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Join London teachers, Emma Henry and Adam Husler, on this yoga and wellness retreat in Tuscany, Italy. They will be joining forces to offer you a week of brilliant yoga in a wonderfully picturesque place where you will have the run of estate during your stay. This is a very popular retreat with 40 guests, so you will have a lot of fun with such a big group but there is plenty of space on the expansive estate for you to find a quiet spot if you want some alone time.
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The accommodation is at two utterly gorgeous villas set on a huge private estate and they have a range of accommodation options. The very grand main villa has ten luxury bedrooms for those who wish to treat themselves to a super sumptuous experience. The adjoining villa has eight luxury ensuite bedrooms. You may choose a room from either the Grand Villa or the Tuscan Villa. There are single, double, and triple occupancy available for booking.
The experienced team has an expertly crafted plan in place to make sure everyone receives plenty of care and attention. Morning classes are open to the whole group; there is a maximum of 20 places for the afternoon in-depth workshops but unlimited places for the relaxation, Yin and meditation sessions. Reclaim Your Self operates a sign-up system and may ask some people to swap around at times to be sure everyone’s needs are met.
Emma Henry teaches Jivamukti yoga. Classes will include chanting, breath awareness, flowing Vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation, and meditation.
Adam Husler’s creatively-sequenced yoga classes feature long holds, controlled yet dynamic movements, intelligent alignment, and deep exploration of depth in postures. Each class features a new sequence with a particular anatomical focus, so prepare to be kept on your toes as you explore mobility, flexibility, and strength.
Adam seeks to remind all that an asana practice is a very subjective experience, so whether you are a yoga teacher or a yoga newbie, prepare to work hard as classes contain plenty of options to challenge all.
The whole group will practice yoga together each morning for two hours and a half. Classes will be led alternately by Emma or Adam. Classes will be an invigorating flow, so be prepared to be challenged. Enjoy Emma’s distinctive, hypnotic melodic tone of voice which helps make challenging transitions easeful. Adam’s love of anatomy and creative sequencing makes his alignment-based Vinyasa classes the perfect compliment. On some days, Emma and Adam will teach together.
In the afternoon, two classes will run at the same time, so you can work in smaller groups with your teachers. You can choose from a two-hour workshop with specific focus where you can develop your practice, enhance your knowledge, and take on a more advanced sequence, or you can relax and renew with a 75 minute Yin or Restorative yoga practice.
Cacao is a super food which has been savored for hundreds of years. In this workshop, you will understand the medicinal benefits of raw cacao, learn how to make a super powered chocolate elixir, and create a healthful dessert for the whole group.
The focus is to bring you food which is locally sourced, freshly harvested, and organic. However, this is just one of the avenues of wellness. In this workshop, you will explore how to bring three other elements into your kitchen and easily implement them to your daily routine.
Start the day with tea followed by your morning yoga class which starts at 08:00. This class will take about 120 minutes. A big breakfast created by the chefs is served around 10:00 and then you have some time to rest and digest your morning.
After lunch, there is time to explore, swim, and book massages. On some afternoons, there will be a cooking class and you will be given a light snack an hour before afternoon class.
Evenings are relaxed and people often sit chatting or have early nights. Sometimes people head out into town for the evening. Mid week you have a day off. There is an optional class in the morning and then trips to Lucca, Florence, the beach or anywhere else can be organized if you feel like exploring.
Emma was introduced to yoga in the mid 90s and has been teaching since 1998. Her background in dance and martial arts is evident in her dynamic, innovative, and playful choreography, and understanding of anatomy and the subtle body. Her yogic path has led her to Mysore from practicing Ashtanga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to advanced certification in the Jivamukti method. She is an advance certified Jivamukti teacher and facilitates the Jivamukti teacher trainings with Sharon Gannon and David Life.
With experience in the boxing ring, on ultra marathon routes, studying law, and with nine years of having a yoga mat in hand, Adam brings a unique perspective to his yoga teaching. His love of anatomy has led him to specialize in alignment-based Vinyasa yoga. Based in London, Adam teaches regular classes and workshops, along with international and online teaching.
The retreat will be held in Tuscany, Italy. Located on a huge private estate on a terraced hillside with olive groves, woodland, and views of the Pizzorne mountains, this is a wonderfully picturesque place for your yoga retreat. You'll be near Ponte a Moriano, a small Italian town in the Tuscan hills, close to the medieval walled city of Lucca.
The price of the retreat includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as soft drinks, except during your midweek free day. During your yoga retreat, you’ll be served a delicious, healthy plant-based breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day prepared by the expert plant-based chef, Saba Rahbar and local kitchen whiz, Teri Mammini.
The menus are designed to support your yoga practice, so you can expect tasty meals which are vegan, gluten, and refined sugar free. The food is sourced from local farmers and some of it is grown on the estate so you can expect fresh, organic, delicious, and nutritious meals.
You’ll have plenty of herbal teas, infusions, and drinking water, and it’s a great idea to power down by having less caffeine while you are there. There is no caffeine or alcohol, but there are local cafes and bars nearby.
Mid week you will have a day off so you can relax, rest, or head out to explore beautiful Tuscany.
The historical town of Lucca is fifteen minutes away by train, making it an easy day trip from the villa. Lucca has an unspoiled medieval center, which is totally enclosed by walls. It has barred all general traffic from driving within the city walls and the locals tend to cycle everywhere. There are many places to hire bicycles, both by the city walls and within the center.
Once inside the city, there are many historical buildings, some dating back to the eighth century. All around these buildings, there is a maze of little winding streets which disappear into alleys, lead down to vaults, or suddenly open up into a sunny square filled with bars and cafes.
Viareggio is about 40 minutes away. It is one of the best beaches in Tuscany so it will be busy and fun. You can book onto one of the private beach clubs for around 25 EUR per person which includes a sunbed, shade, and a swimming pool.
Florence is about two hours away. A shared taxi can be arranged or another option is riding the trains. Filled with world-class art, Florence is a magnetic, romantic and busy city, and a must see destination.
Please book your flight to arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA). You can fly directly from UK with British Airways, Easyjet, and RyanAir. Fares will be around 200 GBP. You are advised to book early to avoid higher fares.
You can join the minibus pick up arranged by Reclaim Your Self which will depart Pisa International Airport (PSA) at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017, for 30 EUR per person one way. There will also be a return minibus departing at 10:00 a.m. on your final day.
You can catch the train from Pisa Centrale Train Station to Ponte a Moriano. The journey takes around an hour and costs around 5.20 EUR one way. You’ll need to change at Lucca. From Ponte a Moriano, the villa is less than ten minutes away on foot.
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