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5 Days Detox Yoga Retreat Italy

  • Querceto, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy


Tantric Yoga Retreat Italy

Are you ready to detox physically and mentally in preparation for Winter? Would you let an ancient tantric yogic practice show you how you can access your inner power by calling upon the healing energies of a rare full Moon? If you feel ready to experience Yoga in its most ancient and authentic form to empower you at a challenging time of the year, this retreat could be what you're looking for!


  • Taught by an authentic Indian Yoga teacher
  • Practice of rare tantric and shamanic yogic traditions
  • Small group of 12 practitioners to ensure personal attention
  • Gentle yet powerful practice of mantras, mudras, pranayama, and asanas
  • Historical hamlet in Tuscany's largest national park
  • Daily organic, vegan and gluten-free meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Guests will be staying in the historical homes in the heart of the hamlet. Each house / apartment has its own lounge and kitchen area and there is a variety of lodgings to accommodate all budgets.

The retreat will take place in a 1000 year old Medieval hamlet nested on the green hilltops of Tuscany's largest national park. Surrounded by wild woods, olive groves and vineyards, you will be in the perfect setting for journeying within and reconnecting deeply with nature. There are many paths through the woods for those wanting to walk in the wilderness. The area is famous for its archaeological sites and historical towns and villages and the organizers can assist you with affordable car rental to explore the area - they allow to extend your stay.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All activities listed
  • All equipment
  • All meals

Authentic and sacred

In this full immersion 5-day course, and under the guidance of an authentic Indian Yogi with over 30 years experience, you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today.

We will meet in a peaceful and most picturesque medieval hamlet tucketed away in Tuscany's largest national park.

You will participate in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom and has been handed down between generations of Yogis, Babas, Sadhus and Fakirs for generations.

In this sacred Yogic practice you will be exposed to the old tantric ways of seeking profound healing and spiritual awakening. You will learn postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga and you will practice Chandra Parampara, an ancient sequence of Moon postures that gently opens up the body to its highest levels of flexibility.

The practice will be supported by observing a strict yogic diet and much silence in order to sustain the Body and expand the Mind.

The diet will consist of fruit, herbal infusions and variations on the traditional Indian Kitcheree, a powerful detoxifying and nutritional dish used by yogis during the more intense forms of practice.

Powerful and healing

The retreat will take place during November's Super Full Moon in order to align our consciousness with the extraordinary Lunar energies available to us in the run up to the Full Moon.

Whereas a Full Moon is in itself an occasion for profound revelations and healing, a Super Full Moon accentuates the possibility to heal and reveal due to its closer proximity to Earth. The peculiarity of the approaching November Super Full Moon is that the Moon has not be so close to us since January 1948!

To this end, the practice will draw on postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga, practicing Chandra Parampara, an ancient sequence of Moon postures that honors the mother and the divine feminine and which gently opens up the body to its highest levels of flexibility (in contract to the more popular Sun Salutations which celebrates the masculine energy and uses force to open up the body).


Unique to this tradition is its simultaneous employment of Asanas (postures), aerobic & anaerobic Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds). The synergy created by the employment of these various yogic tools will lead you into altered states of consciousness and dream-like experiences aimed at facilitating a greater openness to inward journeying and an easier access to your subconscious.

Integral to this experience will be the exploration of sound-currents present in the body (Nada Yoga) – perhaps one of Yoga’s greatest secrets and one of the most powerful vehicles through which the karmic patterns stored in the chakras can be accessed and released in pursuit of profound healing.


Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. In line with this approach, there will be no predefined time schedule in order to allow the energy of the group to flow freely, and for the teacher to guide the practice in accordance with the group’s energy and needs.

Classes, ceremonies, exercises, chanting, eating and even sleeping will happen naturally and not according to a fixed time.

Who can apply?

This retreat is ideal for yoga teachers, bodywork and shamanic practitioners, as well as experienced yogins willing to go deeper into the study and practice of yoga. %The retreat is also suitable for those seeking a deeply healing experience both of an emotional and physical kind, but some physical flexibility will be necessary to attend the retreat.

When inquiring please tell us a little about your existing yoga practice (if any) and your motivations for wanting to attend the retreat.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Florence Airport (FLR) or at Pisa International Airport (PSA).

Both RyanAir and EasyJet fly to Pisa airport, but because of the route's popularity flights tend to become expensive, it is advisable to book the flights as early as possible. From Pisa airport you will need to take the shuttle bus into Pisa train station (eight minutes ride).


  • Pisa International Airport (PSA) - 1 hour

Check in

From 2 p.m.

Check out

12 p.m.


Transportation can be arranged at an extra cost. For more information, ask your questions directly to Healing in the Willows, who will be happy to assist you.

Admission requirements

Candidates must apply in writing detailing information about their experience with yoga and / or shamanic practices as the course is not open to complete beginners. Those who have turned for help to shamanism, body / energetic / tantric practices, may also feel a calling for this work.

The course is recommended also to yoga teachers interested in learning ancient yogic healing practices. In line with this particular tradition, participants will be invited to help with the preparation of meals and the upkeep of the yoga shala.

Extension options

Why not rent one of the beautiful private apartments in the hamlet and enjoy greater privacy!

Renting a private apartment enables you to extend your stay in Querceto and turn the retreat in a full on holiday. Because private apartments vary in size, you could bring a partner or your family along without them having to necessarily take part in the retreat.

Responsible tourism

In line with the teachings of yoga, Healing in the Willows aims to offer retreats with a social and environmental consciousness. As such, they source all of the materials and services required for the retreats as locally as possible, with the utmost respect for the environment and the local community. All products used during the retreats are organic and eco-friendly (including the pure-rubber yoga mats provided) and all meals are vegan and free from palm-oil. Moreover, by sourcing as many goods and services locally, local business is supported, including neighboring family-owned organic farms (where all the fresh products used for the retreats' meals are bought), the local organic shops in the towns of Cecina and Volterra (for most of its dry food and bread), and local transport companies for picking-up guests from the local train station.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Healing in the Willows, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.


Boonath was born into a life of yoga. He grew up between Europe and India and was introduced as a child to yoga through his grandparents who were on both sides yoga practitioners. His grandparents had taken him on his first Himalayan pilgrimage when he was just seven years old and he has been exposed to the world of yogis thereafter throughout his life.

Most of his family still live in India and he has been travelling there regularly for over thirty years in his pursuit of yoga. He has worked closely in apprenticeship with two elders in the line of Siddha and Ayurvedic systems of healing and holds much knowledge in the use of herbs, astrology, rituals, mantras, and bodywork among other things.

Boonath has been working in this line and helping people with the implementation of these techniques for over 20 years to successfully overcome mental and physical problems, from chronic pain to alcoholism. During the course of this retreat, there may be the possibility to have one to one healing sessions.

Boonath's healing and yoga work often sees him travelling in Eastern Europe to give workshops and healing sessions. In Latvia, he did live and teach for a period of years and has become one of the most respected teachers there. His travels and yoga workshops in Eastern Europe continue to benefit people in deprived circumstances. In recent years, Boonath has been living and teaching yoga in Germany where he has regular students and teaches intensives to aspiring teachers.

As part of his training, Boonath has also undertaken a deep study of more modern systems of yoga taught in the West, including a Anusara teacher certificate and an Ashtanga primary series certificate studying closely with celebrity teachers, such as Anna Forrest of Forrest yoga, David life of Jivamukti yoga, Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa of Kundalini yoga, Senior Iyengar teachers, Shandoor Remmete of Shadow yoga, and Mark Whittwell of Yoga of Heart foundation, who has become a close friend of Boonath.

These formal studies and encounters have all left their impression on Boonath, but his teachings are deeply rooted in the more Shamanic traditions of the mystical Babas and Fakirs of India, with whom Boonath has been studying closely for over thirty years.

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All meals are organic, vegan, free from palm-oil, and with gluten-free options.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Walk through the wild woods surrounding the hamlet
  • Visit nearby historical sites, including UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Yoga shala
  • Review by Sophie McNicolas from UK

    "I came to the retreat to get some rest and do some yoga. What I got instead was a truly life-changing experience. Words cannot convey the immense journey I have been guided through. The location was the perfect setting, and the mixture of people and their varied stories gave us all the chance to remember that we all share the same truth: that we want to love and be loved, to find the inner light and accept, nurture, and forgive the past…the Shadow.On this journey I cherished all of the teacher’s (Boonath) words as he guided us through the asanas, mantras and meditations. He took the sacred teachings and shared them with us wish such humble beauty. It became a palpable, natural, logical, spiritual state to experience all of the ropes of life’s emotions, to accept and love ourselves and to honour the Shadow as it reveals the Light.In the sacred circle, when we shared eye contact I felt transported into another state of being, feeling more love than I have ever before. My heart broke open and it filled the space. Thank you" website, edited

  • Review by Anoushka Shankar from India

    "The retreat offered me a beautiful sanctuary to focus on my heart and to reconnect with myself" website, edited

  • Review by Kim Laundry from UK

    "I feel like I entered some sort of fairy-tale. It was simply magical. I cannot begin to describe how beautiful the location is. The surroundings took my breath away and I felt loved and supported. I was given the gift of hope that maybe the world and mother earth have a chance to heal. The retreat surpassed by far my expectations" website, edited

  • Review by Joe McGahan from UK

    "A wonderful collective healing experience. The atmosphere created allowed much growth and nourishment to take place. Physical and emotional comfort was attended with love and generosity. Wisdom and insight was shared with such love by the teacher (Boonath) that the practice opened up new doors in my consciousness. It was truly an honour to be lead through the practice by such a graceful and compassionate being" website, edited

  • Review by Naomy Joyce from UK

    "I’ve entered a magical world, which is a perfect sanctuary from every day’s hustle and bustle of life. This retreat has been an experience I will hold very dear." website, edited

  • Review by Aimée Lombard from Grower

    "The space created to reach inwards and release outwards was vary rare and simply quite amazing! The retreat was not easy, but certainly very valuable and I’m grateful to have been part of this collective healing experience!" website, edited

  • Review by Abbey Careford from UK

    "I feel I have been healed on every level, connected deeply to myself, others and the natural environment around me, experiencing oneness. Fabulous house, teachers, food…" website, edited

  • Review by Christine Driscoll

    "I have really enjoyed the retreat both on an emotional and physical level. I feel awakened from the immersion into the various teachings. The teachers provided me with a safe space to just be." website, edited

  • Review by Kate Morsely from UK

    "Leave your expectations behind – something is bound to unearth from this magical experience." website, edited

  • Review by Vivien Row, yoga teacher, from UK

    "The retreat was perfect in every way, sometimes there may be one thing that could be altered this was not the case! From the moment I arrived the host was so freindly and helpful like a friend greeting you, he made me feel very comfortable and any nervousness vanished. The yoga was very authentic, unique and just how it was described when I booked, I certainly got what I was looking for. The accommodation was really clean a high standard and very comfortable and the vegan food was first class, delicious! Its clear there is a lot of love and care that goes into the planning of these retreats, the only thing is I didnt want to leave. Thank you for such an amazing experience, one I will remember my whole life!"

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  • Review by Fiona Law, yoga teacher from UK

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat. It was 'curated' with great care, class and such kindness, a truly unique experience that moved my practice and understanding to another dimension. It seemed to attract true seekers and bring out all the yoga potential in the group. What a gem of an experience."

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  • Review by Daniel, from USA

    "The retreat that I attended though Healing in the Willows exceeded all expectations. The location was beautiful, the food was locally sourced and deliciously prepared, and the yoga courses were exceptional. I had been looking for yoga classes that respected and reflected the tradition of yoga, The yoga classes at Healing in the Willows retreat was a special surprise. They brought more of the East to the West and have created an authentic and incredible yoga practice for all its participants. I would highly recommend the retreats of Healing in the Willows. By the end of the retreat, my body and spirit were lighter and happier."

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  • Review by Carla from UK

    "What an amazing experience! The retreat surpassed my expectations. It was a wonderful mix of relaxation, challenges, new experiences, internal and external journeys. The atmosphere was welcoming, encouraging and supportive, and the location ideal for a retreat. I would recommend it completely!"

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Querceto, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Healing in the Willows offers retreats and courses in authentic yogic traditions in a private medieval hamlet in Tuscany, just one hour away from Pisa airport.

from US$597

5 days / 4 nights


Arrival: Thursday November 10, 2016
Departure: Monday November 14, 2016

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