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.
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.
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.
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
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
- 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
Swimming pool (outdoor)
Ironing / ironing board
Select your Date:
1. Tuesday October 3, 2017
2. Wednesday October 11, 2017
3. Thursday October 19, 2017Group sizes
The maximum participants in the group is 8.1 personShared twin room
Shared villa € 850
2 persons Private twin room
Shared villa € 1,700
3 daily meals
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
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.