6 Days 'Back to Nature' Yoga Retreat in the Apennines in Garfagnana, Tuscany

Asana promises you six days (5 nights) of rural Italian living in Garfagnana, Tuscany, 'The land where time stands still'. Enjoy Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, with an emphasis on well being, fun and camaraderie, rather than on physical stamina, in an enchanting place that gives you the 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 our local mountain, and forest, which includes local specialties such as chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, and spelt products. We offer light pre-yoga breakfast snacks (herbal teas, good, strong coffee for the addicts, homemade muesli, fruit, and yogurt). For lunch, you will enjoy buffet consisting of delicious vegetarian/vegan homecooked food.

During dinner, you will be offered delicious vegetarian/vegan homecooked food. One of our evening meals will be cooked in a cauldron in the forest (weather permitting), and another evening meal will be Indian ayurvedic style. 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

3 daily meals

5 nights accommodation

Magical evening in the forest with music, and song

Chance to experience a sauna in the forest

Daily yoga classes and workshops

Guided walk to a gorgeous medieval village

Herbal teas or coffee

Beginners' Italian free of charge

Transfers from train station

Guided walk to Castiglione

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12. 

Languages

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

Asana Tuscany Yoga Retreat in Italy Schedule

08:30 Gentle stretching and morning meditation
09:00 Breakfast
10:00 Yoga
11:30 Coffee/tea break
12:00 Meditation
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Free time
15:30 Workshop
17:00 Free time
18:00 Yoga
20:00 Dinner
21:30 Evening meditation

Features

Activities

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

5 nights accommodation

Magical evening in the forest with music, and song

Chance to experience a sauna in the forest

Daily yoga classes and workshops

Guided walk to a gorgeous medieval village

Herbal teas or coffee

Beginners' Italian free of charge

Transfers from train station

Guided walk to Castiglione

What's not included

Travel arrangements to and from the retreat

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.

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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.