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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!
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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