TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT • ITALY 2016
AYRUVEDA & YOGA
Imagine living under the Tuscan sun, at an enchanting 800-year old villa farmhouse perched on a picturesque hilltop in Tuscany — as the setting for a week-long immersion into yoga and Ayurveda. Enjoy the perfect blend of a Mediterranean holiday with an exotic exploration of Ayurveda as a foundational, do-it-yourself medicinal path you can incorporate into your everyday life. Nourish your way to health with California author and Ayurveda expert, Talya Lutzker and NYC based yoga teacher, Hillary Wright, as your relationship to food and health is changed forever!
FLOW OF A DAY
STAY IN AN 800-YEAR OLD FARMHOUSE VILLA
EXOTIC YOGA CLASSES & AYURVEDA SESSIONS
Discover or rediscover the joy of yoga with Hillary Wright, a NYC based yoga teacher, and Talya Lutzker, California based teacher. Hillary will teach the morning flow classes, bringing a mix of intelligent sequencing, internal depth, breath work and challenging movement to leave you feeling both energized and grounded. Hillary is a highly experienced international yoga teacher, meditation teacher and writer who believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” yoga, encouraging each student to find their own path. Hillary facilitates teacher-trainings around the world, and has studied many different lineages of yoga, including: Sivananda Yoga, when she spent time living in the Amboli Ashram in India; extensive study of Vinyasa Yoga, as well as hundreds of hours of study of the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage. Her extensive background studying the Ashtanga Vinyasa system brings a depth to her classes, while her knowledge and understanding of Vinyasa Flow brings a creative twist to the practice.
Talya Lutzker is a certified Ayurvedic educator, chef, cook 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. She is also a long-time yoga teacher in the traditions of Iyengar and hatha yoga, weaving in principles of Ayurveda to focus on healing organs, the nervous system and to build overall strength and flexibility. Talya’s passion for holistic medicine and innovative, healthful cooking sparkles in her lively and entertaining teaching style, and shines through everything she does. All of our Exotic Yoga Retreat yoga programs emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie di vivre of yoga!
INCLUDED IN OUR TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT
- Six-nights at a lovely 10-room ancient farm estate in the Tuscan countryside
- Salt water swimming pool
- Farm-to-table breakfasts, lunches & dinners
- Organic garden supplying fresh vegetables; olive oil grown on the estate
- Two yoga classes daily (Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar & Yin traditions)
- Daily morning group meditation sessions (optional)
- Morning nature-fitness walk (optional)
- A personal one-on-one session to learn your dosha with Ayurveda expert, Talya Lutzker
- Two Ayurvedic cooking classes to learn basics you can bring home
- Ample fields and country roads to walk and experience nature in Tuscany, up close and personal
- One group transfer to and from train station in Florence (SMN)
EXCLUDED ON OUR TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT
- Airfare to Italy
- Transfers outside of the schedule group transfer
- Add-on excursions
- Horse-back riding
BOOKING | TRAVEL | FAQ’S
Reservations & Cancellation
Retreat Dates & Times
DATES: Sunday, July 17 — Saturday, July 23, 2016
11:00 am Check-out
A 10-room boutique villa in Tuscany (1.5 hours from Florence and Siena; 1 hour from Pisa)
For all international flights. . . we strongly encourage you to arrive a day early (at least to a connecting European city). This extra day helps with jet lag and assures that travel delays do not cause disruption to your retreat.
RENT A CAR:
The villa entirely rural, so if you wish to tour the region, you may either rent your own car, or you can choose to join our included and add-on excursions. Note: if you are driving, you will find driving directions at this link. Please note that most cars in Italy are stick shift (not automatic).
General Information & FAQ’s
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WHY THIS RETREAT?
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
July 1—7, 2017
A luxurious and elegant 10-room villa on a hilltop in Tuscany, outside Florence and Siena.
$1,995 per person ~ Shared $2,995 per person ~ Single
OUR GUESTS SAY:
I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!— Naseem Nikoo, Iran
Life changing, eye-opening and deeply inspiring! This retreat 'reset' my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week! —Saige Rutherford, USA
My mom and I enjoyed the trip very much...every day was perfect!—Jane Srivastava, Russia
This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.—Brent Vanlyke, Canada
This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect... and it blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!—Ale de Rienzo, Mexico
Absolutely amazing boat and crew, and food and cleanliness were excellent. I had so much fun! I will definitely do another retreat with you and your company. —Lana Ferguson, USA
This retreat was exactly what I needed... a week long oasis focused on self-care. Gayle did an awesome job of breaking down the poses and focusing on alignment. She built intensity and also relaxation in the practice. I loved her teaching tips for the few teachers on the retreat!—Alia Allison, Yoga Teacher
Thank you for bringing together wonderful people from all walks of life and from around the world! The connection and friendship that we shared has inspired and changed my life.—Chinwe Nwazota
Gayle is an extraordinary teacher who makes everyone feel empowered, strong and special!—Christine Costello, USA
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. I loved the program. I’d do it ten times over! I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home.—Kara Ellis, Canada
Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body! —Nicole Hernandez, USA
Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend this retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
Healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.— Joanne Joseph, Australia
Hands down, the best retreat I've ever been to (and I have been to many)! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle's yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual's body and level of practice. Can't wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!—Tricia Desvarieux, Haiti
I love the personal attention Gayle gave to her students, providing not only awesome instruction, but reminding us to be ever present and mindful.—Chrissy Coleman, USA
The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week... a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!—Maria Paula, France
Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect.—Ina Yeijnen, Yoga Teacher in Holland
Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.—Julie Cameron, Canada
Gayle very clearly is a remarkable teacher because she transmits the essences of mindfulness and balance in enough dimensions so you actually get it!—Jerry, USA
I love Gayle’s loving style of teaching. I appreciated the emphasis on various breathing techniques and the balance between physical intensity, relaxation and meditation.—Michael Neria, Israel