Join Jessie Chapman for an inspirational yoga retreat in Tuscany combining dedicated twice daily yoga with beautiful guided walks and cultural tours, pre lunch core strength classes, evening yoga nidra, inspiring sightseeing and wonderful regional food. This is your time to relax, develop your yoga practice and be inspired by beautiful Tuscany and all that is offered.
We stay 7 nights at Villa Benvenuti, a beautifully restored 17th century Villa perched on the hillside outside the medieval city of Lucca (the home of Puccini) with stunning gardens and views, olive groves and vineyards, pool, in-house massage & holistic treatments and lots of areas inside and out to enjoy relaxing in.
The retreat price includes: 7 nights accommodation at the lovely Villa Benvenuti Group pick-up and return transfers to and from Lucca Train & Bus Station Morning and afternoon yoga with Jessie Chapman All delicious vegetarian meals & juices (excluding one lunch & dinner mid-week) Guided daily walks through the beautiful Tuscan hills & villages Pre-lunch core strength classes strengthening lower back & abdominal muscles Mindfullness walking & seated meditations Evening yoga nidra for a good nights sleep All juices, teas, fruits and the villa's own wine with dinner *The group is also often together sharing one of the optional excurions (see below)
*Massage & healing spa treatments are available in-house
A guide to our daily schedule: 7.00 am: morning yoga with Jessie Chapman 9.00 am: fresh juice and delicious buffet breakfast 10.30 am: depart for one of our inspiring walks or daily excursions 1.30 pm: pre-lunch core strength class / restoration yoga 2 pm delicious home cooked vegetarian Italian lunch 3.00 pm: guided walk / enjoy an in-house massage / simply rest 6.00pm: afternoon yoga with Jessie Chapman 7.30 pm: delicious home cooked vegetarian Italian dinner 8.30 pm: yoga nidra for a good nights sleep
Some of the optional excurions available are: As well as all the yoga and guided walks we do each day there are a selection of optional activities & excursions available to book onto during the retreat including a guided history tour of Lucca and cycling around the walled city; a day trip to walk the world heritage Cinque Terra; a visit to the nearby Thermal Spa to experience the healing waters & therapies; a guided tour of Lucca's historical Villas & Gardens; an in-house Tuscan cooking class; an inspiring Wine Tasting & Villa Tour; in-house Italian language class; an evening out in Lucca to hear a Puccini Opera; Guided bike riding around the beautiful Tuscan hills on quiet roads & more...
About the yoga: Yoga is taught by Jessie Chapman who's inspirational Vinyasa / Hatha & Restoration Yoga classes are designed for all levels from the complete beginner to the more experienced practitioner. You are given lots of individual attention and adjustments in the classes and everyone is well looked after. Click here to read more about Jessie and the yoga.
About the locations & accommodation: Villa Benvenuti is located 30 minutes from Pisa and 1 hour from Florence. Everything at Villa Benvenuti has been arranged with nature and simplicity in mind with traditional terracotta tile flooring and wooden beams, simple and elegant furnishings and beautiful outdoor living spaces. The grounds are extensive and lush with both formal and informal garden areas. There are several grassed terraces for enjoying the beautiful vistas, a secret garden waiting to be discovered and a swimming pool set away from the house amongst olive groves and oak trees.
About the food: Our retreat menu is vegetarian with delicious healthy meals based on what is in season and the region’s specialities. As we are in Tuscany, we do indulge in organic cheeses, pasta, breads, wines and other delights, and so this retreat is not a strict cleanse but offers plenty of healthy choices. Food is organic where possible and sourced from the Villa’s vegetable garden or from local producers. Wine, olive oil, herbs, vegetables & fruit are all produced in abundance on the estate and provide the essential ingredients for our deliciously fresh, vegetarian meals, cleansing juices and herbal teas. Special dietary requests can easily be catered for so just let us know when booking.
Retreat cost: 1325 Euro per person Twin Share Room with a Shared Bathroom Between 2 Rooms 1575 Euro per person Twin Share Room with a Private Bathroom 1625 Euro per person for Single Room with Shared Bathroom Between 2 Rooms Click here for currency converter
*Many people coming on their own opt to share a room and we put you with a same gender person. Otherwise you can book a single room.
Not included in the retreat cost: airfares, travel insurance, optional excursions and lunch and dinner on one day when we are often out all day on a tour as a group.
Costs for the optional excursions: Enjoy an insightful guided tour of Lucca Including a cycling tour around the walls. (35 Euro pp) A half-day wine tasting excursion & Villa Tour (10-16 Euro pp). Visit to the nearby Thermal Day Spa for healing waters & therapies (25 Euro pp) A day trip to the World Heritage listed Cinque Terra, walk from village to village (approx 75 pp) Join an in-house Tuscan cooking class with our chef (30 Euro pp) Enjoy a 4 hour scenic bike riding tour (55 Euro pp) An evening out in Lucca to listen to a Puccini Opea (Approx 20 Euro pp) We can arrange a weeks bike hire for you to explore the area during your free time (80 Euro pp) A full list of optional excursions & prices is emailed to you upon registration...
Detailed pick-up details are emailed to you upon registration or email us for more information.Visit our website for details...