Join Grace & Greg (part of the fabric of the Community of Hearts Yoga family) for a full week of yoga, adventure & relaxation in Tuscany, Italy! This retreat is an opportunity for transformative healing and reconnection in the beautiful & tranquil countryside of Tuscany. The retreat will include ample opportunity to explore the area, to sample & savour the wine & culinary delights that Tuscany is famous for, as well as a chance to relax & steep in the sweetness of the Tuscan countryside in summertime. The retreat will include daily yoga practices to inspire self-nurture and growth, with plenty of down time to relax & enjoy!
OUR INVITATION & INTENTION
It is our intention to offer a therapeutic, nourishing and uplifting vacation and yoga experience. Through transformational yoga practice and an opportunity to reconnect with your body and heart we hope to offer you revitalization, self-nourishment and a profound connection to your heart, your life and yourself. With plenty of opportunity to enjoy fun adventures and practices together we will cultivate lasting connections with each other and foster a community of support, love and acceptance. This retreat will offer plenty of flexibility so that you may choose to spend your time relaxing by the pool at the Villa, walking through the countryside or the nearby city of Lucca or exploring the art, history & beauty of Tuscany.
ABOUT VILLA BENVENUTI
The retreat will be held at Villa Benvenuti in Tuscany, Italy. Villa Benvenuti is a fully restored 17th-Century villa and is part of 28-hectare private estate, completely surrounded by forests and natural woodlands. The villa sits high on a hillside overlooking a panorama of olive groves, fruit trees and vineyards. The natural surroundings and secluded setting create an atmosphere of calm and stillness, making it ideal for yoga, spiritual practice, activities or relaxation. The villa has 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, as well as generous indoor and outdoor living spaces for your enjoyment. In addition, the villa has a pool which can be used at your leisure. Yoga and meditation is practiced in several indoor and outdoor spaces – each with a unique atmosphere of peace and tranquility for centering the mind and body.
Benvenuti is ideally located 30 minutes from Pisa, 1.5 hrs from Florence, 15 minutes from the beautiful medieval city of Lucca and 1.5 hrs from the breath-taking Cinque Terre region.
Check out Villa Benvenuti: http://www.villabenvenuti.com
Wine, olive oil, herbs, vegetables & fruit are all produced in abundance on the estate and provide the essential ingredients for our deliciously fresh, primarily vegetarian meals. The villa is happy to cater for gluten free and other special dietary requirements. We are hosted by a wonderful local cook who prepares dishes typical of the region during the retreats using fresh pickings either from our organic garden or local producers. We also make our own fresh juices and cleansing herbal teas using fresh herbs and fruit from our garden. The villa is very relaxed and informal and participants are free to help themselves to fresh fruit, water and herbal teas throughout the day.
We will have private & exclusive use of the villa & the property during our stay. The villa has a number of comfortable & elegantly designed common areas, including the study, an outside pool, the drawing room with a patio overlooking the grounds, & the terrace; perfect for enjoying a glass of Tuscan wine at the end of a fulfilling day while you watch the sunset. Benvenuti has 7 tastefully furnished bedrooms which can easily accommodate single, double & twin rooming configurations.
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Massages and holistic treatments are available in-house during your retreat with our team of experienced therapists. We can arrange restorative treatments that help you recuperate and relax, lengthen muscle fibres and improve your yoga practice. Treatments can be booked upon your arrival and are conducted in a light-filled massage room located external to the main villa in the secret garden.
Each full day will consist of 2-3 yoga classes. Most days typically include an early morning gentle asana, meditation and pranayama practice, an intensive 2-3 hour class and one shorter practice. The practices will be scheduled at various times to accommodate excursion options and time to enjoy the pool, grounds etc. We will do our best to accommodate all levels and include various types of practices to serve your needs. All classes are optional and all-levels are welcome!
There are many options to enjoy the diverse offerings of beauty, history, & tranquility of the area. You can simply relax & enjoy the pool, take a leisurely stroll through the adjacent olive groves or explore the area & the Italian culture through the many excursions we will make available during our time together. With the medieval city of Lucca only 15 minutes from the villa, you can easily arrange trips to town at your leisure. A guided tour of the city is included in the retreat price. Enjoy the picturesque Italian countryside & local area on foot or via pedal; the villa offers a full-week bicycle rental for €80 & more serious hikes can be arranged with local guides. In addition, we will offer an optional wine tasting excursion, visits to various areas in the region, as well as various other excursions to explore the nearby villages & sites. Details of the excursions options & schedule will be provided at a later date.
Support your self-care & relaxation with a little self-pampering. Massage & holistic therapy options are available on-site. There will be yoga offered on some of the evenings during the retreat. We will also set aside one evening to enjoy a group dinner in town.
For more information about Lucca: https://www.discovertuscany.com/lucca
The closest airports are Pisa & Florence. Train schedules from these locations to Lucca run throughout the day. Transportation from Lucca train station will be arranged by the Villa staff, in collaboration with your yoga instructors. Private transfers from the airport(s) can also be arranged. Contact Grace for further information.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR RETREATS…..
“It was an amazing and life-changing retreat. I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga. Grace and Greg were so great at explaining the moves, so great to have this insight.” Lori
“The retreat for me was a treasured time and experience that keeps my well full….my gratitude for the energy, integrity, thoughtfulness, creativity and sheer joy that Grace and Greg shared with us through their instruction, leadership and personal care for the physical and emotional well-being of us all”. – Janine
“Their stories, insights and general teachings were wonderful. They were always approachable, they modified practices to include everyone’s experience levels and were available for chats or individual help”.
“It was excellent! What I learned most is that I need more time for self-care. I got more out of the trip than I had anticipated”. –Chloe
Space for this retreat is limited! Reserve your space today!
*All prices are in Euros and include taxes*
Twin/Double shared room w/ a shared bathroom: €1190 pp
Twin/Double shared room w/ a private bathroom: €1490 pp
Private Single room w/ shared bathroom: €1590 pp
Private Single room w/ private bathroom: €1890 pp
OUR PRICE INCLUDES:
– 7 nights’ accommodation + all linen
– 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day (excluding one dinner eaten out mid-week)
– Guided tour & transfer to the nearby medieval city of Lucca
-All yoga practices & assistance of the retreat leaders
– Aperitivo with Prosecco on the last night followed by celebratory farewell dinner at the villa
– Freshly squeezed juice at breakfast
– Wine (produced from the estate) at dinner
– Unlimited fruit, water and herbal teas throughout the day
– Use of the swimming pool and all facilities within the grounds of the villa
– Meet at the beginning of the retreat & return after the retreat from Lucca Train station to Villa Benvenuti
– Tourist tax & Italian sales tax
OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
– Travel insurance
– Airport transfers
– Excursions outside the villa or transportation for excursions other than those specified
-Dinner out on one evening
– Massages and holistic treatments
– Other travel related expenses
We offer a payment plan to help break down your investment into more manageable installments. Payments will be due in three installments & are bound within the due dates expressed below.
-All payments will be made directly to Grace Rosewarne. Cheque, cash & online money transfers are accepted. Any fees associated with payment will be assumed by the client.
Grace brings an enthusiastic and heart-felt quality to her classes. Her teaching emphasizes physical alignment fused with a spiritually uplifting attitude to facilitate ones optimal state of health, harmony and joy. Her intention is to uplift and empower her students to align with their highest self that they may realize their potential to live an engaged and joyful life. Her teaching is rooted in Shaiva Tantra yoga which celebrates and affirms the sacred and dynamic beauty inherent in all of life!
Grace has been a dedicated and passionate student of yoga for over a decade. She was originally certified in Vinyasa Hatha Yoga, but has since turned her studentship toward a more therapeutic and alignment based approach to yoga asana, primarily rooted in Anusara yoga® and Ashaya yoga®. She received her Hatha Yoga certification from Michelle Cormack and an Anusara certification with Todd Norian and is a licensed Ashaya Yoga teacher. Over the last ten years she has immersed herself in the growth of her practice and teaching through hundreds of study hours in yoga asana, therapeutics, anatomy and philosophy. She is completing her Advanced Teacher Training in the Ashaya yoga method with world renowned teacher Todd Norian.
Originally from Vancouver, Greg has been teaching yoga for over 5 years while maintaining a career as an actor/singer/dancer throughout the U.S. and Canada. He completed his Teacher Training in Blissology yoga; an alignment-based Vinyasa style of yoga. Greg’s classes emphasize a strong connection to breath awareness while in a light-hearted and moderately paced asana flow. His intention is to help his students to joyfully evolve and challenge their practice, while offering students the tools to find a physical practice that serves their unique needs. He hopes to inspire his students to cultivate loving energy by celebrating and sharing their unique gift with the world.