7 Days Intensive Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

  • Ponte a Moriano, 55100 Province of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

7 Days Intensive Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

  • Ponte a Moriano, 55100 Province of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Cooking, Meditation, and Yoga Holiday in Italy

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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Relaxation and meditation sessions
  • Evening workshops or Yin yoga classes
  • Midweek off to relax or explore the beautiful surrounding
  • Raw chocolate cooking experience
  • Daily meals and soft drinks
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Morning yoga

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.

Afternoon yoga

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.

Raw chocolate experience

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.

Wellness exploration

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.

Daily schedule

Sunday

  • 12:30 Pisa Airport pick up
  • 14:30 Lunch and welcome
  • 17:00 Yoga class
  • 19:30 Dinner

Monday

  • 07:30 Smoothie
  • 08:00 Yoga class with Adam
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 17:00 Workshop with Emma and relaxation with Adam
  • 19:30 Dinner

Tuesday

  • 07:30 Smoothie
  • 08:00 Yoga class with Emma
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 17:00 Workshop with Adam and Yin class with Emma
  • 19:30 Dinner

Wednesday

  • 07:30 Optional class with Adam
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Free day

Thursday

  • 07:30 Smoothie
  • 08:00 Yoga class with Emma
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 Cooking class
  • 17:00 Workshop with Adam and Yin class with Emma
  • 19:30 Dinner

Friday

  • 07:30 Smoothie
  • 08:00 Yoga class with Adam
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 Cooking class
  • 17:00 Workshop with Emma and relaxation with Adam
  • 19:30 Dinner

Saturday

  • 07:30 Spiritual warrior class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Departure
  • Emma Henry

    (Jivamukti Yoga)

    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.

  • Adam Husler

    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.

Lucca

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.

Beach trip

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

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.

  • 1 cooking class
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily evening yoga workshops or Yin yoga classes except during midweek day off
  • Daily meals and soft drinks except during midweek day off
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunch and dinner on day off
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by train

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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    Review by Laurent Reuter from Luxembourg

    Excellent!

    CONS Cons: Nichts...

    PROS Pros: Sehr nett, kompetent und hilfreich beim Verbessern der Übungen.

    Organizer response: Thanks so much for your review. We loved having you on our Tuscany retreat and really hope to see you again one day :)

    2017-Aug-27 15:00:12

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: The long journeys to each of the camps were challenging but would not deter me from joining this retreat. Overall it was part of the adventure!

    PROS Pros: * Location was beautiful *Loved the range of activities offered during the day- horse riding, hikes, sauna, massage, etc *Yoga classes were a good balance of dynamic in the morning and more restorative in the evening (which was great after a full day of activities) *Food was excellent quality and menu was well-thought out for each days activity *Group dynamics were very good. Everybody was so friendly and willing to help in any way. Very inclusive. *Retreat was well-planned and organised and I felt taken care of the whole time! *Instructor was excellent *Local Mongolian team were also awesome!

    Organizer response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you on retreat with us...

    2017-Aug-09 06:09:14

  • Review by Jo from France
    10 out of 10

    "From the start until the end, the yoga retreat was very well organized. Great communication from Jools and Amber, no question too mundane to answer. Arriving at the retreat, the house and location in southwest France were lovely, and I was made to feel very welcome. The food was fabulous, without exception due to the brilliant chef, Emma Fountain and her great assistant Terri (the best herb tea maker in the West). Yoga taught by Faye Riches was inspirational and fun, I learnt so much. The other guests were varied and diverse and I loved every day of the seven-day retreat and feel healthier than I have done in years. I can't wait to book again! Thanks to Jools and her amazing team."

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  • Review by Gillian from France
    10 out of 10

    "The venue for the Reclaim Your Self in Gascony was superb in its location and its use for a yoga retreat. The food prepared by the chefs was very tasty as well as being carefully thought out for nutritional needs."

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  • Review by Lydia from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The entire retreat was flawless, right from the initial booking up to our departure. The yoga weekend was very well organized and I felt well taken care of. I was after a quiet weekend where I was able journey into myself, develop my yoga practice, and meet some inspiring like - minded individuals and this is what I got. I would definitely recommend Reclaim Your Self to anyone."

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  • Review by Tracy from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a wonderful weekend. Such a wonderful venue and the kirtan were beautiful. Jools and the team are amazing, Lisa Sanfilippo is a great inspiration."

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  • Review by Jane from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "After a decade of going on retreats there are many reasons why I rate Reclaim Your Self as being in a league of their own. Jools and Lisa create an atmosphere of authentic intimacy and support from the outset, the organization is superb, venues always carefully selected, and the food delicious. The retreats will always leave you wanting more."

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  • Review by Diane from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The Reclaim Your Self team were well organized, caring and friendly during my weekend retreat in Bedford. It was my first time travelling on my own and had booked the retreat as a reward for qualifying as a yoga teacher. Special thanks to Jools and her team for welcoming me and made me feel instantly at ease, and with the other guests, felt we were a family who bonded other the weekend through yoga, meditation, and chanting. The accommodation and food was exceptional (impressed with staff caring about my special dietary requirements). It was an amazing experience and helped me both physically and mentally so felt more grounded, relaxed, and keen to do another in the future. I would recommend anyone to try it!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Grace

    "I had a fantastic experience on the Iceland retreat. It was so much more than I expected. The yoga classes were perfect, I felt challenged but never intimidated. The setting was absolutely beautiful and the people amazing. I hope to come on another retreat soon."

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  • Review by Brigitta

    "One of the best holidays I have ever had - yoga, great location, healthy food, the culture in Lucca, and a lovely group of people to share it with. Thank you so much..."

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  • Review by Jane Calder from Thailand

    "Jools and the team, you have done it again! A great place and the mix of yoga, nature, wonderful food (truly amazing), trips out, and an interesting group of people worked really well."

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  • Review by Tracy Falle from Hong Kong

    "Jools does an amazing job at organizing and looking after her guests. She met my every need and Mongolia was an amazing experience. I look forward to joining another retreat in the future."

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  • Review by Imelda Staunton from United Kingdom

    "You prepared this retreat with such care, love, ability, and brilliance. You gave us support and nourishment. You have given us more than you will ever know. May your souls always sing."

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  • Review by Kathleen Andon from United Kingdom

    "What a great week in France. I feel so much better and I got my mojo back. The retreat was pretty perfect. The house, the team, and a great group. Well done Jools, you got it right again!"

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  • Review by Miriam McGrath from United Kingdom

    "I'm a beginner and I didn't know anyone before I came to Tuscany but I am so happy I did. The yoga with Lisa Sanfilippo was fabulous and the team was so supportive and kind, it really made the whole week. I will never forget it."

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  • Review by Jan Holden from Essex

    "If you are thinking about coming on a Reclaim Your Self retreat all I can say is do it! Beautifully organized, lovingly prepared, a delicious and deeply fulfilling experience. I will be back for second helpings."

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  • Review by Tessa Bartholomew from United Kingdom

    "Reclaim Your Self has set the bar high. The care and thought that Jools and Lisa put into our experience of healing, health, and discovery was felt throughout the entire weekend. I feel extremely lucky to have been part of an unforgettable weekend."

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  • Review by Michelle Pugh from United Kingdom

    "To be a yogi in one of the remotest locations on this earth has been one of the best experiences of my life (and there have been a few)."

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  • Review by Marcia Brophy from Sri Lanka

    "The Reclaim Your Self team is a magical bunch of people. Their caring, nurturing, and calm approach is embodied in their yoga, food, treatments, and everything they do."

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  • Review by Nicky Needham from United Kingdom

    "Thank you for a wonderful relaxing weekend away. The whole team was incredible, friendly professionals who created a very high standard of care and support over our weekend."

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  • Review by Gavin Rebello from United Kingdom

    "Jools and her team are organized, passionate, and experts at getting people to feel fantastic again. This is my third holiday with them and there will be more."

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