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Join Eat.Pray.Move for a small and intimate retreat in the beautiful Italy. Limited guest availability per week allows for more personalized yoga guidance and a closer, family feel to the group, team of hosts, chefs, tour guides and local experts at each of the locations around the Tuscany. We work together to carefully select the best locations, healthy cuisine, exotic excursions, and daily itineraries to make each retreat unforgettable, restorative, and explorative for body and soul.
This magnificent yoga retreat will take place in the picturesque Italian countryside, along the border of Tuscany and Umbria. A beautifully restored villa awaits your arrival, complete with sprawling vistas over the rolling hills in all directions. Former cantinas and stables on the groundfloor have been transformed into apartments that are works of art. One can immediately see the careful attention that went into restoring, decorating, and preparing these rooms. Two large apartments are divided into different rooms of various size accommodations, each complete with private bathroom and linens.
A large and open art studio awaits those interested in exploring various art mediums while visiting, and also can serve as location for some "art as meditation" courses or a journaling room. The grounds are spacious with plenty of outdoor space to sit alone, relax on the outside terrace overlooking the meadows, or enjoying an open-air lunch. Also, the villa is located on a large estate ground with plenty of hiking available and even a pool to cool you down in the warmer summer months.
Host and villa owner Julian (from EASEL&LENS Art Courses) and his team, will spoil guests with their hospitality, mouth-watering cuisine, and fun-packed side trips. Julian's extensive knowledge of Italian cities and art history will allow for a special and unique look into the surrounding areas. Also, this art instructor will share his love of the medium in his session of "art as meditation". Don't be surprised when you leave feeling as if you have made friends for life. You'll almost feel part of the family when you stay at their lovely property.
Spend a week in idyllic settings in Tuscany, while you practice yoga, meet new friends, explore, hike, relax, sweat, experience and of course eat amazing cuisine, pray in mindful contemplation, and move through powerful poses. Get your taste buds ready for the flavors of Italy on this new food itinerary tour in Tuscany and Umbria during the height of the Italian food season.
Enjoy daily yoga and meditation along with plenty of excursions for the senses. Day trips to the beautiful region include, food tours (truffle hunt, olive oil picking/press/tasting, cheese factory, etc), wine tour, cooking class, and a spa experience with grape leaves wrap and olive oil massage - all while exploring amazing villages!
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels,
beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, meditative, and more energetic Vinyasa styles.
Style and class levels will be determined and molded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to receive personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice. Certified yoga instructor, Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements. Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat.
Guests will not only enjoy the villa and encompassing estate, but also the richness of the Italian cities in nearby regions. Day trips will allow students to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience. Trips may include visits to small villages, large cities, and outdoor activities, even a thermal spa deep in the heart of the region where guests can swim, enjoy spa treatments, or simply enjoy the town. See smaller villages that few tourists go, and get a true education and taste of Italy with plenty of tastings along the way!
There will be also daily trip during the retreat to several interesting places such as:
After leading a successful 13-year career in the corporate world, Michelle transitioned her career into a life and financial consultant, retreat organizer and leader, and internationally certified yoga instructor following her passions and sharing this with others around the globe. She now leads the Move and Manifest retreats which, besides yoga, add workshops for life development, manifesting your dreams, and vision board creation.
You will get a chance to enjoy your retreat in the countryside on border of Tuscany and Umbria. Nearest town is Chiusi, Tuscany. 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. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science. As a result, the region boasts museums (such as the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace). 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.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfasts and dinners daily (with 2 special restaurant dinners out), as well as some selected lunches. The cuisine is simple, delicious and Italian, using fresh ingredients from the local market in Chiusi, much of which is organically grown. Amanda will prepare dishes like pumpkin risotto, pasta al forno, slow roasted fennel with red onions, salads with wild rocket, pecorino and fresh figs, and more. Selection is seasonal, and you can guarantee to love and appreciate each bite. Not only is the food provided, but also the wine. Guests will enjoy good local wine, from the famous vineyards of Montepulciano, produced less than an hour from the villa.
Nearest major airports: Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO - Rome), Galileo Galilei Airpot (PSA - Pisa).
Nearest local airports: Sant'Egidio Airport (PEG - Perugia), Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR - Florence).
Nearest train station: Chiusi-Chianciano Terme.