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5 Days Transformational Hatha Yoga Retreat in Italy

  • Hotel la Selva Holistic Oasis, Podere Pagliano, 22 Loc. Cotorniano, 53031 Casole D’Elsa, Siena, Italy

Yoga Retreat Tuscany

Immerse yourself fully in this transformational retreat and dive into the depth of your true being for an integral transformation. Get the wonderful opportunity to be guided on your yogic journey by a renowned yoga master from India who is the creator of Transformational yoga, Swami Vidyanand. Relax, live the yogic lifestyle, purify your body, mind, and soul, and rejuvenate naturally amidst Tuscany’s natural treasures.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily asana or meditation sessions
  • Dharma talk, spiritual philosophy, and focus classes
  • Learn under the direct guidance of a renowned yoga guru
  • Plenty of free time to relax or self-study and practice
  • Fresh vegetarian meals daily
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • French, Italian, English
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During this retreat, you will be accommodated at Hotel La Selva. The hotel is a space that allows you to come back to your inner harmony. An ancient farmstead, it is warm, welcoming, and immersed in the silent and relaxing nature around the hills of Siena.

The structure is completely autonomous, with a restaurant, swimming pool, an abundant and fragrant garden surrounded by woods, and a playground area for children that allows you to live an atmosphere of relaxation, comfort, and closeness to nature. La Selva has a close location to many nature, art, history, and gastronomic sites of high value.

During this retreat, you will have the opportunity to practice Transformational Hatha yoga in the morning everyday, inviting the solar energy to circulate through your whole being. Get time for yourself and indulge in relaxing activities. In the evening, you will have a restorative and meditative practice in order to welcome the cooling energy of the moon, preparing yourself for the night.

This retreat intends to help you experience your inner being in depth. You will be guided towards getting to know yourself and your true nature better through the practice of yoga and meditation. You will be able to enter, contact, and connect with your real being at a deeper level for a naturally rejuvenating and energizing experience.

Transformational yoga

Transformational yoga is an integral approach to physical health, emotional balance, and mental and spiritual clarity. It is founded and created by Swami Vidyanand, a renowned yoga master. Transformational yoga gives you the tools you need in order to make a difference in your everyday life.

In-depth focus of asanas, the chakras, mantras, breathing, and meditation techniques will give you the knowledge you need to purify your body, stabilize your emotions, focus your mind, and increase your spiritual well-being.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake up
  • 06:30 Transformational yoga asana practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Meditation, personal time, rest, self-study, or practice
  • 12:00 Midday activity (dharma talk, spiritual philosophy, and focus classes)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Personal time, relax, self-study, practice, or outdoor activity
  • 17:30 Asana or meditation practice
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening gathering, question and answer session, sharing, yoga Nidra, or guided meditation
  • 21:30 Silent time
  • Swami Vidyanand

    Swami Vidyanand is a renowned yoga master and the founder of Transformational yoga, an innovative yogic system that synthesizes techniques of Hatha, white, Tantra, Raja, mantra, Ashtanga, and Kundalini yoga to bring about rapid transformation. His signature system is inspired by the integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and was developed when he taught yoga for more than a decade at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi branch.

  • Camille Gicquel

    Camille is a Yoga Alliance International certified yoga teacher for 500-hour level and a master in Transformational yoga and meditation. She studied under the guidance of Swami Vidyanand in New Delhi and Auroville. She is in charge of SriMa School Auroville branch.

This retreat will take place in Hotel La Selva, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.

Nearby places

  • Autodromo del Mugello, 27 kilometers
  • Calenzano train station, 9 kilometers
  • Design University, 10 kilometers
  • Donkeys, Synergistic Garden, and Farm School, 3 kilometers
  • Fiera Fortezza, 25 kilometers
  • Firenze S.M.N. train station, 25 kilometers
  • Florence, 25 kilometers
  • Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR), 20 kilometers
  • Golf course, 23 kilometers
  • Highway Barberino del Mugello, 9 kilometers
  • Highway Calenzano, 9 kilometers
  • Lake of Bilancino, 12 kilometers
  • Manzoni Theater, 9 kilometers
  • Metastasio Theater, 17 kilometers
  • Outlet Barberino, 9 kilometers
  • Sesto Fiorentino train station, 15 kilometers
Activities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
General
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free parking
  • Travel assistance

During this retreat, you will be served delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. All of the meals are prepared with fresh local products.

  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Personal consultation with Swami Vidyanand
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra meals
  • Transportation

Driving directions from Grosseto

  • Follow the directions to Siena, go straight on until you find the sign "Orgia or Rosia" on your left.
  • Once in Rosia, at the crossroad turn left, and after six kilometers, turn right to Colle Val D'Elsa.
  • After less than two kilometers on your left, you will find the sign to Hotel La Selva.
  • Two more kilometers of dirt road and the hotel will be on your left side.

Driving directions from Milano A1 highway

  • Exit Firenze Impruneta and turn right to Siena.
  • Exit Colle Val D'Elsa Sud and follow the directions to Grosseto.
  • Straight on and after about 23 kilometers, you will find a sign with Hotel La Selva on your right.
  • Go on for two more kilometers of dirt road and the hotel will be on your left side.

Driving directions from Rome A1 highway

  • Exit Sinalunga and turn to Siena. Follow the directions to Grosseto or Firenze and go to Grosseto.
  • Go straight on until you find the sign "Orgia or Rosia" on your right.
  • Once in Rosia, at the crossroad, turn left and after six kilometers, turn right to Colle Val D'Elsa.
  • After less than two kilometers, on your left, you will find the sign to Hotel La Selva.
  • Two more kilometers of dirt road and the hotel will be on your left side.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO).

Arrival by train

From all directions, you can get to the Siena train station. If you choose to arrive at the Siena train station, a taxi can be arranged to pick you up for an additional cost. The journey to La Selva takes about 35 minutes.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • A
    Review by Anonymous
    5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    7.5 Location
    2.5 Quality of activity
    5 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-06 05:08:46

  • I
    Review by Iris Kohler from Switzerland

    Habe mehr erwartet

    CONS Cons: Das Essen war wurde nach 3 Wochen mehr als nur eintönig. In den Asanas wurde nicht korrigiert, es gab nie Feedback, ob wir die Uebungen gut machen (und weitergeben, als wir die Uebung erklären mussten). Die Abfolge der Asanans in unseren Praxisteilen war jeweils identisch, 2x am Tag. Ich habe mir da ein breiteres Sortiment an Uebungen erhofft.

    PROS Pros: Die Leute waren sehr nett. Die beiden Leitungspersonen waren sehr herzlich und zuvorkommend. Sie nahmen sich Zeit.

    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    5 Food
    7.5 Location
    5 Quality of activity
    5 Overall impression

    Organizer response: Namaste Iris, Thank you for your Feedback and your kind and positive words. We have taken things into consideration and are constantly working to improve our course. Here are some clarifications: Food- Food is simple, satvic yogic food, simple and mild to prevent the excitement of Prana and senses to assist in the deep spiritual process. We are not a resort, but a place for inner development and hence cannot offer a large menu with many varieties. Asanas and Yoga - as we have mentioned in our course description, we offer an Integral Approach and holistic point of view of Yoga and our Training is based on not just physical body but also Prana, Mind and Psychic Aspects, to activate the Yogic Energy and fasten spiritual progress. Not just Physical exercises. We are not your regular Hatha Yoga course. Our Yoga uses the body as a base, but goes beyond these outer things to help persons in their spiritual journey and Self realisation. Hence, a fixed practice (Kriya) and grounding are necessary for this inner development in our system and experience. The emphasis is on Yoga & Meditation Education and as a Yogic Science for those who wish to learn and develop Yogic, Psychological and Spiritual methods of Self Realization and Healing. Thanking you Admin

    2017-Jun-05 10:20:23

  • M
    Review by Merel Jansen from Germany

    eine eine 2

    CONS Cons: Zeitweilen wurden während der Yogastunde Telefonate geführt und/oder das Handy des Yogalehrers klingelte - für Inder scheinbar ziemlich normal und nicht störend - für mich außerordentlich alles andere als "achtsam" und "relaxing". Zudem waren die Unterkünfte sehr schlicht, was ich nicht weiter schlimm fand, zumal Moskitonetze und nur sehr selten Insekten o.ä. vorhanden waren, allerdings stimmte da das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis nicht. Die Maintainance der Unterkunft ist optimierbar. Kaputtes Waschbecken in der Küche, kaputter Wasserhahn im Bad...das wird einfach so gelassen, denn einen Wasserhahn bei der Dusche gibt es ja, geputzt wurde nur nach Aufforderung oder man hat es selbst in die Hand genommen. Nun, das gehört vielleicht auch ein bisschen zur (süd-)indischen Mentalität. Wer ein Wellness-Hotel und/oder Luxus erwartet, der ist hier nicht richtig.

    PROS Pros: Eine rundum authentische indische Yogaschule mit dem unverwechselbaren Yogamaster und Vorsitzenden der Yoga Alliance India Swami Vidyanand, mit all seinen Macken und Marotten. Wer Lust hat auf eine Lebenserfahrung zwischen PAlmen und Mangobäumen und sich auf Transformational Yoga, eine besondere, erweiterte Form des Hatha-Yoga in der die Asanas durch Pranayama, Brahmi und Mantra singen während der Übung intensiviert werden, einlassen kann, der ist hier am richtigen Ort. Der Kurs fand im sehr schlichten, jedoch liebenswerten Tenderness Guesthouse im Auroville-Bezirk statt. Es wird durch eine indische Familie und deren Freunde geführt, in der geräumigen Küche unter Palmblättern ist es immer gesellig. Die Yogaschule orientiert sich zwar an den Lehren und der Lebensweise Aurovilles, ist jedoch von der Art her weniger westlich geprägt. Die Yogaübungsstunden waren von Ausdauer und "tenderness" geprägt und haben mich was Flexibilität und Dehnbarkeit betrifft sehr viel weiter gebracht. Auch der spirituelle, sehr universelle (bis auf eine gewisse übertriebene Verehrung der "Mother" = französische Gründerin Aurovilles) Part hat mir sehr viel mitgegeben und eine innere Gelassenheit, die ich vorallem nach meiner Rückkehr ins doch sehr andere Deutschland bemerkte.

    5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

    2017-May-03 17:02:38

  • Review by Eve-Lyne from France
    5 out of 10

    "J'ai finalement pris la décision de quitter suivant le message que je vous ai envoyé."

    "La personne responsable a accepté de me rembourser la moitié du montant payé moins les 6 jours où j'ai suivi la formation."

    "Pour le bénéfice des prochains yogis qui souhaitent suivre la formation, quelques points à revoir :"

    "- la description du teacher training mentionne que la formation est reconnue par la Yoga International Alliance. Cette association n'est pas reconnue internationalement, il s'agit de l'association fondée par le maître qui enseigne la formation. La ressemblance entre les deux noms est vraisemblablement destinée à tromper les gens. Suivant la formation, il est impossible d'enseigner en France, au Canada ou aux USA. Il est impératif de retirer la mention à l'effet que la formation est reconnue si elle ne mène pas à l'obtention d'une mention E-RYT."

    "- la description du lieu d'habitation est insuffisante. Aucune photo n'est fournie. En arrivant sur place j'ai été choquée de la malpropreté. Aucun changement de draps, aucun balayage. La toilette est infestée de fourmies. Des photos devraient être ajoutées puisque pour 1500 euro, une personne normale s'attendrait à un minimum de salubrité."

    "- le total des heures de classes pratiques et théoriques est de loin inférieur à 200 heures. Avec 1h de cours le matin, 1:30 de cours en avant midi, 1 heure de yoga en après midi et 1 heure de méditation en soirée, on arrive au maximum à 120 heures."

    "- la qualité de l'enseignement est largement déficitaire. Le maître qui enseigne arrive souvent en retard et quitte souvent avant que l'heure ne soit écoulée. Il ne corrige aucune posture, ne donne aucune explication de sorte que les gens se blessent facilement. "

    "- le montant demandé pour l'avance est tout à fait exorbitant (750 euro). Sans avoir vu le logement ni avoir eu l'occasion de tester les cours, il est pratiquement impossible pour une personne insatisfaite de prendre la decision de quitter. Comparativement à toutes les retraites offertes via BookYogaRetreats ce montant devrait être revu à la baisse."

    "Merci beaucoup de votre suivi. Pour ma part, ce ne fut qu'une mauvaise expérience mais j'ai eu la possibilité de quitter. D'autres n'ont pas la chance de pouvoir se permettre de perdre 750 euro..."

    ""

    "SriMa School of Transformational Yoga's Response:"

    "Dear Eve-Lyne,"

    "-All the trainings offered by SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga are recognized by Yoga Alliance International founded more than 10 years ago by Swami Vidyanand and a registered trademark under the government of India. This organization has no relation with any other Yoga Alliance and no such thing is mentioned neither on our websites nor on bookyogaretreat.com. The certificates delivered by Yoga Alliance International allow people to teach internationally. Today, 275 yoga centres and more than 7000 teachers are certified with Yoga Alliance International all over the world and the organization makes sure that the newly certified teachers go back home with a certificate valued by their own government."

    "-The training is happening in a Guest House which offers both a natural environment and simple way of living. We do care about the comfort and the security of our students, however no extra luxuries are provided in the rooms which is clearly mentioned in the welcome email sent to every student upon confirmation. The amenities are situated in a natural forest area, where insects and wild animals naturally have their home. If despite of our efforts to make this place a clean and safe environment for students to stay, some areas were not to their satisfaction, the staff of the guest house is always around and ready to help and answer any demand of our students. However, we receive Eve-Lyne’s complaint as an opportunity to improve and will definitely upload pictures of the rooms and amenities on bookyogaretreat.com for more clarity."

    "-The training of 200 Level happens over 20 days with 1:30 asanas and meditation class early morning and evening, theoretical teachings of 2:30 to 3:00 before lunch and one hour meditation practice after dinner, which totals up to 6:30 to 7:00 hours actual teaching per day. Additionally to these actual teaching hours, the Master personally meets every student at least twice during the training for individual guidance and is always open to answer any queries of the students before, during and after the training."

    "The amount of the deposit is left to our appreciation by BYR and is established on the basis of SriMa’s administrative way of functioning. Students applying for the course are free to choose to confirm their application or not and we always make a point of answering any questions through BYR online messaging system, would they have any difficulties in the financial matter, we definitely are open to discussion to make everyone comfortable."

    "Thank you and best regards, "

    "SriMa School of Transformational Yoga"

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  • Review by Troy from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga course was a great experience and I am very happy to have been in Auroville. I now have many tools and a great understanding of how to really practice transformational yoga. It's is a full program of how to integrate many types of yoga into the one practice. My time there has changed me and I now feel very excited about how my life will unfold. Thanks so much Swami G and Camille and all the students who are now teachers."

    BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

Testimonials

  • Review by Gizem from Turkey
    10 out of 10

    "I learnt a lot about yoga. This training changed the way I see yoga. I used to be more focused on physical yoga and now I know how to combine meditation, yoga and breathing all together. You work on body and mind at the same time. I feel calmer and at the same time more energetic."

    SriMa School of Transformational Yoga's written paper, edited

  • Review by Aarushi from India
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing two months! I got answers to questions that had been there for so many years, got to know a lot about myself through this yoga practice."

    SriMa School of Transformational Yoga's written paper, edited

  • Review by Barbara from Austria
    10 out of 10

    "When I came here, I had no idea about Transformational Yoga. I felt very quickly a lot of energy in my body and an opening of my heart. I enjoyed my stay very very much."

    SriMa School of Transformational Yoga's written paper, edited

  • Review by Doris from Austria
    10 out of 10

    "I got a deeper understanding about everything. I learnt to relax my mind, I experienced inner joy and open heart. I feel a new energy in my body."

    SriMa School of Transformational Yoga's written paper, edited

  • Review by Satya from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "It was very interesting to see how the body reacts to the work on the four layers at the same time. I feel my physical body is much more open and balanced than before. I will take Transformational Yoga back to Germany and teach it to others."

    SriMa School of Transformational Yoga's written paper, edited

  • Review by Fatou from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I learnt much more here than before. I learnt unconditional love and compassion. I feel calmer and really touched by this practice, truly transformed."

    SriMa School of Transformational Yoga's written paper, edited

  • Review by Laurie from France
    10 out of 10

    "Transformational Yoga is a holistic and integral approach of yoga. We are not only working on the physical body but also on the subtle bodies that are part of our being to basically be more and more in touch with this inner self and higher consciousness. This is really a long way to Transformation but already in one month I can feel the difference. Thank you Swamiji!"

    SriMa School of Transformational Yoga's written paper, edited

  • Review by Janssen from France
    10 out of 10

    "I feel more connected with my inner self and I am really happy because now I have tools to work on all my fears, troubles and emotions. I feel it is just the first step to a long process but I am really happy that I took part in this course. It was really a good first experience of Yoga for me."

    SriMa School of Transformational Yoga's written paper, edited

  • Review by Emily Gilchrist

    "I am thrilled to been a part of the course and I feel I have gained a much deeper insight into the understanding of our entire based on all four bodies.The mantras and the pranayama have helped release deep blockages and have been very cleansing and purifying.I look forward to experiences of my future practice and sharing this system with others "

    SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Camille Gicquel from Nantes France

    "Once lost and unable to find a purpose to my own existence, I now feel so clear and confident. Transformational Yoga and the teachings of Swami Vidyanand truly opened my horizon to a level I would never have expected. I am grateful to the Divine who made my path cross Swamiji's, he is such a knowledgeable, wise and truthful being, sharing his life experience of Yoga with such simplicity and Love. Whether you want to become a "better version of yourself", more serene and confident and/or a great knowledgeable teacher and make a living out of yoga, SRIMA, through Transformational Yoga, gives you the opportunity to realize yourself as YOUR TRUE SELF and that makes all the difference with any experience of Yoga I have had in the past!"

    SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Thomas Rogg from Germany

    "The lessons were good, clear, structured and easy to understand. It was a good mixture of practical and theoretical wisdom."

    SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Rita Mundkur from India

    "I felt positive towards everything around me and a lot of hope to live and be happy."

    SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Tyler Ali from USA

    "Through Mothers grace and blessings Swami Vidyanand's Transformational Yoga technique has taken my once intoxicated and destructive self and put me in touch with peace, bliss, harmony etc, this is the first i had felt with this beautiful system it has introduced a new divine feeling to follow in my life, a very happy adventure. Thank you Swami ji!"

    SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Shashank Dutt Sharma from India

    "Srima Yoga, has enriched my life beyond imagination. I used to be filled with anxiety and get irritated easily. That has changed and its a new ME who handles life with calmness and serenity, of course it has done wonders for me physically. But, its the overall impact on my life that has come about thanks to Srima Yoga that needs to be felt and is beyond description."

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