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SEPT 29 – OCT 6, 2018 |  LA DOLCE VITA TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT with JEN MITCHELL + CLAIRE STETINA

Retreat to Tuscany! Join Twist Yoga for a week of unforgettable food, transformational yoga, delightful connection and living the good life in the Tuscan countryside.

Your yoga retreat includes 3 daily yoga practices and organic meals prepared by our personal chef and enjoyed around a traditional family-style table. Our days might find us exploring neighboring villages, visiting a centuries-old winery or simply resting, anticipating the authentic Tuscan dinner we’ll enjoy among your new friends.

We will begin each day with meditation, followed by an all levels morning practice and conclude most days with gentle yoga practices.

There will be plenty of free time to relax by the pool at our restored 17th century villa, enjoy an optional massage or participate in one of the many optional activities.  You’ll have the option to explore the local region through optional walks, bike rides and day trips to experience the beauty of this ancient region and its rich culinary heritage. Meals made from the freshest of local ingredients will be prepared for us by our personal chef Maria Angela and you even have the opportunity to partake in a cooking class with her and learn some of her secrets!

After a week of nourishing your spirit with your friends at Twist Yoga, we think you’ll return home feeling rel;axed, refreshed and re-energized.

Location

Our retreat home for the week will be Il Borghino – which boasts comfortable lodging in four beautifully-renovated buildings, an outdoor salt-water 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.

Sample Schedule (subject to change):

Day 1: Ciao! Retreat begins at 4pm.  Late afternoon gentle yoga, welcome dinner
Day 2: Morning yoga, optional* bike ride through Tuscan countryside and/or a stop in Lucca. Afternoon gentle yoga.
Day 3: Morning yoga. Afternoon walk to nearby vineyard, including wine tasting & private vinyard tour.  Evening gentle yoga.
Day 4: Morning yoga.  Free day.
Day 5: Morning yoga.  Optional* all day excursion to Cinque Terre.  Late dinner at the villa.
Day 6:  Morning yoga. Free day. Optional* evening excursion into Lucca to experience 1 hour of Puccini opera (the birthplace of this great composer).
Day 7: Morning yoga.  Optional* excursion to local hot springs. Evening gentle yoga. final evening dinner party
Day 8: Morning Yoga, breakfast and arrivederci at 10am!

Optional Activities

There is a great choice of  optional activities and excursions, designed to give you a taste of Tuscany and the local culture, without it feeling like a organized tour.  You can sign up for them when you arrive at the retreat center.  There are also some amazing in-house massage therapists who will be available throughout the week to iron out tired or stressed muscles and leave you feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenated!

About Jen Mitchell

Jen Mitchell Tuscany Yoga Retreat from September 29 - October 6, 2018Jen began practicing yoga in 1997 at the age of 27, with the goal to be able to touch her toes…. for the first time in her adult life. From those humble beginnings, Jen’s yoga practice has been transformational in her life and has provided tools for contemplation & the elimination of self-limiting, habitual and unconscicous beliefs.

Jen teaches with humor and humility, weaving life’s gifts and challenges into classes… ultimately so we may live a sweeter life off the mat.  Jen’s classes are a unique mix of traditional hatha/vinyasa postures and Kundalini kriya.  Depending on the day, students in her classes might also experience japa mantra, meditation, pranayama and/or kriya in addition to asana.  As an instructor, she invites individual exploration of the body, breath and mind as she believes that each student is their own best teacher.

Training + Experience

Jen counts among her influences, her daughter Claire, and in the late ’90s, Shiva Rea and NYC’s Om Yoga.  Since then, her teaching (and practice) has evolved by encounters chanting with Jai Uttal at Kirtan Camp , exploring loving kindness with Stephen Cope at Kripalu in Massachusetts, as well as drop ins with local teachers at various Seattle studios. Jen is further influenced by regular stops at Jivamukti Yoga in NYC, annual visits to India, (starting with studying Ashtanga with MatyEzraty in 2012 and most recently, studying Kundalini Yoga with Kia Miller & Tommy Rosen in Rishikesh in 2017) and Judith Hanson Lasater, with whom she studied with over 150 hours, including Level I and II Restorative Techniques, semi-private intensives and Non Violent Communication.

More details about Jen on www.twistyogaedmonds.com

About Claire Stetina

Claire Stetina - Retreat in Tuscany from Sept 29 - October 6, 20181Claire Stetina is a yoga educator, yoga teacher (RYT500, E-RYT200, YACEP) and Certified Massage Therapist  – offering privates, public classes, workshops, retreats and trainings throughout the West Coast and beyond.

Claire is known for her fierce, compassionate and commanding teaching style, marked by creative sequencing, detailed precision and deep knowledge of  bio-mechanics and alignment. She is able to translate the practices to students in a exciting, clear and infectious way.  People describe her classes as challenging, spiritual, intelligent and addicting. Claire is in a life-long love affair with yoga, her mission is to make the practices, traditions and teachings relevant, transformative and sustainable.

Training + Experience

Claire has completed over 500 hours of massage therapy and formal anatomy training as well as over 800 hours of yoga teacher trainings. Currently, Claire regularly studies with Katchie Ananda, Annie Carpenter, Janet Stone, Noah Maze’, and Rusty Wells.

More details about Claire on www.clairestetina.com

What’s Included?

  • 2 Daily Yoga Classes with Jen, including yoga mats, blocks, blankets, belts, and bolsters, plus additional yoga mats for use outdoors
  • 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, choosing optional excursions or a night out in Lucca.
  • Historic, local vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • 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).
  • Outdoor salt-water pool and large communal living areas
  • Use of the 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 and one dinner out
  • Optional activities other than those specified as included in the retreat price
  • Other travel-related expenses and incidentals
  • Tips + Gratuities

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

Retreat Prices, per person

Room Type 1 – Shared twin room + shared hallway bathroom. .(2 people per room) $2,095 (USD) per person (early bird rate)

Room Type 2 – Shared twin Room + Private bathroom. 5 rooms / 10 places. 2 single beds, 2 people per room.  $2295 (USD) per person  (early bird rate)

Room Type 3 – Shared Double Room + Private Bathroom. 2 rooms / 4 places. 1 double bed, 2 people per room.  $2295 (USD) per person  (early bird rate)

Room Type 4 – Single Room + Private Bathroom. 2 rooms / 2 places.  1 single bed, 1 person per room.  $2395 (USD) per person  (early bird rate)

If paying by check or credit card, add an extra $100 USD on top of the price

Early bird registration discount applies until April 1, 2018.  Add $150 if registering after April 1, 2018.

Terms and Conditions

A $300 (USD) DEPOSIT reserves your spot, please indicate what type of room you would like. Once we receive your reservation, we will email you a confirmation along with more trip details.

Your remaining balance will be invoiced in two additional increments.

* Prices listed are per person, include early registration discount and are valid until April 1.  Add $150 if registering after April 1.

For more information, click on the button “Reserve Your Place” or contact Jen at jen@twistyogaedmonds.com

Cancellation Policy

Please be sure you will be able to attend our retreats before you submit your deposit.  All deposits are non-refundable, non-transferable and not redeemable for account credit. Payment is due in full 90 days prior to the start of the retreat. If you cancel 90 days or more prior to the retreat start date, you will be issued a refund, less your $300 non-refundable deposit. Trip insurance is required by our villa, and can protect your retreat investment if you need to cancel for covered circumstances. Due to retreat centers’ refund policies, we cannot offer any refunds, transfers or credits for cancellations for any reason (including legitimate ones like illness, injury, family deaths or emergencies) within 90 days of the retreat start date. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat.

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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