22 Days Level 1 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training in Tuscany, Italy

  • Saturnia, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

Inspiring Yoga Teacher Training Tuscany

Three Treasures Yoga believe in a yoga that is rooted in its history and traditional teachings, accessible and relevant in the present, and useful to the need of each individuals growth and development. Through this interdisciplinary portal, they strive to inspire curiosity and a deep dedication to learning in students. Three Treasures Yoga teach a strong foundation of the eight limbs of Classical Hatha yoga, and offer an authentic base of knowledge from which students can investigate intelligently and creatively, the ever-changing face of yoga in a modern world.

Highlights

  • Principles of yogic philosophy
  • Meditation and mindfulness practice
  • Principles of asana practice and pranayama
  • Anatomy, eastern healing philosophies, and modern interpretations of yoga
  • Exploring the yoga sutras, Buddhist teachings, and Sanskrit words
  • Nutrition and other right living considerations classes
  • 21 nights of accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 21 days with instruction
  • English
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The Cattebio is divided into four different buildings La Villa, Canaletto, Filosofia and La Guardiola.

La Villa has two suites on the first floor, each having there own bathroom, and three bedrooms on the second floor with shared bathrooms. This villa can accommodate up to 10 people. Casaletto has two rooms, each with its own bathroom. It can accommodate up to four guests. Filosofia, has one suite with bathroom and can accommodate two guests. La Guardiola has two bedrooms each with its own bathroom and can accommodate up to four. Each building has a common area and porch.

The four houses are surrounded by a park with beautiful trees and shady areas. Near the park you will also find the swimming pool (15 x 4 metre) which is situated in a magnificent spot. Chestnut trees, olive groves, vineyards and orchards which are all biologically grown, enframe the estate. All the houses have central heating and there are several fireplaces in the lounges and salons.

Three Treasures Yoga is a Yoga Alliance certified interdisciplinary yoga school. This teacher training course offers a thorough investigation into yoga, enhanced by learning the principles and experiencing Eastern healing modalities. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to have at least one private session with teachers who are certified in Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and other healing modalities. Through this experiential investigation, Three Treasures Yoga facilitates a deeper understanding of yoga in participants by facilitating a deeper investigation of self.

All courses include the teaching of basic yoga principles, including postures (asana), meditation, breathing exercises (pranayama), chanting, and the basics of yoga philosophy and nutrition. Courses have been developed by Virginia Wood, Massimo Cantara, and Molly Cofman; the classes draw upon the traditions and teachings of Hatha yoga, Dynamic yoga, Iyengar yoga, martial arts, healing techniques, body work, and traditional Chinese medicine. Being a dedicated student is the key to successful teaching. While many entering this program go on to be successful teachers, many enter the program to simply deepen their own investigation and experience of yoga.

Level 1 yoga teacher training curriculum

  • Anatomy and physiology (20 hours)
  • Eastern philosophy / healing teachings (18 hours)
  • Philosophy, chanting, and meditation (36 hours)
  • Practical and teaching (36 hours)
  • Work and study group (36 hours)
  • Yoga asana and pranayama (54 hours)

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:00 Self-practice and meditation
  • 07:00 - 09:30 Asana and pranayama
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Anatomy and physiology
  • 11:40 - 13:30 Asana study, teaching principles, adjustment
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Lunch, free time, study time
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Yoga philosophy and nutrition
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Meditation techniques and pranayama
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:30 Music, movement, mantra, healing

Total hours of yoga teacher training

  • Asana details: 36 hours (2 hours per day, for 18 days)
  • Asana and pranayama: 54 hours (3 hours per day every day, for 18 days)
  • Chanting, meditation, philosophy: 36 hours (2 hours per day, for 18 days)
  • Extra-activities: 18 hours (for 9 days)
  • P1: 18 hours
  • Total hours per day: 9:30 (full day)
  • Total hours per program: 200 hours

Teaching methods

Teachers come from three different yoga lineages, providing different perspectives on the wisdoms and teachings of yoga. In this way, students ability to see the same situation from many different perspectives is being fostered. This is a good foundation for intelligent and creative investigation. The exploration of the traditional practice is done in a way that honors the pure tradition, but also elicits an investigation that makes the practice relevant and realistic in our modern world.

Healing modalities

Healing modalities and healing touch are taught to familiarize students with the physical body. In this way, students become more adept in their own healing processes, as well as being able to facilitate more knowledgeably for others. In addition, students have the opportunity to have at least one private session with teachers who are certified in shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine, and other healing modalities.

Cattebio, the Tuscan villa at which this summer training will be held is a stone's throw from one of Tuscany's largest and most beautiful thermal baths, Saturnia. On days off, you can spend the day at Saturnia, or visit the beautiful nearby towns of Pitigliano and Sorano. You may also simply decide to stay on the property and relax on the lawn, take a dip in the pool or hike around the surrounding hills.

  • Massimo Cantara

    (Yoga)

    Massimo lived and studied in England for over 10 years, speaks fluent English, and is a member of Three Treasures Yoga. He is a registered yoga teacher with Shiatsu Yoga Mediterraneo as well as a professional Shiatsu therapist and teacher. He is also a qualified Kinesiologist and cranial sacral therapist. In 1999, he founded Holismos, a center for yoga and complementary therapies in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, Italy. He also teaches anatomy, physiology, and bodywork for yoga teacher training.

In the heart of Tuscan Maremma, defined by its unique hilly landscape which extends down toward the Tyrrhenian Sea, Catebbio sits atop a hill and offers rustic tranquility. High above the valley of the Fiora River with its unrefined canyons and its copper gleaming Etruscan towns of Sovana, Pitigliano and Sorana and among the lush green olive groves lies the magnificent country estate and seminar house Cattebio. With its beautiful secluded location at a height of 500 metres and its unique panoramic views, it is a treasure with the nobleness of old Tuscan manors.

All the elegantly decorated rooms of the four houses of Cattebio with a total area of 600 square metres invite you to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Tyrrhenian coast and the islands Elba, Giglio, Monte Christo and the sophisticated Argentario.

Yoga will be practiced on an outdoor wood yoga deck adjacent to La Villa. The deck provides breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and the Tuscan landscape. It is also a beautiful place to watch the sunset.

All meals are cooked on the premises and are organic and vegetarian and offer a glimpse of traditional Tuscan and Italian cuisine. Water, coffee, tea and fruits are provided throughout the day.

  • Casual and free to luxurious resort-like spas
  • Enjoy golfing at nearby golf course
  • Enjoy the serenity of the beautiful grounds
  • Enjoy swimming at pool with stunning view of the valley
  • Experience the small outdoor amphitheater for evening lectures, kirtan or stargazing
  • Go for hiking from Sasso Leopoldini to the renaissance fortressbuilt in 1552
  • Visit nearby medieval and renaissance towns
  • Visit tomb of Scylla
  • Visit the Art Park of Seggiano
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Visit Etruscan ruins, the aqueduct of the Orcini Palace and the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul

Please note that spas are within a 15 minute drive from Catebbio. Also, you need to book the excursions and wine and cheese tasting. Kindly send a query to Three Treasures Yoga for further information on same.

  • 21 nights accommodation
  • All vegetarian meals
  • Anatomy, eastern healing philosophies, and modern interpretations of yoga
  • Exploring the yoga sutras, Buddhist teachings, and Sanskrit words
  • Meditation and mindfulness practice
  • Nutrition and other right living considerations classes
  • Principles of asana practice and pranayama
  • Principles of yogic philosophy
  • Some of the course materials
  • Transportation to and from the yoga teacher training is not included in the price.

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO),

Arrival by train

The closest station is Grosseto. Pick up and drop can be organised by Three Treasures Yoga for an additional fee.

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Testimonials

  • Review by Zia Foley from Canada

    "While I was in Italy I spent a week at this lovely yoga retreat n Apennine mountains. Every morning we had yoga classes for two hours, then breakfast, then two hours of classes about the Chakras and the different Bhajans or chants that activate each one. After lunch and some free time in the afternoon, we had 2 hours of Djembe drumming lessons. I learned so much at the camp - about yoga, the chakras, drumming, and about myself. I also met some interesting people and made some great friends. It's a week I'll never forget, for many reasons. We also had one day off during the camp, and so we all went on a hike to La Verna, a nearby monastery on Mount Penna. It is said that, Saint Francis of Assisi received the stigmata here. It was a tiring but lovely hike. The monastery had a peaceful vibe, and lots of interesting information about Saint Francis."

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  • Review by Silvia Morgenstein from Germany

    "Thanks to my kind and decent teachers Massimo Cantara and Nicola Caravaggio I just spent a lovely week amidst the beautiful nature of Tuskany mountains. Check them out if you are interested in Yoga and / or Djembe drumming. We stayed at La Croce Retreats, which is such a heart-warming place, offering space and respect for any human and non- human being. If the beauty of simplicity inspires you, you like fresh home-made vegetarian food and wish to have a time out, this is definitely the right place to go!"

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  • Review by Leire from Spain

    "It has been one of the best experience in my life for several reasons. First of all, the professionalism and expertise of the three teachers to be highlighted. They are experts in diverse fields, they have built a program that really helped me to learn useful things about yoga philosophy, practice, and anatomy. They also transmit all this knowledge with passion and a clear methodology."

    "The place is also amazing. Practicing and learning in the nature, in this magical place helped me to connect with myself and disconnect from the noise of the city. This environment was ideal for me to focus on the life and learning experience. And the last but not the least, the amazing people I met there. When I was looking for a YTT I had many doubts about how the teachers would be (I really wanted to learn yoga from real experts!) and the people I could met there (they are three intense weeks and it is very important!). Both aspects were amazing, we all became a family, still in touch! I am ready to continue my yoga trip and to become a solid yoga teacher. Thanks to all La Croce family! "

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  • Review by Anne Marie from United Kingdom

    "Rustic. Charming. Nestled in the luscious Tuscan mountains, La Croce offers stunning views of nature in her majesty. Morning yoga on the platform in the mountain air is so therapeutic. Although it can be a bit nippy, the morning sun when it lands on your mat is so gloriously warming. Listening to and being one with nature was music to my soul and just what my body needed. Fresh air. Glorious sunshine. Stunning views. Sounds heavenly, right? But it doesn't end there. "

    "The food was yummy and delicious. The staff were helpful, funny, and friendly. And oh so good. The staff were also quite patient and dedicated to ensuring that I wasn't left without several options even for dessert (especially since I have so many intolerances and dietary restrictions). "

    "Not an easy task but they did it graciously. The Training Alignment and Integrity. I can still hear the cues and the invitations to consider your intentions and the possibilities of modifications and deeper explorations. All three teachers have different styles which complemented each other and supported our varied needs and our numerous questions. And boy, oh boy, we had questions! "

    "The Three Treasures trio are knowledgeable, approachable and were incredibly patient with the questions we relentlessly fired at them. Joy and freedom The training was rigorous. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. There's no denying that. There was so much information (theoretical and practical) to cover; however, it was given in a spirit of joy and we had freedom to explore and reflect and to take what we needed whilst invited to consider why or why not."

    "I enjoyed so many of the practices even when I was tired and sore. A few do stand out: outdoor yoga with drumming and an indoor yin yoga session. I would happily repeat this experience. The only thing I would do differently is pack my fleece onesie to wear at the start of morning yoga on the platform. La Croce with Three Treasures Yoga was an amazing experience."

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  • Review by Becky Altman from United States

    "When I embarked on my journey at Three Treasures Yoga, I didn't know what to expect. I signed up thinking I really like yoga and yoga teacher training sounded fun, so I might as well give it a shot. The first day, a bunch of us arrived together. We were welcomed with open arms to a place that instantly felt like home and I had the thought, "this is exactly where I am meant to be at this moment.""

    "Words cannot express how truly grateful I am to have found this YTT program at this time in my life. I had been struggling a lot with injuries and a very stressful job over the last year which had left me feeling unhappy with my life. This experience transformed my outlook and my entire way of thinking. It gave me a new perspective on how to think outside myself at the bigger picture of life and gave me lifelong friendships that I will always cherish. I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to give themselves a gift that will change their life."

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  • Review by Laura from Italy

    "The team of teachers, for their diversity and complementarity, has been great! Massimo was very positive and engaging in his attitude of explaining the anatomy and the centrality of this knowledge in the yoga path. Even the approach to music and vibration has been of great teaching. Molly's and Virginia's knowledge, teaching, and dedication to this approach to life has been a great model. They helped me give more structure to my practice and my approach to yoga. It's been a continuous growth and an awareness that every day grew and expanded. The way to pass, without forcing, what their personal research has enabled it to develop, gave me a great motivation for the future. The road is long, but I want to follow. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Tania from United States

    "Very professionally organised and a thorough training course. I felt well prepared to begin my own practice and to start teaching. Thank you, Massimo, for all your anatomy knowledge, great chanting and drumming, and impressive knowledge of anatomy. Molly was very professional; she held the space for us to learn and grow. I appreciated your organization and vast knowledge.Virginia, I loved your Yin yoga class and your impressive knowledge of yoga positions. It was very interesting to observe and learn from your yoga instruction. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Cristina from Italy

    "I have really appreciated what I see as the mooladhara gross structure that has helped to enhance my physical and spiritual practice. Nice place, clean environment, and always clean toilets. Very nice and tasty organic food."

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  • Review by Cara from Australia

    "The content was vast, basic, and gave a good overview of the many aspects of practicing and teaching yoga. I found teaching to be clear, well guided, and well explained. I would recommend anyone who is thinking about becoming a teacher or anyone who would just like to improve their practice or broaden their yoga knowledge."

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  • Review by Alice from Italy

    "The course satisfied more than I expected and gave me a guideline to follow and look for even more informations about each topic discussed."

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  • Review by Annemarie from Denmark

    "I googled the 10 best teacher trainings in Europe, which lead me to a page that had your name on it. I have learned a lot and feel lucky to have found your teacher training!"

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Tuscany, Italy

Three Treasures Yoga is a Yoga Alliance certified interdisciplinary yoga school located in Italy. They feature yoga training programs with different lineages.

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22 days / 21 nights

Availability

Arrival: Saturday July 7, 2018
Departure: Saturday July 28, 2018

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