing massage or spa treatment or a cooking class with our very own cook!

About Sabre Page

Sabre has been teaching yoga in Fort Collins for 19 years.  Before teaching yoga, Sabre was a Certified Massage Therapist on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts, for 11 years.  Sabre is a certified yoga teacher through The Yoga Institute, in Texas.  She also has a B.A. from the University of Texas in Creative Writing.  She takes and teaches writing workshops and she incorporates writing into some of her retreats. She also paints pet portraits and is a fused glass artist.

Experience and Teaching Style

Sabre has been a student under a wonderful myriad of teachers including Baxter Bell, Nicki Doane, River Cummings, Gurmukh Khalsa, Sarah Powers, Sean Corne, Erich Schiffman, Judith Lassiter, John Friend. The greatest teachers of all are her students and her two sons, Kyle and Grant.

She teaches intuitively, drawing from the energy of the class and the Divine in us all, for guidance. I like and provide variety and I love to have fun!

More details about Sabre

What’s Included?

  • 2 Daily Yoga Practices with Sabre
  • 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 day to be decided. On these days, guests are free to explore on their own, choosing optional excursions or a night out in Lucca.
  • Fresh detox fruit / vegetable juice at breakfast
  • Unlimited fruit, water, and herbal tea throughout the day.
  • Local wine at dinner (1/2 bottle per person, per night)
  • Last night celebratory dinner with Prosecco and Pizza using the wood-fired pizza oven at Il  Borghino
  • Transfer from/to Lucca to/from the retreat centre on the day of arrival and departure (one scheduled pick-up and drop-off only). transfers outside of the scheduled pick-up and drop off are not included.
  • Day trip to Cinque Terre
  • Winery tour and tasting
  • Manduka quality yoga props including yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters, plus additional yoga mats for use outdoors
  • Outdoor salt-water pool and large communal areas
  • 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, and any other additional meals
  • 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

There are 4 housing options and a total of only 10 rooms available, so please consider registering soon.  I’ve also included payment plan options and early bird discounts. For all options, $500 deposit is required to hold your space.

Room Type A*Twin Room with Shared Bathroom (2 rooms with two twin beds share 1 bath).
$1900 if paid in full by September 1, 2017
$1960 four-payment plan option – 4 payments of $365 each, paid in 3-month installments.
$2000 six-payment plan option –  6 payments of $250 each, paid in 2-month installments.

Room Type B*Twin Room with Private Bathroom. (two single beds)
$2000 if paid in full by September 1, 2017.
$2060 four-payment plan option – 4 payments of $390 each, paid in 3-month installments.
$2120 six-payment plan option -6 payment of $270 each, paid in 2-month installments.   

*Room Types A & B can be converted to single occupancy for an additional fee.

Room Type C:  Double room with Private Bathroom. (double bed)
$2000 if paid in full by September 1, 2017.
$2060 four-payment plan option – 4 payments of $390 each, paid in 3-month installments.
$2120 six-payment plan option -6 payment of $270 each, paid in 2-month installments.

Room Type D – Single Room with Private Bath (ONLY TWO AVAILABLE)
$2350 if paid in full by September 1, 2017.
$2440 four-payment plan option – 4 payments of $460 each, paid in 3-month installments.
$2550 six-payment plan option – 6 payments of $325 each, paid in 2-month installments.

Any registrations made on or after May 1, 2018 must be paid in full.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that the deposits are non-refundable.

Cancellations on or after April 15, 2018, no refunds will be made.
Cancellations on or before April 14, 2018, refund is 25% of payment over deposit.
Cancellations on or before February 15, 2018, refund is 50% of payment over deposit.
Cancellations on or before November 15, 2017, refund is 75% of payment over deposit.
Cancellations on or before September 1, 2017, refund is 100% of payment over deposit.

For details, contact Sabre Page 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.