About This Event

Vitality – a retreat to celebrate life!
Enjoy and relax! Let yourself be guided into deep meditation, practice yoga amid wild olive groves, celebrate Guru Purnima, the feast of gratitude, at full moon.

Open up to the sensuality of Italy, dance together in sunny Tuscany with its picturesque charm, wild beaches and fragrant abundance.
In the Enlighten Life Retreat with Madhukar in Tuscany you learn to find inner peace and to enjoy freedom.

In Madhukar’s presence you’ll be able to easily relax into silence. His clear guidance shows you how to sustain harmony in your daily life.

"Each encounter with Madhukar has revealed more peace inside of me. Ever since I met him I am a free and happy man." A participant

Event Highlights

  • Guided meditation
  • 2 Satsangs daily with a master
  • Magic full moon party
  • Gratitude festivities
  • Experience a tranquil state of consciousness
  • Find inner peace and uncover natural authenticity
  • Learn how to sustain harmony in your daily life.
  • Common trips to the beach
  • Art excursion
  • Visit in Italy’s best ice cream parlor
  • Daily yoga
  • Mantra singing
  • Daily delicious vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • 14 Nights accommodation

Schedule

The retreat starts July 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. (check in from 4 p.m.) and ends July 20, 2019, after the common brunch in the garden at 11 a.m. Retreat languages are English, Dutch, German and Italian.

In the morning, you will enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and then we meditate together.

For lunch you can order you meal at our country estate or in one of the typical Tuscany villages in the surroundings.

In the afternoon you have the opportunity to discover the unique beauty of Tuscany, such as bathing in hot springs in breathtaking natural settings, take a trip to the sea, visiting the cultural and historical attractions in the region or simply relax at the pool in the pristine nature of the high valley.

It is recommended to rent a car for your excursions, but you also can join other retreat participants and go on trips together.

In the evening, true peace reveals itself during Satsang with Madhukar: Thoughts fade and give way to inner silence. And that is your greatest bliss in this marvelous idyll!

Satsang, consisting of meditative silence and support, is held twice daily.
Let‘s explain: Satsangs are gatherings where busy minds cool down. Through silence, meditation, dialogue, music and perhaps ecstatic dance.

Optionally you can participate in daily Yoga classes in stunning nature.
You are welcome to join!

Guru Purnima is the shining highlight of the retreat. These three full moon days are a celebration of pure joy and sincere gratitude. The festive ceremony is based on an established ancient eastern ritual. Traditionally, the Guru is venerated as the expeller of ignorance since he frees you from ignorance and the chains of attachment. He lightens and enlightens you and your life, and bestows his blessing on you.

What's Included

  • Meditation guidance
  • Satsang with Madhukar twice a day
  • Guru Purnima Celebration
  • Full moon Party
  • 14 Nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • Coffee and tea during breakfast
  • Fresh spring water
  • Swimming pool
  • Yoga Classes (yoga mats are available on-site)

What's Not Included

Travel expenses and transfers
Insurances of any kind
Medical care (if needed)
Visa
All personal belongings and expenses
Lunch
Meals and travel costs for and during common and private excursions
Other drinks than the free coffee and tea for lunch and dinner
Laundry service
Towels for the swimming pool

Venue Highlights

During this retreat, you will be staying in the beautiful Tuscany-style villa of the family-run farmstead Le Pianore. Set in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, not far from the medieval village of Monticello Amiata, the picturesque country estate lies surrounded by gently rolling hills with deep chestnut woods, olive groves and daring trails.

Le Pianore, with its spectacular views and untouched landscapes, is an IMC certified organic farmstead with more than 80 % of their energy coming from renewable sources. All water destined for agricultural use, including irrigation of the vegetable gardens, comes directly from their own spring.

There is a swimming pool amidst untouched nature, beautiful terraces, and you get served home-cooked Tuscan meals, straight from the garden to the table.

Monticello Amiata is a village in the Maremma, an area in Tuscany, central Italy, and is administratively a part of the comune of Cinigiano, province of Grosseto.

The village is embedded in the magical landscapes of southern Tuscany and is surrounded by breath-taking medieval villages. The Maremma is full of attractions, historical sites and enchanting landscapes. The love mountain Monte Amiata, the nearby sea and its natural beaches, not least the famous cuisine and the wine, invite you to ‘Dolce Vita’, the sweet life of ‘Bella Italia’.

One of the Maremma’s most popular tourist attraction is the Saturnia hot springs. Sulphuric water springs form large pools with a temperature of 37.5° C. The large basin above the waterfall bestows a dreamlike atmosphere. Access to the pools is public and free throughout the year.

Distances in km: Cinigiano ~12, Grosseto ~ 50, Siena ~ 70, Capalbio/Tarot Garden ~105, Florence ~145, Rom ~240. The closest beaches are Marina di Grosseto and Castiglione della Pescaia, driving distance ~1 hour.

Accommodations

Being exclusive guests in the wide valley, we live in the charming villa of Le Pianore in the idyllic ambience of the South of Tuscany. We have no immediate neighbours, so we are enjoying total privacy.

We stay in 2 and 3 bedrooms. The rooms have traditional terracotta floors, deliciously cool underfoot in summer, and almost all have en-suite bathrooms and direct access to the garden.
The entire estate is a non-smoke area. It has a swimming pool amidst untouched nature, beautiful terraces and living rooms, inviting you to chill and relax and feeling at home.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • House-Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian

Menu/Cuisine

During this retreat, you will be served with daily vegetarian breakfast and dinner. The participants are asked to only eat a vegetarian diet during the retreat.
Le Pianore uses seasonal products grown from their own organic vegetable gardens, along with locally sourced, organic goods wherever possible. You will enjoy seasonal, deliciously home-cooked Italian food, and our drinking water ist fresh spring water from their own spring.

Directions

Nearest Airports: Florence, Pisa, Rome:
Driving distance to Lepianore:
Via Florence ~ 1,5 hrs.
Via Pisa ~ 2,5 hrs.
Via Rome-Fiumicino ~ 2,5 hrs.
Rent a car in advance or directly at the airport.

By train: travelling to destination station Grosseto or Civitella Paganico (route coming from the North via Florence/Siena or Genua/Pisa/Grosseto; coming from the South via Rome/Grosseto).

From Grosseto or Civitella Paganico you travel on by bus or taxi to Arcidosso, Castel del Piano or Monticello. Please arrange your pick up from there with Le Pianore in time.

By car, coming from the North: Florence, Siena, then towards Grosseto, exit Paganico, towards Castel del Piano, then Monticello.
Or A1 coming from Florence, exit Chiusi, then towards Chianciano Terme, S. P. 146 to Chianciano, at the crossroad turn towards La Foce, then head in the direction of Spedaletto, Bagno Vignoni, Castiglione d`Orcia, Arcidosso, Monticello. In Monticello Amiata follow the signs.

Although there are a few buses connecting the local towns to the larger centres, it is recommended that you have your own vehicle.
Rental cars are best picked up either at the airport or in the bigger cities.

Tags: advaita englightenment freedom happiness meditation papaji peace ramana maharshi silence spirituality

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