20 – 27 April, 2024

Vibrant Living Italy – A Women’s Retreat in Tuscany with Julie Jeske and Nikki Weaver

Are you ready for Vibrant Living? Imagine a full week devoted to your own wants and needs! A full week focused on your pleasure, your enjoyment, your self-care, YOURSELF!

And imagine all of that while connecting with other women and drinking in the Italian countryside!

If you have decided that the time has come for you to feel good, really good, and you are ready for a sensual living. If you want to move your body in a way that feels enlivening. If you want to enjoy delicious food, feel in love with life and enlightened from within. If you are ready to honor what you desire and have decided to embark on a journey, to have fun, adventure and prepare for a transformative experience and you don’t want to do it “alone”, then this is the retreat made for you.  You will go through a unique experience with a group of wonderful woman that like you decided that is time to honor what you want.

Why Vibrant Living?

Life can challenging and draining at times. As women we are often pulled in many directions and trying to do it all (and do it perfectly even because we are the first judges of ourselves).Your desires and needs often get relegated to the background. It’s not just a matter of putting them on the back burner; at times, they feel buried under the weight of competing priorities. It’s challenging to give yourself the attention you deserve amidst the hustle and bustle.

Julie loves helping people experience more pleasure and sensuality and Nikki loves helping people be more present and embodied. And all of those qualities feel so important right now. It’s so easy to feel disconnected, overwhelmed or even a little blah these day. We are going to explore daily tools and practices to help you experience more pleasure and presence. Pleasure is “a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.” When you connect to that satisfaction and enjoyment, the rest of life is easier. When you engage with pleasure you bring richness, vibrancy and joy into your life. Pleasure fills your bucket and gives you energy. Pleasure feels good. It lights us up. And when you are lit up, life is more vibrant and so are you!

Location

Our unique retreat home for the week will be Villa Tramonte – which boasts comfortable lodging in fully restored 18th century estate, an outdoor pool, and delicious meals of farm-to-table vegetarian Tuscan cuisine — complete with local olive oil and wine. We have access to a fully-equipped yoga studio, as well as multiple outdoor spaces should we prefer to practice overlooking the valley below.

Typical Daily Program

Each day with begin with a rejuvenating and relaxing yoga class followed by energy giving juices and freshly prepared breakfast. During the day and evening we will enjoy a deep, authentic immersion into Italian culture, from Lucca’s spectacular art & architecture, to the rolling hills of Tuscany & the Mediterranean sea-side charm of Cinque Terre, to volcanic hot springs; fabulous wines and gastronomia (“the art of good eating”) throughout.

Who is the retreat for?

Women who want to (re)connect with themselves and with other enjoyable women, feel good and fill their life with pleasure, joy and vibrancy!

ABOUT JULIE JESKE

Julie Jeske is a professional sex therapist with a background as an adjunct professor, where she taught Human sexuality. She has always been interested in helping people increase their intimacy and she really believes that therapy can really help you to reach more vibrancy and pleasure in your life!

ABOUT NIKKI WEAVER

Nikki is a yoga teacher and actress, she has created many projects, some of which include: a yoga program for 4-12 year olds, led international wellness retreats, and acted on stages in the U.S and in Australia. Nikki is an innovative creator and passionate communicator and she is a co-founder of Portland Playhouse.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation (including linen and towels)
  • 3 vegetarian meals each day + wine at dinner (except for one lunch out and one dinner out)
  • Access to the pool and yoga facilities
  • Daily yoga and movement sessions with Nikki
  • Daily classes/explorations lead by Julie (some topics include: pleasure, sensuality, living a turned on life, and more)
  • A day trip to Cinque Terre
  • A Wine Tasting Excursion
  • An afternoon/evening in Lucca, exploring the medieval town (dinner and any additional purchases are not included)
  • A cooking class
  • Transfers to and from Lucca train or bus station to the retreat centre at the start and finish of the retreat. There will be one scheduled pick up and drop off only. Any transfers outside of this are not included
  • Use of the WIFI
  • Laundry facilities for use by guests

What’s Not Included?

  • Airfares (Suggested Airport Pisa)
  • Travel insurance (which is strongly recommended)
  • Two meals out (one lunch and one dinner)
  • Other travel related expenses outside of the retreat
  • Additional in-house treatments eg facials and massage
  • Other optional excursions or activities not included in the retreat

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

RETREAT PRICING

Your retreat investment includes almost everything and is from $3300 (USD) depending on the accommodation type you choose (single, twin or double) – all inclusive. Upon registration, you will be given all travel information, packing list and a full itinerary.

Cancellation Policy

Initial deposit is non-refundable.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS + ACTIVITIES

YOGA + Workshop

Daily yoga lead by Nikki – Each morning we will gather together in a gorgeous airy room as we open our hearts, connect to our breath, and nourish our spirits. We will offer space to move and breath at your own level and comfort, all bodies welcome. We will share a theme for the day to center us, and end with a meditation, poetry, essential oils, and a moment to pause to journal before moving into breakfast.

Daily workshops with Julie – We will explore pleasure, sensuality, honoring our want and needs, passion, turned on living, and more. Workshops will include: education, inspiration and space for sharing and dialogue with the group. Magic happens when you get a group of women together. It’s in the space of a group that we learn we are not alone. It’s in the space of a group that you can really be seen and understood.

CINQUE TERRE Mediterranean seaside charm

An excursion to one of Italia’s Mediterranean treasures, Cinque Terre, where we will take a day trip to explore the picturesque cliff-side villages or simply chill in a
seaside cove for the day. (Includes ground transportation with a driver + entry into the national park. Lunch not included).

COOKING CLASS

Enjoying an Italian cooking class is a culinary journey through the tradition, is not just about recipes but it’s a cultural expedition. You will learn some Tuscany specialities, the importance of seasonal organic ingredients and some secrets of the Chef. Handmade pasta, sauces, desserts, surrounded by the warmth of rustic cuisine and lively conversations with and without hands.

WINE TASTING

The wines are not just beverages, they are liquid poetry and while you will learn from a sommelier and winemaker the history and anecdotes behind each variety, you will taste different wines in a convivial atmosphere accompanied by cheeses or cold cuts or vegetables.

RETREAT PRICING

Your retreat investment includes almost everything and is from €3300 depending on the accommodation type you choose (single, twin or double) – all inclusive. Upon registration, you will be given all travel information, packing list and a full itinerary.

TRANSPORT OPTIONS

GETTING TO AND FROM THE RETREAT CENTRE

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 the retreat center is strictly 4:15pm on the day of arrival.

When booking your flights, we recommend you plan your arrival time in Lucca for around 15:45, to coincide with the group transfer to the retreat centre at 16:15  There will be one scheduled pick-up only. Please email your arrival details to laura@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 the retreat center.

Check-out from the retreat center is strictly 09:00am on the last day. Please plan your departure flights accordingly.

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