OCTOBER 6 – 13, 2018 | YOGA 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, 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 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.

Who is this retreat for? 

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 the nature.  If you have an injury you are 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 Europe for four years plans to move back as the slower paced lifestyle appeals to her calm sensibilities.

What to expect and what is included

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.

The early evenings we’ll offer yoga as well as other mind body workshops such as Pilates and African dance for beginners!

We have access to a fully-equipped yoga studio with MANDUKA props, as well as beautiful outdoor spaces should we prefer to practice overlooking the valley below.

You will be staying in a gorgeous farm house, fed  mouthwatering meals, sleep in rooms filled with Tuscan style decor, have access to a saltwater pool, a Turkish sauna (the first three hours are free) and have the opportunity to treat yourself to a healing in-house massage or spa treatment.

Excursions

Included in your retreat are three excursions (always optional), such as meandering through the lovely city of Lucca (a walk and biking tour), a hike through the seaside villages of the rugged Riviera coastline of the Cinque Terre region and an evening in the thriving artist village of Pietrasanta.

Writing Workshops

There will also be two writing workshops that will give you a chance to work on a poem, story, or simply journal experiences and record new ideas.

There will be transportation provided the day the retreat begins October 6th 4 pm and back on the day of departure October 13 by 9:30 am.

About Karen and Kacie

Karen and Kacie, a mother-daughter team, have given many health and wellness workshops together from Partner Yoga to African infused movement and dance.  They are both accomplished writers and love to offer others the opportunity to find their inner voice.

Karen is a type I diabetic and found health and wellness as a young woman, which influenced both of her daughters growing up in 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.”

Kacie, who lives in NYC, is a caring and gifted Pilates and yoga instructor as well as a dancer and playwright.

Both mother and daughter are passionate about helping others discover their strengths. They teach at various studios and wellness centers as well as having their own individual clients.  Karen and Kacie also love to laugh, drink wine, and shared stories while spending time getting to know new friends.

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

What’s Included?

  • Daily Yoga Practices + Meditation with Karen and Kacie including use of yoga room, yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters, plus additional yoga mats for use outdoors
  • Optional  mind body workshops such as Pilates and African dance for beginners!
  • 2 writing workshops
  • 3 excursions: Tour of Lucca tour on bike and foot, Day trip to Cinque Terre and visit to Pietrasanta
  • 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

Retreat Prices, per person

Reasonable!  Prices begin at 1700 (USD) depending on when you pay (this early bird price ends May 1st 2018) and which room you choose but will not exceed 1900(USD).

Room Type 1 – Twin room / Shared Bath (2 beds which can be converted to one king sharing a bathroom with another twin room). $1850 (USD) per person

Room Type 2 – Twin Room / Private Bath ( 2 twin beds which can be converted to one king) $2050 (USD) per person

Room Type 3 – Double Room / Private Bath (1 double bed).  $2050 (USD) per person 

(Above prices assume double occupancy. Add $500 to any of the above for single occupancy)

Room Type 4 – Single Room / Private Bath (1 single bed).  $2250 (USD) per person 

Terms and Conditions

A NONREFUNDABLE $500 USD Deposit will secure your spot with the balance due by April 1, 2018

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

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

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.