ITALY – Yoga, Wine, Cuisine and Culture Retreat in Tuscany

  • Tuscany, Italie
  • Jun 7 - 13, 2020 (7 days)

Event Highlights

  • CULINARY & CULTURAL WELLNESS EXCURSIONS
  • Mannucci Droandi Boutique Bio-Dynamic Winery Tour with a multi-course gourmet vegetarian lunch featuring a traditional Tuscan countryside menu paired with their unique and delicious award-winning wines. Our hosts, Roberto and Maria-Grazia, are pioneers in the organic farming and SlowFood movements in Italy.
  • For about ten years now the estate has been working on projects aiming to perfect monitoring methods and the battle against fungi and parasitic pests to reduce the use of chemical products in eco-compatible wine-growing. Mannucci Droandi does not use any chemical fungicides, and only uses organic fertilizers.
  • Another reason we love Roberto and Maria Grazia is because of the work they have done cultivating old vine varieties that were once widespread in the area and are now faced with extinction. Starting with the 2000 vintage, the grapes of these vines have undergone their first micro-vinification and promise well for the future. Other interesting – but more widely tested – varieties have been reproduced in small quantities, such as the Foglia Tonda, the Barsaglina, the Pugnitello, which we will have the chance to enjoy during this special lunch.
  • We explore and tour the winery and cellars which are situated on the eastern slopes of the Chianti mountains overlooking the ancient fortified village of Caposelvi. All around are other villages, castles, churches, villas and cottages extending as far as the eye can see, scattered here and there on hillsides shaped by men, where vineyards and olive groves alternate with lush oak and pine woods. This area is still little-known, but of great interest. Vines are intensively grown here and the area is revealing enormous potential, particularly over the last decade, thanks to the commitment of local winegrowers who have started making really fine wines.
  • San Giovanni Terme Rapolano (Thermal Springs and Spa) We will spend the day relaxing, bathing in warm mineral pools and enjoying authentic European spa treatments for health and wellbeing.
  • The mineral waters of the STR pools naturally flow from the source at a temperature of 102°F/ 39 °C. The natural elements that compose them are sulfur, which characterizes the smell, and calcium bicarbonate. The two elements, combined with the high temperature of the water, give many healing properties in addition to the feelings of relaxation and general well-being. These waters are particularly suitable for treatments of the skin, relaxing the muscles, giving greater elasticity to the tissues and purification for the airways, with a clear improvement in breathing.
  • We will have a group dinner in their beautiful restaurant to close the day.

Schedule

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Sunday June 7
3:00pm Group pick-up from Castiglion Fiorentino Station
4:00pm Retreat Orientation & Settling In
8:00pm Welcome Dinner: Four-course meal with wine at the farmhouse

Monday June 8
8:30 -10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Gaia Gourmet Breakfast Buffet
Truffle hunting and special truffle-infused gourmet multi-course vegetarian Tuscan lunch paired with wines *extra charge for this excursion
Exploration and Dinner in Cortona with an optional Wine Lesson *extra charge for this excursion
No lunch or dinner will be served at the villa

Tuesday June 9
8:30 -10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Gaia Gourmet Breakfast Buffet
Boutique Bio-Dynamic Winery Tour with a multi-course gourmet vegetarian Tuscan lunch with wine pairing *extra charge for this excursion
No lunch will be served at the villa
8:00pm Light Gaia Gourmet Dinner (bring your own wine)

Wednesday June 10
8:30 -10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Gaia Gourmet Breakfast Buffet
Day trip to Terme San Giovanni Spa and an a la carte, multi-course gourmet Tuscan dinner *extra charge for this excursion
No lunch or dinner will be served at the villa

Thursday June 11
8:30 -10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Gaia Gourmet Breakfast Buffet
Day & Evening trip to Siena
No lunch or dinner will be served at the villa

Friday June 12
8:30 -10am Morning Yoga
10:00am Gaia Gourmet Breakfast Buffet
Excursion to Castiglion Fiorentino outdoor market
No lunch will be served at the villa
7:00 Cooking Class with Celebration Dinner & Wine

Saturday June 13
9:00 -10:00am Gaia Gourmet Breakfast Buffet
10:00am Departure shuttle to Castiglion Fiorentino Station

About This Event

We have created a very special opportunity for you to join us at a magical farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy June 7 – 13, 2020 to experience and enjoy the vibrant Tuscan culture. This 7-Day Yoga Retreat features excursions that include several vegetarian tasting menus with delicious wines from this infamous wine producing region. Chef Naga & Gaia Gourmet have designed a culinary & wine extravaganza for you featuring the best of everything available locally. Join us for daily Lakshmi Rising Yoga with Dr. Liz Lindh (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits available), gourmet welcome dinner featuring local specialties and wines, cooking class followed by a decadent dinner celebration, options for curated excursions to cultural sites, food & wine adventures to farms, vineyards, truffle hunting, thermal springs, shopping, in-house massage therapy & healing body work, and exclusive enjoyment of a beautiful 12 acre private park just outside of beautiful Cortona.

The per person retreat price includes double or triple accommodation in a beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse, full access to the common areas, access to laundry machines, wifi, a vegetarian tasting menu with wine on our evening of arrival featuring farm-to-table local specialties, cooking class followed by an exclusive regional Tuscan dinner with many ingredients sourced directly from the property (olive oil, aromatic plants and vegetables) accompanied by local wines, 90 minute asana & meditation practice each morning led by Liz, 1-2 organic vegetarian meals each day, Italian espresso, an assortment of teas, fresh seasonal fruit for snacking, high vibration spring water for drinking and bathing, transportation from local train station on arrival and on departure days, unlimited enjoyment of a beautiful private estate including olive groves, gardens, wooded trails, chaise lounge beds for sun bathing and swimming pool, and concierge assistance planning your travel. The retreat price does not include international transportation, lodging outside of the villa, five optional group excursions, additional food, wine or personal care necessities, meals out, or optional wellness services.

THE FARMHOUSE

We have chosen a gorgeous farmhouse contoured by a hundred holm oaks and a rose garden as the setting for our Spring/Summer Retreat in Tuscany. It’s elegant charm and serene atmosphere is the perfect setting for learning and transformation. This charming farmhouse is 20 minutes outside of Cortona, the location where “Under The Tuscan Sun” was set. It is strategically located in between both of the infamous wine regions, Chianti and Montepulciano.

The beautiful stone farmhouse, built in the 19th century, features panoramic views of the old castle of Montecchio and Cortona, a short drive from the farmhouse. S. Savino Mountain, Lucignano and the Trasimeno Lake are all close by, offering plenty of cultural attractions and the folklore of international renown. The farmhouse is situated in the Chiana Valley, a beautiful natural environment characterized by low hills, each concealing an endless variety of landscapes. And nearby, there is a two and a half acre park surrounded by vineyards, olive and fruit trees: pears, wild cherries, hazels, figs, apricots, peaches, plums, grapes and more…

The town of Cortona itself is perched in the hills at the base of the Apennine mountains, between the gorgeous Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts. Cortona is a 30 minute drive northeast of Montepulciano (home of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) and south of Arezzo, the heart of Chianti’s Colli Aretini. And nearby in the neighboring province of Umbria is Lake Trasimeno. Tuscany is an enchanting setting for our Yoga Retreat to cultivate personal growth and exploration.

THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF YOUR ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME

What's Included

  • The per person retreat price includes double or triple accommodation in a beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse, full access to the common areas, access to laundry machines, wifi, a vegetarian tasting menu with wine on our evening of arrival featuring farm-to-table local specialties, cooking class followed by an exclusive regional Tuscan dinner with many ingredients sourced directly from the property (olive oil, aromatic plants and vegetables) accompanied by local wines, 90 minute asana & meditation practice each morning led by Liz, 1-2 organic vegetarian meals each day, Italian espresso, an assortment of teas, fresh seasonal fruit for snacking, high vibration spring water for drinking and bathing, transportation from local train station on arrival and on departure days, unlimited enjoyment of a beautiful private estate including olive groves, gardens, wooded trails, chaise lounge beds for sun bathing and swimming pool, and concierge assistance planning your travel.

What's Not Included

The retreat price does not include international transportation, lodging outside of the villa, five optional group excursions, additional food, wine or personal care necessities, meals out, or optional wellness services.

**Gluten-free or Vegan diets are difficult to accommodate on this Italy experience.

Venue Highlights

We have chosen a magical farmhouse contoured by a hundred holm oaks and a rose garden as the setting for our spring Yoga Teacher Training in Tuscany. It’s elegant charm and serene atmosphere is the perfect setting for learning and transformation. This charming farmhouse is 20 minutes outside of Cortona, the location where “Under The Tuscan Sun” took place. It is located near both of the infamous wine regions, Chianti and Montepulciano.

The town of Cortona itself is perched in the hills at the base of the Apennine mountains, between the gorgeous Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts. Cortona is a 30 minute drive northeast of Montepulciano (home of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) and south of Arezzo, the heart of Chianti’s Colli Aretini. And nearby in the neighboring province of Umbria is Lake Trasimeno. Tuscany is an enchanting setting for our Yoga Teacher Training to cultivate personal growth and exploration.

Accommodations

THE VILLA

The beautiful stone farmhouse, built in the 19th century, features panoramic views of the old castle of Montecchio and Cortona, a short drive from the farmhouse. S. Savino Mountain, Lucignano and the Trasimeno Lake are all close by, offering plenty of cultural attractions and the folklore of international renown. The farmhouse is situated in the Chiana Valley, a beautiful natural environment characterized by low hills, each concealing an endless variety of landscapes. And nearby, there is a two and a half acre park surrounded by vineyards, olive and fruit trees: pears, wild cherries, hazels, figs, apricots, peaches, plums, grapes and more…



we have different type of rooms, single bed, double bed, private and shared bathroom, shared rooms and private room on request with additional fees

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

healthy, organic, farm to table, vegetarian Italian dishes catered by Gaia Gourmet, options for curated excursions to cultural sites, thermal hot springs, shopping & more, food & wine adventures, in-house massage therapy & healing body work, and exclusive use of the beautiful private estate.

Our delicious farm-to-table Tuscan inspired menu during the training is lacto-ovo vegetarian. We cannot accommodate any extreme dietary restrictions such as a raw food diet.

Directions

We provide transportation to and from the train station upon arrival and departure.

Sunday June 7
3:00pm Plan to arrive at our villa anytime after 3pm. We will arrange local transportation from Castiglion Fiorentino Train Station (10 minutes away) and will coordinate ride shares whenever possible.

Closest aiport : Florence Airport (53.9 miles / 86.7 kilometers)
 
Florence Airport (53.9 miles / 86.7 kilometers)
Reach Cortona by Train
Reaching Cortona via train from ROME, PISA, FLORENCE or VENICE
ROME with slow train: Take the Regionale train RE (local train) this will stop to Camucia-Cortona train station, the closest station to Cortona (3 km.) The train takes about 2 hours and 25 minutes. Single ticket fare is about 12 €.
ROME with fast train Intercity: this train stop to Terontola train station (10 km from Cortona, from here to reach Cortona there use a Taxi service or the local buses.). This train will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes, the ticket fare is about 20€.
MILAN or VENICE: take the fast train Freccia Rossa or Italo Train to Florence (they will takes approximately about 2 hours).  Ticket fares start from 50 € up to 100 €  (Fares depends from the class tickets, booking period and availability). From Florence to Cortona read beow.
FLORENCE: take the Regionale train RE (Local train), which takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach the Camucia-Cortona train station, (the closest to Cortona only 3 km) . This Fare ticket is about 10 €.
 
Reach Cortona by BUSES from the local railway station
Both rail station of Camucia-Cortona and Terontola are connected to Cortona via buses services. Buy tickets on board. the fare is 1.50€ per person.
Camucia-Cortona train station Buses stop is right off the train station in the square on your left.
Terontala train station Buses stop is on the opposite side of the train station next to the bar.
Buses run approximately every 30/50 minutes
Bus Timetable
Buses usually run with a frequency of 20/30 minutes on weekdays. On Sundays and holidays, approximately every hour.


Saturday June 13
9:00 -10:00am Gaia Gourmet Breakfast Buffet
10:00am Departure shuttle to Castiglion Fiorentino Station

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