8 Days Mountain Living Yoga Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

Asana HTV promise you a week of rural Italian living in 'The land where time stands still' - Garfagnana, Tuscany's best kept secret, in the province of Lucca. This, combined with Hatha, and Vinyasa flow yoga with an emphasis on well being, fun and comraderie, rather than on physical stamina, offers you an incredible opportunity to slow down, and reconnect with the land, and yourself.

Daily Yoga 

The yoga programme that we have selected for you is a combination of traditional Hatha yoga with Vinyasa or flow Yoga. The main difference between traditional Hatha and Vinyasa or flow Yoga is the amount of time spent in each pose. Vinyasa yoga is a faster paced type of Yoga in that co-ordinated breath brings you swiftly from one pose to the next. This form of yoga has been embraced by the West in recent years possibly because Western yoga gives a lot of importance to the physical and mental benefits of the practice. The more traditional Hatha yoga embraces stillness even though it can also be strenuous in its own right and sees the goal of yoga as more spiritual rather than physical or mental. Our special combination yoga class strengthens the body while at the same time rendering it more flexible, relaxes the mind by slowing down the incessant internal chatter, promotes better breathing patterns as the flow of postures are carefully co-ordinated with the breath. For those seeking a deeper/more spiritual practice, both the more meditative aspects of the class as well as our very special location close to the river Ganges, enhance a sense of inner peace and stillness.

Food

The retreat offers healthy, but delicious, Italian food coming from their local mountain, and forest, which includes local specialities such as chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, and spelt products. They offer light pre-yoga breakfast snacks (herbal teas, good, strong coffee for the addicts, homemade muesli, fruit, and yoghurt). For brunch, you will enjoy buffet consisting of delicious vegetarian homecooked food.

During dinner, you will be offered delicious vegetarian homecooked food. One of their evening meals will be cooked in a cauldron in the forest (weather permitting), and another evening meals will be Indian ayurvedic style. They offer you pizza (after a fifteen minute walk under the stars) at their local village pizzeria on one of the evenings. All meals are organic, and local as much as possible.

Location 

This retreat will take place in Tuscany, Italy. Villa Prunecchio is a restored farmhouse perched above the Garfagnana valley in the province of Lucca, with southern aspect, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

This place has to be seen and felt to be believed. The view and sunny aspect are magnificent but it is only after a while you tune into the various sounds, and sights the immediate vicinity has to offer: crickets, wild boar, deer, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, spades, axes, scythes. Cars cannot come down to the hamlet which makes it stand apart in its old worldliness.

Situated in the tiny hamlet of Prunecchio, and just a 15 minute walk to the village of Chiozza, the house is a haven for those in search of peace, and tranquility in a gorgeous Tuscan setting. Several walking routes from the house will take you along ancient mule tracks to medieval bridges, and villages, through chestnut forests, and way marked trails.

Language, Cooking, and Yoga Retreat Italy

7 days with instruction
Daily yoga classes
Slow living meditation
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Beginners Italian language class
A guided tour to the stunning city of Lucca
Homemade pasta cookery demonstration
Bonfire, music, and sauna in the forest
7 nights accommodation
3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 8. 

Languages

  • Instruction language: English
  • Spoken languages: French, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, English

Asana HTV Tuscany Yoga Retreat in Italy Schedule

07:00 - 07:30 Herbal teas and light breakfast snacks available
07:30 - 11:00 Morning practices: asana, pranayama, and meditation (with tea break) and workshop
11:30 - 13:00 Brunch buffet

13:00 - 18:30 Italian lessons or cookery lessons or walks in nature (including afternoon tea break) time for relaxation
18:30 - 19:45 Evening yoga
20:00 - 21:00 Dinner
21:00 - 22:30 Music around the fire, evening meditation

Features

Activitie

Cooking classes
Mountain walking
Sauna
Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

Balcony
Barbeque facilities
Dining area
Garden
Kitchen
Multilingual staff
Pet friendly
Patio

Services

Child care
Internet access
Ironing / ironing board
Laundry
Parking lot
Room cleaning
Tour assistance

What's included

3 daily meals
nights accommodation
Beginners' Italian classes
Bonfire magical evening in the forest with music, and song
Chance to experience a sauna in the forest
Cooking demonstration of homemade pasta
Daily yoga classes and workshops
Guided walk to a gorgeous medieval village
Herbal teas or coffee
Transfers from train station
Trip to Lucca and a guided walk to Castiglione

What's not included

Airfare
Airport transfer

Cancellation Policy

A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.

Thing To Do Here (Optional)

Apart from the walk to Castiglione which is included on the program, there is also an optional wonderful two-hour walk to the medieval village of Sillico where there is a restaurant which offers divine homemade pasta. San Pellegrino, at 1500 metres, home of a twelfth century monastery is a fifteen minute drive from Prunecchio.

 

 

How To Get There

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Pisa International Airport (PSA). If you wish to get picked up from Pisa International Airport (PSA), please let them know in advance, and they will let you know the price depending on how many people are arriving at a similar time.

Arrival by train

Pick up from the train station is free of charge. You can get a train to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana where you will be collected.