May 4 – 11, 2024

Tuscany Unplugged: A Not So Serious Yoga Retreat with Lorraine Tecza

La Vita e Bella!  Life is beautiful!  It’s  about enriching experiences and creating beautiful memories. Now is your chance to experience the perfect blend of Italian culture, food, and wine along with Not So Serious Yoga with Lorraine Tecza in beautiful Tuscany!

Treat yourself to 7 delightful days in the Italian countryside where you can relax, release, and restore with daily gentle yoga classes (Hatha, Yin, and restorative). Under Lorraine’s kind and compassionate guidance, you’ll be able to go within and achieve clarity for your personal wellness goals. In addition, as a special bonus, Lorraine will be offering a wellness workshop as well as one-on-one health coaching consultations. (inclusive)

During the week you’ll have the opportunity to explore your beautiful surroundings Tuscany countryside and visit local Italian villages including Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coast. Enjoy together on a tour to discover the famous marble quarries, where Michelangelo used to choose the most unique blocks of marble in which he already saw the final work. Close your eyes and imagine a stunning sunset aperitif on the Apuan Alps! We are in Tuscany; we cannot miss a visit to a local winery for a tasting specially prepared for our group!

In Italy they say that with a fully happy belly everything goes better. And we would like to specify, with delicious daily vegetarian meals of local origin we fully embrace the meaning of the phrase Life is beautiful. To fully complete the idea of enjoying life, will you be able to choose how to relax, by the pool, with a massage or enjoy a walk in the park. The choice is yours! LA VITA E’ BELLA!

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.

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
  • One Wellness workshop
  • A guided Tour of Lucca
  • A day trip to the Cinque Terre
  • A visit of the famous Marble Quarry of Carrara
  • A Wine Tasting excursion
  • Daily Yoga lead by Lorraine

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,  explore Tuscany and have a taste of la Bella vita!

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About Lorraine Tecza

Lorraine Tecza is a yoga instructor who is also interested in fitness, nutrition and everything that can help people to feel better and reach their goals (not only physically speaking!). About her goals, the one which is the most important for her is to help people be their best version of themselves!

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 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 guided tour of Lucca
  • A day trip to Cinque Terre
  • A Wine Tasting Excursion
  • A visit to Carrara marble quarry
  • 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 $2899 (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 Lorraine  – Each day you will practice different yoga session which will help you in your wellness journey, as it can both relax and rejuvenate you. Because it is a body, mind, and spirit practice, yoga will enable you to focus on yourself (go within) for the ultimate healing experience! I can offer you pranayama instruction (breathing techniques), yin yoga poses, restorative yoga and yoga nidra (yoga sleep).

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).

LUCCA tour with the fabulous Federico

Coming from a noble Lucchese family. Federico’s family have strong roots in the area and he is passionate about its history, culture, art, food and wine. The tour takes in the ancient walls of Lucca pointing out places of interest through the medieval streets.

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.

THE GOLD WHITE visit at the Carrara Marble quarries

A unique experience! Enter the suggestive tunnels dug into the rock on board a 4×4 jeep. A unique adventure that will fill your eyes with the brilliant white of the precious marble. Marble excavated since Roman times which became famous thanks to artists such as Michelangelo.

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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