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One of the longest running wellness retreats in Italy. Feel like unwinding in the beautiful Tuscan countryside? Surround yourself within the rolling hills and explore the many sounds, colors, textures, culinary delights that Italy has to offer. Join Louise Solomon world renowned teacher and trainer with 29 years in developing the fusion of yoga and Pilates for an unforgettable experience, stepping back in time and becoming unplugged rejuvenating your nervous system. The 6-day holistic retreat is nestled in the hinterland close to the world heritage cities of Florence and Sienna. Explore the vitality of your breath with the stability of your core supporting functional movement within your body within the fusion of Yogalates. It's a great way to compliment correct bio-mechanical movement into your everyday living, or to fine tune your yoga practice. Relax, rejuvenate, invigorate your mind and body. Retreats are at a beginner to intermediate level, all levels of yoga are welcome.
The Yogalates method is internationally acclaimed and renowned for its standard of safety and for the way it makes yoga and Pilates safe and accessible for a wide population. The method draws upon the fundamental foundation of exercise physiology (prescriptive exercises in functional patterns of movement and postural evaluation), physio therapy exercises and yoga therapy. During a Yogalates session you will explore core stabilization, functional and regenerative dynamics to strengthen, tone, increase flexibility and enhance good posture focusing on breath awareness to re-balance the nervous system and relieve stress; calming the mind and detoxifying the body.
The Azienda Agrituristica Le Bolli Bed & Breakfast is just 40km from Siena, a quiet corner in the heart of Tuscany where you can regenerate admiring the nature that surrounds you. In this oasis of peace surrounded by a hilly landscape between forests, olive groves and sunflower fields.
The B&B is divided into 12 rooms of exquisite Italian taste and comfort. The building dates from the 1600’s century, completely renovated maintaining its original appearance and equipped with all the amenities for a relaxing holiday: 12 charming rooms, a grand commercial kitchen available for communal share with a variety of teas and coffee available to you throughout the day. We find many guests prefer to eat in the delicious restaurants in Radicondoli. A swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a spectacular panoramic view. Azienda Agrituristica Le Bolli B&B offers the beauty and quiet of the countryside away from busy tourist spots, yet within reach of the cultural centers: Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, the beaches of Maremma, and the beauty of Florence.
Louise has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and Pilates for 18 years. Louise completed her Pilates Teacher Training in 1992 and taught Pilates exclusively in the early nineties (well before the Pilates mat class existed). In 1994, Louise attained certification in Yoga Teaching from Yoga Arts, Byron Bay. Being concerned with the high incidence of injuries Louise saw in yoga classes, she developed and began to teach her own method of Yoga & Pilates fusion; Yogalates TM at the Suffolk Park Community Hall.
The retreat is hosted in an historical Tuscan villa just 40km from Siena, a quiet corner in the heart of Tuscany where you can regenerate admiring the nature that surrounds you. In this oasis of peace surrounded by a hilly landscape between forests, olive groves and sunflower fields. You can walk in unspoiled nature, go horseback riding or mountain biking, taste our organic products or sip typical Tuscan wines while admiring the view. For those who like to visit the beauties of Tuscany, the farm is located in a strategic point with San Gimignano, Volterra and Siena only a little more than half an hour away.
Nurture your body from the inside with our organic menu; wholefood that is eaten as close as possible to its natural state, without unnecessary processing or refining. Indulge in wholesome vegetarian, nutrient dense cuisine/menus; supporting the foundations of healthy food and eating; valuing food that is real to heal, nourish the body and delight the senses. A detox juice or smoothie is available prior to your morning class.
Lunch and Dinner
Orientation dinner is provided with authentic Italian cuisine, a delicious introduction to the wholesome foods of Italy while meeting your fellow retreat friends. While breakfast is provided daily, you’ll have the freedom to explore and eat at the local village or cook at your own leisure for lunch and dinner.
The most direct flights are in to Florence; Pisa could be cheaper to fly in to, but a more of a curvy and longer road to drive. Rome and Milano are possible.
The best way to rent a car is to rent it from where you arrive (much cheaper than in Italy) and possibly a deal with your flight, if there are many that arrive together, you could rent a van or a vehicle holding 9-10 people, to share the rides and price. From Florence Airport to Belcanto it is 1 hour and 20 minutes, from Pisa 2 hours. Airport to Azienda Agrituristica Le Bolli B&B it is approx 1.5 hours, from Pisa 2.15 hours.
Alternatively, to car ride, either take a taxi from the airport or be picked up from a private vehicle, from Florence Airport it is 90 EUR, while from Pisa around 170 EUR. Another possibility is when you arrive at the airport, get a taxi or bus to the Florence train station, you can get a bus to Poggibonsi where you can be picked up for 15 EUR each person.
For those who prefer private pick-up, following costs will apply: 40 EU from Poggibonsi (if not wanting to wait for the free shuttle), 60 EU from Siena train station, 120 EU from Florence Airport, 120 EU from Florence train station, and 160 EU from Pisa Airport.