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7 Day Gay Men Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Province of Pisa

Castello Ginori di Querceto, Via del Borgo, Località Querceto, 56040 Ponteginori, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Inspiring Yoga Holiday Italy

If you are looking for a yoga holiday in Italy, you should join Healing in the Willows' yoga retreat. This retreat is a Tuscan adventure for gay men who want to open the hearts and ignite the spirit in a safe and tolerant environment. This holiday will inspire you since you will be practicing yoga in a beautiful converted barn at the top of the hamlet with a professional instructor. Your yoga will be safe, fun and inspiring.

Meet the instructors

Tim
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Highlights

  • Yoga for all levels
  • Daily yoga and meditation session
  • Singing, drumming & dancing under the stars
  • A vegan, organic, and gluten-free diet
  • Professional yoga instructor
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer available:
Pisa International Airport (US$176 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

During this retreat, you will be staying at Castello Ginori di Querceto, the beautifully renovated historical homes in the heart of the hamlet. You can choose whether you want to stay in single, double, twin, or triple rooms. Most rooms come with en-suite bathrooms.

Program

Join Tim Groen (E-RYT 500), advanced Hatha Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga teacher from New York, for an immersion in a yogic lifestyle for all men* who have at least some yoga experience.

  • Deepen your practice, with a teacher who is loved for his warmth and lighthearted approach.
  • Make new friends with whom to share your love for yoga in a beautiful, safe environment.
  • Enjoy locally harvested, delicious, vegan meals to further reset your system.
  • You’ll leave with confidence in your yoga practice, feeling peaceful, clean and light.

Program

Join us on this 7 days full-immersion of yoga to deepen and refine your practice in a safe and spectacular setting with other men.

We will start the day with a soothing morning meditation, and you will enjoy two yoga classes a day, late morning and an evening yoga class. The yoga practices will be for all levels of practitioners (some experience of yoga will be required to take part in the retreat), and with lots of personal attention from Tim. Three workshops will be devoted to specific yoga topics, such as inversions, breath, and ancient yoga philosophy.

In between scheduled activities you’ll have plenty of time to get to know fellow participants, enjoy the beautiful medieval hamlet of Querceto - a 1000 years old hamlet nestled in the heart of Tuscany’s largest national Park, Monte Rufoli - relax by the beautiful infinity pool in the spectacular olive grove, take a walk in the national park that surrounds the hamlet, or hit the nearby secluded Mediterranean beaches. There’s no shortage of activities to choose from in or around this prime location!

Daily activities will include:

  • Morning and afternoon yoga classes in a beautiful converted barn at the top of the hamlet where you can enjoy spectacular views over the valley
  • Meditating in the garden overlooking the national park
  • Workshops on pranayama (yogic breath); the ancient philosophy of the Yoga Sutras (the sacred yoga texts), and inversions (upside-down yoga postures)
  • Enjoying breathtaking sunsets dinners in a private square overlooking the hamlet
  • Eating healthy, vegan meals and snacks
  • Relaxing by the infinity swimming pool in the olive grove overlooking the valley
  • Evening sound baths and circle gatherings

In order for Tim to give every participant personal attention the retreat will be limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

Yoga level: some experience required.

If traveling from afar, we recommend arriving a day or two ahead of the retreat in order to minimize the impact of jet-lag. In this case, we strongly recommend staying in Florence or Rome, visiting these Renaissance and Baroque jewels of a city with their marvelous architecture and some of the World’s finest classical art.

Note:

Tim is a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing Education Provider) and this retreat can be accredited towards your continuing yoga education. If you would like a certificate of attendance please let Tim know.

Daily schedule (14 to 18 June)

  • 06:30 - 07:00 Morning meditation and pranayama
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Morning yoga class
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast on the terrace
  • 09:30 - 11:45 Free time*
  • 11:45 - 13:30 Philosophy and meditation
  • 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:30 Free time*
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Evening yoga class
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Chilling together
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • ”Free time” includes as of yet unscheduled activities and classes with Tim or others. One afternoon will be ‘free time’ after lunch so activities can be scheduled that take longer: beach, excursion, etc.

Schedule is subject to changes.

Instructors

Tim Groen

Retreat location

You will have a magical time in the beautiful 1000 years old medieval hamlet of Querceto, perched on the edge of Tuscany’s largest national park and laying on the stunning Etruscan coast. Surrounded by wild woods, olive groves and vineyards, this place offers 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 and a relaxing infinity pool amongst the olive trees overlooking the valley. The area is famous for its archaeological sites and historical towns and villages.

Querceto, the millenary hamlet

Querceto dates back to the 11th century and unlike many other nearby hamlets, Querceto does not feature on the tourist map, making it a rare jewel of its kind and a perfect place to retreat in meditation. Preserved as a living hamlet by its owner, the Marquis of Ginori, Querceto is home to 35 permanent residents, an eclectic collection of farmers, writers, athletes, musicians, and yogis.

Querceto also lays just 20 kilometers away from secluded beaches on the Mediterranean sea, making it an ideal location both for mountain fans and beach lovers. Querceto can be reached from the airports in Pisa and Florence. The closest town is Cecina, with direct train connections to Rome and Pisa whilst Florence can be reached through a connecting train in Pisa.

Distances

  • Mediterranean beaches - 20 minutes by car
  • Pisa International Airport (PSA) - 1 hour

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat, you will be served vegan, organic, and gluten-free food. The meals are inspired by local Tuscan dishes and the food is sourced as locally as possible and taken from nearby organic farms. You will have Sattvic (‘pure’) dishes to sustain correctly the yoga practice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Individual (Private) Yoga classes
  • Hiking through Monte Rufoli national park
  • Walking meditation
  • Monte Rufoli national park hike
  • Trips to the Mediterranean beaches
  • Guided tours of nearby historical sites, including UNESCO world heritage sites: Volterra, Pisa or San Giminiano.
  • Bike rental

What's included

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • A powerful yoga practice (Hatha / Jivamukti yoga) in a beautifully converted barn at the top of the hamlet suitable for all levels
  • A professional instructor
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Meditation in the garden overlooking the valley
  • Meditation sessions
  • Morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Sound Baths
  • Singing, drumming, and dancing under the stars session

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The nearby airports are Florence Airport (FLR) and Pisa International Airport (PSA). Both RyanAir and EasyJet fly to Pisa International Airport (PSA), but because of the route's popularity flights tend to become expensive, it is advisable to book the flights as early as possible.

Arrival by train

From Pisa International Airport (PSA), you will need to take the shuttle bus to Pisa train station for eight minutes ride. Then, you can take the train to arrive at Cecina train station. A representative from Healing in the Willows can pick you up at Cecina train station. This service is not included in the price.

Airport: Pisa International Airport Airport transfer available: Pisa International Airport (US$176 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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