OCTOBER 6 – 13, 2018 | YOGA + PILATES RETREAT IN ITALY with KAREN + KACIE DEVANEY

Tuscany’s relaxed pace gives you permission to reconnect with your inner passions, to heal, to meet new friends and to simply be.  This retreat will encourage you to explore your creativity and re-discover your unique journey towards wholeness.

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.

A Tuscan retreat with Karen and Kacie (mother-daughter) in October offers you a place to decompress, to 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 Pilates, this retreat will reinvigorate your mind and body and encourage you to explore your creativity to re-discovering your unique journey towards wholeness.

Who We Are:

Karen and Kacie, a mother-daughter team, have given many health, wellness, and creative workshops together. From partner yoga to African infused movement and dance, to creative writing and theatre classes.

Karen is a fully certified yoga instructor and worked as a registered nurse before turning to yoga and the arts; she holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a 500 hour yoga certification.

With multiple Pilates and wellness certifications under her belt, including BALANCED BODY, NAFTA, ACE and CPR, Kacie teaches Pilates and dance in New York City.  Kacie works as Pilate’s teacher, professional dancer, actor, and writer; she has a BFA in Comparative Literature and dance from The American University Of Paris, France.

Along with their passion for well-being and movement, Karen and Kacie are accomplished writers and love to offer others the opportunity to find their inner voice through the written word.

Who Can Come On This Retreat:

Everyone! This retreat is for all levels whether you have been doing yoga and Pilates 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!

Karen and Kacie both deal with students that have physical challenges and limitations, and enjoy finding ways to modify poses.  Through the breath and the sweet air of Tuscany, anything is possible.  Karen has been to Italy several times and fell in love with everything Italian, especially as her grandfather was born in Napoli.  Kacie, who lived in Paris for two years is moving back in June as the European slower paced lifestyle appeals to her calm sensibilities.

What To Expect:

To prepare you for the day, we will offer a morning meditation and yoga vinyasa class (modifications always provided) that will leave you soaring with energy. Enjoy breakfast, and perhaps a nature walk around the area or an optional excursion.

The early evenings we’ll offer yoga and Pilates as well as other mind-body workshops such as Pilates, African dance for beginners, and creative movement classes to learn how to relieve stress, get in tune with your inner child and have fun!  You will be in a gorgeous farmhouse, 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

Included in your retreat are 3 culturally rich excursions

An informal bike and walking tour of Lucca with a local guide
A scenic walk to a local bio-dynamic winery for a tour and tasting
A night enjoying the Puccini Opera in Lucca before dinner.

Other Optional Excursions

There will also be plenty of time to join other optional excursions such as a hike through the seaside villages of the rugged Riviera coastline of the Cinque Terre region or an evening in the thriving artist village of Pietrasanta.

Included Workshops

Included in your retreat are three workshops:

African Inspired Dance and Yoga with Karen: 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). Dance for thirty minutes and then end class with a lovely yoga flow holding lengthening poses. The old Zimbabwe Proverb says “If you can talk you can sing. if you can walk you can dance.”

Pilates Synthesis with Kacie: Pilates Synthesis combines classical mat Pilates with a fusion of contemporary movements created by Kacie. In a creative, fun and nurturing environment, you will work on your flexibly, balance, fluidity, strength and proper body alignment. Learn about Pilate’s origins and why it is so effective and used widely today for professional athletes, dancers, and those suffering from a chronic or acute back injury.

Writing your Stories: This workshop will help you write a story that has been ruminating in your imagination or a memoir or memory that you’ve been inspired to put to paper. You can bring laptops, or simple old fashion pen and paper will do. Karen holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is the author of several novels, children’s books, plays, and poems. She teaches writing classes at American River College and gives workshops throughout California and Pennsylvania. Kacie holds a BFA in Comparative Literature and is an accomplished author of plays, TV series, songs, and poetry. Kacie’s plays have been produced in New York City, and she currently writes part-time for the magazine Frenchly. Karen and Kacie co-wrote a play called The Great Forgotten that is now a pilot and is being shopped around to TV networks.

About Karen and Kacie

Karen and Kacie, a mother-daughter team, have given many health, wellness, and creative workshops together. From partner yoga to African infused movement and dance, to creative writing and theatre classes.

Karen is a fully certified yoga instructor and worked as a registered nurse before turning to yoga and the arts; she holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a 500 hour yoga certification. As a type I diabetic, Karen discovered health and wellness as a young woman, which influenced both of her daughters who she raised in Northern California. She has published articles on health and wellness as well as children’s stories, novels, and plays.  “When I discovered yoga, I felt as if I found freedom.”

With multiple Pilates and wellness certifications under her belt, including BALANCED BODY, NAFTA, ACE and CPR, Kacie teaches Pilates and dance in New York City.  She also works as a professional dancer, actor, and writer having obtained a BFA in Comparative Literature and dance from The American University Of Paris, France.  Kacie’s original plays and dance pieces have been featured all over New York City, and she has a dedicated group of Pilates and dance students who train with her in the big apple.

Along with their passion for well-being and movement, Karen and Kacie are accomplished writers and love to offer others the opportunity to find their inner voice through the written word. Both mother and daughter are passionate about helping others discover their strengths and feeling happy and free in mind, body, and soul.  Karen and Kacie also love to laugh, drink wine, and share stories while spending time getting to know new friends.

More details about Karen on www.karendevaney.net and Kacie on kaciepilates.weebly.com

What’s Included?

  • Twice daily Yoga / Pilates / Meditation with Karen and Kacie including use of yoga room, yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters, plus additional yoga mats for use outdoors
  • 3  mind body workshops including a writing workshop, Pilates synthesis and African dance for beginners!
  • 3 excursions: Tour of Lucca tour on bike and foot, Puccini Opera in the evening after dinner, Tour & Tasting Local Winery
  • 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 or choosing an optional excursions.
  • 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). 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 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

Our  retreat  pricing  includes  meals,  accommodation,  use  of  all  yoga  facilities and  retreat  concierge  services.  The prices quoted are per person per week and are inclusive of VAT and all taxes

All prices are inclusive of Yoga & Pilates classes and workshops offered throughout the week, which include African dance, Pilates Synthesis, and a workshop that explores the art of story and memoir writing.

Early bird pricing ends May 30th 2018.

Room Type 1 – Twin room (two single beds) with shared hallway bathroom. Early Bird Special $1900 USD by May 30th / Regular Price $2100 USD

Room Type 2 – Twin room (two single beds) with private bathroom. Early Bird Special $2000 USD by May 30th / Regular Price $2200 USD

Room Type 3 –  Double bed room with private bath. Early Bird Special $2000 USD by May 30th / Regular Price $2200 USD

Room Type 4 – Single Room with private bath. Early Bird Special $2400 USD by May 30th / Regular Price $2600 USD

Terms and Conditions

We  have set up a PayPal account that is safe and secure and the best way to pay for your retreat, with a guarantee that your information is private. We don’t accept cash or checks, but if you are absolutely not comfortable with using a credit card, email us for information on where to send a check.

Divided Payment Options

  1. If paying for your retreat all at once is too taxing, no problem we have several pay options.  If you secure at least half  of the early bird price before the deadline date, you have two months to complete the rest of your payment, which can be made in two installments. Please note, there is a no refund for the deposit of the first installment.
  2. If you miss the early bird deadline, you can divide your payments into either two or three installments. Due dates are as followed: June 15th, July 15th, August 15.  Your first payment is non refundable.

Karen and Kacie don’t like turning people away who really really want to go, but perhaps those payment dates don’t quite align with your budget.  Email us, and let’s see what we can work out. Where there is a will there’s a way!    

For more information, click on the button “Reserve your Place” or contact Karen at karindevaney@gmail.com  or Kacie at kaciedevaney@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.