Yoga & Meditation Retreat
w/Patricia & Surya
Tuscany, Italy

***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.


May 27 Pick up in Siena at the N.H. Hotel Excelsior on Via Tozzi
(* note you may choose to fly into Florence, Pisa or Rome. However the ONLY pick up and drop off is in Siena.  Many people arrive a day or more earlier to tour Florence, Siena other areas of Tuscany or Italy)
3:00 PM meet at N.H. Hotel Excelsior on Piazza la Lizzie in Siena for the 40 minute drive to Le Pianore.

6:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Orientation and Meditation

slide_italyMay 27 – June 2 
6:30 – 7:30 Coffee, tea, fruit, yogurt
7:30 – 9:30 AM  Mediation, Yoga Asana
10:00 Brunch
4 – 6:00 PM  Yin and Restorative Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation
6 PM Dinner
7:30 – 8:00  PM Chanting, Meditation

June 3

7:30 Breakfast
9 Am Departure to Siena

The fee for this retreat
Private stone cottage with queen bed & terrace  $2,195
Single w/shared bath (w/one other room) $1,995
Double w/shared bath (w/one other room) $1,595
Triple w/private bath and terrace $1,095
Dorm Triple w/2 bathrooms $995
There are a limited number of $200 scholarships available for those who cannot afford to pay the full retreat. Additional information regarding the scholarship is available upon request.

Fee includes:
-Transportation from the Siena to Le Pianore on the first day and from Le Pianore to the Siena bus station on the day of departure.
-7 nights lodging at Le Pianore in single, double or triple rooms. Each spacious room has a private ensuite bathrooom.
-Four meditation and yoga sessions for full days spent at Le Pianore
– 3 Fresh Organic Vegetarian Italian Influenced meals each day

The fee does not include:
– Pick up or drop off on the first and last day from any point other than the Siena Hotel NH Excelsior at the appointed times..

NOTE: Important Travel Information

Choose a flight schedule to arrive in SIENA at Hotel NH Excelsior on Piazza La Lizzie on May 27 for the 3PM pickup. Train and bus service is quick and easy from all major airports in Italy into Siena. On the day of departure, June 3, we will have transport to SIENA  from where you can connect to other buses or to the Siena train station for travel to any airport, to Florence or to other areas of Italy. 

Further travel information on the FAQ link here and below.

To Register:

The retreat fee is due in full upon registration.  Indicate that you are registering for the Italy retreat and your choice of accommodation. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. To register click  here.

There are 14 spaces for this retreat.

For further information about this retreat please see FAQ page here.

To go to website of Le Pianore Retreat Center click here.

To read more about the style of teaching click here and here.

For a page with information on “Why take a Retreat” click here.

Click here for Italy Retreat Gallery