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SEPTEMBER 14 – 21, 2019 | FALL YOGA RETREAT IN TUSCANY with AINO SIREN + GINA MENZA

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell

Aino + Gina invite you to an unforgettable week-long  getaway at Il Borghino, a Tuscan retreat villa nestled on a hilltop with incredible views overlooking the charming medieval town of Lucca.

Each day involves an enlivening and energizing morning yoga & meditation session, and an afternoon restorative practice.

A night at the Opera following an afternoon of tasting wine at an exquisite local vineyard are all included in our schedule.

Let’s escape to Italy and enjoy our yoga practice under the Tuscan sun, and get a taste of La Dolce Vita!

Location

Our retreat centre “Il Borghino” is located in Lucca, a beautiful and fascinating city known for its well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling the historic city center.

Il Borghino comprises three separate houses showcasing large elegant rooms with fabulous views from every window. There are several outdoor terraces, a saltwater swimming pool and a steam room.

Our retreat villa is located 20 minutes from Lucca, 45 minutes from Pisa and 1.5 hrs from Florence.

Optional Activities

There will also be plenty of free time for you to roam the neighboring hills and groves, plus numerous optional excursions and activities, like a day trip to the breathtaking coastal villages of Cinque Terre, cooking class, bike and walking tours of Lucca, or spa treatments.

About Aino Siren ERYT 500

Aino Siren + Gina Menza Retreat in Tuscany September 14 - 21, 2019Aino is a E-RYT 500 certified, ISHTA Senior Teacher. Her love of yoga, healing, and travel has inspired her to host numerous retreats. Aino’s desire is to help you connect to the present moment and to live your yoga everyday and every moment. She is known as a passionate, creative and kind teacher and loved for her healing hands-on adjustments. Her focus on fluid sequencing and precision in alignment reflect her background in dance.

Training + Experience

Aino is a Teacher Trainer and Mentor in the ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training in NYC and Finland, and she hosts Yoga Retreats around the world. She also offers her services as a Raindrop Technique practitioner and trainer as well as a Reiki Master.

For more info on Aino go to www.sirenyoga.com

About Gina Menza ERYT 500

Aino Siren + Gina Menza Retreat in Tuscany September 14 - 21, 2019After over thirty years practicing and teaching yoga, Gina has learned the importance of balancing the active side of one’s yoga practice and the quiet solitude of a restorative yoga sequence. She has learned to balance the frenetic and exquisitely fun energy of raising three kids in New York City with the refueling and relaxing rest necessary to survive.

Training + Experience

In addition to ISHTA, Gina has taught in innumerable places; from classrooms in Los Angeles California, sidewalks in Times Square New York City, studios in Stockholm Sweden, Skype screens in Helsinki, London studios to beach-side in Goa, southern India. Gina has also designed the prenatal material used in both the 200 and 300-hour ISHTA trainings as well as co- creating her own school, Anandamama Prenatal Yoga which holds annual, 85-hour, Yoga Alliance trainings in NYC.

For more info on Gina go to www.ginamenzayoga.com

What’s Included?

  • Morning and afternoon yoga each day (all Manudka quality yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters supplied)
  • Room accommodation for 7 nights (double or single)
  • 3 Tuscan Vegetarian Farm-to-Table meals daily (excluding 1 lunch and 1 dinner out.)
  • Fresh detox juice at breakfast and unlimited fruit, water, and herbal tea throughout the day
  • Wine from the local estate (1/2 bottle per person/ night)
  • Last night celebratory dinner with Prosecco and delicious homemade pizza cooked in our wood-fired oven
  • Puccini Opera in Lucca one evening
  • A wine tasting excursion to an exquisite local winery – we go by foot!
  • Group transfer from and to Lucca at the beginning and end of the retreat (one scheduled pick-up and drop-off)
  • Use of outdoor salt-water pool and common areas
  • Use of steam room / sauna (first session free, thereafter €70 per session)
  • Pool Towels, Hairdryers and laundry facilities
  • 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
  • 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

*Please note that the prices are per person in USD and may shift slightly due to fluctuating exchange rates.

Room type 1

Double occupancy in a room with 2 twin size beds with shared bathroom. (Another double occupancy room shares this bathroom).  2 rooms available.

EARLY BIRD – $2595  per person  (until May 31)

REGULAR $2795  per person   (After June 1)

Room type 2

Double occupancy in a room with 2 twin beds. Private bathroom. 4 rooms available.

EARLY BIRD – $2710  per person   (until May 31)

REGULAR  – $2910 per person   (After June 1)

Room type 3

Double occupancy for 2 people who prefer or do not mind sharing a full size bed. Private bathroom. 2 rooms available.

EARLY BIRD – $2710  per person  (until May 31)

REGULAR  – $2910 per person  (After June 1)

Room type 4

Single occupancy room with private bathroom. 2 rooms available

EARLY BIRD – $2940  per person (until May 31)

REGULAR  – $3140 per person  (After June 1)

A non-refundable deposit of $500 and travel insurance are required.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please click on the button “Reserve Your Place” or contact Aino  at aino8siren@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.

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