La Dolce Vita Retreat
May 23 @ 3:00 pm - May 30 @ 11:00 am
Join me and Meredith Klein (www.pranaful.com) for a very special 7 night gathering in Italy this summer!
What we planned is a beautiful and authentic trip to the heart of one of the most amazing places on earth, Tuscany! But not only Tuscany, a hidden side of Tuscany most tourists don’t get the opportunity to discover. The real, authentic, undisturbed side of Tuscany.
Some say you can fall in love with a place just as you can with a person. This is certainly true of Toscana! And what happened to me when I first arrived here in 2015.
The tastes, sights and people of Tuscany will nourish your spirit and renew your sense of inner joy. Experiencing life under the Tuscan sun is something that stays with you forever.
In Italy, you slow down to enjoy each breath, each sip of vino, each taste of antipasto. You may in fact realize that you are actually home: the home of your heart.
And life will never be the same after that. Tuscany teaches us to savor each moment and live inspired by the details that might have otherwise passed us by.
- Daily yoga and meditation practices
- Accommodation in a luxury private villa
- Meals prepared at the villa by Meredith, our own private ayurvedic chef. How lucky are we?!
- Cultural experiences & excursions (always optional and most included in cost of retreat)
We have put a lot of thought and heart into this gathering and have curated several very special Tuscan experiences for you. Here is a sampling to give you an idea of what’s in store for you.. (for more about our itinerary please feel free to email me)
Saturnia: We will take a trip to the world famous waterfalls and thermal baths of Saturnia, a complete natural paradise. These waterfalls rush into pools etched into travertine rock over the centuries and have created a natural spa, where the water is warm and the view is to die for. These natural hot thermal springs come from a deep underground source containing Sulphur and other minerals and are believed to cure many physical ailments. The pools have been literally used since Roman times. We will enjoy the pools and have a light picnic lunch. After the visit we will return to our villa for a gentle restorative yin yoga practice and a delicious family style dinner.
The Farm: Following our morning yoga practice in the late morning we’ll visit a very special fully organic farm and historical reserve run by Lorenzo Caponetti and his family. Lorenzo and his team believe in creating new and innovative methods of engaging with the land by using both contemporary skills and traditional methods to bring the past to life. Lorenzo will tour the land with us and tell us about his farming methods and what the farm produces. We will then enjoy a delicious lunch at the farm. The concept of the kitchen is that nothing goes to waste.
The team is known for creating memorable dishes making the most of the ingredients on hand and honoring both classic traditional Tuscan dishes but also surprising guests with a bit of the unexpected. Ingredients and products used are exclusively from the farm or neighboring growers. All local and all in season, the way we were always meant to eat.
In the afternoon we will return to our villa, but we may stop for a quick dip in the sea before our evening yoga practice and our family style dinner at the villa.
Sun & Sea: We’ll soak in the clear Mediterranean sea and take in the sun, relaxing, reading, collecting shells and simply unplugging from normal life and everyday stress. In the afternoon on our way back from the sea will will stop to take a stroll and enjoy a gelato in the quaint medieval town of Capalbio. This ancient village is one of my favorite highlights of this region. It will make you feel a bit like a time traveler.
The great walls and grey stone tower protect this small village as they have done since the middle ages. As we walk through the ancient gates, you enter a world of narrow alleyways and stone arches, old doors, tiny cobbled squares and ancient edifices embellished with flower vases and beautifully green shutters. Every little detail seems to be there just for our enjoyment.
This village isn’t about famous sights, it’s a place to soak in the atmosphere, and enjoy the tranquility and views. A taste of what Tuscany is really all about.
Lavender fields forever: Few people are aware of just how much lavender is now cultivated in southern Tuscany. For this amazing experience we will visit the lavender fields near Tuscania. Amid picturesque horizons and evocative stillness, we will spend some time walking though the fields experiencing the sounds, smells, and natural beauty. We’ll also do a mindfulness practice in this very special location. From here we will take a short drive to Tuscania where we will visit Etruscan ruins and learn about this very special region between Rome and Tuscany.
$2450 for single bed in double occupancy bedroom with en suite bath
$3500 for a private bedroom with en suite bath
For more details and to secure your spot, please send me a private message.
A small deposit of $500 secures your spot for this intimate and special yoga and wellness retreat.
(Note: some excursions may be at an additional cost but always optional).
- May 23 @ 3:00 pm
- May 30 @ 11:00 am