TUSCANY YOGA RETREAT • SUMMER 2017

An experience I will never forget! Perfection—the best hotel and hospitality I’ve ever received anywhere in the world. I would recommend an Exotic Yoga Retreat to anyone who asks! My heart is overflowing as a result of the warmth, connection and spirit of all the wonderful people involved!

—Simon Jarvis, Australia

LUXURY YOGA RETREAT

SAVORING LA BELLA VITA!

JULY 1—7, 2017

Our Tuscany Yoga Retreat blends good health with good living – another way to say La Bella Vita!  Stay in this historic and stunning 800-year old farmhouse turned luxury boutique villa set in the Italian countryside between Florence and Siena. Days are rich in yoga and sunshine, walking, swimming, lounging by the pool, sharing food and wine under the stars and basking in the simple life of Tuscany.

Flow of the Day


MORNINGS
 
begin leisurely with an Italian cappuccino in the quietude of the Tuscan countryside. Take a morning stroll through the fields and forest enjoying the luxury of pure peace and breath-taking beauty.  Late morning we meet in the yoga studio to meditate and practice yoga with an exceptional teacher, Josie Sykes — her spirited yoga classes artfully weaving breath, asana and body awareness into intelligent sequences to open your heart, body and mind!.

AFTERNOONS begin with mouth-watering salads, soups and healthy Tuscan delights! After lunch the afternoon is free to siesta, swim, enjoy a book by the pool or perhaps try your hand at a Mediterranean cooking class with villa chef, Marion Riedmiller. If you wish to venture into the countryside to explore a famous medieval town (Siena, Volterra or San Gimignano), you can either rent a car or hire a private driver. For the more physically adventurous, you can trek in the forests, hike or horseback-ride in the neighborhood. At sunset each day we re-convene for a rejuvenating and informative yoga workshop and pranayama session.

EVENINGS in Tuscany are pure magic as we enjoy our meal, family-style under the stars, appreciating la bella vita!

STAY IN AN ANCIENT VILLA!

Dating back 800 years and originally built as the main house to a large farming estate, this beautiful stone “casali” has been elegantly restored to offer the perfect balance of modern luxury with characteristic charm. Each of the 10-rooms in the house are en-suite, offer full amenities, and all have views of a stunning Tuscan landscape! There is a saltwater pool to lounge by, an organic garden from which our meals are prepared, and endless fields of vineyards, olives and rolling hills to stroll. Located in the heart of Tuscany, one can reach this country estate within 1.5 hours from Siena, Florence or Pisa.

WINE, CULTURE & EXCURSIONS

On our mediterranean-style retreats we try for a good balance of retreat time, down-time and a taste of local cultural. Our experience on this retreat is that most people are perfectly delighted to stay at the villa to enjoy the peace and luxury of the countryside, pool, exquisite food and wine. Others who may have traveled a great distance or are experiencing Italy for the first time, may want to see an ancient medieval town or taste wine on a family vineyard. To give you full freedom to find just the right balance for you, we treat you to a few in-villa experiences—a cooking class at the villa and a wine tasting experience in the villa’s wine cellar with a very charming Italian wine man! For those who would like to explore the region we suggest either renting a car or signing up for a group transport to visit the famous medieval city of Siena (sign up on web site for $75).

Live from Tuscany

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

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We offer you the services or our wonderful travel agent, Justin Harrison. He will meet or beat any airfare you see online, be available to help if your travel is delayed, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance., and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat!  

+1. 917.2168136  |  justin@sojourn.nyc

2017 Retreat Dates

July 1, 5:00 pm – July 7, 8:30 am

 

Arrival Day
2:00 pm Group transport from Santa Maria Novella train station in center of Florence
1:00–4:00 pm Check-in at the villa
5:00–7:00 pm Opening Yoga & Orientation
7:30 pm Welcome Toast & Dinner
Departure Day
8:30 am Breakfast
10:30 am Van departs for SMN train station in Florence
Noon Check out
Help With Travel

We offer you the services or our wonderful travel agent, Justin Harrison. He will meet or beat any airfare you see online, be available to help if your travel is delayed, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance., and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat!    {+1. 917.2168136  |  justin@sojourn.nyc}

 

Retreat Location

Private villa in Tuscany – 1.5 hours from Florence, Siena and Pisa.

 

Arriving from Overseas

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. Also note that depending on where you are traveling to, it may not be realistic to fly out on the day the retreat ends.

 

Arriving to Florence

You can fly directly to Florence from the UK, Amsterdam. Rome and other European cities. Or, fly to Rome, and either take a train to Florence (2.5 hours) or rent a car and drive (3 hours) to the villa.

 

Arriving to the villa

Our villa is located 1.5 hours from Florence.  From Florence you can rent a car if you wish to do your own touring during the retreat – or join our group pick-up at the Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station for $75 roundtrip (sign up here).

Price per Person
$1,995 USD  –  Shared Room for a couple – king bed with ensuite bath (2 people must book this room)
$1,995 USD  –  Shared Room for two friends or solo travelers looking to share – 2 twin beds with ensuite bath
$2,495 USD  –  Single Room for one person – king bed with ensuite bath
 
Included
  • Welcome aperitivo on the terrace
  • Six-nights at a gorgeously renovated luxurious 10-room ancient villa in the Tuscany countryside
  • Elegant and traditionally designed en-suite rooms with daily maid service, AC, hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers & toiletries
  • Salt water pool with spectacular views, massages on-site
  • Chef prepared mediterranean farm-to-table cuisine – all breakfasts, lunches & dinners
  • Local Tuscan wines served with dinner
  • Cooking class with villa chef Marion Riedmiller: The Tuscan Kitchen with a healthy twist!
  • In-villa wine-tasting presenting three of the classicTuscan wines!
  • Two yoga classes daily with yoga expert, Josie Sykes
  • Morning meditation sessions
Not included
  • Airfare to Italy
  • Group transport to and from (SMN) Florence train station for $75 roundtrip (sign up here)
  • Massage, horse-back riding, etc.
  • Wine & alcoholic beverages outside the dinner meal
  • Specialty coffees outside of the breakfast meal
  • Siena day excursion (sign up here)
  • Optional gratuities for the villa staff
Delighted you will join our Exotic Yoga Retreat!
  1. First review our Payment & Cancellation Policy.
  2. Click here to book online with credit card.  Inquire to pay by check or bank transfer.
  3. Book travel right away to get best fares — contact our travel agent, Justin Harrison.
  4. Questions?   (+1) 415-361-3396  |  info@exoticyogaretreats.com.