We're so happy to have you join us for the EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Retreat.
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This magnificent yoga retreat will take place in the picturesque Italian countryside, along the border of Tuscany and Umbria. A beautifully restored villa awaits your arrival, complete with sprawling vistas over the rolling hills in all directions. Former cantinas and stables on the groundfloor have been transformed into apartments that are works of art. One can immediately see the careful attention that went into restoring, decorating, and preparing these rooms. Two large apartments are divided into different rooms of various size accommodations, each complete with private bathroom and linens.
A large and open art studio awaits those interested in exploring various art mediums while visiting, and also can serve as location for some "art as meditation" courses or a journaling room. The grounds are spacious with plenty of outdoor space to sit alone, relax on the outside terrace overlooking the meadows, or enjoying an open-air lunch. Also, the villa is located on a large estate ground with plenty of hiking available and even a pool to cool you down in the warmer summer months.
Hosts, villa owners Julian and Amanda, will spoil guests with their hospitality, mouth-watering cuisine, and fun-packed side trips. Julian's extensive knowledge of Italian cities and art history will allow for a special and unique look into the surrounding areas. Also, this art instructor will share his love of the medium in his session of “art as meditation”. Don't be surprised when you leave feeling as if you have made friends for life. You'll almost feel part of the family when you stay at their lovely villa.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including light breakfasts and dinners daily (with 2 special restaurant dinners out), as well as some selected lunches. The cuisine is simple, delicious and Italian, using fresh ingredients from the local market in Chiusi, much of which is organically grown. Amanda will prepare dishes like pumpkin risotto, pasta al forno, slow roasted fennel with red onions, salads with wild rocket, pecorino and fresh figs, and more. Selection is seasonal, and you can guarantee to love and appreciate each bite. Not only is the food provided, but also the wine. Guests will enjoy good local wine, from the famous vineyards of Montepulciano, produced less than an hour from the villa.
Guests will not only enjoy the villa and encompassing estate, but also the richness of the Italian cities in nearby regions. Day trips will allow students to add arts, culture, adventure, and natural beauty to their retreat experience. Trips may include visits to small villages, large cities, and outdoor activities, even a thermal spa deep in the heart of Tuscany where guests can swim, drink mineral waters, schedule spa treatments, or simply enjoy the town.
A full day will be spent in one of Italy's most spectacular cities, Florence - the home of the Renaissance. Julian and Erin will be your guides around the city, museums, and outlying walks. Enjoy seeing world famous works of art, as well as monuments, one-of-a-kind lookouts, and feeling the modern bustle of this compact city. An afternoon yoga workshop will be included in a beautiful studio housed in an ancient palace, and we'll end the day with a full dinner at a unique Florentine restaurant.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, meditative, and more vigorous ashtanga styles.* Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size (7 max.), students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice.
Certified yoga instructor, Erin Lewis, will facilitate the classes, helping each student focus on improving their practice and gaining new insights into their bodies and movements. Studying various forms of yoga for over a decade, Erin currently teaches in the ashtanga discipline. Learning under numerous teachers, she studied extensively with the "It's Yoga" school in Florence, Italy and also leads the “Rocket” sequence.**
An Italophile and avid traveler herself, Erin has previously lived in Italy and now travels there from the US as often as she can, splitting her time from a small island in Florida. Not only will she share her love of yoga - but also her love of Italy and the Italian culture.
During a day trip to Florence, students will get to study at the beautiful “It's Yoga” studio in the heart of the city. Studio head, Melissa Ferrer, will lead an afternoon workshop class which you're sure to enjoy and gain much from. Melissa has trained over 500 hours with in the It's Yoga System in San Francisco, Puerto Rico, Stockholm and assisted workshops for DIR Fitness in Barcelona, Spain. She has a background that includes Core Training, Pilates and Gymnastics, as well as Vippassana Meditation.
Please note that because EPM Yoga Retreats are limited to a small number of attendees, to allow for a more personable, intimate experience, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests and us alike work together sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations.
No one books a retreat with the intention of cancelling it, but unexpected events do occur, so please consider purchasing travel insurance (see below) and that it is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policies. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early. We recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. We encourage you to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order that your trip fees will be covered should you or your family have a medical problem prior to your trip or while on the trip. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses in the event you have an accident while on the retreat. Most travel insurance must be purchased within 14 days of making your reservation. We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Retreats will be refunded. Notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to retreat start date. EAT.PRAY.MOVE Retreats cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.