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8 Days Gentle Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Il Borghino, Via della Chiesa XIV, #886, Pieve Santo Stefano, Lucca 55060, Italy

8 Days Gentle Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Il Borghino, Via della Chiesa XIV, #886, Pieve Santo Stefano, Lucca 55060, Italy

Walking and Yoga Retreat Tuscany

Gentle Yogi invites you to join in this wonderful yoga holiday in the beautiful Tuscany! This will be their 11th year hosting a Gentle yoga adventure in Tuscany and it just gets better every year. Immerse yourself in a Gentle yoga retreat while exploring the sights and flavors of Tuscany. You will enjoy a magical time for loving yourself and loving life, a stunning scenery, pure fun, gracious hospitality, belly laughing, great food, and well-organized adventures.

Highlights

  • Gentle yoga classes
  • Wondeful guided hikes
  • Introduction to MELT treatments
  • Bike and walking tour nearby Lucca
  • Use of Turkish sauna and steam room
  • Full day excursion to Cinque Terre
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During this holiday, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. Il Borghino is a secluded hilltop retreat center with magnificent views specially designed to maintain the original character of a small village while still being both comfortable and modern. Il Borghino has been meticulously restored with energy efficiency and a concern for the environment in mind by using natural materials such as wood, marble, and terracotta.

The rooms are large, simple, and finely well-furnished with fabulous views from every window. You may also take advantage of the wonderful heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi and relax in the area around it. The communal area has a fitness center with a gym and a Turkish bath, as well as a large room with a fireplace, a barbecue, and a kitchen which can be used for special occasions.

The heated outdoor swimming pool does not use chlorine, opting for the more natural saltwater, like seawater. The drinking water comes directly from a spring and the toilets operate on two level capacities to save water and the majority of lighting is with energy savings in mind. All of the house cleaning products and personal cleansing soaps and shampoos are all natural and locally produced with a fresh fragrance.

During this retreat, you will greet each day with a smooth and soothing gentle yoga session with Rudy. After a delicious and healthy breakfast, you will spend some of your days relaxing under the Tuscan sun by the pool or enjoy a guided hike followed by a picnic.

You will also have the opportunity to experience activities like a bike and walking tour near the charming Lucca and an all-day excursion to the sensational Cinque Terre (the five lands) with vividly colored villages located on cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea.

Other activities during this holiday, will include two MELT classes to introduce the foot and hand treatments of this cutting edge self-care technique and an outing into Lucca for an evening of Puccini. The afternoons will often be for free time followed by an afternoon gentle yoga session with Rudy and then a fabulously fresh Tuscan cuisine for dinner.

Dynamic gentle yoga classes

Rudy leads the practice of gentle yoga in the Kripalu yoga style. He emphasizes attuning to your inner experience. You will begin with body awareness, closely linked to the next subtler level, and breath awareness. Through awareness of physical sensation and the quality of breath, you can practice gentle yoga with little risk of injury or strain.

Rudy will help you to explore moving in and out of postures at gradually deeper increments so that you can discover and move within your pain-free range of motion. He will always remind you that you are free to release any pose at any time.

MELT classes

This fascinating self-treatment, reduces chronic stiffness and pain, inflammation, increases your energy levels, and improves your mood and ability to focus. This is truly the perfect companion to the yoga practices.

  • All-day excursion to Cinque Terre (five lands)
  • Bike and walking tour near Lucca
  • Guided hikes around the location
  • Outing into Lucca for an evening of Puccini
  • Rudy Peirce

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Rudy Peirce is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher who has studied and practiced yoga and meditation for more than 30 years. Rudy’s passion is helping people to discover the best of themselves through a self-nurturing practice of yoga. His gift is leading Gentle yoga, a particularly accessible yet deep and effective style of yoga that he has developed over the years.

This retreat will be held at Il Borghino villa in Tuscany, Italy. Nestled among the Tuscan hills, close to the enchanting city of Lucca, time moves slower there. An afternoon can easily be lost drifting through the olive groves or snoozing by the pool. The natural surroundings and secluded setting create an atmosphere of calm and stillness, ideal for a relaxing yoga holiday. Its convenient location also allows for an easy travel to some of Italy's most picturesque historic towns like Lucca and the villages of the Cinque Terre.

The villa itself sits high on a hillside overlooking a panorama of olive groves, fruit trees, and vineyards. Cradled between olive groves and vineyards and only five kilometers away from Lucca, lies the magnificent villa complex with magnificent views.

Lucca

Lucca is a small city with a rich history that is magically preserved and where traces of the Roman city, the medieval city, the renaissance city, and the 19th century city, can still be found.

A walk through the center of Lucca becomes an exciting voyage through the centuries and through history. Apart from the significant monuments, such as the sixteenth-seventeenth century walls, Lucca stands out for its atmosphere and lively center.

During this retreat, you will be served three daily delicious and vegetarian meals except for a lunch during the visit to Cinque Terre. For this meal you are free to explore on your own to sample Tuscan cuisine. Sometimes, the entire group will eat together at a chosen restaurant. You will also enjoy a fresh detox juice at breakfast, unlimited fruit, water, and herbal teas throughout the day along with wine from the estate at dinner.

During your free time, you may use the facilities like the gym, barbecue area, rent a bike to explore the location by your own, enjoy an Italian cooking lesson or a wine tasting tour, or simply relax by the pool under the Tuscan sun.

During this holiday, massage services will be available at Il Borghino for an additional cost.

  • 1 bike and walking tour near Lucca
  • 1 full-day excursion to Cinque Terre (five lands)
  • 1 outing into Lucca for an evening of Puccini
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 MELT classes
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Guided hikes around the location
  • Transfers to and from the train station in Lucca
  • Use of all facilities at Il Borghino
  • 1 lunch during the trip to Cinque Terre
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Florence Airport (FLR). Another options are to arrive at the Pisa International Airport (PSA) or the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO). From the airport, you will have to travel to the train station in Lucca.

Arrival by train

Please arrive at the Lucca train station on September 16, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Transfer from and to this train station is included. Gentle Yogi will pick you up from the train station.

In Italy you can purchase train tickets in advance to ensure that you get a seat. Some tickets may be purchased on-line. For the regional trains from Florence to Lucca, it isn’t really necessary to book in advance.

Seats are not allocated so you can just buy your ticket when you get to the station and jump on board but make sure that you validate it in the machines at the platform beforehand.

From Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Lucca train station you will need to first take the Leonardo express train from the airport to the Rome Termini train station. Then you need to take a fast train from Rome to Florence followed by a regional train to Lucca. Seats are allocated on the fast trains, so it would be wise to book all three legs of the train journey in advance. It will be a four to five-hour travel.

Arrival by taxi

From the airport, you may take a taxi to the Lucca train station.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler

    "Through the gentle approach the ego is not directing affairs. I feel gifted so wholly that I am amazed by the deep contact I feel with my body, myself. From the gentle approach I find the broad range of my being's potential. Very satisfying."

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  • Review by Krutika

    "Thank you Rudy. It was a treat to be led in Gentle yoga and yoga Nidra for five days and I found that after your program, my yoga classes were inspired by the presence you hold."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Gentle yoga just seems more doable and approachable to me. I'd been taking some individual instruction for a few months when I first went to Kripalu for a weekend. I was very nervous about practicing yoga with a group of people, all who would be better than I was at it. I soon saw this was a ridiculous way to think about it, that no one cared in that way. The class I took with Rudy Peirce was a revelation and a beautiful experience. I purchased some of his compact discs and have been doing them on and off for some time. I am grateful for his teachings."

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  • Review by Jennifer Lloyd

    "I really enjoyed the pace and different approaches that Rudy used during the Gentle yoga program, including the afternoon walks and meditation as well as the work on different postures that I have done before but now can do more safely and fully. "

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  • Review by Maureen Moody

    "Some of the first yoga I ever experienced was in Rudy's classes at Kripalu in the late 80's. I am so grateful for Rudy and his wonderful teaching style! He and his classes gave me clear, friendly instruction, and created the space and for me to love yoga right from the start. 25 years later, I'm teaching 11 classes a week and a yoga teacher training. Thanks Rudy, you're a great teacher!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "What a trip! So much more than a vacation, it was an adventure in Tuscany, a trip home to ourselves, and a journey with some incredible people that we never would have known otherwise. The gentle yoga, the thoughtful travel, and their generous spirits made for an unforgettable experience. Thanks to all for sharing a special place with us."

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  • Review by Lisa L.

    "I enjoyed the great group of people, intelligent and social with interesting stories. I also enjoyed the yoga practices, our daily trips, and our delicious gourmet meals. Thank you for attending to details and for taking such good care of us."

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