Picture a pink and purple sunset over the lush Tuscan valley, sipping wine as you head to a scrumptious vegetarian dinner farm to fork style. This is after a day of yoga and Pilates, breathtaking views, and strolls through quaint streets that are embraced by the warm Italian culture.
Join Karen Devaney in October this year to decompress, leave the bustle of life behind and to breathe in the beauty that surrounds you. October brings the flavors of fall and the harvest of traditional Tuscan favorites from chestnuts to truffles. You can wind your way through the quintessential cobblestone village of Lucca or head for a hike in the stunning Cinque Terre.
Tuscany’s relaxed pace permits you to reconnect with your inner passions, to recover, to meet new friends and to just be. With the healing powers of yoga and meditation, this retreat will reinvigorate your mind and body and encourage you to explore your creativity to re-discovering your unique journey towards wholeness.
Who Can Come On This Retreat:
Everyone! This retreat is for all levels whether you have been doing yoga for years or just stepped on your mat for the first time, all are welcome to discover, to unplug, and to be one with nature. If you have an injury your nursing, bring it along and give it some tender Italian care, your body will thank you for it! Through the breath and the sweet air of Tuscany, anything is possible.
What To Expect:
To prepare you for the day, we will offer vibrant slow flow with breath followed by a short meditation to begin your day. Enjoy breakfast, and perhaps a nature walk around the area or an optional excursion.
The early evenings we’ll offer flow yoga which links the ancient asana and breath creating an energic flow to open and heal your body with. Flow will both inspire and relax you before the evening meal and sipping wine as you gaze at the gorgeous setting sun.
You will be in a gorgeous farmhouse, Il Borghino, fed mouthwatering organic meals, sleep in rooms filled with Tuscan style decor, have access to a saltwater pool, a Turkish sauna and have the opportunity to treat yourself to a healing massage.
Included Excursions and Activities
Included in your retreat price are a careful selection of excursions and activities to give you a real taste of la dolce vita!
- An informal bike and walking tour of Lucca with a local guide (3 – 4 hrs.)
- A wine tasting excursion (3-4 hrs.) Includes a scenic 3km walk (each way) to a beautiful local winery, followed by an interesting tour and a tasting.
- Spend the day exploring the breath-taking Cinque Terre Region, walking and hiking between the 5 spectacular coastal villages (full day).
- A 3O Minute introduction to African Inspired Dance: This class will motivate your inner dancer with the sultry sounds of the African Djembe. You will also learn an old West African welcome chant! (No experience needed). The old Zimbabwe Proverb says “If you can talk you can sing. if you can walk you can dance.”