AYURVEDA & YOGA RETREAT IN TUSCANY
AUGUST 17—22, 2014
Imagine an enchanting ancient villa perched on a hilltop in Tuscany, surrounded by 750-acres of rolling hills, bio-dynamic fields and vineyards — nourishing your way to health through this yoga and Ayurvedic health and cooking retreat with California author and Ayurveda expert, Talya Lutzker and yoga teacher, Gayle Olson. Come prepared to be inspired and to have your relationship to food and health changed forever!
Our Mediterranean-Style Yoga Retreats blend good health —with good living! We design healthy holidays that promote physical health and well-being, while immersing you in an old-world appreciation of culture, slow-food cuisine, connection to the land, and the value of a good siesta! We at Exotic Yoga Retreats hope to remind you how truly important it is to. . . slow down, unplug and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
FLOW OF THE DAY. . .
Purify and nourish your way to health as Talya Lutzker leads you through an exotic exploration of Ayurvedic cooking and Ayurveda as a foundational, do-it-yourself medicinal path you can incorporate into your everyday life. Gayle Olson adds the yoga and relaxation piece, leading you through two daily practices aimed at toning your organs, stimulating your nervous system and building overall strength and flexibility.
MORNINGS in these Tuscany rolling hills will be glorious, beginning with a special wake-up snack and Ayurvedic hot tea (a healthy substitute for morning coffee; however you are allowed your morning coffee if you choose!) We will enjoy a 30-minute nature walk through forests and fields, followed by a 9–11 am yoga practice in the beautiful Tuscan stone shala. After yoga, you have an hour to swim, shower, relax and freshen before lunch!
LUNCHES will be nourishing, delicious and fascinating as you taste recipes from Talya’s newest Ayurvedic cook book, Talya’s kitchen. Experience, taste and feel the health-giving ingredients that make up Ayurvedic cuisine!
AFTERNOONS will include hands-on Ayurvedic cooking classes and educational workshops with Talya. Two afternoons will be free for exploring and sight-seeing in the famous nearby medieval towns of San Gimignano and Volterra. Every day will include time for relaxing, reading and swimming. At sunset we re-convene in the yoga shala for a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga practice before dinner.
EVENINGS are pure magic, as we share our meal family style under the stars—appreciating the simple and profound life-giving sustenance of Ayurveda. After dinner Talya will offer a guided meditation session focused on presence, opening your heart and developing a natural state of balance and equanimity in the daily life.
AYURVEDA WITH TALYA LUTZKER
California based Ayurvedic author and expert, Talya Lutzker, is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, certified massage practitioner, yoga teacher, professional chef and author of two Ayurvedic cookbooks, including the newly released, Talya’s Kitchen. Talya founded and runs a nutrition and Ayurvedic catering company in Santa Cruz, California, called Talya’s Kitchen. Talya’s passion for holistic medicine and innovative, healthful cooking sparkles in her lively and entertaining teaching style, and shines through everything she does.
YOGA CLASSES WITH GAYLE OLSON
Join Exotic Yoga Retreats founder Gayle Olson for sunrise and sunset yoga inspired by Hatha, Iyengar and Vinyasa traditions. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the practice will include Gayle’s trademark hands-on massage adjustments and encourage you to maintain a strong, meditative focus on your breath — and on the joy of yoga.
OUR ECO-RETREAT VILLA
Located in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Siena near the famous medieval towns of Volterra and San Gimignano, this beautiful venue could not be more perfectly situated for privacy and nature, while granting access to charming villages for shopping, wine-tasting and sight-seeing. Built as an eco-retreat house in association with a beautiful borgo hotel (little neighborhood), there are solar panels for heating and hot water, a salt water pool with minimal chemicals, natural paints and renders, and a constant eye to managing consumption and recycling make this a particularly unique eco-villa in this part of the world.
The produce and grains are grown on bio-dynamic land or sourced from neighboring organic farms. Bread, honey, jams, wine, olive oil, soaps, toiletries, and other herbal products are all made from natural sources from the estate and the surrounding areas. The Yoga shala is a room in the ancient borgo with classic Tuscan architecture of stone arches and windows, overlooking the gardens.
INCLUDED ON YOUR AYURVEDA & YOGA RETREAT
- Five nights at a beautiful eco-retreat villa surrounded by rolling hills, forests & bio-dynamic vineyards
- All meals, organic, vegetarian and Ayurvedic, farm-to-table (sourced on site or in local farms)
- An introduction to the Ayurvedic healing system through workshops and cooking classes with Talya Lutzker
- 1–2 yoga classes daily with Gayle Olson focused on toning organs, stimulating the nervous system and building overall strength and flexibility
- Morning serenity walks in nature
- Evening meditations
- Two optional add-on excursions to the famous medieval towns of San Gimignano & Volterra
- Swimming and hiking
- On-farm store with bio-dynamically grown edibles, drinkables (wine!) and body-care products
- One free group transfer to and from the Florence airport and train station.
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Yoga holidays inspiring you to see the world differently!
PRICE: €1,200 | $1,680
AUGUST 17—22, 2014
90 minutes from Florence, In the countryside between the famous medieval towns of Volterra & San Gimignano
Arrive in Florence. We greet you at the airport with a big smile! Our travel agent can book flights and travel for you.
WHY THIS RETREAT?
“I just wanted to thank you again for your guidance through this wonderful cleanse. I enjoyed it so very much. It really is a lifestyle choice and positive change. All week, I felt like I was taking good care of my body and my body knew it! — Paulina Choi, USA
Hi Talya, I want to express my gratitude for the wisdom you shared with us. I never thought it would happen, but my husband is consciously and radically reducing his caffeine intake, has embraced yerba mate, and is even trying matcha. We are grateful for the impetus to which you are a big contributor. It's helpful for each of us as we head into this with a new level of self-nourishing and mutual-nourishing support. Thank you.”— A.H.
Your cleanse changed my life and I am forever grateful! That one-week for me was like a college course in food. I was so clueless- I had not heard of 90% of the foods you discussed. Nine months later, I have lost 10 pounds, and am following the principles you taught. Best thing is there is no deprivation. I cook with ghee and coconut oil and enjoy my flax seed bread with almond butter! Thank you! P.S. Your kicking sense of humor and attitude made it better too!”— D. L.
I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home. Gayle is everything I needed in a yoga instructor. Someone to push me try new things (headstand, arm balances) while making me feel completely safe. I did old poses with completely new eyes due to her instruction. She was warm and inviting and made me able to have the most amazing experience of my life.Kara Ellis, USA
Gayle is an amazing yoga instructor with an incredible depth of knowledge in a wide range of practices. She is a skillful teacher- I truly cannot imagine a better yoga teacher. I loved the restorative yoga sessions and Gayle’s very gentle, kind way of making all of us feel that we were doing a good job. I liked how she managed to find the time to check in with each individual to make sure they were comfortable, or challenged or whatever was needed. — Donna Brecht, USA
Thank you for this retreat; every minute was worth it! It was such a mind, body and heart opening. . . and so much fun! It's helping make my day-to-day life magical, and I can give so much to others as I have feel so fulfilled inside! Thank you again, and can't wait for the next retreat! —Jennifer Clarke, France