Yoga & Meditation Retreat
w/Patricia & Surya
***Patricia & Surya will not be teaching the Italy retreat in 2018***
Amidst open expanses of organic olive groves, vineyards and the pure, earthy, sensual aesthetic of rural Tuscany, we will spend 8 days deepening our yoga and meditation practice, renewing our spirit and remembering what truly matters in our lives. This Tuscany yoga retreat takes place at Le Pianore (once on the site click the English flag to see the English version), an 800 year old villa and agriturismo cradled between the medieval hill towns of Montelaterone and Monticello. With its spectacular views, untouched landscape, swimming pool and with consciousness for sustainability, Le Pianore offers an experience of the ease amidst breathtaking countryside of rural Tuscany.
Each day there will be four yoga and meditation sessions. The focus of our sessions is to open energy pathways, quiet the mind and to remember and experience the stillness and ease of our True Nature, the timelessness of Pure Consciousness.
Yoga sessions invite the cultivation of deep listening, and fluid unwinding, while awakening sensation as guide back to body’s innate intelligence. This approach to practice, shifts the habit of doing asana to an unfolding, by feeling and sensing our way thru the practice. Sessions will be guided with periods for self exploration and discovery.
Meditation and self inquiry sessions will focus on becoming familiar with the rest and ease of our essential nature in the midst of all activity. The meditation sessions offer mindfulness and breath awareness based on Vipassana meditation as well as non-dual, open awareness meditation and self inquiry.
The Madonna Spring and the Val di Prata Sanctuary is an easy walk from the yoga retreat center. You can take this lovely walk thru the Tuscan hillside at any time during your stay at Le Pianore.
The ancient, rural beauty and the slow pace of life at Le Pianore, create a rare environment for refining awareness and deepening spiritual understanding in the process of retreat. To enhance the benefit of this yoga retreat, silence periods will be observed.
On the first day of the retreat, May 27, you will be picked up in Siena at the Hotel NH Excelsior on Via Tozzi at 3PM for the 40 minute ride to Le Pianore. Between inspiring practice sessions, enjoy walks on the sacred land and environs of Le Pianore, and to the nearby hill town. Perhaps you might plan to arrive a few days before or stay a few days after the retreat to enjoy Florence, Siena and the Tuscan hill towns, opening the heart to the slow, sensual way of life that is Italy and it’s unique gift of evoking both inner and outer beauty. All meals are vegetarian prepared from the organic gardens and imbued with long loved art of Italian cooking.
On the last day of retreat, we will leave Le Pianore after breakfast, arriving at Siena by 10AM from where you can make your connections to airports or embark on further travel in Italy.