TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT
AUGUST 24—30, 2014
YOGA, CULTURE & CUISINE
Imagine an enchanting ancient villa perched on a hilltop in Tuscany, surrounded by 750-acres of rolling hills, bio-dynamic fields and vineyards with endless fields to walk, towns to explore and tastes to treasure! Experience the flavors and fun of Tuscany on this spirited vinyasa Tuscany Yoga Retreat with the beloved San Francisco teacher, Pete Guinosso!
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. . .
A week in Italy eating home-grown Italian tomatoes drizzled with organic olive oil grown a stone’s throw away from our beautiful stone villa. Hike, swim and explore the Tuscan countryside and medieval villages — as you open to the bliss and beauty of vinyasa yoga with Pete Guinosso — a talented and spirited teacher who creates a spiritual yet light-hearted environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of yoga. Imagine. . .
MORNINGS begin with a cappuccino (of course) and a serenity walk through endless rolling fields, followed by a dynamic vinaysa practice in the beautiful ancient stone shalla with Pete and his lovely assistant – and wife – Stephanie. Following yoga we will enjoy an Italian accented healthy farm-to-table brunch outside on the terrace overlooking the lake.
AFTERNOONS Afternoons can be spent relaxing, reading, swimming, hiking or exploring the famous nearby medieval towns of San Gimignano and Volterra. At sunset we will re-convene in the yoga shala for a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga and meditation practice together.
EVENINGS are pure magic, as we share our meal and family style under the stars—appreciating the simple life of sumptuous tastes, good food and great company!
INCLUDED IN THE TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT
- One free group transfer to and from Florence airport day of arrival and departure
- Six nights at a beautiful eco-retreat villa surrounded by rolling hills, forests & bio-dynamic vineyards
- All meals, organic, bio-dynamic and vegetarian farm-to-table (even the wheat is grown on-site!)
- 2 yoga classes daily with Pete Guinosso
- Morning serenity walks through 700 acres of Tuscan nature
- Assists during yoga classes with Stephanie Guinosso
- Two pptional add-on excursions to sight-see in the famous medieval towns of San Gimignano & Volterra
- Founder of Exotic Yoga Retreats, Gayle Olson, on-site as your host
YOGA WITH PETE GUINOSSO
Known for his joyful energy, skilled touch and sense of humor, Pete Guinosso creates a spiritual yet light-hearted environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of yoga. Pete’s teaching style is best described as a Forrest Yoga Inspired Vinyasa Flow. If you’re new to yoga and not quite sure what that means, the best way to explain his classes is they are designed to help you journey toward connecting your mind, body and spirit through breath work and awareness. Powerful sequences are designed to create a fluid practice of meditative movement, while also cultivating an awareness of alignment. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, but no matter what, we always work on building strength and flexibility. And we always sweat! Pete believes that vigorous asanas (poses) are a pathway to helping us overcome our self-imposed limitations; through a challenging yoga practice, we can see our potential to overcome any difficulty.
BASIC PACKAGE – YOGA HOUSE
A great option for the budget traveler, stay in the newly constructed Yoga House situated on a small lake about a 3-minute walk to the main villa. While accommodation in the Yoga House is simpler than in the luxury villa, it is a beautifully constructed stone house with original Tuscan materials and characteristics. The Yoga House contains seven bedrooms, 2-3 people per room, with shared bathrooms. There is a large kitchen where meals are prepared by an Italian cook with all organic and local ingredients. (There is not access to the swimming pool at the villa, but there is a wonderful pond to swim in!)
Your meals will be served at the Yoga House, a short 3-minute walk from the villa. There is also a restaurant in the main villa with a terrace and views of the valley below. Prices for the luxury package are based on double accommodation. Single accommodation is available as well. Please inquire with Exotic Yoga Retreats.Staying Stay in the ancient luxury villa and savor the style, luxury, and charm of a perfectly restored 15th-century Tuscan villa. Rooms are exquisitely restored with original materials and charm, while being fully equipped with modern amenities and beautiful en-suite bathrooms. You will have access to all of the villa’s parlors, library, music room, and the lovely swimming pool set into the cliffs below the 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.
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PRICE: €1,200 | $1,680
AUGUST 24—30, 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!
WHY THIS RETREAT?
Not your "standard" yoga retreat- Pete encourages you to laugh, play, share, let loose, dress up, build bonds, break down walls, climb mountains (sometimes literally!) and take time to tap into a deep sense of gratitude, no matter where you are, or what the landscape is. When I joined my first retreat with him I only knew one other person going, but left with a large group of friends and an even larger sense of community that I continue to be a part of long after. I loved every minute of the experience and look forward to many more retreats with him in the future!— Laura S., 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
Pete is as graceful a human being as you could ever hope to have in your life. He has taught me how to have a light heart, how to laugh at myself, and he introduced me to resources that have dramatically transformed my life. His teaching is bright and shiny, playful and understanding. He gives you the space to process on your mat and makes it feel safe to do so. Pete is a community-builder and he supports the people he shares space and time with. He really lives from his heart. Don't think about taking his classes or hopping on for one of his workshops/retreats....just go! — Jessie D.
In a beautiful atmosphere with a loving and open heart, Pete, and his beautiful assistant/wife Stephanie equally offered professional training, insight, and introspection for our unique, dynamic, and creative New Years Retreat. It offered us the opportunity to burst into the year 2013! We had a great time on the retreat! Our New Years Vision Boards hang in our bedrooms today and we each draw on the teachings, tools, and laughter we gained from our experiences which continue to inform us as we walk through our conscious dreams in life! I look forward to our next opportunity! Love and thanks.— Erin L.
“Thank you for creating one of the most impactful weeks of my life. What you do and what you bring out in others is truly magical!”—Julie Cameron, Canada