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Ananda Expeditions crafts travel experiences that balance engagement, adventure, and rejuvenation. Winner of Shape Magzine’s Healthy Travel award in the category of “Best Curated Experience”  – this retreat offers active, expansive travel with purpose!

Join Michael Hoyer for a 7-day yoga adventure in Tuscany. Enjoy twice daily daily Vinyasa yoga classes (all-levels), adventurous hiking and sightseeing excursions led by local guides. The week includes an array of culinary and cultural experiences plus ample time for relaxing or exploring the area on your own.


During the week, we’ll practice daily, explore the walled city of Lucca by bike with a local guide, walk to a neighboring winery for a tour and tasting, learn how to cook traditional Tuscan dishes from Maria Angela, and take a day-trip to the breathtaking beaches and cliff-side villages of Cinque Terre. You can also opt in for additional outings — including an evening out at the opera in Lucca, an excursion to the artists’ community of Pietrasanta, and/or massage treatments on-site.


In addition to its picturesque locale in the hills above Lucca, the villa boasts comfortable lodging and common spaces in four beautifully-renovated buildings.  There is an outdoor salt-water pool we feat and we have access to a fully-equipped yoga studio, as well as multiple outdoor spaces should we prefer to practice outdoors overlooking the valley below.

This is your chance to take your practice abroad and treat yourself to the active vacation you’ve been craving!

Typical Daily Schedule:

Day 1 — Saturday
Plan to arrive at the Lucca train station to catch the group transfer to the villa, or make your own way. Check-in at the villa at 4 PM. Settle into your room, then unwind with a relaxed, grounding yoga practice. Enjoy your first farm-to-table vegetarian meal, complete with local olive oil and wine, before retiring for a good night’s sleep.

Days 2 – 6 — Sunday – Friday
While the schedule is subject to change, here’s an outline of the two types of typical days:

Variant 1 (Most Days):
8:30 AM — Morning Yoga
9 AM — Breakfast
10:30 AM-1:30 PM — Guided Walk / Cooking Class / Free Time
1:30/2 PM — Lunch
5-7 PM — All-Levels Yoga Practice (including pose demonstrations +  long savasana)
7:30 PM — Dinner

Variant 2 (Day-Trip Day):
6:30 AM — Quick Breakfast
7 AM — Depart for Cinque Terre Day Trip
7 PM — Return to Villa
7:30 PM — Dinner

Day 7 — Saturday
After a slightly earlier, farewell breakfast, we will check out at 9:30 AM. You can  join the group transfer back to central Lucca, or continue on your own way.

Tags: cinque terre italy meditation retreat tuscany vegetarian vinyasa yoga wellness yoga

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