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8 Days Walking and Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

  • Pienza, Val D'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Walking and Yoga Retreats in Italy

Come to one of Completely Yoga holidays in Tuscany and it will be difficult to work out what stuns you most, the views of the countryside from the villa, the amazing food and drinks or just how powerful the teacher is. It is a unique countryside yoga retreat set in Val DOrcia (UNESCO Heritage Site) at a recently restored fabulous Tuscan farmhouse. It is boutique and shabby chic, and only eco-friendly materials have been used. While the yoga is taken seriously, there is also time to enjoy relaxing by the pool, long walks and tucking into the vegetarian food. With locally produced wine. Bring along a partner or friend even if not interested in Yoga, there is plenty to do for everyone!

Highlights

  • All yoga sessions
  • 3 guided walks or bike rides
  • All drinks; herbal teas, mineral water
  • Breakfast/brunch and dinners in with private chef
  • All our support and expertise to help you booking other optional activities
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Our retreat, an ancient farmhouse is now a charming country house with swimming pool (indoor and outdoor) in the middle of Val DOrcia (Unesco World Heritage Site) with 360-degree views over the iconic Tuscan hills. Our Tuscan villa is just six kilometers from the Renaissance masterpiece town of Pienza, yet light years away from the stresses of modern living, this luxury farm conversion has the coziest of interiors, the most luxurious of finishes and the warmest of welcomes awaiting.

It is boutique and shabby chic all wooden reclaimed oak floors, old stone fireplaces and handmade tiles. A specially neat place since it has been constructed with bio-compatible material and in total absence of electromagnetic fields. There is no source of pollution only the hills, the breeze and the sun. Perfect if throwing yourself into the sparse side of yoga doesnt appeal just yet! All bedrooms are en-suite.

Saturday

  • 13.00: Airport private transfer service collects you from Pisa airport. Transfer to our retreat, settle in and maybe take a swim and relax by the pool.
  • 17.00: Welcome Meeting with yoga instructor and organizers, info about activities, info about holistic therapies.
  • 19.30: A delicious, vegetarian welcome dinner and early night if you need to recover from an early start / flight.

Sunday

  • 8.00: Awake to a refreshing, cleansing fresh lemon and ginger tea before the uplifting morning Sun Salutation yoga session.
  • 9.30: A nourishing breakfast of fresh juices, sun ripened fruits, eggs, cheeses, cereals, yoghurts, bread, croissants and herbal teas.
  • 10.30: Feeling replenished, well head off for a Guided Walk that will boost your metabolism and get you acquainted with the area. Returning mid-afternoon where you'll have time to relax by the pool before the restorative Sunset Yoga session.
  • After 15.30: Holistic treatments or time to relax by the pool.
  • 18.00: Yoga session.
  • 19.30: Dinner in with chef.

Monday

  • 8.00: Each day begins with the morning tea ritual of lemon & fresh ginger tea to help you awaken from your slumbers. Morning tea is always followed by an inspiring, uplifting Sun Salutation yoga session. A healthy brunch spread follows class to deeply nourish your body.
  • 9.30: Brunch
  • Free day, optional activities or holistic therapies.
  • 18.00: Yoga session.
  • 19.30: Dinner in with chef.

Tuesday

  • 8.00: Yoga session.
  • 9.30.: Brunch.
  • 10.30: Guided walk (4hrs in total) with a stop for a snack in a local trattoria.
  • After 15.30: Holistic treatments or time to relax by the pool.
  • 18.00: Yoga session.
  • 19.30: Dinner in with chef.

Wednesday

  • 8.00: Yoga session.
  • 9.30: Brunch.
  • 10.30: Free day to relax or we can organize sightseeing tours with private transfer.
  • 18.00: Yoga session.
  • 19.30: Dinner in with chef.

Thursday

  • 8.00: Yoga session.
  • 9.30: Brunch.
  • Free day, optional activities or holistic therapies.
  • 18.00: Yoga session.
  • 19.30: Dinner in with chef.

Friday

  • 8.00: Yoga session.
  • 9.30: Brunch.
  • 10.30: Guided walk (4 hours) with a stop for a snack.
  • 15.30: Holistic treatments or time to relax by the pool.
  • 18.00: Yoga session.
  • 19.30: Dinner in with chef big goodbye feast!

Saturday

  • Leaving day: rise and move slowly, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a final wander into the countryside before our airport return transfers. Bet you feel fantastic!
  • Transfer to Pisa Airport after breakfast.

Guided walks, natural thermal spa days, cookery workshops, cultural excursions, meals to taste real Tuscan dishes. Our goal every week is to provide you with the experience of a lifetime. We do this by immersing you into the culture while giving you the sense of having found your home away from home.

You will truly feel like family when you are with us. We dont do the traditional tour thing. When we are on excursions, we are a group of friends on an outing. It is a special experience like none other. All the following activities are included in the price of your holiday, and you can do as much or as little as you like.

  • Barbara Antonino

    A London based hatha/vinyasa flow yoga teacher. Given with warmth, ease and accuracy her classes can be gentle and relaxing or dynamic and challenging. Drawing on her wealth of training with some of the world’s leading instructors, her daily personal practice and her creative background, Babs designs classes that seamlessly blend flow and stillness, strength and flexibility, clear physical alignment and union of body and breath. Babs’ passion has inspired many to take, develop and deepen a regular Yoga practice, improving their physical and mental well-being.

  • Dini Martinez

    Dini is a sailor, mother, writer and yoga teacher. She lives on a boat with her family, sails around the world and teaches Yoga, natural birthing techniques and Ayurveda at retreats, workshops and festivals. Believing in the power of one’s dreams is what drives her. Walking the talk and encouraging and empowering people to live their dreams rather than spent their life dreaming is what keeps her going. Her teachings are influenced by numerous well and less well known teachers, as well as Vipassana meditation which she has been practicing since her first ten day silent retreat in 2004.

  • Katrina Bos

    Katrina was raised in Toronto, Canada, by two teachers… so learning was paramount. Her first guru appeared in 1999 when she was going through a serious illness. He wasn’t a typical guru in white flowing robes.. He was a man (Jim) who had been electrocuted when an extension ladder he was carrying hit electrical wires.. He essentially “died” and when he came back he was different. He knew things. He was psychic, intuitive and knew how to heal people. He also spoke of tantra… but that isn’t what he called it. After a while, she travelled to study with various schools.

  • Elisabetta Fiori

    Yoga Alliance International (Yoga)

    Elisabetta was raised in Italy and educated in foreign languages and marketing. After having experienced the world of marketing, she decided to dedicate her life to yoga. She completed her yogic education in a Yoga Alliance Indian school, through a long travel experience and many inspiring teachers. Pranayama is a distinctive element she always include in her practice, recognizing the fundamental importance of breathing. Simple and guided practices of meditation are also embraced. Elisabetta also has a certification as Osho Meditation Facilitator.

  • Michelle Bartolo

    Swami Vidyananda, Rishikesh Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Certified through the YMCA as a Fitness Instructor and have been travelling and teaching various types of classes for many years in various countries. First introduced to Yoga in 2002, she practised under the guidance of Geoffrey Wiebe, who teaches in many popular locations in Toronto. She also completed a Beginner Hatha Yoga Foundation Course and an Intermediate Hatha Yoga Foundation Course with Zoya Lu in Malta. In 2010, she completed a 500hr Teacher Training Course in Transformational Yoga with Swami Vidyananda, a Yoga Alliance Certified course.

  • Ameriga Giannone

    Yoga teacher – Vinyasa yoga, Yin, and SUP yoga instructor, world traveller, and surfer/kitesurfer who knows first hand how much yoga can help to improve one’s health and performance between the waves. Her Vinyasa classes are a blend of Ashtanga elements into a Vinyasa style practice, that generally targets strength-building in the arms, core, back and legs. Ameriga graduated in Oriental languages and cultures, she has travelled extensively through Asia, Africa and Latin America; and is very passionate about yoga philosophy, which she is happy to share at dinner time.

Tuscany is a region in central Italy with an area of about 23,000 square kilometers and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence (Firenze). Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its permanent influence on high culture. Tuscany is famous for its wines, including the well-known Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino and more.

Seven Tuscan localities have been designated World Heritage Sites. Many towns and cities in Tuscany have great natural and architectural beauty. There are many visitors throughout the year. As a result, the services and distribution activities, so important to the region's economy, are wide-ranging and well-organized.

Our cuisine is second to none with excellent home grown produce ranging from imaginative salads to hearty soups and raw food specialties. A culinary awakening awaits you in Tuscany. While the yoga is taken seriously, there is also time to enjoy relaxing by the pool, long walks and tucking into the vegetarian food. With locally produced wine! Vegetarian diet for breakfast/brunch and dinner is included in the price expect lots of grilled veggies, Tuscan soups, mixed salads and locally-grown fruit.

Vegetarian diet for breakfast/brunch and dinner is included in the price expect lots of grilled veggies, Tuscan soups, mixed salads and locally-grown fruit. On Completely Yoga holidays we have some expert yoga teachers who believe in the importance of tackling and focusing on what you feed your body as a way of helping your yoga practice.

We aim to delight your palate with world class Mediterranean-inspired and Tuscan vegetarian cuisine. All meals are lovingly prepared using locally grown produce, mainly organic, and we eat outside whenever possible. We cook with cold-pressed virgin olive oil, locally sourced of course. Complimentary fresh fruit, filtered water and herbal teas are available throughout the day.

All meals are lovingly prepared using locally grown produce, mainly organic, and we eat outside whenever possible. We cook with cold-pressed virgin olive oil, locally sourced of course. Complimentary fresh fruit, filtered water and herbal teas are available throughout the day.

Holistic therapies will be available every afternoon with experienced practitioners and you need to book in advance. Hill-walking, horseback treks, bird watching, Italian language classes, cycling, group excursions to a variety of places can be arranged, including: wine tasting tours, visits to Siena, Montalcino, Montepulcian. Just ask and well be happy to organize it for you! These activities are optional and you can do it during your free time. Additional costs apply.

Holistic treatments

Holistic therapies are available on most days in the afternoon. Treatments are explained in detail at the beginning of the retreat and if you want some help in choosing which therapies to have, we can give some guidance, but we cant tell you what is right for you. We can only give you a bit more information about how the different therapists work and the possible effects of the therapy.

Choosing by instinct and trusting when the choice feels right is the best way because it enables the therapist to work more deeply if necessary. These are the therapies available during your holiday at Completely Yoga at additional cost. All treatments start from 65 EUR for 1.5 hours; rates to be confirmed at the moment of booking. Please note that therapists are paid directly by you in EUR (not credit card).

Ayurvedic massage

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system that aims to maintain the health of the mind and spirit, tailored to each individual person. Ayurvedic therapies use oils, movements and techniques chosen especially for you, your body and your skin type.

Hot-stone massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.

Tibetan bells massage

Imagine a deep stress relieving massage combined with the relaxation and clarity of meditation. Thats exactly what a massage incorporating the use of Tibetan bells can offer. Combined with a deep massage to relieve tension from muscles and warm the body, this treatment offers the best of both worldsphysical restoration and spiritual renewal. Many celebrities swear by the long lasting regenerative effects of Tibetan bell therapies. Also highly regarded for its organic elements, and healing properties many people looking for a more natural relaxation experience are following this trend. Indulge your senses, and feed your soul with massage and Tibetan bell therapy. Restore body and mind, and be revitalized.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and persons general health.

Full body aromatherapy massage

An aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to conditions involving stress or improving emotionally-related conditions. It is a massage with highly concentrated plant oils added to the massage lotion.

  • Accommodation in a double/twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Single accommodation is also available.
  • All yoga sessions.
  • 3 guided walks or bike rides (depending on weather) with a local professional walking guide.
  • Breakfast/brunch and dinners, in with private chef.
  • All drinks: herbal teas, mineral water.
  • All our support and expertise to help you booking other optional activities: massages, spa days, sightseeing tours to Siena, wine-tasting in Montalcino.
  • All holistic treatments.
  • All lunches/snacks out during the day. Wines during meals.
  • Airport transfer from/to Pisa airport.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Pisa Airport. Airport transfers can be organized from/to Pisa Airport every Saturday with private coaches, but you are free to rent a car or arrange your own transportation.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Completely Yoga Holidays an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Overall such a beautiful week! I have love the yoga, food and company more than I could ever imagined!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Beautiful, a tranquil haven, yoga practised is different from what I had expected, but challenging and inspiring, I really enjoyed it; Salina wine tasting fabulous, volcano walk good, kayaking great. Overall, just what I needed, a relaxing time to refresh and become whole again. Great company, food and wine too!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The holiday was one of the best I have ever been on. The, the company, the accommodation, the attention to detail, the amazing sightseeing, the care of Francesca and the wonderful yoga. Will definitely come back with friends!"

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  • Review by Alpana from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Just returned from a fantastic Yoga and Walking holiday in Tuscany. The entire set up provided a warm, lovely and fun atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy the delights of Italy and benefit from the daily yoga sessions.Francesca ensured that everything ran smoothly - from staying in the beautiful villa, the walking trips around the countryside, the delicious vegetarian food provided by Letizia and organising any trips to the spa and towns around Val D'orcia.Christine is a brilliant and patient Iyengar Yoga teacher and it was great to see my improvement in just 12 sessions. Patti has amazing 'healing' hands and her reflexology treatment was simply therapeutic.Overall, I would recommend this holiday to those looking for a rustic yet luxurious holiday in a beautiful setting where the organisers are friendly, welcoming and loving."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Maud from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I absolutely loved my week in the villa in Tuscany. The place is so beautiful it's hard not to feel relaxed. Everything was perfectly organised and because you could choose on the day whether you joined or not, you were still able to fill in your week to your own needs. The yoga has opened my eyes to different types of yoga and has taught me a lot of new techniques.The walks were a good way of exploring the surrounding area. I liked it that it wasn't at all strict and that we just had a glass of wine (or 2) during dinner. All in all it truly was a home away from home with our own small family. I would absolutely recommend this yoga holiday!"

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  • Review by Charlotte
    10 out of 10

    "I'm sitting here on the yoga holiday in the villa. It's been a brilliant week. Chris is an inspiring yoga teacher who's helped develop our yoga over the week.The villa is wonderful - and so homely. Francesa has been a wonderful host, organising interesting trips, picking us up, getting a great chef in and looking after us all. Thank you so much for a much needed holiday."

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  • Review by Dana from Bath, UK
    9 out of 10

    "Everything was perfectly organised and because you could choose on the day whether you joined or not, you were still able to fill in your week to your own needs."

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  • Review by Laure from Bruxelles
    9 out of 10

    "It was really well organized and cannot have asked anything different!"

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  • Review by Deborah from Liverpool
    10 out of 10

    "Loved it! The yoga teacher remained so focused and consistent for all 12 sessions. Totally professional!"

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  • Review by Rachel from York
    10 out of 10

    "Really was above and beyond my expectations. I came for the yoga and everything else was a bonus."

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