An unforgettable Tuscan holiday awaits you! You are gifting yourself with a truly fabulous vacation week. We have hosted over a dozen Gentle Yoga retreats in Tuscany and it just gets better every year. It is a joy to share the experience of this fabled region, a crossroads of medieval history, the cradle of the Renaissance, land of soulful, artful living.
This retreat is for all levels; no yoga or MELT® experience necessary.
Home base for our week in Tuscany is a splendid grouping of four homes collectively known as Il Borghino, nestled in a luxurious setting with a stunning view. These homes have been meticulously restored to make them welcoming and homey as well as being both comfortable and modern. You will enjoy a remarkable combination of elegant and traditional Tuscan living.
The villa itself sits high on a hillside overlooking a panorama of olive groves, fruit trees and vineyards. Nestled amongst the Tuscan hills, close to the enchanting city of Lucca, time moves slower here; an afternoon can easily be lost drifting through the olive groves or resting by the salt-water pool.
The villa’s convenient location also allows for easy travel to some of Italy’s most picturesque historic towns including Lucca, and the renowned seaside villages of the Cinque Terre.
Typical Daily Yoga Program
The week offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a Gentle Yoga retreat while exploring the sights and flavors of Tuscany. You will enjoy a magical week of loving yourself and loving life with twice daily yoga/MELT classes, stunning scenery, pure fun, gracious hospitality, belly laughing, great food, and well-organized adventures.
Afternoons at the Villa will generally offer spacious free-time, then afternoon Gentle Yoga with Rudy to unwind any stress you may have brought with you.
Every day you will partake in fabulously fresh, vegetarian Tuscan cuisine!
We have two day-trips and one evening outing planned. However, everything is optional giving you the flexibility to adapt the week to your own individual needs. We have a bike and walking tour of charming nearby Lucca early in the week, guided by an equally charming guide who has a deep family history in Lucca. Mid-week we have an all-day excursion to sensational Cinque Terre (the Five Lands), beautiful, vividly colored villages located on cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Another enchanting option is attending a performance of Puccini in Lucca at the church where he was an organist prior to his successful composing career.
Afternoons at the Villa will generally offer spacious free-time, then afternoon Gentle Yoga with Rudy to unwind any stress you may have brought with you. Following this time of rejuvenation and rest you will partake in fabulously fresh Tuscan cuisine. We will spend some of our days relaxing “Under the Tuscan Sun,” poolside at the Villa, or on a guided hike. Additionally you have the opportunity to register for an Italian cooking class which will result in that day’s gourmet lunch