Join me on this 7-day retreat in Italy! While we will embrace La Dolce Vita – “the sweet life’, we will also be hiking, biking, wine touring + tasting, lounging, swimming and yoga-ing in the Tuscan Hills of Lucca. September is by far one of the most gorgeous months to visit Italy and utterly soothing for the soul to day dream under the Tuscan sun. Daily swimming in the salt-water pool with views of rolling valleys and vineyards.
Dolce far Niente – “sweetness of doing nothing”
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.
At the retreat center there are indoor and outdoor spaces for practicing yoga – each with a unique atmosphere of peace and tranquility for centering the mind and body. The indoor yoga room is located downstairs in the communal area with glass windows looking into the swimming pool.
Constructed with wooden flooring, the yoga room can accommodate up to 18 participants and is fully equipped with Manduka quality yoga mats, blankets, bolsters, belts and blocks.
The retreat is open to students of all levels. Since there are so many things to do on this retreat, it is a great opportunity to bring along friends or family who may not be interested in the daily yoga practices but who would be inspired by the culture of Italy and the chance to unwind, explore, meet new people and join in the excursions and optional activities.
Day trip to Cinque Terre
Included in your retreat is a day trip in breath-taking Cinque Terre region, exploring the five coastal villages embedded in rocky cliffs along one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of Liguria. For those who are hikers, it is possible to spend a day walking and climbing between these beautiful villages and enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way. For others, you can still enjoy walking the more gentle trails, spend time swimming, exploring the villages or sampling some of the local delights.
Local Tuscan wine tasting trip
Also included is a scenic walk along the “Strada del Vino” (the wine road) to a local winery for a tour and tasting. The estate makes award winning wines, olive oil, honey and pasta. The scenery is beautiful, overlooking vineyards and olive groves.