5 Days Transformational Hatha Yoga Retreat in Italy

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

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Yoga Retreat Tuscany

  • 4 days with instruction
  • 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‚Äôs natural treasures.


    • 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

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 30.


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: 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

      Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)

      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
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Bar
    • Garden
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace
    • 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.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Vegetarian
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • 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.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

    • Review by Troy from Australia

      "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."

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    • 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 "

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    • 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."

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    • Review by Rita Mundkur from India

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

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    • 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!"

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    • 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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