JUNE 22- 29, 2019 | ITALY YOGA RETREAT with BETHANY BRITTON  

“What is the fatal charm of Italy?  What do we find there that can be found nowhere else?  I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago” ​– Erica Jong, American novelist.

​Picture a secluded setting upon a hill top with magnificent views overlooking forests, vineyards, olive groves and mountains in the distance.  Scrumptious vegetarian farm to table dinners, sipping wine while drinking up the warm Tuscan sun.  All this after a day of yoga, breathtaking views, strolls through quaint streets and local grounds and indulging in the warm Italian culture.

Yoga in Tuscany with Bethany Britton offers the opportunity of a lifetime.  Time to further connect to your yoga practice, explore the Tuscan countryside, unwind by the salt-water pool and eat clean food.  Reconnect to and recharge yourself.  You deserve this.  Leave the bustle of life behind and breathe in the beauty that will surround you.

Location

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

Yoga

On most days, Yoga classes will be offered by Bethany once in the morning and once in the evening. Wednesday will be our day off from our mats for a day long excursion. Expect a vinyasa style yoga class every morning that will energize you for whatever excursions and adventures lie ahead of us for that day. Evening class will be an opportunity to wind down for the day with a more restorative and gentle practice. Of course this is your time away so by no means are any of the classes mandatory and the space is open for you to use to practice or meditate on your own as well. Classes are suited for all levels and experience.

Included excursions:  Experience Tuscany Off The Mat

Included in our week will be three excursions allowing us to experience all that Tuscany has to offer.
Wine Tasting Excursion:  We go by foot following the “Strada del Vino” (the wine road) enjoying beautiful scenery overlooking vineyards and olive groves. We find our way to a local bio-dynamic winery for a tour and tasting..
Pietrasanta Artist Village: We are hitting the town one evening in a colorful artist’s village. Pietrasanta is a thriving art centre full of galleries, shops and restaurants spilling onto the pavements. We will arrive in town around 5:30 in the evening and be brought home around 11:30pm. This will be the evening where we dine out.
Cinque Terre: No yoga practice this day as we will travel to spend the day exploring breath-taking Cinque Terre. Comprised of 5 coastal villages embedded in rocky cliffs along one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of Liguria.  We arrive in the morning and are picked up in the evening. This will be the day we enjoy lunch out and about along these seaside villages.

Location

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

About Bethany Britton

Bethany first stepped on a yoga mat years while she was training as a classical ballet dancer. Fast forward a bit and after retiring from nearly 20 years of dancing and 10 years of teaching ballet – she got on her mat again with new intentions for change and growth in here life. The attraction was immediate and she embraced a love and dedication for the practice that continues to shape and teach her daily. The ever changing and evolving practice of yoga is what keeps Bethany coming to her mat. Always exploring, always growing, and always learning. This practice has introduced her to some of the most important people in her life and to students who continue to be her greatest inspiration.

If you attend one of Bethany’s classes, you can expect a very breath centered class that will challenge and invigorate the body safely, while providing the necessary opportunity to link the physical practice with that of the mind and spirit. Dancing on our mats with breath as our music.  She shows up to classes with a fun, lighthearted energy. You can expect laughter, as its good for the soul, mixed with those necessary moments of quiet and pause. She teaches with the hope that students will leave feeling inspired, confident, and ready to face life’s beauties and challenges.

Study + Experience

Bethany began teaching in July 2014 and completed her 200 hour certification with Charm City Yoga in December 2014. Forever a student, I’ve attended countless workshops, classes and intensives on various aspects of the practice. Completing trainings to become certified in Aerial Yoga and Prenatal Yoga as well.

More details about Bethany on www.bethanybrittonyoga.com

What’s Included?

  • 7 nights’ accommodation at our private Il Borghino villa,
  • Daily Yoga Practices with Bethany which includes use of yoga room, yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters, plus additional yoga mats for use outdoors​
  • 3 excursions: Walking wine tour excursion, Day trip to Cinque Terre and an evening out to Pietrasanta Artists Village
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily, except for one lunch out on Wednesday and one dinner out on a day to be decided. (Gluten free & Dairy free options available)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Outdoor salt-water pool and large common areas
  • Steam room / sauna (first session free, thereafter €70 per session)
  • Pool Towels, Hair dryers and use of 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 you take outside the retreat centre
  • Optional activities and excursions you choose to take other than the 3 specified as included in the retreat price
  • Other travel-related expenses
  • Optional Massages and Healing Arts Therapies


** I plan to work with a travel agent or company to get the best possible airfare and travel arrangements for our group and of course with the hopes to be able to travel together.

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

Retreat Prices, per person

Room Type 1 – Twin room + shared hallway bathroom. (2 guests per room) $2075 USD per person  ***SOLD OUT

Room Type 2 – Twin room + private bathroom (2 guests per room) This room can be converted to King Bed for a couple $2175 USD per person ***SOLD OUT

Room Type 3 – Double bed + private bathroom. (2 guests per room – best suited to a couple) $2175 USD per person ***SOLD OUT 

Room Type 4 – Private Room (single bed)+ Private Bathroom. (1 guest per room)$2325 USD per person  ***SOLD OUT

Terms and Conditions

DEPOSIT – To secure your spot,  a $500 non-refundable deposit must be made before August 1, 2018.

*More than happy to arrange a payment plan if desired. (PLEASE NOTE: A 3% processing fee will apply per transaction/payment if paying with credit or debt card for payment plans)

**Cash, check and credit card payments accepted. All balances must be paid in full by March 1, 2019.

For more information, click on the button “Reserve Your Place” or contact Bethany at bethanybrittonyoga@gmail.com

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.