April 27 – May 4, 2024

7 Day Cultural Yoga Holiday with Cheryl Shillington

Immersing yourself in a stay in the enchanting world of an Italian cultural retreat is like entering a living tapestry woven with threads of history, art and the timeless beauty of the sweet life.

The retreat takes place against the backdrop of Italy’s historic landscapes, from the ancient, romantic cobbled streets of Florence to the sun-kissed vineyards of Tuscany. This bespoke, one of a kind cultural yoga holiday will be co-facilitated by experienced yoga teacher Cheryl Shillington at a restored 18th century estate in the beautiful region of Tuscany, Italy.

Spending a week-long adventure, exploring the enchanting towns of Tuscany like the capital, of the region, Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance! Visualize yourself walking through the romantic streets and majestic Renaissance palaces that witnessed the history of the Medici and other powerful families of the past. Imagine walking among the leather goods shops, the gold shops with a delicious ice cream or a Tuscan “panino” in your hand.

A day trip to the famous breathtaking clifftop villages of Cinque Terre. You can choose the best way for you to explore them, whether walking through the villages, going on a hike, taking a boat out to sea or exploring the local shops and delicacies.

Of course, accompanied by daily yoga classes that will set you straight!

As we are in Tuscany, we indulge in local cheeses, pasta, breads, wines and other delights prepared by a private local Italian Chef. It is not a cleanse retreat but a you will restore yourself during this retreat, it has many healthy choices with nuts, seeds, legumes, plenty of vegetables and more, everything local, everything organic. Buon Appetito and see you in Italy!


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.

The Optional Activities

In addition to our magical stay at an authentic Tuscan home estate with landscaped gardens, outdoor pool, and a wood burning pizza oven, this wellness retreat has these amazing inclusions:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Homemade Tuscan vegetarian food and local wine for dinner
  • A day trip to Florence
  • A day trip to the Cinque Terre
  • A Cooking Class
  • A Wine Tasting

This retreat has been designed for you to experience a lot with great ease and with plenty of wide, open spaces in the itinerary to relax and/or explore on your own or with others. Your investment practically covers everything!

Who is the retreat for?

Everyone who wants to relax, train yoga and explore Tuscany! Don’t worry if you don’t have a travel partner to go with, traveling solo on yoga retreats is very common and you’ll easily find someone to share this precious experience with!

Cheryl Shillington - Yoga retreat in Italy


Cheryl Shillington is a yoga instructor specializing in Ashtanga, Agama, Restorative, Yin and Sivananda Yoga. Furthermore, she studied in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness Based Meditation for Children and Adults.


  • 7 nights accommodation (including linen and towels)
  • 3 vegetarian meals each day + wine at dinner (except for two lunches out)
  • Access to the pool and yoga facilities
  • Daily yoga and movement sessions
  • A day trip to Cinque Terre
  • A Wine Tasting Excursion
  • A day trip to Florence
  • Authentic Italian 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 during excursions to Cinque Terre + Florence
  • 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


Your retreat investment includes almost everything and is from CAD 3353 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.



Each morning we will gather to practice yoga, weaving together a tapestry of breathing, postures, meditations and poetry, you will be guided to discover yourself as you become stronger and more flexible in both body and mind. The diversity in teaching styles enriches the experience, offering a comprehensive approach to physical and mental well-being.

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).


The visit to Florence is like visiting an open-air museum, the streets are the corridors and the buildings and statues that adorn the squares are the masterpieces. You have many options from which you can decide, visit the city, go shopping in the leather and goldsmith shops, visit a museum or the Duomo or Giotto’s famous bell tower, eat a sandwich or for a special occasion the famous Florentine steak, or relax on the banks of the Arno with an ice cream in hand.


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.


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.



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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