Let us reassure you that there will be no rude awakenings at 6AM for your first Yoga class. We’re pretty relaxed, and so is our schedule during this Yoga and wine retreat. Morning sessions takes place between 8AM and 10AM followed by al-fresco breakfast. If your body is telling you to sleep in that day, that’s perfectly fine! We’re not keeping count and it certainly ain’t a competition. To ease you into the retreat (and help with a possible jetlag), we’ve scheduled rejuvenating massages and pool time relaxation on the 2nd day of the retreat. The Yoga deck is always available if you feel the need to practice in private, or simply chill in the hammock with a good book.
DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT
Our goal is to connect you with like-minded people by whisking you away to stunning destinations where you can unwind and share memorable experiences together. That’s the essence of our Yoga and wine retreats. We encourage you to minimise usage of your phone and other digital devices. Travelling enriches the soul and we want you to fully embrace this Tuscany retreat experience. Meet new people, make new friends, and connect the way we’re meant to: in real life. The wine will certainly help with flowing conversations! Maraviglia’s lush surroundings make it easy to forget about your to-do lists back home. This is the time to recharge your batteries and head back home refreshed and reconnected.
Instruction Level: all levels
Instruction Language: English
Every day will be different, the below is a sample schedule only:
9.00 Yoga Class
10.15 Al-Fresco organic Breakfast
11.15 Poolside relaxation
12.00 Excursion with lunch (or in case of no excursions, lunch is at the venue)
18.00 Cooking Class or healthy dinner with a glass of wine
20.00 Evening meditation
The retreat is spread over two traditional Italian villas, located near the charming village of Monte San Savino, province of Arezzo, Italy. Magnificent views over the surrounding countryside during the day, star-filled sky and rejuvenating silence during the night.
We’ll spend most of our time at the main villa, Maraviglia, a peaceful and serene country house immersed in an olive grove. Surrounded by oak trees, the venue provides a newly built Yoga deck, infinity pool with loungers, al-fresco dining area, living room and plenty of spaces to read a good book.
The neighbouring venue, Il Capoverso, is a 2-min walk away. This beautiful property consists of 3 separate apartments with a selection of single and twin rooms. The lush green garden comes with a large pool with sun loungers.
Meals are organic and lovingly cooked with ingredients from the venue's organic gardens.
We have a combination of private, twin and triple rooms, and the choice of shared versus private bathroom.
Florence 45-60 min
Perugia 45-60 min
Pisa 2 hours
Bologna 2 hours
Rome 2 hours
Transfers and flights are not included in the price, however, we can arrange pick-ups at:
Monte S.Savino Train Station (€25 / $45 p.p.)
Arezzo Train station (€25 / $45 p.p. 2 people minimum, 6 max per trip.)
Florence “Peretola” Airport (€45 / $85 p.p. 4 people minimum, 6 max per trip.)
National Railway booking system: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
THE ORGANISER: Retreat Here, a Melbourne-based company dedicated to creating Yoga and Wine experience to connect like-minded people in real life, all the while enjoying a digital detox experience.
YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND HOST
Your Yoga Teacher and Co-Host for our Yoga and Wine retreat in Tuscany is Jackie Barbour. Born in Scotland and now living in London, Jackie first fell in love with yoga during a trip to India (Kerala). With the memories of the trip still fresh, upon her return to London she jumped at the opportunity to learn more about this beautiful practice. Little did she know how this 'taster in yoga' would become an integral part of her day to day life.
She completed a 300hr YTT in India and a further 200hrs at Sangye Yoga School London. Her goal is to help and inspire people through yoga in the same way that it helped her, ultimately taking yoga off the mat and completely into one’s life.
ORGANISER AND CO-HOST
Sabijn Linssen (Sab) is the founder of Retreat Here, and co-coordinator for this Yoga retreat in Tuscany. She has worked in the travel and event industry for more than 15 years and is currently doing her own Yoga Teacher Training.
Jackie and Sab are both massive advocates of a balanced lifestyle which is why they joined forces on these Yoga and Wine retreats.
''Had a wonderful time at the Yarra Valley Retreat. So well organise thanks Sab. Loved the yoga.. Clare is a fantastic instructor. Yoga, wine and great company perfect combination.'' - Cess
''Had a lovely weekend at Yarra Valley Lodge. Perfect mix of yoga and wine! Thanks to Sab and the lovely Claire!'' - Lisa
''Just finished a fantastic retreat with Sab and Claire from Retreat Here. Sab and Claire felt like old friends from the moment we meet them. The yoga plus wine concept really makes for a relaxed feel and I absolutely loved getting to know all the women on the retreat. I can’t wait until the next yoga retreat. Thanks ladies-it was a weekend to remember.'' - Rory
''I would highly recommend booking a yoga and wine retreat with Retreat Here! I participated in the day retreat at Bellarine Estate and the day went smoothly beginning with our boat trip all the way to the vineyard experience and wine tastings. Sab is quick to answer questions and makes you feel taken care of. Claire is a fantastic instructor and teaches for all levels and the location was beautiful for practicing outside under the eucalyptus trees.'' - Leslie
"Enjoyed a well-organised and fun yoga & wine retreat with Sab & Claire - highly recommended!" - Linda
''Thank you for a wonderful weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. My mind is rested and relaxed and my heart is filled with happy memories.'' - Marg
Price Range: USD $1695 - USD $2195
YOGA RETREAT TUSCANY INCLUSIONS
-7-Nights in a traditional Italian Villa (single, double or triple)
-Welcome Tour and drink
-Daily Room Service
-Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (starting with dinner on day of arrival)
-Morning and/or evening Yoga and meditation
-Wine (in moderation of course, it’s still a Yoga retreat) is included with dinners at the villa
-Unlimited coffee, tea, water
-1 x 60-min relaxation massage
-Optional Excursion to local thermal baths
-1 x Wine Tasting at villa
-Winery Tour to local abbey – incl. packed lunch, wine tasting and tasting platter
-1 x Organic Cooking Class and Vegetable Garden Tour (forage your food and eat what you cook)
-1 x Dinner in local town excl. wine
-Use of Yoga Deck outside scheduled classes
-Use of Infinity Pool
WHAT’s NOT INCLUDED
-Your flights (although we’re happy to give you advice)
-Transfers to and from the retreat on day of arrival/departure (again, we can help you with this at an extra cost)
-Wine/Drinks during dinner in town
-Any other incidentals that are not part of the package