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7 Days Yoga, Hiking, and Biking Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

May | June | July | August | September, 2020

Instructors (1)

Claire Thiebaud

Reviews (11)

Claar Van Houtum

from Netherlands, October 2019

"Lovely sporty retreat in a quiet village"

The house is old and Italian in a lovely way, situated in a village with a fantastic view. Claire and Graham were great hosts, making me feel like a princess. Tea was always ready, breakfast was great and dinner was always fresh, Italian and different every day. Even though I have some food allergies, I don’t feel like I missed out on anything. The yoga was great, as Claire has this very comforting voice, always mixed in some special requests and challenged us, while taking into account what else we had done that day. I also loved the way she blended in some yoga theory and chakra knowledge, without making it too mystical.

Part of the reason I choose this retreat, was that it seemed sporty. This too came true, as we had a lovely hike and there were plenty of opportunities to hike on our own, which we did a lot. We also did a mountain bike trip which was really something. Although I had to give up my cautiousness a bit, I really liked it in the end. All in all, I loved this relaxing week and am already thinking i might do it again next year.

Anonymous

from United Kingdom, October 2019

"Relaxed yoga "

I loved the yoga with Claire and the beauty of the location. The hike with Graham was wonderful too. Claire and Graham were kind and thoughtful hosts and Gina provided very helpful information about the trip and packing list etc. I think the trip provided excellent value for money.

Christine Campbell

from Canada, October 2019

"A memorable experience in a stunning serene setting"

This retreat was just what I needed. It exceeded my expectations in many ways! The hosts Claire & Graham were super fun, easygoing, kind, helpful & interesting to chat with. Yoga was amazing. The retreat was very accommodating to requests. The food was a lovely experience-they tried to offer a variety of local specialities which was absolutely delicious and beautiful. The town where the villa is located is breathtakingly beautiful in its oldness & stone walkways. The mountains in the distance are dreamy. I enjoyed the view from the pool area, although it was a little too chilly to go into the pool for more than a quick dip. You won’t be disappointed with the location! The activities were a great way to see the area, neighbouring towns and mountains. The guides were well informed & fun. The hike was through a beautiful forest with some gorgeous views at the peak. The mountain biking was fabulous & a great way to see lots.

There is a cafe next to the villa that has nice outdoor seats. The retreat was able to organize a cooking lesson (at my request) by a lovely local woman Enrica - it was a definite highlight! I highly recommend it if you get the chance!! I learned how to make authentic tortellini, a soup, tiramisu. It was a fun experience.

Gina was great to deal with, very responsive & helpful with booking trains.

I went into this with an open mind & not sure what to expect & I was SO pleased with my experience & happy I went! I’m renewed & bringing zen into my home life

Nicky Binning

from United Kingdom, October 2019

"Tuscany Yoga Hiking Biking "

Loved the yoga, the views, the villa, the food. Loved the option for one day MTB and one day hike. Food was great. Location not quite my ideal (see below) but overall an amazing week in the Tuscan hills with wonderful hosts. Thanks you!

Anonymous

from Netherlands, September 2019

"An inspirational, and grounding week in the mountains. "

This little corner of Italy has a lot going for it. You are tucked away from the world (but not too much!) and have views for miles all around. Claire and Graham were wonderful hosts, who went out of their way to make sure we had an amazing week.

There's lots of walks all around the villa, and if you want to go further afield then it's possible to get the train (if you don't have a car).

The food was delicious and healthy.

The yoga was exactly what I was hoping for - challenging but not too strenuous - - there is a big focus on doing what is right for you, however you turn up on the mat that day. I'm really looking forward to staying touch with Claire and the others from my group!

Anonymous

from United Kingdom, September 2019

Loved the hiking and biking mixed in with the twice daily yoga sessions. Claire was excellent yoga teacher and Graham a great mountain guide. The house was in a lovely location to allow for some great hikes.

Lisa Garot

from United States, September 2019

"Amazing adventure in Northern Tuscany"

From the moment we got picked up at the airport by Simone, our driver, I knew this retreat was going to be amazing. The villa is approximately 200 years old and has been extensively remodeled. Very comfortable and the views of the mountains and sunsets every night at dinner was priceless. The villa is nestled in a small village. Perfect for taking walks in the village or walking to other nearby villages. Our first full day was a guided hike with Graham in Parco dell Orecchiella. Great experience and hiking-loved the spring water coming from the mountain to fill you water bottle. Claire is the best yoga teacher-very knowledgeable and caring. We practiced every morning and early evening. Yoga was suitable for all levels and Claire added something new each class. Every day after breakfast was free time. Either hiking, pool time or visiting other villages. A few of us took the train to Lucca which is well worth the time. Approx. 45 minute train ride each way. Another possible day trip is Florence but that is 3 hour train ride each way. Last day was a guided mountain bike trip through the village of Castelnuovo, on the main roads and through the countryside. I learned a lot about mountain biking! Gina was the perfect hostess and I am thankful that she opens up her villa for the retreats. It was wonderful to make new friends and spend time with old friends. Highly recommend this retreat!

Sarah Newcombe

from United Kingdom, September 2019

"Great yoga adventure "

I loved this holiday it was all I could wish for yoga was excellent twice a day Claire isa loving and caring teacher who because of an injury adapted my practice nothing was too much trouble I loved it gina was a great host and made us feel so welcome I definitely would recommend this retreats do hope to return 😀

Anonymous

from France, September 2019

Claire is an excellent yoga teacher & gives out very good vibes. Together with partner Graham, they were very hospitable and attentive hosts and took the trouble to cater to my parents' special food and yoga requirements. Graham himself was a great guide on our hiking guide. The bike ride was perfect too. The villa itself with its pool, garden, outdoor eating space and the location in Tuscany are perfect!

Anonymous

from Netherlands, September 2019

"Nice area and activities"

Good yoga instructor with a good mix of styles (active/restorative/a bit theory). We did an organised hike and mountain bike tour and both were excellent and had good guides. There is also a hiking trail that starts near the villa that leads to another village and I can recommend that too. The area, villa and garden (with swimming pool) are beautiful and in the villa you can get a private room.

Anonymous

from Netherlands, September 2019

"Hele fijne kennismaking met Yoga in een prachtige omgeving"

Voor mij was deze retreat een kennismaking met Yoga. En dat was een hele succesvolle kennismaking. Claire is een deskundig docent en neemt voor iedereen uitgebreid de tijd. Er wordt goed rekening gehouden met blessures.

De omgeving was prachtig. Veel mogelijkheden voor Hiking en Mountainbiking. Leuk om dit ook met een gids te doen, maar zelf er op uit is ook goed te doen.

Gastvrouw Gina was ook een aantal dagen aanwezig. Een hele bijzondere vrouw met een groot hart voor anderen. Zij zat vol tips over de omgeving, andere mooie plekken in Toscane etc.

Het gezellige contact met de andere deelnemers maakte deze week helemaal af.

Oh en, het zwembad is heerlijk! Het eten overigens ook.